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Our Homes:

An Elegant Coastal family home overlooking the Indian Ocean

There are two houses on the property (Takaungu House and The Private House) – and although the houses are close, they are two separate entities and we hope you will respect the other houses privacy as much as they will respect yours ! Late nights and parties are fun as are boisterous children round the pool at siesta hour, but please do respect each others quiet times.

There are two individual access routes to the beach which means that the other house doesn’t have to wander past you when you have just woken up.

The beach is generally a haven of peace and the “cool pool” at the southern end is a safe swimming/wallow area at any stage of the tide and is a perfect pool for aspiring toddler swimmers. The rag coral caves make for great pirate exploration! If you are exploring this end of the beach, do remember to wear rubber shoes.

The water can be quite bumpy at high tide and there are currents. Spring tides are great fun to ride the waves, but are really only suitable for strong swimmers. We recommend children do not swim at spring tides.

High days and holidays and the beach is public property all the village children and many residents come down and it is wiser to retire to the verandah until peace reigns the following morning.

The fishermen have a Banda down on the beach but often leave their possessions with our staff which means a supply of fresh fish. Any problems with the fishermen please refer to Bakari who will talk to the Turtle Conservation Group who are our unofficial guards for the beach.

Security has never been a big issue as we have a good relationship with the village and you will see the houses are hardly burglar proofed. We generally shut the main windows and doors at night to dissuade petty theft. Husseini and Mwalimu the guards are around after dark to keep an eye on things

The Turtle Conservation Group keep an eye during the day but we would suggest not taking any valuables to the beach. Please also be careful not to take towels to the beach a sarong is more than adequate.

Please, be careful and don’t leave cash or valuables lying around and lock up any wodge or valuable items in a safe place. There is a small lockable cash box available in each house.

Bakari is the man in charge of pretty much everything and will do his best to keep his girls in line and look after you.

Both he and the girls are competent cooks and should make your stay a pleasure. Please just discuss with him what you want to eat and he will sort things out.

He has a book which he keeps for village purchases and will tell you when he needs money and keep an account.

Some items require a sortie to Kilifi and he can either tell you where to go or come with you to find things. At a pinch he can always get on a bicycle and go and buy things.

You will find all the basics in the village, tea, milk, sugar, eggs, basic fruit such as bananas and mangoes in season, some sodas, ice and margarine. You won’t find alcohol, butter, coffee, kerosene, gas or meat – for these items please drive to Kilifi. You should not run out of gas but should you do so, Bakari will advise where to get it in Kilifi.

Please note that fish will be bought up from the sea for you to purchase in season. Prawns and shellfish are generally not available from the beach and these may be purchased in Kilifi or given sufficient notice found and purchased by Bakari.

Coast houses are normally fine for wet swimming costumes but because this is also our home we do have leather dining chairs which are rather old and do better without wet bums. There are a few items of furniture that require a little more than gentle care so please treat them with the respect that age expects.

Swimming pool

The houses both have their own fresh water pools these are filtered by rotation and the sparkling water provides a lovely freshen up after the beach the pool temperature remains a very comfortable 26-28 deg. C throughout the year. There are fresh water showers next to both the pools to wash off beach sand.

Fine Food

Being right on the sea our diet is largely seafood. The vagaries of wind and tide determine exactly what and when we get particular types of seafood and our ethos has always been to enjoy whatever is fresh. Bakari and Selina both have a considerable repertoire of seafood menus and recipes and please feel free to discuss your preferences with them.

Spa

The Spa facilities are new for us and while Takaungu House is a haven of peace in its own right we feel sure that the Spa facilities offered will improve the experience.

Staff

The Houses are fully staffed to make your stay as comfortable as possible: The main man and your general advisor is Bakari he is also the main cook and is assisted by: Selina, Binti and Joseph, who alternate between both houses depending on how busy they are.

Salina’s lemon sponge cake at teatime is legendary!

Steven and Wanja look after pools and Gardens Mama Chadi is another legend and keeps an eye on all of the above

Night watchman – Hussieni and Mwalimu.

1. PRIVATE HOUSE

The old main house sleeps six

Private House is the original dwelling house built many years ago by the Arab trader who originally had this little smidge of heaven as his summer beach house. The house is perched on a bluff overlooking the sea and the long white beach. The walls are thick limestone or coral rag and the sea breezes keep it cool. However, all bedrooms have standing fans.

Master bedroom

The master bedroom with its somewhat quaint ensuite bathroom is the original bedroom and retains much of the original beams and quirks of the house.

Guest twin bedroom

The twin bedroom with two generous single Arab beds has its also rather quirky ensuite bathroom and looks onto the swimming pool.

Guest double bedroom

The double bedroom also looks out to sea over the swimming pool and has its own adjoining bathroom. Big wooden shutters like all the other rooms look onto the veranda which surrounds the central pool.

