When you first clap eyes on the unremarkable exterior of this historic fort house you might wonder if you’re at the right address. But this deception is not without reason; 32 Middle Street’s facade was left purposefully rustic to keep it on a par with its neighbours. As soon as you step inside, the camouflage dissolves and you’re greeted with striking, sophisticated interiors befitting of this elegant 300-year-old home.

From the entrance hallway your eyes are led through a series of archways to the walled courtyard garden beyond, which is the focal point of this spacious home. Featuring a shimmering swimming pool with jacuzzi jets fringed by a grassy lawn it’s overlooked by a frangipani tree brimming with bright white blossoms that gently fall and confetti the pool. Despite its intimate size, birds congregate in the garden, especially the iridescent blue kingfishers that can often be seen diving into the turquoise water of the swimming pool for a cooling dip.

Indoors, the house’s exposed timber ceilings, doorways peeled to reveal layers of paint and surprisingly thick walls unmistakeably reflect the Dutch origins of this eighteenth century home, which is one of the oldest in the fort. The owner’s collection of Asian artwork, antiques and photographs personalise the house, which feels much like a studio thanks to its minimalist interiors, high ceilings, stark white walls and numerous skylights. Specialist magazines on interiors, photography and travel add to this aura and lend an artistic feel to the house.

The house has three bedrooms; two on the ground floor (a double and a
twin) either side of the front door and a first floor master bedroom with king size bed. Room sizes are similar although the ground floor bedrooms have a more open-plan design whilst the master bedroom benefits from views over the courtyard garden. Also on the first floor is a lovely rooftop sun deck that’s perfect for catching the day’s rays.

A staff of two – one of whom can stay overnight if you wish – deal with guest requests, including shopping for groceries and cooking meals. The fort is right on your doorstep, so this house makes a good base for families with older children as well as groups of friends.


Middle Street is aptly named being right in the centre of Galle Fort. The 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 villa 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 at 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
Thalpe 8 km
Hikkaduwa 17 km
Mirissa 35 km
Matara 40 km
Tangalle 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: 7.20

Once the doors of 32 Middle Street were closed behind us we felt instantly at home. The property felt secluded and its courtyard swimming pool and rooftop sundeck offered plenty of scope for relaxation. Indoors, we loved curling up on the squashy sofas in the living room and admiring the Asian artwork, owners’ photographs and interesting reading material that personified the property. Each room is large, although the master bedroom with its balcony overlooking the pool and sumptuous en-suite bathroom is easily the most exclusive. The house is well set up for families (best for older children), groups of friends and couples who will love the seclusion and privacy. The open-plan design of the two downstairs bedrooms, with the bathroom forming part of the room, albeit behind a concrete screen wall, might not suit everyone.

The helpful villa staff can prepare meals at cost price with prior notice, and Marloni’s delicious rice and curry was a real treat. The villa’s good management team can also assist with local travel arrangements.

  Overall Rating: 8.80

Fantastic staff. All our needs met to beyond our expectations. Kusal is the BEST chef! High quality service given in a friendly and welcoming manner.


Bedroom:  3
Sleeping Capacity: 6
Location:  South Coast

Master Bedroom King
Bedroom 2 Double
Bedroom 3 Twin


  • Babysitter (Extra)
  • Chef/Cook (All meals)
  • Housekeeping (Full time)
  • Service Staff
  • Shopper

Key Amenities

  •   Internet (WiFi)

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  • Air-con (Bedrooms)
  • Baby Cot (On Request)
  • BBQ
  • Bed Linen
  • Book Selection
  • CD Library
  • CD Player/Stereo System
  • Ceiling Fans
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Equipped Kitchen
  • Food Starter Pack
  • High Chairs (On Request)
  • Iron/Board
  • Laundry Service (Extra)
  • Main Dining (10 persons)
  • Oven/Hotplates
  • Safe
  • Towels
  • TV (Local channels)
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