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Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Swimming Pool
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Car not necessary

With its tree-fringed exterior discreetly opening onto Lighthouse Street in Galle Fort, Ambassador's House hides its generous proportions well. Step inside, however, and be amazed by the luxurious amount of space this villa offers. Comprising two buildings connected by an inner courtyard garden, the property's thick walls, many archways and ornate plasterwork provide constant reminders of its Dutch colonial origins whilst period furnishings elegantly reflect the era. Airy sofa-filled living spaces beneath soaring timber ceilings, a sound system with speakers built into the rafters and a choice of dining areas from ground to roof level certainly make Ambassador's House a wonderfully historic location for entertaining. At one time this property was the residence of the Bangladeshi Ambassador, hence its name. Many functions must surely have been held here and the various living and dining areas are certainly grand enough to host a large group of people. Families and friends will love Ambassador's House for this reason alone but, as well as these big, social spaces it also offers many pockets of privacy for quiet, restful moments. Polished wood floors offer plenty of pottering space for toddlers, sun dappled walkways connect rooms whilst the roof terrace is easily the best place for soaking up the tropical sunshine; think lazy sundrenched afternoons, chilled beers at sunset and BBQs under a blanket of stars. The five bedrooms at Ambassador's are also well laid out for families and groups with the upstairs two – a double and a twin – creating an ideal family suite while the three downstairs bedrooms are perfect for couples or older kids since they open directly onto the inviting, elongated plunge pool and living areas. Ambassador's House comes fully serviced with a cook who prepares meals from a flexible suggestion menu, cleaning staff and a manager whose previous training as a tour guide makes him well qualified to advise or accompany you on trips around Galle and further afield. Galle Fort is literally on your doorstep; this fascinating, four-century-old living museum is scattered with an increasing number of boutiques, restaurants and museums that are best explored on foot. Galle 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 left their indelible mark on this seventeenth century Dutch Fort. Without having to step outdoors you become part of living history as every house inside its walls is a heritage monument. 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 where there's often a cricket match being played 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.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Access Car not necessary
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Microwave, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 Family bathrooms
Furniture Double beds (5)
Outdoors BBQ

Koggala

Galle

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27 Mar 2014

5/5

"Even better than the photos"

Fabulous, no other word for it. The house is divine and it was difficult tearing ourselves away to look around Galle. Some of our group of 10 only left the house for a total of 2 hours. Extremely well… More

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Giovanni Marchi (Property Manager Divino Villas)

Based in Spain

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Italian

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