Dream house for rent in Sri Lanka featured in UK’s glossy upmarket House and Gardens magazine


A dream house for rent in southern Sri Lanka is featured in the latest edition of the UK’s glossy upmarket House & Garden magazine.

Charlie and Tweenie Wrey built the house with the help of local architect Sunela Jayewardene on the crest of a hill near Galle, with views across acres of tea plantation to the Indian Ocean.

Writes Emily Tobin: “Building the house was a feat, including three months of rock blasting before they were able to lay the first foundation, and while the location afforded spectacular views, it also meant hauling every last bathroom tap, kitchen pot and lampshade up the precipitous path to the summit.”


The Wreys play host to a constant stream of guests, and the house is available to rent, and the clever layout, which splits down an east-west axis, means there is plenty of room for several people to coexist.

The six-bedroom house is built in the local architectural vernacular. Writes Emily: “It has high, vaulted ceilings and a vast, open-sided seating area, designed to accommodate a lofty santol tree with branches that stretch through the roof and up to the sky beyond.”

The Wreys have happily settled into Sri Lankan life. “It’s a jolly attractive lifestyle. You have to learn to change gears and, when you do, it’s amazing how little you can achieve in a day,” says Charlie.

Read more here.

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