Merchant House began its life over a hundred years ago in a small colonial village just half a kilometre south of Ahangama town. The house is nestled in a small village down a small track off the coast road 300m from the beach.
Originally it was the “Sherriff’s House”, now called Merchant House, it has always been the grandest house in the small village, commanding a key position among a clutch of colonial houses. We recently renamed it Merchant House (before the original name of Sherriff’s House was known!).
We have painstakingly restored and extensively modernized the beautiful old building and created a contemporary home to be enjoyed by our family and friends. The house sits on just under half an acre, or nineteen thousand square feet of land and is itself around five and a half thousand square feet, (510 sq. meters) in total of living space.
With four bright and airy bedrooms, the house sleeps 8 comfortably. All rooms feature: en-suite bathrooms, king sized four-poster Mahogany beds draped in mosquito nets, hotel quality mattresses and linen, air-conditioning, and ceiling fans.
There are several shady spaces around the house to escape and relax, parallel to the large living and dining room there is a 40ft. long covered verandah that overlooks the pool and garden and the master has its own private verandah, room 2 also has a private deck, and there are plenty of private spaces and even a hammock to get away from everyone and relax.
We live on the large verandah off the living and dining room, as most of the action at Merchant House takes place here. The verandah also has a dining table that seats 8 if you wanted to have breakfast, lunch or dinner al fresco during your stay, it is a great place to watch the activities in the pool garden and volleyball court, as well as to take in the flora and fauna.
At about 5pm settle down with a cocktail to watch the various tribes of monkeys come out and feed, a bright blue kingfisher who has taken a liking to the pool also takes his nightly wash and dive in the pool( regardless of people being in the pool) at about 4pm and there is any amount of bird life to behold. Recently due to the flowering of all the garden plants we have seen humming birds sip nectar from the plants just off the main verandah.
The dogs also have their baskets here and plod around the garden sleeping in the shade of the verandah during the day and at night seem to love chasing each other around the pool, plus the verandah is right next to the kitchen too so snacks and drinks are never far away!
The house has a number of toys all at your disposal, from a boules set, lots of games and cards in the living room including backgammon, monopoly, connect 4, the provocative cards against humanity and more outdoor sports such as volley ball, badminton set, snorkel and masks, 2 boogie boards and 4 bikes for you to use, and explore all on your own.
There is a great circuit round the house of about 30-40 minutes, which will take in the village the train track, paddy fields, old colonial villages and a monastery all within 1 km from the house.