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Affordable Luxury on Kenya's Southern Coast

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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

A message from the owners: Dear visitors – We have decided, with regret, to sell Topi Villa so we can spend more time with our children in the USA. The asking price is £160,000, including all furnishings. We have taken the house off the rental market while it is up for sale.
If you would like to learn more, please contact us at bernard.rivers@gmail.com. If you would like to view the house, we can introduce you to our Diani agent, Anke Wulff (who speaks English and German), or you can contact her directly at fairdiani@wananchi.com and +254 (0)722 412 226. Feel free to pass the word to anyone who might be interested.
The sale price includes everything you could want for luxurious living. The house includes two large bedrooms, each with a double bed, a day bed or sofa, and an en-suite bathroom; a large shady living area with sofas, armchairs and low tables; a dining area with seating for six; a large modern fully-equipped kitchen with a five-ring two-oven imported Italian stove and an extra-large refrigerator; a pantry; a dhobi/laundry room; a guest bathroom and a store room off the ground-floor hallway; a very large gallery upstairs with a double bed, two single beds, a lounge/TV area and a half-bathroom; and a balcony that can be used as a work area or an additional lounge area. One bedroom has air conditioning, and there are two ceiling fans and several movable floor fans. Even without these, all the rooms remain relatively cool in the hottest weather due to the thatched roof and the sea breezes.
The house comes with a complete set of high quality furnishings, appliances and kitchenware, several items of original artwork, plentiful bed linens, two TVs (one with satellite feed), two DVD players, a wireless internet router, a safe, and an extensive library of Africa-themed books.
The house has a large private pool (10x6 metres) with a poolside bar, a poolside shower, and eight sunbeds. The pool has gentle steps in rather than a ladder. The pool is assured of privacy as it is not overlooked from neighbouring properties.
All of this comes within a well-maintained half-acre mature tropical garden with grass, flowers, vegetables, and trees producing coconuts, bananas, papayas and (soon) lemons and limes. We never tire of watching the colourful birds eating the birdseed we put out near the dining area.
There is parking space for three cars (one shaded) and staff quarters for one. The house stands in a secure gated compound containing no other houses, within a larger gated development.
The house has been consistently maintained to a very high standard. The new owner will be able to choose between keeping the house completely private, and renting it out for paying visitors from Europe and Nairobi (as we have done) whenever desired.
Galu Beach is a leisurely 10 minutes' walk away; it has stunning white sand and palm trees, with a live coral reef offshore. It is a continuation south of Diani Beach, the main tourist destination on the coast south of Mombasa. The two beaches together are over 12 kilometres long.
Topi Villa has two excellent and totally dependable staff: Matano, the cook/housekeeper (who is a professionally trained cook), and Wicky, who looks after the pool and garden. Both have been with the house for over a decade and will be available for continued employment if desired. In addition we have a contract with a security company which provides night and weekend guards.
Topi Villa is 35 km South of Mombasa. Within a 15 minute drive from the house you can reach several supermarkets, multiple restaurants and beach-side bars, Diani (Ukunda) Airfield for direct flights to Nairobi, Mombasa and national parks, and more.
Topi Villa offers three main forms of holiday activity. First, leisurely poolside living, perfect for the youngest child to the oldest adult. (Some guests don't leave the property for days!) Second, walking, jogging, swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kite-surfing, dhow trips, and of course eating and drinking on and next to Galu Beach and the adjoining Diani beach, which between them provide many kilometres of continuous and stunning white coral sand and palm trees. And third, 'safari' visits of one to four days to Kenya's national parks for game viewing. Shimba Hills national park and elephant sanctuary are a one-hour drive away; Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks are a 3-hours’ drive; and Masai Mara national park is served daily by light aircraft. Leisure Lodge Club (an 18 hole, par 72 golf course) is just 15 minutes away by car, and visitors are welcomed. See www.golfinginkenya.com/primary/introduction.htm.
Many airlines fly from Europe to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). At least two fly from JKIA to Mombasa. (See www.kenya-airways.com and www.fly540.com.) And two fly from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Diani (Ukunda) Airfield. (See www.flysafarilink.com and www.airkenya.com.) In addition, nonstop scheduled and charter flights are available from Europe to Mombasa.
Taxi to Topi Villa from Mombasa Airport or Diani (Ukunda) Airfield can easily be arranged. Public minibuses and car rentals are also available.
The owners are Bernard Rivers (UK citizen) and Karen Rothmyer Rivers (US citizen). We retired in 2012 after working for many years in Kenya, and we have divided our time between Topi Villa and the USA. The best way to reach us is by emailing Bernard at bernard.rivers@gmail.com. If you prefer to phone, Bernard’s US number is +1-518-239-4598; any voice mail message will be automatically forwarded to Bernard by email, and he will reply promptly from wherever he is at the time.
For a great satellite view of house and beach, see https://www.google.com/maps/place/4%C2%B021%2715.9%22S+39%C2%B033%2721.9%22E/@-4.35471,39.55975,1027m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0. The house is immediately below the pointer.

