“My family and I were completely floored by how nice and beautiful the house and grounds were. This is truly one of Naivasha and Kenya’s  hidden gems  and we will certainly be returning.”

Yates, Nairobi, 2016

There are few more idyllic places to stay within easy reach of Nairobi than these charming and wonderfully authentic guest cottages.  Set on an old colonial-era farmstead and amid beautiful grounds leading down to Lake Naivasha, they are the perfect retreat for anyone who appreciates peace, seclusion and gorgeous surroundings inside and out.

Cottage 1 sleeps up to 6 guests and has lovely views of gardens, pool and lake.  On the ground floor is an outside veranda with two sitting areas, and indoors is a sitting room, an eat-in kitchen, shower room and lavatory.  Also downstairs are two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, and upstairs is an open-plan, twin-bedded room with open-air terrace looking out onto the grounds

Cottage 2 sleeps up to 10 guests and sits in its own private walled gardens.   Downstairs are three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, along with drawing room with fireplace, separate dining room, kitchen and bathroom.  Upstairs is an open-plan bedroom area with two single beds and one double bed – an ideal ‘dormitory’ for children.  Leading off this area is an open-air terrace and outside on the ground floor there is a large veranda with sitting area and outside dining table.

“Thank you Lucita Farm and the fantastic team who made our weekend away so relaxing.  We had the whole place to ourselves as we took both houses which was an absolute treat!  The larger guest house has a fireplace and plenty of room for friends to gather and the smaller one has views over the lake – it’s hard to say which is better as they are both so well put together!  We had a great time lounging by the pool and enjoying our evenings by the fire.  We can’t wait to come back with more friends soon”.   

EHM Nairobi, 2016

Both cottages have been recently refurbished with imagination and attention to detail, and are very attractively furnished and decorated throughout.  They are filled with lovely furniture and fittings and with paintings by some of Kenya’s most celebrated artists.

The cottages sit in the grounds of the main farm house in lovely gardens shaded by towering acacia trees.  Guests also have the use of the floodlit hard tennis court with viewing pavilion and the lovely swimming pool with poolside pavilion, dining area and sunloungers.  There is also a children’s play area with swings and a below-ground trampoline.

Summary

  • Two spacious and very attractive lakefront cottages
  • Beautifully decorated and furnished, lovely grounds and lake views
  • Swimming pool and floodlit tennis court
  • Cottage 1 – sleeps up to 6 guests in 3 bedrooms
  • Cottage 2 – sleeps up to 10 guests in 4 bedrooms
  • Standard rental rates Ksh 30,000 and Ksh 40,000 per night

Detailed information

  • Floodlit hard tennis court (please bring your own racquets and balls)
  • Swimming Pool
  • Several acres of lovely lawned gardens
  • Children’s swings and trampoline
  • Filtered drinking water supplied
  • Safes for valuables
  • Excellent security, day & night askaris
  • Dogs not allowed (friendly dogs on-site)

Self catering’ accommodation – with chef and housekeeping provided

Cottage 1

  • Two double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • One ‘open-plan’ twin bedroom with separate shower room
  • Sitting room
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • First floor terrace
  • Ground floor veranda

Cottage 2

  • Three double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • One ‘open-plan’ bedroom sleeping four with separate bathroom
  • Sitting room with fireplace
  • Dining room, separate kitchen
  • First floor terrace
  • Ground floor veranda with sitting and dining areas
  • Private walled garden

Location

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha and Mount Longonot

Lake Naivasha sits at the highest elevation of the Kenyan Rift valley at 1,884 metres (6,181 ft) and around 90km north west of Nairobi. The name Naivasha comes from the word Nai’posha meaning rough water in the language of the Maasai, and the surface of the 50-square mile lake can often be subject to unexpected squalls and storms.


In early colonial times the lake became a popular retreat for white settlers with a number of beautiful and unusual houses being built along the lake shore, such as the notorious Djinn Palace. In the 1930s the lake began to be used by Imperial Airways as a landing place for their flying boats travelling between England and South Africa.

