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Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya
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Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, P.O Box 163, Karen (00502), Nairobi, Kenya.


Dr. Bonnie Dunbar of Houston, Texas (Dr. Dunbar's curriculum vitae) was given the rare opportunity to buy the property previously known as the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden in Karen, Kenya (about 30 minutes from Jomo Kenyatta International airport and downtown Nairobi). The property was purchased from Mr. Frank Sutton, a former Safari Guide and long time friend of Bonnie’s before he passed away in December 2000.

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Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya - Accommodation

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya Rooms Information:

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya

The cottages are  located in Karen, a beautiful, peaceful suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown Nairobi. The cottages are located in the midst of one of the oldest formal gardens in Kenya which have huge jacaranda, candelabra,  cactus, bottlebrush, and other trees. Over 200 types of  flowers bloom through the year and numerous bird feeders attract hundreds of varieties of birds. 

Cottage facilities house as many as 30 guests.  Eight of the cottages have individual suites and three have two bedroom suites with a common large sitting room. The honeymoon cottage has a large bedroom and sitting room each with a fireplace. The cottages have  been designed after the historic Swedo House to give a sense of reliving history in elegant style.  All well appointed cottages have  hi-beam ceilings with  fireplaces, wood and mazeras stone floors. Mini bars, satellite TVs and internet connections have also been installed. Each bedroom has a large bathroom with its own shower and bath.  Internet connections and phones are available in all rooms. Three cottages have two private suites with a separate dressing room.   

All cottages have a verandah for relaxing while enjoying the birds, butterflies and flowers of the garden.  We provide feeders to attract a wide variety of birds.

Residents can also enjoy twenty-four-hour room service. A private swimming poll and private garden bar are available for a relaxing afternoon or for small group get togethers. Private outdoor dinner parties by the pool can also be arranged.

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya


Some of the advantages of this beautiful location whether you are a tourist or doing business include: 

a) The cottages are located about a half mile from  the famous Karen Blixen Museum, which is one of principal tourist attractions in Kenya. The museum property does not have facilities for meals or lodging and the Coffee Gardens have historically been major draw for the tourists visiting the museum.

b) The cottages are  near the Wilson airport, which is used for all local safari flights in Kenya.

c) The Coffee Garden is located outside of Nairobi so guests coming on safari do not have to deal with the traffic and other problems of large city life.

d) The Coffee Garden  is within a few minutes drive to the Nairobi National Wildlife Park.  In route to the Coffee Gardens guests can be taken from the international airport and within 10 minutes be on their first safari game drive through Nairobi National Park. 

They will exit on the Langata side of the park to arrive at the Coffee Gardens and Cottages within 10 minutes.

e) The cottages are  located within 15 minutes of the Kenya Wildlife Service headquarters and zoo and within 10 minutes of the Sheldrick elephant and rhino orphanage.

) All shopping and banking is accessible in the  nearby township of Karen where residents will have easy access to  banks, pharmacies, local restaurants, medical facilities, etc.

g) The cottages are located  about a half mile from the Karen Country and Golf Club.  Guests staying at the cottages  have access to the country club golf, tennis and pool facilities.  

h) We can arrange nature walks on horse back with the Karen Riding School including Champagne breakfasts or Sundowners.

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya - Characteristics and Facilities

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages Nairobi Kenya Facilities & Services:

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages Food & Dining:

The Restaurant is open for breakfast from 700hr daily and the kitchen remains open until 2200hr. (A light menu is available in the bar for late night snacks and a clay pizza oven is being built.)  Diners have their choice of five areas for lunch or dinner.  Residents can also enjoy dinner in their rooms or  poolside.

The outdoor garden is spacious for those who enjoy watching birds and butterflies while dining.  On week-ends and holidays numerous live music groups featuring African Music or Easy Listening Music play for additional enjoyment and relaxation or relaxed dining by the fish pond with waterfall.   The restaurant veranda is also a popular place to spend a relaxing lunch and afternoon. The Large dining room of the romantic L'Amour Restaurant also has large framed windows overlooking the verandah and gardens. It has large suede chairs for comfortable seating  and its two large fireplaces provide a warm and cozy atmosphere for raining or chilly days.

For many, the bar and bar verandah are a fun place to have lunch or dinner while playing darts, board games, or watching news or sporting events. 

The refurbished c.1910  Swedo House is available daily as a lounge for guests or for tea or cappuccino or for romantic dining by the fireplace. The Swedo House is also a popular venue for receptions, small meetings and formal dinners by reservation. 

Outdoor and Other Events at Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages::

  • Saturday Lunch and Tuesday Night New Orleans Style Jazz;
  • Sunday Buffet in the gardens  with Live Music and  Croquet on the front lawn;
  • Romantic "Out of Africa" Style  or "Murder Mystery" dinners in Swedo House;
  • Performing arts or special functions (weddings, conferences, fundraising dinners, etc) int he Grand Marquee Sultan tent, including live dinner theatre and live bands;
  • Lectures on African Wildlife, History, Adventure tours, and Peoples of Kenya;
  • Golf, tennis, and squash at Karen Country Club;
  • Horseback riding through Karen Riding School followed by champagne garden brunch or sundowner;
  • Pool, Chess and tumbledown tournaments on occassion;
  • Table and other Games available at (chess, scrabble, puzzles, Boggle, Chronology, and more).
  • Gala New Year's Eve,  Valentine, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, Easter  Egg Hunts and other holiday parties;
  • Weddings and private parties in the garden or L'Amour Restaurant  (up to 150 people).  Note:  We will always keep one of the restaurants and bar facilities open for our regular clients and guests. 
  • Black tie "Out of Africa" Events including New Year's Eve in the Grand Marquee Tent or Garden Restaurant

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages Shops:

The Kifaru shop has a wide variety of African artifacts, ranging from clothing and decorative pieces to paintings and sculpture from local artists.  At the "Out of Town" beauty shop, a number of services are offered, ranging from plaiting, manicures and pedicure, and facials and body massage.

The Glass Gallery is world reknown for its engraved glass designed by Ms. Phillipa Simpson. You can watch local glass engravers at work in the shop. The Gallery also sells high quality ar tby other local artists as well as African Artists.

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