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Makubwa House, A Classic Lamu House for Rent

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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Lamu Island, Coast Province
Makubwa House, A Classic Lamu House for Rent for Your Vacation
on the Exotic Island of Lamu
This Stately Patrician Home is in the middle of the Lamu Stone Town, a labyrinth of narrow streets just wide enough for two donkeys to pass each other. Lamu Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beach in Shela is 10 minutes away by speedboat.
Services of Ali Maulidi the Houseman are included. Ali's apartment is behind two big doors on the same floor as the pool area.
He will invite you to go to market with him. Expense for food will usually not exceed $10 a day.
He will make you breakfast and an authentic Swahili dinner with freshly squeezed juices every evening.
There are two separate bedrooms. The master bedroom has a king size bed and its own air conditioning unit. The other bedroom an AC unit also........
The guestroom has a queen s...
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About the Owner, bo v
Languages spoken: German, Portuguese, English, French, Dutch
Response Rate: 100 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: 109 days ago
Listed since : Jun 2013
Overall rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Shala F
Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 September 2016 for a stay in December 2015

This house is a stunning piece of history and architecture. If you want to stay in old town and really be IN Lamu, stay here. The manager Bahresh (sp) was extraordinary and the houseman, Ali, is quite a unique character. It is priced very fairly.

a few cons/tips for improvement:

Ali the house man:
Ali is a sweet sweet man but he is also not one to give you privacy unless you specifically ask, which can make you feel awkward and bossy. We spent most of our time on the top floor and Ali would freely venture up whenever he saw fit with no warning, which can ruin romantic moments as well as invade basic privacy as the bathroom door on the top floor does not close. Ali asks many questions, most of which we found endearing but he also made it known he disapproved of my tattoos (much like a parent would) but he did so with a smile. Also, yes he will shop for you but dont expect him to bring your change back- no matter how much it is. We had to firmly tell him NO on a...

Management response:

The bed in the Master bedroom has been replaced with a new one. the first floor area behind the pool has been fully cleaned.


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  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Blender
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Cooker
  • Deck
  • Gym
  • Internet Access
  • King Beds:(1)
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Porch
  • Private Indoor Pool
  • Queen Beds:(1)
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared Garden
  • Single Beds:(2)
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Waterfront
  • Water Views
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking allowed
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About the neighbourhood

Cast into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya, the island and town of Lamu is heir to a distinctive tradition over a thousand years old. The Swahili culture and style of Lamu are a mix of East African, Omani, Yemeni, Indian, and some Portuguese and Victorian influences. Of all the old Swahili towns of East Africa, Lamu is one of the very few remaining substantially intact.

It is the humidity; It is the heat; it is the aroma of the town; the scent of the tropics; the donkeys and their droppings; the bui-bui's of the women; the kanzu's and kikoi's of the men; the intense brilliance of the midday sky, demanding a nap; the glare of the whitewashed stone houses; the strong winds blowing off the ocean, rustling the strands of the makuti roofs, str...
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