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Ritchie house

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5 Bedrooms , 8 Bathrooms , Sleeps 10
Malindi, Coast Province
The house stands on a stunning location of grove of trees and bougainvillea and frangipani on a coral headland jutting out into the Indian Ocean. Beaches stretch out on either side. It has been a family house for 45 years. It is a combination of old style Swahili house with makooti roofing and Arab influence.

The accommodation is on two levels. It includes 5 double bedrooms, 3 (downstairs) with air conditioning, two upstairs with overhead fans. 3 showers, 1 bath, 4 toilets, sitting room and extensive verandas. There are mosquito nets in all the bedrooms, and a further shower, and foot bath, in the garden.

The 3 members of staff, a cook, laundry staff, gardener.The beach below the house is in the KWS Marine Park. The extensive coral reef can be visited, at low tide, in glass bottomed boats that sail from Casurina Point – a short walk dow...
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Listing #HL284109
About the Owner
Vivienne R
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:91%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:November 2012
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Reviewed 26 January 2018 via mobile

We spent two lovely weeks at Ritchie House over Christmas, and it was a wonderfully relaxing holiday. The house itself has views over the Indian Ocean, and a path down through the luscious garden to a white, sandy beach. The garden is bright with bougainvillea...More

Thank Luke T
Reviewed 25 January 2018

What an amazing place! Vivienne's house is truly a gem. We were stunned and amazed at how beautiful the house was. Both soulful and simple at the same time. The furniture and decor is in a tasteful african style. The house is surrounded by a...More

Thank Elen K
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

Fabulous stay again, looked after by Francis, Richard and Salim. The garden was more beautiful than ever and the gate down to the beach means it is so easy to go and enjoy the cool pools and beautiful sea. The children enjoyed spending time with...More

Thank Kate092015
  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (12)
  • Double Beds:(5)
  • En Suite Rooms (3)
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Grill
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (10)
  • Ocean Views
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Secure Parking
  • Shower Rooms (4)
  • Single Beds:(10)
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking allowed
    1 Full bath
    4 Showers
    3 Attached (ensuite)
    10 Twins
    5 Fulls
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Payments can be made direct into a Bank Account.

Vivienne will consider special rates for long stays.

Cancellation Policy:

Once a 30% deposit is made, this is not refundable.

Full payment is expected 2 months prior to arrival.

If the booking is cancelled 6 weeks prior to arrival, there will be no refunds.
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About the neighbourhood
Both Malindi and Watamu have Marine National Parks, and the goggling is very good.
Scuba diving is available, as is Kite surfing, Wind Surfing, Riding, and other water sports.

Tsavo National Park is in easy reach, a 3 hour drive, with much choice of camps to stay to view the animals.
Car not needed
How to get there
Airport: Malindi: 7.0 km
Railway: Mombasa: 110.0 km
Mombasa is the closest international airport.
Both charter and schedule flights arrive daily from Europe, North America and African hubs.
Malindi is an easy and scenic two and half hour taxi ride from Mombasa.

Malindi also has its own small airport which services domestic flights, unfortunately there are no flights Mombasa - Malindi. However Nairobi is an hour or so away with regular flights in and out fo Mlaindi.

Ritchie House is 15 minutes from Malindi airport and 10 minutes Malindi town.
Cheap car hire is easily arranged with your domestic licence or Tuk Tuks are plentiful and an easy way of getting around.
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, There Are Tennis Courts Nearby, Watersports Nearby.
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