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Beautiful 5 bedroom domed villa, Nile view, perfectly situated for antiquities

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Space 2,421 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

Overview

About the property

5 large air-conditioned bedrooms all with own bath and/ shower, on three floors

The villa is entered via a small courtyard with fountain. The ground floor contains: a large well-equipped kitchen and dining area; two bedrooms, one double-bedded and one with twin beds; two bathrooms, one with bath and one with shower. A marble staircase leads to the first floor, with a large domed sitting room and dining room, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms with showers. On the second floor is a roof terrace with a sun-shelter and splendid views in different directions to the Nile, the Winter Palace, Luxor temple and to the mountains behind. Here there is a double bedroom with domed ceiling and a bathroom with bath. Natural air-conditioning throughout is provided by the high central dome which cools the house in the traditional way, but electric air conditioning is also provided for use outside the winter months. The villa is well equipped for self-catering, but a delicious and nutritious breakfast is served either on the roof terrace or in the sunny kitchen garden, and other meals can be provided if required.

Our knowledgeable manager is always available to offer advice and ensure that you are well looked after.

More Details

Owner
Christopher and Pamela Morgan
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 24, 2017

About Christopher and Pamela Morgan

We live in South West London but have been involved with the Luxor West Bank for the last 14 years, working with our local partner and manager, Khyry.

Together we studied some of the designs of Hassan Fahty, the Egyptian architect famed for his domed buildings and we were able to engage the son of one of his team, who had learned the craft from his father. We also visited a number of older local buildings for inspiration on internal floor patterns and other features. Most of the brickwork, all the ornamental ironwork and the woodwork, including doors and furniture were made locally.visited a number of older local buildings for inspiration on internal floor patterns and other features. Most of the brickwork, all the ornamental ironwork and the woodwork, including doors and furniture were made locally.

Khyry has a wealth of local knowledge and contacts, and this joint enterprise could never have been achieved without him. Together, we now have a team which excels in providing an individualised and memorable holiday experience.

Christopher and Pamela Morgan purchased this villa in 2009

Why Christopher and Pamela Morgan chose Luxor

As well as the Valleys of the Kings, Queens and Nobles, (all easily reached by road from your villa) our motor launch can take you to the East Bank to the stupendous temple at Karnak, with an English, French or German speaking guide if you wish, perhaps stopping off on the way back at the exquisite Luxor Museum or Luxor Temple.

You will also have opportunities to visit local villages (by donkey, camel, car or on foot) and see something of life unchanged for centuries and to experience sunsets from the desert or from a felucca on the Nile; visit the house of Howard Carter, who discovered the tomb of Tutenkamun, as well as other monuments off the beaten track, where discoveries are still being made today.

After an active day there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a meal at a number of local restaurants. You may, of course, just want to relax in the sunshine and gaze at the views from the roof terrace, and perhaps end the day with a barbecue under the stars. You can even spend part of your holiday in the luxurious two-masted Dahabya, Queen Tiy, ranging from an overnight stay at its mooring on the West Bank to a five-day sail along the Nile.

What makes this villa unique

For independent travellers, we believe we offer a wonderfully unique experience of the Luxor area and provide a great deal more than any packaged holiday for a very reasonable price.

Khyry is a licensed Egyptian Guide, with the use of a taxi and a large minibus, as well as a large motor launch for transportation wherever required. He will be there to meet you at the airport and he and his team will ensure that you are looked after throughout your stay. For stays of 5 nights or more, they will offer you a full Egyptian breakfast your first morning, during which you can discuss how you might want to spend your time. The choices are wide: there is so much to see in this unique World Heritage Site, said to be the greatest open-air museum in the World.

Whatever you decide to do, we promise you an unforgettable time free from the constraints of a package tour.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"We loved the house and especially the El Gezirah, the village where it is located on West Bank. We appreciated being able to walk around un-hassled, to buy food or sit in a cafe and get to know some of the locals who we walked past several times a day. Everybody without exception was friendly and welcoming. Khyry was incredibly helpful, from the minute he picked us up at the airport throughout the week. Madi (housekeeper) and Said (guard) also added tremendously to the overall success of our week. Our three children (17,16,12) thought it was one of the best holidays ever!

