No.39 Galle Fort - Exquisite interior design

Welcome to No. 39 Galle Fort

No. 39 Galle Fort sits in the heart of a 17th-century Dutch fortress on Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed southern coast. This three-bedroom villa, with its old-world charm and graceful period features, evokes a sense of nostalgia, as it envelops you within its warm and homely embrace.

Colonial-style, breezy living spaces are spread out beneath a vaulted, 30-foot-high roof. Enjoy delicious dining ranging from western favourites and local dishes to Ayurveda-inspired healthy food while vacationing here. Yoga and meditation sessions, as well as attentive staff, make this heritage townhouse an ideal choice for your Sri Lankan holiday. Not to mention, the many iconic landmarks of Galle Fort are mere footsteps away.

No.39 Galle Fort - Master bedroom

our luxuriously converted heritage home,
beautifully blends the old with the new

Enviably located within Galle’s historic 17th century UNESCO-certified fort, No. 39 Galle Fort is the ideal choice for a holiday on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast. A refurbished heritage home, it boasts modern conveniences while retaining its old world charm. Striking Dutch furnishings, graceful archways, pillared verandas and soaring ceilings welcome you into this lovely townhouse.

No.39 Galle Fort - Wonderful service

personalised service
provided by dedicated staff

One of the greatest advantages of staying in a villa is the personalised service provided by dedicated staff. No. 39’s staff will do their utmost to please with their warm and friendly Sri Lankan hospitality.

Guest Reviews

  • February 21st, 2020 - February 23rd, 2020

    What a little paradise in the middle of a bustling city!!! We loved our stay here. Wasn't easy with two small kids making sure that they don't damage all the precious property but with good help from Imalka and Anjali we managed it very well. We loved the garden space and the kids spotted little squirrels up on the wall and an iguana came for a visit one morning. Beautiful fresh flowers! We were amazed how quiet is this villa, what a good sleep we had. Breakfast was nice and the guys were so attentive to our needs and favours. We would love to come back one day! Thank you.

    Gavin M, Qatar
  • February 17th, 2020 - February 19th, 2020

    We stayed for 2 wonderful evenings. The villa manager and staff were so kind and helpful. The breakfast each day was delicious and beautifully served. The rooms are tasteful and clean. Anyway, such a fantastic experience.

    Ryan D, United States
  • February 14th, 2020 - February 17th, 2020

    Top 10 reasons we loved our stay at no.39 Galle Fort - 1. Candle-lit garden at night, 2. Attention to presentation at breakfast; 3. Nice A/C in the rooms and turn down service, 4. Imalka's smile every time we came home, 5. Good coffee, 6. Nice decor-great birds of paradise feature, 7. Infused water in the bedrooms, 8. Anticipation of our needs (ice, fans, beach towels), 9. Sparkling clean 10. Wood apple juice introduction.

    Laura K, United Arab Emirates
  • February 1st, 2020 - February 3rd, 2020

    Visiting Galle Fort for the first time was a great experience. We loved the villa No.39 Galle Fort. Thank you for great service! It was a perfect place to start our trip in Sr Lanka!

    Morten T, Denmark
  • December 31st, 2019 - January 4th, 2020

    The villa is lovely and well maintained and was the perfect place for a family of 6 + baby. The location of No.39 is fantastic, with easy access to all the Fort restaurants and shops.

    Purvi H, Switzerland
  • December 24th, 2019 - December 29th, 2019

    Wonderful place to stay with honest and reliable staff. This is an amazing area to find restaurants and boutiques. Try the beach at Weligama to surf. Happy new Year!

    Richard M, Singapore
  • December 8th, 2019 - December 13th, 2019

    Truly memorable experience at No.39 Galle Fort, our family thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Many thanks to Nuwan for looking after us with his outstanding cooking and Gayan for maintaining the villa and teaching us local "shorties". We look forward to visiting again!

    Nathan M, United Kingdom
  • November 25th, 2019 - November 29th, 2019

    This was our second time in Galle and we loved staying at No.39 - what a beautiful villa. My son and I had a wonderful time and look forward to coming back. Nuwan and Gayan took care of our delicious breakfasts and a nice first dinner as well as any other help we needed. Mark the property manager is amazing and always made sure that everything was just perfect. Thank you everyone.

