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Kisimani Hse Zidaka bedroom ensuite

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The Zidaka bedroom is the original ground floor of the house with beautifully carved plaster works. There is a comfortable double bed with fan inside the net and 2 day beds on courtyard terrace. Ensuite shower (no hot water) & WC.

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Along with your own large private room and veranda (each room occupies an entire floor level), there is a further 'public' terrace on the first floor. Adjacent to this is a well appointed kitchen. This open area is shaded by a flowering pergola with central dining table and is surrounded by cushion strewn seating. Like the rest of the house this terrace flows around the open courtyard below; creating a fine blend of space and privacy.
The kitchen is there for your use. You can keep your drinks cold, make tea or conjure up an entire meal. Fred can help you prepare ingredients and do the washing up (hooray)! More about Fred below.
Kisimani house is architecturally interesting. Dating to the 18 century the original two floors followed the traditional Swahili courtyard style and have massive walls. These (coral-rag) walls were plastered and the surface incised with fine geometric carvings (photos). This lends a delicate balance to the courtyard entrance and the Harem quarters (Zidaka room).
Access to the street (a passageway) is through a single heavy wooden door. This same carved doorway seals you from the outside world and provides the house with solid security.
We have added a further two floor-levels to Kisimani, also in keeping with the original Swahili style. In total there are four floor levels; each one with its own (en-suite) bedroom apartment. Stairway access to each floor is achieved without passing through others private space. Finally, at the very top of the house (a 5th floor!) there is an open 'moon-deck' terrace, accessible to all. It is a magic spot and will let you discover the wonderment for yourselves........

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See also 'The Space' above.
All guests have access to the following:
*Ground-floor Entrance Hallway and outside 'Baraza'. A good place to sit and bargain with the captain about a boat trip or the fresh red-snapper on offer at the door.
*Ground-floor Open Courtyard area, for a look at the carved plasterwork, decorative niches and the two Turtle Zidakas (rarely found elsewhere).
* The 1st floor 'Dining' or Games-room, rarely used unless it happens to rain!
* The 1st floor dining terrace and kitchen area (see 'spaces' above).
* The 1st floor Kitchen. A well laid out covered space with food preparation areas, gas stove (with oven), fridge, bottle cooler, sink, toaster, coffee (expresso) maker, teapots, mugs, wine-glasses, plates, cutlery; and most importantly, Fred! (see 'interaction' below).
* The 1st-floor Office and Baraza area designated to meetings with 'important' local visitors invited inside the house (a traditional formal seating area at the top of the stairs).
* The 5th-floor Terrace: Open-to-sky; for sundowners, stargazing, yoga, watching the dhows sailing the channel, the changing light, and the goings-on in the village around you below. There is always something! A Pimm's up there (6pm-ish) tastes particularly good.
*Kisimani is a large house with a vertical courtyard creating an unusual sense of space, both within and beyond its walls. It’s a fabulous house, but be warned; if you have dodgy knees (there is no elevator) book the lower rooms!

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Note: You will probably be flying to Lamu. See 'Getting Around' (below) for how to get from Manda airstrip to the house.
Tip: Leave your wardrobe behind. Bring hat, shades, swimwear, a kikoi (sarong), flip-flops and a few cotton shirts.
Tip: Use your weight allowance instead to bring a few bottles of wine, spirits, cheese, bacon and ground coffee. These items are not available (or expensive) locally. Bread, eggs, tea, fruit, vegetables, rice, fresh fish, beers and sodas (normally) are.
Note: The house has no wifi but there is good 3G signal so your smartphones will work. Alternatively there are internet cafes available close by.
Tip: Bring a (head) torch in case of a power-cut (it can happen).
Tip: Cover-up when outside the house. The locals will respect you for it (and it stops you turning into a lobster).
Tip: If heading to the beach leave the electronics behind (water, heat, sand = bad). Take some water and your hat. If you want a good walk do so when the tide is out and there are miles of hard sand.
Tip: It is not advisable for ladies to walk out alone too far along the beach (ie beyond sight of the last person).
Tip: If you want to explore by boat, or go fishing, it is always best to negotiate the price beforehand. Fred can direct you to reliable boatmen.
Tip: Nearby Peponi Hotel offers speedboat hire,sailing dingys, windsurfing, goggling, scuba, fishing trips, etc at professional rates. Enquire at their office for excursions and current rates.
Tip: Peponi's has a wonderful outdoor grill and drinks terrace if you need a change of scene. There are also half a dozen good local restaurants in the village and along the sea front.
Tip: Lamu town makes for a fascinating visit. It takes some 40 minutes on foot; just follow the seafront. Otherwise the Peponi dhow leaves from the jetty a 9am daily to Lamu town. It returns from there at precisely midday.
It's a public ferry and does not cost much. Pay after boarding.
Tip: If time allows there are some truly extraordinary islands and channels to discover in the larger archipelago. Do your research, ask at Peponi's or write to us on this if you like.
The Zidaka bedroom is the original ground floor of the house with beautifully carved plaster works. There is a comfortable double bed with fan inside the net and 2 day beds on courtyard terrace. Ensuite shower (no hot water) & WC.

