in the upcountry village of Kotmale which is 45 minutes away from the hill
country capitol of Kandy, Mas Villa is a newly refurbished authentic Kandyan
heritage home. The villa overlooks the picture-perfect Kotmale reservoir and
can be reached by a 4 and a half hour journey by road.
Villa is a Kandyan wallawa. It was built circa 1800 on an 8 acre property and
was also the home of late Minister Gamini Dissanayake, who was the brains
behind the Kotmale hydro project. Though still in the Dissanayake family, Mas
Villa is now open to guests. It retains most of the original features of a
manor house like courtyards, airy verandahs and even a granary (atuwa).
Otherwise, every conceivable 20th century convenience has been added, though in
contrast the interiors have been decked out with Dutch period antiques and
colonial trappings. Mas Villa can comfortably sleep up to 10 guests, and can be
booked by room or in its entirety.
are five bedrooms on offer, which have been named after various Sri Lankan
Flowers. They feature overhead fans, mosquito netting and four poster beds.
Bathrooms are en suite and have hot water.
Sri Lankan and western cuisine is served at Mas Villa, and meals can be had in
the dining room with its 40 seater dining table, amidst the glow of soft candle
light, in the spacious verandah or in the outdoor gardens. The living and
dining spaces of the villa sport magnificent views of the winding hills as well
as of the Kotmale Reservoir. The lounge area features cable TV and there is a badminton
court and in house spa, which offers a range of rejuvenating treatments.
Fishing and mountain biking excursions can be arranged within the property’s
city of Kandy (which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is in close proximity and
well worth a visit. Nature lovers will adore the many avifauna that flock to
the reservoir, as well as the hiking and biking opportunities that present
themselves. For a full list of activities visit our Hill Country Destination