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No. 39 Galle Fort

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3 Bedroom Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka from USD 345 per night

A holiday here includes

Fully staffed
Private chef
24/7 concierge
Insider info
Free Wifi

Located within the walls of a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site, three-bedroomed No. 39 Galle Fort 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 the 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 the charm of the past with 21st century comforts. The breezy terraced house is hugely spacious; the timber vaulted ceiling of the living room alone towers almost 10 metres above the burgundy-hued daybeds and the three-metre-long dining table. A friendly staff team – including a cook – attends to guests, ensuring they make the most of their comfortable surroundings.

No.39 Galle Fort dates back to the 17th century but was extensively renovated in 2008. The 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 the wide archway in the living room, the high vaulted ceilings and the heady mix of antique and custom-made furniture, hark back to the Dutch colonial era. The sumptuously dressed beds and cushioned daybeds, along with the 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, the house provides easy access to the many iconic attractions of this historic locale. Although your cook will prepare daily breakfasts and other light meals on request, the 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 the fort are palm-fringed beaches, idyllic lakes and fascinating temples.

    Inner Galle Fort location
    Airy and very spacious
    Historic heritage house
    Close to the test cricket stadium
    Restaurants and shops nearby
Need more info on this villa? Floor plans, services, images and reviews. Click here to view the owner's comprehensive website www.no39gallefort.com
24-Jan-2018 - 28-Jan-2018

"We have come to consider No.39 as part of our Galle Literary Festival tradition. Thank you to Nishan and Nuwan for looking after us so well. I 'm sure we'll be back again next year as well."

Sam et al, Sri Lanka

Real time availability

Best rate guarantee


  • Early bird enjoys up to 10% discount when booking 150 days in advance.*
  • Last minute bookings enjoy 10% discount when checking in before 05-May-2018.
* Does not apply for New Year period
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
02-Apr-2018 to 30-Apr-2018 390 351 2 nights inclusions
01-May-2018 to 30-Jun-2018 345 311 2 nights inclusions
01-Jul-2018 to 31-Aug-2018 390 351 2 nights inclusions
01-Sep-2018 to 30-Nov-2018 345 311 2 nights inclusions
01-Dec-2018 to 20-Dec-2018 390 351 2 nights inclusions
21-Dec-2018 to 12-Jan-2019 500 475 5 nights inclusions
Period Price per night (USD) 7+ nights (USD) Min stay Inclusions
13-Jan-2019 to 31-Jan-2019 390 351 2 nights inclusions
01-Feb-2019 to 10-Feb-2019 500 475 5 nights inclusions
11-Feb-2019 to 11-Apr-2019 390 351 2 nights inclusions
12-Apr-2019 to 21-Apr-2019 500 475 5 nights inclusions
22-Apr-2019 to 30-Apr-2019 390 351 2 nights inclusions
01-May-2019 to 30-Jun-2019 345 311 2 nights inclusions
01-Jul-2019 to 31-Aug-2019 390 351 2 nights inclusions
01-Sep-2019 to 30-Nov-2019 345 311 2 nights inclusions
01-Dec-2019 to 19-Dec-2019 390 351 2 nights inclusions
20-Dec-2019 to 11-Jan-2020 500 475 5 nights inclusions

Villa facilities

Features and amenities

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka.
6 adults (3 ensuite bedrooms, all with queen-size beds).
Living areas
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.  The villa can accommodate up to 6 extra people who wants to dine with their friends staying in the villa at a minimal fee.  Advance notice is required.
WiFi internet access; mobile phone coverage.
Satellite TV; DVD player; CD player; iPod dock.
For families
No. 39 Galle Fort is a great villa for families with children beyond the toddler stage.
Simple treatments (eg manicure/pedicure and massage) can be carried out by professional therapists at the villa and a wide range of services are available at spas within Galle Fort (extra cost applies).
The 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).
Additional facilities
Barbecue facility; safety deposit box.
Property area
280sqm (villa); 325sqm (land).
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The layout

Indoor Living

  • 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

Outdoor Living

  • Courtyard garden laid to lawn and edged by palms, torch ginger and floral vines
  • Semi-alfresco veranda with daybed and planters chairs overlooking the garden

The rooms

Master Room

  • Privately situated on the first floor of the house
  • King-sized four-poster bed, Dutch almirah and side tables
  • Folding doors onto private balcony with garden and rooftop views
  • Modern ensuite bathroom finished in terrazzo

Second Bedroom

  • Located on the ground floor of the house
  • King-sized four-poster bed, Dutch almirah and side tables
  • Folding doors onto private terrace with garden/courtyard views
  • Terrazzo-finished modern ensuite bathroom

Third Bedroom

  • Situated on the ground floor, just off the living room
  • Antique queen-size bed and matching antique cupboard
  • Views of Lighthouse Street beyond wide folding windows
  • Tiled galley-style bathroom with shower


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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! 
  4. 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!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 the sea, and has a swimming pool if you don’t feel like braving the ocean.
  8. Galle is also home to lowland tea estates – at the Handunugoda Tea Factory (21.5km) you can tour the estate (which also makes expensive white tea) and enjoy a tea tasting session.
  9. 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.
  10. If you’re in town between November and April, it’s whale and dolphin watching season; boats depart either from Galle Harbour or the pretty harbour in Mirissa itself (34km). Out of season, take the youngest family members to the turtle hatchery at Habaraduwa (13.5km).
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