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Property Type

  • Villa
  • 280 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9, Beds for 9

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    A/C, en suite bathroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

    fan, en suite bathroom....moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    in upper gallery. En suite bathroom....moreless

  • All beds and the TV area upstairs have their own fitted mosquito nets, and fans are provided in each room. Air conditioning is provided in Bedroom 1, but the entire house is relatively cool thanks to the thatched roof and the coastal breezes that maintain inside temperature between 25 and 29 degrees centigrade at the hottest time of the year. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    en suite....moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    en suite....moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    upstairs, for use by those sleeping in upper gallery....moreless

  • Bathroom 4: toilet, shower

    located off the downstairs hall, for use by all...moreless

  • The bathroom for Bedroom 1 is particularly spacious.

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A large library of books...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Upstairs TV has satellite access...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Two televisions, one upstairs and one in Bedroom 1...moreless

  • Video Library

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

Attractions

  • Reefs
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Paragliding
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    Wireless Internet provided in 2013. ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Covered parking for one car; non-covered parking for two extra cars....moreless

  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Wide variety....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    In 2011, the kitchen was doubled in size and completely modernised....moreless

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Golf:

    Golf available 10 minutes away....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included

Property Descriptor

  • Detached
 

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  • Taxes Not included

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You will be asked to pay 50% of the rental cost once you've signed a simple contract, and the remaining 50% by 30 days before you arrive at Topi Villa.


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Location

48 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Moi International Airport, Mombasa,
10 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Diani Leisure Lodge
35 Kilometres
Nearest Train
Mombasa
600 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Almanara
600 Metres
Nearest Beach
Galu Beach (a continuation of Diani Beach)

Car: Not Necessary

Topi Villa is located 35kms south of Mombasa, approximately one and half hours by taxi from Mombasa airport (including ferry time) and ten minutes from Diani (Ukunda) Airfield. Taxi from either can be arranged. Galu Beach is a leisurely 10 minutes' walk away - a stunning white coral sand beach with a live coral reef 400m offshore. Galu Beach is a continuation south of Diani Beach, the main tourist destination on the coast south of Mombasa. The Galu and Diani beach tourist areas have a good choice of restaurants and beach bars and many of the major hotels welcome non-resident diners. The National Parks of Tsavo East and West are a 3 hour drive away, and the Shimba Hills park and elephant sanctuary are a 1 hour drive away. Mombasa 'old town' (a heritage site) is one hour away by car. Note: For a great satellite view of house and beach, see https://www.google.com/maps/place/4%C2%B021%2715.9%22S+39%C2%B033%2721.9%22E/@-4.35471,39.55975,1027m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0. The house is immediately below the pointer.

Other Activities: Use Topi Villa as a base at the coast from which to head off for safaris into the Shimba hills and the National Parks of Tsavo East and West.

 

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Speaks: english
 

Photos

  • Topi Villa - house and pool

    Topi Villa - house and pool

  • Pool and bar, late afternoon

    Pool and bar, late afternoon

  • Another beach scene, 10 minutes' walk from Topi Villa

    Another beach scene, 10 minutes' walk from Topi Villa

  • Dining area

    Dining area

  • Pantry

    Pantry

  • Master bedroom

    Master bedroom

  • Master bedroom's bathroom

    Master bedroom's bathroom

  • Second bedroom's sitting area

    Second bedroom's sitting area

  • Double bed in upstairs gallery

    Double bed in upstairs gallery

  • The front path

    The front path

  • The balcony work area

    The balcony work area

  • A corner of the garden, including one of many lemon and lime trees

    A corner of the garden, including one of many lemon and lime trees

  • The outdoor bar

    The outdoor bar

  • Galu Beach, 10 minutes' walk from Topi Villa

    Galu Beach, 10 minutes' walk from Topi Villa

  • Living area

    Living area

  • Matano in new kitchen, which has a 2-oven cooker and (not shown) a huge fridge

    Matano in new kitchen, which has a 2-oven cooker and (not shown) a huge fridge

  • Dhobi (laundry) room

    Dhobi (laundry) room

  • Master bedroom's sitting area

    Master bedroom's sitting area

  • Second bedroom

    Second bedroom

  • Upstairs gallery's TV-viewing area

    Upstairs gallery's TV-viewing area

  • Staff quarters and carport

    Staff quarters and carport

  • An original painting (from Zanzibar) in the entrance hallway

    An original painting (from Zanzibar) in the entrance hallway

  • The pool as seen from the balcony work area

    The pool as seen from the balcony work area

  • Birds feeding between the dining table and the pool

    Birds feeding between the dining table and the pool

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  • Reviews
  • Sleeps
    9
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3.5
  • Property type
    Villa
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Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
  • Calendar last updated 02/06/2015
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