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Forodhani House, Shela, Lamu

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    Property description
    Lamu Island
    Rental Home – 
    5 Bedrooms, 5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 13
    It was love at first sight, Isabelle Simon was immediately captured by the Swahili culture and rich mix of traditions. She fell for the Lamu Archipelago and its communities instantly and, with the inhabitants of Shela Village, decided to build Forodhani House. She wanted the house to reflect the architecture of the island, so, with the best local craftsmen they started to design this masterpiece. Three years on the house was completed and it is everything that sje ever dreamed of, a joyful celebration of Lamu’s heritage and ancestry.
    Forodhani House has 5 spacious, stunningly designed bedrooms with open terraces on every level. On the ground floor there is an open, airy dining room, a sitting room that overlooks the swimming pool which has views over the sea below. From the swimming pool...
  • Amenities & details
    • Balcony
    • Beach Towels
    • Board Games
    • Books
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Gas Grill
    • Gas Stove
    • Housekeeping Included
    • Linens Provided
    • Local Guides/Maps
    • Ocean Views
    • Outdoor Dining Area
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Paper Towels Provided
    • Private Chef
    • Private Pool
    • Refrigerator
    • Stove
    • Sunbed
    • Toaster
    • Towels Provided
    • Wi-Fi
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    • Smoking Allowed:
    • Suitable for Children:
    Listing #FK411897 by: FlipKey
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    • Damage deposit: $81 / stay - Deposit
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    Shela is a village about 2 miles from Lamu Town. The origin of the village is unknown, but according to tradition it was settled by people from nearby Manda Island. In 1813 the elite of Pate Island, allied with the Mazrui clan from Oman, attempted to subjugate Lamu in the Battle of Shela. This attempt failed totally, and the defeat of Pate at Shela signalled the rise of Lamu as the leading power in the archipelago. Shela's golden age was from 1829 to 1857, when 5 of its 6 mosques were constructed. It is especially known for the Friday mosque.

    Shela is now a centre for tourism on the island, with several guest houses feature by the coast. Shela is also home to the most spectacular beaches on Lamu island. The appearance of the area is much more in keeping with the imagined East African coastline, with its almost pure white sand, traditional dhows, and clean appearance. It makes a sharp contrast to Lamu town (directly opposite the airstrip on Manda) which lacks a beach and functions...
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English first
Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Beautiful Holiday House, we warmly recommend it for its increbible location and service. The team was amazing, the cook very good. We enjoyed so much going for sunset sail just from the feet of the house. You have all there for great and relaxing holidays : a long pool where you can swim, or rest on the pool deck under... more

Margot S
Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

Amazing House in Lamu, on the beach. Total relaxation. Fabulous views. Great service & food. Be prepared to relax and do nothing. A great place to stay if you want to fully chill out and just dream more

Byron bay
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We stayed in Forodhani house for 5 days. The house is nothing short of spectacular in many ways. The décor is minimal but tasteful, the staff are helpful and charming. Food prepared by local chef was fresh and healthy but not gourmet - not that we expected Michelin stars. The house could be kept a little better and lacks the... more

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Listed since : Jun 2012
Calendar Updated: 595 days ago
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