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Light House Street, Galle, Southern Province, Sri Lanka

Even by Galle Fort’s standards, there are few villas as sizeable as Ambassador’s House, a seventeenth-century villa nestled within this UNESCO-certified old town.

Gloriously decadent and nostalgic, this five-bedroom mansion built in the Dutch colonial style exhibits soaring ceilings, thick walls, highly polished floors and a pleasing rooftop garden.

In a former life, Ambassador’s House was favored by the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Pakistan, Iraq, and Bangladesh for entertaining, and with such generous proportions, it’s easy to see why.

A huge living room, open on three sides, welcomes you into the villa and spills onto a double-colonnaded veranda.

Across a courtyard, deeper into the villa is a dining room furnished with a grand table for ten.

Three ensuite bedrooms open onto an elongated pool whilst a further two ensuite bedrooms are situated upstairs, with direct access to an expansive dual-level roof terrace, shaded from the sun.

The villa suits company, and is a fabulous place for families, inter-generational groups and clusters of friends to relax and unwind.

There is ample space for everyone to find their own little corner for stealing away or for socializing, depending on the mood.

The personable staff team tend to every request and ensure that the youngest family members are kept entertained; there’s a fan-cooled TV room flanking the pool terrace and the villa is equipped with a number of kids’ facilities including stair gates and games.

From its prime location within atmospheric Galle Fort, you only need step out of the villa’s front door to regale in the history of this fascinating town with its narrow cobbled streets lined with charming centuries-old homes, museums, tiny boutiques, restaurants, ice cream parlors and cafes.

Watching the sunset from the fort’s grass-tufted ramparts, as cricket games start up, is the best way to end the day. Galle’s golden beaches are only a ten-minute drive away.

LOCATION
Galle Fort, South Coast, Sri Lanka
NEIGHBOURHOOD
Galle town (0.5km), Unawatuna Beach (7km), Hikkaduwa (20km)
CAPACITY
10 people (4 king-bedded rooms, 1 twin bedroom)
2 additional beds available on request (for children, no charge)
LIVING AREAS
Spacious fully furnished sitting room and verandas, indoor dining for 10, outdoor dining for 6, fan-cooled TV lounge, shaded roof terrace
POOL
11.2m x 3.9m
STAFF
Villa supervisor, chef, service staff, 24hr security (masseuse and babysitter on request at additional charge)
DINING
A selection of Western and Sri Lankan dishes
Requests accommodated (including special diets)
COMMUNICATION
WiFi internet, telephone for local calls
ENTERTAINMENT
42-inch flat-screen TV with satellite connection, iPod docking station, DVD player, books, games
FOR FAMILIES
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
TRANSPORT
On request, and for an additional charge, your villa supervisor can arrange for a car and driver
ADDITIONAL FACILITIES
Barbecue, First Aid box
PROPERTY AREA
629sqm (villa), 780sqm (land)

INDOOR LIVING
– Sumptuous fan-cooled living space spilling onto the deep front veranda, furnished with sofas
– Separate Dinning Room with a Dinning 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
OUTDOOR LIVING
– Dual-level, flower beds with bougainvillea and furnished with sunloungers.
– Pavilion with built-in sofas on the top level
– Gorgeous courtyard 2m x 11.5m plunge pool
MASTER BEDROOM
– Four-poster king-size bed and rattan planter’s lounge
– Antique wardrobe, table and chairs
– Private living space and direct access to roof terrace
– Soaring ceilings and polished timber floors
– Air conditioned and fan-cooled
– Linen mosquito net
– En suite with moulded tub, twin sinks and his-and-hers showers
TWIN BEDROOM
– Two four-poster double beds
– Soaring ceiling and polished timber floors
– Direct access via private veranda to the roof terrace
– Antique wardrobe and furnishings
– Air conditioned and fan-cooled
– Linen mosquito net
– 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
– Tranquil and light
– King-size four-poster beds and Dutch-style wardrobes
– Air conditioned and fan-cooled
– Linen mosquito nets
– En suite bathroom with rain shower
Galle
1 km
Unawatuna
6 km
Dalawella
7 km
Thalpe
8 km
Hikkaduwa
20 km
Mirissa
40 km
Matara
45 km
Tangalle
80 km
Colombo
117 km
International airport
145 km
Kandy
232 km
Dambulla
264 km
Nuwara Eliya
290 km
Seemingly timeless, Galle Fort’s richly historic walls have given shelter to a dizzying array of merchants, traders, colonialists and foreign nationals over the 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 the fort’s grassy western ramparts are a highlight for many and these stoic walls, mere footsteps from your front door, are the venue for boisterous cricket matches, couples stealing private moments together and kamikaze jumpers launching themselves into the sea below.
Museums showcasing the fort’s rich history plus many restaurants, street side cafes and independent boutiques are a five-minute walk away.
Features
  • NEAR CITY CENTER
  • PRIVATE CHEF INCLUDED
Different rates for using
  • 3 bedrooms
  • 5 bedrooms

DAILY RENTAL STARTING AT

$420 $378/night

Rates vary according to seasonality. Contact us to discuss your holiday needs.

