Ambassador House Villa – Five Bedroom Villa in Sri Lanka
Tucked within Galle’s historic seventeenth century fortress on south coast of Sri Lanka, this majestic five-bedroom private villa, former residence of Sri Lankan Ambassador to Pakistan, Iraq and Bangladesh is bursting with colonial charm. Ambassador’s House boasts abundant living space, including a roof terrace and huge lounge, as well as an elongated swimming pool and a lush, palm-shaded courtyard. An experienced staff team, including a private chef, welcome guests with traditional Sri Lankan hospitality and tend to every need to ensure that families and friends can relax and cherish their time soaking up nostalgia of these elegant surroundings.
Four-poster king-size bed and rattan planter’s lounge with antique wardrobe, table and chairs. Private living space and direct access to roof terrace and soaring ceilings and polished timber floors. Air conditioned and fan-cooled with Linen mosquito net, and En suite with moulded tub, twin sinks and his-and-hers showers.
Two four-poster double beds with soaring ceiling and polished timber floors, direct access via private veranda to the roof terrace, and antique wardrobe and furnishings. Air conditioned and fan-cooled with linen mosquito net, and En suite with rain shower
Ground Floor Bedrooms
Three double bedrooms are located on the ground floor, with access through pretty archways onto the plunge pool and tranquil and light. King-size four-poster beds and Dutch-style wardrobes with air conditioned and fan-cooled, linen mosquito nets, and En suite bathroom with rain shower
Sumptuous fan-cooled living space spilling onto the deep front veranda, furnished with sofas
Separate Dining Room with a Dining Table for 10 with adjoining separate kitchen
Middle Courtyard with Round Wooden Table with four chairs
Fan-cooled lounge TV lounge with 42-inch screen, DVD player, built-in sofa and views over the plunge pool
Dual-level, flower beds with bougainvillea and furnished with sun
Pavilion with built-in sofas on the top level
Gorgeous courtyard 4m x 11m plunge pool
Pockets of tropical gardens, including inner courtyard garden beside the lounge room
Seemingly timeless, Galle Fort’s richly historic walls have given shelter to a dizzying array of merchants, traders, colonialists and foreign nationals over years, who have all left their indelible mark on this seventeenth century Dutch fortress. Narrow streets bearing English and Dutch names exhibit an astounding concentration of colonial properties whose delicate fretwork, magnificent columns and ornate plasterwork constantly inspire.
Walks atop fort’s grassy western ramparts are a highlight for many and these stoic walls, mere footsteps from your front door, are venue for boisterous cricket matches, couples stealing private moments together and kamikaze jumpers launching themselves into sea below. Museums showcasing fort’s rich history plus many restaurants, street side cafes and independent boutiques are a five-minute walk away.
Things to do
Your villa supervisor has a wealth of information about nearby places of interest and will help arrange transport and make any bookings required. Do also ask staff about local area. Many of them live nearby and will be able to give an interesting insight into some of fascinating aspects of Sri Lankan life.
In meantime, here is a taste of many and varied activities on offer within reach of villa:
Experience living museum that surrounds you by taking a relaxing wander aroundGalle Fort’s charming backstreets; stop and chat with locals, admire fort’s many heritage buildings, visit growing collection of boutiques and finish off by watching life playing out on top of ramparts at sunset.
Take a trip into Galle town to experience multi-sensorial spectacle of fish, fruitand vegetable markets and browse colourful roadside wares of peddlers on its buzzing Main Street.
Visit buzzy Unawatuna Bay for a relaxing bathe on a curve of milky white beach. Many rustic restaurants, coffee shops and bars can all be found here and they all offer a little diversion from warm turquoise sea.
Hidden well away from road and below mystical Rumassala Hill is secretive Jungle Beach where you can enjoy snorkelling and relaxing all to yourself just a ten-minute drive from Galle. Drop into adjacent Japanese Pagoda on your way there.
Take a scenic bicycle ride through emerald green paddy fields with Idle Tours. Enjoy ride at your own pace and gain a unique perspective of village life before wrapping up at beach with a glorious cool-down swim.
Yatagala Temple, just inland from Unawatuna, is an ancient Buddhist temple that’s best visited on a full moon holiday when white clothed devotees flock here clutching prayer flags and bunches of flowers.
Head to Koggala in late afternoon to embark upon a boat trip atop glorious lagoon to look for birds, visit spice gardens, watch fishermen and experience sun setting over water as you slowly meander this picturesque waterway, just 12km from Galle.
In Habaraduwa, close to Koggala, is a turtle hatchery that kids will love. For a small fee you can admire resident turtles and even watch as hatchlings are released into sea.
Late Martin Wickramasinghe, a famous local author, was once a resident of Koggala. You can now visit his old home in town, which has been made into an interesting folkmuseum.
Around 20 minutes drive from Galle is a tea estate, whose tealeaves are closest of any in Sri Lanka to sea. Handunugoda Tea Factory is not only famous for its black tea but also for its white tea, which retails as some of world’s most expensive. Any tourof tea factory includes a tasting session and a slice of homemade cake.
Eat Out! Galle Fort has many great restaurants including Amangalla, Fortaleza and Galle Fort Hotel, which are also great places for sunset cocktails. Other atmospheric eating spots in fort include Pedlar’s Inn Cafe and Mrs Khalid’s for excellent rice and curry.
Other fabulous dining options beyond Galle Fort include Talpe Beach House, Tartaruga and Kingfishers at Unawatuna Beach, and Wijaya Beach Restaurant, whose rooftop bar is an excellent spot for sunset cocktails and where menu is reasonably priced and sea beyond is a lovely place to swim.
0.5 km to Galle Town
7 km to Unawatuna Beach
7 km to Dalawella
8 km to Thalpe
20 km to Hikkaduwa
40 km to Mirissa
45 km to Matara
80 km to Tangalle
117 km to Colombo
145 km to International Airport
232 km to Kandy
264 km to Dambulla
290 km to Nuwara Eliya
Service and Facilities
Location Galle Fort, South Coast, Sri Lanka.
Capacity 10 people (4 king-bedded rooms; 1 twin bedroom). 2 additional beds available on request (for children; no charge).
Living Areas with Spacious fully furnished sitting room and verandas; indoor dining for 10; outdoor dining for 6; fan-cooled TV lounge; shaded roof terrace.
11m x 4m x 1.67m Swimming Pool.
Villa supervisor; chef; service staff; 24hr security (masseuse and babysitter on request at additional charge).
A selection of Western and Sri Lankan dishes for Dining. Requests accommodated (including special diets).
Communication WiFi internet; telephone for local calls.
42-inch flat-screen TV with satellite connection; iPod docking station; DVD player; books; games for your Entertainment.
Ambassador’s House is exceptionally well equipped for families. Facilities include a high chair; baby cot; car seat; books; games; stair gates; playpen; baby bath; changing mat.
On request transport, and for an additional charge, your villa supervisor can arrange for a car and driver. Please give 24 hours prior notice.
Additional facilities Barbecue; first aid box; yoga studio; pool table; table tennis; bicycle; massage room; safety deposit box.
Welcome Drink and Fruit Basket
Personal Service by Villa Crew including Full Time Manager, Housekeeper, and Security
Exclusive Use of Whole Villa and Listed Facilities
*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