A former Prime Minister's holiday retreat

Sir John’s Bungalow

Sir John’s Bungalow

Knuckles Range
, Sri Lanka

Sir John’s Bungalow offers sweeping vistas of the North Eastern Knuckles mountain range, an area known for its striking peaks, pristine waterways, cloud forests, and diverse flora and fauna. Originally the residence for the Superintendent of the 1,300 acre Laggala tea estate during colonial Raj, the Bungalow then became the holiday home of Sir John Kotalawala, the third Prime Minister of Sri Lanka. Now lovingly restored, it offers a unique opportunity to live in the middle of pristine nature and enjoy simple elegance and old world hospitality.

During the dry months of June to September, elephants from the plains of the nearby Wasgomuwa National Park roam the estate in search of water and food. Wild buffaloes are in abundance, with leopards and fishing cats making occasional nocturnal visits, and the sounds of the timid barking deer echoing in the surrounding forest.

Our Rating: Mid Range
Property Type: Heritage


The bungalow consists of five bedrooms with spectacular views, a dining room and a library.

Tastefully appointed with modern conveniences, the bungalow retains old-world charms and comforts, including fireplaces in the living and dining rooms. All bedrooms feature king-sized beds, elegant teak floors, and attached bathrooms with hot water showers. Both the Riverstone suite and Sir John’s suite have four-legged cast iron bathtubs that can be filled for a long, relaxing soak.

Responsible/Sustainable Tourism

Committed to environmentally sustainable hospitality, Sir John’s Bungalow is carbon-neutral, harnessing solar energy for electricity and recycling all waste matter.

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Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)