2. TAKAUNGU HOUSE

Sleeps Eight plus 2 or 3 children

Takaungu House started life as a guest house for Charlie’s Mum. When I had poured the slab for the roof I realised that it had to go up another story as the view was hard to beat, the house then grew, we built the adjoining cottage (Wishies cottage) for Charlie’s Mum and a few years ago we finished off the main house with the Zanzibar style rooms at the top. The house looks out onto its own swimming pool and has generous rooms, ceilings and verandas. Although cooled by the prevailing winds, all bedrooms have standing fans.

The Master bedroom.

The top floor of the house, all 2000 square feet of it, comprises of a vast bedroom, an open and ensuite bathroom and a morning veranda which also has a big Arab bed for an occasional guest or family member so this makes these rooms ideal for parents plus a child. The views from here are truly stunning and the open front makes it the coolest room on the coast!

The Double room.

This room was for many years the master room and is a comfortable double room with its ensuite bathroom. It shares its veranda with the room next door.

Tom’s Room.

This double room was built for a younger son and although the Lego has been replaced with Arab or Campaign furniture the ensuite bathroom is definitely built for younger people!

Wishies Cottage.

Built as a separate but self contained Granny flat, this cottage comprises a big double bed and adjoining twin beds in the sitting room area which share a bathroom. The cottage has its own veranda and can easily be utilised as extra accommodation for either of the houses.

Swimming, Snorkelling and Diving

The houses both have their own fresh water pools these are filtered by rotation and the sparkling water provides a lovely freshen up after the beach the pool temperature remains a very comfortable 26-28 deg. C throughout the year.

There are fresh water showers next to both the pools to wash off beach sand.

The beach provides excellent swimming depending on the state of tide. There can be quite strong currents at high tide so do be careful but low tide leaves pools and wallows especially at the southern end of the beach where the ‘cool pool’ provides respite for the serious sunbather and the ultimate children’s pool!

Snorkelling is great just off the reef at low tide (choose your times around an hour each side of low tide). There are masks, snorkels and fins available. Please ask Bakari and should you lose them we will ask you to replace them. Green turtles feed inshore just off beach at high tide in front of the houses. We operate a ‘turtle watch’ system with the local fishermen to try and protect them on this, nesting, beach

Diving can be arranged through Buccaneer Diving, who are based at the Mnarani Club, Kilifi. The local reefs are good and Vuma caves to the south of Takaungu can be very dramatic and are rated as one of the finest dives on the coast. There are caves and blowholes, with deep water just a few yards from the cliffs, frequented by grouper and snapper, giant Napoleon wrasse and visiting pelagic.

Watersport & Kite Surfing

Whilst we have snorkelling gear and a few body boards at the house Mnarani Club, beside the bridge on the south side of Kilifi Creek which is a short 20 mins drive from Takaungu offers great water sport facilities including sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, waterskiing etc.

Takaungu Beach is suitable for Kite Surfing for experienced Kite Surfers only. Kite Surfing equipment is not provided.

Larger boats can be hired from the Boatyard about a mile up Kilifi creek on the same side where you will also find a pleasant bar, good company and simple food and drink.

The creek at Kilifi offers a fabulous deep water anchorage for yachts and is ideal for sailing and windsurfing. The mangrove creeks with their birds, mudskippers and fiddler crabs are fascinating places to explore.

Village walks, Gedi Ruins, Arabuko Sikoki Forest

Takaungu Village is a fifteen minute walk from the houses, or a five minute drive. It is a quiet traditional fishing village and largely Muslim. As such, it is important to observe local protocol to cover up if you visit, and not wear anything revealing.

There are excellent little shops or ‘dukas’ for the gentle pastime of buying ‘Khangas and Kikois’ Bakari will show you where and ensure you only pay the market price.

There is an excellent local handicraft and leather workshop, ZINJ, located just near the village where you can buy good quality beaded goods. A little retail therapy often helps!

Bakari will be happy to arrange trips to Watamu, (1.15hrs mins drive) Gedi (1 hrs drive) and the Arabuko forest (45 mins drive).

Mombasa day trip & Malindi day trip

A day out in Mombasa visiting Fort Jesus, the old town and wandering around the myriad of shops around the old Market make for a splendid day out. You can finish it of with a wonderful seafood extravaganza at the Tamarind Restaurant.

Golf at Vipingo Ridge

There is an excellent new golf course at Vipingo Ridge, just 15 minutes south of the turn off to Takaungu

The course has been designed and built to the exacting USGA standard and is of international class.

It has a spectacular setting, at the top of the ridge overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Dhow Cruise

There is a great dhow cruise – either out to the reef for snorkelling (and seafood lunch cooked on board), or a an evening sundowners cruise up Kilifi Creek.

Massage & Yoga

Massage and manicure/ pedicures can be booked easily from Kilifi, and arranged for the following day, again ask Bakari and he will organise it.

Yoga enthusiasts will love practicing on the top of the pool pump house overlooking the Indian Ocean. You can’t get closer to heaven….

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