There’s seldom a road trip out of Nairobi that doesn’t end with one person marveling why it doesn’t happen more often. An easy hour-long drive to Makuyu promises you fresh air, views of lush forest, and some much needed peaceful quiet.
On 500 acres of land in Makuyu lies an expansive fruit farm, showing off her many orange, mango, dragon and jackfruit trees. But it doesn’t end there. Carefully hidden amidst the farm lies two unique properties: Eco Farmhouse and Eco Treehouse.
Eco Farmhouse is a charming original 1960’s farmhouse that has recently been renovated and modernised. Natural light streams in through the large windows in the common area; as the rustique island kitchen overlooks the patio and garden. Evening fairy lights strung in-between vines and wood set the mood in the outdoor area, perfect for lounging after a long farm tour!
Occasionally, you may lock eyes with one of the six semi-domesticated ostriches through the window; they roam the compound and farm freely and are often found relaxing on the Farmhouse patio.
The self catered house sleeps eight (six adults and two children) in three ensuite rooms comfortably. There are two bedrooms off of the common area, one with a queen bed and the other with a triple. Across the main house in an adjacent room is the “honeymoon suite” with a queen bed and additional privacy, ideal for a couple.
A stone’s throw away, nestled in the mango tree groves of the farm and made from a reclaimed wood cabin is the Eco Treehouse. Above the treeline, on the expansive balcony you get 180 views of Mt. Kenya and the Aberdere range on a clear day. The cozy Treehouse has two ensuite rooms with double beds. The Treehouse is self-contained with an open plan kitchenette and living area for unobstructed views and can be rented together, or separate from the Farmhouse. A spacious deck is the life of the treehouse as it gives you unmatched views of the farm by day, and a star-stricken night sky.
Both properties are an escape from city life. Without WiFi, you’re encouraged to explore the farm (you’re welcome to pick fresh fruit and vegetables for your meals), fish at the dam, or hike and bike around the property. The farm tours make this visit all the more worthwhile. Exotic fruits hanging within reach, bees buzzing everywhere, hundreds of species of insects, beautiful flowers waiting to bear fruit. There is plenty to explore, taste, and discover!
As much as you are encouraged to unplug and unwind, there is strong cell service on the property if need be. The property is ideally situated within easy reach to outdoor adventures such as white water rafting in Sagana, Castle Forest Lodge, Chania Falls, and Ragati Forest.
Eco Farmhouse and Eco Treehouse are a truly unique escape from city life that are within reach. A great experience for a group of friends or for a family looking to get away and disconnect. A visit to this property will have you feeling like you can, and will, do this more often.