Brief Garden

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Sitting just 10km inland from Bentota, Brief Garden is a glorious garden with a villa at its centre, once owned by Bevis Bawa. Bevis was the hedonistic artist and older brother of Geoffrey Bawa, who lived in the villa for many years during which time he designed and landscaped the gardens, which we now see today. Many influential people stayed with him during his time, including Lawrence Olivier and Donald Friend, an Australian artist. The villa is brimming with art, artefacts and sculptures, and despite the gardens being absolutely divine; we feel the house is the most fascinating part of the grounds. The gardens are exotic and beautifully landscaped: think frangipani, iron gates, and elaborate water features. The paths lead you to hidden spaces filled with oversized pots and sculptures. The caretaker guides the tour, providing a fantastic insight into the life of Bevis and his wonderful creations. The tour normally lasts 1-2 hours.


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