Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Escape to the embrace of a gentler era...
Four Twenty South is a colonial style cottage in beautiful tropical gardens overlooking an unspoilt dazzling white beach lapped by the Indian Ocean. The house is a 3 bedroom property and sleeps up to 6 people.
Two similar properties are available (2 bedrooms) and one with 5 bedrooms, please contact the owner for more details. Two bedroom cottages are more suitable for a couple or family than for two couples sharing.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Galu 10 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||10 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ukunda Airstrip 3 km, Nearest railway: Mombasa 35 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
A cook and maid are included in the price and work to your own timetable. A nanny can also be provided if required.
Fresh fish, seafood, seasonal fruit and vegetables are delivered to the door and a supermarket selling essentials is within walking distance, although the cook will happily do the shopping for you.
The house also has a selection of board games including: Scrabble, Chess, Backgammon and playing cards.
|Further details outdoors||
The house is right on the sea overlooking a sandy lagoon where swimming is safe at any tide.
Please indicate whether you are a family or whether you are friends sharing.
The Kenyan Coast region
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean are intercepted at the Kenya coastline by a living coral reef which stretches from the Red Sea to Mozambique. The attrition of the waves on the calcium carbonate deposited by the coral produces a sand which in the case of Diani/Galu is acclaimed for its fineness and its brilliant whiteness.
Between the reef and the shoreline, a shallow tropical lagoon lies protected from the open ocean, ideal for swimming and watersports. Through the prism of the water, the sandy sea floor is reflected in glowing greens and blues.
Vestigial ancient reefs form the coral beachfront and support a palm fringed diversity of life from tropical flora in brilliant colours to the endangered black and white Angolan Colobus monkey and the furry nocturnal bushbaby. This Coral Rag is one of only three such indigenous forests remaining in the world and is the focus of gathering conservation efforts towards which contributions are welcomed.
The hinterland rises some 10km behind to a height of 1000m in the shape of the Shimba Hills. Uniquely here, in the National Park, are Sable Antelope and on the Southern slopes in Mwalunganji Park elephants roam freely.
The long rains come in late March and extend to late May which is considered the off-season. Mid season: June, July August are cooler months with September and October being warmer. These two seasons are associated with the South East Monsoon of the Indian Ocean. The Short Rains in October/November yield to the Kaskazi - the North East Monsoon - bringing the hot dry conditions of the so called High Season, beginning in December and running through to March .
The conditions are tropical, so the weather is never terrible as in the Northern Hemisphere understanding of the word. Sunshine and blue skies may occur throughout the year regardless of the season with temperatures varying between 23C and 38C. The cooler months can be very pleasant despite a few cloud-bursts.
The local people are of the Digo tribe - one of the 9 comprising the Mijikenda people of the Kenya Coastal area. For some, particularly the local fishermen, life has changed little over the centuries. Happy in their ways, they practice their craft exactly as their forefathers despite recent attempts by well-intentioned pedlars of progress to develop them. It is not the first time they have experienced marauding foreigners as bears testament the vast labyrinth of caves at Shimoni to the south where Arab slavers kept their captives before loading them on ships bound for the market in Zanzibar. The historic island city of Mombasa - Mvita, the place of war - has been a trading hub linking the Mediterranean with India and China since the time of Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt.
Here, nestled amongst comforts of modernity, little pockets of the Old World tenaciously remain.
Diani Beach is a world famous beach situated 20 km south of Mombasa on Kenya's south coast. Although contiguous, the beach is actually three beaches: Diani to the north, Galu in the middle and Kinondo to the south. Together they form a single stretch of brilliant white sand running for about 7 km. Four Twenty South is on Galu.
Diani is the action end of the beach with its large hotels and its enhanced tourism. In Diani, you can find everything: watersports including kite surfing and scuba diving, discos, nightclubs, bars and beach bars, cafes, restaurants, shopping centres... From there, you can arrange flying or driving safaris to anywhere in Kenya and the Eastern African region or the World.
Around the point from Diani is Galu beach. The only boats moored on our stretch of the beach are fishermen's dugout canoes. The lagoon is protected by a coral reef and is safe for swimming and snorkelling. The turquoise sea is unpolluted and the white beach is unspoilt.
You can go kite surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, deep sea fishing, play golf. There is Shaanti yoga and health spa next door with massage, mud baths... or have beauty treatments or massage in the privacy of your cottage. You can also plan excursions to swim with dolphins, get close to the elephants. For those wanting to combine the beach with a safari, there is a scheduled flight daily to the world renowned Masai Mara Game Park or take a trip by road to Tsavo East or West.