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Lamu: Beautiful Beach House, in Lamu, with 270° Sea-Views on Indian Ocean

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Last updated: 09/21/2014

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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Shela house description

Forodhani House, available to rent on Lamu beach, means "look-out post" in Kiswahili. Its location is truly perfect, right on Shella beach in the Lamu Archipelago, off the east coast of Kenya.
Overlooking the jetty of the small fishing village of Shella, this large white house oversees the channel of the Indian Ocean that separates Lamu Island from Manda Island. It offers breathtaking but peaceful views of the to and fro of boats entering and leaving the archipelago.
Even if it’s just chance that has brought you here, you'll certainly find that this place is far more than just a simple tropical resort.
For time has stopped here. The clock of the old town of Lamu still shows the 17th century. No cars ... You will adjust to the rhythm of the wake of the dhows (traditional wooden sailing boats) and to the pace of the donkeys. You will enjoy the charm of getting lost in the maze of alleyways in the village, where the smiles of the children and the welcoming friendliness of the inhabitants will guide you where you wish to go.
When you leave the house via the garden, the pristine white sand beach stretches for 12 km. You’ve been dreaming of a forgotten paradise ... Open your eyes! You're there!
In authentic Swahili style, Forodhani House is a large whitewashed building, whose truly stunning location lets you constantly be lulled by the lapping waves, and cooled by the gentle sea breeze which is so refreshing at these latitudes.
It is the ideal place to stay with family or friends (10 to 13 people).

Property Type

  • House
  • On floor 2
  • 300 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


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

      Onsite Services

      • Housekeeper Included
      • Concierge
      • Massage
      • Private Chef
      • Staff


      • Events Allowed
      • Long-Term Renters Welcome
      • Children Welcome
      • Pets Considered
      • Smoking Allowed
      • Wheelchair Accessible

      Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 10-13

      Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms, 5 Half Bathrooms


      • Books
      • DVD Player
      • Games
      • Satellite / Cable
      • Stereo
      • Television
      • Toys
      • VCR


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


      • Bay/Sound
      • Museums
      • Reefs
      • Restaurants

      Local Services & Businesses

      • ATM/Bank
      • Babysitter
      • Fitness Center
      • Groceries
      • Hospital
      • Massage Therapist
      • Medical Services

      Leisure Activities

      • Beachcombing
      • Bird Watching
      • Boating
      • Disco Club
      • Eco Tourism
      • Outlet Shopping
      • Sight Seeing
      • Walking
      • Water Sports
      • Whale Watching

      Location Type

      • Beach
      • Near The Ocean

      Sports & Adventure Activities

      • Deepsea Fishing
      • Fishing
      • Hiking
      • Pier Fishing
      • Sailing
      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
      • Snorkeling
      • Sound/Bay Fishing
      • Surf Fishing
      • Surfing
      • Swimming
      • Water Skiing
      • Water Tubing
      • Wind-Surfing


          • Shower


          • Child's Highchair
          • Dining Room


          • Clothes Dryer:

            Tumble driers at the disposal of all tenants...moreless

          • Computer Available
          • Fan
          • Internet
          • Iron & Board
          • Linens Provided
          • Living Room
          • Safe
          • Sunbed
          • Telephone
          • Towels Provided
          • Vacuum Cleaner
          • Washing Machine:

            Washing machines at the disposal of all tenants...moreless


          • 4 Ring Stove
          • Coffee Maker
          • Dishwasher
          • Freezer
          • Kettle
          • Kitchen
          • Microwave
          • Oven
          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Toaster


          • Balcony
          • Cellar
          • Courtyard
          • Deck / Patio
          • Garden Table & Chairs
          • Lawn / Garden:

            100 sqm / 1076 sqft...moreless

          • Outdoor Grill
          • Porch / Veranda

          Pool / Spa

              • Private Pool

              House Cleaning

                  • Housekeeper Included


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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  standard season S2-2014
                  Sep 6 - Dec 19, 2014
                  1 night min stay
                  xmas-nyear season 2014
                  Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
                  1 night min stay
                  standard season S1 2015
                  Jan 3 - Apr 30, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  low season
                  May 1 - Jun 30, 2015
                  1 night min stay
                  summer season
                  Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2015
                  1 night min stay
                  standard season S2 2015
                  Sep 1 - Dec 18, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  xmas-nyear 2015
                  Dec 19 - Jan 2, 2016
                  7 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  1 night min stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • No additional mandatory fees
                  • Taxes Not included


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                  25% deposit to book and the balance 3 months before arrival.

