5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms With Spectalar Views - Paddy Fields, River and Mountain
I grew up in England, lived the early part of my married life in London and in 1999 my husband and I moved to Sri Lanka with our two children. We have lived in Sri Lanka since then and my architect husband built our dream house in 2008. I am a yoga teacher and welcome any yogis and other nature lovers to our home.
Shaunagh purchased this House in 2008
Why Shaunagh chose Mawanella
When we first saw our plot the land we were taken at how very magical and holistic the area was, with sleeping rubber trees, 360 degree views of surrounding mountainous range, with Bible Rock protecting it at a distance. My husband dreamed of creating a special retreat for our family and friends, to be more in tune with nature and all it’s surroundings. A place to escape to, from all of the busy pressures of city life. In 2005 we bought the land and by Dec 2008 the house was complete.
What makes this House unique
The sense of staying at Guava House is that of simple ‘open-plan’ living and kitchen area, open to the breezes and extensive views that the terrace and infinity pool have to offer. It is a thoroughly peaceful environment in which to chill, relax and regain a perspective on what is important in life. It’s a truly wonderful place to just do nothing and spend time talking, discussing and contemplating. Two, separate thatched chalets, built into the side of the sloping terrain add an extra dimension of privacy and peaceful relaxation and can accommodate a further four guests in addition to the three bedrooms in the main house. An open-plan first floor area can be used for a variety of communal uses including additional sleeping area, yoga, exercise classes and games area.
Pool / Spa
No smoking Not suitable for children (0-5 years) Guava House is situated on top of a hill surrounded by rubber trees, paddy fields and mountains. The beauty of the place is the secluded and remote location, however along with this comes with the occasional area power cuts which usually last for a couple of hours. We have plenty of torches to hand and gas hobs and oven to cook on. Unfortunately we do not have a generator, so the fans will not operate while the power is off. Sometimes fully packed vans have difficulty going up the hill all the way to the house, (especially if has been raining) however they can park at the bottom of the hill and you can walk up to the house, our staff will be on hand to bring all the luggage up. The pool is an architectural reflective plunge pool. It is about 5 foot deep (small children cannot stand in it) and does not have steps, so can be a little difficult to get out of the for the less able or elderly. During rainy periods, it is likely that you will encounter leeches in the land around the house and chalets. They are harmless, but if bitten by one you may feel a slight itch for a few days. In the house we have a list of tips for avoiding them! Please handle the bi-folding glass doors with care as they are fragile and there is certain technique to opening and closing them (Ask Jeyanthi for assistance) This house is not suitable for very young children for various reasons (If you would like further information about this, contact Shaunagh.) This is our precious family home which we are sharing with you, we hope you will respect it as you would your own.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
We loved our stay at the Guava House. The property is breathtaking and the hosts and their housekeepers were very attentive. The food was simply amazing, some of the best we had during our stay. In Sri Lanka The property is truly isolated and therefore quite remote. If this is what you are after then this property can't be beaten. My daughters also loved the house's friendly dog, Molly. Thank you Guava House the memories will stray with us for ever.
Thank you for coming to stay at our home Guava House, I am so happy to hear you enjoyed your stay.
A stunning jungle retreat
A wonderful tropical house beautifully situated amongst the treetops with wonderful views. It's a great spot to relax and escape to nature. In sunshine it's great, and in tropical rain it's even better!
Jayanthi and Sudharma were so kind and looked after us very well and Shaunagh, Jane and Ajita arranged everything super efficiently - thanks to everyone.
Unique home in the jungle surroundings. Totally beautiful
Would highly recommmed this for families and friends with older children. It's a hidden piece of heaven. Brilliant base for the Hill Country and just relaxing.
A wonderful escape from reality!
We stayed at this wonderful house with a large group of friends over New Year - we all loved it. The property is truly beautiful and the location as idyllic as it gets. If you are after simplicity, peace and beauty then this is the place for you. Far off the beaten track you feel very removed from the 'real world' - after days spent swimming, hiking, doing yoga, reading (and much staring at the beautiful view) we left feeling totally re-energised. Can recommend!
A uniquely unforgettable experience
A beautiful, secluded little hide out where you can just completely unwind and relax. Loved the ambience of the early morning misty mountains and the amazing food cooked by jeyanthy. Would highly recommend to anyone who wants a relaxing break from the hectic hustle and bustle of every day life. Thank you Shaunagh for letting us stay in your beautiful home.
Glorious architecture and unforgettable food
We spent 3 wonderful days at Guava House - the house and its surroundings were so impressive, we switched off the internet during our stay and made full use of the space for cooking, reading and relaxing. The pool was also fantastic for a quick cool-off on those hot days and energising morning swims.
The house was a marvellous find: off the beaten track location, great setting and totally authentic. The local village of Hemathagama is charming and has a few shops for basic supplies. We also ventured into some of the bigger local towns to buy a few extra luxuries and ingredients.
Jeyanthi the cook, won our hearts with some of the best food we experienced in Sri Lanka. We looked forward to every meal, enjoying fresh fruits, health salads and a fantastic range of curries (The okra dish and brinjal proved to be our recurring favourites!)
There were just 2 of us but we could easily imagine coming back and filling the house and separate dwellings with lots of friends and family - there are plenty of spaces and areas conducive to different activities (yoga, reading, swimming, cooking, exploring etc etc).
Thoroughly enjoyed our time here and we look forward to coming back someday!
Great having you to stay, please do come again!
Elephant orphanage in Pinnawella. For the adventurous climb Bible Rock. Visit Kandy to see the famous Temple of the Tooth.