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Templeberg Villa Galle. Villa With Colonial Class

Our third villa stay of this Sri Lanka trip, at the Templeberg Villa Galle, brought us a totally different experience, setting and style. We expected this villa, near Galle, to be similar to other luxury villa stays we’d previously tried, but we’re learning that everywhere has its own personality. Each new place gives us something different to rave about and Villa Templeberg made us happy in a whole new set of ways. The villa has history, she’s over 150 years old, but she’s been lovingly restored to house guests in comfort and style in the hills above Galle. Our villa was perfectly family-friendly, but there are also rooms, apartments, and bungalows for singles and couples.

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Templeberg Villa Galle Sri Lanka Family Villa
Templeberg Villa. She’s a beauty! A 150 year old villa near Galle, Sri Lanka.

The Templeberg Villa 

Location, Near Galle and Unawatuna

UNESCO listed Galle is a city towards the southern tip of Sri Lanka, with markets, fishermen, the old Dutch Fort, train connections and a major bus station. This villa is set behind Galle, in the forested hills, 10 minutes by tuk tuk but a million miles from the city bustle.

At Templeberg Villa Galle you are surrounded by nature, the trees are full of birds and monkeys, lizards and butterflies populate the immaculately maintained gardens, here you will find peace and tranquility.

Family Villa Templeberg Galle Sri Lanka
We arrived at the Templeberg Villa in our own tuk tuk from Galle bus station, but the villa owners can arrange pick ups for you

Galle is a wonderful part of Sri Lanka. I’ve posted already about things to do in and around Galle, you can click through to read more.

If you’re looking for beaches, popular Unawatuna is another 10 minute tuk tuk ride away. The Templeberg Villa can organise transport for you and they have their own tuk tuk and driver on site.

As with most places in Sri Lanka, you could easily organise trips to SriLanka’s big tourist attractions from Galle. Transport options include private air-con tourist vehicles, buses, trains and tuk tuks. We find Sri Lanka to be one of the easiest countries to get around, but if you have any difficulties, the villa will arrange tours and trips for you.

The Templeberg Villa Food Experience

Villa Templeberg normally operates on a bed and breakfast basis but their evening dining extravaganza is absolutely not to be missed.

Meals are taken in the gardens, some rooms have private dining areas, our villa enjoyed use of the large dining set on the lawn.

Seated beneath the breadfruit tree, we caught glimpses of (endangered) purple-faced leaf monkeys trooping through the trees every morning. These monkeys are shy and well-mannered, they never came to the ground looking for food. The very relaxed pair of pet dogs at the villa also do a great job of seeing them off. The dogs were immaculately behaved and fun to be around, even with my children.

Dinner at the Templeberg Villa Galle, Sri Lanka. A vegetarian east.
Dining at the Templeberg Villa Galle was a very special experience.

Food is good at Templeberg. For breakfast there is plentiful fresh fruit, cereal, curd and eggs to order. A vegetarian feast of Sri Lankan curries kept us very happy at dinner. Dishes including meat are available, vegetarian is our preference.

What makes the evening dining experience at Templeberg is the amazing and unexpectedly splendid setting.

Dinner at The Temmpleberg Villa Galle SriLanka
Twinkling lights and candles create a magical setting for dinner at the Templeberg villa

With a light show like this, candles, torches and electric lights, we chose to dine at the villa on both nights of our stay. Not only is the lighting beautiful to look at, the citronella torches keep the mosquitoes at bay.


The Accommodation, Rooms and Facilities at Templeberg Villa

I must admit, when I first saw our bungalow I had slight reservations. It’s beautiful, decorated and furnished with great style and there is an abundance of space, but I was worried about mosquitos.

Templeberg Villa Galle Sri Lanka Family Villa
All of the beds at the Templeberg Villa had floor-length mosquito nets on four-poster frames.

As is very common, usual even, in Sri Lanka, the windows have no glass, just wooden shutters and the bathrooms have open vents. The Templeberg Villa goes even further with the natural air conditioning, there is an air-flow space between walls and ceilings.

Master bedroom at Villa Templeberg Galle Sri Lanka. Family Villa
The master bedroom at the Templeberg Villa. Beautiful isn’t it? Don’t let the lack of glass put you off, I was surprised and relieved that we had no mosquito problems. Just shut the wooden shutters and let the natural air conditioning keep you comfortable.

