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Ruby Hall, Watamu

Mangroves of Mida Creek Lounging area Flamingos of Mida Creek Roof top view from The Tower of the Creek Traditional fishing dhow in Watamu Marine Park

This is a magical house in one of the most beautiful spots on the coast. Quite simply, it's one of the most relaxed and peaceful places on earth. Enjoy!

The house is the culmination of a lifelong dream - to build a tropical, sustainable, paradisiacal retreat in this part of the world. At night, you won't see a single other artificial light as you drift off to sleep.

The house overlooks the waters of Mida Creek, which is situated near Watamu, famous for its 7-km long white sand beach (10 minutes away) and pristine turquoise ocean that caters for world-class kitesurfing, diving, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing and more.

Mida Creek is a huge, stunning mangrove-fronted lagoon where you can swim, watch local fisherfolk, take dugout canoe trips (the house has its own), watch ospreys, flamingos, hawks and other wildlife, go fishing, or just listen to the sounds of the local people who have been living in the same way for thousands of years.

The house is set in a 5.2 acre fenced plot filled with cashew nut trees and a number of other smaller trees we've planted. The plot is nestled among local villages, palms and lush vegetation. It feels like it is in the bush although it is only a 10- minute drive from half a dozen excellent, lively restaurants and bars in Watamu, a 25-minute drive from Malindi airport and a 2-hour drive from bustling Mombasa.

This is a fully-serviced secluded four-bedroom (sleeps 12) luxurious house with 3 permanent staff (incl. cook, cleaner) set in tropical gardens with coconuts, cashews and mango trees. The staff members who look after the house full-time are Joseph, an excellent cook who has been preparing food for foreign visitors for more than 30 years - Morris, the cleaner, caretaker and gardener, and David who's on hand at night. There is no extra cost for these guys, although they appreciate a tip. Joseph can cook a huge number of different types of food from vegetarian pies to meat and super-fresh seafood feasts, as well as baking his own bread. He is happy to go and do the shopping for you, if that's easier. Morris will help you with anything you need, from cleaning to babysitting to fetching coconuts from the trees for you for a midday cocktail.

The house consists of a large open building, which has two large bedrooms - the upstairs room (bedroom 3) has 2 double beds (one perched in the roof and one kingsize), and the downstairs room (bedroom 4), which is completely netted can be used either as a chill- out room or a bedroom with 2 double beds.In the remainder of this bit of the house there is a large living area and dining table in which to chill and relax - with fitted sofas, a hanging chair, and hammock - in addition to a kitchen, storeroom and a toilet / shower.

We also have 'The Tower,' a building with a funky spiral staircase that consists of an open chill- out area downstairs and two bedrooms (bedroom 1 & 2 - both king-sized double beds and ensuite bathrooms) with amazing views the higher you go, and a flat roof, with a panoramic view over the whole creek and to the horizon beyond, which is a perfect place for sunbathing, yoga, evening drinks and dinner to enjoy the sunset.

We've taken pains to try to reduce the impact on the local environment with the house. That doesn't mean it's not effortlessly luxurious; it is, but we are not fans of air-conditioning and swimming pools. All rooms have excellent ventilation and fans, if needed. For us, taking a sunset dip in the creek in the evening as the sun goes down is way better than chlorine and pumps.

There is also internet and mobile access at the house if you buy a internet modem locally. We've also left a Bose stereo for ipods/iphones and computers and all linen and towels, as well as cleaning, is included.

See below for UK and Kenyan contacts

Shiru Macharia and Tom Savage
email tom@3desk.com
web http://www.watamu.biz/
tel +254 (0) 722664095

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