Enter the villa through a grand hallway with a view of the inner courtyard and the magnificent frangipani trees. The high ceilinged drawing room with deep sofas and seating alcoves under ceiling-high original teakwood windows open onto the gallery. The outside gallery is enclosed by door-high louvers which allow views of the bustling street whilst preserving the privacy of the villa within.
The drawing room is ideal to relax with a book during the day and hear the world pass by or have evening drinks in the soft copper lighting and appreciate the quiet of the dusk.
The library is opposite the drawing room and is elegantly furnished with comfortable custom-designed sofas and colorful cushions and contains a selection of books, magazines, DVD library and CDs and player.
The dining room occupies the entire length of the mansion and is an intimate setting for both lavish and informal dining. There is an informal sitting area at one end of the dining room ideal for cocktails, snacks or after-meal naps. The dining room is furnished with a mix of hand-made oriental and contemporary furniture and accessories.
The dining room opens onto a courtyard which is a sanctum of peace and tranquility to sit or lounge around under the frangipani trees in the early morning or evening or enjoy a swim in the cool, azure pool.
The Fort Printers offers a fresh and vibrant menu that predominantly uses fresh seafood and organic local produce. The chefs plan the menu for the day based on guests’ preference, and create soups, mezzes, and mains comprising grilled fresh seafood, Mediterranean inspired specialties, and traditional Sri Lankan rice and curry (which includes several vegetable dishes and at least one fish or meat curry).
The mansion traces its origins to the Dutch period but substantial additions were made in the English era after 1796, including high ceilings and large windows.
In recognition of its past as a college, the suites are named The Headmaster’s, The Prefect’s, History, Geography, and Arts.
The History, Geography, Arts and the Headmaster’s suites on the 1st floor all overlook the beautiful tiled roofs of the Fort houses, the harbor and the lighthouse.
The Fort Printers serves as an ideal private retreat to explore the Galle Fort, countryside and the beaches around Galle. The mansion may be booked for exclusive use or as separate suites.
Things to Enjoy: Walks around the Fort & ramparts, the architectural styles of the old hotels and buildings. Browse through the shops for locally made handcrafts, textiles, trendy clothes, gems and antiques. Try out local and international cuisine the many cafes and restaurants offer.
Near by: Turtle Hatcheries, River cruises, Diving, Snorkeling, Deep sea fishing