Lose yourself in the huge classical marble bath in the Master Suite while watching the animals graze in the valley below.
Light, bright and cheerful, Suite 2 is a breath of fresh air.
Open the doors, lie back in the bath, and it feels like you can see the whole of Kenya or following an early morning adventure, wash the dust away under the outdoor shower in Suite 2.
Suites 3 & 4 contain a fantastic collection of african photos these are the most contemporary of Sirai's rooms and are connected to each other by a shared sitting room.
At this altitude, the evenings can be quite cool so every room is stocked with thick rugs, warm bedding and throws. And when you come to bed you will find your fire alight and a hot water bottle under the covers. (Sitting Room between Suites 3 & 4)
On a cool evening, relax in a hot bath next to the crackling fire. We have our own range of bathroom products produced locally from essential oils by a community enterprise in neighbouring Nanyuki. (Suites 3 & 4 bathrooms)
Set farthest from the house amongst the encroaching bush, these treehouse rooms 5 & 6 are the wildest part of Sirai House featuring Thanje reed roofing and recovered Mount Kenya cedar wooden walls.
Leave your shoes at the door.
With huge windows leading onto the verandah between suites 5 & 6, and an abundance of natural materials, you never feel the bush is very far away.
Just by the pool house, the gym is equipped with everything you need to keep in shape: two running machines, a rowing machine, cross-trainer, exercise bike, dumbells, mats and weight bench. Please start your exercise gently, remember exercise is a lot harder work at 7,000 feet! We also have a stunning clay tennis court.
The cinema has nine (double) love seats to snuggle up in and watch anything from our collection of 500 films while eating freshy made popcorn served in signature Sirai House boxes. Sports junkies will be able to get their fix of premiership football, rugby, cricket and most other sports too.
The baths in rooms 5 and 6 are unique designs, one is made from a single block of granite, the other is polished wood. Both bathrooms lead straight onto the verandas each with outdoor showers.
Everything our kitchen team do is focussed around you: serving the food you want, when and where you want it. We can also fly in top flight chefs to meet your tastes and, of course, can cater for any dietary requirement.
As far as possible we have used local materials and techniques: meru and isiolo stone, Mount Kenya cedar, thanje and makuti roofing.
Sirai is surrounded by some of the best wilderness terrain in Kenya. Game is abundant including lion, elephants, buffalo, leopard and (in neighbouring Lewa) Rhino. From Sirai House guests can journey further afield to explore the extensive tapestry of other Laikipia wildlife reserves including Lewa Downs and the vast region that makes up the Northern Rangelands.
We can organise your very own wilderness experience - whether it be camping out under the stars or a family picnic lunch. It is all part of staying with us.
Our custom built game viewer gives the perfect balance of comfort, safety and viewing. And it is at your disposal 24 hours a day.
Bonface, our resident guide, will get you up close (as is safe) to the game. You needn't worry, he has been doing this for many years and always carries a rifle with him, just in case.
We can organise trips lasting as short as a few hours and as long as several days. And, as with all things we do at Sirai, we will make sure you camp in total comfort.
The pool has gorgeous views across the plains to the grey green hills in the far distance, is big enough (20m x 5m) for a good work-out and is surrounded by recliners and raft beds. It has its own shower and changing rooms just nearby.
We have beautiful horses that are available to experienced riders. They live in specially built stables with their own training paddock and are much loved by Venetia and her team of grooms. We are also able to arrange riding for every level on request.
The house is a treasure trove of works of art, unique furniture, curios, books and sculpture.
After dinner, enjoy a game of billiards at the full size William Bentley table or you might prefer to settle in by the fire with a cognac.
If you are looking for peace and quiet, settle down in the library and enjoy the extensive collection of Africana - biographies, histories and guides to flora and fauna. Please don't take any books out of the room.
The drawing room is the focal point of the house. High ceilings, makuti roofing, persian rugs and giant carved sandstone fireplaces at each end make it a perfect spot for entertaining.
The master suite is its own little house with bedroom, study, sitting area and dressing rooms. Relax on its private terraces and lawns and in the infinity pool looking across the tranquil expanse of the conservancy.
A Boma is a traditional Masai cattle enclosure and is the inspiration for our fire pit, the perfect spot for sundown drinks.
Terraced gardens surround the house and gradually fall away away into the wild flowers and grasses of the bush.
Sirai embraces outdoor living with its verandahs, terraced lawns, covered dining places, croquet lawn and boule pit. We also have a beautiful heated pool.
The dining room seats twenty-two but manages to feel informal thanks to the eclectic collection of chairs and mismatched crockery.
We have a team of over 30 staff who all speak English and are there to make sure your visit is perfect. We are able to arrange additional staff such as nannies, masseurs and chefs. Just let us know.
Sirai House is found within the Borana Conservancy, located in the Laikipia district in the central-east Rift Valley province of Kenya, on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. More than 14,000 hectares in size (35,000 acres), the Conservancy is just 27 kilometres (17 miles) north of the equator and has an average altitude of around 2 000 metres (6,560 feet) – which means that year round the weather is warm during the day and cool at night.
Sirai takes its name from the Maasai for euphorbia tree which, along with ancient wild olive trees and indigenous cedars dot the ridge on which the house sits
Sirai House is available for rental on an exclusive occupancy basis. The minimum stay is 3 nights and the house is available for booking all year round.
Sirai House has a state of the art communications system including a completely dedicated 4MB wimax internet connection. The entire site is linked by a fibre-optic backbone and every room has a telephone and wifi delivered internet. The house also has good mobile phone reception throughout.
The dining area by the pool seats 20 and, with its own kitchen, is perfect for long lazy lunches.
You won't have to go far to find a drink. The Pool Bar is also a good perch for watching ping pong on our granite table.
Find some shade without straying too far from the pool.
Given its geographical location, Sirai House is the ideal base from which to explore Mount Kenya and the northern frontier by helicopter, light aircraft or bi-plane. We also highly recommend: trips to Sera, in the North, for a mobile camp in stunning landscapes; trips to Lake Turkana or Lake Alice; Heli-Safaris that can be taken into Ethiopia; riding or camel safaris and much more. All of which can be booked for you by our Sirai team.
Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest in Africa soaring to 5,200 metres (over 17,000 feet) and is just a short helicopter flight away from Sirai, rich in forests, valleys, lakes and peaks. We can drop you on the shores of Lakes Alice or Michaelson for a picnic breakfast and some fly fishing before getting you home to Sirai in time for lunch.
With water scarce, the people of Ol Donyo Wasin are forced to fetch water from deep wells to feed their livestock. They sing as they work and each time they change their song the animals know if it is their turn to drink or to go back to grazing.