Dutch House is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Venues for a Wedding or Party
Originally a Dutch farmhouse, built in 1712, this beautiful mansion has been transformed into a wonderfully stylish place to stay. The sister hotel of Sun House, it is situated high on a hill overlooking the historical town of Galle with three large air-conditioned suites with four-poster beds, exquisite colonial furnishings and luxurious bathrooms. The vast garden and beautiful lawns have views over the fishing harbour, fort and ocean. There is a good-sized pool ideal for swimming laps where guests can be served light meals and snacks. The suites can be rented individually or together as a private villa.
Immersed in gardens high in the hills above the gorgeous Colonial town of Galle, The Dutch House is an 18th-century merchant’s mansion in shades of sun-bleached terracotta and biscuit. It’s one of Galle’s oldest buildings, and you’ll feel like an honoured guest at an elderly relative’s retreat. There’s four cool, shady suites – huge, with four-poster beds swathed in mosquito nets, and separate living areas. Yours might have a well-stocked library, and a nostalgic dip into a Somerset Maugham story seems appropriate. The mood carries through into the bathroom, where ayurvedic products come in delightfully retro packaging. Clawfoot baths add to the air of decadence. A wander to the end of the garden reveals a hidden infinity pool. As you dip, watch monkeys skedaddle through the branches. Then, when dusk descends, sit back, neck an expertly made gin and tonic, and marvel as bats, like black smudges, wheel and curve through the luminous sky. Peace, relaxation, nature – even the air feels softer up here. It’s bliss.David Rice, who travelled with Ampersand for the Sunday Times Travel Magazine