The Mud House
Puttalam, North West
The Mudhouse is nestled in sixty acres of forest in the ancient rural heartlands of Sri Lanka. It is a private and seductive retreat, far away from the beaten track. Situated at a distance of 165 km from Colombo the retreat offers 8 rooms for nature lovers. Flanked by lakes and blessed with abundant birdlife, wildlife and natural beauty, The Mudhouse was selected by The Guardian (UK) as one of the 100 most romantic destinations in the world
The Mud House in Pictures
Comfortable accommodation in rustic surroundings at The Mudhouse consists of a number of clusters of uniquely designed huts spread throughout 60 acres of forest land. These huts range from a traditional village house to a tree house, all constructed with natural materials sourced locally. Throughout The Mudhouse, traditional wattle and daub and thatched roofing techniques are complemented by contemporary vision and design.
Each structure is designed with comfort and relaxation in mind. Whilst all the layouts differ, the facilities are essentially the same. All huts have outdoor showers and indoor bathrooms with sinks and western toilets, designed in a style that befits the overall aesthetic and back-to-nature theme. The ‘extra bathroom’ is the lake adjacent to the land and is great for swimming and bathing among lotus flowers.
There is no mains electricity at The Mudhouse. Lighting at night is provided by plentiful candles and lanterns. The staff hut is equipped with solar panels and has a limited supply of both AC and DC power for charging batteries of any kind. For those that insist on their own music, there is a small battery-powered music system to plug in your CD player or digital devices. The Mudhouse is managed by Kumar, a respected village personality, who contributes to the development of the community and the ancient Parmakanda temple, and who can share his knowledge about wildlife and cultural heritage. cookery at its best. The rice you eat is home grown and water you drink is sourced directly from an unpolluted mountain spring on Samadhi land. The Kukul Oya River meets the Hulu Ganga River, conveniently creating several spots for river bathing amongst the rocks and baby rapids.
The Mudhouse has its own farm, onsite, where the majority of fruits and vegetables used in our food are grown. Sri Lankan dishes are prepared in clay pots over a hearth, using locally available fresh meats, fish and vegetables