A house named Lebanon

Where we spent our youth...

"Lebanon", Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka (Ceylon)

The story of the house named "Lebanon", in Nuwara Eliya, is told here by  Beth Leembruggen-Kallberg, whose home it was many moons ago.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 6:50 PM

The property, the houses known as Big Lebanon and Little Lebanon were part of an estate belonging to Dr Harry Leembruggen. His daughter Gladys, married (Arthur) Dick Ephraums--they are my aunt and uncle, now deceased. Both passed away in the US, having immigrated there in the 1950's.

I spent the first months of my life living at "Lebanon", our home in the hill country (you can see a snap of a portion of the house in the pic on this page.)


"Lebanon" was left to Aunt Dulcie, who later sold it to the de Kretser family. I visited the de Kretser's at "Lebanon" in 1980. "Lebanon" is now owned by Iris Jayaweera, whom I also met in 1994, unless she has sold it to someone else.


There is little book written about the place. It was a quite a massive place at one time, or so it seemed to me, with large gardens, etc. I have some wonderful snaps of Harry walking about the lawns, playing with the dogs, the gardener tending to the rose bushes.


"Lebanon" has een around for sometime as my father lived there as a boy and

he will be 90 next year (2007)! And my parents also spent part of their honeymoon there in 1944.


Dick Ephraums, indeed, owned the New Oriental Hotel (NOH) in Galle, along with his sister, Nesta Brohier, who died in 1995. It is now owned by a luxury resort complex whose name I forget. They've done it up well.  I am sure Aunt Nesta is looking down and smiling, but missing her garden!


Thanks for this walk down memory lane! Greetings & best wishes.


Beth Leembruggen-Kallberg - ealk@wxs.nl

The Netherlands


From Prasanna Mendis in Melbourne, Australia


Tuesday, December 12, 2006 11:13 AM


Yet another offering dear Beth:


Prasanna, that house -Lebanon belonged to Arthur Ephraums and when he died in 1941 his wife took up residence there.Arthur Ephraums was a hotelier owning at various times the NOH in Galle, Mount Lavinia Hotel, Globe Hotel,

and lived at Yalta on Flower Road. Lebanon was for many years a boarding house after Mrs Ephraums passed on.