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Ambassador House

South Coast - Galle Fort
  • guest icon 10 Guests
  • room icon 5 Bedrooms
  • bathroom icon 5 Bathrooms
From US$420 /night
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Low season rates now apply to all bookings to 17 December 2020 and enjoy 30% off


Atmospherically tucked within Galle’s historic seventeenth century fortress on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, Ambassador’s House is a magnificently proportioned five-bedroom property bursting with colonial charm. Once the residence of the Bangladeshi Ambassador, this majestic house boasts an abundance of living space, including a spacious roof terrace and a cavernous lounge, which make it an exceptional place for entertaining.

Families and groups of friends will cherish time spent in these elegant surroundings soaking up the nostalgia. The house is fully-staffed and comes with an elongated plunge pool, wireless internet and a satellite-enabled TV and DVD player.

Houses in Galle’s historic seventeenth century fortress tend to hide their expansive interiors behind deceptively modest facades as carefully as secrets remain hidden for hundreds of years, and Ambassador’s House is no exception. Although the property’s pillared frontage and arched doorways are strikingly elegant, they are not particularly large. Step across the threshold however and be amazed at the generous proportions of the living room alone; and this awe-inspiring combination of magnificence and grace, ambiance and charm offer a tantalising taste of what’s to come as you surrender to your curiosity and step further inside.

Ambassador’s House dates back 300 years and significant remnants of its eminent past remain; soaring ceilings, pillared verandas and graceful archways combine with a contemporary-colonial interior design that harks back to the Dutch, under whose authority this magnificent property (and indeed the fortress in which the house stands) was built. Until recently, the building was the much-admired residence of the Bangladeshi ambassador, hence its name, and its spacious interiors were quite aptly used for the entertainment of visiting dignitaries. Today, it is with traditional Sri Lankan hospitality that our staff team welcome you; keen to cater to your every requirement we’re sure their warm welcome will make you feel immediately at home.

Ambassador’s House is well suited to group gatherings and large families as the amount and variety of sumptuous living space on offer – from the expansive living room and roof terrace to the intimate TV room and master bedroom lounge – allows everyone either to find their own quiet and peaceful corner or to enjoy the spacious rooms together. The house comes with a gorgeous courtyard plunge pool enhanced by a cascading wall of water that gushes quietly in the background and echoes softly amongst the petite pockets of tropical gardens.
Houses in Galle’s historic seventeenth century fortress tend to hide their expansive interiors behind deceptively modest facades as carefully as secrets remain hidden for hundreds of years, and Ambassador’s House is no exception.

Although the property’s pillared frontage and arched doorways are strikingly elegant, they are not particularly large. Step across the threshold however and be amazed at the generous proportions of the living room alone; and this awe-inspiring combination of magnificence and grace, ambiance and charm offer a tantalising taste of what’s to come as you surrender to your curiosity and step further inside.

Ambassador’s House dates back 300 years and significant remnants of its eminent past remain; soaring ceilings, pillared verandas and graceful archways combine with a contemporary-colonial interior design that harks back to the Dutch, under whose authority this magnificent property (and indeed the fortress in which the house stands) was built. Until recently, the building was the much-admired residence of the Bangladeshi ambassador, hence its name, and its spacious interiors were quite aptly used for the entertainment of visiting dignitaries. Today, it is with traditional Sri Lankan hospitality that our staff team welcome you; keen to cater to your every requirement we’re sure their warm welcome will make you feel immediately at home.

Ambassador’s House is well suited to group gatherings and large families as the amount and variety of sumptuous living space on offer – from the expansive living room and roof terrace to the intimate TV room and master bedroom lounge – allows everyone either to find their own quiet and peaceful corner or to enjoy the spacious rooms together. The house comes with a gorgeous courtyard plunge pool enhanced by a cascading wall of water that gushes quietly in the background and echoes softly amongst the petite pockets of tropical gardens.

LIVING AREAS, DINING AND KITCHEN

Ambassador’s House offers a wealth of living and dining space spread over two floors both inside the property and outside in secluded spots on the veranda, in the flower-filled inner courtyard or atop the expansive sundrenched roof terrace. From quiet tucked away reading corners to sumptuously furnished living and dining rooms designed for entertaining in style, Ambassador’s House can be as intimate or convivial as you chose.