    Ales S, Canada
  • November 17th, 2019 - November 20th, 2019

    We had a wonderful stay at this lovely villa - excellent property, great atmosphere, rooms were comfortable and we had great beds for a perfect sleep. Both Nuwan and Gayan were fantastic hosts, taking great care of us and serving us fantastic meals. A huge credit to them for this wonderful stay - they are truly the assets to this property.

    Kevin B, Malaysia
  • November 10th, 2019 - November 11th, 2019

    Beautiful property. Nuwan and Gayan were excellent and the food also very good. We'll definitely be back.

    Dipika D, India
  • October 17th, 2019 - October 19th, 2019

    Thank you for having us. The house was lovely and the two boys were very helpful and they cooked us lovely meals. We hope to be back sometime.

    Suriapragasm T, Malaysia
  • October 5th, 2019 - October 8th, 2019

    The house is a nice surprise and the staff prepared breakfast, dinner and BBQ's. The place is convenient, super clean and cozy. The location is central. We highly recommend for family travel.

    Xilu Y, China
  • September 11th, 2019 - September 16th, 2019

    39 Galle Fort you exceeded our expectations - we loved it. Mark and staff were so welcoming and service was fantastic. Thank you Nuwan for your excellent meals. We will definitely be recommending this beautiful villa as a perfect place to stay in Galle.

    Virginia M, Australia
  • August 18th, 2019 - August 20th, 2019

    We had an amazing time. Really clean place with awesome staff. Lovely town.

    Tanmay M, India
  • July 26th, 2019 - July 27th, 2019

    No.39 has been an amazing way to feel part of Old Galle, it takes us back in time. Thank you.

    Alessandra A, Sri Lanka
  • March 5th, 2019 - March 13th, 2019

    We had a great time having you as our hosts. You made us feel like we are in a 7 star hotel (Dubai style). As we write these words, you are being missed, until our next visit.

    Adriana T, United Arab Emirates
  • February 28th, 2019 - March 3rd, 2019

    Thank you for looking after us so well while we stayed in this beautiful home and explored Galle. We will miss your amazing cooking and kind hospitality.

    Meghan S, Australia
  • February 22nd, 2019 - February 23rd, 2019

    You have a beautiful house we have appreciated and enjoyed our stay .

    David C, Sri Lanka
  • February 19th, 2019 - February 21st, 2019

    The villa brings you a feeling of home. We can chat and play cards in the yard. We also cook Chinese meals on the Lantern Festival. Really a different experience on my journey.

    Yao Z, China
  • February 15th, 2019 - February 17th, 2019

    It has been a wonderful experience staying at No.39 Galle Fort. Our families loved the villa very much. Will recommend it to our friends.

    Zhouying Y, China
  • January 16th, 2019 - January 20th, 2019

    No.39 is synonymous with our visit to the Galle Literary Festival. Nuwan and Isuru took great care of us and accommodated our eccentric requests. This house has become our temporary home. We just love it. Good luck for the New Year, may it flourish always.

    Sam P, Sri Lanka
  • January 2nd, 2019 - January 7th, 2019

    Fantastic Stay at No.39 Galle Fort. Thank you for the wonderful service. A great atmosphere at the villa.

    Lucille O, Australia
  • December 30th, 2018 - January 2nd, 2019

    Thank you for a wonderful time and taking such good care of us. I couldn't think of a better place to stay at New Years eve night in the heart of Galle Fort. The house is truly beautiful. Best wishes for 2019!

    Bianca P, Sri Lanka
  • December 24th, 2018 - December 30th, 2018

    Had an amazing stay at number 39, beautiful villa. Nuwan is so helpful and makes some great curry. Thanks for everything.

    Viviane O, United Kingdom
  • December 17th, 2018 - December 20th, 2018

    Visiting Galle for the first time from New Zealand. This is a beautiful oasis of calm to come back to after the frenzy outside - loved it and would love to come back!

    Anne-Marie D, New Zealand
  • December 7th, 2018 - December 14th, 2018

    We Stayed at No.39 Galle Fort from 7-13th Dec 2018 - a family of 3. Our stay was made very pleasant by the wonderful service of the boys Wasantha and Nuwan. We enjoyed our stay a lot.

    Mullapudi N, India
  • November 8th, 2018 - November 10th, 2018

    We all love this house. Calm and beautiful. Nuwan and Wasantha have looked after us so well - what an amazing meal. Seafood Kebabs, crab curry, fried rice. Best meal on our trip!! We have been so comfortable and loved every minute in Galle. Many thanks to you both from all of us.

    Cherrie G, Sri Lanka
  • November 2nd, 2018 - November 7th, 2018

    Awesome time #39, such a beautiful villa and brilliantly hosted by Nuwan & Wasantha! Prawns, champagne, lobsters and of course the cricket made this trip extra special - good days everyday! Until next time Sri Lanka!

    Adam R, Australia
  • July 24th, 2018 - July 26th, 2018

    Wonderful stay, service is very good. Heart warming experience, thanks, good job!

    Zhiqiang C, China
  • July 20th, 2018 - July 23rd, 2018

    A fantastic stay at this charming and beautiful villa. The staff were awesome and looked after us so very well. Highly recommended. Big thumbs up.

    Chef Joel Miele, Australia
  • July 3rd, 2018 - July 5th, 2018

    We had a wonderful here at the villa. The staff were so nice and attentive. The villa is gorgeous and the town of Galle Fort is totally charming. Thank you for everything!

    Mr Burmoi, India
  • March 16th, 2018 - March 23rd, 2018

    Amazing! We had a fantastic stay and were so well looked after. We asked for traditional Sri Lankan food and had some delicious meals, the food was incredible and the service was great. We were so well looked after and we are sad to be leaving. Thank you Nuwan and Nishal.

    Linda W, United Kingdom
  • March 8th, 2018 - March 12th, 2018

    What absolute luxury! We had a delightful time and were well cared/attended to. Thank you.

    Michaella R, Australia
  • March 5th, 2018 - March 7th, 2018

    What a beautiful, welcoming house. Garden is exquisite, beds are so comfortable, everything beautifully maintained, we enjoyed our stay.

    William K, Canada
  • February 16th, 2018 - February 18th, 2018

    We have spent the most magical two days at No.39 Galle Fort. Wonderful hospitality from the entire team and such a beautiful villa, an oasis tucked away! The food has been excellent, with great Sri Lankan specialties.The staff have been ever so attentive, kind and helpful. We would love to return one day, thank you.

    Gabriella and Sophie, United Kingdom
  • January 24th, 2018 - January 28th, 2018

    We have come to consider No.39 as part of our Galle Literary Festival tradition. Thank you to Nishan and Nuwan for looking after us so well. I 'm sure we'll be back again next year as well.

    Sam et al, Sri Lanka
  • January 2nd, 2018 - January 6th, 2018

    Thank you very much for the wonderful stay at No.39. We had a great time.Thanks to your hospitality, the perfect service, delicious food and beautiful house. We hope to be back soon!

    Christopher, Australia
  • December 29th, 2017 - January 2nd, 2018

    What a way to finish 2017! Nuwan and Wasantha provided wonderful service and the villa itself is a spectacular sight. Can't imagine a more comfortable way to enjoy Galle, Thank you! Happy New Year!! We had a lovely experience and are looking forward to returning! Thank you!

    Shelby P, Singapore
  • December 24th, 2017 - December 29th, 2017

    We had a truly wonderful stay at No. 39 Lighthouse Street, Galle Fort and we are sad to leave. Nuwan and Vasantha were incredibly hospitable and kind and took very good care of us. The home was beautiful and very clean. It was also a fantastic location. Thank you for accommodating us, we home to be back again soon.

    Ashwin K, United States
  • December 10th, 2017 - December 14th, 2017

    It was a great pleasure to stay in such a well preserved heritage home right in the center of Galle Fort. The beds were very comfortable and the decor and furniture matched perfectly. The home was spotlessly clean. Wasantha, the housekeeper, did a wonderful job. Our chef, Nuwan, cooked superb meals and presented them superbly. Both the staff cheerfully attended to our needs. The manager Mark was in contact to make sure all was going well. I would recommend No. 39 to anyone who is looking for luxurious accommodation in a fascinating world heritage renown site.

    Chris W, Australia
  • October 2nd, 2017 - October 4th, 2017

    We had some difficulty locating the place but when Nuwan opened the door it was awe to find such a beautiful place complete with small garden and high ceilings. The decor takes us back to the colonial era - it is really a pleasure for the two days we stayed here. The service is also worth mentioning - the staff looked after us in every possible way. The ambience and hospitality - both were great. Many thanks.

    Rituraj K, India
  • September 23rd, 2017 - September 30th, 2017

    No.39 Galle Fort is a beautiful villa to relax in and enjoy. The Fort itself is beautifully maintained and the restorations of the old buildings have been done so well. We enjoyed our stay and thank Nuwan for looking after us and preparing our meals. Thank you.

    Katrina S, Sri Lanka
  • September 15th, 2017 - September 18th, 2017

    You have made our stay in No.39 Galle Fort an absolute dream! The location and the villa itself is right out of a James Bond novel! It is ravishing and decadent. We will recommend No.39 to all our friends and family who are considering an amazing holiday with lots of hospitality and culture. The food prepared by Dilshan was simply impeccable and he needs to be utilised to his full culinary skill! Nuwan has done a great job keeping the accommodation tidy and running smoothly. We hope to be back soon!

    Ji Ung K, Hong Kong
  • September 1st, 2017 - September 4th, 2017

    Unfortunately we have to leave today from a far too short stay at No.39. It has been fabulous - Galle is beautiful. But the best thing has been No.39. Spacious,relaxing, so lovely and the team looked after us so well. The food was spectacular - starting with curry for lunch on arrival. We had the crab (twice), hoppers for breakfast and the parrot fish last night. I am going to recommend No.39 to everyone and I'm hoping I can come back and enjoy it all again.

    Octavia B, Australia
  • August 2nd, 2017 - August 5th, 2017

    Thank you for a beautiful end to 2 weeks in Sri Lanka. We would love to take Lahiru and Nuwan back with us! The villa was a lovely oasis in Galle Fort. Thank you to Lahiru for our amazing cooking class and for caring for Debbie after her little misadventure.

    Deborah H, Australia
  • July 20th, 2017 - July 24th, 2017

    Thanks to Lahiru and Nuwan for their perfect hospitality, fantastic food, attentive housekeeping, and charming care of guests. It was great to stay in such a historic house in the middle of Galle Fort, with the Indian Ocean breaking on the walls. We look forward to returning.

    Resnick H, United States
  • February 27th, 2017 - March 1st, 2017

    A wonderful house! So relaxing. Loved waking up with birds and fresh air. Our cook Dilshan is amazing. He does 5 star cooking and has a 5 star attitude. The house is beautifully decorated with furniture carefully picked. Loved it!

    David D, Canada
  • February 16th, 2017 - February 19th, 2017

    What a splendid house - so cool and welcoming - better than a hotel. The staff were wonderful providing delicious food - kind and thoughtful - we all enjoyed our stay here in Galle - and hope it stays the same charming town! Thank you - we hope to come again - just for more tips on improving our cooking skills!

    Martin C, United Kingdom
  • February 13th, 2017 - February 15th, 2017

    With No.39 these streets are heaven, now home feels so foreign.

    Hua F, China
  • January 26th, 2017 - January 28th, 2017

    We LOVED the villa and Galle Fort. To have the place to return to after walking around town is a godsend.Thanks for allowing us to stay. Ajith cooked us a perfect seafood BBQ the first night and it was amazing, he is such a great chef and such a lovely guy. Thank you once again and hopefully, God willing, we will return to this beautiful place again!. Would certainly recommend to our friends.

    Maggie D, United Kingdom
  • January 11th, 2017 - January 15th, 2017

    What can I say? The Galle Literary Festival and No.39 and us - the perfect fit. It is the haven we escape to, the nest, the cocoon in the house we love.Thank you for an incredible 4 nights.The two Ajith's held the fort remarkably well considering our hectic schedule. Lahiru who stepped in to relieve a sick Ajith who conjured culinary delights was marvelous.We will be back and wish No.39 all good things in the coming year. Thank you & thank you!

    Sam Perera, Sri Lanka
  • December 28th, 2016 - January 2nd, 2017

    Ajith's food was good, he was always pleasant and helpful! Loved the passion fruit juice in the morning. Galle Fort was a pleasant surprise. We all enjoyed the BBQ prepared by the chef! Ajith's curries are better than in any restaurant in Galle. Highly recommend. His BBQ was wonderful. Happy New Year!

