Sagala Bungalow is unique in Sri Lanka as it is not the antique property it appears to be, but was custom built to incorporate the best of ancient styles with the latest contemporary fittings and comforts. Created as a private home in 2005, it has recently been modified as a plush bungalow guest house by the Bandarawela family-owned company, Seza Leisure Ltd
Cars park by the bungalow’s garage from where twin flights of a few steps lead up to the bungalow’s front lawn overlooking a valley with a distant view of Bandarawela town far below. Stepping stones lead across the lawn to a veranda fronted by four antique wooden columns of faded blue. The arched stable door and matching pair of windows defined with a matt blue finish are also antiques.
Above the veranda is a balcony serving the two upper floor bedrooms, crowned with antique red-clay tiles.
Entrance through the front door gives access to a theatrical style parlour as lounge and dining room (with refectory table seating 12) with walls washed a stressed Victorian pink and a ceiling-high frieze of hand-painted elegant motifs, reflected on the borders of the brushed blue titanium cement floor. The parlour inspires instant contentment and a feeling of finding a comfortable bolt-hole unlike anywhere else in Sri Lanka.
A spiral flight of wooden steps leads up to the first floor where there are two large bedrooms. There is also a ground floor washroom, a guest kitchen for self-catering as well as an adjoining kitchen for the bungalow’s staff to prepare meals. In the bungalow’s pretty one-acre garden there is a wooden cabin as quarters for drivers. An ayurveda therapy centre is planned in the former music room above the garage.
There is free WiFi and mountain bikes can be hired.
All the guest rooms are immaculately furnished with period or reproduction furniture with king-size beds (except for the single room) and top quality linen, duvets and towels, dreamily comfortable mattresses, carpeted and tiled floors, modern bathrooms with contemporary wooden toilet seats and tiled rain showers with hot water; plus electric heaters and emergency lighting, and wall-mounted flat-screen television.
There is a double room with antique four-poster bed and attached bathroom, and a single room with attached bathroom on the ground floor and a further double room with four-poster bed opening onto the garden with access to the toilet attached to the parlour.
Two double rooms both with attached bathrooms leading off a central landing and both have separate access to the valley-view gallery. One room has a private balcony overlooking the garden.