Manor House Boutique Villa reflects colonial charm

This regal property in Bandarawela, Sri Lanka envisaged by Durairajah Prithiviraj and his wife Devika, presents old world charm in the hills of Uva. The architecture and interior of the villa imitates an appreciation of the country’s British heritage.

An aerial view of stately property

This boutique villa, located on a small hill close to the Bandarawela town was designed to ensure complete privacy. The site originally had a small colonial hotel known as the Grand Hotel, which had been well- known during World War II. The slope, which was considered a challenge was chiseled approximately 16ft back to create a large extent of a levelled surface that had a magnificent view and provided sufficient space for the buildings and landscaped garden. A 24ft high retaining wall was built to push and hold the remaining slope in place. 

The villa encompassed five bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, dining room, pantry, living room, business centre and staff quarters. The foundation was raised by two feet so that inhabitant can appreciate the view. Keeping to the theme of colonial charm, green roofs, large pillars, thick walls and wooden finishing were maintained. The staircase is entirely of wood with floral motif design on the balustrade. The walls are of brilliant white and thus in terms of structure the two colours visible are only white and brown of the wood.

The living areas and bedrooms have been furnished with colonial furniture or English style upholstered chairs and settees. While much of the furniture has been custom made for the property, unique pieces selected during the couple’s travels overseas have been placed in a stylish manner. The dining room, which is also the restaurant is elegant with custom made wooden furniture, beautiful mirrors, paintings, regal sculptures and ornaments. The room has a classic fire- place. The pantry and kitchen are contemporary and have all modern equipment. The gardens are green and beautiful with flowers and well-manicured lawns.

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