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Pillars, tall archways, exposed beams and a stunning black and white chequered floor celebrate the characteristic Dutch design of this 300-year-old, three-bedroom home in the heart of Galle Fort whilst cushioned sofas, vibrant artwork, a courtyard swimming pool and a modern kitchen bring it stylishly into the 21st century. Designed as a tropical in-town pad for socialising and entertaining friends, living and dining spots are numerous both indoors and out. There’s a hot-pink-lit terrazzo-topped bar in the sala, a large billiard table and a comfy TV Room with DVD player and iPod speakers.  Books, board games and DVDs burst from cabinets whilst shelves topped with photographs of the owner’s family and friends infuse the villa with ample personality and warmth. 

41 Lighthouse Street boasts a bounty of outdoor space, which is unusual for houses in the Fort. A big back garden shaded by swaying coconut palms is an extension of the main courtyard garden, and within it are cushioned seats and sunbeds. Big enough for a casual game of cricket whilst sufficiently intimate for a candlelit barbecue, this extra space really enhances the house’s appeal, especially for families looking for extra space. The central courtyard is convivial too and features a pool set beside its own patch of luminous green lawn above which sprout lush stands of flowering frangipani and blossoming bougainvillea. Feathery bamboo hugs the tall walls here and overlooks the tiled roof of the cushioned ambalama (Singhalese for resting place) tucked away at the far end.

Opening directly onto the courtyard is a modern kitchen, which is available for guests to use if they wish (there are loads of cookbooks). There is, however, a fab chef who can shop and cook all meals (provisions at cost price) according to guests’ requests. The staff of three are warm and welcoming, however should you wish to have the house all to yourselves on occasion, this can easily be arranged.


Galle Fort is a truly magical place to stay. As a temporary resident, you will join the glittering ranks of merchants, traders, colonialists and foreign nationals who have all come and left their indelible mark on this historic UNESCO heritage seventeenth century Dutch Fort. Without having to step outdoors you become part of living history as your house itself is a monument to the heritage of the fort. Listen from your window for the call to prayer from the mosque or the chanting from the Buddhist temple; Galle Fort is home to temples of three religions whose devotees all live in peace and harmony with each other. The fort is a wonderful place to explore as you wander down narrow streets and ponder the colonial architecture; delicate fretwork, magnificent columns and never-ending red-tiled roofs. The wide grassy western ramparts are a five minute walk from your doorstep and offer the perfect respite at sunset. There are also a couple of interesting museums showcasing the fort’s rich history as well as plenty of boutiques selling handicrafts, delicate lacework, glittering gems and other evocative souvenirs.

Galle 0.50 km
Unawatuna 5 km
Dalawella 7 km
Talpe 8 km
Hikkaduwa 17 km
Mirissa 35 km
Matara 40 km
Tangalla 82 km
Colombo 117 km
International Airport 147 km

About Galle

The historic city of Galle is one of the island’s biggest attractions; as once the most important port on the island, Galle’s natural harbour attracted seafaring traders long before the arrival of the fort-building European colonialists who were to turn it into a flourishing market town. Galle’s new town is a hive of activity where noisy traffic-filled roads overflow with frantic shoppers, and hawkers of luscious fruit, fish and vegetables loudly promote their wares. The newly created promenade beside the sea is a picturesque place to walk and contemplate the oceanic scene as fishermen, yachts and navy boats come and go from the harbour.

In stark contrast to the town of Galle, the sleepy, historic fort offers serenity and calm. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its seventeenth century ramparts, now retired, are filled with an evocative collection of period properties, intimate boutiques, interesting museums and tiny cafes whilst its nostalgic ambiance and cosmopolitan vibe further highlight its charm. The international cricket stadium, located between the old and new towns, is famed for having one of the most picturesque backdrops in the world. There’s a railway station plus are plenty of banks, ATMs, pharmacies, shops, restaurants, money changing facilities and supermarkets in town.

About South Coast

Stretching between Galle and Hambantota, the south coast is undoubtedly one of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka. Characterised by historically significant fortified towns, numerous picture-perfect palm-fringed beaches, a sultry turquoise sea, swathes of iridescent green paddy fields fringed by lush green jungle, ancient Buddhist temples, expansive waterways, nature-filled rainforests and tea-carpeted hills it offers enough variety to be a destination in itself; fabulous for families, groups and couples alike.

