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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

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Address: Kalawila Village, Beruwala, Bentota 12070, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 034 227 4462
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Tranquil gardens

Tranquil gardens on a much smaller scale than those of his brother at Lunuganga but worth a visit. There was no guide to walk around and explain everything here but when I reached... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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149 reviews 149 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Tranquil gardens on a much smaller scale than those of his brother at Lunuganga but worth a visit. There was no guide to walk around and explain everything here but when I reached the houes the guide gave much information about the house, statues, Bevis Bawa's artistic friends and house guests. Very interesting.

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Bevis Bawa may not have had the fame and talent of his brother Geoffrey, but his garden at The Brief is a wonderful exercise of trying to keep the jungle under some control, while letting it be part of it at the same time. Mass plantings of one plant on various locations creates a calmness next to the riot of... More 

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Hidden away inland it is not the easiest of places to find. But it is worth it, not a huge garden but lovely views and interesting house. Peaceful. Bevis bawa was an interesting chap.

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Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Brief House is approximately 10 kilometres inland with no public transport so got a tuk tuk ride. The journey after turning off the main road was great, passing through small villages in the countryside as I ventured further inland. Not well signposted but the locals happy to give directions. The entrance is like coming through a secret door into a... More 

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Bentota, Sri Lanka
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Lots of grounds to cover. Tour not as good as we hoped. The pet dog knew the tour blindfolded so we followed him.

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Vatican City, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

well, its interesting - so if you are around do visit, but dont build your day around it the original owner had special interest hence strange pieces of art, see the picture

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Loved Bevis Bawa's gardens and house, full of art history and faded glamour. The hospitality we received was simply wonderful, tea and biscuits chatting to the current owner was a real highlight.

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Definitely worth leaving the beach for a couple of hours to visit this hidden gem. Bevis Bawa's garden and house are stunning and incredibly well kept. One could spend hours inspecting the garden alone. The house has been left as it was when he lived there. One can't help wandering about the crazy parties which must have gone on there!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

if you are passionate about landscaping, architecture, this is a place that you need to see. But if you are not really interested about these, you will not finding anything much interesting. if you are going there via Southern highway, please don't follow the road that google maps shows (via road to Sri Sudarmarama temple rd) - instead go via... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This house and garden is lovely, though the prudish might be taken aback by some of the sculptures. We were offered tea - nothing could be more perfect.

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