Located in the quiet neighbourhood of Karen in Nairobi on a secluded one-acre plot of lush gardens, Karen Gables is a Cape Dutch-style private home that is perfect for a short layover or as a base for travellers looking to explore the city.
Owned and privately hosted by Christian and Clemence, Karen Gables is a seven-bedroom house characterised by its classic Cape Dutch facade, whitewashed walls and grandiose rounded gables out front; and high ceilings with exposed beams and chandeliers inside. There is a shared lounge and dining area, which both flow out onto a veranda and a large swimming pool. While booking is usually done on a Bed and Breakfast basis, guests can also exclusively book the entire house.
Food & service
Food at Karen Gables is a highlight of any stay, with meals served either in the shared dining area inside or outside on the veranda overlooking the garden. Meals are prepared by the in-house chef, with dishes and menus created using seasonal and local ingredients. Alternatively, guests can choose to dine out at one of the many excellent restaurants located in the neighbourhood.
There are seven en suite bedrooms at Karen Gables, including one twin and a single room, two double rooms, two junior suites with fireplaces, and one spacious master suite with a private lounge area, fireplace and double doors opening out to the garden. All are styled with four-poster double beds, a writing desk and ample storage. Overall, Karen Gables is a spacious and charming home furnished with antiques, Persian rugs and plush sofas that all add to the cosiness of the space. Wifi is available throughout the property.
Given its close proximity to Nairobi National Park, guests have the option to head out for a morning or afternoon game drive or visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s elephant orphanage for the day, which is located within the park. Other activities include a visit to the nearby AFEW Giraffe Centre to meet their resident Rothschild’s giraffe and a tour of the Karen Blixen Museum, where the Danish author lived from 1917 to 1931.