home built for Dr. Lucian de Zilwa. Construction of the house
began in November 1929 and completed in 1930 by Architect Mr.
Homi Billimoria (who had all the blue prints done to De Zilwa's
In 1930 the coming of age of the De Zilwa's
second daughter Dorothy Heloise and the house warming were
In 1932 the French Society had their soiree with
a lecture delivered by De Zilwa with lantern slides.
In 1938 the youngest daughter Laurette was
married at Tintagel.
On 1st May 1942 - De Zilwa was given 8 days to
vacate Tintagel by the British Military - they reckoned to house
a hundred soldiers. Incidentally on the 8th of May the Birthday
of the oldest daughter Dora Madeleine, his champion racehorse
'Reaction' died of food poisoning by eating a poisonous plant
and a stray dog killed and partly ate his peacock!
After Military occupation, Tintagel was a
'pitiful wreck' De Zilwa was disheartened and decided to sell it
to Sir Solomon Dias Bandaranaike below cost for Rs. 160,000 as a
residence for his son Solomon West Ridgeway and his family who
were renting the home of Lionel Wendt 'Wentworth' on Guildford
Crescent, Colombo 7.
In February 1949 the only son Anura of the
Bandaranaikes was born at Tintagel. From then on Tintagel became
the place from which Ceylon's political history was decided and
in which most significant radical changes were made. S. W. R. D.
Bandaranaike became Prime Minister in 1956 and he was shot on
the Verandah of Tintagel in 1959 and he succumbed to his
injuries in hospital.
In 1960 his widow Sirimavo became the World's
first woman Prime Minister. Mrs. Bandaranaike won several
elections and became Prime Minister once again in 1970 and 1994
thereby becoming the longest serving Prime Minister of Sri
Lanka. Mrs. Bandaranaike passed away in the year 2000.
In 1983 Anura Bandaranaike became Leader of the
Opposition, Speaker of the House of Parliament in 2000 and a
Minister of several Ministries of Government todate.
From 1993 Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunge
progressively became a Chief Minister, Prime Minister and then
Sri Lanka's first woman President in 1994.
In 2005 Tintagel the family home of the
Bandaranaikes was leased to Udayshanth Fernando by the family to
be Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo an unique private hotel.