Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa

Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, Beruwala: Hours, Address, Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa Reviews: 4/5

Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa
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08:00 - 17:00
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08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 17:00
Thursday
08:00 - 17:00
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Saturday
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Sunday
08:00 - 17:00
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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
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Natasha P
Alexandria, VA133 contributions
A good day trip within Western Provence
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 24 July 2021
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Martin and Sue C
Petersfield, UK722 contributions
Lovely Gardens and House
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 21 March 2020
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1 of 4 Seniors in Sri Lanka
Goole, UK32 contributions
1 of 4 Seniors in Sri Lanka
Feb 2020
Amazing gardens with plants and flowers to wander around. Guide was very informative regarding the history. House is full of objects and artwork collected over the years.
Written 17 March 2020
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heathcote71
Benidorm, Spain68 contributions
worth seeing
Feb 2020
i have been before but went back for the second time,the story is very interesring ,and not a lot of people have herd about it,it is 2000 rupees to go in and a man to show you around.
Written 26 February 2020
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joeycalgary
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka71 contributions
As a gardener I'm gobsmacked!
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 19 February 2020
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Nilan D
2 contributions
One and only
Feb 2020 • Family
I am not clever enough to write a review for this property.
I have been enjoying this since my childhood.
Written 12 February 2020
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David O
Melbourne, Australia242 contributions
Wonderful garden & access to house unlike Lunuganga
Jan 2020 • Couples
Brief & Lunuganga gardens are almost a competition between two brothers, with plenty of family money, to design & build their dream garden. The admission to Brief is 2,000 LKR which includes the house compared to 1,500 LKR for Lunuganga which is just a 1 hour garden tour.

I liked the formal curved stairs to the main house & the sheltered courtyards with statues & wall hangings.

The house at Brief is much better maintained than the main house at Lunuganga where I stayed 10 years ago & recently visited.

Australian artist, Donald Friend, stayed at Brief and his legacy are several pottery faces and sketches.

Both brothers were gay and their choice of art work reflects their tastes.

Well worth a visit. But have your tuk tuk or car wait for you while you visit as it is out of the way.
Written 10 February 2020
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Greg G
Bangkok, Thailand16 contributions
Magical
Jan 2020 • Solo
Totally enchanting location beautiful landscape and stunning variety of flowers trees and shrubs a must for garden lovers. I feel the cost of ticket justified would highly recommend. So much better than sitting on the beach ...
Written 29 January 2020
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trifles
Mumbai, India23 contributions
Too expensive
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 25 January 2020
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banstead
Reigate, UK390 contributions
Interesting exploring the garden plus a tour of the house
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 11 January 2020
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