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Distinctive Ol Larashi Cottage - Fabulous Views Of Lake Naivasha & Mt Longonot

Overview

Property

Updated: 08-Apr-2016
Cottage in North Lake, Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Kenya - A Comfortable 'Home From Home' With Many Activities Available In The Vicinity

Ol Larashi cottage is situated on a 50 acre farm on Green Park estate, approximately 100kms from Nairobi - an easy 2 hour drive on tarmac until the last 12kms of all weather gravel road. At 7,000ft above sea level and only 50kms south of the Equator, we have 12 hours of daylight throughout the year. Warm days and crisp nights are enjoyed. Naivasha is a boom town in the Great Rift Valley, serving the burgeoning horticultural industry. There are several banks, supermarkets, small stores, a vegetable market, eating houses and petrol station as well as hospitals and pharmacies. Green Park is 25kms out of Naivasha on the North Lake Road which actually encircles the Lake - a distance of about 80kms. This fresh water Lake covers an area of about 40 sq miles and is surrounded by mountains forming the eastern and western walls of the Great Rift. The beautiful yellow barked fever trees (Acacia Xanthophlea) are the predominant trees forming woodlands around the Lake.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Susie and Tony were raised and educated in Kenya. Tony later served with the Rhodesian Police Force (BSAP) where there was much emphasis on equestrian excellence during training He returned to Kenya in 1964 when he managed a tea estate in the Highlands before changing career and going into tourism in 1969 He started Safaris Unlimited Africa in 1971, specialising in adventure expeditions, luxury camping and best known for pioneering long distance horseback safaris across the gamelands of Kenya He is a keen fly fisherman and enjoys tennis and golf Susie joined Tony at Safaris Unlimited in 1984 We enjoy travelling, visiting romantic and remote places such as Tibet, Namibia, Patagonia & North western frontier of Pakistan We are active environmentalists and live at Ol Larashi, Naivasha, Kenya.

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1 holidaymaker review

Nairobi, Kenya
5

Wonderful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

We visited between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2013, booked for three nights but loved it so much we extended our stay and saw in the new year there as well. The cottage is in the most stunning location, almost as soon as you arrive and see the view you know that you will be able to relax here. We went for the catered option and the food was magnificent - fresh, locally sourced, plentiful, good value, & well presented; dietary restrictions were also taken into consideration. Vincent, who looked after us, was five star.

There are many animals and our children (9 & 11 years) not only enjoyed the interaction with them but also learnt a lot, which was all relayed to us enthusiastically. Susie and Tony are wonderful hosts with huge experience of both animals and this area geogprahically, and really invested time and care in us as their guests. There were also a number of very thoughtful personal touches - one of many examples is that we had our new baby with us and they set up our room with a changing table and basin for bathing her.

We are so delighted to have found this oasis, and have no doubt whatsoever about visiting again as soon as we can.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Green Park airstrip at 2 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Great Rift Valley Golf Course at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A104 Nairobi-Nakuru at 12 Kilometres

Special interest holidays:

Horse riding on quiet Anglo-Somali ponies around 2,500 acre estate along cleared tracks with stunning views and occasional sightings of impala, zebra, waterbuck, eland & duiker.

Safaris - half & full day

1. Half day boat cruise on Lake Naivasha - fantastic birding only 7kms from Ol Larashi and hippo.

2. A full day safari to Hells Gate National Park with lunch at Elsamere, former home of Joy Adamson, followed by a bird cruise to view African fish eagles, kingfishers, jacana, pelicans and cormorants.

3. Day trip to Lake Nakuru National Park. One million Lesser flamingo inhabit this alkaline Lake and four of the Big Five can be seen here.

4. Day trip to Aberdare National Park, 90 minutes drive. Equatorial alpine vegetation, elephants, Cape buffalo, leopard, giant forest hog, reedbuck, waterbuck and bushbuck. Trout fishing in the crystal clear mountain streams and picnics beside the waterfalls at 10,000ft above sea level.

5. Other short trips can be undertaken.

Travel:

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi is 120kms to Green Park by road.

Green Park airstrip is 1.5kms.

Loldia Airstrip is 5kms away.

Car Hire essential. We can help with bookings for car hire and flights.

Distances:

Naivasha town - 25kms

Lake Naivasha - 5kms

Nakuru town - 80kms

Aberdare National Park - 70kms

Hells Gate National Park - 40kms

Further Details:

We also advertise our lovely Samawati House (KY2) on Owners Direct. A combination of Samawati House and Ol Larashi cottage make an ideal holiday in Kenya.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
On receipt of your enquiry email, we will inform you of availability. 50% deposit of total cost will confirm your booking. Balance due one month before occupation.

Changeover Day:
No specific changeover day. Arrival at Midday and departure by 10am.

Notes on prices:
£170 per night for the whole house sleeping 4 pax on a self catering basis.
We also offer full board - ask for a quote.
4x4 Safari equipped Landcruiser with professional safari guide/driver available on request.

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Facilities

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays

General

  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural

Attractions

  • forests
  • volcano

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • mountain biking

Bathrooms

  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Each bedroom has a spacious en suite bathroom with shower with large shower heads, loo and twin basins.

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Green bedroom with double bed, chaise longue, dressing table and wardrobe. Yellow bedroom with twin Swahili carved wooden beds, armchair, dressing table and wardrobe. Both bedrooms have their own en suite bathrooms.

Outside

  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • Outside: The Verandah is divided between an enclosed area with fireplace, sofa and armchair, and large sliding glass door leading to the open furnished verandah, much enjoyed in the warm months. Both areas have ample seating and the views are unsurpassable. An ambiance of relaxation and quiet privacy is found here. Tony and Susie's home - Ol Larashi House - and Ol Larashi cottage are situated on a 50 acre farm. Farm animals include 4 horses, a dairy cow, half a dozen Dorper sheep, geese, ducks and chickens. We have a vegetable garden which provides produce in season to be enjoyed by our visitors. Mature Leleshwa, Cedar, Podo and Croton trees surround the home area as well as Kikuyu grass lawns, rockeries and flower beds. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All linen and towels supplied and changed when required. A cook/house steward will be on hand all day and the gardener to tend the lawns and plants as well as car washing when needed. Other: The Verandah is an enclosed area with fireplace, sofa and armchair. Large sliding glass doors lead on to the patio with stunning 180 degree views of the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, the Aberdare mountains and the Mau range to the west.

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