The Mudhouse spreads itself throughout 60 acres of sprawling tropical woodland in rural Sri Lanka, approximately 2.5 hours north of Colombo. It’s unlike anything else on the island; rooms are private and individually designed huts made out of wattle and daub with thatched roofs. Despite the simplicity, they are actually quite chic. The grounds are dotted with large ancient irrigation tanks, attracting an array of bird life. There’s kayaking, cycling, nature trails, cookery lessons and local villages to explore. However, for many the serenity is what makes The Mudhouse so desirable. We particularly love the authentic organic cuisine, the hospitality and the fact there’s no electricity; the huts are illuminated with oil lamps and candles at night.
The ‘clusters’ of huts have been created using locally sourced materials; they are simple and often open sided. All huts are equipped with binoculars, cool boxes, mosquito nets, towels and blankets. The ‘original’ Mudhouse was the original creation and includes one double bedroom, an inside western toilet, a central living area and covered veranda. It also includes a second stilted structure with two single beds. Another structure houses the outdoor shower and washing area. There’s also dome shaped hut for alfresco dining. The Family Hut has two double beds and a large open plan lounge area. The walls are mostly open to make the most of the jungle views. The Honeymoon Hut is stilted and shaped like a hexagon, with a double bed and rattan blinds. The Palu Hut sleeps up to 12 and is V shaped. The newsiest addition is The Mahu Gedera, a grand structure housing five beds. It has an open central courtyard, a semi-outdoor bathroom and a western toilet.