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
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3 Jun 2013
"Fabulous stay in Kilifi"
We stayed in this house with friends in May 2013 and had a ball. The location is stunning and the house extremely comfortable and well equipped. It has three ensuite lovely bedrooms in the main house and several more outside. There is a large pool so the five children we had with us were delighted. The beach was just a few minutes walk away. The food was excellent, and the staff very friendly. Lovely house, very professionally managed, and a gorgeous place for groups, including with young children, to stay.
29 May 2013
"Stunning view, lovely pool, great food, nice house = super-chilled!"
We have stayed in this house four times and always had a great break. The view is to die for - several kilometres up Kilifi creek, over the boatyard and past the various headlands, framed by a couple … More
6 Apr 2013
"Stunning food and gorgeous views"
Stayed here in Feb with a group of friends and had the best holiday. If you're looking for a relaxing retreat, this place is perfect. The house is well designed with some nice interior touches and loads of great communal spaces but the real selling point here is the gorgeous view of the creek which you can walk down to via a flight of steps from the garden. Have a swim down there if you get the chance, but watch out for sea urchins - one of our group found out the hard way what it feels like to tread on one!
If you fancy a less adventurous swim, the pool at the house is a good size and offers more stunning views of the creek. The multiple sun loungers and the well-tended gardens offer plenty of shade from the sun if the heat gets too much.
As for the food, believe the hype about the prawn curry! It was sensational. All of the dishes created by the on-site chef were absolutely delicious but the curry makes it onto my list of all-time favourite meals. It was a real luxury to be able to enjoy restaurant standard food from the comfort of the house and the varied dining areas and the range of the chef meant that we ate in every night.
19 Mar 2013
"The perfect getaway for a 40th birthday"
We stayed at bridge house for a week in February with a group of 10 friends from London. It was without question one of the best holidays we've had.
You will feel safe and looked after by the staff inside the guarded compound. The 3 bedrooms upstairs are all ensuite, air conditioned and beautifully decorated with 4 poster beds with mosquito nets. Downstairs, the open plan living area is ideal for spending hours lounging by the pool and relaxing with a drink.
The staff took wonderful care of us, they prepared breakfast for the group each morning, often at different times for when we each woke up. The chef, Muhambi, can only be described as genius. We'd buy fresh fish from the fishermen off the beach and he would make 5 star dinners each night. His shrimp curry and crab starters were out of this world. As this house is self catering you need to buy all the ingredients at the local tusky's supermarket or at the local fresh fruit & veg market, a short ride in a tuktuk which provides an interesting experience in itself.
We also did a sundowner dhow cruise with "captain shallows" which was fun and went scuba diving with Tim from buccaneer diving up the road. Both recommended. The yacht club, 5 minutes up the creek is also worth a visit.
All in all a fabulous experience for a group of 30-something's. I would recommend packing plenty sun cream, gin & tonic and playing cards! The pool is always warm and inviting but beware, it did turn my blonde hair green!
19 Feb 2013
"Comfort in Kilifi"
We stayed at the Bridge House with children from age 1-9. The house is beautiful, amazing view, pool is warm, rooms are air conditioned and staff is wonderful! The jewel of this house is most definitely the chef. We simply would give him some money and an idea of what we wanted (seafood, steak etc).. He would go to the market, getting the best prices and then whip up the most fantastic meals! He does a rib eye steak that is simply amazing in addition to curried shrimp, red snapper and calamari!
Down at the beach below, you can watch the fisherman come in and even purchase fresh fish from them.... But I would recommend letting the chef do this for the best price.
Caution to parents of young children - the upstairs balcony railing is large enough for babies to crawl through. We just kept the young ones in the rooms when upstairs.
Would certainly stay here again and recommend it. David is a pleasure to work with, assisting us with pickup and transportation.
8 Jul 2012
"Escape to Paradise"
I stayed for a couple of nights with friends and their young daughter, would have loved to have stayed longer.
Location is great - fabulous views of the creek, perfect to watch the sunset with a few cocktails ! Beautiful house with Arabic feel, very spacious with lovely open seating area downstairs, outside dining area and great pool. Rooms are clean and very comfortable, all with A/C and en-suite facilities.
The staff are very freindly and the cook makes wonderful food, ask for the prawn curry which is divine. Perfect holiday retreat and ideal for couples, groups or families, would definitely recommend it !
26 Dec 2011
"A gorgeous house in a spectacular location."
We spent a couple of nights here in November 2011 and found the whole experience idyllic. We just wish we had could have stayed longer.
The house itself is of chic Arabic design and a 5 min walk from the main road. It has a beautiful swimming pool & outdoor entertaining area with breath taking views of the creek. It is stylish & comfortable, furnished with large, air-conditioned bedrooms all with spotless en-suites, spacious mosquito netting and a balcony overlooking the swimming pool and creek.
The house staff were lovely and friendly. We were cooked an evening meal of local fish and vegetables which was delicious, plentiful and cheap!!
Bridge house is an ideal spot for a romantic escape, a tranquil place to relax with a book & a drink and also a superb spot for a fun & playful group / family holiday.
We would love to go back for all of the above!!
15 Nov 2011
"Beautiful house in stunning location, great for a family group."
We have stayed at this cliff top house on several occasions and always take our nanny as we have a four year old, she loves exploring the gardens and the pool is so refreshing even to look at with the amazing view of the sea just beyond. We have often landed by boat on the soft beach below where the fishermen have their dug out canoes and taken the winding steps up to the house laden with sea food for our supper.
The light os magical at sundown and there 's constant gentle breeze. You can take your meals outdoors near the poolside barbecue area or outdoor dining room, with it's foliage cover.
The staff are very polite and eager to help.
The main bedrooms upstairs come off onto a large verandah/balcony looking out over the sea, with yachts and dhows
15 Nov 2011
"Hidden Oasis overlooking Kilifi Creek"
Tucked away from the main drag of Kilifi just opposite the Manarani Club is Bridge House, once you travel down the narrow lane you come to an imposing typical Swahili style house which has the most stunning view over Kilifi creek.
Staff are very helpful and cook the most wonderful fish which can be purchased from the local fishermen who come by each day, just remember to haggle.
Pool is clean and refreshing. Rooms are all A/C and fans with mossie nets which makes for a very comfortable sleep.
Ideal getaway for a couple or large group of people who just want to enjoy the coast and chill out