|Entry into Manor House, Kandy, photo by Mary M Payne|
Today is 5 or 6 hours drive from Haputale to Kandy where we check in at Nugawela into a converted villa of a former rural chieftain; a chief justice in the Kandyan Court and the chief custodian of the Temple of the Sacred tooth Relic of the Buddha during his time.
The Manor House, formerly called Nugawela Walauwa, was built in 1884 by the Nugawela family for their youngest son. The story the manager told me was that the son never lived in it as he was told that it was inauspicious...his stars not lining up for it. He just made sure that each of his children was born there for the records and used it for meetings and events.
Originally the house stood on nine acres of land with paddy fields. After the land was divided amongst nine children and after Nilame's death, the house changed hands several times and then was left to deteriorate.
The present owners, a charming Sinhalese couple, acquired the property in 2005 and put a lot of work and loving care into making it into the present boutique hotel. At the moment they are adding a pavilion for weddings next to the pool area.
|Manor House in glow of sunset, Kandy, photo by Mary M Payne|
|Pool at Manor House, photo by Mary M Payne|
|My room, sleeping area. Manor House, Kandy photo by Mary M Payne|
|My bathroom, Manor House, Kandy, photo by Mary M Payne|
|Entrance sitting room, Manor House, Kandy photo by Mary M Payne|
|First rays of sunset, Kandy, photo by Mary M Payne|