20 Middle Street
Galle, South Coast, Sri Lanka
At a Glance
Superb location within Galle Fort
Spacious and comfortable the villa can sleep up to ten people
Another George Cooper creation, the interiors are heavenly
Guests will be looked after by the wonderful staff
Enjoy reading in the library or poker in the games room, 20 Middle Street has it all
Best time to Visit
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From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half, while the dry season here lasts from December to March. 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.
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Built in 1750 as a former Dutch Merchant's house, 20 Middle Street is a gem in the heart of Galle. Made up of the main house, pool house and annexe, it's an ideal place for groups to relax. Expect chic yet understated interiors filled with unique artwork.
20 Middle Street is a heavenly villa located within the historic walls Galle Fort. Found on the famous Middle Street, right beside Amangalla, 20 Middle Street has all the grandeur of its neighbours.
Restored by architect Channa Daswatte with interiors by Kahanda Kanda's George Cooper, each room is light and airy with touches of colonial heritage and a mixture of eclectic Balinese handcrafts and Sri Lankan works of art.
The villa sleeps ten comfortably with five bedrooms spread out across the three lodgings. The villas features a large garden with a pool, a games room and an exquisite library with a collection of good books to get lost in curled up on the sofa.
The front verandah is a perfect spot to spend an evening enjoying delicious Sri Lankan food as prepared for your by your chef. The staff will ensure you are looked after whilst you can enjoy the beautifully kept gardens and the gorgeous living space - your seaside retreat.
20 Middle Street is rented to one party at a time ensuring complete privacy. The property can sleep up to ten people comfortably in the five bedrooms. The main building features two bedrooms - each with four poster beds, the annexe with a double room and a twin room which can also be made into a double, and finally the pool house which has one comfortable queen-size bed.
Although 20 Middle Street accepts children, the property is more suited to an adult holiday. Children under 12 years are not encouraged.
The main house boasts a large living room with a library and games room complete with a snooker table. Here you will also find a dining area opening out to the central garden. The Annex has a large seating area overlooking the gardens. There is a large swimming pool with sun loungers. Speak to your cook and housekeeper to discuss your meal preferences, enjoying a range of different cuisines.
Due to its prime location, guests at 20 Middle Street are in walking distance of Galle's main sites. Visit the Fort and Galle's famous lighthouse before heading to the boutique shops and renowned restaurants. Alternatively your travel consultant can organise trips to Koggala Lake or whale watching at the right time of year.
Cycling Tour outside Galle
Spend half a day cycling through the beautiful Sri Lankan countryside outside Galle.
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.
Jeep Safari at Yala National Park
Enjoy a jeep safari to Yala National Park, the most famous National Park in Sri Lanka.
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 colourful 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.
Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Go on a walking tour of Galle with a local resident / guide.
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 Cruise from Mirissa
Go on whale and dolphin cruise in Mirissa in the months of December to March.
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
20 Middle Street is situated in the heart of the walls of the old Dutch fort in the town of Galle, 120km south of Colombo on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka.
How to get there
Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the sole international airport in Sri Lanka and is located about 30km north of the city. Travel time between the airport and the city centre is approximately 1-hour. The car transfer from BIA to 20 Middle Street takes about 3-hours. Alernatively, Sri Lankan Airlines runs a daily Airtaxi service from BIA to Koggala airstrip, a 25-minute drive from 20 Middle Street. The flight time is 45-minutes.
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