There’s something about Kenya. The rich, colonial heritage, perhaps? Or the promise of wildlife, always just around the corner? Or maybe it’s the people, whose unwavering smiles match the warmth of their culture? Whatever it is, Loldia House has it all in spades and even a little bit more. A traditional homestead perched on the Western shores of Lake Naivasha, the house was built in the 1930s and perfectly captures the charm and character of early Kenya. Days are spent spotting wildlife grazing around the lakeshore, and evenings cosied up by the fire in the drawing room. Kenya in a perfect nutshell.
At the lodge
Surrounded by clipped lawns, fragrant fever trees and not forgetting 6,000 acres of private land, Loldia is a colonial dream. Around the house, a cool, wraparound Veranda delivers views all the way to the lake whilst inside, the cosy sitting room with its enormous sofas and roaring fire is the perfect place for a good book and a cup of tea. At night, dinner is a true feast and served atop the grand dining table complete with crystal glasses and silver cutlery. How lovely!
Overflowing with fresh flowers and adorned with family portraits, the nine rooms at Loldia are homely and full of character. The four doubles in the main house are cosy in the winter and cool in the summer and all have pretty views of the colourful gardens. For a little more privacy, the two-bedroom Lake Cottage is honeymoon heaven whereas the three bedroom Hill Cottage is ideal for families or small groups.
The pace of life at Loldia is totally up to you. There’s certainly plenty to keep you busy with game drives on the ranch or to Hells Gate and Crater Lake National Parks, horse riding, day trips to Lake Nakuru, boat rides or a spot of fishing on Lake Naivasha and even nature walks (to make up for all the homemade cakes…) But that’s not to say that you can’t just sit down and take it easy – there’s a nice shady spot on the lawn, just under that tree over there…