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About Kisimani House
Home in the sweet fragrant village of Shela, the Kisimani House is one of kind with its original architecture still in place. Along with ornate interiors, massive stone walls, carved archways and sea views, it in itself is an experience.
Kisimani in Swahili means ‘the House of the Well’, and the house to this day relies on its own water source. Central courtyards connect the beautiful maze of rooms, with the house comprising of four levels. Accommodation is ideal for two families with children or four couples, and conveniently if the house is not already occupied, single travelers or a couple can share the house on a bed and breakfast basis.
The house comes with an excellent cook and a steward butler, who both speak English. From the kitchen Karissa the Chef emerges with seafood and meals as fresh as you have ever tasted. He will prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner; either unguided or to your specific preferences.
Fred Kahindi is your discrete butler, he brings you tea in the morning, sees to the beds, the laundry, the shopping, fixes drinks and lowers the nets before bedtime. Let Karissa know of any dietary preferences and give him enough cash to shop for your group. Bring your own spirits, wines, cheeses and bacon as these are not available in the village.
Life on the island is like no other, it moves slowly at a walking pace or donkey ride, for there are no vehicles on the island. Kisimani House is located on the seaward fringe of Shela and is a mere five minute walk from the beach. This quiet little fishing village is a 40 minute walk from Lamu town and is the point where the mighty beaches commence.
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Wedding Venues: We can also do weddings, wedding receptions, corporate events and group fiestas.
Generally, the entire house is exclusively booked by a family or group of friends.
When the house is not occupied individual rooms may be rented along with the use of common terraces. This is more economical if you do not need all the rooms and do not mind perhaps sharing a breakfast with others. This is a bed and breakfast option only. There are several good places nearby for lunches and dinner.
Bookings for the entire house are only confirmed on receipt of a 50% deposit. The balance must be paid 14 days prior to occupancy.
Rooms may be booked one week in advance, or rented on a walk-in, space- available basis. The staff will then make the payment arrangements.
We offer a Swahili Breakfast of tea/coffee, fresh fruit and Mandazi's. However, if you'd prefer the whole cooked affair with poached eggs, grilled tomatoes, pancakes etc, it can be ordered the day before at an extra cost
We have a dazzling array of lunch and dinner options for you to drool over too: whole baked snapper, coconut rice, Swahili seafood platters, ginger crabs; you will not go hungry.
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling