House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 12
Large, spacious, Swahili styled residence, villa. A perfect holiday retreat walking distance to the beach (350 metres).
Fully furnished in classic Swahili style with teak furniture, quality soft furnishings, a 3.5m dining table that seats 12 and a unique, 2.5m deep, 'lotus' pool. Neem House has WiFi, an extensive library, a comprehensive selection of card and board games, Volleyball and Badminton net.
|Size||Sleeps up to 12, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Silversands / Malindi 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, 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 6 km, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (8), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 14, Lounge seats for 14|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Neem House is built in the traditional Arab/Swahili style using thick limestone blocks, Boriti (Mangrove) pole ceilings and Galana slate floors. Furnishings are elegant and comfortable with beautiful brass fittings and numerous lamps. All bedrooms are large (main bedroom is 9m square) with high ceilings and private balconies. Linen is 100% Percale and pillows are hollow fibre (down on request). '
Windows' are large open 'arabesque' archways with cane blinds for privacy. All rooms in the house are surrounded by deep verandahs with wrought iron lattice work. Ceiling fans are fitted in all rooms. Bathrooms are spacious and well appointed with large 100% cotton towels. The main bedroom en suite bathroom has a separate bathtub.
Kitchen is large and well equipped with a six burner stove and two fridges. Crockery, cutlery and glassware is of high quality, cookware is all stainless steel.
The Kenyan Coast region
Malindi town has been a tourist destination for 4 centuries and has an incredibly interesting history. A fairly untidy, chaotic place but real Africa mixed with Arab Swahili influences however very vibrant and full of colour, particularly the markets.
There are numerous things to do in and around Malindi and lots of sites on the internet about Malindi, Watamu, Gedi and Kipepeo, Kilifi, Lamu, Mombasa and the Tsavo National Park.
Diving and snorkelling the Malindi and Watamu Marine National Parks is highly recommended. The coral gardens are spectacular and there is always a chance of spotting turtles, dolphins, giant groupers or the harmless Whale Shark who are regularly sighted in the area.
Malindi is famous for big game fishing safaris (tag and release). Sailfish, marlin and swordfish are all plentiful.
Safaris into the East Tsavo National Park, 100kms to the west of Malindi can be arranged. The classic tented safari camps are situated along the Galana river.
The Gedi ruins, remnants of a 13th to 17th century Swahili town abandoned 3 centuries ago, is also well worth a visit.
The numerous restaurants in Malindi are excellent thanks to the resident Italian and German influences.
Local African style places are also very good. Nyama Choma (BBQ meat) and Swahili seafood curries in particular.
Shopping is excellent and very good value. Beautiful silver jewellery, fabrics, throws, kangas and Kikoi's, beaded leather sandals, bags and belts, soapstone carvings, locally made brass and glass light fittings. Classic Tinga Tinga artworks - stylised modern paintings in enamel, famous Makonde wood carvings, Arab and Swahili antiques.