We woke early and saw the sun rising over the skyline of felucca masts, minarets and palm trees. One night the children slept under the stars on the roof terrace - great fun apart from the mosquitos! The roof terrace was our main sitting room early and late in the day, and we enjoyed breakfast up there. We took up Madi's offer of breakfast on the roof terrace most mornings. Often saw hot air balloons drifting overhead.

The Festival of Eid, four-day holiday, occured during our week, but did not affect us at all.

The house was more than comfortable. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed (mainly by Khyry!), we loved all the domes, the views, and the coolest place to sit was in the courtyard.

We used both the El Gezirah and Nile hotel swimming pools for dipping in and cooling off. The food in both hotels was fine. Also loved the restaurant Memnon, where Khyry took us.

Would recommend the villa whole-heartedly. Khyry made the holiday the success it was, and Christopher's notes before we went helped us make the most of the week. We would all love to go back one day soon!"
Oct 2012
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Amenities

Luxor Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2421 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Pets not allowed
  • No-one else is allowed into the villa without the express permission of our local manager. Smoking is not allowed inside the villa.
Location Type:
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • All bathroom suites are modern Ideal Standard
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Own bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Own bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Own bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Own bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Own bathroom
  • All bedrooms have ample cupboard space, bedside lighting, ceiling fans and own bathroom with bath and/or shower and washbasin and WC.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Motorboat
  • Terrace
  • 10 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
Attractions:
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • swimming
Notes:
Activities available: Road and river transport to all the historic sites, including Karnak and Luxor museum; Motor launch and Felucca trips on the Nile; Visits to local villages and temples and a Coptic monastry by donkey or camel; Walks over the nearby mountains; horse rides into the nearby desert; Hot-air ballon trips at modest cost; Longer excursions to Oases in the Western Desert, Aswan and the Red Sea. Fine restaurants on the west bank.

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Beautiful 5 bedroom domed villa, Nile view, perfectly situated for antiquities
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
5

Perfect holiday villa and location

  • 5 of 5

Villa Rosamund is the most luxurious, beautifully decorated place to stay. We had a wonderful holiday during February half term, in and around the villa as well as visiting all the surrounding area with ease.

Perfectly appointed and maintained, all rooms in the villa were as in the listing and pictures and it was a pleasure to stay there. This was made all the more enjoyable, without doubt, by the staff. Nothing was too much trouble and the food was absolutely delicious every time.

Khyry ensured we spent our days doing exactly what we wanted, at the pace we wanted and for a reasonable price. He was interesting, informative and great fun to be around. We felt totally safe just handing over to him to ensure the smooth running of everything.

There is so much to do in and around Luxor to suit all energies, tastes and budgets. As well as all the usual sights in Luxor, I would really recommend sailing in a felucca at sunset, riding through the villages high up on a camel and chilling by a riverside cafe in the afternoon. We felt totally safe wandering round by ourselves at all times. The people of Luxor were friendly and very welcoming.

Thanks all for a truly memorable holiday. Can't wait to return

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
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5

Beautiful villa

  • 5 of 5

I had had the pleasure of staying in Villa Rosamund on two occasions before, but it is not of course until you are back there once more beneath the domes and turrets that you remember quite what a truly special place it is. The total antidote to the modern day package tour where hordes of people arrive like cattle on a plane only to enjoy the sunshine version of what they had left behind back in Blighty, my two week stay in Villa Rosamund offered a complete and much needed contrast to the stresses and strains of life back in London.

Built recently and extremely sympathetically in the Moorish style, it overlooks a banana plantation with stunning views from most angles which can barely have changed for centures . Close enough to the banks of the Nile to be able to walk with ease (not much more than 5 minutes), yet far enough away that you avoid the hustle and bustle and mosquito colonies that enjoy to assemble after sundown- you get the perfect feeling that you are of Luxor, but not necessarily in it. The beautifully designed thick walls and well connected air conditioning meaning that bedrooms are always seductively cool- even when temperatures outside are pushing 100 degrees.

Space is another major plus point here. This well proportioned villa is large enough to accommodate up to ten people comfortably whilst still allowing enough space and nooks and crannies to escape from one another! The roof terrace is a particularly delightful feature- allowing views across the banana plantation and over to the Nile on the one side and to the mountains and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens to the rear. The free standing kitchen on the ground floor is similarly tastefully done (in the French country style) and offers a pleasant environment with a large enough table on which to eat, should you so wish to have a day or night in.

