Situated between Palm House and the madarasa this renovated colonial era house has been built on three floors around an open courtyard, well shaded with plants. The entrance hall leads into the courtyard, edged by a baraza sitting and eating area. Two staircases lead from the courtyard to the upper rooms and terraces. It is an old house of great character, with ample room for two families.
There are five ensuite bedrooms – three double bedrooms, another with two large four-poster single beds and a smaller single bedroom. Adjoining the major suite there is a nursery room with a cot and two beds. A spacious second floor dayroom and terrace provide additional lounging or games area, with a small library of books for all ages.
Most time is spent on the two rooftops – here you can eat, sleep, play cards or just gaze out at the sea, the surrounding village or the night sky.
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.
Standard Rates: (min. 3 nights)
16 Jan – 23 Apr & 13 Nov – 17 Dec
€500 per night
Low Season: (min. 3 nights)
24 Apr – 16 Jul & 11 Sep – 12 Nov
€400 per night
Summer Season: (min. 7 nights)
17 Jul – 10 Sep
€650 per night
Christmas Season: (min. 14 nights)
18 Dec – 07 Jan 2011
€1,000 per night
Full board is €50 per day, per person, €25 for children under 12. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
Free laundry service included in full board rental.
The house cook will do all your catering. He will bake bread, suggest menus and cook excellent Swahili fish dishes. Basic foodstuffs, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit are available in the local Lamu market, while other supplies are flown down from Nairobi. Fish, lobster, crab and fresh oysters come to the door or can be ordered.
As with all the Lamu houses, the house staff are there to ensure you have everything you need, when you need it. Full board is Euro 50 per person, per day and Euro 25 for children under 12 years. Alcoholic beverages are not included.
If you choose this option, the cook will still do all your shopping and keep a record of your expenditure for every meal he prepares for you. Please bring luxury food items and condiments with you. Fresh dairy products, meat and chicken are difficult to find in Lamu. We have a small supply of goods not available on the island for sale in our store.
Our kitchens are well equipped with gas cooker, fridge, deep-freeze, bottle cooler, icemaker, ice-cream machine and liquidiser. Sodas and beer can be bought locally, Wine is locally available or we can help with an order from a Nairobi wine supplier. Spirits should be brought along with you.
Arrivals & Departures
On arrival at the Manda Airstrip, you will be met by our arrivals and departures manager. He will help collect your baggage, provide a porter and cart to carry it to the Manda jetty and escort you by boat to the Shela jetty. Our house staff will meet you there and escort you to your house.
All houses have three staff - two stewards and a cook. The Beach House also has a pool attendant. A maid can be available to help with children at an extra cost. Our resident manager will help to ensure you have everything you need, assist you with menus and also help organise local excursions.
Reservations & Fine Print for Shela Houses
To make a booking and get the lowest rates online please fill-out the form on the left.
Upon confirming rates and availability, you will receive an electronic invoice and a 20% deposit can then be made by credit card, paypal, m-pesa or bank transfer to confirm your booking.
On receipt of your 20% deposit, Shela House Management will send you a confirmation and a statement. The balance of the rental is due 40 calendar days before arrival in Lamu.
Cancellation fees are 20% up to 40 days before arrival, 75% up to 21 days before arrival and 100% after 21 days before arrival.
Phone: +254 (0)715 577896