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Beatiful villa near beach in 2 Acres With Pool, BBQ, Sundowner terrace and wifi

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House near Watamu Marine Reserve, Kenya Coast - Peaceful Location, 7 Minute Walk To Beach. Water Sports, Fishing, Safari, Forest Walks Etc

Considered to be one of the most beautiful houses in Watamu, Jonjoloka (Gekko) House was built in 2008 and is in Watamu close to Mida Creek. Set in 2 acres of tropical gardens, palms and bush it has 3 large bedrooms, all fan cooled, with option of further sleeping accommodation for 2 under makuti roof where there is also a toilet, sink and mosquito nets. Fully equipped kitchen with Canoe bar and BBQ, 'sundowner' roof terrace, swimming pool and sun terrace. Wifi is available. The house has 2 friendly, helpful staff and a Massai night security guard. It is also protected by WAC (Watamu Against Crime) patrols. You are a 7 minute stroll from one of the worlds most beautiful beaches on the Watamu Marine Reserve with coral reefs and 10 minutes from famous Mida Creek. Watamu village is 10 minutes away with banks and shops etc. Local transport (taxi or tuk tuk) is cheaply available if needed. Local restaurants, bars and hotels sell international and local cuisine overlooking the Indian Ocean. Tsavo game park is 2.5 hours away. Locally, game fishing, water sports, forest and nature walks, riding etc are available.

Martin Holloway
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Martin Holloway

My wife and I live in the UK where I am a professional musician. We first visited Watamu 15 years ago and fell in love with the lovely atmosphere, amazing beaches, warm seas, water sports and safaris. We then visited usually twice a year for some years before buying land and, after much research, building our dream house which we very much consider to be our home when we are able to be there. We were helped in the design of the house and pool by a celebrated local artist and sculptor and we like to think that influence comes through in the warm, comfortable feel of the house whilst retaining strong African influence. The house is managed locally when we are not there so there is always someone on hand to deal with issues or problems though we welcome queries and observations.

Martin Holloway purchased this house in 2008

Why Martin Holloway chose Watamu

Watamu is a truly captivating place with a great atmosphere, friendly locals and spectacular palm fringed beaches and seas dotted with coral reefs. You may fish for Marlin and Sailfish, snorkel, dive, go dolphin watching, take a slow dhow trip up the creek or enjoy various water sports. If you prefer land based activity then riding, walks in the Skoke forest and the Gedi ruins are all close by and the Tsavo game park is just two and a half hours away. Local good quality hotels are open for beach side drinks and meals beside the Indian Ocean or you may prefer a local meal and drink in one of the local bars in the village. Though it retains a local feel, Watamu is easily accessed from Malindi or Mombasa airports which connect daily to Nairobi.

What makes this house unique

Jonjoloka House offers privacy in a beautiful environment whilst only being a few minutes drive from the village and a stroll away from the beaches. The staff will take care of all the cleaning, washing and clearing up whilst you enjoy your holiday.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house at the Watamu, Kenya

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WCs
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Toilet 2 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • All bathrooms comprise walk-in 'pod' style designer showers constructed in nero plaster, toilet and sinks crafted from terrazo. Bedroom 1 has a double sink and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3/4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The 3 main Bedrooms are very large and fan cooled. 2 double and 1 twin all fully en-suite. There is further en-suite sleeping space in upstairs room under the cool makuti roof. Plenty of wardrobe space. All rooms have mossi nets and walk straight out onto terraces
  • Books ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: The house takes it's name from the local tribal name for Gekko. The accommodation has very large rooms and very large beds locally made and hand carved. The floating staircase which was designed by local artist and sculpter, Andrew McNaughton, features neam wood banisters and rails. The pool is designed in margins to allow you to lie or sit in areas of it as well as having a 2 meter deep end. A bird bath encourages many beautiful local birds and Sykes monkeys are occasional visitors. Good wifi connection available. Though the area is considered safe, in addition to the night guard we are members of WAC (Watamu Against Crime) which provides a 24 hour armed response. This is advertised on the entrance gates an additional deterent. Outside: The grounds are partly maintained as garden with local tropical and indigenous plants and trees and partly kept as 'bush' encouraging local exotic birdlife. There are a number of palms and other indigenous flora including small Baobob trees. The private pool surround has sunbeds and mattresses and a shower. The BBQ is brick built and a local man will deliver fish, prawns, squid etc. Utility Room: Washing machine is in a separate undercover area outside where staff will wash and dry your clothes and bedding. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All towels and linen are provided and the house is cleaned daily by the staff, Paul and Francis. Bedlinen and towels will be washed on reasonable request. Beds are made and turned down by staff. A cook can be arranged for an additional cost if needed. Other: The 'sundowner' roof terrace equipped with built in seating and mattresses is the perfect spot for the early evening overlooking the pool area and grounds. There is a toilet and fridge here. The hallway has a 'floating' staircase with natural wood rails.


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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Many local bars
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
Watamu Marine Reserve


The beach is a 7 minute walk from the house. It is a long, white sand, palm fringed beach stretching for miles with Coral reefs just offshore. Warm shallow waters leave long sandbanks to walk out to at low tide.

Boat trips go to the Coral Gardens.There are a wide choice of local restaurants and hotels nearer the village serving international and local dishes also 4 banks with ATMs and 2 supermarkets plus local dukas (shops) selling local produce and safaris.


Mombasa Airport to Watamu is 120km on a decent road and takes around 2 hours. Malindi airport currently has flights from Nairobi with 3 airlines and is about a 25 minutes drive from Watamu. A taxi from here should cost around £15-16.

Local car hire is available at around £15-20 per day. We can supply details if required.


Watamu Village is about 10 minutes by car or Tuk Tuk (around £2) or a 1 hour long steady walk along the beach. Other restaurants and hotels such as Pilipan, Ocean Sports, Turtle Bay and Hemmingways where diving, snorkeling, game fishing, kite surfing and paddleboarding etc can be arranged and meals and drinks purchased are on route.

Short Beach at the entrance to Mida Creek is a 15 minute stroll. Beautiful Dhow dinner and sundowner cruises are available

Further Details:

The owners have 20 years experience of Watamu and can advise you on most aspects and requirements.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house at the Watamu, Kenya

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
26 Apr 2017 - 21 Oct 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit is required on booking with the balance paid 3 weeks before departure by bank transfer or cheque. We do not accept credit card payment.
A further refundable breakage allowance of £100 applies to all rates.

Changeover Day:
Please contact owner.

Notes on prices:
Prices for Christmas and New Year available on request. Please contact the owners with any queries.
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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