    Edith H, Malaysia
  • December 20th, 2016 - December 23rd, 2016

    A lovely sanctuary in the midst of Galle Fort. Thanks to the Ajith's (x2!) for their service during our stay. The garden was a lovely bit of green to relax and enjoy. A well appointed home away from home.

    Alex W, Macau
  • December 14th, 2016 - December 17th, 2016

    We stayed for 3 nights, and what an amazing place this is, so peaceful and quiet.We ate in two nights and the food that Ajith prepared was just fantastic. Both he and Kumara were very attentive but discrete. The Fort is a great place to shop or just soak up the atmosphere. We ate at Tuk Tuk and would recommend it to others. All in all just great.

    Chris M, United Kingdom
  • November 9th, 2016 - November 11th, 2016

    Thank you for an enjoyable stay at the property. Ajith and Ajith were both courteous and helpful. Any problems were addressed by them. The property is clean, tidy and well maintained. Thanks again!

    Afrah S, United Kingdom
  • November 2nd, 2016 - November 4th, 2016

    Had a great stay at the property.It would have been even better if we were more than three people. We will definitely be back in the future. Thanks to the team of Ajits for looking after us being our guide and answering our unending questions.

    Suraj P, Sri Lanka
  • October 24th, 2016 - October 26th, 2016

    Such an amazing villa, such an amazing team! We are in love with the Fort,and we have been blown away by the quality of the villas here.The service has been great, good WIFI, attention to detail within the property is second to none, we will be seeing you again! Much thanks from all of the team to Mark & the Ajits.

    Oshea S, Australia
  • October 5th, 2016 - October 8th, 2016

    We have loved our stay in Galle and Ajits x2 have looked after us very well. Our son has loved playing with them and they have been very helpful and courteous. They are a credit to the house.

    Kim B, Singapore
  • October 3rd, 2016 - October 5th, 2016

    Love the environment and the decoration of the villa. The manager and assistants are all nice and helpful. Everything is perfect. I will come back here again one day and may live here :)

    Xu Y, China
  • September 3rd, 2016 - September 6th, 2016

    It was really great and awesome experience staying at no.39 light house. This was home away from home. Everything was well attended and Ajith's cooking was really good. Very hospitable staff and extremely neat. We would love to come here again.

    Nitin T, India
  • July 4th, 2016 - July 6th, 2016

    Fantastic villa and fantastic two nights stay. Thank you to both Ajith's for their service.

    David C, Singapore
  • March 26th, 2016 - March 29th, 2016

    What a fabulous beginning to our Sri Lanka journey! Ajith is a fantastic cook who spoiled us with one delight after another.Together with the other Ajith they make an incredible team. The villa is beautiful and beautifully kept - credit to the owner, the wonderful caretaker Mark, and the villa team. A kind, gentle baby sitter, Pushpa, was the perfect addition to the team, who allowed us to have a truly relaxing experience. We will be back for longer!

    Mehvesh M, Hong Kong
  • March 23rd, 2016 - March 26th, 2016

    Wonderful house, fabulous team. Both Ajith & Ajith were brilliant hosts. Food was great, we would highly recommend fish curry. Amazing service! Will definitely come back again!

    Rosa P, United Kingdom
  • March 3rd, 2016 - March 5th, 2016

    Thank you so much for a great relaxing stay! Everything about the villa is divine and we feel very at home. Ajith makes delicious food and has taken excellent care of all our needs, always with that gorgeous smile! Thank you again and we hope to see you again in the future!

    Kate G, Australia
  • February 27th, 2016 - March 1st, 2016

    We had a wonderful break in this house. It has a great serene vibe.Thank you for a terrific 3 days. The staff is extremely helpful and efficient.

    Yasmeen A, United Arab Emirates
  • February 21st, 2016 - February 26th, 2016

    Wonderful trip to Sri Lanka. The accommodations were very comfortable. We particularly enjoyed the curry and rice dinner and setting on the veranda in the evening. The staff were welcoming and very helpful.They were knowledgeable of where to go and what to do in Galle. A great way to end our trip to Sri Lanka! We will recommend to others the villa. Thanks for assisting with our trip to Galle.