Galle is one of the region’s most significant attractions for its sixteenth century Dutch fort filled with an evocatively rich collection of buildings, boutiques, museums and luxury digs that hug a peninsular to the south of town. Galle’s popular beaches are better-facilitated, more developed and safer for swimming than those in and around Tangalle, but the further you travel east the more expansive, deserted and nature-filled they become.

Surfing, snorkelling, diving, whale watching, sailing, fishing and kayaking can all be done along this magnificent stretch of coastline as well as cycling, walking and trying your hand at Sri Lankan cookery. Inland, the scene varies as the westerly wet zone’s lush jungle interior gives way to the arid dry zone plains a little beyond Tangalle. Taking off by bicycle is often the best way to explore the hills, plains, sanctuaries and jungle whilst a boat is a must to navigate the scenic lakes and rivers that wind in between.

Some of Sri Lanka’s most popular national parks – Uda Walawe for elephants and Yala for leopards and bears – as well as a trio of its most accessible rainforests – Sinharaja, Kottawa and Kanneliya - are easily visited on a day or overnight trip from anywhere along the south coast.

Our review   Overall Rating: 7.70

41 Lighthouse Street is a fabulous house that feels lived in and loved. Shelves bulge with books, artwork adorns the walls and photographs are scattered all over. The pool table and pink-lit bar give the house a youthful appeal whilst the many lounging areas offer scope for both sociable or solitary occasions. Kids can let off steam in the back garden which has been extended slightly since our first visit to allow for a deeper lawn area for sun bathing and a slightly larger ambalama as well.  Bedrooms are all equally comfortable and adequately furnished, but we felt that the master bedroom outshines them all in space, design and décor. It also feels the most private. Groups might feel compelled to pick straws to decide who gets to sleep here!

The three staff are lovely. One of them can stay in the house at night if requested, otherwise you’re left to your own devices. You can either choose meals from the extended menu – which lists a fabulous array of dishes adapted by the manager/cook from the many cookery books lining the kitchen shelves – or self cater. Shopping can be done for you if you provide a float. The owners often host dinner parties so the staff are familiar with what’s required, making the house a great place for entertaining – the bar alone warrants company. 

Lighthouse Street is located in the middle of Galle Fort so all the main attractions are within walking distance: the owner’s two dogs, Cricket and Polo, love nothing better than joining guests on afternoon strolls atop the ramparts.  Talking of cricket, the house has been visited by many renowned cricketers over the years and if you can book it when a big match is playing in Galle, you’re very well-placed as it’s only a five minute walk to the test ground.

  Overall Rating: 9.30

Lighthouse 41 was the perfect place to stay if staying within Galle Fort. The backyard is magical in the evening and we really enjoyed the pool table, the board games and all the extras provided. It really felt like a true home and the whole family, including our two girls (4 and 6 years) felt very comfortable there. We had friends staying in the Galle area over for a drink and they were also very impressed with the villa. The staff was attentive and helpful and helped out with laundry at no extra cost. I would strongly recommend 41 Lighthouse to a family or couple of friends travelling to Galle.

  Overall Rating: 8.10

  Overall Rating: 9.60

Loved the villa It was comfortable and suited our needs . Three adults stayed there and we were treated so well by the staff - Roshan , Pradeep and Wanneta . Thank you for the lovely dinner they prepared for us and other family members on our last night there . and for all the little attention to detail and the way they went out of their way to make our stay so enjoyable . A home away from home . Thank you .


Bedroom:  3
Sleeping Capacity: 6
Location:  South Coast

Master Suite Double
Bedroom 2 Double
Bedroom 3 Double


  • Babysitter (Extra)
  • Chef/Cook (All meals)
  • Garden/Pool Staff
  • Housekeeping (Full time)
  • Masseuse/Spa Therapist (Extra)
  • Service Staff
  • Shopper

Key Amenities

  •   Internet (WiFi)
  •   Swimming Pool (Private)
  •   TV (Satellite/Cable)
  •   Washing Machine

Other Amenities

  • Air-con (Bedrooms)
  • Baby Cot
  • Bed Linen
  • Bicycles (Extra)
  • Board Games/Toys
  • Book Selection
  • CD Player/Stereo System
  • Ceiling Fans
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Equipped Kitchen
  • Food Menu
  • Hairdryers
  • High Chairs
  • IDD (Extra)
  • iPod
  • iPod Dock/Speakers
  • Iron/Board
  • Laundry Service
  • Main Dining (8 persons)
  • Oven/Hotplates
  • Safe
  • Snooker/Pool Table
  • Towels
  • Wine Fridge
  • Wine List
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