20 Middle Street

Built in the 1750’s by a Dutch merchant, 20 Middle Street is one of the largest villas in the Fort, with elegant rooms, lush courtyard gardens, and a swimming pool.

The present owners bought the near-derelict property in 2004 and fully restored it with the help of architect, Channa Daswatte. Their aim was to preserve and respect the integrity of the original Dutch house, while providing all the modern comforts of a contemporary home. As a result, the rooms are large with high ceilings, original teak windows and shutters and cool terrazzo floors.

The villa is cool and airy and stylish. All five bedrooms are air-conditioned with ensuite bathrooms and there is a choice of spaces in which to sit and relax. 20 Middle Street is truly an oasis in the heart of the bustling Galle Fort.