Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor: Information from the owner

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Type Hotel
No. of rooms 12
Last updated 1-Feb-2018

Main description of Giraffe Manor

Giraffe Manor: Facilities

Property facilities Spa
Room facilities Disabled Rooms, Dressing Gowns, En-Suite, Hair Dryer, Laundry Service (Complimentary), Mosquito Nets, Safe, Shower, Tea / Coffee
Available services Babysitting Service, Chauffer Service, Credit Card, Room Service (24 hours)
Activities on site (some activities may be seasonal) Boules, Fine Dining, High Tea, Massages, Safaris, Animal Encounters, Child Friendly Activities, Cultural Tours, Game Viewing, Museums

Room types at Giraffe Manor

Arlene's Room

Arlene's Room

Arlene’s room is approximately 28 square-metres in size and is located on the upper floor of the Garden Manor. Its quirky-shaped bathroom with bathtub, shower and vintage toilet, along with its cozy feel, make it a favourite of the Giraffe Manor staff. The room has a king-size four-poster bed so is ideal for couples. It overlooks the courtyard between the main manor house and the garden manor with views beyond to the sanctuary forest. The giraffes do not have access to Arlene but the room offers wonderful views of the giraffes when they come to the manor for breakfast in the morning.

Betty's Room

Betty's Room

Betty's room is a lovely, 32 square-metre south-facing room in the original manor house which was built in 1932. It has a king-size bed, fireplace and adjoining balcony from which the giraffes can be fed. The en-suite bathroom remains to this day in its original, quirky Art Deco style. We have opted not to modernize it as we prefer to embrace the period feel and protect the heritage of the building since so few tributes to Kenya’s past architecture remain. This room cannot be made into a twin and is therefore ideal for couples.

Daisy's Room

Daisy's Room

Daisy’s room is approximately 24 square-metres in size and has westward views toward the Ngong Hills. It is one of only two rooms at Giraffe Manor with a balcony from which you can feed the giraffes when they visit in the early morning looking for treats. The room can accommodate either a couple or two singles (can be a double or a twin). The en-suite facilities consist of twin sinks and a spacious shower.

Edd's Room

Edd's Room

Edd’s room is amongst the newest rooms at the manor having been recently built and added to the Garden Manor section of the property in April 2017. It is a ground-floor room of 39 square-metres with striking stained-glass windows above an enormous super-king-size bed. There is also a sofa in the room which can pull out into a bed for a child if needed. The en-suite facilities consist of a corner bathtub, a large double shower and twin sinks. Although the giraffes do not have access to Edd’s room, guests can enjoy the room’s outdoor veranda area furnished with its own private bar.

Finch Hatton Suite

Finch Hatton Suite

The Finch Hatton Suite is on the ground floor of the Garden Manor from where you’ll often see the legs of our spotted residents when you open the curtains in the early morning as they come looking for treats from the rooms above and the adjoining dining room. This ground-floor room of 74 square-metres has a king-size bed and two single beds in a loft area which is accessed by a small spiral staircase. There is also a small day bed which can accommodate a third child if needed. The en-suite facilities have a uniquely large double-headed shower, twin sinks and a bathtub. There is also a fireplace which keeps the space wonderfully warm on the chillier Nairobi nights and a small seating area.

Helen's Room

Helen's Room

At 43 square-metres, Helen's room is a large corner room in the Garden Manor and is one of the most spacious and is often visited by hungry giraffes looking for treats in the morning. Guests who stay here are most welcome to feed them from Helen’s windows before breakfast. The room has two four-poster beds which can be put together to make a large double bed or separated for two singles. The room is large enough to accommodate a small extra bed for a child or baby cot if required upon request. The en-suite facilities consist of twin sinks, a bathtub and shower. Helen’s room has views towards the Ngong Hills to the west as well as southward views over the giraffe sanctuary & forest. On a very clear day, one can even see Mt. Kilimanjaro’s snowy peak in the distance from this room.

Jock's Room

Jock's Room

This lovely south-facing room is still frequented by giraffes looking for treats in the early morning hours. There are pellets in the room from which the giraffes can be fed from the window just like the Leslie-Melvilles once did with the very first giraffes they raised at the Manor. From Jock’s room you can also see the Giraffe Center, headquarters for the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife (AFEW), which was founded by Jock when he bought the Manor in the 1970s. Jock’s room is approximately 28 square-metres in size and can accommodate either a couple or two singles (double or a twin). It has a fireplace and both a bathtub and shower in the en-suite facilities as well as twin sinks.

Karen Blixen Suite

Karen Blixen Suite

The Karen Blixen Suite is a 61 square-metre room situated on the ground floor of the main manor house behind the kitchen and adjacent to the outdoor terrace where lunch is usually served. It has a king-size bed on the ground level and two single beds on a loft level accessed by a small spiral staircase. A small daybed can also be added to this room to accommodate a young child if required. The room has a large fireplace with seating area as well as shared en-suite facilities with a bathtub and shower. Much like traditional British homes of the same period, the room has a separate water closet with toilet. It is important to note that the giraffes do not have access to this room and it does not have a view of the sanctuary.

