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Tucked within Galle’s historic seventeenth century fortress on the south coast of Sri Lanka, this majestic five-bedroom private villa, the former residence of the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Pakistan, Iraq and Bangladesh is bursting with colonial charm. Ambassador’s House boasts abundant living space, including a roof terrace and huge lounge, as well as an elongated swimming pool and a lush, palm-shaded courtyard. An experienced staff team, including a private chef, welcome guests with traditional Sri Lankan hospitality and tend to every need to ensure that families and friends can relax and cherish their time soaking up the nostalgia of these elegant surroundings.

Location


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 left their indelible mark on this seventeenth century Dutch Fort. Without having to step outdoors you become part of living history as every house inside its walls is a heritage monument. 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 at the colonial architecture; delicate fretwork, magnificent columns and never-ending red-tiled roofs. The wide grassy western ramparts where there’s often a cricket match being played 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. Restaurants and cafes for coffee-stops abound.


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

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: 7.80


Ambassador’s House is certainly spacious. When we first explored inside, it just seemed to keep on going back and back. We really liked the roof terrace too – the perfect place for soaking up the sun.

The upstairs bedrooms have recently undergone renovations and now work well as a family suite, and the master bedroom ensuite is very special with its tub, twin washbasins and twin showers – true ‘his-and-hers’ luxury! Be aware though that the bed in the master bedroom is slightly shorter than your average queen-size bed. We liked that the main living areas were wired for sound as this really enhanced the mood (bring your own music or iPod), and the large screen in the TV room made it feel like a cosy mini cinema.

The villa is particularly well set up for kids – each staircase is fitted with a safety gate, and there are loads of toys and games. The staff love kids and we found them all to be warm and welcoming. The chef will ably cater for all your dining requirements (groceries on guest account) and the management team, who drop by daily, are very helpful and friendly and will happily arrange onward travel, excursions or activities.


  Overall Rating: 9.30


Our family of 8 adults and 3 small children spent 10 wonderful days staying at the Ambassador Villa Galle earlier this year. We were greeted with ice cold drinks on arrival and the Manager, housekeeper and all the staff made us feel very welcome. The house a a beautiful 18th century dutch home that has been cleverly renovated with all modern facilities appointed while still maintaining an old world charm. The bedrooms, living and dining areas are spacious and very clean, with a lovely open air courtyard to sit in for reading or having a drink at any time of the day. The pool was a joy to swim in and most suitable for small children. A special mention must go to the chef who produced delicious meals to the very highest standard, and the supporting staff who were caring and went out of their way to please us and give us extraordinary service.

I would recommend The Ambassador Villa to anyone who is looking for a relaxing holiday, with willing staff to look after them to the highest standard.


  Overall Rating: 9.00



  Overall Rating: 7.80


We had the most wonderful stay at the Ambassadors, the staff were friendly, helpful and on hand for everything that we needed. We ate so well during our stay with amazing curries, good western food and one of the best Christmas lunches with a delicious Turkey, loads of veggies and even bread sauce! We really felt like we were at home. Its a beautiful spacious house with lots of room for my kids to run around in. We were especially pleased that they were able to provide cots, highchairs and a pram for our stay which saved us bringing them over with us. We would highly recommend the Ambassadors House and the wonderful team there.

  Overall Rating: 8.50



  Overall Rating: 9.50


Spent a weekend here with the family.
We absolutely LOVED every moment we spent in this villa. From the moment we stepped into the villa and the staff's warm welcomes to the time we left the villa with their warm goodbyes.

Very spacious, very airy, large halls, verandah, dining rooms, and the small and cozy swimming pool. Place was very clean, rooms were well sized, very comfortable and the beds and pillows were very comfortable. (the master bedroom was HEAVENLY).

Staff were very friendly and cooked us some very nice meals and were always around to serve us.

Those iPod speakers were a welcome addition!

We had an amazing weekend. I would highly recommend this place to anyone traveling to the Galle Fort in Sri Lanka!

