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Dutch House

Just outside of Galle Fort and looking over the town

Royally seated high on a hill overlooking Galle, but within walking distance of the Fort, the Doornberg, or The Dutch House, has set the pace in redefining luxury accommodation.

Highly exclusive with only four suites, this country house, built in 1712, boasts the authentic architecture and antiques (alongside more contemporary pieces) of the period. It set the bar wonderfully high when restored as an exclusive hotel and remains apart from would-be impersonators.

Spacious living areas, an English tropical garden complete with a croquet lawn and a treetop infinity pool provides ample space for guests to find a quiet area in which to truly unwind. The discreet and friendly staff ensure your privacy while providing a very relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere.

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The Rooms

The Dutch House offers just four suites – meaning guests are assured of a private and personal experience. Each is slightly different but all include large bedrooms and private sitting rooms with comfortable sofas, writing desks and an array of stunning period antiques. All rooms are fully air-conditioned and boast mosquito-net-clad four-poster beds on cool, polished concrete floors. Bathrooms are replete with heavy showers and traditional, claw-footed bathtubs.

The Ball Room offers a large sweeping verandah and opens on to a central courtyard. It is the prime choice for private space. The V.O.C Room, name after the Dutch East India Company, has a lighter touch and offers views out across the croquet lawn. Simply and suitable named the Blue and the Yellow Rooms open on to the central living area and front verandah. Both have a distinct and elegant style.


What’s to do

Though overlooking the town, you’re a short stroll down the hill to the historic Galle Fort with its myriad of shops, restaurants and boutiques. You can stroll through the maze of streets or walk the ramparts; beautiful at sunset. Of course, the stunning beaches of the island’s southern coast are within easy reach and bike rides show off the lesser seen villages and paddy fields inland. Visits to lowland tea estates or even day trips to the National Park at Udawalawe – renowned for its elephant population – are also easily arranged.


The Dutch House sits at the top of Upper Dickson Road, outside of the Fort and looking over the town. The highway to Colombo makes it no more than a 2 hour drive from the airport.

Out for the evening

You are a stone throw away from some of island’s best dining options.

Stop by Amangalla and you will probably want to stay for afternoon tea while surrounded by the period charm of a bygone era. You may also want to linger over a sunset cocktail on the balcony with views over the fort’s terracotta roofs.

Stroll hundred yards down to The Church Street Social for an eclectic menu of Asian fusion flavours and contemporary versions of Sri Lanka’s traditional cuisine. The black pork curry is always a crowd pleaser.

Venture further down the road and around the corner to the Dutch Hospital building where you have two levels of dining and drinking choices. Whilst the quality of offerings can vary hugely across different venues if it’s variety you are after, then you will find it here. The Lamprais at A Minute by Tuk Tuk is always a winner and Taphouse Bar tends to be one of the popular watering hole.

Food & Drink

At The Dutch House breakfast is at any time. There are no time constraints and guests can leisurely enjoy either a delicious English breakfast or a Sri Lankan breakfast of egg curry, hoppers, seeni sambol, mung beans, and coconut sambol, all prepared to order by the chef. These are served in the courtyard, on the verandah or in the garden.

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 menu is set but changes daily and include the likes of lemongrass & ginger broth, followed by Tamarind glazed Mahi Mahi with crispy eggplant and tomato salad.


The infinity pool overlooking the treetops and down to Galle is the perfect place to indulge in idle splendour. The beautifully manicured English tropical garden and the swaying coconut trees provide plenty of views to drink in.


Let’s be honest- little kids and 18th century Dutch antiques probably aren’t the best mix. Running after them yelling “don’t touch that” and “don’t climb on that” probably won’t make the best holiday for you either. Enjoy The Dutch House with your significant other for the most relaxing experience.

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