Villa | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 14
Attractive, Arabic style house with a mature lush tropical garden situated on Kilifi inlet. Stunning views all throughout the house, fully staffed, with 2 housekeepers/cooks and 1 gardener. The house offers a relaxing environment with a swimming pool forming part of the sitting room, allowing children to play whilst adults can relax on sun beds around the pool. There are 2 al fresco dining areas, one by the pool under a vine, the other larger dining area, is adjacent to the sitting room, surrounded by plants also under a natural vine canopy.
There are 3 double bedrooms upstairs, opening on to the verandah with magnificent view. Toddlers and babies need supervision upstairs as the railings have gaps they could crawl through. Each bedroom has en suite bathrooms, fully air-conditioned with ceiling fans and mosquito nets. The other 3 bedrooms are in a guest wing to one side of the house (3metres away) containing 8 single beds and en suite bathrooms, air-conditioned and nets.
At the bottom of the garden there is a sun downer area with views across the Kilifi inlet. Public access to creek beach below the house , for swimming and access to dhows (Arabic sailing boats) that can take sailing excursion in the evenings for bird life viewing and sun sets.
|Size||Sleeps up to 14, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Infront of house|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malindi or Mombassa 50 km, Nearest railway: Mombassa 50 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|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms of which 6 En suites|
|Furniture||3 Sofa beds, Single beds (8), Double beds (3), Dining seats for 20, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
The house has been recently renovated, with new fixtures and fitting, UK power sockets, pressurised hot water for showers. There are plenty of crockery and glasses, towels and linen. A complementary laundry and ironing service is included, in the price. We have 1 cot and 1 travel cot available for babies / todlers.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is situated overlooking Kilifi creek on a 6 acre property. Entrance to the property is from the main Mombassa to Malindi road. The property is walled and gated. The garden contains indigenous trees, coconut tress, fruit trees and cycads.
The Kenyan Coast region
The Kenyan coast line stretches its white sandy beaches from Tanzania to Somalia. The warm tropical waters of the Indian Ocean offers excellent diving and snorkeling off the coral reefs. These reefs are rated in the top 3 by experienced divers in the world. Marlin, Tuna and Sail fish to name but a few, can be found in Kenyan waters. Deep sea fishing is a very popular sporting activity
For over 2,000 years the Kenyan coastline has brought traders from all over the world on the prevailing winds exchanging ivory and spices.
Vasco da Gama landed in Malindi in 1498, an hours drive from Kilifi, to the north. The old town centre still holds its old world charm and has existed for over 1500 years with its mixture of African and Swahili culture. Its a great place to buy beaded sandals, Kikoys, jewellery and swahili antiques.
The best time to visit Kilifi is from Sept to April as the temperatures climb to about 30 degrees.
Kilifi Creek is a river estuary with striking blue waters contrasting against the green foliage of the cliffs that run down to the water. Depending on your interests, Kilifi creek can offer the adrenelin sporting activites of water skiing and jet skiing, to relaxing on an authentic dhow, watching the sun go down. The Mnarani club can arrange skiing and open water PADI dive courses through its in house dive centre, Barracuder Dive Centre. The Kilifi boatyard can organise dhow trips, sailing or fishing excursions.
Straight accross the bridge is Kilifi town. It boasts a fresh daily vegetable market, a fish market and a new supermarket called Tuskys. For pork products and alchohol, Mama Kabira's Euporum is the place to go in the predominately muslim town.
Places of historic interest in Kilifi include the Great Mosque in the mnarani ruins, up from the old ferry crossing, with its finely carved inscriptions so far untranslated form of Arabic. If you want to visit best to find a guide to show you the way.
Between 7-9am the fisherman will bring their daily catch to the old ferry crossing, ranging from red snapper, tuna, dorado, rock cod to name but a few. Both the Mnarani Club and the old ferry crossing can be accessed from the beach at low tide. The staff at the house have contact details of people who will deliver prawns, oysters and crabs to your front door.
Every lunchtime the Kilifi boatyard serves simple sea food and cold beers, the most popular day to visit is Saturday.
The highlight of Kilifi is taking a dhow from the beach at the bottom of the garden to watch the sun set, and the thousands of birds returning home to roost in the mangroves in the heart of the creek.
A visit to Zinj, a leather shop selling beaded sandals and bags at a third of the cost compared to Nairobi prices in Takaungu village is a must. Contact Hassan +254 736 808 464 for details on how to get there.
Bofa beach is Kilifi's main beach, much quieter than many of Kenya's other beaches, only a few km away. Access to the beach is best through the Kilifi Bay hotel.
Getting around Kilifi is best by Tuk Tuk or Taxi whose contact details the housekeepers have. A rental car would be useful to visit attractions on the coast like Gedi Ruins, Malindi Town, Mombassa or swimming on Bofa Beach