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4 Bedrooms
4 Beds

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A lovely courtyard house in Galle, with a 50ft swimming pool. Close to Galle Fort and Unawatuna. Tropical, green and lovely.
This is a delightful example of a period house from the colonial era and is set around a courtyard pond with turtles & fish

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Hempel House.  Whole House

The Space
Room type: Entire home/apt
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 4
Beds: 4
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)


Security Deposit: $95
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

The Charming Courtyard House has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. 3 bedrooms have En-suite bathrooms and 3 bedrooms are AC equipped.

A lovely courtyard house in Galle, with a 50ft swimming pool. Close to Galle Fort and Unawatuna. Tropical, green and lovely.
This is a delightful example of a period house from the colonial era. It is set around a courtyard featuring a pond with tropical fish, turtles and sweet scented frangipani tree at its centre.
It has been tastefully restored by the Hempel Family who have been living there for the last 10 years.

The house is surrounded by a lush tropical garden which is a bird watchers paradise. There are mongoose and monitor lizards with squirrels and monkeys darting 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 50 ft swimming pool or at Thalpe beach just fifteen minutes away.

At sunset, stroll through village streets, past corner shop vendors and paddy fields. Light an oil lamp at the local Buddhist temple, view a private show of Kandyian dances performing the devil dance under the stars, 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 Saman our nightwatchman, 3 dogs (one is a great dane) and Minky the cat.

Attractions and distance:
- Fifteen minutes from Unawatuna and the beaches of Thalpe.
- If you are feeling more active the shops, restaurants and hotels of UNESCO world heritage protected Galle Fort are just ten minutes away while the surf beaches are within 20 to 30 minutes.
- Half an hour away from the lovely surf town and beach of Hikkaduwa.

- A beautiful upstairs master bedroom (AC) with inside outside bathroom.
- Two further double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms (Two with A/C).
- One single bedroom
- Sleeps 7 Adults and extra beds can be arranged if required.
- Two living rooms.
- Outside/inside dining area.
- Fully equipped modern kitchen.
- Separate staff & Driver quarters with own facilities.
- Washing machine.
- 50 ft Swimming Pool and Ambalama
- Internet
- Cook and house lady. Gardner and night security.
- Baby sitters by separate arrangement.

Guest Access

Lounge around the swimming pool, read one of our many books sitting in the living room or just simply have a rest watching the turtles in the pond!

Interaction with Guests

Emma or Eduard will be there to meet you and will pop in from time to time to give you any information you need and see how you are. But other than that we leave you to your holiday!

The Neighborhood

Surrounded by a lush garden, The house is set back from the road with a short walk to a bustling village where you can buy basic groceries and enjoy a good curry!

Getting Around

The House is 10 mins from Galle Fort and 15 mins away from the lovely beaches of Unawatuna and Thalpe.
There's a small area for parking at the House and the watchman can arrange you a tuk tuk for wherever you need to go.
Transport from the airport can also be arranged for you.

Other Things to Note

Please note there are 3 dogs (one is a great dane) and 1 cat at the property.

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House Rules

Relaxed. Follow the Golden Rule: Treat others as you wish to be treated yourself.

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher
Lock on Bedroom Door

2 nights minimum stay

The front verandah that leads to the lush garden.

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About the Host, Eduard

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Member since March 2012
Response rate: 100% (last 10 contacts)
Response time: within a few hours


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