Welcome to The Dutch House
Imagine a Sri Lankan hotel at a cocktail party, grandly introducing itself as of ‘Dutch Colonial’ style. Its partner in conversation suggests the hotel must, then, know its great pal ‘The Dutch House’. The former slides away in anxious embarrassment – outdone.
As for Dutch colonial, the Dutch House or Doornberg, is the apotheosis of the style. Royally seated on a hill overlooking Galle, but within walking distance of the Fort, the country house, built in 1712, boasts the authentic architecture and antiques (alongside more contemporary pieces) of the period.
It set the bar wonderfully high when restored as an exclusive hotel and remains apart from would-be impersonators.
The Dutch House offers just four suites – meaning guests are assured of a private and personal experience. Each is slightly different but all include large bedrooms and private sitting rooms with comfortable sofas, writing desks and an array of stunning period antiques. Bathrooms are replete with heavy showers and traditional, claw-footed bathtubs.
Sun House suppers
Breakfast and lunch are served at The Dutch House whenever and wherever guests fancy. Dinners are typically served next door at the Sun House, a venue known for its fine food. Dinner menus are set but change daily and include the likes of lemongrass & ginger broth, followed by Tamarind glazed Mahi Mahi with crispy eggplant and tomato salad.