Takaungu House started life as a guest house for Charlie's Mum. When I had poured the slab for the roof I realised that it had to go up another story as the view was hard to beat, the house then grew, we built the adjoining cottage (Wishies cottage) for Charlie's Mum and a few years ago we finished off the main house with the Zanzibar style rooms at the top. The house looks out onto its own swimming pool and has generous rooms, ceilings and verandas. Although cooled by the prevailing winds, all bedrooms have standing fans.
The top floor of the house, all 2000 square feet of it, comprises of a vast bedroom, an open and ensuite bathroom and a morning veranda which also has a big Arab bed for an occasional guest or family member so this makes these rooms ideal for parents plus a child. The views from here are truly stunning and the open front makes it the coolest room on the coast!
The Double room
This room was for many years the master room and is a comfortable double room with its ensuite bathroom. It shares its veranda with the room next door.
This double room was built for a younger son and although the Lego has been replaced with Arab or Campaign furniture the ensuite bathroom is definitely built for younger people!
Built as a separate but self contained Granny flat, this cottage comprises a big double bed and adjoining twin beds in the sitting room area which share a bathroom. The cottage has its own veranda and can easily be utilised as extra accommodation for either of the houses.
There are two houses on the property (Takaungu House and The Private House) - and although the houses are close, they are two separate entities and we hope you will respect the other houses privacy as much as they will respect yours ! Late nights and parties are fun, but really for those involved, as are boisterous children round the swimming at siesta hour !
There are two individual access routes to the beach which mean that the other house doesn't have to wander past you when you have just woken up.
The beach is generally a haven of peace and the "cool pool" at the southern end which gives safe swimming or a lovely wallow at any stage of the tide. The water can be quite bumpy at high tide and there are currents.
High days and holidays and the beach is public property all the village children and many residents come down and it is wiser to retire to the verandah until peace reigns the following morning.
The fishermen have a Banda down on the beach but often leave their possessions with our staff which means a supply of fresh fish. Any problems with the fishermen please refer to Bakari who will talk to the Turtle Conservation Group who are our unofficial askaris for the beach.
Security has never been a big issue as we have a good relationship with the village and you will see the houses are hardly burglar proofed. We generally shut the main windows and doors at night to dissuade petty theft. Husseini and Mwalimu the guards are around after dark to keep an eye on things
The Turtle Conservation Group keep an eye during the day but we would suggest not taking any valuables to the beach. Please also be careful not to take towels to the beach a sarong is more than adequate.
Please, be careful and don’t leave cash or valuables lying around and lock up any wodge or valuable items in a safe place. There is a small cash box available.
Bakari is the man in charge of pretty much everything and will do his best to keep his girls in line and look after you.
Both He and the girls are competent cooks and should make your stay a pleasure. Please just discuss with him what you want to eat and he will sort things out.
He has a book which he keeps for village purchases and will tell you when he needs money and keep an account.
Some items require a sortie to Kilifi and he can either tell you where to go or come with you to find things. At a pinch he can always get on a bicycle and go and buy things.
You will find all the basics in the village, tea, milk, sugar, eggs, basic fruit such as bananas and mangoes in season, some sodas, ice and margarine. You won’t find alcohol, butter, coffee, kerosene, gas or meat - for these items please drive to Kilifi. You should not run out of gas but should you do so, Bakari will advise where to get it in Kilifi.
Please note that fish will be bought up from the sea for you to purchase in season. Prawns and shellfish are generally not available from the beach and these may be purchased in Kilifi or given sufficient notice found and purchased by Bakari.
Coast houses are normally fine for wet swimming costumes but because this is also our home we do have leather dining chairs which are rather old and do better without wet bums. There are a few items of furniture that require a little more than gentle care so please treat them with the respect that age expects.
|Location||Takaungu Houses – Kilifi|
|Includes||Entire place to yourselves|
|Sleeps||8 up to 11|
Moderate: 50% refund up until 8 days prior to check-in, except fees.
a) Cancellations made between 0 and 7 full days prior to local check-in time, or no show, guests will be charged 70% of total booking value.
b) Cancellations made between 8 and 29 full days prior to local check-in time, guests will be charged 50% of total booking value.
c) Cancellations made 30 or more full days prior to local check-in time, guests will receive a full refund of their deposit, except fees.
d) In the event of a premature departure or cancellation, the nights not spent 24 hours thereafter are 50% refunded, except fees.