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  • About this holiday

    The Dutch House near Galle offers historic and peaceful charm. A converted private home, dating from 1712, the hotel boasts colonial features seamlessly blended with contemporary art work and spacious rooms. Guests will enjoy the manicured gardens and the proximity to Galle, as well as nature reserves and many beaches. Expressions Holidays highly recommends it to those seeking tranquil luxury and traditional style for a long stay or as a stop on one of our luxury touring holidays of Sri Lanka.

    The journey and how you get there


    afternoon tea

    Included in your holiday

    Expressions Holidays includes scheduled flights with Sri Lankan London to Colombo return in economy, private car transfers, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing a double or twin room.

    Holiday prices

    Sample price is per person based on two people sharing a Type A double or twin room 
    £2,260 for 7 nights 
    The price displayed here is a guide only for this hotel and each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect the actual flight costs and all up-to-date special offers.

    Hotel code


    Our opinion

    The Dutch House is exclusive, gracious, tranquil, friendly, romantic and discreet.

    Hotel description

    Built in 1712 on a hill a 5-minute stroll away from the historic town of Galle, The Dutch House has been lavishly transformed to offer guests gracious, tranquil living in a sumptuous private home. Its period colonial Dutch features and contemporary art, spacious living areas, discreet service, shady pool, tropical English garden and croquet lawn, together with some exquisite extra touches, make this former residence of a Dutch East India Admiral a treasure of a place to stay. The classic Dutch building, with its high-pitched terracotta roof and continuous colonnade, forms a u-shape around a courtyard, opening up a splendid view of the croquet lawn and mature trees, with Galle in the distance. The four bedrooms at The Dutch House boast net-draped four-poster beds, luxurious silk drapes, cool polished concrete floors and stunning soft furnishings. Each has a private sitting area containing a comfortable sofa and writing desk and a spacious bathroom fitted with traditional claw-footed bath tub. Guests can enjoy a leisurely English breakfast: a range of eggs with toast and marmalade, fruit shakes and tea, or Sri Lankan specials such as hoppers, served in the courtyard, verandah or garden. Light lunches and snacks are served throughout the day at the Dutch House whilst dinner is served at the next door sister property, The Sun House. The Dutch House is a perfect base for relaxing interspersed with sorties to explore Galle and its historic Dutch Fort, the inland nature reserves and villages, and along the south coast.

    Magic moment: lazing on a wicker lounger in the shaded colonnade, gazing at the rich kaleidoscope of sandstone pillars and terracotta tiles, clear blue sky and manicured lawn, listening to the birds and the faint hum of traffic in downtown Galle.



    Official star rating

    no rating

    Annual opening

    All year

    Distance from airport

    About 3 hours by car.

    Closest airport


    Room types

    There are 4 suites at the hotel, all equipped with A/C, Four-poster bed, Private sitting area, Ensuite bathroom with shower and bath tub.

    Hotel facilities and services

    Swimming Pool and loungers
    Terrace for meals alfresco
    Living room
    Free WiFi access
    Massage/yoga available
    Newly restored Vintage Rover available for hire 

    Water sports

    Land sports

    Croquet lawn.

    Out and aboutnearby/local interest

    Local interest Galle Fort, Galle town for shops, markets, fishing harbour, Inland villages, Kottawe and Hiyare Nature Reserves, Koggala Lake, Samakanda organic farm (walks and rice & curry), Unuwatuna beach. 

    Sports nearby


    No children under 14 allowed.

    Minimum stays

    2 nights

    Other information

    Standard Category: Luxury - First Class.

    Special Events: January - Galle Literary Festival; July – Unuwatuna Perahera, kite flying in Galle.


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