First built by Antoine Joseph van der Poorten in the mid-19th century, Halgolla Plantation Home (HPH) is now run by his grandson Emil van der Poorten who returned to restore it to its previous splendour and who now resides at the property. This elegant and charming plantation home is set amidst a unique mixed plantation of rubber, cocoa, fruit and spice crops and has large Tabebuia, Amherstia, mango and Poinciana trees in the garden providing shady spaces for guests to relax under. The house's unique architecture reflects a period of splendour and comfort that is rarely found now: the original stained-glass windows in the dining room and front door are still intact. Indoors, a large living room, a spacious dining room and two sitting-out areas are available for the use of guests.
As guests of the owners, you’ll be provided with Sri Lankan cuisine of exceptional quality, prepared in a traditional fashion. Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated given advance notice. Home-grown fruits such as bananas, avocado, soursop, mangosteen, guava, mango, breadfruit, jak and durian are available in abundance seasonally. Most vegetables are grown in the HPH garden. The water supply to the house is gravity-fed from a private spring and all water is boiled and filtered prior to use. Coffee grown and processed at HPH and pure Ceylon tea as well as a variety of other non-alcoholic beverages are included in the tariff. While alcoholic beverages are not served, guests may bring their own.