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Ritchie house

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5 bedrooms
8 bathrooms
10 guests
1 night minimum
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The house stands on a stunning location of 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 boat...The house stands on a stunning location of 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. 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.More
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About the Owner
Vivienne R
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:91%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2012
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Reviewed 6 January 2019

We had the perfect beach holiday at the Richie House--I grew up going on holidays in this area and was delighted to find the perfect coast houses I knew in my childhood still existed--built in the traditional style and feeling secluded even though right on...More

Date of stay: December 2018
Thank Meander457902
Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

We spent two lovely weeks at Ritchie House over Christmas, and it was a wonderfully relaxing holiday. The house itself has views over the Indian Ocean, and a path down through the luscious garden to a white, sandy beach. The garden is bright with bougainvillea...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank Luke T
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Reviewed 25 January 2018

What an amazing place! Vivienne's house is truly a gem. We were stunned and amazed at how beautiful the house was. Both soulful and simple at the same time. The furniture and decor is in a tasteful african style. The house is surrounded by a...More

Date of stay: December 2017
Thank Elen K
Reviewed 25 October 2017

Fabulous stay again, looked after by Francis, Richard and Salim. The garden was more beautiful than ever and the gate down to the beach means it is so easy to go and enjoy the cool pools and beautiful sea. The children enjoyed spending time with...More

Date of stay: October 2017
Thank Kate092015
Reviewed 30 December 2016

We spent a week here in December in this gorgeous house right on the most beautiful beach in Malindi. The house itself is simple yet very comfortable with everything you might need for a coastal holiday. Fully staffed and fully equipped. Kitchen, drinks area, laundry...More

Date of stay: December 2016
Thank 81larah
Amenities
Pets Allowed: No
Smoking Allowed: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Suitable For Children Under 5
Refrigerator
Air Conditioning
Towels Provided
Ocean Views
Private Garden
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Corporate Bookings
Rural/Countryside Retreats
City Getaway
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Toaster
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Freezer
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
Good Nightlife
Balcony
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
Terrace
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About the neighbourhood
Both Malindi and Watamu have Marine National Parks, and the goggling is very good. Scuba diving is available, as is Kite surfing, Wind Surfing, Riding, and other water sports. Tsavo National Park is in easy reach, a 3 hour drive, with much choice of camps to stay to view the animals.
How to get there
Mombasa is the closest international airport. Both charter and schedule flights arrive daily from Europe, North America and African hubs. Malindi is an easy and scenic two and half hour taxi ride from Mombasa. Malindi also has its own small airport which services domestic flights, unfortunately there are no flights Mombasa - Malindi. However Nairobi is an hour or so away with regular flights in and out fo Mlaindi. Ritchie House is 15 minutes from Malindi airport and 10 minutes Malindi town. Cheap car hire is easily arranged with your domestic licence or Tuk Tuks are plentiful and an easy way of getting around.
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