Kisimani Hse Zidaka bedroom ensuite

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Private room in villa hosted by Family De Boer

  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 3 beds
  4. 1 private bath
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The Zidaka bedroom is the original ground floor of the house with beautifully carved plaster works. There is a comfortable double bed with fan inside the net and 2 day beds on courtyard terrace. Ensuite shower (no hot water) & WC.

The space
Along with your own large private room and veranda (each room occupies an entire floor level), there is a further 'public' terrace on the first floor. Adjacent to this is a well appointed kitchen. This open area is shaded by a flowering pergola with central dining table and is surrounded by cushion strewn seating. Like the rest of the house this terrace flows around the open courtyard below; creating a fine blend of space and privacy.
The kitchen is there for your use. You can keep your drinks cold, make tea or conjure up an entire meal. Fred can help you prepare ingredients and do the washing up (hooray)! More about Fred below.
Kisimani house is architecturally interesting. Dating to the 18 century the original two floors followed the traditional Swahili courtyard style and have massive walls. These (coral-rag) walls were plastered and the surface incised with fine geometric carvings (photos). This lends a delicate balance to the courtyard entrance and the Harem quarters (Zidaka room).
Access to the street (a passageway) is through a single heavy wooden door. This same carved doorway seals you from the outside world and provides the house with solid security.
We have added a further two floor-levels to Kisimani, also in keeping with the original Swahili style. In total there are four floor levels; each one with its own (en-suite) bedroom apartment. Stairway access to each floor is achieved without passing through others private space. Finally, at the very top of the house (a 5th floor!) there is an open 'moon-deck' terrace, accessible to all. It is a magic spot and will let you discover the wonderment for yourselves........

What this place offers

Kitchen
Free parking on premises
Crib
Smoking allowed
Long term stays allowed
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Where you’ll be

Lamu, Kenya

Shela is a small fishing village laced with winding passageways. It is a fascinating place with friendly folk, donkey traffic and as much fresh seafood as one could wish for. Don't expect some whitewashed Idyll; it's a lot more interesting than that! Everywhere you look there is another cameo of village life and chances are you will soon be lost. Just ask and they will point you back towards Kisimani.
Most of the local shops and eateries are to be found along the village seafront. The sand beach starts from the small jetty and continues uninterrupted for 9 kilometres. It is a wide stretch of sand flanked by dunes all the way. There are no 'resorts' or structures anywhere; just Mother Nature at her best.
The beach itself shelves gently into the ocean, it has to be one of the worlds most perfect beaches.

Hosted by Family De Boer

  1. Joined in May 2013
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The de Boers are a family of four. We live in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi. Husband Rob is the builder in the family, mama Fi(ona) has green fingers, daughter Jess is a qualified eco-warrior & son Alan works as an Aquaculturalist. As a family one of our favorite things is to be on safari in Africa. Rob & the kids head off on their motor bikes whenever possible. Jess & Al mountain bike, kite surf and more. We play tennis & walk lots, We like to be fit ! We bought the Barn in 1979 and slowly converted it to its present state. We believe we are very lucky to have this unique location & we hope that anyone staying there will enjoy this lovely space with its fine views of rolling unspoiled countryside that remain to this day.....happily, remarkably, still unchanged ! We then left France for a while. Later we acquired another ruin, this time on the Island of Lamu (off the Kenya coast.) The remains of an 18thC Swahili house, It is now an extraordinary house, beyond the scope of this remit (but if you want to rent something truly exotic....... contact herewith). The Barn is now long since finished and we go there when we can and rent it when we can't. We love it there and it's part of the family. You will too, Welcome.
The de Boers are a family of four. We live in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi. Husband Rob is the builder in the family, mama Fi(ona) has green fingers, daughter Jess is a qualified e…

During your stay

At last; Fred... (your host).... (we live in Nairobi). He is your Major-Domo, speaks reasonable English and takes the Kisimani experience to it's final level. He is a good, honest soul who will cheerfully do whatever you ask. Laundry, shopping, dhow-trips (additional charges apply), etc. He makes the beds, lowers the nets, changes the towels, can bring you morning tea on your veranda, will help you prepare the meals (he can even cook simple swahili seafood if time allows), and generally keeps you and the house organised.
So, when you arrive discuss your menu preferences, give him a cash 'float' and let him shop for it. The amount depends on how long you are staying.
He will then keep account of this and let you know if/when he runs out. You may also want to prepare your own meals or choose to eat out.
Feel free to leave him a tip commensurate with the help provided.
At last; Fred... (your host).... (we live in Nairobi). He is your Major-Domo, speaks reasonable English and takes the Kisimani experience to it's final level. He is a good, honest…

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