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 cosy single bedroom, 'Elizabeth's Room', in our historic home.
Next to your bedroom is the 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 was my second stay at Bruce's place and I was more than happy with everything. I got a room upgrade which I was especially pleased with ;-) Thanks! The Constant Gardener has become my first choice whenever I have to be in Nairobi/New Muthaiga for a few days.
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Hi! I am Bruce and I am Kenyan British, age 52, born and grew up in this beautiful country, educated in England before I moved to New Zealand for 20 years and started a business in financial services.
I have lived in Kenya, England, France and New Zealand and am now back in Kenya.
I am married with 2 daughters aged 18 and 22. I retired from business and now focus on our 2 beautiful houses in Kenya.
I enjoy traveling, walking, keeping fit, 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.