Mwenye Amin House

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The house is thought to be over 250 years old. It once belonged to the Al-Bakry family, one of the ruling families in Lamu. Keeping to the original design, the house has retained its “harmonious irregularity” and much of its old soul and character. Its massive coral walls, high ceilings, inner courtyards and large open galleries make the house cool, light and airy. The furnishing is the creation of a local artist, recycling old dhow wood.

The first floor and rooftop are available for renting and can sleep up to four adults and two children: Two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and dressing areas, one overlooking a garden, the other one overlooking the courtyard. A third sleeping area is ideal for children as it is close to the master bedroom. From the dining area on the first floor, one can catch a glimpse of street life.

As in the old days, the rooftop holds the kitchen as well as a terrace overlooking Lamu town, perfect for afternoon tea with a good book or to enjoy a nice breeze. In the evening, the roof terrace becomes the favourite place for candle lit dinners and star gazing.

The house is rented out on a bed & breakfast basis and has a cook/caretaker, who will take care of all your needs. In his fully equipped kitchen, he can also prepare lunch and dinner on request. Just tell him what you would like to eat and he will organise it for you. You are also welcome to accompany him to the exciting local market.


Around the place
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  • Breakfast
  • Cook
  • Kitchen
  • Housekeeper
  • Hot water


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