Horathapola Estate

Location: Colombo & Western Sri Lanka | Sri Lanka

Price guide: £££££ £100-£200 per person per night

Horathapola Estate is a luxury hotel in rural Sri Lanka, in the countryside near Colombo. The hotel is housed in a colonial mansion dating from the 1920s and surrounded by lush landscapes studded with plantations. The bountiful estate surrounding the hotel helps support the local community, with its rich crop of coconut, rice, fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices.
Perfect forExperiencing the laid-back life of rural Sri Lanka.
In the knowEnjoy characterful accommodation in a 1920s colonial mansion and traditional regional cuisine served to your personal requirements by the expert chef. The working plantation surrounding the mansion produces rice, jackfruit and nutmeg, among others.

Recommended for...

  • Cultural Immersion
  • Family-friendly
  • Food & Wine
  • Peace & Quiet

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

Set in a century-old mansion in a tranquil setting surrounded by lush plantation gardens, Horathapola Estate is not far from the hustle and bustle of Colombo, yet a stay at here is a step back in time to the days of 19th-century colonialism.

Rooms at Horathapola Estate

Horathapola is home to five spacious bedrooms with large bathrooms. The interiors combine touches of modern luxury with the traditional elegance of colonial design, with antique furniture, hand-carved four-poster beds and polished wooden floors. All rooms look out over the garden and feature a private patio, veranda or balcony. The Family Lodge offers ultimate seclusion and has a roof terrace from which you can gaze out over the estate.

Food & drink

Dining here is a personalised affair, with each guest welcome to sit down with the chef face-to-face to discuss their personal requirements and preferences. Vegetarian and western dishes are happily offered, but the speciality is in traditional, rural Sri Lankan dishes, including authentic curries cooked in clay pots or thalis served on banana leaves. In keeping with the colonial feel of the hotel, afternoon tea is a tradition, with fresh delights like homemade cheesecake served alongside organic local teas.


There's a lovely outdoor saltwater swimming pool, secluded and surrounded by trees, as well as a Jacuzzi. There's also a library and a large lounge, looking out across the garden and the pool - perfect for relaxing in between exploring the area.

Activities at Horathapola Estate

Go on a tour of the estate and its plantations in a traditional bullock cart, enjoy a guided tour of the nearby village, or borrow one of the hotel's bikes to explore, and discover the serene temples and bustling markets of the Sri Lankan countryside.

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Hotel location

Despite its rural location, Horathapola Estate is easy to reach - it is approximately an hour’s drive north of Colombo’s Bandaranaike international airport.

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