The SpaceWelcome home! Your perfect home away from home for long or short-term rental! This is a charming bungalow, which I purchased in 2012 and renovated to comprise ensuite bedrooms with all new fixtures. The home boasts a mature garden with flowering plants. Each of the two en-suite bedrooms comfortably fits 2 people, each has a Queen-size bed and ample closet space. The bungalow is fully serviced, with 3 full-time staff.
The smart TV is wifi enabled. There is also an HDMI cable for streaming from a laptop. If you stream from an iPad, you’ll need to download Samsung TV Media Player HD (ZappoTV). Netflix is now available in Kenya! Sign into your account or sign up for a minimal monthly fee. The basic DSTv (cable) bouquet is available, and guests can upgrade at their own cost. There are hundreds of DVDs, help yourselves, but please treat with care and return to the same place.
Lights and hot water are all powered by solar. Power during blackouts is ensured by a backup inverter.
The house has been renovated with special touches, such as natural mazeras stone floors (bathrooms and kitchen), hardwood flooring in living and dining area, and Kitengela hand-crafted glass sinks and accents throughout.
Monthly/long-term rental includes:
3 full-time staff, electricity, water, security (incl. alarm, dogs and the community gate), high-speed internet, weekly rubbish collection. You will be responsible for replenishing the cooking gas and cleaning supplies as needed. Guest AccessSince the house is rented while I am away, guests will have access to the entire house and gardens, which includes a large gourmet kitchen, dining and living rooms (w/fireplace), central courtyard (with gas BBQ) and two large dining terraces/veranda. There is an extensive book and DVD library, which you are welcome to enjoy – we only ask that you treat them with care and return them where you found them! There are two spacious ensuite bedrooms, but the 3rd (my) bedroom remains locked. Interaction with GuestsI currently divide my time between Nairobi, Dakar, and New York, and my daughter is living in New York. In our absence, the house is well cared for by my dedicated and long-serving staff of three:
Too, gardener/handyman; and
Mbithe, housekeeper - and her two young daughters Abby and Alina.
They all live on the property in a separate house at the top of the compound, and are on hand for any assistance guests may require.
Mbithe cleans and dusts the house daily - please let her know if you wish to not be disturbed.
In case of anything, I am only an email or sms message away! Mbithe and Too also use email, and are in regular contact with me. The NeighborhoodThe house is just minutes away from The Hub, Nairobi's newest (and second largest) mall – offering a dazzling array of retail and entertainment set on 20 acres with a 22,000 sq ft piazza, lake and children's play area! The French retail giant Carrefour has opened a 6,000 sq ft supermarket at the mall.
Just beyond The Hub, at the Karen shopping centre are more supermarkets (Nakumatt, KPS and Chandarana), banks, post office, specialty shops, and salons. There are numerous excellent restaurants and bars in the area, including Dari, J's, Eataly, Qué Pasa, Tamambo/Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Open House, Purdy Arms, Haru Japanese, Talisman and others.
Nearby attractions include: Nairobi National Park (and Safari Walk), Bomas of Kenya, Giraffe Centre, Mamba Village (crocodile Farm), Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, the Ngong Hills and the Great Rift Valley. Getting AroundArriving at JKIA, it is best to take a taxi to Karen, which runs bet. Kshs 2,500 and 3,000 (US$30-35). In and around Nairobi, public transport is complicated at best; taxis provide a reliable (if not slightly costly) alternative. Within Karen, there is easy public transport from nearby the house to the Karen shopping centre. The new Southern Bypasses enable quick access to Lang'ata Road, as well as Runda, Gigiri and Lavington, Westlands/Waiyaki Way. The smartphone riding service, Über, is also now available in Kenya! Other Things to NoteMonthly/long-term rental includes: 3 full-time staff, electricity, water, security (incl. alarm, dogs and the community gate), high-speed internet, weekly rubbish collection. You will be responsible for replenishing the cooking gas and cleaning materials as needed (eg. soaps, detergent, toilet paper etc...)
If you need laundry done, including sheets and towels, please let Mbithe know and she will do it - the machine is quirky and she understands it best! Please indicate if you need anything ironed.
Mbithe's responsibilities include housekeeping and management; if you would like her to cook (she recently completed cooking classes) or babysit, this can be arranged at an extra cost that you can negotiate with her directly.
If you need firewood, please ask Too!
Isaya, the watchman, is strict with his working hours: 6pm-6am. If you are leaving to catch a flight in the wee hours of the morning, or just after 6am, please let him know. During the day, Too is in charge of opening/closing the gate (just hoot when you are leaving!).
If you have enjoyed your stay and the staff have been helpful, please consider offering them something extra when you leave, or small gifts for the girls, Abby and Alina.