Lodge | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Created by Christopher Cripps, the architect responsible for the popular Sam’s Villas, and managed by the Sam's Villas team, Peace House is a luxurious and beautiful lodge offering 5 rooms.
Located in a quiet close in one of Accra’s seven Ga urban towns, the fishing town of Nungua, this large open space is on 2 levels, with a kitchen and living room on each floor at the Lodge.
Chris has created an incredible space which captures so much light that you can forgiven for believing you are outdoors as you stroll down the corridors. It is designed a series of interlinked, informal, spaces on two levels to suit individuals, families, or workshops. It is also an excellent working environment with full internet connectivity and Wi-Fi.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Mighty Beach 400 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: KotoKa International Airport 12 km, Nearest railway: Sakumano 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 15|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
The Ground Floor consists of:
A large open plan area with a TV lounge, dining section and additional seating area for relaxation. The room opens out onto a large veranda and a peaceful garden where guests can relax sunbathing, reading or whatever activity they choose to enjoy the peace the Lodge offers.
An open plan kitchen with all modern features including cooker and oven, microwave, kettle, toaster and blender.
There are also 2 double rooms with a shared bathroom, and an en-suite master bedroom on the ground floor.
The first floor consists of:
A living room with an open plan kitchen and extra large patio windows offering a wonderful panoramic view of the Nungua village. It is an amazing space and words cannot do justice to its beauty. It can only be experienced.
there is also a spacious en-suite master bedroom and small double room on the first floor.
First Floor Rooms
Room 1 – a large en-suite master bedroom, with twin or queen-sized beds tastefully furnished with sofas for relaxation. The room has a fridge for food storage and tea & coffee making facilities. There is a also a small area with a desk for those who require the use of office space.
Room 2 – A double room for the use of single guests or couples. The room has a fridge for food storage and tea & coffee making facilities. Guests staying in this room have the use of the communal toilet on the first floor and the shared bathroom on the ground floor.
Ground Floor Rooms
Room 3 – a large en-suite master bedroom, with twin or queen-sized beds beautifully furnished with sofas for relaxation. The room has a fridge for food storage and tea & coffee making facilities. There is a small area with a desk for those who require the use of office space.
Room 4 – A large double room with a fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. Guests staying in this room have the use of the ground floor toilet and bathroom.
Room 5 – A large double room with has a fridge and tea & coffee making facilities. Guests staying in this room have the use of the ground floor toilet and bathroom.
Please note that with the exception of room 2, all rooms have the option of twin beds or a queen sized bed.
The rooms can all be rented individually, however the whole building can also be rented by a large group.
|Further details outdoors||
Christopher is a keen environmentalist and has looked to create a space that makes the most of what nature has to offer. As a result, electric lighting isn't required in the house during the day as the sun provides natural light. Rainwater is captured and stored in a 25,000 litre underground tank to provide the water in the house. There is a also back-up solar power supply. Although air conditioners and fans are available for guest use, the lodge has been designed to allow air to flow easily throughout the space, creating a coolness that will reduce the need for artificial cooling aids.
The Lodge is excellently equipped and you are free to use the kitchens and utility room at your convenience. However, a housekeeper/cook is also on site to offer a catering service and do washing and ironing if required. The cook will shop at the local market to provide you with the freshly cooked meal of your choice at a cost of $5 per room per meal plus the cost of ingredients, and/or do washing and ironing at $3 a load.
Peace House has 5 bedrooms which can rented for £100 ($150) a night. However, a smaller number of rooms can be rented with exclusive use of the rest of the house.
Minimum rental is for 2 rooms plus exclusive use of the rest of the hosue at a rate of £50 ($75) a night
3 rooms plus exclusive use of the rest of the house at a rate of £75 ($110) a night
4 rooms plus exclusive use of the rest of the house at a rate of £85 ($125) a night
5 rooms plus exclusive use of the rest of the house at a rate of £100 ($150) a night
The Greater Accra region
Accra is the capital of Ghana - and the city is going through a rapid and positive change as more international businesses take advantage of the political stability of the country and use it as their West African base. It's not all business, however, as Ghana is along the western coast of Africa and also has some beautiful beaches. Accra has a few beaches - some more touristy than others. Labadi and Kokrobite are popular and lively beaches where locals go to sociailise. You will find more peace at Coco Beach and Mighty Beach. However, for the best beaches you really need to head outside of Accra. What Accra has in abundance is excellent night life, with the popular Oxford Street near Danquah Circle offering an assortment of restaurant, bars and clubs. You will find food from all over the world from Indian to sushi. there are many other restuarants on offer in each local area, often tucked away in the most unlikeliest of places, so ask around and you never know what you will find.