One of the great hidden advantages of booking Villa Rosamund comes in human form- in the form of local celebrity Khyry. With a solid relationship with the owners going back many years, Khyry is the man in the know who can make things happen. Always with his ears to the ground, Khyry makes your every need is catered for- from cheerfully picking you up at the airport (helpfully included in the cost of the rental) to arranging cooks for breakfast and lunch should you so choose, to arranging whatever excursion your own heart desires. Egypt, as they say, is the land of possibilities. I only hope I shall return soon...

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Old World Tranquility to Suit Aspiring Pashas

  • 5 of 5

I had had the pleasure of staying in Villa Rosamund on two occasions before, but it is not of course until you are back there beneath the domes and turrets that you remember quite what a truly special place it is. The total antidote to the modern day package tour where hordes of people arrive like cattle on a plane only to enjoy the sunshine version of what they had left behind back in Blighty, my two week stay in Villa Rosamund offered a complete and much needed contrast to the stresses and strains of life back in London.

Built recently and extremely sympathetically in the Moorish style, it overlooks a banana plantation with stunning views from most angles which can barely have changed for centures . Close enough to the banks of the Nile to be able to walk with ease (not much more than 5 minutes), yet far enough away that you avoid the hustle and bustle and mosquito colonies that enjoy to assemble after sundown- you get the perfect feeling that you are of Luxor, but not necessarily in it. The beautifully designed thick walls and well connected air conditioning meaning that bedrooms are always seductively cool- even when temperatures outside are pushing 100 degrees.

Space is another major plus point here. This well proportioned villa is large enough to accommodate up to ten people comfortably whilst still allowing enough space and nooks and crannies to escape from one another! The roof terrace is a particularly delightful feature- allowing views across the banana plantation and over to the Nile on the one side and to the mountains and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens to the rear. The free standing kitchen on the ground floor is similarly tastefully done (in the French country style) and offers a pleasant environment with a large enough table on which to eat, should you so wish to have a day or night in.

One of the great hidden advantages of booking Villa Rosamund comes in human form- in the form of local celebrity Khyry. With a solid relationship with the owners going back many years, Khyry is the man in the know who can make things happen. Always with his ears to the ground, Khyry makes your every need is catered for- from cheerfully picking you up at the airport (helpfully included in the cost of the rental) to arranging cooks for breakfast and lunch should you so choose, to arranging whatever excursion your own heart desires. Egypt, as they say, is the land of possibilities. I only hope I shall return soon...

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, comfortable and simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My brother and I travelled from Asswan to Cairo, and naturally we stopped in Luxor for a few days. However, our stay was far too short. Villa Rosmund is a beautiful house in a calm area on the west bank and an excellent place to relax. The view from the rooftop where Maadi prepared breakfast for us was great – over a banana plantation and the Nile, and on the other side the hills with the valleys of the kings and queens. And breakfast was very fitting to the setting – fresh coffee, juice, fruit salad, good bread, falafel etc and delicious pancakes upon request. The rooms are all spacious, beautifully decorated and equipped with very comfortable beds and interesting animal or plant shapes created out of towels. The house remained very cool despite the heat outside and we did not even have to use the air-conditioning. Thanks to Khayry, our stay was funny and extremely comfortable as he took us around the village and the sights on the west bank, explained a lot about the attractions, suggested activities such as quad biking, recommended restaurants in the area for dinner, and organised everything else as well.

For people like me who don’t know much about Ancient Egypt, there were plenty of books to read about Luxor and the individual sights and hieroglyphs and their meanings. The sights on the west bank are relatively close to the house, and for the sights on the east bank we took a boat. Karnak temple is truly amazing, but it might be useful to have a good guide who shows the entire temple – as holds true for all temples and tombs – as well as to take enough water. Unfortunate for the local economy but fortunate for us, there were not as many tourists as usual, so we could actually enjoy the sights and did not have to fight or wait anywhere.

