Built in 1919, Rosslyn is one of Nairobi's oldest and most special surviving homes. Set in a private 2 acre garden it is near UN Gigiri office, Village Market and Westlands. We have 2 single bedrooms & 1 bathroom each with separate listings on airbnb
Rosslyn is one of the oldest character homes in Nairobi and it has been our family home for more than 50 years.
We offer bed and breakfast in a small but cosy single bedroom, 'Amanda's Room', in our historic home.
Across the pretty courtyard with water feature is shared bathroom (only if we have other guests or family) with original claw foot bath and hand held shower and toilet. Oddly the bathroom has never had a basin but there is one in the bedroom adjacent!
Full English breakfast is a house specialty, fresh fruit, tea or freshly brewed fine Kenya coffee, cooked breakfast with our own free range eggs, toast, marmalades, muesli/oats/porridge are all available. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know at time of booking.
Rosslyn was used as the home and garden of 'The Constant Gardener' 2005 drama thriller film starring Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz who won an Oscar for her role.
You have access to and use of the living areas of the house, sitting room, dining room, front or side verandahs, kitchen, courtyard, bathroom, secure parking and 2 acres of English style garden with expansive lawns.
Interaction with Guests
You can chose your level of interaction; keep your privacy or join whoever of the family are in our home at the time.
Sonia, my mother, lives at Rosslyn and is a great hostess and I spend about half the year here.
Thigiri, or New Muthaiga, was until the 1970s a large coffee estate when it was sold for residential 1 acre plots. Our home, Rosslyn, preceeding the development, was built by Andy Anderson, a hunter, in 1919.
Rosslyn is a 5 minute drive to the Village Market, 7 minutes to the United Nations offices at Gigiri (more at peak times), 10 minutes to Westlands, 20 minutes to downtown Nairobi, 45 minutes to JKIA International Airport and Wilson Airport. These last 3 times increase at peak traffic times.
If you need a taxi we can arrange one for you at reasonable rates.
We are close to the beautiful Karura Forest which offers hundreds of hectares of safe walking and small antelope and monkeys can be seen.
You can walk to Village Market (25 minutes), matatus (local public transport vans) are ubiquitous, or have your own vehicle or taxi (can be recommended).
We prefer that you don't smoke in your bedroom or in the living areas of our home, but outside on our 2 spacious verandahs is fine.
This place is a gem - the architecture, the atmosphere, the thoughtfulness and history of the interior, the mature garden. It is hard to capture in photos how beautiful the house is. Sonia and Bruce are both absolutely lovely, welcoming and interesting hosts. Bernard and the other house staff are also extremely friendly and helpful. Breakfast on the terrace is a wonderful experience.
It is possible to walk to one of the entrances to Karura forest (Thigiri Lane), which is perfect for trail running and walking. There is also a nice circuit training ground there. I also found it easy to walk to the UN and Village Market. A wonderful and relaxing place to stay - would love to come back.
Sonia was the perfect hostess! She and the others were very welcoming and made us feel at home during our stay. The house and gardens were lovely just as pictured. We enjoyed our stay very much.
Great place to stay and warming hospitality for the two nights I was there. Sonia made it very welcoming and made sure my stay was comfortable.
Will definitely be coming back to stay on my next visit to Nairobi.
It was an extraordinary experience to wake up in this beautiful place, absorb the atmosphere of this historical home, and have breakfast out on a bright verandah overlooking a lush garden. Though Bruce was away during the days I stayed, Sonia was an extremely kind host and attentive to every detail of my stay. It was also a pleasure to be in her company learn about the history of the area. I was both working and doing some sightseeing, so this was an ideal choice to have a quiet place to work and unwind after a hectic day in downtown. I never felt too far from anything in central Nairobi, and the lovely plaza Village Market is closeby for a great meal and coffee. After having stayed in a series of impersonal hotels, this very special home and its kind hosts were the perfect antidote and enriched my experience in Nairobi.
I arrived at a very early hour and the host welcomed me and secured a bed for the initial hours till he had a chance to provide me a room. Surroundings, the house and the atmosphere in the B&B is far better than can possibly be experienced on the internet.. This is a very comfortable guesthouse that I can recommend to families and adults above age of 40.
This is Loveky place to stay. The rooms ( as advertised) are quite basic but clean and charming and the gardens are beautiful. Sonia , Bruce and Bernard were exceptionally hospitable and accommodating. I enjoyed Lovely breakfasts with home made yoghurt and jams & local fruits It's a beautiful quiet spot with fairly good access to nairobi and to amenities. i will always try to stay here when I visit.
I find difficult finding words to describe this beautiful house. This grand farmhouse is the perfect set for "imperial nostalgia". Inside and outside the place is full of charm. I am a lover of charming old houses and this one fits perfectly. With all the commodities but a touch of old history and past times, the house has all you need: great bathroom, amazing sitting room with African books, full equipped kitchen, lush and perfectly kept gardens...
Though we did not have the chance to meet Bruce personally he was very accommodating, he communicated with me perfectly all the time before and during our stay. The house keeper Charles was there to welcome us and help us in what we needed. The dogs were loving and sweet. One of those place where you would want to return!
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Hi! I'm Bruce and I'm Kenyan British, born and grew up in this beautiful country, educated in England before moving to New Zealand for 20 years where I was in business.
I'm married with 2 daughters aged 18 and 22 and have lived in Kenya, England, France and New Zealand.
I love traveling, walking, keeping fit, tennis, red wine and good food, cycling & motorbiking, music, renovating old houses. I do some yoga and meditate every day.
It's a real pleasure having people who appreciate the history and character of our homes choose to come and stay with us. Airbnb facilitates this very well. We look forward to your visit very much.
'Karibu' as we say in Kenya.