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Galle Fort in 10mins! Gorgeous Colonial House.

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4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
8 guests
2 nights minimum
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This Charming House is a beautiful example of a period house from the colonial era!. It is set around an internal courtyard pond with tropical fish, turtles and a sweet scented frangipani tree at its center. Tastefully restored by the Hempel Family who have been living there for the last 12 years, it is just 10 mins from UNESCO World heritage Galle Fort and 15 minutes from Unawatuna and the beaches of Thalpe. The house is surrounded by a lush tropical garden which is a bird watchers paradise. Monkeys, mongoose, monitor lizards and squirrels dart amongst the trees!. Whether having a lazy breakfast of Nalani's delicious egg hoppers, or a long lunch of Sri Lankan curry, sambals and chutneys, (all from local produce or catch of the day) this is a place to relax and unwind. The open dining ...This Charming House is a beautiful example of a period house from the colonial era!. It is set around an internal courtyard pond with tropical fish, turtles and a sweet scented frangipani tree at its center. Tastefully restored by the Hempel Family who have been living there for the last 12 years, it is just 10 mins from UNESCO World heritage Galle Fort and 15 minutes from Unawatuna and the beaches of Thalpe. The house is surrounded by a lush tropical garden which is a bird watchers paradise. Monkeys, mongoose, monitor lizards and squirrels dart amongst the trees!. Whether having a lazy breakfast of Nalani's delicious egg hoppers, or a long lunch of Sri Lankan curry, sambals and chutneys, (all from local produce or catch of the day) this is a place to relax and unwind. The open dining room faces onto the jungle, where women collecting firewood and buffalo stroll past. Guests can swim in our 45ft swimming pool or at Thalpe beach just fifteen minutes away. If you are feeling more active the shops, restaurants and hotels of Galle Fort are wonderful while the surf beaches are within 20 to 30 minutes. At sunset, stroll through village streets, past corner shop vendors. Light an oil lamp at the local Buddhist temple, or just listen to the night sounds of the crickets, watching the fireflies with a glass of chilled wine in hand. At the end of a long day, curl up in one of the antique four poster beds knowing the house is secure under the watchful eye of Hapugala the Night Watchman, 2 dogs and Minky the cat. In addition we have a excellently located Beach House in Talalla. Look for Talalla Bay Beach House!!More
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Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Porch
Washer
Housekeeping Included
Outdoor Dining Area
Towels Provided
Air Conditioning
Private Yard
A Winter Sun Getaway
Cycling Trips
Books
Ceiling Fans
TV
Parking
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Internet Access
Toaster
Staffed Property
Stove
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Blender
Freezer
Iron
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Balcony
Private Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
Patio
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Beautiful traditional house with open courtyard, we stayed for a week and sampled the wonderful cooking from Nalini perfect home stay lovely room with own bathroom very peaceful and charming !

Date of stay: March 2016
Thank Lotus005
Reviewed June 19, 2018

I've stayed in this wonderful villa twice...tucked away from crowded Galle and the bustling beaches (though only a 10-15 minute tuktuk ride away from the restaurants and bars, galleries and shops of Galle Fort) Hempel House is a wonderful place to truly relax. The house...More

Date of stay: March 2018
Thank Sunshine784659
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Reviewed August 18, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here. Tranquil surroundings, great staff (especially the cook who makes stunning local breakfasts) and an energy that is uplifting... for us, it was just what was needed for a break away from London. For us, one of the nicest things...More

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank Deb A
Management response:Responded August 20, 2016

Dear Deb. Thankyou so very much for your lovely review of Hempel House!!. Its always great to get feedback and we really appreciate you the taking time to write about us. We are so happy that you had a wonderful time and that you enjoyed...More

Reviewed March 9, 2016

Whilst staying at Talalla Bay Beach House we found out about Hempel House as both residences are owned by the same owner. The lovely Emma arranged transport from us from one location to the other. Emma also provided maps and a guide to the best...More

Date of stay: February 2016
Thank FreoCreatures
Management response:Responded August 20, 2016

Dear FreoCreatures. Wow...thankyou so very much for your extensive, lovely review!! Its extremely useful for us and so great to have come from such a kind and caring couple like you. It was fascinating to hear all your stories also! Apologies for the musty smell...More

Reviewed July 14, 2013

Going through the entrance of Hempel House.. I was immediately taken back to previous eras of gracious living… you enter this beautiful colonial house through the living room, huge sofas, walls covered in art, books of every description and then into a central courtyard, softs...More

Date of stay: February 2013
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About the Owner
Eduard H
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:August 2013
Interaction with guests
We can be around as little or as often as you wish. Emma will pop around to check on the staff and house from time to time and to answer any further questions. The owner may also be around.
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About the neighborhood
The Village that the house is near is called Milliduwa which is a vibrant, busy village with a great Indian takeaway and many local food shops selling fruit and veg!
Getting around
Transport can easily be arranged for you during your stay. Tuk tuks you can pick up from the road or cars with drivers can be arranged for trips around the local area and further afield. You can also get a bus from near to the house into Galle and then from there further afield.
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