La Villa

Constructed by a Battambang tradesman, this 1930s house is typical of French colonial architecture and has an interesting history. After the Khmer rouge period, the house became quarters for the Vietnamese army and was subsequently given to a Cambodian general after their departure.

The house fell into disarray and was squatted before it being sold in 2004 to a young expatriate couple who were mesmerised by the charm and beauty of this ancient house.

After significant renovations, the villa was restored to its original brilliance with Art Deco furniture, electrical equipment from that era such as the fans, and old photos that have changed in color due to the passing of time. There are six rooms inside the main building, each with its unique charm and a further room beside the swimming pool to the rear.

Dining is either on the outdoor terrace or indoors under the glass roof. The restaurant (open for breakfast, lunch and dinner) has a range of French and Khmer cuisine, and the bar (11am to 9.30pm) is well stocked with cocktails, spirits and wines.

The owners can arrange for tours of Battambang and the surrounding countryside upon request.

La Villa
185 Pom Romchek 5
Tel: +855 (0)17 411 880 / 053 730 151,
www.lavilla-battambang.com