  Overall Rating: 8.60


This is a beautiful haven in the heart of the magical Galle Fort, thoughtfully decorated, smashing spacious rooms, intimate spaces and a stellar staff. Having visited Galle and the surrounding areas many times in the past, I've never stayed in the Fort and now with this oasis, I will be coming back for more.

  Overall Rating: 8.10


Realy feel at home in beautifull architecture whitch mxed all history of sri lanka
portuges influence sri lankan influence and touch of english confort i recomend it

  Overall Rating: 8.80


Ambassador's is magnificent. The location is fantastic and the house is huge and beautifully furnished: it can easily sleep 2 or 3 families. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

  Overall Rating: 7.50


Great villa with a lot of charm and character in the perfect location in Galle. The villa quality and staff are great and its a perfect villa if you want to be near everything.

  Overall Rating: 9.00


We had a fantastic stay at the Ambassodor house, it was as it appeared in the photos, well located in the fort, beautifully kept with a super crew who took such good care of us and kept the property in such an immaculate condition. What a great place to stay!

  Overall Rating: 10.00


We stayed here as two families with 3 children and the villa was perfect for us. The staff were so accommodating and helpful and the food was wonderful. we asked for Sri Lankan food and the chef gave us a variety of different dishes which were delicious. We all enjoyed the small pool for cooling off and greatly appreciated the mosquito coils and candles which were lit each evening. We were also grateful for the laundry service. My friend was 50 during our stay and Loku arranged for dancers and drummers to perform for us, the kitchen baked a birthday cake and the whole thing started with my friend being asked to light candles on a magnificent decorative hanging made from coconuts and flowers. It was the most wonderful evening and one we shall always remember.

  Overall Rating: 9.80


A spacious elegant villa, with comfortable space both inside and out. The staff were extremely competent and professional, nothing was too much trouble. The food prepared by the chef was excellent. The pool was refreshing after a day of sightseeing and the location within the fort could not have been better.

  Overall Rating: 9.60


The villa provided an excellent base for 2 families to explore Galle .The villa is very spacious , the children loved the pool and we enjoyed relaxing on the terrace . The staff were all very attentive and offered great flexibility with the meals especially for the children who hadn't all developed a taste for curry . Loku the manager was very helpful and provided lots of local information to help plan activities .

  Overall Rating: 8.80


Perfect for stay in Galle fort. Staff helpful but unobtrusive. Meals good. Hard to find a negative!

  Overall Rating: 8.20


We had a fabulous time at the Ambassadors House. It was perfect for our needs. A family of 10 adults, 5 couples, each with our own bedroom plus ensuite bathroom. The living areas were very good and if we had been 5 un related couples it would have worked very well also. The staff really made our stay wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble and there wasn't one staff member that we thought could have done more. We would certainly return to The Ambassadors house and would happily recommend it to any others.

  Overall Rating: 10.00


We had a fabulous time at the Ambassadors House and weren't able to fault it in any way. The staff, both management and house staff, went to great lengths to ensure that our stay was truly memorable. The location was perfect, the house even better than the photos, the food divine - everything was perfect. I don't know when but we will definitely be back.

  Overall Rating: 10.00


The Ambassador's House was fantastic! The villa was luxurious without being overwhelming and the excellentstaff, attentive without being overbearing. Everything, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left, was a joy. I stayed at the villa with 3 friends and every one of us would recommend The Ambassador's House wholeheartedly!

  Overall Rating: 9.60


From the moment we arrived to the day we left, the staff made our stay here an unforgetable experience. I cannot thank them enough for the lengths they went to to make my 60th birthday so fabulous. Everything from the frangipani-decked varandah with traditional oil lamps burning to the Kandiyan dancers, seafood BBQ and delicious chocolate birthday cake made for an experience I will always cherish. We have all travelled widely and our 5 night stay at Ambassador's House rates right up there with the best experiences we have enjoyed world-wide.

