The Dutch House

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.

Style galore

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.

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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.

Here’s what the guests say

“I would move in to The Dutch House and live there forever if I could. Owner, Geoffrey Dobbs’s, taste is second to none. The rooms are large, high ceilinged and beautifully decorated. There is a lovely infinity swimming pool that looks out over the jungle and an enormous garden. This is truly paradise.”

Sophiaswire, Los Angeles, May 2016

“We stayed here at in the Ballroom for a couple of nights finishing off our Sri Lanka visit. This boutique hotel is amazing! Just lovely. The staff - especially the manager - was super friendly and accommodating and really treated us like royalty. The grounds are amazing. Infinity pool and all. The decor...just spectacular…”

Kimasabi, April 2016

“This historic building was the perfect setting for a night in the Galle area. Its abundance in history, its authentic existence and the wonderful staff transports you to the first years of this villa. Loved every second. Thank you!”

vsjbr, Nepal, March 2016


The Dutch House sits at the top of Upper Dickson Road, outside of the Fort and looking over the town. The highway to Colombo makes it no more than a 2 hour drive from the airport.
119 km Distance to Colombo
2 hrs Time to airport
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Tonic Lanka will very happily arrange transfers to or from the Dutch HOuse and, indeed, can help plan and build your entire trip.