Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa
Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa
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THE HOME & GARDEN OF BEVIS BAWA The legendary garden of Bevis Bawa played host to Sir Lawrence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, Agatha Christie and to many more. The Garden at Brief still holds the stamp of his becoming personality. Pass through the tall, statue capped gateway set in the thick bamboo hedge and you enter Bevis’s universe. An then along the junglly perimeter path, through the Japanese garden, across the wide lawns and by the round pond and the water steps. Everywhere in the garden its creator’s presence is visible. Entrance Fee LKR 2,000/- per person
Duration: 1-2 hours
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banstead
Kirkby Lonsdale, UK417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Its a lovely quiet spot away from roads and houses. We walked around the garden first exploring the different areas and interesting statues etc - best for me was the courtyard with amazing bat lilies I've never seen before.

Each group has a personal tour of the house - luckily the tour ahead of us had started by the time we got there, so we able to relax and wait on the terrace. The house itself is interesting with pictures and photos, apparently now owned by old staff of Mr Bawa.

As others have said it is quite expensive, and is cash only. There is nothing else around the area for drinks or snack so be prepared. Overall I preferred Lunuganga which isn't too far away but I guess that's a personal preference.
Written January 11, 2020
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joeycalgary
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
As a traveller, we look for beauty everywhere - people, architecture, culture, trees and gardens. Sri Lanka scores very high in all categories. And when we found Bevis Bawa's garden called Brief (his father and brother, Geoffery were lawyers) and the documents they produced were "Briefs" Bevis was a writer, artist and gardener and his "Brief" is his garden. Every part of the garden is so cleverly designed, so deliberate, so carefully thought out; every view designed in such a way as to miss nothing. The magnificent grandeur of the trees - the choice of species, their placement in the landscape are exquistite. The scupture both beautiful and amusing. Don't miss it!
Written February 19, 2020
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AsITravel
Colombo, Sri Lanka96 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
While the garden itself was worth exploring to enjoy the different fauna and flora and innovative landscspe, our experience was soured by the 2 men who were in charge of the premises. One person by the name of Ananda and another fellow who appeared to be his assistant. We had paid the local rate of Rs 500 each for the garden tour and had no intention of visiting the interior of the house. But the moment we stepped up the stairs leading to the perimeter of the house, these 2 fellows came out and quite rudely literally chased us off saying garden is below the stairs. We have seen plenty of beautiful houses during our travels and had no intention of surreptitiously stepping inside the house as if we have never seen one! They seem not to be aware of the difference betwen the interior and exterior of a house. This is not the way to treat visitors and Ananda especially comes off as quite rude and aloof to both local and foreign visitors alike. He does not possess the usual Sri Lankan hospitality and needs to be given a good lesson in PR. We did not notice him even once smiling and being accomodating towards guests. Also suggest to install a board saying garden only visitors not allowed up the stairs! Lunuganga was a much more wholesome experience as opposed to this.
Written November 27, 2022
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Sarah B
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
We took a tuk tuk ride out to brief gardens. We rang the bell to be let in and wandered around the beautiful gardens up to the main house, where we were met by our guide who took us on an interesting tour, explaining all the art work and the smaller court yard areas of the house. Well worth a visit a hidden gem!
Written March 14, 2023
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Natasha P
Alexandria, VA126 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Small garden walk, interesting design. The artwork within the house is diverse-paintings, sculptures. Unique pieces if you look closely. The road getting there was small-take a tuk or a high clearance vehicle .
Written July 24, 2021
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Jos Carter
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
I loved it here. An amazing variety of plants and beautiful gardens to wander around which took well over 90 minutes to see properly. Then a little tour inside the house where the guide had a really good knowledge of the many decorative items there. A very interesting visit.
Cost 2,000 rupees - a bargain.
Take mosquito repellant!
Written March 11, 2023
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Nilmini D
Colombo, Sri Lanka266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
“Brief Garden” is in Darga Town, Beruwala near Aluthgama about 45 km south from Colombo.
Previously known as “Bawa’s Garden”, but now it is called “Brief Garden”. This is a private property owned by Mr. Bevis Bawa.He is the brother of the famous architect Mr. Geoffrey Bawa.
Charming landscaped garden with sheltered paths with trees and various types of plants. The Bawa’s Bungalow is in the middle of the land with ancient furniture and pictures etc.,
But now the garden seems to be neglected and not maintained properly.
The road to the garden is very narrow, a three-wheeler, motor cycle or a small car is recommended. If you go in a hired vehicle ask them to wait for you or return in one-hour time since there is no way to return back.
The place seems to be needed lot of attention. I think it is better if they consider using it for tourism or even convert as a Boutique Hotel.
Written January 2, 2020
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trifles
Mumbai, India21 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
At 2000 rupees at the time of writing, its too expensive for what it offers. An aimless walk in a garden and a house. It’s quite difficult to get to as well. Rather spend the couple of hours at the lovely Bentota beach.
Written January 25, 2020
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Martin C
Petersfield, UK716 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The tuc-tuc ride to the gate is up some tiny little roads which is quite strange for such a notable attraction.

The guided tour of the house was excellent with a very knowledgable guide who was able to describe a lot about Bevis Bawa and his life in Sri Lanka. It's great that he left his house and gardens to local people and they are doing a great job in presenting it to the public.

The gardens are beautiful and this place is a lovely peaceful haven.
Written March 21, 2020
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Jayachandran U
161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
An amazing escape by landscape architect Bevis Bawa, the Brief Garden lies tucked in a scenic corner of Bentota. Such a beautifully planned and landscaped garden with wonderful water ponds and water bodies created in unusual shapes and green ups and downs, surrounding the lovely house that is ensconced in the greenery.

The house interior of Bevis Bawa is again lovely architecturally and has on display a large number of paintings by him as well as other famous artists. There are photographs of the renowned people he hosted as well.

With a lot of history narrated by one of the housekeepers, it made for a good visit.

The current owners are requested to contribute more towards the upkeep of the gardens as that would really add to the beauty of the property.

All in all a visit worth indulging in while in Bentota.
Written June 3, 2024
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