The Allen Estate, Ras Kitau, Manda Beach
Swahili Style, Safari Chic and Self Sufficiency combine in a spectacular and unique oceanside hideaway. With luxurious ‘Robinson Crusoe’ style treehouses, 75m of prime beachfront and 3.5 flourishing acres in this sought-after location.
The Allen Estate sits in a wonderfully quiet, unspoilt and sheltered position at the southern end of Manda Beach. It the last developed property before the 8 pristine acres of Ras Kitau fort ruins (gazetted as a monument by the National Museums of Kenya).
The Estate’s main accommodation consists of three dramatic raised ‘tree houses’, with soaring makuti-thatched ‘cathedral’ ceilings and hardwood decked floors. These house airy, spacious bedroom suites, and a huge central living, dining and lounging area – a wonderful and versatile space for relaxing or for entertaining in expansive style.
One tree house is built around and above the original charming old colonial-style house first constructed on the site some decades ago, which itself houses further ground floor bedrooms and guest accommodation.
The treehouses are robustly constructed of top-quality African Gumtree wood from sustainable sources in upcountry Kenya. From their expansive wooden decks, and shady balconies and verandahs there are lovely views out to sea, over the treetops, and across the Lamu Channel to Shela and its magnificent beach and dunes.
Other buildings on the property include an independent and spacious kitchen block, together with ample storage, and accommodation for several staff. The combined area of all the buildings is approximately 6000 sq ft.
The property offers a feeling of complete privacy and remoteness, together with direct access to a secluded and often deserted white-sand beach – perfect for swimming, snorkeling, sunbathing, fishing, boating, beachcombing and dolphin-spotting. Yet the property is only a few minutes from the attractions of Shela and Lamu Town.
The plot is approximately rectangular in shape with a westerly beach frontage of 75m and a depth of 226 m. Manda Island is well-known for the variety and wealth of its flora and fauna. There is excellent shrub and tree cover (including mature Baobabs, Neem, Acacia and other Flamboyants) throughout the plot, and the land is level and fertile with good soil, coral and sand. Manda is home to a colourful array of tropical bird life, and also attracts wildlife from the Kenyan mainland.
The Estate has a very well established and demarcated Freehold Title that dates back several decades, and it has been owned by the same Anglo-Kenyan family for the past 35 years. The property is entirely self-sufficient in water and power. Rainwater is collected and stored in large underground tanks with a combined capacity of over 200,000 litres. Electricity is generated by solar panels in conjunction with an inverter, and solar water heaters provide ample hot water for showers and bathrooms.
There is plenty of space and potential for further construction on the property, and it would be quite possible to build further guest accommodation privately situated among the trees and shrubs to the rear of the main houses.
Total Area – 3.66 Acres / 1.482 Hectares
Buildings Area – 6000 sq ft approx
Price – 850,000 Euros