This cosy house on the southeastern corner of the fort, within sight of the slender white British-built lighthouse, Point Utrecht Bastion and a swimming beach, is amply reflective of the hybrid nature of this historic colonial port town. The main portion of the house, and indeed its layout, reflects the 18th century Dutch period whilst the gorgeous stained glass windows and rear two-storey extension date to the late 19th century British era. Many of the fort’s impressive houses have been restored and transformed since the millennium, and 79 Leyn Baan Street follows suit; the house was modernised fairly recently with a contemporary kitchen and bathrooms, comfy furnishings and essential mod cons all added.
Despite this, No.79, with its two double bedrooms and bunk room, has an intimacy unlike many others in the fort. For many years this was the British owner’s first home and it is filled with a treasured collection of antiques and artefacts sourced from her sojourns around the world, including beautiful Indonesian textiles, Sri Lankan timber stags heads, artwork and brass tinder boxes. Book-stacked shelves and a cupboard brimming with board games further serve to give the house a family atmosphere and homely fullness. Although outdoor space is limited, there is a rear courtyard and a fabulous roof terrace attached to the romantic first-floor master bedroom with sun deck, dining pavilion and sea views.
This is a self-catering house and it comes with a daytime maid who keeps everything clean and tidy (as well as an efficient management team on call 24 hours a day). The kitchen is equipped with all the basics for self-caterers however there is an abundance of cafes and restaurants within the fort for dining out, as well as many atmospheric heritage buildings, chic boutiques, gelato parlours and museums to explore.
Fabulous Balinese-inspired beach villa in an excellent location on the Galle coast close to shops, bars, attractions and restaurants. With 4 bedrooms, Ambalama is ideal for families, groups and couples alike. This fully-serviced tropical villa comes with an infinity swimming pool, large grassy garden, cosy lounging areas and superb chef.
A superb 6-bedroomed beach villa with extensive lawned gardens, magical fibre-optic-lit swimming pool and spectacular sea views. Perfect for families and group get-togethers, Auraliya features sociable living and dining pavilions, a sunset bar and lounge, a full staff team and direct access onto one of the region’s best swimming beaches.
Dalawella’s famous swimming beach is just a 100m stroll from this contemporary 4-bedroom seaside villa, eight kilometres from Galle. Ample living space spreads across two floors and the villa also features a TV room, two dining areas and a six-metre swimming pool. Footprints is staffed and completely air-conditioned.
Sited on the most desirable section of beach in Talpe, IF is a gorgeous Dutch-colonial-style villa with verdant garden, spacious sundeck, panoramic ocean views, private swimming pool and spacious dining pavilion. The property comes staffed with a cook and is perfectly set up for families and groups of friends.
This fabulous 1-bedroom beach house bursts with colour, energy and soul. It’s perfect for couples who will love its privacy, intimacy and blissful comfort. Enhanced by the services of a housekeeper who’s also an excellent cook, Kikili Beach has a great location within sight of Unawatuna and close to Galle.
Lush palm-shaded lawns topped with loungers soaking up the serenity of sun and sea stretch generously in front of this five-bedroom beach pad that feels spacious even when full. There’s a swimming pool and loads of living space whilst Olanda’s staff of four graciously tend to your needs.
An elegant 4-bedroom beach villa, with a near-symmetrical design, which works well for two families holidaying together. The ocean views are shared from every room, living and dining space abounds – both inside the house and out in the garden – and there’s a pool, TV snug and enthusiastic staff team.
Gorgeous 5-bedroom private beach villa with spacious palm-shaded garden, inviting swimming pool and sweeping sea views that’s only eight kilometres from Galle. Victoria’s restful character, experienced staff team and useful location close to many attractions and facilities make it an excellent holiday home for families, groups and couples alike.
If you’re looking for a big house for an extended family getaway or group occasion then eight-bedroom Why House is perfect. Set in two acres of tropical gardens with a stunning swimming pool, Why boasts a full staff team and a beautifully tranquil inland location just five minutes from Galle’s beaches.