South Coast Villa nr Galle

Just 1.5km from the fort itself, just a few minutes stroll or taxi, this place is very convenient if you want the intimacy of a villa stay but with the busy little fort area of Galle on hand if you want to pop out to all the bars, shops and restaurants.

Once the home of a Scottish spice merchant, this colonial house built in the 1860’s has been converted into a small hotel which exudes a country house atmosphere. With 7 highly individual bedrooms, it is well known for its fine dining, its privacy, its eclectic collection of artwork, books and furniture. Perched high on a hill yet only a 5 minute stroll away from the centre of the seaside town of Galle, The villa offers panoramic views of the Galle and the world heritage site of Fort Galle.

We offer our guests the ideal chance of being transported back to the relaxed life styles of the planters, when a day began with a hearty breakfast and finished with a cocktail at sunset.

This glorious house has been renovated to maintain its colonial charm and elegance. The large central living area is the heart of the house. A place where, at the end of the day, our guests can browse through the eclectic selection of books, sink into a relaxing sofa, listen to whatever music takes their fancy while enjoying a pot of up-country tea or perhaps something a little stronger, or let our barman mix up a surprise cocktail at Dick’s Bar, nominated as one of the best cocktail bars in the world...

There are two beautiful tropical gardens; The fragrant frangipani (“temple tree”) garden, leading to the swimming pool, and the mango garden which faces a stunning view of Galle harbour. The gardens are an idyllic and serene place for guests to relax, read, write or sunbathe.

Delicious fusion cuisine is served and meals can be taken in either the dining room, on one of the house’s airy verandahs or in the garden under the mango tree. Dick’s bar offers a more simple menu of salads, soups and pies.

This is a peaceful retreat offering a friendly and relaxed environment with service that is discreet yet efficient.

It is the perfect spot to explore the area and most importantly relax, unwind and eat well!

Rick Stein was based here whilst making "Far Eastern Odyssey Sri Lanka"


In February 2008 Rick Stein visited Sri Lanka to film for his Far Eastern Odyssey programme. The Sri Lanka episodes were aired on BBC2 on Thursday 6th august and Thursday 16th august at 8.00pm and can subsequently be seen on BBC iplayer. Rick Stein and his team based themselves at this villa in Galle and several of the recipes used for the making of the series were prepared by the resident villa chefs. Guests can be taught these recipes by our Chefs.

During his visit Rick Stein was the guest of Honour at the opening of the villa's latest restaurant The Bamboo Bar and Grill, set in the al fresco setting of the main courtyard and specializing in grilled seafood and fresh salads. The villa also has a Verandah restaurant and serves more informal food at it's award winning Dick's Bar.