From the moment you walk down the steps into the hillside home, you are enchanted by the architecture and surrounds, with three stunning bedrooms surrounding an open area for lounging by the ample pool. And then the food starts.... Madura, the chef, previously worked as a chef at Nobu in Dubai and in the Maldives. His cooking is exquisite, but more importantly, nothing is too much trouble, even catering for this westerner's tricky dietary requirements. The other staff need no lessons in hospitality either, including Wally the loveable ex-Police dog, who enjoys nothing more than snuggling up to you are playing on the lush lawns. Our group of four had the house to ourselves, as is the usual deal, and while we only stayed three days, we agreed that it was the best part of our trip to Sri Lanka. It is a must!