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Brian's Beach House - Downstairs Apt, Shela, Lamu

4.87(77 reviews)SuperhostLamu, Kenya
Entire apartment hosted by Charlie
4 guests2 bedrooms3 beds2 baths
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This spacious & tranquil beach house, is set in a garden oasis 10 mins walk to Shela beach. Welcome to Brian's Beach House where you can relax away from it all. The house is set on a rise just back from the shoreline. The Downstairs Apt has 2 ensuite rooms opening onto a veranda with garden views. Enjoy the breeze flowing through the garden in this quiet, cool & comfy house where you'll have the perfect Lamu stay.

The space
Brian's Beach House is perfect for friends and families to share. The Downstairs Apartment has one double room with king-size bed, ensuite and private outdoor shower,. The second room has two single beds and ensuite. There’s a large living/dining area with kitchenette between the two bedrooms.
Both rooms have mosquito nets and ceiling fans.

*The house can also be booked as the whole house or by the room. Please contact me for options.*

Places for sleeping

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
2 single beds

What this place offers

Waterfront
Kitchen
Wifi
Pets allowed
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Luggage drop-off allowed
Refrigerator
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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Where you’ll be

Lamu, Kenya

Brian's Beach House is on the edge of Shela Village, and Shela is on the edge of what we all love about Lamu, the long beach, 12 kms of beach, skirted by sand dunes and almost deserted. Dhows (sailing boats) are the traditional mode of transport, great for fishing, snorkelling and especially for sailing as the sun sets - this is great fun, pack a few drinks and some snacks. Motorised boats plus windsurfing, kayaking, are available locally. Beach side restaurants and cafes dot the village, and you will find a fantastic bar and restaurant at Peponi Hotel. Try some of the local fare of Mandazi from the morning street side bakeries for breakfast, chai in the afternoon at the cafe on the Sea Souk with a sweet treat of sim sim or labania. Shopping in the village is great, stop by Aman and visit all the other shops in the square. Pack a torch as you might venture out at night and you will need it to get home.

Hosted by Charlie

Joined in June 2013
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Born & raised in Kenya, I have been holidaying in Lamu since I was a small boy. My father Brian loved Lamu and bought a beach house in Shela in the sixties. I have recently renovated this beautiful house to share with my family, friends and guests. I live in Sydney with my partner and children and we regularly come back to Kenya for holidays.
Born & raised in Kenya, I have been holidaying in Lamu since I was a small boy. My father Brian loved Lamu and bought a beach house in Shela in the sixties. I have recently renovat…
During your stay
Ali is our housekeeper. He will meet you on your arrival at the property, show you to the house and keep the house organised. He can help with laundry (additional charges apply) and shopping. He will make the bed, raise and lower the mosquito nets, change the towels, can bring you morning tea on your veranda, will help you do the shopping and do dishes. We can help with arranging transfer from and to the airport (to be paid cash upon arrival), excursions, such as dhow-trips or anything else you need.

There are food shops in Shela but they can be hard to find. If you plan to cook your own meals, you can give Ali a cash 'float' and let him shop for it. The amount depends on how long you are staying. He will then keep account of this and let you know if/when he runs out. You may also choose to eat out or hire a cook (who will also shop for you).

It is standard practice to leave staff a tip in Kenya. Please consider leaving a tip upon departure commensurate with the help provided.

Note that the food available in Shela is quite limited. You'll find all the basics, tea, coffee, bread, pasta, rice, vegetables, fruit, eggs, fish and seafood in the local shops but we recommend that you bring your own alcohol, bacon, meat, butter, cheese, treats or specialty foods.
Ali is our housekeeper. He will meet you on your arrival at the property, show you to the house and keep the house organised. He can help with laundry (additional charges apply) an…
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Checkout: 10:00 a.m.
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed
Health & safety
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Carbon monoxide alarm not reported Show more
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Security Deposit - if you damage the home, you may be charged up to $122
Cancellation policy