Expansive yet elegant, this sumptuous living space spills invitingly onto the deep front veranda; it’s easy to imagine what a favourable impression this majestic room would have made on the distinguished guests entertained here by the former ambassador.

Furnished with eye-catching tangerine and aubergine-coloured sofas situated beneath two huge mirrors and opposite a pair of timber coffee tables and a duo of cream day beds, this beautiful high-ceilinged room also features a writing desk and a circular table with four chairs.

Ceiling fans whirr gently overhead, an old gramophone player provides a touch of nostalgia whilst in a quiet corner, looking longingly through a pair of archways to an inner courtyard garden, sit a clutch of softly cushioned Barcelona chairs.

This graceful room at the heart of the house is dominated by a wide glass-topped table for eight overlooked by two huge mirrors suspended from the back wall. Nestled beside it is a fully-equipped black-marble-topped kitchen with Centre Island, oven, blender and plenty of storage space that’s hidden from diners by a timber latticed wall.

- TV Room
Intimate and airy, the TV Room boasts splendid views over the elongated plunge pool to the rear walled garden beyond. Furnished with a built-in sofa topped with soft white cushions, this fan-cooled lounge comes with a 42-inch screen TV enabled with satellite channels and a DVD player.

- Roof Terrace
Enhanced by a built-in border of fuchsia and tangerine bougainvillea that tumbles gently towards the plunge pool below, the dual-level roof terrace is furnished with loungers that soak up the sun’s warm tropical rays whilst looking out over the historic red tiled roofs of Galle. A narrow lower sun deck offers the best pool views and most private lounging spots whilst the pavilion on the upper level is perfect for sociable shade-seekers, offering built-in sofas and a fridge for conveniently chilling the drinks. A guest toilet is situated just off the terrace to the rear.

ACCOMMODATION

An elegantly curved gateway from the fort’s historic Lighthouse Street takes you across a grassy front garden to reach the deep pillared veranda of Ambassador’s House. The property comprises two generously proportioned buildings connected by a lush palm-shaded courtyard that merges them seamlessly together. The single-storey front building consists entirely of living space whilst the air-conditioned bedrooms and dining areas occupy the two-storey building situated peacefully towards the back of the house. Three ensuite double bedrooms open directly onto the pool whilst the master bedroom and twin are situated on the first floor with direct access onto the roof terrace.

BEDROOMS

All five ensuite bedrooms at Ambassador’s House come with both air conditioning and ceiling fans, whilst beds are dressed in the crispest cotton sheets and shrouded in soft linen mosquito nets. Bathrooms are brand new and have been beautifully finished in smooth terrazzo. Each comes with a hot water rain shower and single sink except that of the master bedroom who’s ensuite features a moulded tub, twin sinks and his-and-hers showers.

- Master Bedroom
The largest of Ambassador's five beautiful guestrooms, the first floor master bedroom comes with its own private living space and direct access onto the expansive roof terrace. Featuring soaring ceilings and polished timber floors, comfort comes in the form of a four-poster king-sized bed and rattan planters' lounger whilst for convenience there's an antique wardrobe and collection of table and chairs that look longingly out over the roof terrace to the plunge pool below.

- Twin Bedroom
Boasting a soaring ceiling, polished timber floors and direct access via an intimate private veranda to the sundrenched roof terrace, this airy first floor bedroom comes with a pair of four-poster single beds, an antique Dutch wardrobe and a big storage chest.

- Ground Floor Bedrooms
Opening through pretty archways onto the 11 x 4m plunge pool are three double bedrooms. Tranquil and light, each of these bedrooms comes with a king-size four-poster bed and Dutch-style wardrobes.

STAFF

Their personable staff teams are dedicated to providing you with the best care possible from the minute you arrive so that you feel immediately at home. Recruited from the local area of Galle they tend to you in the traditional Sri Lankan way and take the time to satisfy your needs and expectations 24 hours of the day.

- One Villa Manager
The villa manager (who lives offsite) is in charge of overall villa operations and staffing, and is on call to fulfill your individual expectations and preferences.

- One Cook
Trained in local & international cuisine and in charge of the market shopping and preparation of guest meals.

- Two maids
The two ladies of the house speak English and are in charge of the housekeeping, cooking and laundry. They also act as waitresses and are in charge of shopping for daily provisions.

- One houseboy
Their friendly houseboy lives-in and assists the maids around the house whilst also being responsible for tending to the garden and pool.

