About this listing
This lovely bungalow has two comfortable ensuite bedrooms: perfect for long-term rental, on a one-acre compound of mature gardens. Enjoy a fully furnished home w/new 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
Perfect for long-term rental! Rhino Park Bungalow is a charming 3bdr home, which I purchased in 2012 and renovated to comprise ensuite bedrooms with all new fixtures. The home boasts a mature garden with flowering plants. Each of the two rental bedrooms comfortably fits 2 people, each has a Queen-size bed and ample closet space and private bathroom.
There is wifi at the house, and a wifi-enabled smart 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.
Monthly/long-term rental cost includes:
3 full-time staff, electricity (up to a cap of Kshs 3000), water, security (incl. alarm, dogs and the community gate), internet, weekly rubbish collection. You will be responsible for replenishing the cooking gas as needed.
Since the house is rented while I am away, guests will have access to the entire house (except my bedroom) and gardens, which includes a large gourmet kitchen, dining and living rooms (w/fireplace), central courtyard (with gas BBQ) and two large dining terraces/veranda. There is an extensive book and DVD library, which you are welcome to enjoy – we only ask that you treat them with care and return them where you found them!
Interaction with Guests
I currently divide my time between Nairobi and New York, and my daughter is away at university. In our absence, the house is well cared for by my dedicated and long-serving staff of three:
Too, gardener/handyman; and
Mbithe, housekeeper - and her two young daughters Abby and Alina.
They all live on the property in a separate house at the top of the compound, and are on hand for any assistance guests may require.
Mbithe cleans and dusts the house daily - please let her know if you wish to not be disturbed.
In case of anything, I am only an email or sms message away! Mbithe and Too also use email, and are in regular contact with me.
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.
Other Things to Note
Monthly/long-term rental costs includes: 3 full-time staff, electricity (up to a cap of Kshs 3000), water, security (incl. alarm, dogs and the community gate), wifi, weekly rubbish collection. You will be responsible for replenishing the cooking gas and cleaning materials as needed (eg. soaps, detergent, toilet paper etc...)
If you need laundry done, including sheets and towels, please let Mbithe know and she will do it - the machine is quirky and she understands it best! Please indicate if you need anything ironed.
Mbithe's responsibilities include housekeeping and management; if you would like her to cook (she recently completed cooking classes) or babysit, this can be arranged at an extra cost that you can negotiate with her directly.
If you need firewood, please ask Too!
Isaya, the watchman, is strict with his working hours: 6pm-6am. If you are leaving to catch a flight in the wee hours of the morning, or just after 6am, please let him know. During the day, Too is in charge of opening/closing the gate (just hoot when you are leaving!).
If you have enjoyed your stay and the staff have been helpful, please consider offering them something extra when you leave, or small gifts for the girls, Abby and Alina.
Please enjoy my house, which was renovated with love – and treat the house, furnishings and property with care and respect. Please report any breakages or damage to Mbithe.
Please note that the objects in the glass-doored cabinets in the sitting and dining room are for DISPLAY ONLY, not for use.
Please do NOT use any metal utensils or steel wire on the non-stick cookware.
In the event of a power outage and the house is running on the inverter, DO NOT USE the electric kettle, toaster or iron, as these will drain the inverter almost immediately.