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Chawton House East is my home; a smart, bijou, private villa that nestles into a slice of Sri Lankan reality, away from the tourist path, but within easy reach of the rich heritage of Sri Lanka's southern region and its beautiful beaches.

Chawton House East is about relaxation, a place to unwind and be pampered. Take some time to enjoy the peace and privacy, escaping the bustle that typifies the coastal beach culture of Sri Lanka, replacing it with village sounds; bells and chanting from Buddhist Temples, children playing cricket and the music of insects and bird life.



Chawton House East is a semi-rural property set in two acres of gardens and coconut trees and surrounded by lush greenery, on the edge of Pathegama village, just north west of Dickwella, in the Matara region of southern Sri Lanka, and half an hour from Tangalle.

Chawton House East offers a stylish, new concept to those over 18 years travelling in the southern region. It is neither an hotel nor a restaurant; nor is it just a 'bed and breakfast', but my home, where resident house guests and day visitors are welcome to have lunch or dinner, swim in the pool, enjoy a relaxing massage from our experienced, resident masseur. 

There is WiFi, but no television or air conditioning. 

There are no credit card facilities.



Minimum stay - 2 nights. Rate USD 75 Per room per night. Breakfast included.

The original house has been transformed into a colonial-styled villa under a single roof, which encompasses a generous veranda, the ideal place to relax, read or dine. You are welcome to borrow reading material from my library, but all books must remain on the property!




The Safari Suite cabana is a generous room with queen bed, mosquito net and seating area opening on to a private courtyard and outside shower. There are twin sinks in the bathroom and seating on the front verandah, which overlooks the pool.


The Moroccan Suite leads off the main living room, through a private entry lobby, with tea making facilities. Two small, pre existing bedrooms have been adjoined, to now house a mosquito-netted queen bed and a dressing and basin area. The toilet and shower are just outside in an enclosed Moroccan-styled courtyard. Accessed through French doors this open terracotta tiled space has a covered, built-in daybed at one end.


Chawton House East is situated 8km north west of Dickwella, 12km south east of Matara and 1.5km up Udupitiya Road from the Pathegama Junction, Kottegoda, on the the coastal road to Tangalle and Hambantota. We are directly opposite the entrance to the Pathegama Temple, where you turn onto a short, private drive, then right to our black gates.


Chef's Table

We offer a set luncheon and/or dinner menu for house guests and day visitors, which is more globally orientated than traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry.

Pricing is done according to daily market purchases and can be indicated at the time of booking, but will obviously be in line with other quality establishments. 
Meals would typically be three courses, starting with a soup or an entree. Main dishes could either be seafood, pork, chicken, beef or lamb, depending on availability, served with salads or vegetables. Desserts must include fresh fruit!  Vegetarian dishes can be requested and easily prepared.
Morning and afternoon tea can also be served; green tea being a house specialty.


Arrivals and Transport


From Bandaranaike International Airport, in Colombo, prearranged collection of house-guests by chauffeur driven car or van is an extra cost that can be organised easily by Chawton House  East management. Using the new highway to Matara you can be at Chawton House East within 2.5 hours.



Area Attractions




The coast is five minutes from Chawton House East, but the best swimming and surfing beach is a 30 minute tuktuk drive away. Heriketiya is a barely developed cove with white sand and rolling waves providing excellent surfing and swimming conditions.

Thalla beach, 10 minutes away in the opposite direction, offers surfing opportunities, wonderful walks and picnic areas. 

Further north are Weligama and Mirissa, both surfing and swimming destinations, also offering surfing lessons for the beginners.


Travelling south on the way to the expansive beaches of Tangalle is Mawella Beach. Off the beaten track, exquisite, and great for picnics. Chawton House East can pack you a hamper, organise a tuktuk, and you can spend the day exploring the coast.





The City of God, as the Singhala translation reads, has Sri Lanka's largest lighthouse situated on the southern most point of the island. Near by is the explosive blow hole that is so majestic, particularly when the sea is angry! The magnificent temple in Dondra is the focal point of the town and centrally located. It has a huge standing stone Buddha and houses elephants, chained for security, in the grounds. 





A typically busy, small town, Dickwella has the largest seated meditation Buddha in Sri Lanka and it is well worth a visit. Market day on Saturdays is an experience! The town is more crowded than usual and the displays of fruit and vegetables, clothing, knives, plants, cane ware and plastics, all for sale in the market area under makeshift tenting, is fun and fascinating.




Galle Fort


Two hours north by coast road is the historic walled town of Galle Fort. Of course it is quicker to go via the highway, but traveling the coastal route on a local bus it is an experience not to be missed if you wish to immerse yourself briefly into the colourful life of the true Sri Lanka. 


Galle Fort has many eateries and contemporary shops as well as those with tourist souvenirs. The walled fortress, dating from colonial Portuguese and 17th century Dutch occupation, includes a lighthouse and at one spot boys dive daringly into the crystal clear, blue ocean, all for another rupee or two!



Call of the Wild


Two and half hours west is Yala National Park. A day trip to see wild life is possible, but an overnight stay in camping conditions would add a well earned highlight to your holiday.


There is a Bird Sanctuary in Matara and one towards Hambantota.


Whale watching is possible from Mirissa and turtle hatcheries are a day trip away. 


You might see iguanas and peacocks on the property, but my young dogs, Keju and Handaya, are fearlessly protective of Chawton House East, and tend to chase them away! 



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