I was very surprised that we had no trouble with mosquitos in our rooms at all. Our beds had nets, but even outside these, I didn’t see a single mosquito. The natural flow of air seems to keep them outside and staff light coils and citronella torches at sun-down. This style of building and living was developed to work best in a tropical setting and has stood the test of time. We were cool enough with fan only.

The bungalow we occupied has two large bedrooms, one double, one twin, a large shower room and what could be called a dressing room, linking the three. To the front of the bungalow is a shady verandah with hammock and chaise longue looking over the lawns. This set up made our villa extremely family friendly, parents and kids can have connecting rooms.

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The Templeberg Villa Galle Sri Lanka. Great family accmmodation near beautiful Galle. Sri Lanka travel
I could sit here all day surrounded looking at  trees, birds and the occasional monkey. Outside the family bungalow at Templeberg Villa, Galle.

The front of the property is where you will find another two private rooms and some stylish inside-outside living areas.

The decoration at Templeberg really spoke to me, I loved the mix of colonial antiques and contemporary accents. The colours and art-works of the villa are quite lovely.

The villa has recently installed a 30m infinity pool. It’s an amazing spot to relax and watch the bird life or, for athletes like my husband, to swim seriously.

Templeberg Villa Galle Sri Lanka Family Villa
It’s had to imagine a more beautiful pool. The infinity pool in the jungle at The Templeberg Villa.

Why Choose Villa Templeberg Galle?

Historical colonial design, contemporary touches, that amazing pool and the evening dining experience along with wildlife, peace and a jungle feel.

That’s what makes this place special. The Villa would be perfect for a romantic getaway, a honeymoon, but also is highly suitable for families and groups.

The stunning colours and design of the Templeberg Villa, Galle, Sri Lanka
Beautiful contemporary and antique furnishings at the villa.

We also loved that we could dine with our fellow guests at the big lawn table. Such a nice way to get to know people.

Check the Villa Templeberg website ( below) for further information and options to suit your requirements.

Finding the Best Deals and Prices for The Templeberg Villa ( 3 ways!)

Agoda is our usual booking engine of choice, we always use them for Asia and recommend them .We find their customer service to be excellent and you can collect credits to use against future stays. Just click through to find prices and details The Villa Templeberg Here With Agoda.

If you’d like to use, some people like to book a refundable deal a long time in advance and is often best for this, see Templeberg Villa on that booking site here.

Contact The Templeberg Villa

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As evening falls the Templeberg Villa lights up. Beautiful colonial accomodation, Gale, Sri Lanka
AS darkness falls, the villa lights up.

Visit the Templeberg Villa website or find them on FacebookInstagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

You can also view their Trip Advisor profile here and their Book them on Agoda here listing here

Telephone number: +61 4811 60031 (Australia)

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We were delighted to be guests of Templeberg Villa Galle during our stay. Our review and all views are 100% honest and our own, as always, we are never required to write good things.  We hope you love this beautiful villa near Unawatuna and Galle as much as we did and enjoy your time in Sri Lanka. We have further information on travel ( luxury – budget) in Sri Lanka here.  

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Sally Armstrong

Sunday 2nd of October 2016

Sri Lanka has been on my bucket list for a very long time and I have my flights booked for the end of Feb 2017 and I have two nights booked for Templeberg. I'm travelling alone and feeling a bit daunted as well as hugely excited. What's the best way to find a private reliable driver? I'm in Sri Lanka for 12 nights and have a list of places I must visit and of things to do. Thank you for sharing your experiences ????


Monday 3rd of October 2016

Thank you so much for the advice and it makes sense that I contact them directly.


Sunday 2nd of October 2016

Hi Sally. We've always either just got tuk tuks on the street, zero problem, or for long trips, sometimes with overnight stays, used travel agencies, there are loads on almost every street. If you're staying at Templeberg, how about getting in touch with them and asking if they have a driver they can recommend, they live there, I'm sure they'd know somebody. If you want a taxi from the airport there is a fixed rate govet approved taxi rank within the arrivals lounge.


Wednesday 8th of June 2016

We're booked in for November 2016 at Templeberg - we really look forward to the experience!!


Thursday 9th of June 2016

I really hope you like it! We thought it was devine, so colonial and jungly, like stepping back in time, with an amazing pool!


Sunday 7th of February 2016

Beautifull pool.