Red Cliffs
History of a Hideaway
This house on Redcliffs and its tropical parkland has a natural affiliation for relaxation as can be traced back in history to the days of the colonial planters who once lived here and enjoyed life around the precincts of the Mirissa and Weligama Bays.

One of the first westerners to enjoy the property was the German naturalist Ernst Haeckel who visited the Redcliffs of Mirissa in 1881 and made famous two paintings.

Redcliffs was portrayed over a hundred years ago in water colour by Ernst Haeckel the famous German painter, when the Redcliffs of Mirissa caught his eye one sunset, “they seem to burn like live coal …” he said in his book, “A VISIT TO CEYLON.”

Referring to his painting of the Redcliffs of Mirissa, Haeckel in his book, went on to say, “… the magic splendours of Nature must be seen to be believed in,” and this in essence is the best way to describe the ambience at Redcliffs.

Since then the view of Mirissa has lured heads of state, millionaires and visitors from many lands who made it their holiday retreat.

In more recent history, Redcliffs was the holiday retreat of J.R.Jayewardene, the first executive president of Sri Lanka, from the early sixty’s to the late 90’s. There is even a local legend that he first conceived of the powerful Presidential system of government when holidaying at Redcliffs.

Today Redcliffs is made available by the family to discerning travellers as a holiday hideaway of such great character and ambience.
Red Cliffs
Red Cliffs
Red Cliffs
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