39 Galle Fort Villa – Three Bedroom Villa in Sri Lanka
Located within walls of a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site, three bedrooms 39 Galle Fort Villa offers space, privacy and plenty of old world charm. Ideal for families and groups of friends looking for a warm and welcoming home-from-home right in heart of this historic ‘living citadel’, trendy Galle Fort’s iconic landmarks are mere footsteps away.
Stately yet cosy, nostalgic yet current, this immaculate property elegantly blends charm of past with 21st century comforts. Breezy terraced house is hugely spacious; timber vaulted ceiling of living room alone towers almost 10 metres above burgundy-hued daybeds and three-metre-long dining table. A friendly staff team – including a cook – attends to guests, ensuring they make most of their comfortable surroundings.
39 Galle Fort Villa dates back to 17th century but was extensively renovated in 2008. House is arranged across two floors encompassed by a walled courtyard garden sprouting tropical plants and boasting an alfresco dining area. Many features, such as wide archway in living room, high vaulted ceilings and heady mix of antique and custom-made furniture, hark back to Dutch colonial era. Sumptuously dressed beds and cushioned daybeds, along with well-equipped kitchen, mezzanine TV lounge and iPod dock delightfully complement this heritage home.
Tucked along Lighthouse Street in Galle Fort, on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast, house provides easy access to many iconic attractions of this historic locale. Although your cook will prepare daily breakfasts and other light meals on request, fort is also dotted with a growing number of restaurants, cafés, bars and ice cream parlours to explore and sample. And within a fifteen-minute drive of fort are palm-fringed beaches, idyllic lakes and fascinating temples.
39 Galle Fort Villa, an atmospheric three-bedroom Dutch colonial townhouse, sits at heart of Galle’s magnificent 17th century colonial fortress, on Sri Lanka’s south-western coast. Redolent of colonial era, villa’s capacious size, graceful period features and striking custom-made furnishings paint a picture of past whilst its well-appointed bedrooms, comfortable lounges and modern facilities lavish it with every essential mod con. Ideal for families and groups of friends looking to stay right in heart of this historic site, this staffed heritage house is mere footsteps away from fort’s landmarks, eateries and boutiques.
Privately situated on first floor of house with king-sized four-poster bed, Dutch almirah and side tables. Folding doors onto private balcony with garden and rooftop views and modern ensuite bathroom finished in terrazzo.
Located on ground floor of house with king-sized four-poster bed, Dutch almirah and side tables. Folding doors onto private terrace with garden/courtyard views and terrazzo-finished modern ensuite bathroom
Situated on ground floor, just off living room with antique queen-size bed and matching antique cupboard. Views of Lighthouse Street beyond wide folding windows and tiled galley-style bathroom with shower
Expansive, open-plan, fan-cooled living space with lounge area and elegant teak dining table for 10
Fan-cooled mezzanine snug with daybeds, a 32-inch flat-screen TV and DVD player
Refined reading room with twin rattan loungers and a ceiling fan
Courtyard garden laid to lawn and edged by palms, torch ginger and floral vines
Semi-alfresco veranda with daybed and planters chairs overlooking garden
39 Galle Fort Villa is located mid-way along Lighthouse Street, in historic Galle Fort, just 150 metres from grass-topped western-facing ramparts and a further 200 metres from town’s famous international test cricket stadium. Fort is a world heritage site and dates back over 400 years; a walk along its narrow cobbled streets reveals fascinating hybrid architecture of three colonial eras – fretwork-fringed and pillarred Dutch abodes, British-era monuments, ochre-hued spice warehouses and interesting museums showcasing fort’s rich history. There are many restaurants and cafes, as well as boutiques selling handicrafts, delicate lacework, glittering gems and other evocative souvenirs. Within 15 kilometres are a selection of mesmerising beaches, tranquil lagoons and historic temples.
Things to do
39’s villa manager has a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. In meantime, here is a taste of many and varied activities on offer within reach of house:
Explore! Galle Fort is on your doorstep and a wander along her atmospheric lanes and grass-topped ramparts is very rewarding. On your hit list should be Maritime Museum and old spice warehouses, Law Court Square, slender white lighthouse and Flag Rock to see kamikaze sea-jumpers in action. Western-facing ramparts are place to be at sunset. For more insights, take a guided tour.
