"Oh no, time to go. I hope for a massive rainstorm so we have to stay longer! You’ve looked after us so well. Thank you so much. See you next time."
Ewan McGregor and family.
Jahazi House, named after the historical sailing dhows that brought Lamu its trading wealth, stands right on the edge of the Indian Ocean in a large garden of frangipani, fruit trees and shrubs. From the expansive, first floor makuti-covered veranda you can watch the dhows come and go, collecting sand and delivering fish. The house is designed along traditional lines around an inner courtyard, which holds a very private swimming pool, cooling the public rooms and bedrooms.
On arrival by boat, it's just a few steps up the beach to the house, past 2 giant cycads and footbaths with floating frangipani flowers, onto the welcome shade of the wrap-around terrace. When you enter the house, you can see right through it, across the internal courtyard and pool with its fragrant frangipani tree into the garden beyond. The entry hall has a baraza area, a large cushioned day sofa and a dining area, leading into the inner courtyard with its beautiful deep clear pool.
The four ground-floor guest bedrooms are all accessed from the inner courtyard and are stylishly furnished with ensuite shower rooms and their own private verandas. The verandas feature writing desks, occasional tables, chairs and a traditional Lamu day bed. There is a covered baraza area behind the pool that can also be used for sleeping. It leads through an ancient carved door onto a wooden deck with two swinging beds overlooking the garden.
The roof is one huge terrace, partially covered with makuti to provide a shaded bar, eating and sitting area. Here, overlooking simply everything, including the beach and sea views, is a wonderfully cool and spacious master wing, with its private library and bedroom, ensuite dressing room and bathroom area.
The kitchen and staff area is separate and holds staff bedrooms, seating areas, washrooms and storerooms. Frangipani, jasmine and lime trees have been planted in abundance around the house, which comes fully staffed with a cook, room/table steward, laundress, boat captain and gardener.
Double Bedrooms ensuite: 4
Twin bedrooms ensuite: 1
Dining areas: 3
Baraza areas: 3
Guest cloakroom: 1
Swinging beds: 2
Pool 10m. 8'4" deep.
Fully-equipped separate kitchen
Large planted garden
Powered by solar panels
Solar hot water
Disponible para huéspedes
Jahazi House and garden are yours to explore. The house sits directly on the beach, mere steps from the sea and the Lamu channel's calm lagoon-like water. Shela town is a leisurely 3 hour beach walk - rewarded by breakfast at Peponi's and a welcome boat-ride back home! In the other direction, a 20 minute beach walk takes you to our local village called Kipungani, where Ali the House Manager and Boat Captain comes from. Our neighbour down the beach, Kizingo Camp, is an easier walk if company is needed, or the temptation of a sundowner drink in their barefoot beach bar.
Atención a los huéspedes
Ali is there for you if you want to use the boat or learn about the house and local activities. He will meet you on arrival at Lamu Airport and bring you to the house by boat. Safari the cook is also there for you and will help choose the best fish, crab or lobster and advise on the price to pay local fisherman. If you would prefer your food and drink shopping to be done in advance of your arrival, this is something we would be delighted to help arrange.
Otros aspectos destacables
There are no cars and no roads on Lamu island, only donkey trails, boat rides and leisurely beach strolls. An advantage of this, is that our beaches are completely private - no one uses the beach other than house guests and house staff (and perhaps a fisherman visiting the kitchen). Shela and Lamu towns are a 25 minute boat ride away. Kilindini, our private 38 ft Dhow, is available to hire for sundowners, beach lunches or day trips and can be arranged through Ali.
Please note there is a large swimming pool in the centre of the house (courtyard), therefore children should be supervised at all times.
If you are a couple only, ask for the special price of $250.
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