The Notary's House

Makandura | Superior

Surrounded by well-tended gardens with views across the lake, The Notary’s House is just a short drive from Colombo airport, which makes this welcoming boutique hotel an excellent first stop for reviving after a long flight. With only a handful of rooms, it never feels crowded and the staff are always on hand providing an attentive, friendly service so that you can fully relax straight away.

Designed to reflect the style and layout of a traditionally grand Sri Lankan residence, the rooms are spacious and light, with individual balconies overlooking the grounds and lake. Expanses of white walls and tiled floors make the rooms feel bright yet cool. Accent walls in warm ochre, and soft furnishing highlights of cinnamon and honey, bring a homely feel, while traditional wall hangings and rugs add individuality and a sense of culture. Ornately carved chairs in rich, dark woods offer inviting places to sit and relax both inside your room and, through the wooden louvre doors, out on your private terrace. The wet-room style en-suites feel crisp and contemporary.

The spacious grounds provide a relaxing setting to wander beneath the coconut trees to the edge of the lake, allowing your mind to gently unwind. Take tea on the terrace, lay back on a lounger, or cool off with a dip in the inviting infinity pool, before heading indoors for a beautifully cooked dinner of fragrant Sri Lankan specialities as the sun sets.

Please note that no alcohol is served at this hotel.

We Say
A serene boutique, ideal for a tranquil overnight stop at the beginning or end of your trip.


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  • Your Accommodation
    • 6 rooms & suites
    • Superior room amenities
  • Eating & Drinking
    • Restaurant
    • No alcohol licence
  • Leisure & Relaxation
    • Outdoor pool
    • Sun terrace
    • Garden
    • Lounge
    • Lake views
    • Bike hire

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