About This Listing
Serenity House is on Hoima (Namirembe) Road. Naluvule is after Nansana.
This is a brief description of our house:
Large En-suite master bedroom with study, study and storage rooms and a balcony.
Fully fitted kitchen with all modern appliances
2nd kitchen with wood-fired stove for authentic wood smoked
generator & large rainwater tank for back-up
Big, beautiful compound with several mature fruit trees and a herb garden and Space for 5 cars + garage & maid room
Car, driver and maid services negotiable
Secure - good perimeter wall
Calm and pleasant ambience -Countryside feel yet with City convenience!
The double bedroom wing can be let on its own without the master bedroom wing - if there is availability
While at Serenity, Eddie will take you to explore his garden: see his marvel of a freshwater well, sample the chilli peppers and the sugarcane, enjoy the plentiful greens, examine the jackfruit and the avocado trees; maybe Eddie will pick a fresh pineapple for you or take you fishing in our fishponds for fresh Tilapia of Catfish; or dig up the sweetest of purple yams
Visit Kasubi or Wamala Tombs, go shopping in the shopping centres easily accessed along the Northern Bypass: Game, ShopRite, Garden City.
Matatus and Bodaboda in plenty on the main road only 150metres away.
Many eating places and churches in neighbouring Nansana just down the road. Ask Eddie, he will always have a solution!
HEALTH AND SAFETY
At Serenity, we take the health and safety of our guests seriously. Firstly, although windows and beds have nets, please don't forget your anti-malarial measures. There is a well-stocked First Aid box for emergencies. The kitchen has a fire extinguisher and a fire blanket. We have surrounded the house by plants that are said to inhibit mosquitoes. If you notice anything that we have overlooked, please let us know about it - talk about it with Eddie.
Guests have access to the whole house and compound. However, in the interests of all guests, we would request that they ask the caretaker's permission before picking fruit from the compound.
Guests can also access, under supervision from Eddie the caretaker, the gardens and fish ponds.
Interaction with Guests
Eddie is at the house most days - though unobtrusively, to see that all is well and to open the gate if guests happen to return after 10pm.
The view from the front of the house is wonderful. The scent from the flowers in the compound keeps our our guests returning. The area is safe and friendly - with a local neighbourhood watch. It is within less than 30 minutes of the biggest shopping centres and areas of interest - Game, Shoprite, Garden City, Ndere Cultural Centre, Namirembe and Rubaga Cathedrals, Makerere University, Mulago Hospital Kasubi Tombs and Kavumba Recreational Centre - all worthy a visit.
You don't need a car to get to town - lots of matatus on the main road and boda-bodas too, Eddi can also drive you around in his 'kangaroo; for a small price.
Other Things to Note
Eddie the caretaker, has lived in Kampala since he was a child and has travelled widely throughout Uganda. He also knows the 'ins and outs' of a whole lot of things and is always willing to help our guests with any issues or queries.
One more thing - despite all our efforts, Uganda is still a third world country with third world issues; therefore we cannot promise to cater for every eventually and may have to ask for your patience and understanding sometimes!
Bills: Please note the quoted price does not include bills. These are water, electricity and gas. You will required to pay a bills deposit of £20 per week for the full duration of your stay. The meter readings will be taken at the start and end of your stay and usage calculated. There could be a refund or you could be asked to top up on your deposit to cover the bills. Prices for electricity are quite high in Uganda so please work with Eddie to keep an eye on the meter and usage.
Eddie, the caretaker, has been found to be one of the greatest assets of Serenity House. He can pick you up from the airport (for a small fee), and answer any questions about Kampala and Uganda: he knows both like the back of his hand. Feel free to ask him to show you shortcuts or to drive you in the car for a small charge.
There is a bountiful supply of fruit within the compound - all we ask is that you enjoy the fruits in the compound responsibly - mindful of other guests who might want to share in the bounty of Serenity.
There is access to the internet and the loan of a laptop for that use, if required.
Enjoy the soft manicured lawns, shady trees. Enjoy the fruit: mangoes, guavas, guanabana, passion fruit, pawpaws, oranges, as well as the herbs from the kitchen garden. Feed the gold fish or visit the fish ponds.
There is space for a party but please let Eddie know if you are planning a party of more than 15 external guests as there will be an extra charge.
Serenity House is also for those looking for peace and quiet and privacy. Have a barbeque or have a cold drink under the umbrellas.
Our stay at serenity house was wonderful the house is spacious and the gardens beautiful. The neibourhood felt very safe and the neighbours very helpful the little shop on the corner for cold drinks etc was invaluable. Not too far to the end of the rd was the Matau stage and it took about an hour in to Kamplala. Eddie Nool & Clever were always helpful but never intrusive truly a great haven after the hustle and bustle of kampala.
It was really great to host you and your family - especially at Christmas! Thank you so much for everything you did for us! We hope you will come back again.
I am sorry the internet was a problem. We now have a wifi dongle from Smile and they have promised that reception will be greatly improved in 2015.
I am also going to get an android phone that is already set up for internet connection for use by guests.
Happy New Year and come back again!
Serenity House is spacious and comfortable and the gas cooker was really helpful during the power sharing. Although the house is quite a way out of town it is very near to the main transport routes and there are numerous little shops within walking distance. The gardens are beautiful but we were sorry not to be able to see all of Eddie's grounds.
Very nice house, very comfortable. Garden is lovely. There is a lovely sun terrace to sit on and Eddy and the rest of the staff are very helpful. Would stay again if we come back to Kampala.
We have stayed at Serenity House several times now. Serenity House is secure and located in a peaceful area. It provides a welcome retreat from faster-paced downtown Kampala. Special thanks to Eddie and Noor who have been excellent hosts as always. Serenity House shows off some of the best assets of Uganda, their welcoming people. Thanks Philly, Eddie and Noor for another great stay.
We stayed at Serenity House for a few weeks and were pleased with it. I have traveled to Uganda over 18 times from the US doing mission work and have stayed in many different guest houses/homes and hotels. Serenity House was the most spacious and the compound was nice, private and secure. The price was very good for all of the amenities offered.
The caretaker Eddie managed us very well and took care of anything we needed right away.
It was nice having a kitchen with a very good oven/stovetop, refrigerator and freezer and dishwasher. The master bedroom had tons of space and storage and the beds were comfortable.
We travel the road to Fort Portal fairly often and with where the house is located, we could take the back way without having to drive through town (Kampala) at all which was convenient for us in that respect. Traffic is a problem in Nansana at certain times of the day, but other than that we really enjoyed our stay and would recommend it!
I highly recommend the Serenity House in Kampala for your next stay. The home is well-equipped for the 5 in our group with a full kitchen tile floors in the main common areas and 2 bathrooms, one in the Master Bedroom. The home provides a nice break from the congestion of Kampala and is in a quite area with beautiful grounds. There is ample water and generator power available to counter the areas frequent power outages. The security was good and we did not have a concern about our safety. Philly was very pleasant to deal with and everything was exactly as advertised. By far one of the most enjoyable experiences about our stay was our interaction with Eddie and his family. The onsite caretaker ensured we were well taken care of and was instrumental in making us feel welcome. I would not hesitate to stay here again and would encourage others to consider Serenity House on their next visit to Kampala.
About the Host, Philly
Hi, I live in London and I work for Waltham Forest College. I am originally from Uganda and Serenity House is my dream home but I cannot remain there on holiday forever! The next best thing is to get others to enjoy it!