No 39 Lighthouse Street

9.8/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)

3 3 6


USD 400

per night

Latest reviews

Average rating of 9.8/10 over 9 reviews from 1 source(s)

Stayed: December 2016

Highly Recommended

We stayed here in December and had an absolutely wonderful relaxed time. It's a seriously gorgeous building that dates back ~centuries, and has bene revitalized with a touch of modern aesthetic, while maintaining the elegant history of its original structure. The A/C rooms are delightfully decorated, clean, comfortable — everything you'd want. Bathrooms as well, and the shower was niiiice! Can't speak highly enough of this spot. Go for it if it's in your budget — not a chance you'll regret it! If there is a next time, I would certainly stay @ 39.
Stayed: December 2016
Michelle P
Michelle P

Stayed: November 2016

Heavenly retreat

Stayed at No 39 with 3 of my friends whilst on a business trip last November. We were so impressed with the place and would recommend it to anyone who is in Galle on business or leisure.This Villas is everything the web site boasts and so much more.It is a grand old house built during the Dutch era.It is a piece of history in it self but with all the modern comforts.The deco is very tastefully done with much attention to detail.The rooms are large and airy and the bath rooms are modern.The indoor court yard is very cool and breezy and the ideal place to sip a cup of Good Sri Lankan Tea whist you relax.Our stay here was made extra special by the welcome we got from our lovely housekeeper Ajith who was always with a smile and all out to please. Ajjith cooked us a lovely breakfast of Sri Lankan Milk Rice and Fresh fish Curry, the day after we arrived.The food was delicious.No 39 is set inside the Galle Fort which is very quiet and peaceful but also only a short drive a way from the Galle Town. We had a wonderful stay here and hope to visit in the near future.Thank You for a memorable stay.
Stayed: November 2016
Chris M
Chris M

Stayed: December 2016

Just amazing

What a stunning place to stay, the house is huge and each room just perfect. We stayed 3 nights but would have loved to have stayed longer. We decided to eat in on two nights and Kuma and Anjit cooked us some of the best food we ate during our entire visit. Galle Fort live sup to its World Heritage status packed with shops cafe and restaurants it just oozes Dutch colonialism. Probably the best place we stayed at during our 2 week stay.
Stayed: December 2016
Tim W
Tim W

Stayed: October 2016, traveled with friends

Feel like King of the Fort in No.39 Galle Fort channeling romance from times gone by.

Pop through the doors of No.39 and what opens up for you? Your own personal colonial style mansion, that’s what! The high roofs, the well-chosen furniture, the inviting upstairs TV room, and each of the amply-sized bedrooms all exude luxury and sophistication,… and then you have the impressive courtyard! We weren’t too sure what to expect when coming to Fort Galle, but once we came into No.39 we knew we were in for a treat as we knew we would feel right at home in this ultra-elegant abode for the few days we were here. The villa manager Mark greeted us with a warm smile and a plethora of information about the Fort and the area, as well as giving us great tips on where else we should explore and what we should do while in Sri Lanka. Each bedroom and bathroom, as well as the conjoined dining and relaxation space, had meticulous attention to detail for us to relax and either just read a good book, or have a drink and chat with each other. The daily complimentary breakfasts cooked by our chef-come-butler Ajit were second-to-none: scrumptious (and spicy!) Sri Lankan-style stringhoppers with shaved coconut, chili, and dhal. DELICIOUS. Otherwise, you can opt for a Western-style omelette or similar instead. The style and features throughout the property engage you with a sense of romance and adventure, and sets itself as the perfect locale for you to then explore the Fort and see all the little streets and alleyways - not to mention the simply stunning views from the Fort walls – just minutes away from the main crossroad where the property sits. Ideal property for Fort Galle adventuring. 5-stars.
Stayed: October 2016, traveled with friends

