Sir Thomas Lister Villiers
|Portrait of Sir Thomas Lister.|
Putting an end to his 18-year long career as a planter, Sir Thomas Lister joined the George Steuart Company in Colombo in 1905, and became its Chairman in 1928.
The Dream-home; Adisham
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He selected a piece of land of ten acres within an isolated mountainous area covered with natural high forest, 5,000 feet above mean sea level, close to Haputale. This forest area, called Thangamalei is a wildlife sanctuary today.
|Entrance to the Thangamalei Wildlife Sanctuary.|
Sir Thomas Lister got his ‘dream-home’, the Adisham, by architects R. Booth and F. Webster according to what is called the ‘Tudor Style’ to which the Leeds Castle in Kent was designed. The walls were built using locally produced granite. Its roof is covered with Burmese Teak tiles. Most household items were imported from England. Sir Thomas’ portrait which is hanging in the living room was done by the famous painter David Paynter. Sir Thomas Lister and Lady (Evelyn Hope) Villiers moved to live in this mansion in 1931. Lady Villiers too was a painter, and a number of her
|Views from Adisham Garden.|
The Adisham Today
|Product outlet at Adisham.|
|Sir Thomas's Chauffeur's Quarters turned to a Guest House.|
The Adisham Bungalow is open for the public only on weekends and Poya days. Each visitor (children or adults) will be charged Rs.25 as an entrance fee. Snacks and soft drinks are available for the visitors at the small canteen adjoining the Adisham Products outlet. Call (+94)057 2268 030 if you would like to book a room in the Guest House for a stay at Adisham.