your own huge verandah where you can enjoy meals and relax
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"The Constant Gardener" home, dble

KenyaNairobiNairobi
Private room
2 Guests
1 Bed
$67
Per Night
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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

your own huge verandah where you can enjoy meals and relax

your own huge verandah where you can enjoy meals and relax


The Space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities

Prices
Weekly discount: 10%
Cancellation: Flexible

Description

The Space

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.

Guest Access

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.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting Around

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).

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Safety Features
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher

Availability
1 night minimum stay
"The Constant Gardener" home, dble

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Bruce

Bruce

Nairobi, Kenya · Member since February 2014

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 adult daughters 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.

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