Nungua is a small town on the eastern coast of Accra. It stretches 2 miles from Teshie Nungua, where Sam’s villas is located, to the Sakomono Lagoon (a RAMSAR site) and Mighty Beach on theTema Border. As such it provides much of what you will require during your stay. It offers you the opportunity to enjoy the locality and the people of Nungua, but has a number of international class resorts and restaurants if you prefer a more western style existence.
The town offers you the chance to enjoy the “real Accra” as opposed to the quiet and slightly surreal atmosphere in new towns such as East Legon. It is fascinating and lively but also very safe and friendly. Locals to Nungua are from the Ga tribe, the original settlers in Accra. They are a passionate and lively people and welcome visitors with open arms.
Nungua has a large food market offering an excellent selection of fresh produce. The market is open 6 days a week, and I find the traders to be un-pushy and the friendliest you are likely to encounter in Accra. Spend an hour or so looking around the marketing and you will find a different and rather wonderful world.
Joining a local church service is a great opportunity to see Ghanaians full of life and joy. The local Methodist Church has services on Sundays and they are truly joyful affairs. It was my Dad’s local church and I would urge you to join a service. The sermon is not in English, but if you are very clever, you can sit near the exit, enjoy the first part of the service which involves a lot of singing and dancing and leave when the priest starts his sermon (don’t say I told you this!)
Visit one of the local bars and enjoy the people relaxing after a hard day’s work. if you feel adventurous, try one of the local brews – they range from the very mild (sweet palm wine) to the lethal (Apoteshie). You can wander along the nearby Beach Road to places such as “Dot’s Spot” or the “Kiss-me Spot” or go up to the more established “The Point”, a large open air bar/restaurant with excellent Ghanaian food – especially the barbecued Guinea Fowl.
Chop bars are the Ghanaian equivalent of fast food. Choices can be limited, but the food is fresh, tasty and cheap. Just walk the 100m from the house to the ‘The Crown’ or ‘Ablade’s’ on Old Nautical Road or sample any one of the many food outlets along this fascinating and lively local street.
Alternatively, within easy reach of the lodge are a number of places to relax and enjoy a western style meal:
African Beach Hotel is a 3 star hotel on the beach, within easy walking distance. It has a wide food and drink menu and, according to the note outside the building anyway, the bar is open 24 hours a day. There is a large swimming pool that can be used for a small fee.
West African Maritime University, within easy walking distance just at the end of the Old Nautical Road – this international college has “The Anchorage” a bar with a fantastic view overlooking the sea, exclusively for the use of staff and students of the college, but by special arrangements, guests staying at the lodge can visit the bar and also use its facilities which include a swimming pool and tennis courts that are available for your use for a small fee. The college is on green and peaceful grounds giving access to the “Mighty Beach”, ideal for early morning walks or jogs, without the constant stream of people and traffic to distract you.
Coco-Beach – a lively resort with a good and varied menu often has live music at the weekends. It also has a pool for guest use.
Fridays in Sakumono – a lively outdoor bar with an attached nightclub in the next town. This is the place to be at the weekends, but sample also some of the roadside venues on the main Accra – Lashibi road such as the Zadol filling station which has live music on Friday and Saturday nights..
On the Run – a selection of fast food options including pizzas, burgers and a bakery is less than 10 minutes away.
The Point – an outdoor bar and restaurant near the Nautical college offering good food and drink options. Why don’t you take a walk through the Maritime University and cut across to the Point for your evening meal?
There are a selection of banks within easy reach, all with cash machines. The majority accept Visa cards, but Ghana Commercial Bank which is closer to Teshie Nungua accepts Mastercard. Due to potential fraud we recommend that you use credit cards for cash withdrawals in Accra. Withdrawing cash using a credit card may prove to be more expensive, but it offers you the protection of not being directly attached to your bank account.
Whilst traffic jams in Accra can reach nightmarish proportions, there is reprieve in the train service from Sakumano, close to Nungua, into Accra during the rush hours in the morning and evenings. This offers a good travelling option to guests who visiting Ghana on business. Quick travel to Accra via the airport area is also available via the new Community 20 access onto the Motorway.