A goodbye trip? Might sound ridiculous, but if you ask me any reason for a trip -especially with friends- is a good reason! :)
So since Jack and I were leaving (for 2 whole weeks, so a very very big goodbye indeed ahum... whatever), we decided it would be fun to do a one-night get-away trip.
We started looking for places close to Nairobi that we could drive to and could fit six people and found Lahai Cottages on Airbnb. It was a very last-minute booking, but it all worked out in the end!
Lahai Cottages are just behind the Great Rift Valley Lodge close to Lake Naivasha and is on a hill, so you actually have an amazing view from the house over the lake.
The house itself is from a British family and it feels very much like a home, with lots of books, boardgames, DVDs, photos of the family on the walls etc. There is a big modern kitchen with pretty much everything you need for cooking, a super fancy dining room, a living room with a TV and couches, two sunrooms (one with a dining table and one with seats) and another seating area upstairs (in case you need lots of privacy while on your trip, there are enough places to go haha). There is one en suite bedroom downstairs (definitely the nicest one) and two upstairs of which one is ensuite. Downstairs is a bathroom that you can use when staying in the one non-en suite room that has a really good shower. There is staff to assist you during the stay, and they were super nice and helpful (immediately fixed a lamp that was broken, drove with us to the village to get some stuff etc).
The house is surrounded by an enormous garden and the plot itself is even bigger, there are other cottages but we only saw the other guests once during our stay. There is a shared (heated!) swimmingpool and a tennis court, but we only had time to test out the swimming pool. The pool was great, there were some sunbeds and a little bar like area, which make it perfect for spending the day during a longer stay. Unfortunately we only had one evening and one morning, and it wasn't sunny. Another thing that we as a group really liked were the dogs at the cottages. There were four of them and they really liked to hang around the house (sometimes in the house too, but that was because we were fine with them walking around). There was even a parrot but he was very quiet.
We spend our evening making fresh-juice cocktails and barbecuing a whole lot of lamb chops, chicken and steaks. We played games and went for a late night swim in the pool (we did that last time in Naivasha too and I promise you having a heated pool makes a big difference haha). After that we decided to watch a movie, and all snuggled up on the couches in the livingroom where they even had extra fleece blankets (big plus for me). The beds were great and the next morning we made a lovely bloody Mary breakfast in the sunroom with a table viewing the garden and the lake.
After breakfast we decided to go for a walk on the plot and almost thought we got lost in the bushes, that's how big it is! Also pro-tip: wear something on your feet when going for a walk down there :). After that we played with the rugby ball on the grass field and had home made lemonade, and all of a sudden it was already time to pack our bags and head back to Nairobi... It went super fast, and we all agreed that we should go here again for a full weekend sometime soon. It's the perfect distance from Nairobi, not to mention it's always beautiful to drive with a view over the Great Rift Valley, and the house itself has everything you need. There are beds for six people, but I think you could easily have a few more people sleeping on the couches etc.
Lahai Cottages: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6786386
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