The Lodge was built by Martha Gelhorn who came to Kenya in 1948 and stayed in Mombasa for 3 years after her retirement. She learnt about Naivasha and particularly about this place through a friend. In 1951 she made her maiden visit to this place and fell in love with it.
It struck her as a paradise hence she bought the land and built the main house. Ernest Hemingway passed through here on his last trip to Kenya en-route to Uganda in 1953 with his 3rd wife Martha Gelhorn. He stayed in the main house for a few days while in transit.
The Lodge is on 82,000 acres of land inside Hell's Gate Park. Meals are four courses served from the veranda or in the main dining in the main house or outside in the open with views of Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate or open plains.