79 Leyn Baan Street Reviews


Our Review

Overall Rating:
7.0
Reviewed:
14-Nov-2014
There are few homes in Galle Fort that feel as homely and as eclectic as this one.  79 Leyn Baan Street is a long house, stretching between two streets, but the configuration makes it feel very intimate.  Rooms are filled with interesting books, including many coffee table tomes on Sri Lankan architecture and design, one of which features the house itself.  Those looking for an informal home-from-home in the fort will love it here.

It is obvious that this is a family house – there is a kid’s bunkroom on the ground floor and a cupboard brimming with board games and toys – however hazards like the courtyard pond and a steep master bedroom staircase mean that we wouldn’t recommend it for children under 10.  What 79 Leyn Baan Street suits best are decadent couples looking for a private, personal and unpretentious retreat in the fort.

A trusted daily housekeeper cleans and helps in the kitchen, and the management company is on call should you need further assistance (they can also arrange for a chef to cook at the villa for a reasonable daily charge).  But the fort’s plethora of cafes and restaurants are less than a 10-minute stroll away so there’s no shortage of options for lunch and dinner.  Guests will also be kept company by Ruby, the house’s friendly dachshund.   A second entrance at the rear of the house provides nippy access to the ramparts and the little beach beyond.

Individual Scores:

Character/Charm:9 Location:9 Outside Area:6
Living Area:8 Bedrooms:6 Bathrooms:6
Kitchen:6 Facilities:6 Staff:7
Value:7
Highlights

This is a beautiful example of a fort home richly decorated with objects, artwork and textiles from across Asia. We loved the master bedroom, which is whimsical and romantic, and the adjoining roof terrace offering great views of the ocean, the slender lighthouse and the forts ramparts.  The location is also hard to beat for easy access to the many restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions of the fort.

Surprises

Whilst it certainly suits its surrounds, the ‘shabby chic’ (albeit authentic) aesthetic of the house may not be to everyone’s taste, and steep stair access to the master bedroom make it unsuitable for very young kids or those with limited mobility.  The open courtyard style of the house may make it a little damp during monsoon season.  Although there’s no pool at the house, sea swimming is accessible very nearby.

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7 out of 10
based on 1 user reviews. There are few homes in Galle Fort that feel as homely and as eclectic as this one.  79 Leyn Baan Street is a long house, stretching between two streets, but the configuration makes it feel very intimate.  Rooms are filled with interesting books, including many coffee table tomes on Sri Lankan architecture and design, one of which features the house itself.  Those looking for an informal home-from-home in the fort will love it here.

It is obvious that this is a family house – there is a kid’s bunkroom on the ground floor and a cupboard brimming with board games and toys – however hazards like the courtyard pond and a steep master bedroom staircase mean that we wouldn’t recommend it for children under 10.  What 79 Leyn Baan Street suits best are decadent couples looking for a private, personal and unpretentious retreat in the fort.

A trusted daily housekeeper cleans and helps in the kitchen, and the management company is on call should you need further assistance (they can also arrange for a chef to cook at the villa for a reasonable daily charge).  But the fort’s plethora of cafes and restaurants are less than a 10-minute stroll away so there’s no shortage of options for lunch and dinner.  Guests will also be kept company by Ruby, the house’s friendly dachshund.   A second entrance at the rear of the house provides nippy access to the ramparts and the little beach beyond.
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