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FAMILY VILLA, STUNNING GARDENS, PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS, IN MARINE PARK

Vivienne Ritchie

Advertiser since 2011
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Speaks english, french
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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FAMILY VILLA, STUNNING GARDENS, PRIVATE BEACH ACCESS, IN MARINE PARK

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Overview

Kenya Coast Villa Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, sleeps 10, 4 bathrooms, beach, cook, daily maid service

The house stands in a grove of trees and bougainvillea and frangipani on a coral headland jutting out into the Indian Ocean. Beaches stretch out on either side. It has been a family house for 45 years. It is a combination of old style Swahili house with makooti roofing and Arab influence.

The accommodation is on two levels. It includes 5 double bedrooms, 3 (downstairs) with air conditioning, two upstairs with overhead fans. 3 showers, 1 bath, 4 toilets, sitting room and extensive verandas. There are mosquito nets in all the bedrooms, and a further shower, and foot bath, in the garden. The 3 members of staff, a cook, laundry staff, gardener.The beach below the house is in the KWS Marine Park. The extensive coral reef can be visited, at low tide, in glass bottomed boats that sail from Casurina Point – a short walk down the beach.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Vivienne Ritchie (Owner)
Advertiser since 2011
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Guestbook comments from the owner

This is not for those who want high end luxury. But for anyone who wants genuine charm and a sense of place, it's hard to beat.



The bedrooms are spacious, uncluttered and extremely comfortable. The common areas give on to a large garden with the ocean behind, allowing both complete privacy and immediate access to a glorious beach. When we were there, we had this largely to ourselves.



There are luxury resorts nearby, but they're not visible or audible from the house and do not impinge.



I suppose you could eat at one of these if you wanted, but I don't know why you would. We feasted every day on fresh crab and prawns bought from a man who comes to the door, and prepared simply but well by the house cook. He also used local fruit and veg in interesting combinations. Everything we ate was freshly caught or picked.



The staff were friendly, efficient and discreet. They came when we needed something, but otherwise left us to ourselves.



We didn't have our own transport but it hardly mattered. A tuk tuk would arrive on 5 minutes notice and take us to most of the places we wanted to visit. Next time - and we certainly hope there will be a next time - we'll probably hire a car and explore further afield.
Jul 2013
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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 10 traveler reviews

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Family villa, stunning gardens, private beach access, in Marine Park
average rating of 4.8 based on 12 reviews
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Family villa, stunning gardens, private beach access, in Marine Park
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Kenya Coast Kenya
5

Idyllic Swahili palace overlooking Indian ocean

  • 5 of 5
Perfect location on beach, the headland is part of the private garden with a lockable gate to the beach, dhows sailing past, trips to the outer reef in a glass bottomed boat, part of a marine park. The garden is ful of beautiful mature trees and well tended by Justus; Francis is an excellent cook who will turn out beautiful fish, prawn or vegetable dishes, delicious fruit/yogurt/ toast breakfasts; and Richard lays out the rooms, launders clothes and kkeps the place beautifully tidy; all three staff are very friendly and helpful.
Nearby Mida Creek has a walkway through mangroves and an astonishing array of waders on the sand flat - go at low tide and you can ride on a dugout canoe to get an excellent view; Swahili deserted town of Gedi is fascinating; a walk over the inner reef at low tide reveals beautiful starfish, and a ride on a dhow, arranged by Francis, was delightful.
The house is arranged so that ocean breezes keep the rooms airy and fresh; we didn't really need the huge mosquito net over the bed but it added to the charm.
very relaxing with just ourselves, but would have been fun to have a decent number of friends staying.
  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Family villa, stunning gardens, private beach access, in Marine Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p810897
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Kenya Coast Kenya
4

Family home set in garden next to sandy beach

  • 4 of 5
This is an ideal place for family /friends, with 5 double beds, all comfy, and set apart from the living space which combines a charming living room inside with a dining and lounge area on the wide verandah. There is a large garden that runs down to the sea with mesmerising views. A path leads onto the beach from the far end. We swam, read, and ate the delicious food that Francis prepared! Nothing was too much trouble for him or for Richard, who does the cleaning and laundry. We had driven down from Nairobi but hardly used the car as it was so relaxing just enjoying the house and its surroundings. We did eat out twice - once at Driftwood a 10 minute ride away with very good food and ambience; also had lunch at I love Pizza - delicious!
I would recommend this house to anyone wanting a peaceful holiday away from the hustle and bustle.
  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Family villa, stunning gardens, private beach access, in Marine Park
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Kenya Coast Kenya
5

