The Dutch House
Built in 1712, The Dutch House or Doornberg which was converted into an elegant four-suite hotel at the turn of the century, is one of Sri Lanka’s most well-preserved historic mansions.
Located just outside Galle Fort, Dutch House is highly exclusive and offers ample space in which to unwind. Voted as one of the top Hip Hotels in the World, Doornberg’s beautiful Dutch period antiques and classic interiors reflect its eighteenth century origins, blending well with its contemporary collection of art.
Verandas stretch around the house, while a comfortable sitting room and a library extension is located inside. Managed by its sister property, The Sun House, this boutique hotel is impeccably presented and maintained by the friendly and able staff.
The four bedrooms are air-conditioned and each leads to a private sitting room which contains sofas and writing desks with views over Galle Fort, the croquet lawn or private garden.
The Ball Room
This suite consists of a sitting area with a private terrace and a beautiful bedroom that features a four-poster antique teak bed, teak and ebony tea chests, wardrobes and writing desks. A partition to one end hides a dreamy bathroom with twin claw-footed baths, twin vanities and an open-air shower courtyard.
Named after the Dutch East India Company, this beautiful suite features a large four-poster bed and plenty of antique furniture. It opens onto a central courtyard and sweeping veranda, with views over the pretty croquet lawn. The ensuite bathroom features a claw-footed bath and an open-air shower room.
The Blue Room
Dutch period antiques and exquisite French linens with sweeping silk drapes decorate this room, exuding a timeless elegance and charm. Its bathroom features a claw-footed bath and an open-air shower room. The Blue Room opens onto the large living area and grassy croquet lawn.
The Yellow Room
Stunning silk drapes and Dutch period furniture make this room stylish and elegant. Opening onto the central living area and front veranda it is bright and breezy, while its ensuite bathroom also features a claw-footed bath and open-air shower room.
Cuisine is inspired by a fusion of Asian flavors and cooking styles, and breakfast is served at any time of the day – to your private veranda, beside the pool or in the beautiful courtyard garden. Choose between either a typical English breakfast or the Sri Lankan alternative. Light lunches and snacks such as sandwiches, pasta and salads are served throughout the day. Dinners are typically served in The Sun House, just next door with daily changing dinner menus and desserts often come in choices of three. Sri Lankan dinner parties are often held when the management feels that the guests are well suited. Fresh produce is organically grown and sought from both local and Hill Country specialists whilst seafood comes straight from the ocean.
Just for the kids
Designed for peace and tranquility and especially sought after by couples, The Dutch House is not suitable for kids under 10.