About this listing
Built in 1919, Rosslyn is one of Nairobi's oldest and most special surviving homes. Set in 2 acres of private gardens we are close to UN, Village Market and Westlands. We have 2 singles, 1 double & 1 bathroom 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 and basin.
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, running, biking. 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.
"The Constant Gardener" is so amazing! I had my best three days at this wonderful place! It's a pity that Bruce is in New Zealand. And I have to say Bruce's mother Sonia is so lovely and sweet! We had dinner together and she always told me interesting stories about the history and the amazing movie. We read books together and forgot the time passed by. She also invited me to have ice cream together, just sited and chat with a lovely sunset view over the gorgeous garden. Waked up by birds' singing was the best part during every morning, and the perfect British style breakfast was ready on the table. Enjoyed it with 4 cute dogs playing around you.
What a fantastic life!
The location is very close to village market and the headquarter of UNEP, just 25 minutes walk. It takes only 15 minutes walk to the New Muthaiga Mall. You need to take a Matatu108 to get to the city center, about 20 minutes drive. Sonia was so thoughtful that she always drove me to the village market. Thank you so much Sonia!
And the dogs are so adorable! As a dog lover, l really enjoyed playing with them all day long. Sonia also invited me to walk in the Karura Forest with 4 dogs twice. The forest was beautiful and the atmosphere there was so great! I was so lucky to see suni and monkeys during the walk.
Thanks a lot to Sonia's hospitality! She is a delightful and warm-hearted, also classic British lady. I highly recommended this wonderful place to anyone is going to visit Nairobi!
Thank you Sonia and Bruce! Was a great pleasure meeting Sonia and dogs. I really enjoyed my stay at your house. This is one of places where I will definitely return!
Can't praise it enough!!
Beautiful home and gardens. Very comfortable. Great location away from the traffic chaos. Sonia is a wonderful hostess. A lovely lady. Treated one like family. Her knowledge of Kenya truly enhanced my trip. Highly recommend this place.
I had a great time at this amazing house! The setting is amazing (like if time stood still...), it is very close to Westlands, UNEP Headquarters, etc.
Breakfast was perfect with a breathtaking view over the garden, and Bruce's mother Sonia was a lovely host (Bruce lives in New Zealand a few months a year)... we had dinner together twice and she told me many interesting stories. I also liked the 4 dogs!
I thought however that my room was kinda small and humid, the mattress very old (urgent need to get a new mattress I'd say). I would have preferred to stay in one of the bigger rooms actually... But, as said, despite that, I had a great stay there!
The driver Samuel is also a very nice and honest man.
I stayed at Bruce's place for one night before flying back to the US. Bruce's house is a beautiful English house tucked away from the crazy Nairobi traffic.
Bruce has several rooms on rent. The "cosy" one is literally cosy. It's a small (yet charming) room that can fit only one person. Ideal for single travelers looking for a short stay.
I had the best experience living at Bruce's house. After a nightmarish drive from the airport (that lasted 3 hours - traffic in Nairobi can get really messy), I got a warm welcome from Bruce and his mother. They were kind to offer me home cooked omelette (as it got super late). Our conversation over dinner was the highlight of my stay in Kenya. We talked for a couple of hours - felt as if I was crashing with friends / family.
Next morning, I had an amazing English breakfast overlooking the beautiful garden.
Dog lovers, it only gets better. There are 3 beautiful dogs in the house!
I definitely recommend staying at Bruce's place. Such a delightful host.
My stay at the constant gardener was very lovely! Could not have asked for a better place, area, atmosphere. It is a little bit out of yhr city centre but that was what I enjoyed most. A very beautiful old and historic building and garden. The hospitality was beyond amazing and I can fully recommend this place if you are looking for peace and beautiful surroundings!
Coming from a stressful job in South Sudan, this was what the Dr ordered! I arrived at Ryrie House to settle in with a nice glass of red wine next to the fire. Bruce and his mother Sonia are very lovely hosts, the house is gorgeous, working made easy on the veranda overlooking the garden, home-made yoghurt in the morning, playing with the 4 dogs and having chats with Bernard and Charles in the kitchen. But the best thing about this place is Karura forest which is just next door, where you can go for runs or do some yoga. I'll be back :-)!
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About the Host, Bruce
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.