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What is the chicest address in Galle, Sri Lanka? #20 Middle Street - an exquisite townhouse newly available for rent

Situated right next door the Amangalla, it simply does not get better than #20 Middle Street in terms of location, history, integrity of the refurb and the exquisite level of taste. Set in the very heart of Galle with great views over the 17th Century Dutch Reform Church, this three bedroom villa is a private oasis in amidst the town's gentle bustle. For some buzz, simply pop next door for a Arak Sour at the Amangalla's terrace bar, the waterhole for the glamorous Galle scene. The building was built in 1750 as a Dutch merchant's house and the arched front veranda and balustrades were added by the English in the 1800s making for an extraordinarily handsome and grand exterior.

Architect Channa Daswatte renovated the house and it is one of Galle Fort's classiest and best preserved properties... an as yet undiscovered gem. The interior decoration is both very smart yet remarkably understated and calming with terrazzo floors, original teak windows and top quality fittings and furnishings. It has sweeping staircases and several terraces with seating to relax - both shaded on the ground floor and rooftop terraces for sunshine. Its luscious and well tented gardens are a nice spot to relax and breathe in perfumed frangipani and Jurassic ginger flowers.

The staff here are crucial to your stay and there is a wonderful team who look after you here including chef, Preethi, who can cook Sri Lankan and Western dishes. They are very flexible to your group's needs and can set up dinners in the Verandah or, if you are a big group, on a big table in the Zaal, or on the Loggia in the Annexe Building for the best views. There are all high tech gadgets and facilities for entertainment such as a plunge pool, games room with pool table, flatscreen TV/DVD with surround sound, WiFi throughout the house and well stocked library.

For more information please contact +44 (0) 207 289 6100 or email