“We had an arduous journey from Cape Town to Kilifi – but it was more than compensated for by the welcoming staff at Mwangati House.  They were amazing from the moment we arrived until we left – discreet, unobtrusive and their attention-to-detail really makes you feel very special.  Throw the beautiful setting into the mix and we knew we were going to have a special week.  The house has been lovingly renovated and the interior design is worthy of a Conde Nast Traveller feature.  Luxurious, stylish and understated.  The outlook is incredible over the creek and you also have private access steps down to the beach.  No review would be complete without mentioning Charo the chef – he seriously delivered some amazing food to our table. Make sure you get the recipe for the tuna sashimi – no exaggeration, it is of Nobu quality.  If you want to escape from the frantic hustle and bustle of life this is the place, whether you are a small or large group. I will definitely return. Five stars!!”  

CC, South Africa

Mwangati House is named after the huge spreading Terminalia tree, its wood much prized by traditional Swahili builders for its strength and durability, which stands between the house, its dramatic swimming pool and the sea. It is just one of the many tropical shrubs and trees, including baobab, neem and palm, which fill the green and shady 2-acre plot which is home to this beautiful, welcoming and much-loved private retreat.

At Mwangati House comfortable, colourful and inviting living and dining areas abound inside and out, and there is plenty of room for up to a dozen guests to spread out and relax in private, or to dine and socialise together. On the First Floor is a spacious, airy and panoramic covered veranda with roomy sitting area, bar area with fridge and dining table and chairs.

The two upstairs double ensuite bedrooms also have their own outside and inside built-in baraza sofa seats. Both bedrooms have Emperor-size beds and the central Master Bedroom also has air-conditioning and a lovely sculptural tub in its bathroom. In common with all the other bathrooms it has plenty of storage and hanging space. To the rear upstairs is a cosy and private television room with curvy and expansive built-in seating.

Two Ground Floor double ensuite bedrooms have Emperor-size beds and garden and sea views. Two additional ensuite bedrooms look onto the downstairs courtyard to the rear of the house – one has a King-size double bed and one has twin beds and both are air-conditioned. The central downstairs living area of the house is beautifully furnished with traditionally upholstered sofas and chairs.

Outside sitting and lounging areas, part open, part covered and part pergola-shaded look out from the house across the garden to the sea. Nearby, with easy access from the well-equipped kitchen, there is a built-in table and benches for alfresco dining and a barbecue with spacious built-in serving area. A breakfast table and chairs sit beneath the mwangati tree looking out across the mouth of the creek to the Indian Ocean.

A notable feature of the property is the lovely, lofty, makuti-thatched pool house, which has its own dining table, bar area with fridge and living area. As with the house’s other open-air sitting and lounging areas, it is well furnished with inviting wooden sofas, chairs and tables and bright coastal kanga cushions. To the rear of the pool house there is a well-shaded petanque court. There are seven poolside sun loungers and, under the clifftop baobab tree, a baraza sofa looking down towards the beach. Access to the beach and sea is by the house’s own private walkway and stairs – here there is also a freshwater shower to wash off the salt and sand.

  • An exceptional private home, recently and beautifully remodelled and extended
  • Comfortably, stylishly and comprehensively equipped and furnished
  • Panoramic sea views, private access stairs down to beach and creek
  • Stunning swimming pool with shallow paddling area for smaller children
  • Extensive pool house with living, dining and bar areas
  • Conveniently situated for 3 Degrees South – Kenya’s leading sailing and watersports centre
  • Accommodates up to 12 guests in 6 double/twin ensuite bedrooms, 3 of which are air-conditioned
  • From ksh 60,000 per night for 8 guests ‘self-catering’ with chef and team of staff

Accommodation and facilities

  • Wi-fi internet
  • Good cell phone signal
  • Professional Kilifi-based management

Six full-time house staff

  • Julia – housekeeper
  • Christine – housekeeper
  • Charo – cook
  • Sharif – garden and pool
  • Nico – garden and pool
  • KK security night guard

Downstairs

  • Entrance pergola and courtyard
  • Hall, guest cloakroom, store
  • Central living room with sofas and armchairs, bar area
  • Veranda and pergola with sofas and baraza seating areas
  • Two double bedrooms with built-in Emperor-size beds and built-in baraza sofa seats – both with ensuite bathrooms with showers
  • Two courtyard bedrooms, one with a built-in King-size bed and one with twin beds
  • Both courtyard bedrooms are air-conditioned and with ensuite bathrooms with showers
  • Generous, well-equipped kitchen, laundry and storage

