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“A unique, wonderful and very African experience”
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Kerr Serign, West Coast Division

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Mark L
Manchester UK
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
“A unique, wonderful and very African experience”
Reviewed 9 April 2016 for a stay in March 2016

Most visitors to The Gambia stay in one of the hotels and spend their time sitting on the beach or by the pool. The only locals they meet are waiters and reception staff or the various other people who hang around the tourist areas trying various approaches to get your money. If that’s the holiday you want, fine, but you will see nothing of Africa, its people or their way of life. There are a few apartment blocks away from the tourist centre, but for the same price as a poky one-bed place (and a fraction of the cost of a mid-range hotel room) you can rent this lovely three-bedroom modern house, with all the conveniences you enjoy back home, and live right in the middle of my favourite Gambian village, Kerr Serign. Too good to be true? – it almost is and Anna and Leo are great hosts. Neither of them was in Gambia when I was staying, but they took trouble to set things up just right for my stay and an email to Leo gets any problem sorted quickly.

Other reviewers have said how well-equipped the house is, with a full kitchen, big TV, comfortable beds, and a solar power system to get you through the frequent blackouts. There’s also fast internet now (unusual in Gambia) but you have to pay extra for it. I want to concentrate on the amazing location. You occupy just another compound in the village, with genuine friendly local people for your neighbours. You will see the word ‘quiet’ in the description and it’s true that you will rarely hear a car go by. But an African village is not a quiet place. People stop on the streets to talk and rarely whisper, children shout as they play, babies cry, dogs bark, chickens and goats make their noises and the beautiful local bird-life has its say too. Someone is beating drums. Someone else is playing music. You sit on your balcony and gorgeously-robed women walk by with huge burdens on their heads or babies on their hips or both. Iridescent sunbirds or bright yellow weavers flit down to your magnificent bougainvillea hedge. Plantain eaters and hornbills squawk in the tops of laden mango trees. Vultures, buzzards and pied crows circle high overhead. If you’re looking for a silent rural idyll, this is not the place for you. If you want to experience the energy and excitement of a modern African village and its smiling welcoming people, you won’t find a better place to stay.

It’s also perfect for trying genuine African food. A woman right outside your gate cooks and sells the best fish pies (think samosa) in Gambia for a few pence. Another, just along the road, fries fresh fish, more delicious than you’ll find in any restaurant. Binta’s tiny local restaurant, not five minutes walk away, sells rice with the sauce of the day from around 14.00 – perfect to take away and eat that evening on your veranda. Another even closer place does delicious grilled chicken from about 19.30 and a small stall on the highway sells meat pasties and sometimes chicken afra. Or if you want international food, one of the cheaper expat restaurants, Fredy’s, is just around the corner.

The downside – there’s hardly anything. If you want a big choice of tourist restaurants and other nightlife, Senegambia Strip, the country’s foremost entertainment centre, is only 20 minutes walk away, but this is partly along unlit roads, so bring a good torch – or you can always take a taxi. The one ‘bad’ noise you get here comes from an alfresco car workshop just across the road, where a fair bit of panel beating can go on anytime during daylight hours. It’s usually quiet at night and in the early morning though.

My tip: go to buy palm wine with the friendly taxi driver who lives next door. Amadou knows where the tappers hang out and he will take you there for a couple of hundred dalasi and help you buy this unique (slightly) alcoholic drink for around €1/litre. It’s the delicious living sap of the coconut palm and natural fermentation provides some protection against bugs but if you have a weak stomach, drink with caution.

All in all, this place is highly recommended – a luxurious but affordable and absolutely genuine African experience, which you’ll go a very long way to beat.

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Liked best: Luxury combined with the African village setting - unique!
Liked least: Noise from the car workshop
Travelling group: Solo Traveller
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
9 Apr 2016
Simly a perfect visual descrition catching the sould of the area and its surroundings. You encompassed the essence of Kerr Sering.
Thank you for being a great guest and for your feedback. It was my pleasure to be on call to assist you when needed.
Thank you and all the best for now.
Leo
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colintheg...
worthing sussex
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“amazing”
Reviewed 1 March 2016 for a stay in February 2016

We rented this house out and was amazed how beautiful it was every thing about the house was 1st class.
Was greeted by Anna and what a lovely lady
The house has a balcony upstairs and you could see and speak to all the locals as just of the beteen track a bit but a 10 minute walk to the senagabia strip for the night life and restaurants the locals made us felt very welcome and you didn't have any fear of walking out at any time day or night .
It was lovely watching the kids play in the street and every evening the ladys selling there meals on the street corners.
Went to the local shop and brought french sticks they call them bread rolls 3 for about 50p english or 21dalas they were huge and made them up for the beach for our lunch.
Plenty of super markets along the main road so just get a yellow and green taxi and they will take you there.
If you like to relax and enjoy the gambia sunshine this is the place

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Liked best: the house and locatin
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
3 Mar 2016
Thank you ever so much.
We are happy you got to experience the charm and beauty of its amazing surroundings and local friendly neigbourhood while lapping up Gambia ever present sunshine. You were a joy to have as guests and we will be looking forward to your upcoming revisit.
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Derek757
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“Kerr sing property”
Reviewed 23 May 2015 for a stay in May 2015

this pace is the best pace I stayed in Gambia been to Gambia for last 12 years it was better than 5 star hotels area quiet but not far from beach and Senegambia wil recomend this property to any one ann and Leo was always there on hand if requerd best stay I have had in Gambia can't fault

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Liked best: cleaness of the pace and location
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Management Response
23 Jul 2017
It was a pleasure to have you and hope to see you again soon.
It is always great to know that all the efforts are appreciated.
Many Thanks
Leo/Anna
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Veralyn25
Cardiff
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Homely”
Reviewed 21 February 2015 for a stay in February 2015

I have been going to Gambia for 10 years and have stayed in many hotels/apartments and compounds.
I have to say this is the 2nd best accommodation I have stayed. It was like being home from home.
Anna was there was to greet us which was lovely.
I am hoping to stay there again this December
Thanks for making my holiday memorable.

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Liked best: The whold house
Travelling group: Friends
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Recommended for:
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Management Response
17 Mar 2015
Thank you for being such wonderful guests. Let us know and we'll make all the arrangements for your next visit. All the best and see you again soon.
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Kutubo
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Brilliant place to stay.”
Reviewed 1 February 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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person found this review helpful

The place is great! Anna & Leo were amazing! I'd enjoyed every moment of my stayed at this place. I'll definitely book this place again.

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Management Response
21 Feb 2015
Thank you, it was a pleasure having you. Hope to see you again in the near future. All the best.
Anna.M/Leo
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