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.