Neem House was designed and built in the traditional Arab/Swahili vernacular.
The residence, surrounded by numerous large Neem, palm and fig trees, is situated high on a coral outcrop catching the ocean breeze. Neem House is approximately 350 m from the beach, accessed via the Driftwood Beach Club or down one of several lanes.
All rooms are large and spacious and feature Arabesque archways and antique carved doors sourced from Lamu and Zanzibar.
All of the large exterior windows are enclosed with ornate wrought iron and the interior ‘windows’ are fitted with cane blinds or teak shutters. This creates a very open and cool living space.
Ceilings, supported by traditional ‘Boriti’ poles are in excess of three meters. Floors are tiled with cool Galana stone, sourced from the Galana river to the north of Malindi.
All of the furniture is teak, designed for comfort on the coast. The 3.6m dining room table comfortably seats twelve. There are teak loungers and large traditional day beds around the pool and on the numerous verandas.
There are four bedrooms, three of which are ensuite. These rooms all have overhead ceiling fans and large walk in mosquito nets.
The main bedroom has a large veranda with a private seating area and three single beds – ideal for families with small children.
Neem House sleeps a maximum of twelve people – there are three double rooms – the remaining six beds are singles. Two of the double rooms can be converted to twins if required.
The fourth bedroom, containing four single beds, is a classic ‘Zanzibar style’ room. Situated high in the canopy of numerous Neem and Fig trees, this room features a traditional Makuti roof and waist high perimeter walls.