Stayed: October 2016

Private Oasis

The perfect home base for exploring Galle: we loved coming home to No. 39 after roaming the lanes of Galle Fort each day. The villa looks unremarkable from the outside, but as soon as you walk through the door you are greeted with high ceilings, Sri Lankan art and comfortable furniture and a lovely courtyard. The villa is remarkably spacious and very, very private. Ajit, the villa's live in attendant, makes a delicious breakfast and really cares for his guests. He'd turn on the A/C in the bedrooms in the afternoon, before we'd come home, so they were the perfect temperature for us. He also lit tea candles and keeps the property in immaculate condition. The 3 bedrooms were incredibly comfortable, amazing water pressure, super fast Internet, great overall energy throughout the property. Full marks Ajit, thank you for looking after us!
Stayed: October 2016


Available for longterm
Available for weddings
Suitable for children
Suitable for elderly
Suitable for wheelchairs
Smoking allowed
Pets allowed
Swimming pool

Bedroom facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • King Size bed
  • Mosquito net

Bathroom facilities

  • En-suite bathroom

Dining facilities

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Juicer
  • Fully equipped kitchen

Living facilities

  • Lounge seating
  • Ceiling fans
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • DVD library
  • iPod dock
  • CD Player

Outdoor facilities

  • Garden
  • Terrace


Villa No. 39 occupies pride of place in Galle's historic 17th century UNESCO-certified colonial fort on Sri Lanka's south-western coast. The villa is set about 200 metres from the town's famous international test cricket stadium. The fort itself dates back over 400 years and a walk along its ramparts reveals the fascinating hybrid architecture of three colonial eras - Dutch abodes, British-era monuments, ochre-hued spice warehouses and interesting museums showcasing the fort's rich history. There are many restaurants and cafes within the fort and a selection of mesmerising beaches, tranquil lagoons and historic temples within the 15 kilometres area.


Include all taxes - No booking fees

Season Dates Bedrooms Daily Rental Minimum Stay
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 May 2024
30 Jun 2024
3 bedroom USD 400 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 Jul 2024
31 Aug 2024
3 bedroom USD 470 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 Sep 2024
30 Nov 2024
3 bedroom USD 400 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 Dec 2024
19 Dec 2024
3 bedroom USD 470 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 20 Dec 2024
3 Jan 2025
3 bedroom USD 620 3 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 4 Jan 2025
24 Jan 2025
3 bedroom USD 470 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 25 Jan 2025
1 Feb 2025
3 bedroom USD 620 3 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 2 Feb 2025
5 Apr 2025
3 bedroom USD 470 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 6 Apr 2025
21 Apr 2025
3 bedroom USD 620 3 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 22 Apr 2025
30 Apr 2025
3 bedroom USD 470 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 May 2025
30 Jun 2025
3 bedroom USD 400 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 Jul 2025
31 Aug 2025
3 bedroom USD 470 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 Sep 2025
30 Nov 2025
3 bedroom USD 400 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 1 Dec 2025
19 Dec 2025
3 bedroom USD 470 2 nights
Standard Rate (3BR) 20 Dec 2025
3 Jan 2026
3 bedroom USD 620 3 nights

Rates Include

* Daily Rates are inclusive of all taxes and service charge.
* Discounted rates for stays of 14+ nights
* Daily breakfast
* Complimentary Wifi

Rates Exclude

* Provisioning costs
* Groceries and beverages are billed at cost price plus a 20% service charge
* Tour & activity reservations & coordination
* Spa treatments
* Laundry

Cancellation Policy

If the Guest wishes to cancel a confirmed booking, written notice of cancellation must be sent to the manager. All cancellation notices received by the manager will be acknowledged in writing. It is strongly recommended that the Guest and all members of the Guest's party purchase trip cancellation insurance.

Cancellation of a booking includes but is not limited to:
* Cancellation of one or more days of a booking.
* An amendment of a booking so that none of the dates of the booking once amended fall within the same dates that originally constituted the booking.
* Failure of all Guests to provide the required documentation on arrival (eg. Passports or suitable identification).
* Attempt by the Guest, their party or visitors to hold an event at the Property in breach of these Terms and Conditions or breach of any rules applicable to the Guest's chosen Property.

