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Own Cook. 4 Min to Ocean. Roof Top. Bougainvillea-Shrouded Villa in Shela, Lamu.

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Last updated: 10/06/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Shela villa description

Bougainvillea House in Lamu is a white house shrouded in lilac and white bougainvillea flowers, and situated in Shela Village only 200 meters from the Indian Ocean and Lamu Island's pristine beaches along the coast of Kenya. Leave all stress behind and let our very own cook, Eddie, prepare and serve delicious meals for you during your stay, whether its breakfast, lunch or dinner. The rate starts at only 140 USD for the whole house per night. Seasonal pricing applies.


The house
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 are two bathrooms, each with a shower and toilet. 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.


The food
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!


How to get here
A number of airlines fly regularly to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. From there you need to take a flight to Lamu's neighbouring island, Manda with Fly540, Air Kenya or Safarilink. These flights leave either from Kenyatta or from Wilson Airport in Nairobi.

Upon arrival to Manda Airport, Eddie will meet you to help you with your luggage and assist you in taking a boat across the straight between Manda and Lamu, and all the way to Bougainvillea House. The boat ride takes about 20 minutes, and the walk from Lamu harbour to the house is about 4 minutes. Please be sure to bring some cash for the boat ride. It will cost 200 KES per person or 1000 KES for a whole boat depending what boats are available.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 200 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

      • Catering Available
      • Breakfast - Booking Possible
      • Lunch - Booking Possible
      • Dinner - Booking Possible

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Massage
      • Private Chef
      • Staff

      Suitability

      • Children Welcome
      • Smoking Allowed

      Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

      • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

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      • Bedroom1: 2 twin/ single

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      • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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      • Each bedroom has a mosquito net and a fan in the ceiling.

      Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

      Entertainment

      • Books
      • Games

      Theme

      • Away From It All
      • Family
      • Historic
      • Romantic
      • Sports & Activities
      • Tourist Attractions

      Attractions

      • Churches
      • Festivals
      • Reefs
      • Restaurants
      • Synagogues

      Local Services & Businesses

      • ATM/Bank
      • Massage Therapist

      Leisure Activities

      • Beachcombing
      • Paddle Boating
      • Photography
      • Sight Seeing
      • Walking

      Sports & Adventure Activities

      • Deepsea Fishing
      • Fishing
      • Jet Skiing
      • Sailing
      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
      • Snorkeling
      • Surfing
      • Swimming
      • Water Skiing

      Dining

      • Dining Area
      • Seating for 8 people

      General

      • Linens Provided
      • Living Room

      Kitchen

      • Dishes & Utensils
      • Kitchen
      • Oven
      • Refrigerator
      • Stove
      • Toaster

      Building Type

          • Apartment

          House Cleaning

              • Housekeeper Included
               

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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Autumn
              Aug 1 - Nov 30, 2014
              1 night min stay
              $225
              $1,570
              New Years/Christmas
              Dec 1 - Jan 31, 2015
              1 night min stay
              $280
              $1,960
              Spring
              Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2015
              1 night min stay
              $225
              $1,570
              My Standard Rate
              1 night min stay
              $140
              $980

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Taxes Not included

              Notes:

              No food is included in the pricing. However 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.

              Bougainvillea House is rented on a flat rate of 140 USD per night. This includes accommodation in all of the three bedrooms, bed linens, own chef, and pick-up and baggage help from Manda Airport. Note that this price is for renting the whole house and that individual rooms will not be rented out. The full payment is done one week before arrival. Eddie is happy for any tips at the end of your stay.


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              Last updated: 10/06/2014
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              Location

              3 Kilometres
              Nearest Airport
              Manda Airport
              200 Metres
              Nearest Barpub
              Peponi Hotel
              200 Metres
              Nearest Restaurant
              Peponi Hotel
              200 Metres
              Nearest Beach
              Beach

              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!

               

              Owner info

              Year Purchased: 1977

              About the owner: Birgitta has 22 year’s professional experience from the African continent as a diplomat. She fell in love with Lamu Island while living and working in Kenya during the 1970s. The blue ocean, calm beaches and crystal clear night sky enticed her. She decided to buy the piece of land upon which Bougainvillea House stands today. It is built with respect for the history and preservation of an old ruin that today stands as the centerpiece in the living room, namely a beautiful wall with niches. Birgitta’s five children and herself have always returned to Lamu for vacation and relaxation and they are now looking forward to sharing this experience with you.

              Why the Owner Chose Shela:
              Bougainvillea House on Lamu Island is an important part of Birgittas African roots. Many happy days have grown from these roots - for her family, her body, her mind and her soul.

              The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
              Bougainvillea House is built with respect for the history and preservation of an old ruin that today is the centrepiece of the living room - a beautiful wall with niches.


              Contact us

              Speaks: english, swedish

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              Photos

              • The main entrance.

                The main entrance.

              • Main entrance door from outside.

                Main entrance door from outside.

              • Seating area in living room.

                Seating area in living room.

              • Alongside the house.

                Alongside the house.

              • Dining area.

                Dining area.

              • Dining area.

                Dining area.

              • Seating area in living room.

                Seating area in living room.

              • Seating area in the living room.

                Seating area in the living room.

              • Bougainvillea ceiling on balcony.

                Bougainvillea ceiling on balcony.

              $140 - $280 per night (USD)
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              3 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

              View calendar: Updated 10/06/14
              Minimum stay: 1 nights
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              Member since: 2013
              Speaks: english, swedish
              • Calendar last updated: 10/06/2014
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