Cinnamon Mount is a stunning, hill top residence positioned to command the outstanding panorama of nearby Weligama and Mirissa, the rolling inland hill country and the mighty Indian Ocean.
Mirissa Hills is a working cinnamon estate of 40 acres, allowing interested guests to enjoy demonstrations by manager Thilak Gamini of the process of cultivation and 'harvesting' of the age-old 'crop'-the inner bark of the tropical evergreen tree. It is increasingly valued in today's world as its health giving properties include naturally reducing the level of blood sugar.
Cinnamon Mount was designed by architect C. Anjelandran, a protege of Geoffrey Bawa's, who believed his work should provide "a meditative refuge from the tragedy and trauma of life". This contemporary bungalow is therefore serene and uncluttered, furnished with an engaging mix of antique and modern pieces and hung with carefully chosen work representing the younger contemporary Sri Lankan artists.
The large open plan living area has spectacular views of the ocean, becoming quite breathtaking at nightfall as the sun slides out of sight, leaving a fiery glow. A wonderful Sri Lankan sculpture acts as a room divider between sitting and dining rooms, and opposing glass doors ensure a comforting, cool sea breeze.
There are 3 double bedroom suites with verandahs and a further single room. Each bedroom has a modern, well equipped ensuite bathroom. The large kitchen is designed with western style in mind, for those who wish to practise their own culinary skills, but the comprehensive management team includes a cook who will present a daily menu of excellent Sri Lankan and western dishes, flexible to your own requirements. Service is friendly, yet discreet and professional. House boys maintain the villa in pristine condition and the pool boy and 24hr security guard ensure your comfort and safety in all other areas.
There is a tempting deep blue swimming pool in the courtyard garden and a generous supply of loungers for the sun worshippers. Mirissa Bay offers a private beach for picnics or paddling and nearby activities such as bird watching, river trips and diving will fill your days. A little further afield is historic Galle with its sophisticated boutiques and restaurants, the Sigyiria Rain Forest and many places of wonderment like the Rock Monastery of Murigakela.
The bungalow, just 10mins walk from Cinnamon Mount, on the edge of the estate, is available with the main house or may be booked independently. With a traditional high roofed, Walauwa design giving plenty of ventilation, it sits in a clearing amidst well kept lawns. It is a delightful, fret-work adorned, ochre coloured building restored and refurbished to the same high standard as the 'Big House'. The sitting room is light and airy and opens onto a beautiful dining room with an astonishing 'single plank' table, seating 10 or more. There are three double bedrooms, each with en suite showers and toilets. The bungalow has the services of a cook and a houseboy. Breakfast, light lunches and dinner are available, with a choice of western or Sri Lankan dishes. Guests may use the pool at Cinnamon Mount by arrangement.
Purpose-built to combine the story of cinnamon with adjoining 4 air conditioned double rooms set in their own courtyard. Simply but well furnished, each room has its own en suite bathroom with shower and toilet. At night the courtyard becomes an attractive candle-lit dining area and bar.
The building houses specially commissioned paintings and sculptures, including a magnificent statue of the mythical phoenix who, legend has it, on his last night gathered branches of cinnamon to create a funeral pyre from which a new born bird would emerge.