With the likes of Bill Gates on its books, and located just 2km west of the Parc National des Volcans in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains, the Jack Hanna Guesthouse (once home to the famous American conservationist) is exactly as one might expect: a top drawer luxury private house.
Nominally attached to the comparatively mid-range Gorilla Nest Lodge, and sometimes referred to as its Executive Suite, the Jack Hanna Guesthouse is situated overlooking a very reasonable 9 hole golf course, and consists of the main house and 2 sleeping rooms. Perfect for a small family or group, it sleeps 4, though larger groups can be accommodated via one of the lodge’s rooms. Please note that the house comes with its own management team.
FOOD AND SERVICE
The food and service is excellent, with handcrafted menus built around guests’ dietary expectations. A personal butler and private chef ensure each and every request is met.
Refurbished as recently as 2010, the guesthouse is a stone build, with its slight roofs, wraparound veranda and decorative columns typical of the kind of upcountry house one might find in the likes of western Kenya. Its shared areas consisting of a lounge, dining area and kitchen. Beautifully thought through, its décor is characterised by polished floors, a rusty red colour scheme, white walls and a mix of local and international artworks.
The leather suite, antique furnishings and an enormous fireplace are perfectly suited to its chic and textured look, and the overall feel at Jack Hanna Guesthouse pertains to a particular mix of wealth and meticulous restraint.
The bedrooms at Jack Hanna Guesthouse are just as fine. Each includes a double bed, a seating area, access to the veranda and an en suite garden. Simple, stylish, (mainly) naturally lit and marked by the same exquisite taste in period furniture, they match the guesthouse’s wider sophistication.
Activities include gorilla and golden monkey treks, bird watching, sundowners, golf, and luxurious spa treatments.