About this listing
Our cool and comfortable ensuite bedroom room is your perfect home away from home – on a one-acre compound of mature gardens. Enjoy the fully furnished home w/gourmet kitchen, and a variety of sights and restaurants in the neighbourhood.
A cozy cottage nestled among the trees. A tranquil location, where you can revel in the sounds of numerous bird species
Rhino Park Bungalow is a charming home, recently renovated to comprise 3 self-contained rooms with all new fixtures. The home boasts a mature garden with flowering plants. Your bedroom comfortably fits 2 people, has a Queen-size bed and ample closet space.
There is wifi at the house, and a wifi-enabled TV is available for streaming or watching DVDs.
Lights and hot water are all powered by solar. Power during blackouts is ensured by a backup inverter. Water in Kenya, as elsewhere in the world, is a precious commodity, so we request that you use it sparingly.
The house has been renovated with special touches, such as natural mazeras stone floors (bathrooms and kitchen), hardwood flooring in living and dining area, and Kitengela hand-crafted glass sinks and accents throughout.
Much of the time, I am not in Nairobi; but guests will always have access to the entire house and gardens (even when I am here), which includes a large gourmet kitchen, dining and living rooms (w/fireplace), central courtyard (with gas BBQ) and dining terrace/veranda. There is an extensive book and DVD library, which you are welcome to enjoy – we only ask that you treat them with care!
Interaction with Guests
I spend half the year in New York, and half in Nairobi. When in Nairobi, I am happy to share some time with guests, especially to advise on activities and information about Nairobi and Kenya in general. When I'm away, the house is looked after by my dedicated and long-serving staff of three (watchman, gardener and housekeeper). They live on the property and are on hand for any assistance guests may require.
Located nearby are supermarkets (Nakumatt, KPS and Chandarana), banks, post office, specialty shops, and salons. There are numerous restaurants and bars, including Dari, Osteria, Qué Pasa, Tamambo/Karen Blixen Coffee Garden, Open House, Purdy Arms, Haru Japanese, Talisman and others.
Nearby attractions include: Nairobi National Park (and Safari Walk), Bomas of Kenya, Giraffe Centre, Mamba Village (crocodile Farm), Karen Blixen Museum, Daphne Sheldrick Animal Orphanage, the Ngong Hills and the Great Rift Valley.
Arriving at JKIA, it is best to take a taxi to Karen, which runs bet. Kshs 2,500 and 3,000 (US$30-35). In and around Nairobi, public transport is complicated at best; taxis provide a reliable (if not slightly costly) alternative. Within Karen, there is easy public transport from nearby the house to the Karen shopping centre.
Our second stay at Lorna's couldn't have been more delightful. We greatly enjoyed the peace & quiet, and the staff were discreet but very friendly and helpful.
Staying at Lorna's has been a delightful experience - the grounds are absolutely gorgeous and her home is very comfortable. Lorna herself happened to be around occasionally, and we enjoyed her company very much. She and her staff have gone out of their way to make us feel at home and we are very grateful. We look forward to our second stay there!
Lorna was extremely quick at responding to my emails and made me feel confident as it was my first time travelling to Kenya. Her housekeeper, Mbethie and gardener, Too greeted us even though our flight was 5 hrs later than planned. They were extremely helpful calling cabs for us on both days to help us get about. They also made use feel at home. The house was really homely and relaxing, there was a DVD player and TV. We used the BBQ which Too set up for us and had great steaks. Overall a great experience and would recommend to people. Be aware that Karen is a 40mins to 60mins drive from the airport. We felt very safe.
Lorna's place was wonderful! Perfect combination of privacy and location! Staff were lovely and helpful and I would definitely recommend to anyone coming for a visit!
It was such a treat to stay in Lorna's home. It is a beautiful house and wonderfully curated with its selection of various artefacts. The garden has mature trees and is perfectly relaxing. The house is very accessible to the centre of Karen. The room was comfortable with a good, hot shower. The staff were incredibly welcoming and it was nice to briefly meet Lorna's daughter. I work in South Sudan and was hoping for a long weekend's rest. It was a great location to do this. I would love to stay at Lorna's again and would highly recommend it.
we have well felt in the house of lorna welcome and safe. Lorna was not present, however, it has instructed us well by mail and their staff was fehr friendly and helpful.
The housekeeper has also prepared the dinner for us on request. which, incidentally, very tasted. The kitchen is very modern renovated and the bathroom is very nicely (email hidden)e house is very quiet but also near shops, restaurants and atm. because it can be quite chilly in the evening in august, we were very pleased when the staff for us a fire has ignited in the chimney. In the night sometimes the many dogs have been barking neighborhood persevering from.
We had a great stay in Lorna's house. The house is well furnished, with a modern African touch. The in-house design is splendid, we loved the living room and glass art in the bathrooms. The garden and verandas are perfect for taking meals in company of the playfull dogs and in making barbecues.
The house host gave us all the assistance we needed, and was real friendly.
I would recommend this place to whoever is travelling to Nairobi and would like to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of Karen. Its an easy drive from the Ngong Hills.
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About the Host, Lorna
Born in New York, I've lived in New Orleans, the Caribbean, France, and England. I have lived in Kenya since 1987 and made it my home. I have 20 years' working experience in the cultural heritage sector in Africa, and now work as a freelance consultant and property manager. I love meeting people from all over the world - being an Airbnb host and guest have been amazing experiences – visiting great places and meeting wonderful people!
I currently divide my time between Kenya and New York.