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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.

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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

Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
We have been on expensive and luxurious holidays in the past, but the service and communication Ampersand has provided has far exceeded those offered by other agencies.
- Susan Ford, India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India

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