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A relaxing retreat from the city of Colombo in a charming Sri Lankan villa built in the new "modern build, tradition rich" style. Set at the end of a quiet road overlooking the lake and Paddy land, the villa is approached through a heavy timber door onto a walkway of concrete platforms 'floating' on a pond.
The walkway leads through the verandah to a set of wide Jaffna style doors, which open onto the living area. Elegant, comfortable sofas are set amidst cool white walls and rich, polished Jak wood cupboards and doors.
Butterflies, dragonflies and small birds visit the indoor ponds and sing meloncholy tunes in the early morning. As night approaches the atmosphere becomes soft and romantic as colonial 2 candle lamps mingle with decorative panels of tiny lights- a true mix of old and new.
Interior walls are decorated with sepia prints of bygone Sri lanka, contrasting yet harmonising with the highly modern abstract tiles highlighting the courtyard walls.
Though only about 30-45 mins drive from Central Colombo with its city-rich selection of shops and restaurants, at Villa Talangama you are in the heart of the wetlands with excellent opportunities for walking and nature watching.
The Pheasant-tailed Jacana steps from lily pad to floating lily pad, water hens broach the evening's quiet with harsh calls and the Purple faced leaf monkey sends his booming call through the forest. These colourful contrasts are Sri lanka.
The stairs from the verandah lead to a gallery landing overlooking the living areas which gives access to the 3 air conditioned bedrooms and ensuite open-air bathrooms.
The master bedroom, Kings Room, is simply furnished with storage cupboards and a king size four poster bed. The canopy ceiling reveals the rafters spread like palm leaves. The open-air ensuite bathroom has a beautifully designed vanity unit with arched taps and bowls in the Phillip Stark tradition. A basketful of bathtime toiletries, an efficient shower and plenty of fresh towels completes the comfort list.
A further two bedrooms, Queen Room, one single and one with twin beds share a second bathroom. The window seat in the twin room is piled with jak leaf coloured cushions inviting you to sit and read or peer through the tree tops to the sight of Openbill storks flying to their roost across the water.
The villa has shelves full of books inviting all guests to take and deposit their favourites as they visit. Although your hosts request that the wildlife and bird books remain for the next twitchers.
The dining area has a table dressed with sparkling white linen and comfortably seats 8 should you have guests. The views are of the lush gardens and wetlands beyond. More informal meals will be enjoyed on the well furnished verandah or in the courtyard sharing the tropical planting and reflecting pool with the butterflies, dragonflies and small birds enjoying the tranquility.
A choice of Western or Sri lLankan cuisine is always available. Daily discussions will enable staff to shop and cook to your taste while you take to the many treks during the day.
Tea, coffee and fruit drinks are served on request or you may enjoy your favourite wine purchased in Colombo. Room rates are given on a half board basis usually to include dinner. Lunch will be provided if notice is given.
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Villa Talangama is without doubt a destination for the nature lover and birdy. Relax in the villa to the stunning sights and colours of your neighbourhood. However, for a change of scenery,