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Along with your own large private room and veranda (each room occupies an entire floor level), there is a further 'public' terrace on the first floor. Adjacent…
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Shela is a small fishing village laced with winding passageways. It is a fascinating place with friendly folk, donkey traffic and as much fresh seafood as one could wish for. Don't expect some whitewashed Idyll; it's a lot more interesting than that! Everywhere you look there is another cameo of village life and chances are you will soon be lost. Just ask and they will point you back towards Kisimani.
Most of the local shops and eateries are to be found along the village seafront. The sand beach starts from the small jetty and continues uninterrupted for 9 kilometres. It is a wide stretch of sand flanked by dunes all the way. There are no 'resorts' or structures anywhere; just Mother Nature at her best.
The beach itself shelves gently into the ocean, it has to be one of the worlds most perfect beaches.
Shela is a small fishing village laced with winding passageways. It is a fascinating place with friendly folk, donkey traffic and as much fresh seafood as one could wish for. Don't expect some whitewashed Idyll…

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The de Boers are a family of four. We live in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi. Husband Rob is the builder in the family, mama Fi(ona) has green fingers, daughter Jess is a qualified eco-warrior & son Alan works as an Aquaculturalist. As a family one of our favorite things is to be on safari in Africa. Rob & the kids head off on their motor bikes whenever possible. Jess & Al mountain bike, kite surf and more. We play tennis & walk lots, We like to be fit ! We bought the Barn in 1979 and slowly converted it to its present state. We believe we are very lucky to have this unique location & we hope that anyone staying there will enjoy this lovely space with its fine views of rolling unspoiled countryside that remain to this day.....happily, remarkably, still unchanged ! We then left France for a while. Later we acquired another ruin, this time on the Island of Lamu (off the Kenya coast.) The remains of an 18thC Swahili house, It is now an extraordinary house, beyond the scope of this remit (but if you want to rent something truly exotic....... contact herewith). The Barn is now long since finished and we go there when we can and rent it when we can't. We love it there and it's part of the family. You will too, Welcome.
The de Boers are a family of four. We live in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi. Husband Rob is the builder in the family, mama Fi(ona) has green fingers, daughter Jess is a qualified e…
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At last; Fred... (your host).... (we live in Nairobi). He is your Major-Domo, speaks reasonable English and takes the Kisimani experience to it's final level. He is a good, honest soul who will cheerfully do whatever you ask. Laundry, shopping, dhow-trips (additional charges apply), etc. He makes the beds, lowers the nets, changes the towels, can bring you morning tea on your veranda, will help you prepare the meals (he can even cook simple swahili seafood if time allows), and generally keeps you and the house organised.
So, when you arrive discuss your menu preferences, give him a cash 'float' and let him shop for it. The amount depends on how long you are staying.
He will then keep account of this and let you know if/when he runs out. You may also want to prepare your own meals or choose to eat out.
Feel free to leave him a tip commensurate with the help provided.
At last; Fred... (your host).... (we live in Nairobi). He is your Major-Domo, speaks reasonable English and takes the Kisimani experience to it's final level. He is a good, honest…
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