Overview

The last resident of this mansion, being known as ‘the Brief’ in the Bentota-Aluthgama area, is not exactly a reflection of the Sri Lankan culture. Bevis Bawa was an artist, gay, rich, the brother of Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa, a heavy smoker and whisky drinker and led a lavish, hedonistic lifestyle within the mansion’s premises. He ended up in his small world, not bigger than a wheelchair, finally dying in 1992 at the age of 83, while having taken every minute of enjoyment in his good years. He spent most of his time to make works of art, of which many are gay erotic pieces, which can be seen all over the place, both inside the villa and in the extended garden. The garden actually is the main reason to visit this extraordinary place; in fact Bevis used to be a landscape architect and so tried to turn the garden into a small paradise with a surprising balance in space, plants and trees, staircases and unexpected corners. Statues can be found all over the place. When his father bought the place for a good price in 1929, it was a rubber plantation, but his son Bevis changed it into a lust garden His extravagant lifestyle attracted dozens of people from the artistic and upper class circles, as well as celebrities. They partied and spent some time at the mansion, such as Donald Friend, an Australian artist who came to spend there just a few weeks, but decided to stay many years. He became the boy-friend of Bevis.

You will be welcomed by the caretaker of the premises, who will be your guide during the tour, which ends up on the verandah of the villa, where you will be given a pot of excellent Ceylon tea and biscuits. Long around sometime in the miniature era of bygone days before mingling yourself again with the hustle and bustle of the city

 

As there is no public transportation to the Brief Villa, the best way to get there is hiring a 3 wheeler. For about Rps. 1,500 (including the waiting time) you would be able to accomplish the trip up and down. If you come with your own transportation, take the Matagama Road, on the southside of Aluthgama, leading to Dharga Town. From this point follow the small yellow signs, mentioning ‘Brief’. It’s approximately 10 km inland from Aluthgama. Might you get lost, ask the locals and they will tell you, almost everybody here knows the mansion.The last resident of this mansion, being known as ‘the Brief’ in the Bentota-Aluthgama area, is not exactly a reflection of the Sri Lankan culture. Bevis Bawa was an artist, gay, rich, the brother of Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, Geoffrey Bawa, a heavy smoker and whisky drinker and led a lavish, hedonistic lifestyle within the mansion’s premises. He ended up in his small world, not bigger than a wheelchair, finally dying in 1992 at the age of 83, while having taken every minute of enjoyment in his good years. He spent most of his time to make works of art, of which many are gay erotic pieces, which can be seen all over the place, both inside the villa and in the extended garden. The garden actually is the main reason to visit this extraordinary place; in fact Bevis used to be a landscape architect and so tried to turn the garden into a small paradise with a surprising balance in space, plants and trees, staircases and unexpected corners. Statues can be found all over the place. When his father bought the place for a good price in 1929, it was a rubber plantation, but his son Bevis changed it into a lust garden His extravagant lifestyle attracted dozens of people from the artistic and upper class circles, as well as celebrities. They partied and spent some time at the mansion, such as Donald Friend, an Australian artist who came to spend there just a few weeks, but decided to stay many years. He became the boy-friend of Bevis.

 

You will be welcomed by the caretaker of the premises, who will be your guide during the tour, which ends up on the verandah of the villa, where you will be given a pot of excellent Ceylon tea and biscuits. Long around sometime in the miniature era of bygone days before mingling yourself again with the hustle and bustle of the city

As there is no public transportation to the Brief Villa, the best way to get there is hiring a 3 wheeler. For about Rps. 1,500 (including the waiting time) you would be able to accomplish the trip up and down. If you come with your own transportation, take the Matagama Road, on the southside of Aluthgama, leading to Dharga Town. From this point follow the small yellow signs, mentioning ‘Brief’. It’s approximately 10 km inland from Aluthgama. Might you get lost, ask the locals and they will tell you, almost everybody here knows the mansion.

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