Located within grounds of the Karen Blixen Coffee House, these eleven boutique cottages are between them, able to accommodate up to 30 guests.
The spacious gardens are beautifully laid out, with hibiscus and frangipani adding colour, and a tropical feel to this relaxed, almost rural setting.
In addition to the cottages, is the original Swedo House that dates back to 1906, together with the Tamambo Restaurant, all of which make for a perfect retreat or “base camp” between safaris.
The Swedo house was originally a hunting lodge for the coffee farm owned by Baron Blixen and his wife Karen (who wrote the book and film “Out of Africa” under her pen name, Isak Dinesen)
All the cottages are nicely furnished with en-suite bedrooms, a lounge and veranda. The cottages have been designed in the style of the historic Swedo House. They’re clean and bright, yet retain a great sense of history. The design for each cottage incorporates hi-beam ceilings with fireplaces, wood and mazeras stone floors. A verandah overlooking the beautiful tropical gardens is standard, where you can relax and watch the birds, butterflies and flowers of the garden. Feeders have been put up in and around the grounds, which attract a whole host of colourful birdlife.
In each cottage, the bedrooms have a large bathroom with its own shower and bath, mini-bars, satellite TV and Internet connection in all rooms. Three of the cottages have separate dressing rooms for a little more space and comfort.
For families and those wanting more spacious accommodation, larger cottage suites are available which contain two en-suite bedrooms and a large sitting room. There is also a honeymoon cottage, which has a large bedroom and sitting room with each room having its own stylish fireplace.
Restaurants & Bars
There are various areas for lunch or dinner; Tamambo have an excellent restaurant in the same compound within easy walking distance of the cottages. Guests may also enjoy dinner in their rooms or by the poolside for a little more privacy. The menu is extensive with a variety of international food on offer. Weekly specials are popular and a soup and seafood bisque of the day are also available. Menu items include: steaks with a wide variety of sauces from the French Belgian gourmet chef. Numerous seafood dishes are offered such as fish with Pink Butter or Crab Diablo and a wide variety of salads. There is a good vegetarian choice and pasta items are available. The bar snacks offer sizzling beef and chicken, hamburgers, cottage pie or chicken wings if you prefer.
Occasionally special food theme evenings are hosted, an outdoor barbecue or special ethnic food buffets, which provide variety and interest to this tropical setting.
The Restaurant is open for breakfast from 7:00hr daily and the kitchen remains open until 22:00hr.
There is twenty-four-hour room service, a private swimming pool and private bar within the gardens where guests can spend a relaxing afternoon or perhaps arrange a get together with a small group. Private outdoor dinner parties by the pool can also be arranged. Guests staying at the cottages also have access to the Karen Country Club just a few minutes away, where they can use the excellent 19 hole golf course, tennis and pool facilities. There is a very small gym and massage facility within the grounds of the cottages.
Karen Blixen Coffee House Cottages are in an extremely convenient location where they have easy access to:
- Wilson airport. -used for all local safari flights in Kenya (10 minutes)
- International airport.(15-20 minutes)
- National Wildlife Park (10 minutes)
- the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage(10 minutes)
- KWS Safari Walk and Animal Orphanage(10 minutes)
- shopping and banking in the nearby town of Karen (banks, pharmacies, local restaurants, medical facilities, etc). (10 minutes)
- Karen Country and Golf Club. (5 minutes)
- Giraffe Centre (15 minutes)
- Nature walks on horse back with the Karen Riding School, including Champagne breakfasts or Sundowners. (10 minutes)
- Events held in the public area of the restaurant and coffee gardens
- On weekends and holidays, live music groups play new Orleans style Jazz, traditional and modern music in a relaxed atmosphere among the comfortable surroundings.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE HEARD THAT SECURITY COULD BE AN ISSUE AT THIS LOCATION.
A nice quiet location and you can get great food from Tamambo which is right next door in the same compound.
Telephone: +254 020 882 130 / +254 733 616 206 / +254 20 882 508
Address: 336 Karen Road, Within the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden Complex.