4 bedroom house for sale
Sri Lanka - South, Galle
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It is set around a courtyard featuring a pond with tropical fish, turtles and sweet scented frangipani tree at its centre. It has been tastefully restored by the Hempel Family who have been living there since 2003. It is just 10 mins from Galle Fort and fifteen minutes from Unawatuna and the golden beaches of Thalpe.
The house is surrounded by a lush tropical garden which is a bird-watchers paradise. Monkeys, mongoose, monitor lizards and squirrels dart amongst the trees.
The Inner Courtyard is the natural heart of the house:
The large courtyard has a turtle pond at its centre with a frangipani tree ("Temple Tree") growing from the central island.
The wrap around verandah covers the interior walkway - linking all sides of the house, making Hempel House a particularly sociable home.
With a seating area for relaxing outside, the Courtyard Bedroom, Living Room, al fresco Dining Room, and Kitchen all leading from this central sanctuary.
The Living Room is located at the north end of the property:
The Living Room has an entrance at both ends to mirror the symmetrical inner courtyard onto which it leads.
The long, spacious room with high ceilings creates a cool haven from the Sri Lankan tropical sun - the perfect place to rest with a long drink or for an afternoon nap.
Two doors lead to the 2nd and 3rd bedroom suites at the rear of the house while an original wooden staircase leads upstairs to the master bedroom suite and balcony overlooking the living room.
The Reading Room is on the opposite side of the courtyard to the Living Room; helping to mirror and balance the ambience of the house.
It creates the main entrance room for the house and has been decorated in a classic colonial style to invite guests for afternoon tea and reading. The traditional woodwork on the doors and windows are intact creating a languid and luxurious feeling of an by gone era.
With gorgeous views onto the lush garden and swimming pool it is an ideal place to while away an afternoon
The Master Bedroom perched atop the mezzanine over the Living Room this stunning, open-plan bedroom with outdoor ensuite bathroom is exceptional.
Originally this room was a rice store, however the ceilings have been raised and a platform placed above to create a balcony mezzanine for the Master Bedroom over looking the Living Room.
A specially crafted gable window provides views from the Master Bed over the top of the house, over the palm trees and down to the courtyard pond below.
The Beautifully carved double doors lead onto a private outdoor bathroom which includes a double basin, outdoor shower, and outdoor bath so you bathe and soak in the wonder of your tropical surroundings.
Although the Master Bedroom is open plan it is the only room situated on the 1st floor of the house, making it totally secluded.
Drift off surrounded by total lavish comfort.
The Second Bedroom is generously sized and is situated off the Living Room.
A large antique room with windows overlooking the back of the garden.
Attention to details even extends to the basin which has been chosen to compliment the antique atmosphere of the room.
The use of traditional wood and clean colours throughout gives a feeling of comfort and luxury.
Perfect for family or guests.
The Third Bedroom is a spacious suite.
A king-sized room with writing desk, sofa, and ensuite bathroom it is generous in all aspects.
With views onto 2 aspects of the garden the bedroom is light and airy with a regal feel.
Situated on the opposite end of the Living Room to the Second Bedroom ensures privacy whilst the view from the bedroom door looks onto the inner courtyard and turtle pond.
The Courtyard Bedroom is a beautifully appointed queen sized bedroom with an entrance directly onto the inner courtyard.
With traditional stable doors opening onto the courtyard and direct view from the bed to the frangipani tree and turtle pond this is an especially charming bedroom.
Although this bedroom does not have an ensuite, it is steps from the shared bathroom, also situated on the Inner Courtyard.
A fantastic use of space whilst in-keeping with the luxurious and colonial feel.
The Kitchen runs the length of the east side of the Inner Courtyard.
With stable doors and a hatch opening onto the Inner Courtyard the Kitchen is a sociable and comfortable place to cook with plentiful work spaces (fully equipped with an in-built gas stove) and separate inbuilt oven.
The north end of the Kitchen has double doors which lead onto the al fresco dining room and windows open into the garden. Ensuring that your meals can be inspired by your tropical surroundings.
A breakfast bar also allows for casual dining with a window to the courtyard and pond.
The Dining Room is an homage to colonial style tropical living.
With 2 sides open to the lush garden and covered by a traditionally tiled roof this is an incredibly special place to appreciate the culinary feasts of the day
With access either directly from the Inner Courtyard or from the Kitchen - the Dining Room can either be used as a family eating area or more formally for dinner parties.
The Garden is subtly landscaped to give the impression of a tropical jungle, however it has been carefully cultivated to offer incredible internal views.
With a 50 foot private swimming pool and raised lounging area, traditional Buddha statues, and mature foliage it really is a beautiful haven.
For the days when the beach just wont do.
The property is concealed by a surrounding 8 foot wall to ensure complete privacy.
Included in the sale price is a piece of land situated behind the house. On this land there is a half built house which has huge potential for development.
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- Colombo (International), 55.3 miles
- Mattala Rajapaksa (International), 68.8 miles
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