Rolling sixteen acres in Weligama with option on renovated plantation bungalow
Sixteen acre estate in an elevated position 7km inland from Weligama with far reaching views over the intercoastal area to the Indian Ocean. Reputed to be where Sri Lanka’s largest ever Alexandrite was discovered, the estate is located in a gem mining area famous for alexandrite, sapphire, cat’s eye and ruby. Digging for gems still occurs on a small part of the property. The estate has been cultivated since the 1880s, initially producing citronella and also at various times tea. Today the estate is well managed with 6 acres of cinnamon, 5 acres of rubber and 1 acre of coconut plantation. The remainder is uncultivated land and boasts a stream, ground water, several springs and some spectacular volcanic rocks.
The estate is set in a peaceful area and is bordered by rubber and coconut plantations, paddy fields and quiet villages. The property is close to the Southern Expressway and equidistant between two junctions – each approximately 3 km away.
The estate is offered for sale on its own or with an option to also purchase the 4000 sq ft plantation bungalow and ancillary buildings which occupy a walled 90 perch plot. The original plantation bungalow was built by the founder of the plantation for his grandson and was completed around end 1930s. After a fire in 1989 the bungalow restored/rebuilt to its present state by the 4th generation owner and a two-storey extension was completed in 2009.
The single storey part of the building comprises two bedrooms, a drawing room and a sitting room along with a huge kitchen/utility area, a large family bathroom and a spacious sitting/dining verandah with beautiful antique floor tiles. On the ground foor of the two storey section are a further two bedrooms and a second bathroom, upstairs is large studio apartment with attached bathroom and a third room which could easily be converted in to a kitchenette. Outside are separate staff quarters with three bedrooms, a staff kitchen and two bathrooms. There is also a two car garage and a three vehicle car-port. The accomodation is protected by security grilles and a network of nine CCTV cameras.
This prime property comes with a wonderful tropical garden beautified with three fountains, an unique rock garden and a huge variety of tropical trees and plants including areliya, orchid, cinnamon, coffee, coconut, avocado, jack and lime trees.
The purchase price for the 16 acres is US$390,000 or US$600,000 for the sixteen acres plus the bungalow.