4.5
Very Good 787 Reviews
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What We Love

  • The huge rooms start at 656 square feet
  • Sri Lankan specialties are served at the restaurant
  • The outdoor pool is shaded by palm trees

What To Know

  • Suites come with 24-hour butler service
  • Galle Fort is a 10-minute drive away
  • The hotel can arrange boat, canoe and fishing trips on the nearby Giniganga River
  • Free WiFi and parking

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Charming 18th-century manor house near Galle Fort, with an outdoor swimming pool and Balinese-inspired spa

The Lowdown

Set on lush grounds near the Giniganga River, a 10-minute drive from Galle Fort, this elegant manor house dates to 1764 and once served as a private residence for Sri Lankan aristocrats and a British admiral. Now an intimate 12-room retreat, the hotel is full of Old World charm and colonial decor. Rooms start at 656 square feet and feature Dutch furniture, antiques and four-poster beds alongside mod cons including AC, flat-screen TVs, tea- and coffee-making facilities and rain showers. Splurge on a Suite for 24-hour butler service and a private balcony. Spend lazy days by the secluded, tree-shaded outdoor pool or hit the spa for a treatment that incorporates spiritual healing techniques and local herbs, spices and oils. The restaurant serves Sri Lankan specialties and grilled seafood all day long. There is also a bar that offers light bites and a lounge for an impressive selection of Ceylon teas.

In the Area

The 400-year-old Fort Galle, built by the Portuguese and then fortified by the Dutch, is a 10-minute drive away. Take a daytrip to Udawalawe National Park to spot elephants, wild buffalo, deer and leopards; the park is said to rival the savannah reserves of Africa. A little farther afield, Yala National Park is home to the world’s highest concentration of leopards. A visit to the Handunugoda Tea Factory, a traditional low country facility that produces some of the best silver tips, is not to be missed. This area truly is a diver’s paradise. The short drive to Unawatuna is worth it for the stunning wildlife and shipwrecks in the deep sea just off the coast. Head into Hikkaduwa to try the roti, an Indian flatbread that’s simple but wonderfully tasty. The Roti Shop has a variety of sandwiches, including avocado, prawns, bacon, chocolate banana and pineapple.

How to Get There

Tamarind Hill
No. 288, Dadella
Galle, 80000 Sri Lanka

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 787 Reviews
Excellent hospitality!!
Reviewed 4 days ago

Have stayed twice in this property and will stay again if i am in the vicinity . They love to pamper us and we love to get spoilt. Excellent food. big rooms and bathrooms, and a lovely garden in the courtyard. The manager i sa greta person, always full of smile and warm welcome. Must try are the local flavoured margaritas by the bar.

Beautiful,classy and homy place
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was an old Dutché house with old furnitures.Very cozy and homy place.Staff is very helpful and friendly.Rooms are large and the room we stayed had a courtyard with a frangipani tree.Rooms were very clean and whole place was very clean.Yummy breakfast.You can have meals at outside too.There is a pool and a pool bar.Also there is a seperate bar inside.A home away from home i would say.Would very much love to go there again and again.

Colonial style boutique hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Couldn‘t believe that there was such a beautiful little paradise at the end of the bad road! Only a few rooms, very silent anc peaceful with a wonderful garden. It had also a nice relaxing bar area and a huge pool.

Dinner
Reviewed 1 week ago

A lovely oasis for dinner. Beautiful setting and the staff -Sangeeth and the other guys -could not have been friendlier. Food cooked from scratch was very tasty and generous. Wine list varied and interesting.Advised to watch out for pythons on the walk back to our hotel but none spotted!

A beautiful but very quiet hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

The previous colonial Manor House has been turned into a beautiful boutique hotel that offers a laid back and peaceful atmosphere. The rooms are gorgeous. Furnished and decored in a traditional style with some of furnishing dating back to the colonial time.

The hotel is located a little distance away from the main attractions in Galle. To us this wasn't really an issue as we only relaxed by the pool and in our room. Thanks to it being located a bit outside, in the middle of a tropical garden we could watch wildlife right outside our door step. We saw monkeys, peacocks, chipmunks and lots of other animals.

It's a quiet hotel with only 12 rooms. When we stayed there were only us and another couple there. This resulted in the hotel being very quiet. The staff wasn't always around and sometimes we had to look for someone to order food from. Also the bars never seemed to be attended. We could however order drinks from the staff in the restaurant.

Our room was spacious and clean. The bed was a bit firm for our taste. The food was good and it wasn't any issues getting vegetarian food. The only issue we had was that the portions were way too big. We couldn't finish out food once. We hate wasting food so to us this wasn't a good thing.