Charmed by the warmth and hospitality of the Irish on a visit to the Emerald Isle, in the last century, the founder of Macushla House (Gaelic for 'my beloved') opened the doors to those seeking the natural joys of life. Surrounded by indigenous bushland, in a suburb of Nairobi, birdsong and wind chimes accompanied by flowing water from the swimming pool dragon are part of the daily concert.
Public areas are home to an eclectic celebration of artifacts from countries as far flung as Yemen to Australia.
The house has been converted into a private homestay and offers accommodation in two bedroom wings each with two double ensuite bedrooms and a smaller ensuite single room. Macushla's spacious en-suite rooms cater for a maximum of ten guests. The main rooms are a combination
of wood panels, polished wood floors scattered with kilims, large fireplaces, high beamed ceilings, comfy sofas, coffee tables strewn with books and magazines, odd art works and each room leads through to the next. French doors lead down to the swimming pool where brightly coloured sun beds and umbrellas are scattered on the surrounding paving and a large stained-glass sculpture of a dragon dominates the scene.
The bar and dining room take on an ambiance of intimacy yet have been host to many a celebratory function and informal business dinner. The food at Macushla will leave you in no doubt that you are in a private home and not a hotel. Meals are prepared with the freshest of ingredients with particular care being given to presentation and simple but wholesome cooking. The terrace and swimming pool are regular venues for guests to relax, choose a tasty dish from the daily menu offered throughout the day and evening, or simply a traditional tea with a hint of indulgence - scones, strawberry jam and cream.
The private study offers the business traveller a quiet corner to connect with their laptop or the exercise bicycle - or both.
Swimming pool in lovely gardens. Transport can be arranged on request to and from the airport or downtown Nairobi.
The gardens are left to natural growth and indigenous flora and bird life. The Giraffe Centre is within easy walking distance and a short drive will take you to Kazuri Beads Workshop, Utamuduni Crafts for Conservation and Daphne Sheldrick's orphanage, home to numerous orphaned elephant and rhino.