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 double room, 'Bruce's Room', with its own large verandah with seating for 7 or more.
The shared bathroom (only if we have other guests or family) with original claw foot bath and hand held shower and toilet is down the corridor of the courtyard. 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. You have your own large verandah off your double bedroom.
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).
Séjourner dans cette maison est un plaisir. Absolument charmant, très cozy et un peu hors du temps. Tout le charme british kenyan dans un très joli environnement. Le jardin, la véranda, Bruce, sa Maman, Bernard et Charles sont très accueillants. Karibu!
An incredible opportunity to walk into a bygone colonial era. A wonderful house with hosts to match. Sylvia is full of fascinating recollections and charm and Bruce can advise on whatever you need to know about modern Nairobi. The garden is an absolute joy and the double room has its own private terrace to enjoy it from. We took dinner in the house which was five star and served in a manner fitting with the setting. Although close to the city it is an oasis away from the traffic and bustle - treat yourselves to something unique!
Great place to stay. Bruce is a fantastic, truly helpful host. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who's looking for a peaceful asylum within Nairobi, where one can rest and regenerate easily
Home! An amazing stay with a fellow birder made this stay so special! Had great fun watching birds in the garden and hiking in the nearby forests. Couldn't be better and can't wait to return!
My husband and I only stayed the one night. We had a long day travelling and felt very welcomed by Sonia. She was so lovely and accommodating. The property and gardens are beautiful. Definitely recommend staying here.
My wife and I really enjoyed the 2 days we stayed. A perfect start for Kenya. The house is very charming and has an immense garden, with a lot of birds singing in the morning. Charles and Bernard welcomed us and was very helpful with anything we needed, and Bruce, even if travelling, was ensuring on a distance, that everything was fine. We can only recommend the "Constant Gardener" to other travellers.
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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.