“Ol-Bobongi is incredible – elegant, comfortable, magnificently decorated, thoughtfully organized and breathtakingly beautiful! Literally every detail was perfect, from the bouquets of roses left in the master bedroom and front hall, the delicious and ample breakfasts, the wonderful cooking of the kind and and caring staff, the polite, affectionate and well-behaved cats and dogs, and, most of all, the tranquility and beauty of the surroundings. The house’s gorgeous wrap-around veranda looks out over gardens lush with flowers – so much fragrant lavender! – up to Mount Kenya. The bathtub in the master bath is exquisite, and there is an entire film screening room with hundreds and hundreds of DVDs to choose from! We had each meal of the day at a different beautifully-set table. It was a chance to feel like a well-cared-for millionaire for a weekend!”
Set against the backdrop of Mount Kenya on secure and exclusive Mukima Ridge is Ol Bobongi House – an effortlessly elegant and comfortable home with 15 acres of mature landscaped gardens and grounds. It is impeccably finished throughout and boasts charming interior design with high-quality imported furnishings.
Carved Lamu doors open onto the entrance hall of the Main House which features a water fountain and pond. From here there is access to the gardens and to the “original” and “new” wings of the house. The “original” section features a drawing room with French stone fireplace, an elegant dining room, media room with tv, dvds and netflix, a spacious fitted kitchen with pantry, a boot room, cloakroom, shower room, study and a huge covered veranda with outdoor dining area. There are three bedrooms in this part of the house, all with ensuite bathrooms – one has a Superking bed, one with a King-size bed and one with two single beds
“The house and property are beyond belief, especially arriving after a long, dusty day on safari. We were astounded and I got a lot of brownie points for my choice! It’s huge, beautifully appointed, and has so much to offer. One could easily make a weekend of just staying at the house! Not that one would, what with all the wildlife to be seen in the area. Francesca, the chef was also very kind and on point with her general help. We highly recommend this place and will be back.”
The “new” double-height wing of the house features a fantastic open-plan games room with snooker and table tennis tables, television, bar area and sitting area with big comfortable sofas and fireplace. It also contains a mezzanine bedroom with two double beds, plus separate bathroom downstairs. The main house runs to 800 square metres / 8000 square feet – meaning there is lots of space and privacy for guests to relax and enjoy themselves.
The nearby Guest Cottage comprises a kitchen and 1 beautifully-decorated double bedroom with ensuite shower rooms and a veranda. There is also a sofa bed here in case children wish to sleep near their parents. In the gardens are a boules / petanque court, covered pergola and barbecue area. The perimeter of Mukima Ridge is electrically fenced with the internal 5 acres around the house also fenced. The property is connected to mains services and other amenities include solar water heating, a back-up inverter and generator, borehole water and alarm system. Guests should note that friendly and well-behaved dogs and cats do live at the property.
“This is a very beautiful house indeed with stunning views and gorgeous furniture. Francesca is a very good cook and she and Rose looked after us in royal fashion!”
The maximum capacity of Main House and Guest Cottage is 12 guests – up to 10 guests can be accommodated in the Main House in three double/twin bedrooms plus two double beds in the mezzanine sleeping area (ideal for older children). Larger parties of 10-12 guests can be accommodated in the Main House plus Guest Cottage, which has an additional double bedroom plus occasional sofa bed for children. Rentals of both the Main House and Guest Cottage are limited to groups of more than 10 guests.
All the attractions of Laikipia are easily accessed from the house which is just 5 miles from Nanyuki Town. The beautiful Lolldaiga Hills Ranch and Conservancy is just 20 minutes’ drive away, while Ol-Pejeta Conservancy, Solio Ranch, Mount Kenya National Reserve and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and several other wildlife and wilderness areas are within easy reach.
“If you are looking to get away and have a comfortable stay, especially with kids, this is the place to go. Plenty of water, power and internet. Great game room set off from the rest of the house, so they can be loud and not affect anyone else. The movie room was also a hit with everyone there is a huge DVD collection as well as Netflix. The staff are incredibly well trained to take care of you and prep the house each evening and morning. The whole house is beautiful and comfortable. With a large outdoor veranda with plenty of seating facing Mt Kenya, you could spend the whole day there. Seating for meals inside and out, also you can enjoy a fire inside and out.”