Upstairs

  • Substantial covered veranda with sitting area, bar area, Lamu bed, dining table & chairs
  • Television room with built-in sofa seating
  • Master bedroom with built-in Emperor-size bed, air conditioning, built-in baraza sofa seat, ensuite bathroom with bath tub & shower, outside sitting area with baraza sofa seats
  • Double bedroom – with built-in Emperor-size bed, built-in baraza sofa seats, ensuite bathroom with shower, private outside terrace with baraza sofa seat
  • All bedrooms, bathrooms, and living & dining areas, upstairs and down, have overhead fans

Outside

  • 2-acre plot filled with mature tropical trees and shrubs
  • 80 metres of seafront and gorgeous creek views
  • Private and secure steps down to creek and beach
  • Outside sitting and lounging areas
  • Swimming pool – main pool area depth 1.1 to 1.6 metres
  • Shallow pool area for smaller children
  • Pool house with dining area, bar and sitting area, overhead fans
  • Breakfast table under the shade of the trees overlooking the creek
  • Sun loungers and built-in baraza sofa seats
  • Barbecue, barbecue area, built-in outside dining table and benches
  • Petanque (boules) court
  • Outside beach shower
Kilifi Harbour and Bridge

Kilifi Harbour and Bridge

Kilifi is a busy small town with plenty of shops and services including a well-stocked Naivas supermarket and the Express Shop on Bofa Road which stocks gourmet food and drinks. All kinds of water sports and activities are available – from deep-sea fishing to snorkelling, water skiing and scuba diving – Kilifi Creek is home to 3 Degrees South Watersports Centre, AquaVentures Dive Centre, Sunset Dhow trips and much more.

kilifi Creek

kilifi Creek

Kilifi attracts ocean sailors and the creek offers a fabulous deep-water yacht anchorage and is ideal for boating and windsurfing. Larger boats can be hired from the Boatyard about a mile up the creek on the south shore, where there is a pleasant bar and restaurant. Other recommended places to eat are Nautilus on the north shore of the creek and The Food Movement in Kilifi Plantation. Salty’s Kite Surfing on Bofa Beach to the north of the town also has a beach bar and cafe.

Vipingo Ridge Golf Course

Vipingo Ridge Golf Course

Mombasa, Malindi, the ancient ruins at Gedi and the Arabuko Sokoke Forest – all make interesting day trips from Kilifi and all are within about an hour’s drive of the house. There is an excellent golf course at the Vipingo Ridge development about 30 minutes away – the course has been designed and built to the exacting USGA standard and is of international class. It has a spectacular setting, at the top of the ridge overlooking the Indian Ocean.

By Road
Kilifi is about one hour’s drive from Mombasa to the south and a little less from Malindi to the north. Mwangati House is situated on the southern shore of Kilifi Creek, just a short drive from the town and main coastal road.

By Air
There are daily flights on Safarilink from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport to the airstrip at Vipingo Ridge which is about 25 minutes away by road from the house. www.flysafarilink.com

Airlines flying to Malindi and/or Mombasa from Nairobi include :–

“We had an arduous journey from Cape Town to Kilifi – but it was more than compensated for by the welcoming staff at Mwangati House.  They were amazing from the moment we arrived until we left – discreet, unobtrusive and their attention-to-detail really makes you feel very special.  Throw the beautiful setting into the mix and we knew we were going to have a special week.  The house has been lovingly renovated and the interior design is worthy of a Conde Nast Traveller feature.  Luxurious, stylish and understated.  The outlook is incredible over the creek and you also have private access steps down to the beach.  No review would be complete without mentioning Charo the chef – he seriously delivered some amazing food to our table. Make sure you get the recipe for the tuna sashimi – no exaggeration, it is of Nobu quality.  If you want to escape from the frantic hustle and bustle of life this is the place, whether you are a small or large group. I will definitely return. Five stars!!”  

CC, South Africa

Standard accommodation rate for up to 8 guests – ksh 60,000 per night

Standard accommodation rate for up to 10 guests – Ksh 70,000 per night

Standard accommodation rate for up to 12 guests – ksh 80,000 per night

Minimum stay – 3 nights

Ksh 125,000 over Christmas and New Year

Minimum stay – 7 nights

Rentals are on a ‘self-catering’ basis including the services of the chef and team of staff

Guests should supply all their own food and drink – shopping is available by separate arrangement

Check in from 3pm, Check out by 10am

The owners require all adult guests to sign an indemnity / disclaimer form on arrival

The swimming pool is unfenced. Children must be closely supervised around the pool and should never be left unattended in any part of the property at any time.  The pool varies in depth from 1.1 to 1.6 metres and is not suitable for deep diving.

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Bookings can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment. Until a booking is confirmed, availability is subject to change without notice.

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