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Le Jardin du Fort's story
Superior Double Room - Customer's Top Best Romantic Hotels in Galle Fort
"Historical" to say the least !
We are located 52 Leynbaan Street in a XVII century Portuguese Colonial House a few steps away from the beach, inside 3 km of circular remparts. The Fort was then modified by the Dutch and the British. "Leynbaan street" means "ropes street" in Dutch. Here several family generations were making coconut ropes for the ships in the small harbour nearby.
Our house is one of the most significant, with its specific shape and backyard so usefull when there was no city drainage... but that only the beginning of the story !
This Colonial House was renovated in 2008 by the UNESCO FOUNDATION (see the plate in our photo album), then set up as a Family Boutique Hotel (LE JARDIN DU FORT) and a Gourmet Restaurant (PUPPETS Restaurant & Café) by the current owner from Sri Lanka.
Inside the premises an impressive collection of thirty antique Puppets and some masks are ready for Puppets Shows twice a year. They come from Ambalangoda a city nearby famous across Sri Lanka for their shows. These cultural events unfortunately belong to the past but our Puppets shows are like a revival for a night from time to time.
From its exceptional ratings LE JARDIN DU FORT is recognised as a most Romantic and Luxury Hotel in Galle area, ideal for couples, individuals and families.
PUPPETS Restaurant & Cafe is serving Gourmet dishes using Sri Lankan Ingredients, albeit not only, with subtle techniques brought by the Owner and the Chef herself, inspired from French and Thai cuisines, and Sri Lankan of course.
About LE JARDIN DU FORT Guests reports : "Best location in the Fort", near the beach and the lively streets while hidden in a very quiet road. The "very friendly atmosphere" and "exceptional welcoming owners and staff" makes it unique, and the "fancy deco with a French touch" catches the eye. It is also "very clean, and mattresses and showers are excellent".
Generosity being the key word we welcome all guests with a refreshing drink and we are happy to share our secret tips on Galle Fort's best beach, shops, restaurants. We are also happy to tell you more on Sri Lanka and Galle Fort's history, or even give cooking classes on request.
About PUPPETS Restaurant & Café customers report : "Their PUPPETS Fusion Restaurant is serving the most delicate dishes I had on the island as a Sri Lankan, based on the traditional local meals and ingredients". "Their Chef is very creative, and with a subtle palate !". Also "... and more important for foreigners like us : it is not over spicy and you can feel an incredible variety of savours".
We speak English, Sinhalese, and French and we intend to make your stay in Galle Fort unforgettable !
CUSTOMERS REVIEWS FOR LE JARDIN DU FORT
"Amazing owners and staff, superb location, incredible breakfast. Highly recommend this place. Staff couldn’t be more helpful or friendly, location very close to the lighthouse and fort and many shops. Room was beautiful, wonderful bed and shower. Very quiet and peaceful. Delicious breakfast with fresh coffee, fresh fruits and fresh croissants, and the dinner was the most exquisite I had based on this type of Asian flavours !"
"The best and warm-hearted host I've ever met in Sri Lanka. We chatted a lot since they knew I am an architect and recommended me some excellent places for visiting. The rooms are cozy and fantastic, each of which is decorated in different colors and corresponding artworks, really show the artistic flavor and taste of the owner~ especially the mosquito net. In their Restaurant the cuisine - our passion - is exceptionally delicate and tastefull"
" Durch den herzlichen Empfang bei der Ankunft fühlte man sich von Beginn an wie zuhause. Während dem Willkommensdrink wurden uns die Do’s and Dont’s in Galle verraten. Die Zimmer waren sehr schön und liebevoll eingerichtet und liessen keine Wünsche offen. Die Anlage ist im Allgemeinen schön und mit viel Liebe eingerichtet zudem ist sie sehr ruhig gelegen. Das Frühstück wurde jeden Morgen frisch zubereitet (Müesli, Croissants, etc.) und schmeckte hervorragend. Am meisten gefallen hat uns das liebe und hilfsbereite Personal, welches uns das Gefühl vermittelte Zuhause zu sein. Vielen Dank für den wunderschönen Aufenthalt, wir wären gerne noch etwas länger geblieben."
