Situated right next door Amangalla, it doesn't get better than this in terms of location, history, integrity of the refurb and the level of taste. Set in the very heart of Galle with views over the 17th Century Dutch Reform Church, 20 Middle Street is a private townhouse amidst the town's gentle bustle. For some buzz, pop next door for an Arak Sour at the Amangalla's terrace bar, the waterhole for the glamorous Galle scene. Architect Channa Daswatte renovated the house and it is one of Galle Fort's classiest and best preserved properties... and as yet an undiscovered gem.
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 a handsome and grand exterior. The interior decoration is smart yet understated, with terrazzo floors, original teak windows and 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. It has well sheltered gardens to relax in surrounded by the smell the frangipani and Jurassic ginger flowers. There is a wonderful team of staff 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, on a big table in the Zaal, or on the Loggia in the Annexe Building for the best views. There are 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. Sleeps 6 people.
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