News! A WIFI system in Subira House gives you free internet! Only a few years back there was no mobile network in Lamu and 30 years ago hardly any houses had a telephone or electricity.
Subira house is an Arab style building with two open court yards, pretty arches and two beautiful gardens with our own well water. There are seven bed rooms and many galleries where to relax in the soft warm winds.
The house was built about 200 years ago by Said Bin Sud, important and wealthy "Liwali", the governor of the Sultan of Zanzibar. His family resided here until 1972.
Today Subira House is listed Grade One of houses subject to preservation by Lamu Conservation. The building is both architecturally and historically of great interest. Subira House is located behind the Old Fort and Lamu Market, a block from the seafront.
We found the house in 1990 and started restoring it some years later.
Slowly slowly. Pole Pole in Swahili. On the ground floor the four women's quarters are now a self contained flat of two bedrooms, two bath rooms, and a kitchen.
There is a pretty open courtyard with stairs leading to the roof - for watching the stars at night!
Popular place to rent monthly and you cook for yourself.
We manage Subira House in an environmental friendly way. In November of 2012 we acquired a Silver Rating by Ecotourism Kenya.
After selling our quite well known Dala-Floda Inn, the Swedish ecological hotel and restaurant,- one of the first in Sweden with the environmental label - we now manage our Lamu business with equal ecological concern.
Up to now we have restored the building with all possible awareness on environmental issues.
You will be well looked after by our reliable and friendly staff. Here we are all having a day out at our shamba house (farm house). Captain Jelani will pick you up at the airport and guide you to the house. He is a guide and can arrange your boat trips.
We are Christina and Paul Aarts, the owners of Subira House since 1990. Here outside Lamu's famous Slim Silver Smith's shop in the main street.
Small garden and future scented garden, real Jasmin, MlanginLangi tree, Chinese Honeysuckle, Frangipani trees and Lamu Kilua give wonderful fragrance at night.
Subira House is both architecturally and historically of great interest. The House is located directly behind the Old Fort and Lamu Market, a block from the seafront. The historic home is in the middle of Lamu bustling a special UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
The house is an Arab style building with two open court yards, pretty arches and two beautiful gardens with a well. There are 7 bedrooms with two Pent Houses on the Top Terrace and many galleries where one can relax in the soft warm winds. The house was built about 200 years ago by Said Bin Sud, important and wealthy "Liwali", the governor of the Sultan of Zanzibar. His family resided here until 1972. Life at Subira House is inspiring and with the new WIFI internet access in the house you have great possibilities to focus your creativity.
On the ground floor, the four women's quarters are now a self-contained flat of two bedrooms, two bath rooms, and a kitchen.
There is an open courtyard with stairs leading to the roof - for watching the stars at night! This is a popular place to rent monthly and you cook for yourself. The breezy top top room is a favorite for couples with a splendid view of the Lamu Fort.
The old building is restored with care, nicely decorated and managed with love and environmental ambitions. In 2010 it received Silver Ecorating by Eco Tourism Kenya.
It is not just any breakfast; shamba (farm) eggs, home-made youghurt, island honey, Lamu fresh fruits, homebaked lovely bread, mango jam.
Served at 7 pm and can be ordered the same morning from Michael our excellent chef with the help of Mwallim. A 3-Course Dinner is also available in the new quaint 12-seat Karkadeh Restaurant.
Subira House has a small restaurant that's high ambitions just to cook using local produce, vegetables from the area some grown at Subira's farm on the inland of Lamu, and of course a lot of fresh seafood. Also their restaurant has a liquor license.
|Location||Subira House – Lamu Town|
|Space offered||Guest house|
|Includes||Private room to yourselves|
|Sleeps||2 up to 3|
2 × Queen bed
|Living space||30 m2|
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.