AFFORDABLE LUXURY ON KENYA'S SOUTHERN COAST

Bernard Rivers and Karen Rothmyer Rivers

Speaks english
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights

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Bernard Rivers and Karen Rothmyer Rivers

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AFFORDABLE LUXURY ON KENYA'S SOUTHERN COAST

Kenya Coast Villa Rental Photos and Description

2 double bedrooms w/ en-suite bathrooms plus 1 double and 2 single beds upstairs

Topi Villa is just a ten-minute stroll from 12 kilometres of stunning Indian Ocean beach. The house stands in a secure gated compound containing no other houses, within a larger development. The house has a half acre of mature tropical garden with a private swimming pool, a poolside bar, and a large shady veranda with sofas, armchairs, a dining area and an overhead fan. The accommodation downstairs comprises two main bedrooms (each with a double bed and its own bathroom), plus large modern kitchen, hallway and guest bathroom. One bedroom has air conditioning, and the other has a floor fan and a day bed suitable for a child. Upstairs, there is a very large gallery with a double bed, two single beds, a lounge/TV area and a bathroom. Thus, the villa will sleep 3 couples plus two children, with a day bed for a third child. All the rooms remain relatively cool in the hottest weather due to the thatched roof and the sea breezes. You can contact the owner via this site, or directly by email to Bernard.Rivers@Gmail.com.

Things to do: Topi Villa offers three main forms of holiday activity. First, leisurely poolside living, perfect for the youngest child to the oldest adult. (Some guests don't leave the property for days!) Second, walking, jogging, swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kite-surfing, dhow trips, and of course eating and drinking on and next to Galu Beach and the adjoining Diani beach, which between them provide 12 kilometers of continuous and stunning white coral sand and palm trees. And third, 'safari' visits of one to four days to Kenya's national parks for game viewing. Shimba Hills national park and elephant sanctuary are a one-hour drive away; Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks are a 3-hours drive; and Masai Mara national park is served daily by a 2 hour flight by light aircraft. Leisure Lodge Club (an 18 hole, par 72 golf course) is just 10 minutes away by car, and visitors are welcomed. See www.golfinginkenya.com/primary/introduction.htm.

How to get there: Many airlines fly from Europe to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). At least two fly from JKIA to Mombasa. (See www.kenya-airways.com and www.fly540.com.) And two fly from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Diani (Ukunda) Airfield. (See www.flysafarilink.com and www.airkenya.com.) In addition, nonstop charter flights are available from Europe to Mombasa (e.g. Thomson from London Gatwick; Condor from Munich and Frankfurt; Ethiopian from various via Addis; Turkish from various via Istanbul).The owner is happy to provide further advice on flights, but guests must make their own flight reservations.

Taxi to Topi Villa from Mombasa Airport or Diani (Ukunda) Airfield can be arranged on confirmation of booking.

A car is not necessary since taxis are easily available, but you can if you wish arrange a rental car. For Mombasa rentals, options include www.europcar.com/car-rental-KENYA-MOMBASA.html. For a Galu/Diani rental, contact the owner.

Contacting the owners: The owners are Bernard Rivers (UK citizen) and Karen Rothmyer Rivers (US citizen). We recently retired after working for many years in Kenya, and we divide our time between Topi Villa and the USA.The best way to reach us is by emailing Bernard at bernard.rivers@gmail.com. If you prefer to phone, call Bernard's Kenya mobile at +254-736-280702. If there's no reply, it might mean Bernard is out of the country, in which case you can leave voice mail for him at the following US number: +1-518-239-4598; the voice mail message will be automatically forwarded to Bernard by email, and he will reply promptly from wherever he is at the time. Note: To see this web page again, just go to www.topivilla.com, and you will automatically be taken here.

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Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome

Bernard Rivers and Karen Rothmyer Rivers

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2006
Speaks english
Sleeps9
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Reviews

5
based on 6 traveler reviews

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5

ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING

  • 5 of 5
What can say about Topi? Well we had the most amazing holiday here, everything was just perfect, from the location, the villa itself & of course the amazing staff (BIG BIG thank-you to Matano), also in Bernard we had great point of contact and supplied outstanding info. Overall quite simply one of the best vacations i've ever had and can't recommend it highly enough, but i will say that it was so good i'm going back, only next time bringing my folks from the u.k. for a nice winter break in the new year!!
  • Submitted: May 31, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
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5

IT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN BETTER...

  • 5 of 5
Our stay at Topi Villa was better than words could describe.The place is decorated to very high standards while at the same time very comfortable and accommodating to different people's needs.Bernard made the booking and payment process very straightforward with fast and reliable communication and convenient payment options, while also offering advice and tips on Diani.

There was absolutely no need to leave the Villa if not for food shopping and to take the children to the beach on the last day of our stay. The place is ideal and caters for everyone's needs. Matano the chef/housekeeper was a Godsend and the jewel to the crown that is Topi Villa. He is most courteous, helpful and genuinely happy to help out in whichever way he can.

