Spice merchant’s house Thambili House Fort, Galle

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Thambili House has 2 double bedrooms and 1 family bedroom all located on the upper floor. Bedrooms are well furnished with Genuine Antique Ebony king sized four-poster beds & air-conditioning. The Master Bedroom opens to a Terrace with sea views. And the family room opens to a Terrace with Pool and Lighthouse views. All have ensuite bathrooms with h/w showers. Thambili House has a dedicated Butler to look into Guest’s comfort.

The villa's history dates back to 300 years ago, when Sri Lanka was the world’s only source of prime-quality cinnamon, a Dutch spice trader built a jewel of a house within the fortified port city of Galle. Recently restored by Rohan Aluwihara, a protégé of the renowned Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa, the Three bedroomed, fully air conditioned, Thambili House is today a haven of comfort, privacy and refinement for discriminating visitors. Set right next to the Fort Rampart, a few yards from the 300-year-old Masjid Meera Jumma Mosque and the Famous Galle Fort Light House, Thambili house is one of the rare properties in the Galle Fort, which overlooks the picturesque southern Indian Ocean and also boasts a swimming pool. This two-storied, spice merchant’s house is designed with uneven walls and cut cement flooring. Interiors are tastefully decorated with 16th, 17th and 18th Century Genuine Antique Ebony and Calamander Furniture and contemporary local art. The Thambili House can accommodate up to 8 guests and is rented to one party at a time on a villa only basis.

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Master Bedroom

The Master Bedroom is situated on the first floor and has large French windows that provide for uninterrupted sea views. Interiors are tastefully decorated with 16th, 17th and 18th Century Genuine Antique Ebony and Calamander Furniture and contemporary local art.

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Thambili House has truly magnificent Spaces and Views. The living and dining rooms are located on the ground floor, with the dining Room opening on to an inner courtyard with a Romanesque swimming pool. There is also a fully equipped kitchen and cook dedicated to preparing your local and western favorites. The Master bedroom has a terrace for taking in spectacular sunsets, to enjoy a traditional Massage or a Reflexology treatment (by the in-house Masseur), or to simply laze around watching the ships go by. Other villa facilities include a flat screen TV with satellite channels, DVD library, iPod music, books and board games. Complimentary Mobile Phone for use during the stay.

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Location Details

Thambili House is situated on Rampart Street, located within the Historic Galle Fort, a protected World Heritage site, approximately 90 minutes’ drive from the international airport. Or a 15 Minute flight on the Sea Plane. With its fine old buildings and stone ramparts enclosing picturesque streets and green spaces, it is fascinating in its own right, as well as being the perfect base from which to explore Sri Lanka’s south coast and interior.

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