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39 Galle Fort

South Coast - Galle Fort
  • guest icon 6 Guests
  • room icon 3 Bedrooms
  • bathroom icon 3 Bathrooms
From US$280 /night
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No. 39 Galle Fort flanks historic Lighthouse Street, at the heart of a magnificent 17th century Dutch-built fortress on Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed southern coast. This capacious three-bedroom townhouse, with its elegant furnishings and graceful period features, evokes a heady, homely atmosphere redolent of times gone by. Spacious living and dining areas beneath a vaulted, 30-foot-high roof, beautifully appointed bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, modern facilities and attentive staff make this heritage home a peaceful, private and relaxing retreat for families and groups of friends. Best of all, Galle Fort’s many iconic landmarks, restaurants, cafés and boutiques are mere footsteps away.

Taking pride of place in Galle’s historic 17th century UNESCO-certified colonial fort on Sri Lanka’s south-western coast, No.39 Galle Fort, our luxuriously converted heritage home, beautifully blends the old with the new. Striking Dutch-era furnishings, graceful archways, pillared verandas and soaring ceilings paint a nostalgic picture of the past whilst deeply cushioned loungers, lavishly adorned beds and homely, modern facilities bring it firmly into the 21st century.

Despite their inner-fort location, our three atmospheric bedrooms are blessed with unique views. On the upper floor, the master room basks in vistas of the fort’s red-tiled rooftops; the second bedroom opens onto the villa’s courtyard garden; and the third engages with the fort by glimpsing at the goings-on along Lighthouse Street. Affording further relaxation are an expansive living and dining room, a cosy mezzanine TV snug and a furnished garden veranda.

Our friendly staff, including cook, take care of all the necessities at the house to ensure your holiday is relaxing and hassle-free. If you’re a family or group of friends in search of a central fort home-from-home, you’ll love No. 39, where there’s ample space for socialising or for curling up quietly with a book. Our well-equipped kitchen allows you to self-cater if you feel so inclined or prepare meals for children.

Galle Fort’s fabulous attractions are mere footsteps away. Take time to wander the narrow streets to appreciate the hybrid nature of the fort’s striking European architecture, make for the ramparts at sunset, perhaps join in a game of cricket or take a quick dip in the sea before working up an appetite to dine in one of the fort’s restaurants. Finally, return to No. 39, where every home comfort awaits.

VILLA LAYOUT

A trellised screen discreetly flanking cobble-stoned Lighthouse Street separates the outside world from No. 39’s entrance veranda; a transitional space.

Beyond the veranda, folding doors lead into No. 39’s living and dining areas, which unfold beneath a vaulted ceiling and spill onto a furnished garden-side veranda beyond. A double bedroom leads off to the right of the entrance and above it is a mezzanine TV lounge. Also on the first floor is the master bedroom with its own terrazzo galley, below which lie the kitchen and third bedroom.

LIVING & DINING AREAS

No. 39’s expansive fan-cooled open-plan living areas lie beneath a soaring timber ceiling. Custom-made furniture – a striking complement of antiques and reproductions – harks back to the Dutch colonial era, and injects the interiors with a heady historical atmosphere.

The homely lounge is furnished with a trio of daybeds lavishly capped by burgundy-hued cushions, antique rattan lounge chairs and a glass coffee table, and is a warm and welcoming social space. Folding windows open onto the entrance loggia, allowing you to keep one eye on the activity of Lighthouse Street as you relax in comfort.

A striking archway demarks the dining area, furnished with an impressive three-metre teak table for ten overhung by copper drop lamps that cast a subtle light and create a nostalgic setting for home-cooked meals. A CD player with iPod attachment sits nearby, beside a set of saloon doors that lead towards a fully equipped kitchen, which also opens onto the garden.

Beyond the dining area are twin doors onto a breezy L-shaped garden veranda, edged by white pillars and a pair of carved granite elephants. Relax on the deep daybed here, curling up with that book you’ve been longing to start for months as our staff pour you tea and the fort’s family of exotic birds put on a heady musical performance in the garden.

Up on the first floor is a tranquil reading room (an anteroom to the master room) with twin rattan (cushioned) daybeds and a mezzanine lounge furnished with two more cushioned daybeds, a 32-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player.

ACCOMMODATION

- Bedrooms
No. 39’s three bedrooms are spread across two floors, with the master room upstairs. Each bed is adorned with Egyptian cotton sheets and luxurious padded bedcovers, and all bedrooms offer both air conditioning and ceiling fans and feature modern ensuite bathrooms fitted with showers.

- Master Bedroom
Being the only bedroom on the first floor of the house, No.39’s master room is exceptionally private. Breezily opening through twin sets of folding doors onto a terrazzo-floored galley, the room overlooks the vine-draped red-tiled rooftops of the fort. Swathed in soft netting, the grand four-poster kingqueen-size bed sits atop polished mahogany floorboards and beneath an impressive pitched timber ceiling.
The master room is accessed via a small fan-cooled reading lounge furnished with twin cushioned rattan day beds suitable for sleeping two children up to the age of ten.

- Second bedroom
This airy double bedroom opens onto the lush garden and a pillared veranda towards the back of the house. Sitting atop polished floors is a queen-size four-poster bed wrapped in soft netting, positioned so you can lie back and watch the squirrels and birds in the garden.

- Third Bedroom
Located just off the living room, this terrazzo-floored bedroom overlooks historic Lighthouse Street through wide folding front windows. A queen-sized bed takes pride of place in the room, complemented by a matching antique wardrobe.