                  For xmas-nyear season, 50% unrefundable deposit to book and the balance 3 months before arrival.

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                  1 Kilometres
                  Nearest Airport
                  Lamu/Manda airport
                  1 Kilometres
                  Nearest Ferry
                  Mokowe Jetty
                  100 Metres
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  Peponi Restaurant
                  10 Metres
                  Nearest Beach
                  Shella Beach, at your feet

                  Car: Not Necessary

                  Forodhani House, on Lamu beach, is at a latitude of exactly 2° 17' 37.92'' South and a longitude of exactly 40° 54' 58.12'' East. You are therefore just below the equator.

                  The Lamu Archipelago is located 470 km southeast of Nairobi, in the Indian Ocean.

                  The easiest and fastest way to get there is by air. Several airlines serve Manda airport, which is located on the island just opposite the house.

                  From Nairobi the flight is only an hour, departing either from Jomo Kenyatta international airport (Fly 540), or from the domestic Wilson Airport (Air Kenya and Safari Link). There are several daily flights to Lamu.

                  Air Kenya


                  Safari Link


                  Fly 540


                  When you arrive at the airport, Nassir, the captain of the Beyonce Boat, will be there to meet you and take you across the channel of the Indian Ocean, and within minutes you will be at the jetty at the foot of the house.

                  Of course, it is possible to travel by car as far as Mokowe, where we can arrange to pick you up from the pier.

                  - A few dozen yards away, by the beach, you can choose to have a drink on the terrace of the very friendly and very popular Peponi, or refresh yourself with fruit juice cocktails and milkshakes prepared by our neighbour Tawfiq at Bahari, while chatting with fishermen and passers-by.

                  - Visit Shella Village and Lamu Old Town, which is classified by Unesco for its great cultural, historical and architectural interest. Don't miss it !

                  - Sail on authentic dhows around Lamu and in the Archipelago, with Captain Youssouf and his Hippo Dhow

                  - Snorkel on corals at Manda Toto or Kinika to see wonderful and colourful fishes of all sorts, or swim with the Dolphins which live there

                  - Kiting, wind-surfing or Water-skiing with Saadi in Shella or at Manda Bay Resort just accross the Lamu Channel

                  - Ask Carol at Peponi if you want to see Turtles giving birth to eggs on the beach or Babies Turtles having birth (depending on the season)

                  - Ask Nils (at Peponi) if you want to do some deepsea fishing (Espadon, barracuda, kingfish) or fishermen in the village for simple fishing, very intersting and very simply sucessful too

                  - Some interesting Shopping can be done in Shella (at Aman Shop with Sandy or at My Eyes Gallery with Daniela) or in Lamu Town (Blue Rhino or Gallery Baraka for example)


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2010

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english, french

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                  • Sea view

                    Sea view

                  • Dining room

                    Dining room

                  • Bedroom


                  • Terrace / Balcony

                    Terrace / Balcony

                  • Swimming pool

                    Swimming pool

                  • Swimming pool

                    Swimming pool

                  • Terrace / Balcony

                    Terrace / Balcony

                  • Aerial view

                    Aerial view

                  • Overview


                  • Living room

                    Living room

                  • Interior


                  • Sea view

                    Sea view

                  • Facade


                  • Beach view

                    Beach view

                  • Exterior


                  €400 - €1,200 per night (EUR)

                  5 Bedroom / 0.5+ Bathroom
                  Sleeps 13

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                  Minimum stay: 1-7 nights
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                  Member since: 2011
                  Speaks: english, french
                  • Calendar last updated: 09/21/2014
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