Situated along the pristine silver sand beaches of Lake Malawi, close to the village of Chintheche in Nkhata Bay District. On the very edge of the dunes, The Beach House is almost hidden from view by indigenous trees. To the front, translucent waters and shimmering sands invite the visitor in search of relaxation.
Sit on the spacious patio and gaze over the beach and the lake, all the way to the velvety outlines of Chisumulu and Likoma islands and the distant mountains on the Mozambique shores of the lake. Many of the photographs which appear in Central Africana’s books on Malawi and Lake Malawi were taken on or near these beaches and dawn over the lake is a sight never to be forgotten.
The Beach House has four large bedrooms, all with twin beds, mosquito nets and en-suite bathrooms. The spacious lounge area is furnished in traditional colonial style with many old maps, prints and photographs of Nyasaland, as Malawi used to be called, and the immediate lakeshore area. The house, and its unique content, have been called ‘a tribute to the historic and present day appeals of Lake Malawi as a tourism choice’.
A well-equipped kitchen, with a large refrigerator and a freezer, allows the widest range of self-catering. House servants are available to help. By special arrangement, and at small extra cost, a qualified cook made be made available to help with all meals, but a few day’s notice is generally required.
A fruit orchard, set in lawns at the rear of the house provides lemons and mangoes in season. The local fish – chambo, kampango, ncheni and the whitebait-like usipa – can often be bought at dawn from local fishermen on the adjacent beach although some negotiation is both expected and advised.
There are landline telephones and cell phone coverage is good, but there is no satellite television, just a well-stocked library and games for the family, including table tennis. Kande Horse offers riding by the hour on the beaches of nearby Kande or in the woodland rising up to the forested Viphya Plateau.