Fortaleza Landesi is a fine example of the Dutch colonial architecture and a rare insight into the lives of some of the more prominent early 18th century residents of the Galle Fort. Its heritage is plain to see in its epic proportions and grand facade. Its name – Landesi meaning ‘Dutch Origin’ in sinhalese is well earned. Located next to the Groote Kerk or more popularly – the Dutch reform church, Landesi at No 1 Middle Street was designed and re built by renowned architect and colonial expert Ashley De Vos.
Eighteen foot tall wooden columns flank the entrance of the house, leading into a vast dining room with a high timber ceiling. The ground floor continues into a homely lounge area which looks out onto a colonnaded garden that extends to the back. The lounge on the first floor has a well stocked book case and Satellite TV for lazy lounging days. Landesi has three bedrooms and sleeps a maximum of six guests.
The Garden Bedroom on the ground floor looks out onto the colonnaded garden. A spacious room which features a four poster queen size bed canopied with a mosquito net. Light polished terrazzo floors, Indian printed fabrics, decorative antique furniture are gives this room its own particular ambiance.
The Queen Bedroom on the first floor is a private and cosy bedroom with carefully appointed furniture and details. The features include an antique four poster king size bed and daybed. It looks out to the garden and Dutch church next door. An antique vanity takes pride of place in a contemporary en-suite bathroom with walk in rain shower.
The Master Bedroom on the first floor features some remarkable pieces of Antique furniture, A four-poster bed, writing table, lounge – all setting off the hardwood teak floor. French doors open onto a private balcony and seating area with a view of the Dutch church and the garden. Textiles from India set the mood around the place. The lounge area has a satellite television and mini bar while the en-suite bathroom comes complete with bath tub and all.
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