The Fort House
The Fort House is located in the heart of the historic UNESCO heritage site of Galle Fort, Galle on the beautiful South Coast of Sri Lanka, an area famous for its stunning natural beaches. The house was built at the start of the 19th Century for a Dutch merchant and his wife. Lovingly restored, the 200yr old house, with an eclectic mix of traditional features and modern furnishings, results in a comfortable family retreat. The original site of the fort was colonised by the early Portuguese settlers and tradesmen, but then later taken by the Dutch who built the Fort to defend their interests. Later the Fort was sold to the British for one guinea, as a result the fort is a fascinating blend of old colonial styles, predominantly Dutch.
Because of the eclectic mix of traditional features and modern furnishings, the result is a wonderful comfortable retreat. A courtyard pool provides a focal point of dappled shade, perfect for ending a day of sightseeing, enjoying the local beaches or just to relax and forget everything. Sink into the deep chairs and sip your sun downer on the west facing roof terrace and enjoy the spectacular views of the sunset and the panorama of the Dutch fort ramparts.
Distance From Colombo : 132 km
With four bedrooms en-suite, three doubles and one twin, one double is located on the ground floor providing easy access and pool courtyard views, The Fort House provides comfortable roomy accommodation for up to eight persons.
The three separate living areas provide ample room to find your own space. The main sitting/dining room is long and high with feature archways, vast comfortable sofas, cool white walls and floor and gentle lighting from lamps and recessed fittings. Furniture, colourful local art and ornaments reflect the traditional craftsmanship of Sri Lanka, old and new, whilst the locally made teak dining table shows the high quality of modern skills at which up to 10 people may be seated comfortably and is excellently located by the pool courtyard.
A study/reading area is available together with internet access for those with traveling business needs, and for the rare rainy day there is a satellite TV/DVD mezzanine level to keep up with the outside world should you so wish.
Cuisine is to your preference and the in-house cook will be delighted to suggest menus and shop for you or with you in the local markets. It must be said that trying this experience once is recommended.