Overall, it was an amazing stay and I would definitely and wholeheartedly recommend Villa Rosmund without a second thought! It made the trip fantastic and was a nice spot away from the noise and mass tourism. My brother and I very much hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, comfortable and simply wonderful

  • 5 of 5

My brother and I travelled from Asswan to Cairo, and naturally we stopped in Luxor for a few days. However, our stay was far too short. Villa Rosmund is a beautiful house in a calm area on the west bank and an excellent place to relax. The view from the rooftop where Maadi prepared breakfast for us was great – over a banana plantation and the Nile, and on the other side the hills with the valleys of the kings and queens. And breakfast was very fitting to the setting – fresh coffee, juice, fruit salad, good bread, falafel etc and delicious pancakes upon request. The rooms are all spacious, beautifully decorated and equipped with very comfortable beds and interesting animal or plant shapes created out of towels. The house remained very cool despite the heat outside and we did not even have to use the air-conditioning. Thanks to Khayry, our stay was funny and extremely comfortable as he took us around the village and the sights on the west bank, explained a lot about the attractions, suggested activities such as quad biking, recommended restaurants in the area for dinner, and organised everything else as well.

For people like me who don’t know much about Ancient Egypt, there were plenty of books to read about Luxor and the individual sights and hieroglyphs and their meanings. The sights on the west bank are relatively close to the house, and for the sights on the east bank we took a boat. Karnak temple is truly amazing, but it might be useful to have a good guide who shows the entire temple – as holds true for all temples and tombs – as well as to take enough water. Unfortunate for the local economy but fortunate for us, there were not as many tourists as usual, so we could actually enjoy the sights and did not have to fight or wait anywhere.

Overall, it was an amazing stay and I would definitely and wholeheartedly recommend Villa Rosmund without a second thought! It made the trip fantastic and was a nice spot away from the noise and mass tourism. My brother and I very much hope to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2013
  • Stayed: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Holiday of a lifetime!!

  • 5 of 5

If you want to visit Luxor, stay here! Location, accomodation, service, ambience - all perfect. Its sooooo much more peaceful on the West Bank but so easy to get to the other side for LUXOR TEMPLE etc... a matter of minutes.

Easy stroll to local restaurants and shops. Everyone in the village is friendly and helpful. We loved everthing about it.

The weather was lovely, the villa truly beautiful. The views from the roof alone would have had made the whole trip worthwhile.

Khyry will, if you wish, remove all the pain and stress from everything you could possibly want to do. He is funny, reliable, informative and has a wonderful CAN DO attitude.

Villa Rosamund provides a truly authentic Egyptian experience. I thoroughly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2013
  • Stayed: February 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Luxor
Nearest Ferry
0.5 Kilometres
Across the Nile to the East Bank
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Luxor station by road bridge (2 km with ferry)
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Several within a few minutes walk.
Car: not necessary

This palatial privately-owned five-bedroom villa is situated on a quiet corner of the village of El Gezira and ideally placed to visit all the antiquities of Luxor and ancient Thebes, including the Valley of the Kings and nearby temples. This self-contained villa with its domes, arches, screens and beautiful tiled floors, has Arabian and Islamic features throughout. Each air-conditioned bedroom has its own bath/ shower room. Above the ground-floor kitchen/ dining area is a beautiful sitting room. From the roof terrace high above, you will look out across banana plantations to the Nile Valley. You can cross the Nile by motor launch in 5 minutes to visit Luxor Temple and the Old Winter Palace on the East bank.

We can take you in our motor launch down-stream to the stupendous temple of Karnak and up-stream by launch or fluke sailing boat to small islands with wonderful bird life.

Our guests can use an 11 X 5 metre swimming pool at a nearby hotels2 minutes away for a small charge. There are some excellent restaurants on the West bank, as well as some small shops. This location also provides an insight into local village life and, with the help of our wonderful local manager, offers rich experiences not available on a cruise or package tour.

Wi-Fi and Satellite TV.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Guests will be met at the airport and taken back there at the end of the stay. If separate journeys are required there may be a charge.
Costs of meals:
Breakfast 75 Eg. Pounds (about £3.40)
Light Lunch 100 Eg Pounds (about £4.50)
Dinner 150 Eg. pounds (about £6.80)
A complimentary Egyptian breakfast is served on the roof terrace your first morning (for stays of at least 4 nights)
Information on costs of visits (including transport) and other activities can be provided and agreed with our manager during your stay
Owner's Cancellation Policy
• 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
• 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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