About Pool House
“The Pool House” got its name because it is one of the few private homes in Lamu town with a full size swimming pool. It was featured in the recently published book “Swahili Chic” by Bibi Jordan, and is generally considered one of the most beautiful private homes on the island.
The Pool House is situated in the old part of Lamu town, a medina of narrow alleyways where many of the grand old stone houses are located, about ten minutes walk from the historical town center.
Through a beautiful antique front door one enters a true oasis of tranquility and fragrant gardens leading to three separate courtyards filled with tropical trees and plants. One of the courtyards contains the freshwater swimming pool from which fresh air cooled by the water floats through a series of interconnecting rooms and living spaces.
The Pool House is a compound of self-contained buildings, offering a maximum of privacy to its guests. The house has several roof terraces, one of which is partially covered by a thatched roof, has a hammock and swinging bed from which you can enjoy a lovely panoramic view of Lamu and the bay. It is the perfect spot to enjoy your sundowners and at night, to gaze at the spectacular African starry sky. All living areas are open and airy and designed to catch the cooling breezes. One of the courtyards has a jasmine covered pergola and separate grille area for outdoor dining. At night all courtyards are candle lit for a magical effect.
The house has gradually been renovated in the Swahili style with lovely plaster work, tall ceilings and a mix of antiques and new furniture made by local crafts people. Throughout the house there are interesting pieces of African art, reflecting the owner’s wide travels all over the African continent. Over the years, the Pool House has been the site of many memorable festivities, featuring performances by Swahili orchestras and dance groups.
The Pool House can comfortably accommodate groups of 4 to 6 people and is ideal for two couples or a single family with children. It has also gained a reputation as a romantic honeymoon retreat.
A spacious dining room is at the center of the house, seating up to 12 people with rugs and antique furnishings, leading to a veranda overlooking the pool.
Both principal bedrooms have their own dressing rooms, queen-size beds, full bathrooms with hot and cold water, and sun terraces. The beds are beautiful, hand carved, four-poster affairs with yards of mosquito netting. Other buildings house a third bedroom with two single beds, and a fully equipped kitchen.
The house is equipped with a backup power generator and its own well, and fresh, bottled water is available at all times. WiFi is available upon request.
Photos & Rooms
During your stay you will be enjoy food by Pool House's incredibly talented resident Chef, Chakhi. Here is a Sample Menu of his specialities.
Rates at Pool House
Book with Lamu.org and receive up to a 10% discount off the lowest advertised rates!
Simply fill-out the form on the left to make your booking.
Christmas/New Year & Easter Season: $3,200 per week (weekly bookings only)
Regular Season: $1,800 per week (from $300 per night)
Includes: Breakfast. Laundry services. Fresh fruit juices, tea and coffee throughout the day.
Excludes: Local transportation and excursions. Lunch and dinner. Wine, liquor and sodas.
Upon confirming rates and availability, you will receive an electronic invoice and a deposit can then be made by credit card, paypal, m-pesa or bank transfer to confirm your booking.
On receipt of your deposit, we will send you a receipt, confirmation, and voucher for your stay. The balance of the rental is due 30 days prior to arrival.
Cancellation fees may apply.