Everyday was an experience, the kids spent most of the time in the pool, and grudgingly came out between 12 and 3 when the sun was too hot, while the adults lounged in the outside sitting area or at the bar. We enjoyed the evenings in the upstairs sitting area, watching movies, while a cool breeze blew through the house.

Our stay came to an end much too quickly and we are happily recommending Topi Villa to all our friends, while definitely planning a return visit. A very big thank you to everyone involved in making Topi Villa what it is, Bernard, Karen, Anke, Matano and Wycliffe..
  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
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5

TOPI VILLA IS JUST SUPREME!

  • 5 of 5
My boyfriend Oisin and I stayed at Topi Villa for the first week in April 2011. We were looking for somewhere by Diani Beach that would give us some wind-down relaxation, before heading off on safari in week two.

Having never been to Kenya before, we were looking for four main things from our week at the beach.

1. Be close to beach.
2. Live in beautiful surroundings to completely unwind.
3. Opportunity for exploration!
4. Feel safe.

Topi Villa was our perfect choice on ALL counts.

The booking was very straightforward. Bernard quickly turned around contracts, sent us some really useful information (directions, house info, things to do) and made sure we had transport from the airport.

Driving ourselves from the airport with a google map and Bernards instructions had us there in 40 mins without a single wrong turn!

What followed was a week of amazing evenings of playing in our pool, drinking champagne with gold flakes, watching movies, exploring the towns south of Diani, enjoying the cheapest fillet steak and langoustines in town and chilling out on the paradise beaches....

The staff were wonderful – Matano is an amazing cook and his always-cheerful manner and warm, open conversations were endlessly entertaining. We enjoyed delicious eggs in the mornings, steak, salads and langoustines in the afternoons, and in the evenings we enjoyed champagne by candle-light out by the pool, chatting and laughing all night long.

The three bedrooms are all very authentically African rooms, with heavy dark wood finishings and wooden crafts – really beautiful.

And the people of Diani are all so friendly! I was amazed and delighted by their warmth, chattiness and welcomes everywhere we went.

This is a wonderful place. Our week went far too quickly and I would absolutely love to be going back. AND if I was going back I would definitely stay in Topi Villa again – it’s a perfect place to be.

Huge thank you to Matano, Wicky and Bernard!
  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Mar 2011
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5

SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT!!

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I spent our honeymoon at Topi Villa last October and we were really treated to the best in every sense. The villa is fantastic- nice and private though a slight walk from the beach but that was okay because we also enjoyed the walks. The in-house chef (Matano), I must say, made every meal an experience to remember and he was very very friendly to us. We felt very welcomed and at home. The rooms are fantastic and comfortable. The whole package was simply a great deal.
  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2010
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5

A LOVELY HOLIDAY

  • 5 of 5
We have just spent the most relaxing week at Topi Villa. It is decorated to a very high standard yet at the same time feels unique and welcoming. There is plenty of indoor space and beautifully maintained garden and swimming pool. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor and one of the bathrooms is very spacious. The swimming pool has steps in, rather than a ladder, there are only two steps into the house so I am sure a ramp could be improvised for wheelchair users. Matano, the housekeeper is friendly, welcoming and helpful. He is there everyday except Sundays and helps with everything, so we had more time to realx with our children. There are interesting things to do nearby. We drove to shimba hills reserve and saw elephants, giraffe and buffalo to name but few. We had a few trips to the beach and loved the soft white sand and the warm sea, although our children much prefered the swimming pool. The rooms have fans and mosquito nets. One of the rooms has air-conditioning which was much appreciated by our children. it was nice to have a washing machine as many properties in Kenya don't have them and next time I won't bring half as many clothes as machine washed items dry much more quickly. We bought delicious crab and prawns from the local fisherman and Matano cooked them perfectly. We would recommend this place to anyone and we hope to return soon.
  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2010
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
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5

THE PERFECT VILLA

  • 5 of 5
The villa is beautifully decorated, clean and well maintained. It was a real pleasure to spend our week there. The location is peaceful and the beach is just a 10 minute walk away. Didn't really sample the nightlife but did notice disco's and bars. You can easily get to larger towns by taxi or matutu if you want to sample some local transport! There are quite a few restaurants to eat out in the evenings but the house steward is such a good cook we preferred to pay him overtime to do our evening meal a few nights - he should be in a michelin restaurant. He is an absolute treasure and looks after you so well.
Day visits can be easily arranged to Tsavo, Shimba, Shimoni, Mombasa. The owners are really helpful in supplying information and making arrangements for your arrival in the way of an initial food shop/taxi's etc. The services they offer are excellent and you couldn't ask for better.
We will definitley go again and we would also recommend this beautiful villa to friends.
  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2009
  • Stayed: Jan 2009
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway

Map

Nearest Airport
48 Kilometres
Moi International Airport, Mombasa,
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Mombasa
Nearest Beach
600 Metres
Galu Beach (a continuation of Diani Beach)
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Diani Leisure Lodge
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Almanara
Car: not necessary

