Maridhiya House

Our lovingly restored 18th Century Swahili house sits in a quiet, elevated position within Lamu’s UNESCO World Heritage Area

  • Recently renovated with great care and attention to detail
  • 2/3 double bedrooms, each with ensuite bathroom
  • Two breezy roof terraces with lovely town and sea views
  • Spacious, open plan first floor living and dining room
  • Ideal for a one or two couples or a small family
  • Sleeps 4+, Standard rental rate 150 Euros per night

"I'm finally back in the real world after a wonderful time at your house. We did two dhow trips - Manda and Takwa, and did the Museum, Fort, Lamu House, etc. Kahindi's fish curry is the best I have ever had (even better than a fish curry in India!). The house is truly amazing." Roy, Pretoria

"We couldn't have asked for a better way to end our honeymoon. We had a fantastic and magical weekend at beautiful Maridhiya House. We couldn't stop eating the delicious food cooked by Kahindi who looked after us so well - a trip to recommend!" Kate and Aidan, London

"So sad to leave Maridhiya - an absolutely stunning place and the perfect peaceful retreat. I recommend it very highly to anyone visiting Lamu. Thanks so much!" Laura, Scotland

Situated in a particularly peaceful and unspoilt area of Lamu’s historic Stone Town, Maridhiya House has been comprehensively renovated with great skill, care and attention to detail. The result is a beautiful, comfortable and very ‘livable’ house, and one which retains its many historic Swahili decorative features and authentic atmosphere.

Maridhiya is entered from a traditional daka entrance porch which leads into a small internal courtyard with palm tree. The impressive ground floor reception gallery and kitchen have 13ft (4 metre) high ceilings and a wealth of meticulously restored decorative plasterwork and ornate zidaka wall niches.

The large and airy first floor living and dining area also features high ceilings, traditional Islamic masharabya window screens from Egypt, a generous dining table and expansive built-in baraza sofas. Also on the first floor is a double bedroom with four poster bed, en-suite bathroom, ceiling fan and generous wardrobe & cupboard space.

The second floor master bedroom is approached from a breezy roof terrace, part open and part makuti-thatched and with comfortable and shady baraza seats and tables. From here, and from the third floor open-air terrace above, there are attractive and uninterrupted views across neighbouring gardens and rooftops to the Lamu channel and Manda island.

The spacious master bedroom runs the entire width of the house and features a king size four poster bed, ceiling fan, ample wardrobe & storage space and a large en-suite bathroom. On the ground floor there is an additional sizeable bedroom with double four-poster bed and adjoining bathroom – best used as an ‘overflow’ room for children or unexpected guests.

The house is situated close to Lamu’s historic ‘Kinoni’ whetstone where swords and weapons were sharpened in past centuries – and which gives its name to the surrounding neighbourhood. Also nearby is the charming small ‘Tambuni’ Mosque – named after the many small betel nut plantations which still exist in the area.

Maridhiya is ably looked after by Kahindi who will do all he can to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. We’re happy to recommend Maridhiya as perhaps the nicest small house to rent in Lamu Town – it is ideal for one or two couples or a small family and is always very popular. We advise you to book early.

Standard Rate 150 Euros
Low Season 100 Euros
Christmas & New Year 250 Euros

Rental rates are for the entire house per night - and this includes the services of the house staff. Maridhiya House is rented on a self catering basis - the staff will shop and cook for you and will keep a record of all expenditure. Please contact us to enquire about availability, to make a booking or for any further information or advice.

Maridhiya House is also available for sale and you can find out more about its renovation in our building and design pages


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