Tintagel Colombo is the creation of Shanth Fernando, a Sri Lankan lifestyle designer and entrepreneur who also owns the Gallery Café - the capital's leading restaurant -- and the popular lifestyle home store Paradise Road. If it matches these ventures, its success is assured. The painstaking transformation of the house took just under three years as Shanth, assisted by architect Phillip Weeraratne, paid close attention to detail and refused to compromise on quality. The original colonial mansion remains with a few minor structural changes. An entirely new wing has been added at the rear which blends seamlessly, housing the exquisite bedroom suites, swimming pool and a small Spa. Elements of colonial architecture including high ceilings, ornate columns, arches and wooden floors have all been retained. Shades of white and ebony blended with vibrant red and black, permeate the interiors. Furnishings are exquisite: sofas from Portugal, hand-spun silk and woollen rugs from Nepal, modern art, silver gilded chandeliers and Egyptian cotton bedding. Tintagel will appeal to discerning travellers looking for stylish and luxurious accommodation in the centre of Colombo. We recommend it highly.