Jahazi House, Kizingoni Beach, Lamu Island, Kenya


This five bedroom property stands right on the edge of the Indian Ocean on two acres of garden. From the first floor makuti-covered veranda you can watch the dhows come and go, collecting sand and delivering coral blocks and fish.

The house is built of coral block plastered in the local neru finish, tinted a soft ochre yellow. Designed on traditional lines around an inner courtyard, which holds a very private swimming pool, cooling the public rooms and bedrooms.

On the ground floor there is a reception and dining area leading out to a wrap around front veranda, sitting right on the beach. The boat moorings are immediately in front. The four bedrooms are all accessed from the inner courtyard and are simply furnished with ensuite shower rooms and their own private verandas. The verandas have a workdesk, occasional table and chairs and a traditional Lamu day bed. There is a guest/pool changing room and a covered baraza area behind the pool that can also be used for sleeping.

The roof is one huge terrace, partially covered with makuti to provide a shaded bar, eating and sitting area. There is a separate small covered massage room with trellised walls at the back of the building.

The kitchen is separate and holds the water tanks and solar panels on the upper roof, plus staff rooms, wash rooms and store rooms.

The house is entirely self sufficient, the water tank is supplied by a fresh water well which is used for drinking and bathing, the energy supply is powered by solar panels and a windmill.

Frangipani, jasmine and lime trees have been planted in abundance around the house, which comes fully staffed with cook, room/table steward, laundress, boat captain and gardener.

The house is sold fully furnished by separate negotiation. There is a rental management company in place on the island which recieves strong demand, therefore creating an income during vacant periods.

Please be aware prices may vary due to fluctuations in the exchange rate

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