    Camilla H, United States
  • January 13th, 2016 - January 17th, 2016

    We are back at No.39 after a hiatus of 3 years and it's like coming home. We spent a wonderful 4 nights. Ajith's cooking was excellent and exactly what we needed during the hectic schedule of the Galle Literary Festival! We hope to come back each year. Thank you for sharing this wonderful space. I'd recommend it to anyone visiting Galle!

    Sam P, Sri Lanka
  • January 9th, 2016 - January 11th, 2016

    A lovely stay at 39 Galle Fort Villa, which is located conveniently in the middle of the Galle Fort but still afford a calm and relaxing atmosphere. The rooms and other amenities were comfortable, the BBQ was super and the two ajith's looked after us very well. Thank you for an enjoyable stay, we look forward to coming back and will recommended it to others.

    Bhudeni W, Sri Lanka
  • January 3rd, 2016 - January 7th, 2016

    From walking through the door on our first day we were taken aback by the welcoming atmosphere and the delightfull staff. Mark and the team attended to our every need and there was nothing left wanting. I would truly recommend staying at No.39 vs. any hotel chain in the Galle Fort area. Absolutely wonderful overall. And don't worry about eating out, both the BBQ's and the Sri Lankan cooking in the villa were outstanding. Truly exceptional.

    James Rogers, Hong Kong
  • November 6th, 2015 - November 8th, 2015

    What a fantastic villa! A beautiful villa in a beautiful location

    Helen S, Kuwait
  • October 4th, 2015 - October 6th, 2015

    We all love the beautiful house and appreciate smiles and services. Mark's cooking is so impressive. Thanks to you and all the best. We'd like to recommended No.39 to our friends who's going here.

    Yi S, China
  • October 2nd, 2015 - October 4th, 2015

    Our stay at No. 39 was awesome, it was homely, our caretakers were very friendly. We had asked to serve us barbecue dinner upon arrival and the spread was wide and delicious. The main cook (Ajith Kumar) took care of us. His Sri Lankan curry was very authentic, He always has a smile on his face and was very accommodating. We were surely visit again.

    Vijayakumar A, India
  • July 6th, 2015 - July 11th, 2015

    The villa is just amazing!!! You are 'right' in the middle of Galle Fort!! We felt very special being able to call number 39 home for 5 days!!

    Nicola Fletcher, Qatar
  • April 2nd, 2015 - April 7th, 2015

    this is my first time to say 'Superb' experience because of professional service with LOVE! Comfortable stay, old fashion deco, and know well of local culture.

    Yi Wang, China
  • December 26th, 2014 - December 28th, 2014

    The location is fabulous. You can walk to the bars, restaurants, beach and ramparts. The staff is obliging and un-intrusive. The place is tastefully put together to offer the visitor modern comforts with a touch of Sri Lankan charm.

    Priyanka Holsinger, Sri Lanka
  • October 25th, 2014 - November 1st, 2014

    Wonderful villa in Lighthouse street - beautifully appointed for relaxation with friends or family. Totally wonderful location to explore Galle's restaurants and shops and opposite the best lounge bar in town. Loved it and will definitely go there again!

    Eveline Cadell, Sri Lanka
  • October 18th, 2014 - October 25th, 2014

    '39 Galle Fort' is a fantastic place to stay. It has a central location in the Fort, all is in walkable distance. The villa is very well designed, with the old colonial features well preserved in a modern facility. Great place to relax after a daytrip to the countryside or beaches, great place to doze a day away while staying in the Fort. Good for kids. The service of the house staff was truly excellent, with good local dishes cooked from scratch (recommended the fresh tuna curry)and a very friendly attitude towards their guests. All was attended to in great care and detail. I fully recommend to stay in 39 Galle Fort - great family place! We will surely be back. Dr Thom KLEISS and family, Singapore

    Thom Kleiss, Singapore
  • October 7th, 2014 - October 8th, 2014

    Villa 39 is a beautiful oasis in the Galle Fort. It is spacious, comfortable and very tasteful. The location could not be better as it is in close proximity to any place you might want to visit at the Galle Fort. There are so many spaces to relax and unwind within the villa and the rooms are well appointed with well designed bathrooms. The staff are attentive and accommodating...what more might one want from a holiday villa.

    Ranil De Silva, Sri Lanka
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