- One caretaker
Caretaker Christo is resident at the back of the property and is on call 24 hours a day. He speaks good English and is a mine of information on Sri Lanka since he used to be a registered tour guide; he can assist you in planning any local tours and onward travel.

DINING

- The menu
During your stay at Ambassador’s House, savor the delights of Sri Lankan and Western cuisine freshly cooked by our villa staff. On the menu for breakfast is always a profusion of fresh tropical fruit whilst the villa’s sensational coastal setting means that seafood and fish are available in abundance. Light bites for lunch include soups, salads and sandwiches whilst for dinner we’ll indulge you with a sensational Sri Lankan rice and curry spread that’s guaranteed to be a highlight of your stay.

- The system
On your arrival at the villa, please inform our staff of your likes and dislikes, special dietary requirements and allergies. An initial chat with our cook will give you an idea of the range of dishes she is capable of and we recommend you chat to her each morning after breakfast about your daily requirements to allow the staff time to provision and prepare. You are welcome to self-cater if you would prefer; our staff will assist you in the kitchen or leave you to your own devices, whichever suits you best.

- Food and Beverage Charges
Breakfast is included in the villa rate whilst for all other meals the villa operates a kitty system. We ask that you provide a float for the staff that will then purchase all of the provisions – including soft drinks, beer and local spirits - at cost price with a small charge for transport. Receipts will be provided either daily or at the end of your stay according to your wishes. A small selection of wine and international liquor can be bought locally, however if you have any favorites we recommend that you purchase them from duty free when arriving at the airport to avoid any disappointment during your stay.

SPA

If you’re in need of some pampering and don’t wish to leave the privacy and serenity of the house our staff will arrange for a trained masseur to come to the property at a prearranged time at your request.

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Key Amenities

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Private Pool
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Private chef
BREAKFAST-INCL icon
Breakfast incl.
DAILY-MAID icon
Daily maid
WIFI icon
Wifi
KID-FRIENDLY icon
Kid-friendly

Map

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Around the villa

Seemingly timeless, a stay within Galle Fort’s richly historic walls is an honor as you join the glittering ranks of merchants, traders, colonialists and foreign nationals, who have all left their indelible mark on this seventeenth century Dutch fortress. Narrow streets bearing English and Dutch names lead past an astounding concentration of colonial properties whose delicate fretwork, magnificent columns and ornate plasterwork are a constant source of amazement. Walks atop the grassy western ramparts at sunset are a highlight for many; watch cricket matches, couples stealing private moments together and kamikaze jumpers launching themselves into the sea below. Museums showcasing the fort’s rich history plus a number of restaurants and boutiques are all less than a ten minute walk from Ambassador House’s front door.

 

Things to do
Experience the living museum that surrounds you by taking a relaxing wander around the fort’s charming backstreets; stop and chat with locals, admire the fort’s many heritage buildings, visit the growing collection of boutiques and finish off by watching life playing out on top of the ramparts at sunset. Take a trip into Galle town to take in the multi-sensorial spectacle of the fish, fruit and vegetable markets and browse the colourful roadside wares of peddlers on its buzzing Main Street. Visit 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 the warm turquoise sea.

 

Distances
Galle Town - 1 km
Unawatuna Bay - 6 kms
Dalawella Beach - 7 kms
Thalpe - 8 kms
Hikkaduwa - 17 kms
Mirissa - 40 kms
Matara - 45 kms
Tangalle - 80 kms
Colombo - 117 kms
International Airport - 145 kms
Kandy - 232 kms
Dambulla - 264 kms
Nuwara Eliya - 290 kms 

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Rates
Period Date range Minimum night stay Nightly rates
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$420
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$600
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$600
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$420
Low Season 01 May 2021 - 30 Jun 2021 2 US$420
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$505
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$720
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$505
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$720
High Season 01 Jul 2021 - 31 Aug 2021 3 US$505
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$420
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$600
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$420
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$420
Low Season 01 Sep 2021 - 30 Nov 2021 2 US$600
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$720
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$720
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$505
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$505
High Season 01 Dec 2021 - 19 Dec 2021 3 US$505
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$950
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$950
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$950
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$950
Peak Season 20 Dec 2021 - 03 Jan 2022 5 US$950

Capacity: 10 people (4 king-bedded rooms; 1 twin bedroom). 2 additional beds available on request (for children; no charge).

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 at cost
- 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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