Own cook. 200 m from beach. Rooftop

Entire residential home hosted by Charlotte

  1. 6 guests
  2. 3 bedrooms
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Bougainvillea House is a white house shrouded in lilac and white bougainvillea flowers, and situated only 200 meters from the Indian Ocean and Lamu Island's pristine beaches. Let our very own cook, Eddie, cook and serve you delicious meals.

The space
The house contains three bedrooms, each with a large double bed (185 x 195 cm), a mosquito net and a ceiling fan. One of the bedrooms overlooks the small charming garden with a coconut palm. Each bedroom is connected via an outside terrace - look up once there to admire a ceiling of bougainvillea flowers! There is one bathroom with a shower and toilet for the guests. The living room is unpretentious and homey, furnished with a wooden dining table and chairs, wicker armchairs, a sofa and above all a beautifully preserved Lamu wall that is hundreds of years old and gives the room an historical feel.

The rooftop of the house offers relaxing days under the banana fibre ceiling, or on lounge chairs. Above all it offers stargazing at the wondrous Lamu night sky, unpolluted from surrounding light and with crystal clear views over the stars.

Eddie is the caretaker and cook of Bougainvillea House on Lamu and will prepare exquisite seafood including crab, prawns, lobster and fish, locally caught the very same morning. His coconut rice is the perfect complement. Some of the best mangoes and papayas in the world will be served as desert. He will of course accommodate to any dietary restrictions and requests by you.

You can write a list of things you want Eddie to buy, and inform him about what you would like to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. He will prepare and serve the dishes unless you feel like doing so yourself. Discuss what you would like to eat for each meal, for example one day in advance, so that he has time to buy ingredients.

If you feel like buying your own sea food you can go to the fish market in the early morning to buy the catch of the day, fresh off the hook!

What this place offers

Beach access – Beachfront
Private patio or balcony
Long term stays allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Shela, Lamu, Kenya

While on your vacation in Lamu why not take a fishing trip on a Dhow boat or just sail along the coast to discover the beautiful scenery. You can take long strolls on the beach and go for a swim in the Indian Ocean. The water is warm and clear, and the beach is inviting. For the more adventurous-minded you can scuba dive, surf, snorkel, deep sea fish or why not take a donkey ride along the beach?

Lamu Old Town is a recommended site to explore while on your vacation on Lamu. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and according to UNESCO “the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa”. It is similar to Shela with its labyrinth of narrow alleyways that invite for exploration. The architecture of Lamu Old Town is a unique mixture of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles.

The Lamu Fort is another interesting site to visit. Built in the 1800s it was initially a point from which control over the East African coast was held. During the British colonial era the fort was used as a prison. Today it contains a museum and a library.

If you want to try something new, we recommend that you visit the donkey sanctuary. Donkeys are until recently the only mode of transportation on Lamu, apart from walking of course. An estimated 2 200 donkeys reside on Lamu and are used for transporting heavy loads through the narrow alleyways. The sanctuary has a veterinarian that provides treatment to donkeys free of charge.

Fishing is an important part of life for Lamu islanders and there are many opportunities for you to take part in this lifestyle as well. You can for example catch bream along the channel, or go deep sea fishing further out to the ocean to catch bigger fish. Don’t forget your sunscreen, water and a hat!

Hosted by Charlotte

  1. Joined in April 2014
  • 40 Reviews

During your stay

If there are any problems during your stay you can always speak to Eddie who can try to help you.

Otherwise you are welcome to contact us via a message here on Airbnb. Once this is done an SMS is sent to our mobile phone in Sweden, which informs us that there is a message pending on the website.
If there are any problems during your stay you can always speak to Eddie who can try to help you.

Otherwise you are welcome to contact us via a message here on Airbnb.…
  • Languages: English, Svenska
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within a day
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Things to know

House rules

Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

Airbnb's social-distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
No carbon monoxide alarm
No smoke alarm
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection

Cancellation policy