Flooded with natural light and surrounded by a large, terraced garden, this stunning home offers a unique – yet no less stately – twist on the classic Nairobi manor. It is nestled in the heart of a green, secure gated community, and conveniently located on Lower Kabete Road for easy commutes to many of the city’s business districts, including Westlands, Gigiri and the CBD. The Garden House on Lower Kabete boasts 2 acres of garden space, providing plenty of room to enjoy Nairobi’s famous climate, and has a detached two bedroom guest cottage as well as a detached servants quarters.
The home offers a large, welcoming entrance hall with beautiful hard wood floors, and a half flight of steps leads up to its vast open plan living and dining area. This sweeping room has the feel of a conservatory or atrium, with massive skylights across half the ceiling and large floor to ceiling windows across three walls. The area is anchored with lovely, cool terrazzo floors. This open, bright ambiance is beautifully complemented by the surrounding green views of the gardens and pool. The room boasts a central light well, in which a beautiful mature bamboo plant is growing, creating a unique, natural architectural feature. With ample floor space and a layout that creates innate – though not restrictive – divisions, the room can easily be separated into several distinct dining and living areas. It boasts plenty of space for two sitting rooms, including one dominated by a generous fireplace. The room opens out onto the terrace and pool via large doors, perfect for sunny days.
The home’s kitchen is located just off of this room, offering two full sets of hobs – one electric and one gas – and a built in oven and microwave, as well as plenty of counter and cupboard space. Off of the kitchen you’ll find a separate laundry room, and a large, bright room that is ideal for a children’s play area or family living space.
Three of the home’s bedrooms are located up a half flight of steps from the main living and dining room, behind a set of two security doors. Each of these bedrooms feature beautiful hard wood floors and wooden cupboard doors, creating a warm, restful atmosphere. The large ensuite master bedroom boasts floor to ceiling windows looking out over the pool and gardens. Two more spacious, bright rooms round out this family area, with a large shared bathroom.
The home’s other two bedrooms are located on the opposite side of the home, allowing them to easily serve as a comfortable guest wing. These adjoining bedrooms are both ensuite, and feature lovely green views. The second bedroom opens into the games room, which is perfect for family fun with a billiards table, and for pool parties as it opens directly onto the pool and offers easy bathroom access.
The pool and terrace area create a beautiful outdoor living space, letting you relax and enjoy meals al fresco, with plenty of room for barbeques and entertaining. The pool itself is heated, making it comfortable throughout the year, and is long enough for swimming laps.
From the pool, the garden path descends down to the second level of the terraced garden. The immaculate landscaping and planning allows for plenty of flat space with a beautifully maintained lawn. The mature garden has a magical feel, flowing beautifully across multiple levels with gorgeous large trees and stunning climbing plants. The second level has space for vegetable gardens, and the lowest level features a large open space, including a partially covered terrace with a built-in barbecue. Across all of the garden’s levels, there is plenty of room for lawn games, outdoor furniture, and meandering walks.
The house also boasts a spacious two bedroom guest cottage. Downstairs, there is a large living and dining area and a charming kitchen. Upstairs, the beautiful ensuite master bedroom has the feel of a safari lodge, with a fireplace and stunning views of the gardens and forest beyond. The second bedroom also features beautiful views, hardwood floors and an ensuite bathroom.
Rounding out the home’s amenities is a detached servants quarters.