Uzio House, Shela Village

A lovely, authentic and historic 3-bedroom house situated on a quiet and sheltered stretch of Shela seafront, Uzio – Kiswahili for ‘fish trap’ – looks out over the dhow harbour and enjoys panoramic views across the Lamu channel.

“My favourite house in Shela, filled with gorgeous memories. The best location, the best view, always a lovely breeze. And such lovely people!”

Nathalie, Nanyuki

Uzio House is one of the most historic and welcoming houses in fashionable Shela village. Refurbished and redecorated for 2018, it retains its authentic Swahili character and is full of traditional decorative and architectural features such as carved wooden doors, intricate zidaka plasterwork and painted wooden beams – plus antique Lamu furniture and quirky fixtures and fittings – all lovingly assembled and cared-for by the house’s Italian owner. .

The house is laid out over three floors. On the top floor is the Master Bedroom Suite which has its own private interior sitting room and bathroom. It leads onto a makuti-thatched terrace with built-in baraza sofa seats and lovely views of Manda Island and the Shela waterfront. Below are two more bedrooms – one twin-bedded and one double-bedded – both with their own bathrooms. Also on the First Floor is a spacious dining, sitting, veranda and terrace area – part interior, part open-air and part makuti-thatched.

“We were extremely happy with Uzio House – the staff were great, it was beautiful and the location is perfect. I suspect it will be very busy come high season! Thanks for organising the house – hopefully we will be able to visit again soon”

Dean, Nairobi

The traditional galleries of the historic Ground Floor lead on to a covered dining terrace with sitting area and a small harbourfront garden full of vibrant bouganvillia and its very own coconut tree. Chef and house manager Kahindi and the two other friendly and helpful house staff are on hand to shop, cook and look after guests as required – they can also do laundry and help organise dhow trips and other excursions.

Also available to rent in conjunction with the Main House is the 1-bedroom Uzio Cottage. Just next door to Uzio House this self-contained annexe consists of double bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and private makuti-thatched roof terrace with sofa seats and dining table.

Summary

  • An atmospheric, traditional and stylish Swahili home
  • Filled with antique furniture, Lamu character and charm
  • Lovely sea and village views from multiple terraces
  • Just steps from Shela beach and Peponi Hotel
  • Accommodates 6 guests in 3 double/twin bedrooms
  • Additional 1-bedroom annexe also sometimes available
  • Standard accommodation rate – ksh 37,500 per night for up to 6 guests

Detailed Information

Location

Lamu is best accessed by air and there are usually several scheduled flights per day to and from Nairobi. Some flights also arrive or depart via Malindi. Airlines serving Lamu include :

Visitor’s Book

“My favourite house in Shela, filled with gorgeous memories. The best location, the best view, always a lovely breeze. And such lovely people!”

Nathalie, Nanyuki

“We were extremely happy with Uzio House – the staff were great, it was beautiful and the location is perfect. I suspect it will be very busy come high season! Thanks for organising the house – hopefully we will be able to visit again soon.”

Dean, Nairobi

Rates

Main House – ksh 37,500 per night

Cottage – ksh 10,000 per night

The Cottage is only rented in conjunction with the Main House

Minimum stay – 3 nights

Maximum occupancy – 6 guests in the Main House and 2 guests in the Cottage

All stays are on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of chef and housekeeper

Please contact us for Christmas & New Year rates

Airport boat transfers organised at additional cost

Check in – 3 pm, Check out – 10 am

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 8th January 2023

Please contact us to make a booking

Please familiarise yourself with all our terms & conditions when making a booking

Availability Calendar

Please click through and refresh the calendar in order to see the most up-to-date availabilities

Previous Month
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
Loading
June 2022Next Month
  • M
  • T
  • W
  • T
  • F
  • S
  • S
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
Loading

Available

Booked