"Excellent accueil! Staff aux petits soins, conseils avisés et disponibilité de l'équipe exceptionnelle. Propreté impeccable, décoration soignée, petit déjeuner copieux. Galle est la ville que nous avons préféré durant notre séjour de 2 semaines mais c'est aussi en partie grâce à cet hôtel dans lequel on se sent comme dans un cocon. Même la pluie nous a paru agréable sous le patio, accompagnée du sourire et des attentions du Staff Bravo !"
“This is by far the best place we stayed during our time in Sri Lanka! The property is in the perfect location, it is beautifully decorated and rooms are very clean and comfortable. PUPPETS is a remarkable restaurant. The hosts were lovely, providing an attentive and helpful service during our stay. I definitely recommend booking this property!”
"Heel prettig verblijf hier. Bij aankomst wordt er meteen een drankje en een vochtig doekje aangeboden om je te verfrissen. De kamer was heel mooi en proper, bevat een minibar en goed functionerende airco. De wifi werkte perfect en de (open!) badkamer was zalig! Heel centrale ligging, maar lekker rustig. Niet veel daglicht, maar dit betekent dat het 's nachts en 's ochtends gemakkelijker is om wat langer te slapen :) Het ontbijt was top: eindelijke echt brood, een croissant en lekker roereitje. Maar vooral Staff maakt dat dit mijn beste verblijf in Sri Lanka was . Thanks a million & keep it up!)"
"Muy bien ubicado, bonito, cómodo, habitaciones en perfecto estado y personal excepcional! Muy atentos!"
“The largest and most comfortable bed I've ever slept in. Delicious pastries, cold iced tea and wonderful hosts.”
“Breakfast was very nice, rooms very stylish and comfortable in colonial dutch building, perfect location.”
Jiri (Czech Republic)
WHAT TO DO AROUND LE JARDIN DU FORT ?
Galle life & Excursions
Beach & Turtles
1 to 15 minutes away
In the Fort itself at less than 100 meters away from LE JARDIN DU FORT there is a lovely little beach. Several Fort lovers clean it up every month. It is lovely to swim here in the morning. A bit further on the Fort rampart there is a little spot where you can see turtles quite often. Other famous beaches just around are Jungle beach, Unawatuna beach, Hikkaduwa beach.
5 - 10 minutes around
In the Fort itself, that is at a few hundred meters around LE JARDIN DU FORT there are several historical buildings like old Dutch attics converted into Museums, Dutch and British churches... And many houses are in fact historical buildings themselves... like LE JARDIN DU FORT, his historicity being attested by a tile sealed in the wall mentioning that it is a UNESCO protected site.
10 minutes away
Surfing in Galle area ? this is possible in several places located a few minutes away only from LE JARDIN DU FORT. Many locals own a surf board and practice there...
35 minutes away
Galle area was an important tea area in the past before other provinces entered the competition. There is an interesting activity to do at 30 minutes only from Galle : visiting the Virgin Tea Plantation. We like to see not only all the tea varieties produced in Sri Lanka, but also to taste and compare them after our visit (which includes a factory still operating "like many years back")
Last Handloom Factory
15 minutes away
Near Galle Fort : one of the very last handloom factory in Sri Lanka, making Saree.
Elephants in their Natural Wild Environment, Rain Forest, Birds, Cycling in the Paddy Fields, River Safari...
10 minutes away
Nothing easier in Galle with highly qualified Yoga Teachers
Wellness & Ayurveda
1 minute away
There are five Spas in Galle Fort, all of them at less than five minutes. On demand private Ayurveda consultations can be given by the owner who is a qualified Ayurveda doctor and former University of Colombo Lecturer
Traditions & Weddings
Every morning at our door
Every morning in front of LE JARDIN DU FORT couples come for wedding or pre-wedding shootings, often in beautiful traditional clothes. The day for shooting is selected after consulting for the best zodiac moment for them in the month.