Loldia House, Lake Naivasha
Set in manicured lawns on the green shores of Lake Naivasha in the Great Rift Valley, Loldia House was built in the early 20th century and has breathtaking views of the dormant volcano Mount Longonot. At Loldia House, you'll experience the life of Kenya's early settlers.
Loldia House offers a choice of accommodation either in the old family house or in cottages in the grounds. In the main house, four ensuite double rooms are furnished in the original colonial style. Close by is an original guest cottage surrounded by lush flowers, with a further two ensuite rooms. A newly-built cottage on the lakeshore, which is ideal for honeymooners, has two independent ensuite double rooms. Up on the hill is the specially built Loldia cottage, which has its own sitting room with open log fire and panoramic views across the lake, and three double rooms, making it ideal for families or groups of friends.
There is a cool stone veranda in the main house with lots of sofas and chairs and wonderful views of the lake. A cosy living room has a grand piano, big sofas, an open fireplace, rugs on the floor and lots of interesting reference books on Kenya. The immaculate lawns and gardens to the front of the house are host to hippo, buffalo, gazelle and even leopard.
Loldia House, now managed by Governors' Camps, is not a deluxe lodge but is homely and excellently run by a very friendly staff under the direction of the charming Peter Njoroge. Food is plentiful and nourishing. Breakfast is usually served outside under acacia trees whilst dinner is taken in the original dining room, with its polished wooden table, vases of flowers and gleaming silver cutlery.
There is no swimming pool.