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Rampart Street

Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka

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At a Glance

  • One of few properties within Galle Fort with a private swimming pool

  • Interior is a blend of contemporary Sri Lanka and colonial Ceylon

  • The first villa to be bought by a foreigner of the post-colonial era

  • Four bedrooms are split between the garden and the main house

  • From Galle visit temples, stilt fishermen and Udawalawe National Park

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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. Colombo and the low-lying coastal regions have an average temperature of 27°C. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in Sri Lanka are from December to March for the west and south coasts.

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Description

Rampart Street is home to an elegant 19th century English merchant house which, after post-colonial restoration is a refined villa offering discerning guests to Sri Lanka stylish four bedroom residence and is one of few properties in Galle with a pool.

In the heart of the Fort, this four bedroom, restored residence provides guests to Galle with the colonial charm of Ceylon incorporated with all the contemporary touches you would expect of modern day Sri Lanka. Just 100 meters from Galle Lighthouse, Rampart Street offers views of the pool, garden or sea.

Nestled away in the villa's secluded garden complete with 22ft pool, sun loungers and dining pavilion. Two bedrooms are located out by the pool and two, including the master bedroom are upstairs in the main house. The chef at Rampart Street will craft international and local contemporary dishes that cater to guests' requirements with breakfasts ranging from traditional Sri Lankan, continental and a full English.

Decorated with soothing neutral tones, sophisticated touches and four poster beds in every room, Rampart Street affords pale wood doors, flooring and a beautiful carved wooden staircase. Airy spaces and white walls are complemented fresh flowers and well-thought out furnishings. Aside from inviting outdoor space, relaxing in the dining room, living room or TV lounge is a great option after exploring all Galle and the south coast have to offer.

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Accommodation

At Rampart Street there are four en-suite double rooms all with showers, air-conditioning, fans, king-sized beds and an in-room safe. The rooms are named are their location in the property, these include the Sea View Room (complete with freestanding bathtub), Garden View Room and two Pool rooms.

Childcare

For younger guests there are cots and high chairs available on request.

Facilities

This boutique property offers guests the use of a swimming pool, sun loungers, free WiFi, daily housekeeping, in-house laundry, varied lunch and dinner menus that cater to individual dietary requirements.

Activities

From Rampart Street, guests can explore Galle and the Fort on foot and go on excursions including a visit to the nearby luxury Ayurveda spa, Whale watching in Mirissa, visiting Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya temple, viewing the famous stilt fishermen and exploring Udawalawe National Park for Safari.

Experiences

  • Explore Galle Fort

    While staying in the Galle Fort take the time to discover this fascinating colonial town, filled with history. Founded in 1588 by the Portuguese, the fort was subsequently occupied by the Dutch and the British, so there is plenty to explore.

  • Explore the Kapu Ela River by boat & Cycle through Rural Galle

    Enjoy a scenic and immersive tour through the beautiful countryside surrounding Galle. Your journey will take you down the Kapu Ela River by boat and then by bike across the paddies, ending with a traditional Sri Lankan meal and a lesson in hopper making.

  • Galle Cooking Experience - Food for the Soul

    During your time in Sri Lanka you are sure to dine on some soul-stirring dishes, including the traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry. Food lovers will love this cooking experience, from the vibrant market of Galle to cooking in a local village.

  • Galle Fort Tour with a Local Host

    Galle’s main attraction is the 17th century Dutch Fort. Much of the old Fort and the township still remain, within its well-preserved bastions including its public buildings, churches, the famous lighthouse and a maze of narrow cobbled streets.

  • Hopper Cooking Class at Why House

    The foodie in you will love this hands on cooking class at the beautiful Why House. A delectable Sri Lankan staple, hoppers are iconic in Sri Lanka and are delicious when served with a range of chutneys, sambols and curries.

  • Kanneliya Rainforest Trek

    One of Sri Lanka's hidden secrets, Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve is an enchanting forest reserve which is home to some incredible wildlife. Within the thick canopy, explore this wild and undisturbed scenery, accompanied by your wildlife tracker.

  • Sailing & Snorkelling Excursion

    Climb aboard a beautiful 48ft catamaran, and sail along the south coast of Sri Lanka stopping at private coves to stand-up paddle board, snorkel over colorful reefs, swim or soak up the sun while your crew take the helm.

  • Visit a Cinnamon Plantation

    Today head to Villa Mayurana, close to Koggala on Sri Lanka's South Coast. Learn about the process of growing cinnamon and the history that goes with it. Still a major export, cinnamon has medicinal values as well as being used in everyday cooking.

  • Weligama - Deep Sea Fishing

    Enjoy some deep sea fishing in the waters of the southern town of Weligama. Perfect for beginners or those more experienced at fishing, let your skipper help you catch some big game fish from sharks and tuna to marlin and swordfish.

  • Whale and Dolphin Watching by Private Catamaran

    On this full day boat trip you will have the opportunity to spot vast amounts of marine life from blue whales, false ores, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.

  • Whale Watching by Private Speedboat

    Spend three relaxing hours on a private speedboat off the coast in search of the planets largest mammals.

Location & directions

Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka

Located within Galle Fort itself (right by the lighthouse) and of course on Rampart Street, the villa is ideally located to explore the local area.

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