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WELCOME TO THE SUN HOUSE

Once the home of a Scottish spice merchant, this colonial house built in the 1860’s has been converted into a small hotel which exudes a country house atmosphere. With seven highly individual bedrooms, it is well known for its fine dining, its privacy, and its eclectic collection of artwork, books and furniture. Perched high on a hill, yet only a five minute stroll away from the center of the seaside town of Galle, The Sun House offers panoramic views of the Galle and the World Heritage site of Galle Fort.

At The Sun House we offer our guests the chance to be transported back to the relaxed lifestyles of the early tea planters, when a day began with a hearty breakfast and finished with a cocktail at sunset.

This glorious house has been renovated to maintain its colonial charm and elegance. The large central living area is the heart of the house. Here, at the end of the day, guests can browse through our vast and interesting library, sink into a relaxing sofa, or listen to whatever music takes their fancy. Drinks or cocktails are available: anything from a pot of up-country tea to something a little stronger like the famous “Sun House Sour." Our mixologist would be delighted mix up a surprise cocktail at Dick’s Bar, located at the Sun House and nominated as one of the best cocktail bars in the world. Unsurprising that it has become Galle’s meeting point of choice.

Restaurant

Renowned for some of the best food in Sri Lanka, The Sun House offers contemporary gourmet cuisine with a focus on the highest quality ingredients, fresh from the local markets and fisherman each day.

The dinner menu changes daily with a starter, a main course and a choice of three delicious desserts. The cuisine is predominantly seafood with influences from Thailand, Sri Lanka, Australia and the Mediterranean. Our chefs are equally at home making some of the most mouthwatering and innovative Sri Lankan curries, string hoppers and sambols.

Things to Do

Galle has long been a stopover for foreign travellers; Sinbad the sailor, the Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho, Marco Polo, the Portuguese Admiral Lorenzo de Almeida, the Dutch VOC company and even the first package tours in 1842 with the arrival of the first P & O passenger ship, are a few of the many who have stopped to take advantage of Galle's unique beauty and resources.

Pick Up

Distances between locations in Sri Lanka are not that far, yet the time taken by road to reach a destination can be a somewhat tiring experience.

Our team at The Sun House can arrange transfers for you by either chauffer driven air conditioned vehicles, sea plane, steam train or helicopter.

The Sun House is a 2 hour drive south from Colombo’s international airport or for guests coming from the center of the city of Colombo, it is a 11/2 hour drive.

Dick's Bar

Dicks Bar is the meeting point of choice for the people who know, in its first year it was nominated by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the best new cocktail bars of the world with its famous Arak sours and watermelon martinis. It holds regular events and wine tastings, and its pies have a wide following for those who would like a change of pace from curries.

What to Do

During your stay at The Sun House we recommend that you use one of the local Tuk Tuks to get around in & explore the surroundings. Our staff will arrange this for you on request.

The Sun House is within walking distance of the centre of Galle and the Galle Fort. Walking around the Fort is the best way to soak in its history and to explore the narrow streets, laneways and historic ramparts.

Also available is our superbly restored vintage Rover.

Activities

At the Sun House our staff will assist you plan your days so that you get the most out of your stay in Galle.

  • River Cruises
  • Deep Sea Fishing
  • Scuba Diving - Unuwatuna

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