Pointe Sud is a cherished home with a heart-warming history. Dating back over 30 years, the house was actually a gift from a devoted husband to his wife. On promising to build her a house anywhere in the world, she picked this stunning cliff top spot not only for its superlative views, but also for its access to a deserted beach, which is where they spent much of their time. Wrapped in pastel pinks, the house’s striking design commands its exclusive setting and although Palladian in essence, it is in fact an architectural folly since it follows no recognisable rules and is completely unique. The original owners incorporated 100 year-old teak floorboards, antique timber frames and terracotta tiles into the build so the result is a blissful blend of a number of styles from Sri Lanka’s most influential periods of history.
The interior of the house is every bit as captivating. A drawing room with soaring pagoda-style roof edged in warm timber is designed for breezy living and dining, and leads onto a front sea-view veranda that descends via a bright white theatrical stairway into the garden below. The house is fully staffed, has a TV Room and an equipped kitchen for budding cooks. Within the gorgeous garden itself, there’s a sunset pavilion flushed with cushioned loungers for soaking up the magical end of day light show and even an eastern lookout if dawn is more your thing. Below the bright white sun-drenched pool terrace, a flight of steps leads down to a lower lawn topped with another pavilion that makes the perfect spot for daytime BBQs. From here, it’s only a few footsteps to an idyllic, deserted stretch of beach.
The whole house is available for families or groups of friends looking for maximum privacy and exclusivity. The property comes with five ensuite bedrooms (four doubles and one twin), a large open plan living room, a fully-equipped western-style kitchen, a kids playroom with TV and DVD player, an extensive library, an infinity swimming pool, various pavilions and a deserted beach.
– Take a ride around the picturesque Weligama bay in one of the colourful wooden catamarans
– For the reptile lovers out there, visit the nearby snake farm
– Take a dawn or sunset walk around the historic citadel of Galle Fort, built from 1640 by the Dutch on the site of an earlier Portuguese fort
– Ride inland on mountain bikes to discover a stunning emerald landscape of paddy fields, white-washed Buddhist temples, and rural villages
– Spend the day on one of the golden beaches along the coast: Unawatuna, Thalpe or Mirissa
– Head to Sinharaja and take a walk through dense, virgin rainforest, home to thousands of plant and animal species
– Go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced
The kitchen at the house is very well equipped. Finished in terrazzo and with twin centre islands it is the perfect spot for a budding chef. Here you can prepare your own meals if you’d like, with the staff to help you prep and clean. The cook is also happy to show you how to create some of his finest Sri Lankan dishes and a cookery lesson is a fabulous way to learn a little more about the country and its cuisine.
Pointe Sud boasts dining locations aplenty, both indoors and out. The drawing room has a table for ten, with another table on the veranda for the most scenic ocean views. Tables can also be placed on the lawn, beside the swimming pool or even in the sunset pavilion if you would like to stage your mealsin a different place every day. Or for something different, arrange for a picnic on the beach below.