The house is an 18th century Dutch house and still retains many of the original features including the arched doorways, the wooden staircase and beautifully weathered floorboards. Three of the four air-conditioned bedrooms are on the ground floor and are decorated with tasteful striped fabrics and fine white linen. One of the rooms looks over the small emerald colour plunge pool in an open courtyard area. This is given character by an old frangipane tree, and various pot plants.
A walk up the narrow wooden staircase, brings you to the first floor, which includes a kitchen at one end, and at the front of the house, a fourth bedroom, a lounge area with daybeds, chairs, a range of coffee table books and a large Sri Lanka map on the wall, and a spacious dining area with a long wooden table, complete with comfortable leather chairs.
The lounge area is beautifully light and comfortable, and includes shuttered windows, which you can look out through onto the green ramparts, the century-old defensive walls and the Indian Ocean beyond. A real highlight is sitting at the table here on a poya (full moon) night, with all the lights off, and just a few candles.
A few antique features such as a Dutch chest and four-poster beds blend seamlessly with the modern fabrics, beautiful fresh flower arrangements and the odd sculpture by a contemporary Sri Lankan artist. The house benefits from peace and quiet, being away from the hustle and bustle of the inner streets of the Fort. The uninterrupted rampart view and positioning is a real highlight.
The pick of the rooms is perhaps the third ground floor room. The doors open onto the plunge pool area, giving it a private feel. It is white washed with striped cushions and day beds.
The upstairs room is painted in an elegant blue/grey and has a queen size antique bed so is more suitable for a single person. It also enjoys a sea breeze, which comes in over the ramparts.
– Ride inland on mountain bikes to discover a stunning emerald landscape of paddy fields, white-washed Buddhist temples, and rural villages
– Spend the day on one of the golden beaches along the coast: Unawatuna, Thalpe or Mirissa
– Go whale and dolphin watching from Mirissa
– Visit the virgin white tea plantation in Titagalla and learn how tea, cinnamon and rubber is produced