41 Lighthouse Street
Enter through the inconspicuous teak doors of this magnificently restored 300-year-old Dutch villa to indulge in a little piece of private luxury. ‘Forty One’ - located at the heart of historic Galle Fort - is a large private three-bedroomed house that has been intelligently and stylishly converted into a romantic boutique villa by one of Sri Lanka’s leading architects and interior designers. A really unique and personable house designed to accommodate all tastes and occasions, Forty One’s magnetic charm has been known to persuade even the most outgoing of people to stay in.
While ‘Forty One’ has been sumptuously decorated with squashy sofas, interesting pieces of art, modern furniture and 21st century technological gadgets such as LCD TVs, a DVD player and iPod-compatible speakers its heritage has been carefully maintained through the enhancement of original features that include pillars and archways, high lime-washed ceilings and exposed wooden beams. The magnificent black and white chequer-board floor tiling is its most prominent feature and immediately catches your eye as you walk through the door.
The light and airy open plan rooms of the ground floor include an elegant formal dining area with bar, a pool-table room, a library and luxurious sitting area to enjoy those quiet and contemplative moments. The beautiful high-walled courtyard just outside provides the perfect place for private relaxation whether you are enjoying alfresco lunches on the terrace, cooling dips in the large pool or sundowners from the frangipani-shaded ambalama positioned in just the right place to watch sunset.
The villa has a small staff that will assist you in the kitchen, clean daily and do your laundry.