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Surrender your senses and succumb to the seductive charms of Villa Armitage Hill. Once a planter’s home, this historic villa goes back by more than 200 years and has featured prominently in many architecture and guidebooks. It has been subsequently renovated over the last 30 years by the famous architect Kerry Hill and is now in top condition. The house remains a true marvel in its design and architecture. The present owners of this stunning property have maintained many of the villa’s original designs and façade while introducing modern amenities for the luxury of the guests who stay here. Rarely will you find such a wonderful home in the country.
Armitage Hill today is a gorgeous 5-bedroom holiday rental on the famous southwestern coast of Sri Lanka very close to Galle. Poised on a hilltop, the villa offers panoramic views of a lush forested landscape. Not just the views and the classic elegance, this holiday home also offer resort-quality amenities that will make your stay here luxurious. The villa manager, housekeeping team, and professional chef will look after your every need. You don’t have to do anything. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the views.
5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms provide comfortable night-time sleeping for a total of 10 guests, making the villa a good choice for an extended family or a group of friends. The rooms are built as a collection of separate pavilions, with everything organized around the original plantation house. All the bedrooms are ensuite, air-conditioned, and have large king beds. The modern bathrooms all have showers or bathtubs, wash basins, and bidets.
The master suite is huge. It has a private seating area and a library with an impressive collection of books and magazines. The second bedroom has a four-posted antique bed. A third bedroom also has an old antique chest from the villa’s original collection. They all open to the garden through wide glass doors.
Villa Armitage Hill provides wonderful spaces for friends and families to come together and enjoy the island’s tropical treasures whilst also offering private opportunities for contemplation and rejuvenation. A beguiling mix of nature and organic design blend together in perfect synergy here.
A vast garden and manicured lawn surround the property. It is so serene that it seems like a haven of tranquillity. Set on a hill, the estate covers 20 acres and offers views of the vast flood plains and even Adam’s Peak to the north and the winding Gin River to the south. Go for a refreshingly cool swim in the pool, or relax on a poolside lounger, while the kids have fun on the grassy lawn. A shaded veranda has an outdoor lounging and dining area.
There are numerous large living and common areas throughout the house. The living room is open from all sides and provides the feeling as if you are outside. Many antiques and collectibles decorate this space. It has a large sofa area and also a study table. You will find several other cozier seating areas where you can be alone or in smaller groups. Sculptures decorate the other common areas as well.
The dining pavilion is designed to comfortably seat up to 20 guests. The villa has a private chef, so you don’t have to do any cooking.
Armitage Hill will take your Sri Lankan holiday experience to an all-new level. Imagine sipping a cocktail with glorious views all around. You will have all the modern comforts for an enjoyable holiday. The rooms are all air-conditioned. Enjoy the swimming pool. There is internet, so you can stay connected easily. There is a BBQ. The bathrooms have hot water, towels, hair dryers, and toiletries. Our concierge can also arrange for a masseur and a chauffeur.
The villa has a fantastic location in the southwestern part of the island, between Wakwella and Hapugala. With the hills, valleys, and forests all around, the villa certainly seems like a nature recluse. But it is still close to many attractions. The famous UNESCO-listed Galle Fort is only 7.5 kilometers away. The nearest surfing spot is at a distance of 8.5 kilometers.
A very special place Armitage Hill is one of the most special places I have stayed. Stunning design, incredible grounds, amazing pool and lovely staff. Food great too! (particularly the banana flambe). It was such a privilege to experience the home of the late Kerry Hill, having long-admired the Aman hotels he designed.