“Lovely colonial mansion hidden on a working coconut estate, perfect for those wishing to avoid the bustle of Colombo”
There are 2 large suites and a two-bedroomed family suite in the main house. All these rooms are furnished with antique four-poster beds and dark wooden furniture. The lovely polished dark wood floors are beautifully contrasted by the white walls and white furnishings, and give the rooms a calm and sophisticated feel. The airy bathrooms come with double sinks, large shower and toilet rooms. These rooms have been completely renovated yet have maintained the antique style of the mansion.
The Master Bedroom on the first floor has a large verandah overlooking the pool. An intricately carved kingsize four-poster bed and other antique furniture under high ceilings make it popular for honeymooners.
Also on the first floor, the family suite offers space for a family of 4 or 5. It consists of a triple room with a kingsize four-poster bed and a spacious single bed, and a double room with a queensize four-poster bed. Each room has an en-suite bathroom. The two rooms are connected by a large covered sitting area overlooking the garden.
On the ground floor, the fourth room has a kingsize ebony four-poster and a single brass bed, which makes the room ideal for a family with young children. Extra beds and cots are available on request. A large covered terrace gives direct access to the garden and pool area. This room can, however, be rather noisy if there are people staying in the family suite above.
From December 2009 Horathapola will also be offering the new Lodge for 4 people, which is set 20m from the main house. This consists of a Master Bedroom and a smaller double room, kitchen facilities, dining areas and a private open balcony.
Traditional curries are still prepared in clay pots on the firewood stove. Many of the ingredients are grown on the estate itself and the spices freshly picked and ground. Horathapola's reputation for it's food is growing and we think you'll enjoy some of the most authentic food in Sri Lanka here.
Breakfast consists of a large fresh fruit platter, eggs cooked to order, home made bread, rotti and jam, and usually one or two curries to be sampled if you are keen for local food. Children’s favorites are French toast with cinnamon sugar and pol-paeni pancakes (filled with roasted coconut and palmsugar)
Dinner will be discussed with you upon arrival. There is something to everyone’s taste, be it meat or seafood, vegetarian or vegan. The array of rice, string hoppers, hoppers and pittu, vegetable curries, sambols, chutneys and pickles is almost endless and the ingredients always garden-fresh.
Pasta dishes, fish in banana-leaf, Thai curries or even home-made gnocchi are only a few options to be had if you happen to be at the end of your Sri Lanka trip and had your fill of curries.
The lunch menu is a small but select list of favorite salads and sandwiches, pastas and seafood.
Afternoon tea and home-made cake will tempt you wherever you happen to be lazing about. All meals are served wherever you wish - under the shade of a tree in the beautiful garden, on your private verandah or balcony, or in the grand dining room.
A great spot in rural Sri Lanka, an hour from Colombo, with family rooms and bullock cart exploration trips of the coconut estate.
Free for children up to 10 years when sharing room with parents - please ask for cots or extra beds.
The 2-bed family suite suits a family of 4-5. It has a triple bedroom plus double room and a large covered sitting room as well as ensuite bathrooms. The lodge works well for a family of 4, particularly if you want to self cater, and has 2 doubles. Alternatively book 1 of the 2 triple suites, with a double bed and single bed plus room for a cot or single bed.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The food is traditional Sri Lankan, but if kids don't like curry, there are alternatives: french toast and pancakes for breakfast, pasta, sandwiches, seafood, gnocci and more for lunch and dinner, and afternoon tea and cakes as well. Food-wise, kids are charged as adults from age 8 up.
The pool isn't fenced and toddlers and small tots will need a careful eye in the gardens. Watch out for breakable antiques. Bear in mind that road trips in Sri Lanka can take a long time and bring suitable entertainment.