Crescent Island Naivasha

Crescent Island Naivasha

Naivasha and the surrounding area remains popular with weekenders from Nairobi and there are numerous water sports and related activities on hand for visitors. Boating, sailing, fishing, and bird watching are available at various locations around the lake – as is horse riding, biking and hiking. Golf takes place in a spectacular location at the Great Rift Valley Golf Resort off North Lake Road.

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Lake Naivasha Sunset

Apart from tourism, the major business of Naivasha is floriculture – numerous flower farms are to be found close to the lake shore and export large quantities of flowers, especially roses, to Europe daily. Another major commercial enterprise on the lake is the geothermal plant, which was commissioned in 1981 and now generates a substantial amount of electricity.

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

Lake Oloidien Naivasha

The lake and its surroundings are home to a wide variety of wildlife and game including a large population of Hippoptomus and several species of fish. Over 400 species of birds have been recorded here, and the lake is home to Pelicans and Kenya’s largest concentration of African Fish Eagles. You will often see large flocks of Flamingos on Lake Oloidien which adjoins the South West corner of the lake.

Hell's Gate National Park Naivasha

Hell’s Gate National Park Naivasha

Hells Gate National Park is one of the few National Parks that permits walking, bicycling and rock climbing. Both Fischer’s Tower and Central Tower make challenging ascents for rock climbers, as does the escarpment. The gorge, slicing through striking rock formations, contains a series of hot springs that heat the surrounding rocks, and local guides are available to guide walkers through the gorge. The park is home to plains game and other wildlife, and is particularly known for vultures, eagles and buzzards. The setting for the film The Lion King was heavily based on the area.

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crater Lake Naivasha

Crescent Island, an arc of land linked to the mainland lake shore by a causeway, has a number of animals but no predators, and makes a lovely place to walk and picnic. Crater Lake, to the West of Lake Naivasha, also has wildlife, birdlike and attractive walks. Mount Longonot, between Naivasha and Nairobi, is an inactive volcano whose crater makes for a lovely but quite strenuous walk with spectacular views both into the crater and across the surrounding area.

Mount Longonot Naivasha

For food and general supplies there is good shopping in Naivasha Town and at the new Buffalo Mall which has a large Tusky’s supermarket. There is an excellent new Farm Shop and Butchery on South Lake Road, where you will also find attractive crafts for sale at Lake Elementaita Weavers and Fired Earth Pottery.   Recommended places to eat off South Lake Road include Carnelly’s Restaurant, The Ranch House Bistro and The Club House Cafe.

Club House Cafe Naivasha

Club House Cafe Naivasha

How to get there

By Road

Naivasha is approximately 85 km (55 miles) from Nairobi and guests should allow 1 ½ hours to drive from Nairobi to Lucita Farm.  The cottages are situated just off South Lake Road close to Lake Naivasha Country Club.  A 4-wheel drive vehicle is not necessary.

Lucita Farm is 7.5 km from Naivasha Town and 10.5 km from the A104, the main Nairobi-Nakuru highway. There is also access from Nairobi via the C38 the ‘Old Naivasha Road’ and Mai Mahiu town.

Visitor’s Book

“My family and I were completely floored by how nice and beautiful the house and grounds were. This is truly one of Naivasha and Kenya’s  hidden gems  and we will certainly be returning.”

Yates, Nairobi, 2016

“Thank you Lucita Farm and the fantastic team who made our weekend away so relaxing. We had the whole place to ourselves as we took both houses which was an absolute treat! The larger guest house has a fire place and plenty of room for friends to gather, although the smaller one has views over the lake – it’s hard to say which is better as they are both so well put together! We had a great time lounging by the pool and enjoying our evenings by the fire. We can’t wait to come back with more friends soon”.

EHM Nairobi, 2016

Rates

  • Cottage 1 (sleeps 6) – Standard rate Ksh 30,000 per night
  • Cottage 2 (sleeps 10) – Standard Rate Ksh 40,000 per night

Please contact us for Christmas and New Year rental rates