Indian Ocean Beach House at Msambweni, Nr. Diani, Kenya
South Coast Beach House, Indian Ocean Family Holiday Home Featured In "Safari Style", Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms)
Simple Swahili-style beach house set in 7 acres of coconut palm groves and indigenous forest directly on the Indian Ocean. The 4-bedroom house is double-storey and airy taking full advantage of coastal breezes. The house is just 20 metres from the empty white sandy beach where local fishermen still moor their dug-out tri-maran sailing boats. Msambweni beach is famous for its tranquility and laid-back family atmosphere. Here holiday houses have not been an intrusion but have fitted into the life of the local fishing community which continues in much the same way as it did a hundred years ago. With this goes easy access to coral reefs and low key fishing trips but with the high excitement of top class deep sea fishing in the Pemba channel within easy reach. The adrenaline kicks of kite-surfing, scuba-diving, wind-surfing and wake-boarding can be found just a short drive away in Diani along with conveniences such as supermarkets and banks.
|Rental Period||Per Night||Per Week||Per Month||Min. Stay (Nights)|
|11 January 2012 - 23 March 2012||GBP 140.00||5|
|21 March 2012 - 18 April 2012||GBP 170.00||5|
|18 April 2012 - 12 December 2012||GBP 140.00||5|
|12 December 2012 - 13 January 2013||GBP 170.00||5|
Notes on prices
Prices are for the property per night in UK pounds.
Bedroom 1: large antique double bed + single bed.
Bedroom 2: twin antique Lamu single beds.
Bedroom 3: large hand-carved double bed + single Lamu bed.
Bedroom 4: twin Zanzibari beds. All bedrooms have built-in cupboards, mosquito nets and fans.
All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with shower, basin and flush toilet.
Kitchen comes with experienced seafood chef, gas/electric cooker, large fridge, smaller drinks fridge, and food store. Fresh fruit and fish brought to the door on a daily basis.
Laundry is done by hand by 2 additional house-staff.
Double-height dining area leading onto downstairs sitting room with fully-opening Zanzibari doors. Fantastically relaxed and comfortable upstairs veranda.
Sunbeds to roll out under the dappled shade of the coconut trees.
House is fully equipped with linen, towels and three house staff who will cook, clean and launder for you. Sheets and towels changed on request.
Fridge HobStove Oven
Important notes on accommodation
Featured in Tim Beddows' 'Safari Style' the beach house is not only beautifully designed but also perfectly relaxing and comfortable to live in. Simple, natural Swahili-style architecture. Spacious rooms with louvre-shuttered windows, positioned and designed to catch the sea breeze.
About the area
Not suitable for people with mobility problems.
7 acres of gardens with natural indigenous forest on the upper level of the property. The house is sited in the coconut grove on the lower level of the property which stretches right onto the beach.
The house is just 20 metres from the empty white sandy beach where local fishermen still moor their dug-out tri-maran sailing boats. Excellent beach and reef-walking, ocean swimming, easy access to snorkelling reefs. 10kms to Kisiti Marine Park and the excellent Shimoni deep sea fishing. Beautiful 1 hour drive up to the Shimba Hills National Park with its elephants, roan and sable antelopes.
How to get there
70km coastal drive to Mombasa International airport. Ukunda airstrip (with Daily flights to and from Nairobi, Malindi and Lamu on Air Kenya and Safarilink) is 25km away. Car hire is highly recommended and easily arranged from Mombasa or Diani.
Mombasa 70km. Diani 25km. Lunga Lunga (Tanzanian border) 40km. Shimba Hills 15km. Shimoni 30km. Msambweni, a traditional African village, where very basic supplies can be bought, is 4 kilometres from the beach house.
Diani beach shopping centre has 2 large supermarkets, representatives of all major banks, boutiques, greengrocer, restaurants, night-clubs, water-sports clubs and a fully-equipped modern hospital.
Booking by email direct with the owners. Deposit of 50% required on confirmation of booking with balance payable 2 weeks before commencement of rental period.
"The best Indian Ocean mangrove crab I've ever eaten."
"Sited hump-back whales from the veranda through binoculars this morning."
"..fantastic day sailing and snorkeling off Captain Ali's dhow - loved the lantern rig...and we dropped in on whale sharks!"
About the Owner
Owned by an English-Kenyan family who fell in love with this pristine beach which has miraculously managed to escape the rampant development that has overtaken much of the Kenyan coast.
Year property purchased: 1980's
Why this location?
The owners bought land at Msambweni in the early 1980s after having almost accidentally stumbled upon Msambweni beach and been captivated by its unspoilt timelessness. Having spent many months getting to know the area, its winds and seasons they designed and built Swali house with a simplicity and sensitivity to local architectural styles that earned the house a chapter in Tim Beddows' book "Safari Style".
What are the unique benefits of the property?
Msambweni beach is famous for its tranquility and laid-back family atmosphere. Here holiday houses have not been an intrusion but have fitted into the life of the local fishing community which continues in much the same way as it did a hundred years ago. With this goes easy access to coral reefs and low key fishing trips but with the high excitement of top class deep sea fishing in the Pemba channel within easy reach. Here, record-breaking marlin, sailfish and broadbills are regularly tagged and released. The adrenaline kicks of kite-surfing, scuba-diving, wind-surfing and wake-boarding can be found just a short drive away in Diani.
For booking and further information
Send an enquiry to the owner
Property Ref KY25
(KENYA) +254 733747848
Alternate Contact Details:
((KENYA) +254 722790107)
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