Up on the first floor of the three-bedroom former residence of Ena de Silva sits this traditionally-styled bedroom furnished with a king-sized platform bed. Timber floors contrast with the whitewashed walls though delicate louvered windows and antique furniture ensure the room retains its colonial-era feel even though crisp linen and modern amenities provide essential 20th century touches.
No. 5 at Lunuganga is a separate, 55-year-old traditional heritage villa with a difference, nestled on the very edge of Lunuganga country estate, near the sparkling lake. Formerly the Colombo home of renowned batik artist Ena de Silva, and close friend of Bawa, it was transported from its original position in the capital all the way to Lunuganga, and completed in 2016 – a process that took just three months to dismantle the house and as many as six years to reassemble it. The design is considered transformative for Bawa as he introduced Sri Lanka to the idea of an urban courtyard – a feature well recognised today, but unconventional at the time.
When booked with the neighbouring Ena House Master Suite and/or with the Ena House Guest Suite, this setup is ideal for families and friends looking for a private villa stay.