A Haven on the Indian Ocean

  • 5 of 5
Ritchie House has the perfect combination to make the ideal haven on the Indian Ocean. We rented Ritchie for three months and over that time we had weeks with friends, time with family and then weeks of just myself and my husband- it was idyllic. Everyone in Malindi says Ritchie has the very best location along the whole beach and we could not agree more! The house is perched on the coral headline and has views across the sea and the marine park beach- you can see the beach but the people walking on the beach cant see you! Perfect! The house has the perfect combination of a homely feeling mixed with a beautiful arabic/swahili style. The staff have the great ability to be take care of your every need but not overcrowd you. It was so nice to be cooked for and looked after and also we left with three new friends- they are amazing.
Ritchie House would be ideal for a group of friends, a family or a couple like us-
The top floor rooms are where we based ourselves and it is like having your own apartment-
Nothing has been overdesigned in the house, it is all very practical for beach side living and has been designed beautifully and with a simple swahili style.
Every morning we did yoga at the end of the garden, Indian Ocean Views....perfect!
Located close enough to town to get a tuk tuk in but far enough away to be always quiet...
  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
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Family villa, stunning gardens, private beach access, in Marine Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p810897
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Kenya Coast Kenya
5

Beautiful secluded home by the beach

  • 5 of 5
This is a lovely place to stay. The location couldn't be more perfect. it is wonderfully hidden away, yet just set back from the beach, with private steps down onto the sand. The garden is large, with mature trees and shrubs offering welcome shade and beautiful flowers. It is almost on its own little promontory, and you can saunter to the end and watch the fishing dhows come and go and marvel at how different the beach looks at different states of the tide. The house itself is big and full of character. It is a perfect place to really relax....large open verandahs give plenty of airy comfortable spots to sit, bookshelves are crammed with interesting books, and paintings and carvings abound. All the bedrooms are spacious and comfortable. The bathrooms are simple but adequate. The staff are incredibly friendly and efficient and the food they cooked for us was fantastic. There were only 4 of us staying, but the house could easily accommodate 8 or 10. We loved it and would very happily go again.
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
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Family villa, stunning gardens, private beach access, in Marine Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p810897
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Kenya Coast Kenya
5

Beautifully located, beautifully hosted

  • 5 of 5
On a beautiful beach, with easy access to the lovely Italian and Kenyan shops, markets, bars and little treasures of tourist attactions. Malindi is a very special place in Kenya, and this house is a very special place in Malindi. The staff at the house are excellent, organising tuk tuks, fresh fish delivered to your door, and making the most delicious food. Any family or group of friends would love this idyllic spot to relax, rejuvenate and have lots of fun!
  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2012
  • Stayed: Feb 2012
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Family villa, stunning gardens, private beach access, in Marine Park
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p810897
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Kenya Coast Kenya
4

Fantastic Location, Excellent Staff

  • 4 of 5
Perfect location shielded from the beach by a nice garden, charming rooms, excellent staff. Ideal for families.
  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: HomeAway

Map

Map

Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Malindi Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Driftwood Club
Nearest Ferry
150 Kilometres
Likoni Ferry at South Coast
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Malindi Golf Club
Nearest Train
110 Kilometres
Mombasa
Nearest Restaurant
3 Kilometres
Old Man and the Sea
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
Caurina Beach
Car: not necessary

There is easy access to Tsavo National Game Reserve by road from the house. Malindi Township is an interesting mixture of Arab, Swahili and Colonial architecture. It is a busy thriving little town with much to offer in the way of shops, restaurants whose diversity of culinary styles reflect the very cosmopolitan nature of its residents. It radiates out from the old square on one side of which lies Malindi beach and the sea. This beach runs for about 14 km, where the body boarding and surfing can be excellent. Transport is very easy around the town and area by tuk-tuk. alindi.

From its airport, some 15 min from the house, are daily flights to and from Nairobi, Mombasa, Lamu, and other destinations. Windsurfing, kite-boarding, reef-walking, deep-sea fishing.

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Rates & Availability

Rates & Availability

From £120 Per night

Kenya Coast Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Sep 21 2014 - Nov 30 2014
2 night minimum stay
£120
£1,000
 
 
High Season
Dec 1 2014 - Dec 19 2014
2 night minimum stay
£220
£1,500
 
 
Xmas & New Year
Dec 20 2014 - Jan 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
£2,500
 

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Amenities

Amenities

Kenya Coast Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Security System
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 4 - shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 6 - outdoor shower
  • Bathrooms and showers are cleaned each day. There is an outdoor shower and foot bath to use after the beach.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single
  • All bedrooms are very spacious, with large single beds, often placed together to form large double beds. Roomy cupboard and hanging space. All have large mosquito nets, and have thermos with fresh drinking water placed every evening. The rooms are cleaned everyday, and the beds are turned down each evening and the room sprayed for mosquitoes, by the house staff. The 3 downstairs bedrooms have air-conditioning, the 2 upstairs have overhead fans and own verandas.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
The villa has 3 members of staff, an excellent cook, a housekeeper who is responsible for the cleaning and washing/ironing, and a gardener. Although there are no internet facilities at the house, there are cyber cafes in town. A telephone can be made available on request. A re-charge card is required. These are easily obtainable. Mobile phones are very cheap to purchase with a local number. Re-charge cards are available everywhere. Malindi Airport is 15 minutes away and has 2 flights a day from Nairobi. Mombasa Airport, a 2 hour drive, has multiple flights throughout the day from and to Nairobi.

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