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“Perfect place to relax”
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Veranda downstairs
Front view
The beach at the end of the garden
Swinging bed
Bedroom downstairs
dinning area
Veranda seating area
Upstairs bedroom 1
Upstairs veranda
Stairs to ground floor
Francis the cook
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Sun beds, garden and view to beach
View east from house and garden
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5 Bedrooms, 8 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Malindi, Coast Province

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Gordon B
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“Perfect place to relax”
Reviewed 7 July 2013 for a stay in July 2013

This is not for those who want high end luxury. But for anyone who wants genuine charm and a sense of place, it's hard to beat.

The bedrooms are spacious, uncluttered and extremely comfortable. The common areas give on to a large garden with the ocean behind, allowing both complete privacy and immediate access to a glorious beach. When we were there, we had this largely to ourselves.

There are luxury resorts nearby, but they're not visible or audible from the house and do not impinge.

I suppose you could eat at one of these if you wanted, but I don't know why you would. We feasted every day on fresh crab and prawns bought from a man who comes to the door, and prepared simply but well by the house cook. He also used local fruit and veg in interesting combinations. Everything we ate was freshly caught or picked.

The staff were friendly, efficient and discreet. They came when we needed something, but otherwise left us to ourselves.

We didn't have our own transport but it hardly mattered. A tuk tuk would arrive on 5 minutes notice and take us to most of the places we wanted to visit. Next time - and we certainly hope there will be a next time - we'll probably hire a car and explore further afield.

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KateWebbM...
Blantyre, Malawi
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“Location, Location, Location”
Reviewed 15 April 2013 for a stay in January 2013
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The best positioned house in Malindi- close enough to town to access shops and restaurants etc but far enough away to offer complete peace and tranquility. Nestled on the corner of the marine park beach the house has the most glorious views and direct beach access. Most days we had our end of the beach totally to ourselves. Self catering was the easiest self catering ever! We simply gave the staff a kitty and they bought fresh sea food and market vegetables. We took sailing dhows, walked for miles along the coastline and went on day trip to Watamu, Kilifi and Che Sharlys- we even went to Lamu for a weeked- we were there for 3 months- so plenty of time to explore. But 90% of our time was spent in the gardens at Ritchie House with the views, sound of waves and incredible stars at night.
This is a homely house done in the local swahili and arabic style- it is not posh or luxurious- it fits perfectly with its location- open plan and ideal for a beach house either for a couple or even better with group of friends or family. Perfect in every way!

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Liked best: The location and open plan living area and top floor rooms!
Liked least: Would have loved a double mattress!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Reviewed 18 March 2013 for a stay in March 2013
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Liked best: Location, garden, character of house
Travelling group: Other
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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