About Subira House
Subira house is an Arab style building with two open court yards, pretty arches and two beautiful gardens with well water. There are seven bedrooms and many galleries where one can relax in the soft warm winds. The house was built about 200 years ago by Said Bin Sud, important and wealthy "Liwali", the governor of the Sultan of Zanzibar. His family resided here until 1972.
Today Subira House is listed Grade One of houses subject to preservation by Lamu Conservation. The building is both architecturally and historically of great interest. Subira House is located behind the Old Fort and Lamu Market, a block from the seafront.
Over the years many Swedish painters have come to spend a month in Subira House as artists in residence. Famous Karin Mamma Andersson is one of them. Life at Subira House is inspiring and with the new WIFI internet access in the house you have great possibilities to focus your creativity into something fantastic.
Subira House has seven bedrooms and many more galleries for relaxing in the soft warm winds. You sleep under treated nets and there are electrical fans.
On the ground floor the four women's quarters are now a self-contained flat of two bedrooms, two bath rooms, and a kitchen. There is a pretty open courtyard with stairs leading to the roof - for watching the stars at night! This is a popular place to rent monthly and you cook for yourself.
You will be well looked after by our reliable and friendly staff. Captain Jelani will pick you up at the airport and guide you to the house, free of charge. He is a guide and can arrange your boat trips.
Breakfast at Subira House is not just any breakfast; shamba (farm) eggs, home-made youghurt, island honey, Lamu fresh fruits, homebaked lovely bread, mango jam.
Dinner is at 7 pm and can be ordered the same morning from Michael our excellent chef with the help of Mwallim. A 3-Course Dinner is also available in the new quaint 12-seat Karkadeh Restaurant.
Rates for Subira House, Lamu Town
Simply fill-out the form on the left to make your booking.
High Season: 15 November -15 March & 15 July - 15th September
Double Occupancy €42 per person
Single Occupancy €56
Top Top Floor €52 per person
Top Top Floor Single Occupancy €60
Low Season (and more than 7 days stay):
Double Occupancy €38 per person
Single Occupancy €50
Top Top Floor €48 per person
Top Top Floor Single Occupancy €55
Special agreements for children under 14 years. Aid workers and Kenyan citizens also enjoy special rates.
Selfcontained two room appartment with kitchen downstairs:
Minimum stay 4 nights (max 4 people), 650 Euro per month.
1.500 KSH per person per night in a Double Room B&B.
Reservations & Fine Print for Subira House
Rates above include pick up from the airstrip, breakfast and boat transfers (for stays of 4 nights or more).
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, your hosts at Subira House will send a confirmation and invoice for the balance owing. The balance for the house rental is due prior to your arrival in Lamu.
Cancellation fees may apply.
Owners: Christina and Paul Aarts