Topi Villa is located 35kms south of Mombasa, approximately one and half hours by taxi from Mombasa airport (including ferry time) and ten minutes from Diani (Ukunda) Airfield. Taxi from either can be arranged. Galu Beach is a leisurely 10 minutes' walk away - a stunning white coral sand beach with a live coral reef 400m offshore. Galu Beach is a continuation south of Diani Beach, the main tourist destination on the coast south of Mombasa. The Galu and Diani beach tourist areas have a good choice of restaurants and beach bars and many of the major hotels welcome non-resident diners. The National Parks of Tsavo East and West are a 3 hour drive away, and the Shimba Hills park and elephant sanctuary are a 1 hour drive away. Mombasa 'old town' (a heritage site) is one hour away by car. Note: For a great satellite view of house and beach, see http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-4.35471,39.55975&q=-4.35442,39.55608+(Topi+Villa.+House+and+pool+are+below+pointer.)&iwloc=A&t=k&z=17

Other Activities: Use Topi Villa as a base at the coast from which to head off for safaris into the Shimba hills and the National Parks of Tsavo East and West.

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Kenya Coast Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Jul 1 2014 - Aug 31 2014
7 night minimum stay
£125
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£125
 
 
Sep 1 2014 - Dec 14 2014
3 night minimum stay
£95
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£95
 
 
Dec 15 2014 - Dec 21 2014
7 night minimum stay
£150
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£150
 
 
Dec 22 2014 - Jan 4 2015
14 night minimum stay
£250
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£250
 

Notes

  • Rates quoted cover the cost of renting the entire house and pool, including staff, for up to 6 people. Add £10 per night per person for up to three extra people. A 50% deposit is payable upon signing a simple contract. The balance must be received by one month prior to arrival. The rental can start on any day of the week. Payment can be made by bank transfer in UK pounds, US dollars, Euros or Kenya shillings. Kenya citizens/residents are eligible for a 15% discount, as are visitors who have previously stayed at least three weeks. No other discounts are offered. IMPORTANT NOTE: In 2011 we made extensive improvements to the house: We doubled the size of the kitchen and completely modernised it (including installing a large fridge/freezer and a 5-ring double-oven cooker); we provided an upstairs toilet and washbasin; and we added satellite TV, DVD player, mobile phone and mosquito netting for the TV-viewing area. In 2013 we upgraded the furniture and added wireless Internet access.
  • Free advice is available on local services and travel options, either by email before arrival from the owner, or in person after arrival from our very friendly local agent, Anke Wulff, who speaks English and German. Upon request, Anke can do a supermarket run to buy food and drink for you before you arrive, and can arrange a taxi to meet you at Mombasa airport or Diani (Ukunda) airfield. Please request either of these services by a few days before arrival. You can pay Anke or the taxi driver, as appropriate, upon arrival. Anke will also visit you at the house when you arrive or shortly afterwards, and will happily show you the neighbourhood and answer your questions at any time.
  • Matano, our excellent cook and housekeeper, works from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. He speaks fluent English, and both adult and children guests always find him very friendly. (See the reviews below. One client, upon booking their second visit, emailed to say 'The villa and surroundings are stunning, but it was Matano and the way he looked after us all so well that made our holiday so special.') If you would like Matano to stay on to cook an evening meal or to work extra on a Saturday or Sunday, discuss this with him and pay him overtime of KSh300 (about £2.40) per hour. A washing machine is provided, and Matano will do your laundry.

Amenities

Kenya Coast Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Parking ...
  • Sunbed
  • Iron & Board
  • Mobile Phone
  • Laundry Soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Air Conditioning
  • Filtered Water
  • Paper Towels
  • Security System
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Water Cooler
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Washing Machine
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Oven ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , en suite.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , en suite.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , upstairs, for use by those sleeping in upper gallery.
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , located off the downstairs hall, for use by all
  • The bathroom for Bedroom 1 is particularly spacious.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , A/C, en suite bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , fan, en suite bathroom.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , in upper gallery. En suite bathroom.
  • All beds and the TV area upstairs have their own fitted mosquito nets, and fans are provided in each room. Air conditioning is provided in Bedroom 1, but the entire house is relatively cool thanks to the thatched roof and the coastal breezes that maintain inside temperature between 25 and 29 degrees centigrade at the hottest time of the year. The sofa in Bedroom 2 could serve as a bed for a young child.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Golf ...
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling
  • deepsea fishing
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Life in the tropics is centred around the veranda and pool. The veranda has dining and lounge areas. The poolside has sunbeds, and the large pool (33x20 feet, 10x6 metres), which has gentle steps in rather than a ladder, is easily large enough for swimming by many. Both veranda and pool are assured of privacy as the garden is not overlooked from neighbouring properties. Included in the price are three staff: Matano, our cook/housekeeper; Wycky, who looks after the pool and garden; and a night-time security guard. Matano will cook your breakfast and lunch using food that you buy. He is also happy to cook an occasional (and excellent) evening meal if this is arranged the day before and you accept the responsibility to pay overtime. Fresh seafood is available, delivered to the house.

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