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Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

Address: Kalawila Village, Beruwala, Bentota 12070, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 034 227 4462
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Ranked #6 of 13 Attractions in Bentota
Type: Gardens, Outdoors
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

I had read about these gardens and had a half day to spare so went along. The garden is beautiful. The flowers and exotic plants were fascinating. I heard a variety of birds and enjoyed searching for sight of them. I must say however. The house gave me the creeps and I couldn't applaud the statues and paintings. I would... More 

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london
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

might be an interesting walk around the gardens if you have company and fancy a change of scene .. interesting take on colonisation and creating a space where you can live as you please .. surreally, there is a Picasso in the somewhat indiscriminate art collection

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

An unexpected garden. Full of quirky ideas. So lush and green. The wife of the owner is a lovely lady and knows so much about the history of the house and the family that formerly owned it. The photos on the walls show many film stars from bygone times. Sit and look at the view from the terrace. It is... More 

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

this was the best thing we did on our visit, the house and gardens are such a pleasant surprise and very interesting too, not very big so you can do it all in an hour but you wouldnt want to eave the cool and beautiful house once youre there

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This place is hard to find. The turn from the main road is easily missed but press on as it is worth the look. The gardens are luxurious and it has a real kept, unkept look and feel. Fantastic entrance to the house from the car park. The house is a classic open style Bawa house. Must have been great... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Was a lovely experience. Every turn, every bend in the path was interesting - so many many plants. Very beautifully laid out garden. You can spend ages in this place without getting tired - if you are a nature lover. Sitting down to have some tea and biscuits in the Bawa home was also a treat. If they do up... More 

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basingstoke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

What a fantastic look into the past. The gardens were laid out with great foresight and vision. Though the house was modest, one can only imagine heady lifestyle enjoyed by the Bawa clan. Well worth a visit

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Chertsey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

If you are open minded, like something truly out of the ordinary and off the beaten tourist track, then this is definitely for you. Take a tuk tuk for a magic ride into the past and visit the Brief Garden to discover how it was to live a decidedly debauched lifestyle in the colonial days leading up to Ceylon's independance.... More 

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Mayfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

An interesting taste of old colonial living. Nice shady walks amongst the trees (beware mosquitos) stumbling upon oddities here and there. Then an interesting tour of the house and art and finally a wonderful cup of tea on the shaded terrace. Very enjoyable interlude.

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Small gardens with weird history and plenty of artwork. Staff were lovely. p.s WEAR LOTS OF BITE CREAM

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