Look for Colin-Thome gravestones in famous Dutch Reformed Church – owners of 39 are part of an original Dutch Burgher family from Galle and their great uncle and aunt are buried in graveyard of the church (hint: look to right of the entrance).
Aside from sightseeing, Galle Fort is gaining increasing notoriety as a place to shop anddine. Popular shops include Mimimango for exotic clothing, Stick No Bills for nostalgic vintage posters, Barefoot for vibrant handlooms and Sithulvili for painted timber boxes. Barista is a popular coffee stop and Living Room a boutique-cum-bar, which feels like an Aladdin’s Cave. Pedlar’s Inn Café is a reliable, sociable spot, as is Fortaleza and Amangalla, both with bars. Don’t forget to stop off at Pedlar’s Inn Gelataria for Galle’s best ice creams!
Pamper yourself in one of Galle Fort’s relaxing spas; favourites include serene Galle Fort Spa for contemporary treatments, and Amangalla’s Baths, for hydrotherapy and traditional yet luxurious Ayurvedic treatments. There are one or two fish spas in fort too!
If you’re lucky enough to be in town for an international cricket fixture, make for test stadium, or for a more unique view, sit on front ramparts and watch from on high.
To explore Galle’s hinterland in more depth, take off on two wheels on a guided bicycleadventure with Idle Tours; trips take you along quietest back lanes and paddy bunds, and through villages, farmland and forests, ending up at beach for sunset.
If you’re after some beach time, head to Wijeya Beach (8km), a popular expat hangout with a lovely beach and tranquil lagoon that’s great for swimming (and for families). Alternatively, make for Talpe Beach Club (11km), which serves up delicious food and drinks beside sea, and has a swimming pool if you don’t feel like braving the ocean.
Galle is also home to lowland tea estates – at Handunugoda Tea Factory (21.5km) you can tour estate (which also makes expensive white tea) and enjoy a tea tasting session.
Koggala Lake (16km) is a meandering waterway fringed by cinnamon plantations, village communities and thick jungle where you can take a boat ride or visit a spice garden.
If you’re in town between November and April, it’s whale and dolphin watching season; boats depart either from Galle Harbour or pretty harbour in Mirissa itself (34km). Out of season, take youngest family members to turtle hatchery at Habaraduwa (13.5km).
100m to Galle Fort
5 km to Yatagala Temple
6 km to Unawatuna Beach
13 km to Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery
28 km to Weligama Beach
34 km to Mirissa
55 km to Lunuganga Estate
93 km to Sinharaja Rainforest
150 km to Colombo Airport
160 km to Yala National Park
Service and Facilities
Capacity for 6 adults (3 ensuite bedrooms, 2 with king sized beds and 1 queen- size bed).
Open-plan living/dining room; mezzanine TV lounge; reading room; furnished veranda; indoor dining for 10 and outdoor dining for 6.
Villa Management Team (on call); Cook; Houseboy. Additional staff (babysitters, spa therapists, laundryman) available on request (extra charge applies).
Light western and Sri Lankan meals.
WiFi internet access; mobile phone coverage.
Satellite TV; DVD player; CD player; iPod dock.
No. 39 Galle Fort is a great villa for families with children beyond the toddler stage.
House’s central fort location means that all of its attractions, shops and eateries are all quickly accessible on foot. If additional transport is required, don’t hesitate to call the villa management team to organise day or half-day car and driver hire for sightseeing (additional cost).
*Rates are subject to 15.5% service charge, taxes, etc. Please note above rates are valid until 03 Jan 2022. Please email us if you would like to make a booking after this date. Minimum 2 nights stay for low season, 3 nights stay for high season, and 5 nights stay for peak season includ. Chinese New Year & Easter.
01 May – 17 Dec 2020
01 May – 30 Jun 2021
01 Sep – 30 Nov 2021
18 Dec – 19 Dec 2020
16 Feb – 05 Feb 2021
12 Apr – 30 Apr 2021
01 Jul – 31 Aug 2021
01 Dec – 19 Dec 2021