Kitengela, the Nairobi-based art studio, is now offering a series of cottages unlike any you’ve ever seen. The floors, walls, tables and even bathrooms are made of thousands of pieces of colored glass and hand-crafted glass light fixtures and decorations abound.
Kitengela Glass Art & Eco Cottages offers five cottages south of Nairobi directly alongside the tree-topped edge of Nairobi National Park. There you’ll encounter monkeys, hyrax, different species of birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Throughout the grounds you’ll find dogs, geese, ducks, parrots, an old vulture, a young Crane — even pigs, camels and sheep that the German owner, Nani Croze, raises with much affection.
A beautiful, glass mosaic-adorned swimming pool overlooks the forest. Visitors can spend their day relaxing, walking around the rural landscape with views of downtown Nairobi or visiting the glass gift shops and glass-blowing studio to watch Kitengela’s team of glass artists in residence at their craft.
Kitengela Cottages’ property is often used by Nairobi companies and organisations for team building activities, (and shortly will even host a Kenyan Miss Tourism contest). An adventurous footbridge leads across the gorge to Silole Sanctuary adjacent to the Park. The cottages offer a truly wonderful escape for both locals and travelers as it’s unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.
Enjoy rich organic produce, fresh fruits, free-range meats from animals raised on-site, fresh milk and homemade butter on sour dough bread.
If eco tourism is your thing, look no further: Kitengela Cottages use solar and wind power when available and compost everything imaginable. All of the glass used by the artists and in the homes is recycled from used bottles and broken windows before being turned into beautiful table ware, furnishings, windows, doors and artwork.
The Pool House includes three open bedrooms with four beds that sleep seven. As the largest of the Nairobi cottages, this spacious pool house fills with sunlight in nearly every crevice and has an open terrace overlooking the pool.
The Cat House and Annex have two bedrooms and include three beds that sleep six. Named for the felines that previously took full run of the place, the cat house includes a fun loft bed, two downstairs bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room while the annexe has a little garden/tea terrace.
The Masai Cottage has two bedrooms with three beds that can sleep four.
Built using traditional Masai construction, the Masai Cottage offers a cool downstairs bedroom with a large bed and a sunny upstairs with two twin beds. A small kitchen and mini fridge are available for guests’ use and the small glass balcony overlooks the treetops of Nairobi National Park.
Lengai’s Basement Flat has one bedroom with one bed that sleeps two. The cottage is adjacent to Pool House and has easy access to the pool.
The Glass House has two bedrooms with three beds that sleep four.
The sunny upstairs bedroom has two small beds and walls made of glass and includes a small balcony. The much-decorated downstairs bedroom includes a private bathroom made of green glass bottles.
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