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Chawton House East is a smart, bijou guesthouse that nestles into a slice of Sri Lankan jungle, 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 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 is about relaxation, a place to unwind and be pampered. Take some time to enjoy the peace and privacy with a background of village sounds; bells and chanting from the Buddhist Temples and the music of insects, birds and wildlife.

The original village house has been transformed into a colonial style villa with a generous veranda; the ideal place to relax, dine or read a book from the library. 


Chawton House East offers a stylish haven for those travelling in the south. It is neither an hotel, nor a restaurant, nor is it just a 'bed and breakfast', but a home, where house guests are welcome to also have lunch or dinner, to swim in the pool, have a relaxing massage or unwind with a magazine on the veranda. 

Chawton House East offers a Chef's Table set menu for lunches and/or dinners for house guests. Pricing is done according to daily market purchases and can be indicated at the time of booking. Dinner is typically three courses, starting with soup or an entree. The main course could be seafood, fish, pork or chicken, served with salads and/or vegetables; our Sri Lankan curries are legendary. Desserts vary and often feature tropical fruit. Vegetarian dishes can be requested and easily prepared. Morning and afternoon teas, with homemade cakes, can also be served: green tea being the house speciality.

We have WiFi, but no Credit Card facilities.



Guest Reviews

"My Mom and I travelled for 3 weeks through India and Sri Lanka, and our stay at Richard's was the needed vacation from our vacation.
" A refuge of relaxation at the portal of paradise.
" A dip in the pool is as refreshing as 4 o'clock tea.
" It was fascinating to hear of Richard's life and travels in Africa, to see his design work and compare notes on what it is that calls one to buy a house in a foreign land and create one's own paradise to share with others. Never have I experienced a host who so genuinely delights in the comfort and joy his guests feel.
"People get called to places for special reasons, almost like magic. If you are reading this review ..... it may certainly be a sign that this is a place you should come and stay at."

Ureuk World Music House, Korea. February, 2017.


"I spent a blissful 6 days along with 2 of my friends in Chawton House East.
It was everything we could have hoped for and more.
Richard, the owner of the paradise guesthouse, could not have done more to make us feel welcome and at home.
The space is immaculate, uniquely designed and truly a special place.......we especially loved the outdoor shower and daybed.
The location is ideal if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet a convenient tuk tuk drive all nearby amenities and beaches.
The food Richard and his team prepared for us was the best we had on our travels..... We suggest he writes his own cook book.
However, the highlight of our stay were the evenings drinking wine and enjoying Richard's great sense of humour. Thank you for all the laughs and great chats. Our only regret is that we couldn't spend longer in the exquisite guesthouse. We will indeed be back"

Katie, August, 2017.



'Richard - The time at Chawton House East was very good, and I really enjoyed the three days.
You are a master innkeeper!'



August, 2017.





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