In the event that the Guest cancels a confirmed booking, the following cancellation fees will generally apply:
* 20% of the total rental amount will be forfeited if the cancellation is made more than 60 days before the start of the rental period.
* 50% of the total rental amount will be forfeited if the cancellation is made between 30 and 60 days before the start of the rental period.
* 100% of the total rental amount will be forfeited if the cancellation is made between 1 and 29 days before the start of the rental period.

The applicable amount will be deducted from the deposit and moneys paid, and the manager will refund any remaining balance to the Guest.

Please note that these cancellation terms apply for regular booking periods. Special cancellation terms may apply for peak/high seasons and will be stated in the Property description, booking confirmation or reservation voucher. If the information in any of these is inconsistent, the most recently issued terms will prevail.

Payment Terms

When the Guest makes a booking request, the Guest must make the appropriate deposit payment to the manager within 5 working days of availability confirmation. The following deposit payment must be received by the manager.

For rentals beginning more than 60 days after the date of the booking request - a deposit of 50% of the total rental amount is payable.

For rentals beginning 60 days or less after the date of the booking request - the total rental amount is payable as a deposit.

If the required deposit payment is not received within the 5 working day period, the manager reserves the right to void the Guest's booking request.

Where a 50% deposit applies to the booking, the Guest must pay the remaining 50% balance not less than 60 days before the scheduled arrival date.

All payments must be made in US Dollars, unless otherwise agreed with the manager, and must be made in accordance with the manager's payment instructions as set out in the Guest's booking confirmation.

If payments are not made on or before the due dates as required herein, the Owner or the Owner's Representative may cancel the booking, in which case this Rental Contract will be thereby terminated without any further notice required. Cancellation charges may apply as detailed below.

Security Deposit:
A security deposit may be payable directly to the Owner or Owner's Representative immediately upon arrival at the Property. However the Owner has the right to impose different requirements on a case by case basis. Access to the Property may be refused if security deposit is not paid in full. When the security deposit is required to be paid in cash, or when a non-standard security deposit applies, the manager will inform the Guest in advance of the amount payable and any other conditions.

The security deposit will normally be refunded at the end of the rental period, after deducting: all additional expenses incurred on the Guest's behalf (e.g. additional charges for goods, services and staff which have not been directly paid by the Guest, and telephone and internet charges, if applicable) and the cost of replacement or repair for any loss or damage to the Property or its surrounds or contents caused during the Rental Period. If this cost cannot be reasonably determined prior to the Guest's departure, the Owner or the Owner's Representative is entitled to withhold a reasonable estimate from the Guest's security deposit, and will return any balance to the Guest as soon as possible after the actual cost has been determined.


Luxuriously converted heritage home

No. 39 is a luxuriously converted heritage home, beautifully blending the old with the new. Striking Dutch-era furnishings, graceful archways, pillared verandas and soaring ceilings pay tribute to a nostalgic past while the deeply cushioned loungers, lavishly adorned beds and homely, modern facilities represent the comforts of the modern lifestyle. The friendly staff, including a talented cook, takes care of all the necessities at the house to ensure your holiday is relaxing and hassle-free.

The three bedrooms of villa No. 39 are spread across two floors, with the master room upstairs. All bedrooms offer both air conditioning and ceiling fans and feature modern ensuite bathrooms fitted with showers. The master bedroom opens through folding doors onto a terrazzo-floored galley. The second bedroom opens onto the lush garden while the third bedroom, located off the living room, overlooks the historic Lighthouse Street through wide folding windows. Despite their inner-fort location, all three atmospheric bedrooms are blessed with unique views.

The expansive, fan-cooled living area of villa No. 39 is fitted with custom-made furniture and antiques and reproductions that date to the Dutch-colonial era. The lounge is furnished with daybeds and antique rattan lounge chairs. Folding windows open onto a front veranda, allowing you to enjoy the activity of Lighthouse Street as you relax in comfort. The dining area is furnished with a three-metre teak table for ten. Beyond the dining area are twin doors onto a breezy L-shaped garden veranda. The first floor houses a tranquil reading room while the mezzanine lounge is furnished with two more cushioned daybeds, a 32-inch flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player.