Shela House

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A renovated colonial era house, built on three floors around an open courtyard, well shaded with plants. The entrance hall leads into the courtyard, edged by a baraza sitting and eating area. Two staircases lead from the courtyard to the upper rooms and terraces.

It is an old house of great character, with ample room for two families. Most time is spent on the two rooftops – here you can eat, sleep, play cards or just gaze out at the sea, the surrounding village or the night sky.

There are five ensuite bedrooms – three double bedrooms, another with two large four-poster single beds and a smaller single bedroom. Adjoining the major suite there is a nursery room with a cot and two beds. A spacious second floor dayroom and terrace provide additional lounging or games area, with a small library of books for all ages.


Full board: The house cook will do all your catering. He will bake bread, suggest menus and cook excellent Swahili fish dishes. Basic foodstuffs, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit are available in the local Lamu market, while other supplies are flown down from Nairobi. Fish, lobster, crab and fresh oysters come to the door or can be ordered.

Self Catering: If you choose this option, the cook will still do all your shopping and keep a record of your expenditure for every meal he prepares for you. Please bring luxury food items and condiments with you. Fresh dairy products, meat and chicken are difficult to find in Lamu. We have a small supply of goods not available on the island for sale in our store.

The kitchen is well equipped with gas cooker, fridge, deep-freezer, bottle cooler, ice-maker, ice-cream machine and liquidiser. Sodas and beer can be bought locally, Wine is locally available or we can help with an order from a Nairobi wine supplier.

Spirits should be brought along with you.


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  • Kitchen
  • Gardener
  • Housekeeper
  • Hot water


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