The Dutch House | Galle | Sri Lanka


The Dutch House, Galle, Sri Lanka

“There is simply nothing else like it in the orient.”
Hip Hotels Orient

High on a hill, yet within minutes of the city centre, and with magnificent views of the UN World Heritage listed fort of Galle, Doornberg or The Dutch House has set the pace in redefining luxury accommodation for the individual traveller in Sri Lanka.

Highly exclusive with only 4 suites this country house built in 1712 ensures complete privacy for its guests. Spacious living areas, an English tropical garden complete with croquet lawn and treetop infinity pool provides ample space for guests to find a quiet area in which to truly unwind. Period Dutch antiques reflect its early 18th century origins but blend in well with its contemporary collection of art.

Voted as one of the “top 20” hip hotels of the world, The Dutch House is the ultimate indulgence in space & privacy in one of Ceylon’s most well preserved historic mansions.

The discreet and friendly staff ensure your privacy yet provide a very relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. Perfect for those looking for idle splendour, as doing nothing is the order of the day!

The Dutch House is located on Sri Lanka’s exotic south coast which is quietly becoming the Riviera of choice for the world’s most discerning and inquisitive travellers. The Dutch House is conveniently located above the UN World Heritage city of Galle, with easy access to several Buddhist temples, rainforests, lowland tea plantations and wildlife reserves along with some of the most fabulous beaches of the Indian Ocean.

The Dutch House is located high upon a hill that overlooks the Galle harbour with awesome vistas of the ocean beyond and next door to its sister property The Sun House – which is “Sri Lanka’s original boutique hotel…”

The Dutch House


The Dutch House has 4 luxury suites that combine absolute grandeur with the utmost comfort. Filled with colonial antiques, the interiors evoke a pervasive mood of stillness and warmth which is at once romantic and relaxing.

Each bedroom is fully air conditioned with mosquito-net-draped 4 poster beds, luxurious silk drapes, cool polished concrete floors and stunning soft furnishings. The bedrooms lead into a private sitting room which contains comfortable sofas and writing desks with views over the magnificent Galle Fort, the croquet lawn or a private garden. Spacious bathrooms are fitted with fine showers and traditional claw-footed bath tubs which add to the colonial atmosphere.

Datch House, Galle, Sri Lanka


The Dutch House - Dinner MenuAt The Dutch House breakfast is at any time. There are no time constraints and guests can leisurely enjoy a delicious English breakfast: a range of eggs with toast and marmalade, fruit shakes and tea, served in the courtyard, verandah, the garden or bed.

Light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day in the garden, by the pool or in your room. Dinner is served at the next door sister property The Sun House which is renowned for some of the best food in Sri Lanka.

The dinner menu changes daily with a starter, main course and a choice of three delicious desserts.

Air Conditioning

Mosquito-net draped four-poster bed
Luxurious and elegant drapes and furnishings
Comfortable sofas and Antique Writing Desks
Colour Television with satellite connection
Telephone with direct dialling facility
Refrigerator and mini-bar
In room safe
Private gardens
Spacious Bathrooms, with claw-footed bathtubs, and showers
Complimentary toiletries in the bathroom, mirror and hair-dryer

“In organising our wedding we asked for something different though with a sense of style and fun. The whole occasion from elephant polo on the beach at Weligama, to the reception at the Dutch House, the party at Taprobane, and chauffeured transfers in between, was supremely well organised and more than matched expectations.”

Viscount and Viscountess Carlow

” The four days you organised for us as part of our celebrations for the 10th anniversary of flying to Sri Lanka were memorable, unusual and extremely well executed. My guests were extremely impressed with the attention to the smallest of details and i would be grateful if you could pass on my thanks to all who made it possible.”

David Turnbull
Managing Director and CEO,
Cathay Pacific Airways

“As the major sponsor for the annual Ceylon Elephant Polo Tournament, I would like to congratulate the organisers on their immaculate planning of the event; from the tournament itself, to all the associated dinners, balls, and other activities which truly make this event unique in Sri Lanka if not the world, the week is unforgettable in its unexpected but well timed surprises.”

His Grace the Duke of Argyll
Chivas Brothers

Dutch House - Bedrooms Dutch House - Sitting Room

Products & Services :Each bedroom is fully air conditioned with 4 poster beds and fitted mosquito nets. The bedrooms lead into the private sitting room contain comfortable sofas and writing desks with views over the magnificent Galle Fort, the croquet lawn or a private garden.

Check-in/Check-out Time: Check-in is 12.00 noon and Check-Out is 11.00 a.m. An earlier Check-in Time or later Check-out time can be requested on a case by case basis and the resort may agree depending on availability.

Address: Galle, Sri Lanka
Airport: Colombo International

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