Welcome to the Historic Swedo House at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, Limited. It was originally a hunting lodge/farm house which was built around 1906 to 1908. It is located in a beautiful and serene place approximately half a mile from the Karen Blixen (Bogani House) museum and 15 minutes away from downtown Nairobi.
It is the site of the original farmhouse of the property, which is currently near the Karen Blixen Museum (of “Out of Africa”) and about half a mile from the Karen Country Club one of the oldest and finest golf clubs in Kenya where guests can enjoy golfing, tennis, squash as well as other activities.
The Coffee Garden covers only 5 ½ acres of land with large hundred year old trees and a beautiful garden with hundreds of different varieties of blooming flowers, and a large population of birds.
The historic Grogan/MacMillan Manor House was moved brick by brick from downtown Nairobi to the Coffee Garden in 2008 to save it from destruction.
”The cottages are set in a beautiful lush garden with trees, plants and flowers. The green setting provided a wonderful respite before the deserts of Dubai. We stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage, which while being lovely, is in need of tender loving care. Breakfast was served poolside and was adequate and the staff provided a very friendly and helpful service. We had dinner at the Tamambo restaurant that is located on the property, the signature drink, the Dawa is definitely worth a try, have one or maybe two!
This is a good choice for an overnight between destinations.”
”Lovely property! I only had two days and one night, but I enjoyed every minute. Friendly staff, quiet, lush grounds. On site restaurants are very good, and it is nice to have the option to dine outside. Pool was relaxing and not crowded.’
”Only stayed for one night and arrived late in the evening after a long flight. Even so I was impressed by the initial sight of this establishment and the helpful porters. Stayed in one of the cottages. The room was very big and the Double bed was clean and very soft. WiFi and TV worked.
Only in daylight can the true beauty of the estate be realized. Breakfast next to the pool was functional.
Sad to leave after such a short stay.”
”Had a large family meal in the front of the garden when visiting family who live locally. Great food & service, stunning surroundings. Very welcoming for small children also. Close to Giraffe Manor & the Sheldricks elephants.”
”About twenty minutes from the safari park (which is unbelievable and packed with wildlife), this sort of chalet hotel is very historical and beautifully presented. Big rooms, four posters, loads of space, great African atmosphere and a good bar with exceptional steaks.
Fantastic – recommended without hesitation. 10/10 on all calls.”