Garden House, Shela Village

A really delightful 2-bedroom village retreat surrounded by Shela’s largest private garden and enjoying elevated sea views across the dhow harbour, Garden House is often rented with the neighbouring Mama Daktari House and Betty’s Suite – together they can accommodate 10 guests.

“Our stay at the charming Moon Houses was extremely memorable. They are the best option in Shela with a fantastic location and service. The food was delicious, inventive and used local ingredients. The property manager also organized a yoga class for us which was highly appreciated.” 

SC, Washington DC

Garden House is one of the Moon Houses – a collection of neighbouring and interconnecting houses set just back from the seafront in Shela Village.  Each of the houses can be rented individually – or together with one or more of the adjoining properties – providing flexible and adaptable accommodation for from 2 up to 22 guests.

Historic and charming, furnished with local antiques and built in traditional Swahili style, the houses come complete with excellent chefs and housekeepers.  The houses are rented on a ‘self-catering’ basis – guests can choose from a guideline menu and the house staff will shop and prepare and serve meals as required, buying ingredients and provisions for guests ‘at cost’.

The houses also come with the services of a professional on-site manager who can help organise local activities and excursions.  Rentals also include return airport transfers on the Moon Houses’ own private motor boat, along with complimentary laundry services and wi-fi internet.

Rentals of the Moon Houses help support the Safari Doctors project www.safaridoctors.org. Safari Doctors is currently the only organization providing regular medical care to remote areas of the Lamu District.  Safari Doctors runs a monthly mobile which travels up the coast north of Lamu by dhow – reaching distant communities in need of health services.

Summary

  • A lovely and relaxing place to stay all set on one level
  • Set in Shela’s largest private gardens
  • Lovely sea view terraces and veranda
  • Accommodates 4 guests in 2 double ensuite bedrooms
  • Standard rental rate – $290 per night

Detailed Information

  • 2 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Large veranda with living and dining areas
  • Extensive sea-view gardens
  • Private chef and housekeepers
  • On-site manager
  • Return airport transfers by private boat
  • Laundry service
  • Wifi internet

Location

Garden House sits less than 50 metres from the seafront in Shela Village, close to the eastern tip of Lamu Island. The island’s main beach is just a minute or two away from the house, as are Peponi Hotel and the other attractions of the village. Lamu Town is two miles north of Shela, and Manda Island and its airport are just a short boat ride away.

Visitor’s Book

“Our stay at the charming Moon Houses was extremely memorable. They are the best option in Shela with a fantastic location and service. The food was delicious, inventive and used local ingredients. The property manager also organized a yoga class for us which was highly appreciated.” 

SC, Washington DC

Rates

  • Standard rental rate per night (March to June, September to December)  $290 per night
  • High season rental rate (January and February)  $360 per night
  • Christmas and New Year – $450 per night

Rentals are on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of chef and house staff

Rentals include return airport transfers, laundry and wi-fi

These rates are for East African residents – please contact us for ‘non resident’ rates