Fort 52 consists of two beautifully refurbished Dutch-period villas which can be booked by the room or as a whole. The central focus is a large garden which is an utter luxury within Galle Fort. Walk through the reception and living room on to a broad verandah that skirts around the property. Tall antique temple columns reach 22 feet from the ground floor to the second-floor terrace and the clay-tiled roof, creating outdoor spaces that are cool and airy. Stylish interiors have modern art, plush sofas and modern conveniences. Fort 52 can comfortably accommodate up to 12 guests and welcomes families with children over 12 years, a limitation imposed for safety reasons. A minimum two night’s stay is required. Fort 52 is the sister property of Villa Mawella – a beach villa in Tangalle in the deep south.