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Excellent 5/5 7 reviews

The beach at the end of the garden

Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach or lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary

The house stands on a stunning location of grove of trees and bougainvillea and frangipani on a coral headland jutting out into the Indian Ocean. Beaches stretch out on either side. It has been a family house for 45 years. It is a combination of old style Swahili house with makooti roofing and Arab influence.

The accommodation is on two levels. It includes 5 double bedrooms, 3 (downstairs) with air conditioning, two upstairs with overhead fans. 3 showers, 1 bath, 4 toilets, sitting room and extensive verandas. There are mosquito nets in all the bedrooms, and a further shower, and foot bath, in the garden.

The 3 members of staff, a cook, laundry staff, gardener.The beach below the house is in the KWS Marine Park. The extensive coral reef can be visited, at low tide, in glass bottomed boats that sail from Casurina Point – a short walk down the beach.

There is easy access to Tsavo National Game Reserve by road from the house.

Malindi Township is an interesting mixture of Arab, Swahili and Colonial architecture. It is a busy thriving little town with much to offer in the way of shops, restaurants whose diversity of culinary styles reflect the very cosmopolitan nature of its residents. It radiates out from the old square on one side of which lies Malindi beach and the sea. This beach runs for about 14 km, where the body boarding and surfing can be excellent. Transport is very easy around the town and area by tuk-tuk. alindi.

From its airport, some 15 min from the house, are daily flights to and from Nairobi, Mombasa, Lamu, and other destinations. Windsurfing, kite-boarding, reef-walking, deep-sea fishing.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Casurina
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Malindi 7 km, Nearest railway: Mombasa 110 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 Sea view
General Air conditioning
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 3 En suites and 4 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace
Furniture Single beds (10), Double beds (5), Dining seats for 12, Lounge seats for 10
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Kenyan Coast region

Malindi is the second largest coastal town after Mombasa. There are plenty of opportunities for sightseeing in and around Malindi. The town was an important Swahili settlement founded in the 14th century. Many Swahili buildings that clearly reflect the influences of Middle-Eastern architecture have survived in the old town area of Malindi. The town also has several remainders from the time the Portuguese ruled Malindi.

Watamu to the South, has Gedi ruins, before driving down to the beach itself, which is truly spectacular in places.

Malindi Township is an interesting mixture of Arab, Swahili and Colonial architecture. It is a busy thriving little town with much to offer in the way of shops, restaurants whose diversity of culinary styles reflect the very cosmopolitan nature of its residents. It radiates out from the old square on one side of which lies Malindi beach and the sea. This beach runs for about 14 km, where the body boarding and surfing can be excellent. Transport is very easy around the town and area by tuk-tuk. alindi.

From its airport, some 15 min from the house, are daily flights to and from Nairobi, Mombasa, Lamu, and other destinations. Windsurfing, kite-boarding, reef-walking, deep-sea fishing.

Malindi

Both Malindi and Watamu have Marine National Parks, and the goggling is very good.

Scuba diving is available, as is Kite surfing, Wind Surfing, Riding, and other water sports.

Tsavo National Park is in easy reach, a 3 hour drive, with much choice of camps to stay to view the animals.

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Review 1-7 of 7

5 Feb 2014

5/5

"Indian Ocean charm in a moorish palace overlooking the sea"

Perfect location on beach, the headland is part of the private garden with a lockable gate to the beach, dhows sailing past, trips to the outer reef in a glass bottomed boat, part of a marine park. Th… More

14 Jan 2014

5/5

"Perfect House, Perfect Location, Amazing Food"

Three of us stayed at this amazing house over Christmas. It was beyond what we had hoped. The location was brilliant - private, easy beach access, back from the road, views from every angle. If you want a relaxing beach holiday where relaxation is paramount, look no further. Additionally, the three staff are unobtrusive and welcoming. Francis, the cook, delivered daily surprises. His imaginative dishes delighted us every day. We'd simply give him some cash to buy fresh seafood, fruit etc each day and he'd provide restaurant-style meals. In fact, we ventured out only once to eat at a nearby restaurant and wished we'd stuck with Francis and his cooking. We paid three times the price for not even half the quality. Can't wait to be back at this house.

16 Sep 2013

4/5

"spacious and relaxing environment with leafy garden and views out to sea, a wonderfully peaceful get-away"

I booked Ritchie House for my sister, her two teenage children, and myself (Nairobi-based) as part of a big holiday - their first to Kenya! - from UK. We had spent time in Shompole area, and then drov… More

25 Jul 2013

5/5

"Fantastic!"

We were a group of 6, including a family with a small child and several friends, attending a wedding in Malindi, arriving few days before and leaving few days after the wedding. We immediately loved … More

6 Jul 2013

5/5

"Perfect place to relax"

This is not for those who want high end luxury. But for anyone who wants genuine charm and a sense of place, it's hard to beat. The bedrooms are spacious, uncluttered and extremely comfortabl… More

15 Apr 2013

5/5

"Location, Location, Location"

The best positioned house in Malindi- close enough to town to access shops and restaurants etc but far enough away to offer complete peace and tranquility. Nestled on the corner of the marine park bea… More

18 Mar 2013

5/5

"Beautiful secluded house by the beach"

This is a lovely place to stay. The location couldn't be more perfect. it is wonderfully hidden away, yet just set back from the beach, with private steps down onto the sand. The garden is large, with mature trees and shrubs offering welcome shade and beautiful flowers. It is almost on its own little promontory, and you can saunter to the end and watch the fishing dhows come and go and marvel at how different the beach looks at different states of the tide. The house itself is big and full of character. It is a perfect place to really relax....large open verandahs give plenty of airy comfortable spots to sit, bookshelves are crammed with interesting books, and paintings and carvings abound. All the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The bathrooms are simple but adequate. The staff are incredibly friendly and efficient and the food they cooked for us was fantastic. There were only 4 of us staying, but the house could easily accommodate 8 or 10. We loved it and would very happily go again.

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