Dutch House lords it over Galle from its lofty position above the town. This 19C mansion, formerly an orphanage for boys, is an exquisite property that makes an elegant and tranquil retreat. Four spacious suites, nicely arranged in a horseshoe formation, are equipped with antique four-poster beds, overhead fans, ensuite bathrooms and a rich array of carefully chosen tables, wardrobes and bookshelves. Using brushed woods, natural colours, clever lighting and a number of nice little touches, the design evokes a pervasive mood of stillness and warmth which is both romantic and relaxing.
The four air-conditioned suites combine grandeur with indulgent luxury. Each of the suites has a bedroom furnished with a king-sized antique four-poster bed with canopied mosquito netting, a cosy lounging area with a sofa, writing desk and library, and ensuite bathroom with a showers and Victorian bathtub. Silk drapes cascade from the ceiling, luxurious cushions and pillows, interesting design accents and paintings all add to the richness of each suite. The suites open out to views over the croquet lawn or a private garden.
The Blue Room: Located through the main living room, the Blue Suite opens out to the croquet lawn and the swimming pool beyond. This elegant and charming suite is dressed in blue silk and consists of a bedroom with king-sized four-poster bed, lounging area and an ensuite bathroom with bath and shower.
The Yellow Room: Opening onto the central living area and front veranda, this suite is highlighted with warm yellow silk drapes, cushions and covers. The inviting king-sized four-poster bed is canopied with mosquito netting and the lounge area is ideal for relaxing. The stylish ensuite bathroom has a bath and shower.
The V.O.C: Named after the Dutch East India Company, this exquisite suite opens onto the central courtyard and the large veranda that skirts around, with views across the croquet lawn. Warm and luxurious, this suite has an ensuite bathroom with his and her sinks, bath and shower.
The Ball Room: The grand Ball Room is fit for royalty. Opening out to the manicured lawn and swimming pool on one side and the veranda and central courtyard on the other, this suite is spacious and airy. Draped in silk and infused with colours of olive green, brick red, and burnt yellow, this exquisite suite is an experience in itself. A large king-sized four-poster bed, antique chests and cabinets, paintings and tapestries, and a dramatic candelabra adorn this room adding charm and character. The Ball Room recently hosted the world renowned singer Sting.
The Dutch House has a spacious living room opening out to the veranda and central courtyard. Breakfast, light lunch and snacks are served in the garden, by the pool or in your room. Dinner is served daily at the Sun House next door which is a sister property, and renowned for their delicious eastern and western cuisine. Outside there is a beautiful plateau garden containing a croquet lawn and an extremely alluring infinity-pool which looks down over the hillside. The discreet and friendly staff at the Dutch House ensures your privacy, yet provides a very relaxed and homely atmosphere.
Why We Like It
This 18th-century home high above Galle can claim to have been one of the first boutique hotels in Sri Lanka.
Dutch House is situated on a steep, leafy street just a couple of kilometres outside Galle town in one of the city's most desirable residential areas. Galle is about 120 kms south of Colombo and driving directly from the airport should take about 2.5 hours via the Southern highway. Consider taking the Air Taxi and fly into Koggala which is about 15 minutes away from Galle town. If you are then heading from the coast into the hills, we offer competitive rates on a daily sea plane between Koggala and Hatton.