  Overall Rating: 10.00


Stunning villa which is made even more remarkable by the staff who look after ones every need! The Sri Lankan food was fantastic. Having planned to go out and eat elsewhere at times this thought was abandoned at the first meal! The villa is in the middle of the Fort area with beautiful streets full of interesting shops around. I would not hesitate to return - a perfect place for a large family or group of friends to congregate

  Overall Rating: 7.50



  Overall Rating: 9.50



  Overall Rating: 7.60


I can thoroughly recommend the Ambassador's to anyone looking for larger accommodation in Galle. It's a short hop from Unawatuna but nicely insulated, we actually ended up spending most of our time at the Villa we like it so much! The staff are lovely and very helpful and there's always Tuk Tuk's on standby should you want to get out the Fort.

  Overall Rating: 9.80


Lighthouse street is a very narrow, barely enough to accommodate two vehicles. Once you navigate through this and arrive at the gate you walk through a small front garden onto a beautiful patio and through to a huge lounge area that seems to be separated into two. lounging here is a delight as it is quite cool on a hot and humid day. You then walk through a lovely open courtyard with a stairway on the left and into the dining area which has seating for eight. The door to the kitchen is off to the right and there is a glass square through which we were often watched to see if something was needed. Then through to a small TV viewing area with a huge cushioned bench type seat, also looking out onto the plunge pool, which is great for those hot and humid days. Beside the pool there are three good size bed rooms with double beds and en suites. Then upstairs is the Master bed room with beautiful en suite and a small 'study' area beside. Next to this room is another room with twin beds and en suite. then, leading out of these two rooms is a beautiful open area where the ladies can sun bathe/bake to their hearts content in total privacy. there is also a small covered area where one can sit and read or enjoy a cup of tea. The whole house is open, allowing for a cool breeze to pass through during the day. All in all, beautiful for a family or group of friends.

  Overall Rating: 8.70


What a wonderful villa, more spacious than appeared in the pictures, perfectly relaxing. I used to wonder why would you stay in the hot Fort when you can stay by the beach, but actually this is a great place to stay in, especially if you don't have a vehicle. Everything is within walking distance and the beach is only a few minutes three-wheeler ride away. The villa has boogie boards etc that you can bring with you to the beach, which is a really nice touch, but then you can come back to your comfortable room without having sand everywhere. The chef was excellent and the staff lovely. The whole villa is wonderfully airy and doesn't get hot like I expected it to and the pool makes a huge difference. Thoroughly recommended.

  Overall Rating: 8.20



  Overall Rating: 9.40


Fantastic villa, wonderful staff - can't recommend enough!

  Overall Rating: 8.90


Food was wonderful, location was simply the best and we had a great time in the Galle Fort Ambassador's House!

  Overall Rating: 10.00


Ambassadors was perfect for us. Great villa for families or groups of friends. Excellent living space, 5 lovely bedrooms and superb staff.

Rooms

Bedroom:  5
Sleeping Capacity: 10
Location:  South Coast


Master Bedroom King
Bedroom 2 Twin
Bedroom 3 King
Bedroom 4 King
Bedroom 5 King

Staff

  • Babysitter (Extra)
  • Chef/Cook (All meals)
  • Garden/Pool Staff
  • Housekeeping (Full time)
  • Manager (Restricted hrs)
  • Security
  • Service Staff
  • Shopper

Key Amenities

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

Other Amenities

  • Air-con (Bedrooms)
  • Baby Cot
  • BBQ
  • Bed Linen
  • Board Game (Chess)
  • Board Games/Toys
  • Book Selection
  • Car Parking
  • Ceiling Fans
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Equipped Kitchen
  • Extra Bed (Roll away/mattress) (Extra)
  • Hairdryers
  • High Chairs
  • iPod Dock/Speakers
  • Iron/Board
  • Laundry Service (Extra)
  • Main Dining (10 persons)
  • Microwave
  • Oven/Hotplates
  • Printer (On Request)
  • Safe
  • Swimming Pool Toys
  • Toiletries
  • Towels
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