STAFF

One of the greatest advantages of staying in a villa is the personalised service provided by dedicated staff. No. 39’s staff will do their utmost to please with their warm and friendly Sri Lankan hospitality.

- Villa manager
Although not always on site, No. 39’s friendly manager is on call throughout your stay. He is responsible for the overall operation of the house, overseeing and coordinating the staff and property, and can book local tours and excursions on your behalf.

- Cook
Ajith is No. 39’s friendly cook and full time ‘live in’ housekeeper. He is charge of the market shopping and the preparation of your daily breakfast as well as all other meals as required.

- Houseboy
No. 39’s houseboy is responsible for daily domestic duties and assists Ajith around the house.

DINING

No. 39’s cook is at your service to prepare daily breakfast (tropical fruit, juice, toast, eggs and tea or coffee), as well as lunches and dinners on request.

The house offers a small, reasonably priced menu of delicious home-made meals featuring light international dishes and nutritious Sri Lankan curries, as well as a selection of children’s options. Ajith will also do his best to tailor meals to accommodate special dietary requirements. A stay is not complete without sampling his rice and curry, a fabulous feast comprising four vegetable curries, a fish or chicken curry and piping hot pappadams.

All beverages, including fruit for juices, are charged at groceries bills plus 10% surcharge. Guests will be requested to provide grocery money in advance, and the staff will do the shopping and keep the receipts for your reference.

To make the most of the kitchen and give the cook time to shop, it is a good idea to plan your meals with him in advance, either the evening before or at breakfast time that same day.

FAMILIES

The family friendly advantages of renting a private home or villa are many, including access to your own facilities and the freedom to use them whenever you want. Knowing that the kids can run around happily, independently and safely, without you having to worry about other guests, is a real plus – and one that means parents are certain to have a more relaxed holiday too.

No. 39 Galle Fort is a great villa for families, however due to the steep staircase, the balconies, and the low wall and window in the mezzanine lounge, toddlers and younger children will need close supervision.

Their friendly staff make children feel as welcome as adults and babysitters can be arranged upon request (extra costs apply). The equipped kitchen allows you to prepare meals for fussy eaters with ease and our cook will happily act as your sous-chef and take care of all of the washing up afterwards.  

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Key Amenities

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Private chef
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Breakfast incl.
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Daily maid
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Wifi

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Around the villa

No. 39 is located mid-way along Lighthouse Street, in historic Galle Fort, just 150 metres from the grass-topped western-facing ramparts and a further 200 metres from the town’s famous international test cricket stadium. The fort is a world heritage site and dates back over 400 years; a walk along its narrow cobbled streets reveals the fascinating hybrid architecture of three colonial eras – fretwork-fringed and pillarred Dutch abodes, British-era monuments, ochre-hued spice warehouses and interesting museums showcasing the 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
No. 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 the meantime, here is a taste of the many and varied activities on offer within reach of the 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 the Amangalla Hotel, the Maritime Museum and old spice warehouses, the Law Court Square, the slender white lighthouse and Flag Rock to see kamikaze sea-jumpers in action. The western-facing ramparts are the place to be at sunset. For more insights, take a guided tour. Look for the Colin-Thome gravestones in the famous Dutch Reformed Church – the owners of No. 39 are part of an original Dutch Burgher family from Galle and their great uncle and aunt are buried in the graveyard of the church (hint: look to the right of the entrance). Aside from sightseeing, Galle Fort is gaining increasing notoriety as a place to shop and dine. 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 the Pedlar’s Inn Gelataria for Galle’s best ice creams! Pamper yourself in one of Galle Fort’s relaxing spas; favourites include the serene Galle Fort Spa for contemporary treatments, and Amangalla’s The Baths, for hydrotherapy and traditional yet luxurious Ayurvedic treatments. There are one or two fish spas in the fort too! If you’re lucky enough to be in town for an international cricket fixture, make for the test stadium, or for a more unique view, sit on the front ramparts and watch from on high.

 

To explore Galle’s hinterland in more depth, take off on two wheels on a guided bicycle adventure with Idle Tours; trips take you along the quietest back lanes and paddy bunds, and through villages, farmland and forests, ending up at the beach for sunset. If you’re after some beach time, head to Wijeya Beach (8kms), 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 (11kms), which serves up delicious food and drinks beside the sea, and has a swimming pool if you don’t feel like braving the ocean.

 

Distances
Galle Fort - 0.10 km
Yatagala Temple - 5 kms
Unawatuna Beach - 6 kms
Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery - 13 kms
Weligama Beach (surf schools) - 28 kms
Mirissa (whale and dolphin wat - 34 kms
Lunuganga Estate - 55 kms
Sinharaja Rainforest - 93 kms
Colombo International Airport - 150 kms
Yala National Park - 160 kms

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Rates
Period Date range Minimum night stay Nightly rates
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$280
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$360
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$280
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$425
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$330
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$330
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$280
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$280
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$360
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$425
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$330
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$330
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$600
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$400
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$400

Capacity: 6 adults (3 ensuite bedrooms, all with queen-size beds).

All rates are subject to change without prior notice
All rates are inclusive of 15% tax and service charge

Complimentary services included in the villa rate:
- Exclusive use of the villa and the services of its team of staff
- Daily breakfast

Optional services (at additional cost):
- Airport transfers
- F/B System: Grocery bill + 10% handling fee
- In-house Massage or Spa treatments

Check-in and check-out times are 3:00pm and 12:00 noon
A security deposit may be payable upon arrival at the property


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