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MINIMUM STAY
Summer: 3 – 5 nights
Chinese New Year & Easter: 5 – 7 nights
Christmas & New Year: 7 – 10 nights
Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is an island nation south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It’s famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka’s ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.
Staying with us
  • Travel concierge: We listen to help you plan
  • For big villas and chalets, special rates for smaller groups (reduced occupancy)
  • Limited time deals, exclusive perks
  • The best rates, guaranteed
TRAVEL CONCIERGE
Planning your luxury holiday, we are with you every step along the way.
If the villa of your choice is already booked, our team is happy to suggest equivalent alternatives and take care of the details. You can expect your vacation to be personalized to suit your tastes.
Private, insured, direct airport transfers to and from the villa can be arranged. A villa manager will meet and greet you at the airport ensuring your transfer to the villa is smooth and effortless.
Private tours and boat hire can also be arranged in advance. We will handle the arrangements to collect and return you to your villa after the event. Why not enjoy a fabulous day out and explore the surrounding islands and national marine park on a luxury speed boat?
Book a car with us and have it waiting at your villa when you arrive, we have a wide range of vehicles from a 2 seat Suzuki Jeep to a 7 seat Toyota Fortuner. Price includes comprehensive insurance, unlimited miles, collection and delivery, and optional baby and booster seats.
Prior to your arrival we will send you a food and wine shopping list allowing us to stock the villa with your favorite foods and beverages.
Once on site, your resident villa staff will ensure the villa is kept clean and tidy. Your villa manager is available to cater to guests’ specific needs and can help organize island activities, massage and spa treatments, as well as helping communicate requests to the Thai chef and dealing with any matter arising at the villa. Bed linen is changed every third day and towels are changed as necessary. Pool towels are provided and replenished as deemed necessary.
Planning your Sri Lanka Experience
AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Depending on the number of guests arriving at once, a variety of vehicle options are available including saloon cars, 4 wheel drives, and people carriers, as well as fixed wing sea planes and helicopters.
GUIDED CYCLING
Sometimes the simpler things in life provide the greatest pleasure. Guided bike tours through the lush green paddy fields give a glimpse of an often unseen part of Sri Lanka. Marvel at kingfishers and bee-eaters, glimpse the daily rituals of village life or just enjoy the cool breeze of free-wheeling through a magnificent landscape. This has been a longtime top excursion.
WELCOME BASKETS
There’s nothing better after a long journey than delicious smells coming from the kitchen and a few bottles chilling in the fridge. We will send you the villa menus and work with the best suppliers to produce a fantastic collection of wines and champagnes to complement any palette. Wines need to be paid for in advance of arrival.
KANDYAN DANCERS / BUDDHIST BLESSINGS
An intimate front row seat of the unique Kandyan Dancers – expect back-flips, drums, masks and fire display – all from the comfort of the villa. Most villas have a shrine and guests can benefit from a visit by Monks from a nearby Temple to conduct a blessing for a gentle and moving experience.
WHALE WATCHING
From December to April Whales and dolphins, including the mighty Blue Whale, can be seen off the southern coast. Seeing one of the largest animals on earth in one of the most agreeable temperatures is a truly amazing experience. We always recommend a private boat so that guests can swim or snorkel before coming ashore.
SAFARI
Udewalawa and Yala are the big two and offer fantastic game viewing of Leopards, Elephants, Buffalo & Sloth Bears. For birders, SL is a dream destination. Kalametiya and Bandula National Park are a must and some 197 different species of bird will stop here throughout the year.
SUNSET SAILING
Setting out from Mirissa harbor to enjoy the sunset from the comfort of a luxury catamaran has been one of our top-rated experiences. For 3 hours embrace the joys of the ocean, sipping a sundowner or snorkeling. This is an unforgettable experience and one your clients will treasure forever.
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