“We spent the most fabulous new year week at Dzumbe House, which is situated on the most wonderful stretch of beach paradise. I cannot fault anything. The hosts, staff, food and setting were simply perfect. We would have happily stayed on until the next New Year!”
Dzumbe House is the spacious centrepiece of the five holiday homes at Four Twenty South and provides a uniquely authentic, unspoilt holiday experience, far removed from that of a modern beach resort, in harmony with the natural local environment, the seasons and the tides and harking back to a quieter, gentler era.
Dzumbe dates back many decades to colonial-era Kenya and has been gently renovated and modernised over the years, but still retains its original character and charm. It furnished throughout with a simple but stylish mix of British and Swahili furniture, and antiques and artworks from some of Kenya’s most notable painters.
“We just got home from a wonderful 12 days at Four Twenty South on Galu Beach – this was not our first visit, nor will it be our last. This is just the perfect beach escape for families – beautiful huge lawns rolling out onto the white sand beach. Gorgeous location, lovely accommodation, delicious food, relaxed atmosphere and simply the best stretch of beach – what more could one want?!”
There are five bedrooms each with their own private bathrooms, all leading off the lofty central corridor of the house. 3 bedrooms have double beds, 2 bedrooms have twin beds. Dzumbe can accommodate a maximum of ten guests and is ideal for big groups or families sharing.
There is a spacious sea-view veranda with dining and sitting area, along with a comfortable and tastefully-decorated indoor living room and dining room. The house is fully equipped including beach towels. There are overhead and standing fans and a cooling sea breeze, and extra-large mosquito nets cover all the beds.
“What a fabulous, enchanting spot! Small and authentic, right on the best stretch of Galu/Diani beach – but away from the crowds and close enough to everything. Hilary was a warm, efficient host, taking care of details in the background, and our cook prepared the most delicious fish and seafood every night. All the staff are friendly and accommodating. What a beautiful place to spend our holidays and get to know the south coast of Kenya.”
Dzumbe has an uninterrupted view of the Indian Ocean and is just a stone’s throw away from Galu’s spectacular beach – a quiet and unspoilt southern extension and continuation of Diani Beach. The turquoise lagoon, protected by the offshore coral reef, is a vast natural spa and its warm clear water is heavenly for swimming whether the tide is in or out. The dazzling sand is so fine and white that you can walk on it barefoot at any time of day.
The house comes with a dedicated chef and housekeeper whose aim is to make your stay as relaxing as possible. They will work around you as required – taking care of cooking, cleaning and laundry and are even happy to shop for you – although with fresh seafood and seasonal fruit and vegetables sold door to door by local traders, you may not find that such a chore. On arrival a starter pack of basic provisions including olive oil, balsamic vinegar, spices, tea, coffee, sugar, drinking water, soap and lavatory paper is provided for guests’ convenience. If you would prefer a ‘full board’ menu, that can also be arranged.