Bonnieland

The Selviah-Irish find

An Oxford educated Ceylonese gentleman, Mr Selviah, trekking with his Irish sweetheart Bonnie, stopped to catch a breath and stumbled upon this fascinating location, and promptly named it ‘Bonnieland’.

The dressed stone cottage built in 1908 still stands rock solid, overlooking Badulla town. The bridle paths in the lower and upper gardens offer excellent morning exercise with scenic mountain views. A mahogany tree lined driveway leads to the cottage and a further 17 acres of coffee, spices and mahogany. The gardens urge you to reach for a botanical textbook.

Breakfast tea on the front pavilion reveals the glorious sight of overhanging passion fruits and flowers growing beside the beautiful Pride of Burma tree.

Old Panama hats, stags’ heads and Burmese silk tapestries vie for attention in the 3 sitting rooms. From the minute you enter this charming holiday home of Mr & Mrs De Mel, you will be transported to halcyon days. Boasting the hottest climate and cleanest air, Badulla is a peaceful setting to relax and recharge the batteries. Easy walks, ancient temples, living monasteries and tea estates are all close by.

Accommodating up to 6 people, this is a perfect retreat for retired couples, bird lovers or gardeners, who are often all three.