Kelly's Room

Kelly's Room

Kelly’s room is located upstairs in the Garden Manor, is approximately 45 square-metres in size and is beautifully appointed with traditional cane furnishings and a striking stained-glass wall in the bathroom. The room has three single beds, two of which can be put together to accommodate a couple if preferred. It also has a fireplace and views towards the south over the sanctuary forest. The en-suite facilities consist of a bathtub, shower and twin sinks. Guests can feed giraffes from Kelly’s window as they often come to visit this room in the early morning hours before breakfast.

Lynn's Room

Lynn's Room

Lynn is located on the top floor of the Main Manor and, back when the residence was built in 1932, it would have served as the room for a nanny, child or visiting guest. The bedroom itself is relatively small at 15 square-metres with a beautiful, four-poster king-sized bed dominating the space. The en-suite bathroom is a spacious 10 square-metres and is equipped with a large shower and double sinks. It is important to note that Lynn’s room is situated directly above the manor kitchen so, whilst the chef and his team are always careful to prepare meals as quietly as possible, it is possible that both the sounds and smells of the daily cooking routine are discernible from Lynn’s room. The compact size of the bedroom, its proximity to the kitchen and the fact that the giraffes rarely visit Lynn are reasons why it is sold at the lowest price point of the complement of Giraffe Manor rooms. Though the room is as beautifully-appointed as the others and perfectly comfortable, we do prefer to make these attributes known in advance in the spirit of transparency and disclosure. Lynn is best reserved for guests who are staying at Giraffe Manor for only one night and who are not in need of the largest or quietest accommodations.

Marlon's Room

Marlon's Room

Marlon’s room is a small standard double/twin room, measuring approximately 92 square-feet in size. It is a side-facing room in the main manor and is not dissimilar to the sort of hotel room one would find in a major European city like Paris or Rome. Historically, Marlon did not have its own en suite facilities and, like many homes of the day, children or guests would use the water closet across the hall. This separate washroom with full-length bath still exists and Marlon’s guests are welcome to use it, but we have also added a small 30 square-foot lavatory to the room. It has a lovely shower, small sink and compact toilet. Lynn and Marlon are located next to each other and are often used to accommodate families of four since together they work well for a couple with young children. Marlon is also ideal for single guests, short stays and anyone who is not perturbed by compact spaces. Guests who stay in Marlon will also enjoy the privilege of staying in the room named after one of the manor’s original giraffes whose namesake was everyone’s favourite godfather, Marlon Brando, a friend of previous owners of Giraffe Manor. Kindly note that the giraffes do not have access to this room but you will enjoy interacting with them during the breakfast & tea services whilst staying here.

Salma's Room

Salma's Room

Salma’s room is amongst the newest rooms at the manor having been recently built and added to the Garden Manor section of the property in April 2017. It is located on the top floor of the Garden Manor section of the property and enjoys south-facing views over the lunch courtyard & sanctuary forest beyond. The room is 35 square-metres and can be either a double or a twin. It also has a sofa which converts to a bed that is suitable for a child if needed. The en-suite facilities consist of a bathtub, shower and single sink. Salma has a private balcony with chairs and table from where guests can enjoy wonderful views of the giraffes approaching the manor in the early morning. Although the giraffes do not have access to Salma’s room, it is a quiet room offering privacy and understated comfort to guests who also need to catch up on some rest after a long flight or busy safari. It is worth noting that the stairway up to Salma’s room is a little bit steep and thus not ideal for guests with mobility issues.

Activities at Giraffe Manor

Adopt an Elephant

Adopt an Elephant

Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi where you can adopt a baby elephant and see them feed from a bottle. You can adopt an elephant for US$ 50 (for two people) and visit them at 5 pm where you’ll see your baby put to bed. Or you can go at 11 am when the orphanage is open to the general public and pay a US$ 7 donation. Both experiences are very special. Transfers from Giraffe Manor are included at no extra cost.

AFEW Giraffe Centre

AFEW Giraffe Centre

Included in your stay at the Manor is access to the AFEW Giraffe Centre, which is a gentle stroll across the front lawn of the house. The centre has some interesting back ground information on the rare Rothschild Giraffes and also a small nature trail that can be good for stretching your legs.

Chess

Chess

Snuggle up inside next to the fire in the evening and sip on a zingy dawa whilst settling down for a game of chess.

Croquet and boules

Croquet and boules

Boules and croquet are on hand at Giraffe Manor and kids can dodge the resident warthogs while challenging each other to a few rounds of these classic garden games.

Karen Blixen and Nairobi National Museum

Karen Blixen and Nairobi National Museum

Step back in time at the Karen Blixen Museum. Once the farmhouse of Baroness Karen Blixen, the museum provides guided tours of the beautifully serene grounds and gives you a sense of the style of Karen Blixen’s home with a number of original pieces of furniture still in place. Entrance into the museum is KES 800 or US$ 12. Open 9am to 6pm. Transfers from Giraffe Manor are included at no extra cost.
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Visit the Nairobi National Museum for an education in Kenya’s wonderfully rich heritage. After which you can enjoy the Museums botanical gardens and something to eat or drink from the restaurant/food hall. This activity takes up half a day. Transfers can be included in a half day hire of a vehicle and driver. Five hours costs US$ 180 – for anything less than five hours please ask for a quote as we can be flexible. An entry fee of KES 1200 or US$ 14 is payable directly to the museum. Open 8.30am to 7.30pm.

Painting in the orchid house

Painting in the orchid house

For the creative lot, head to the orchid house and make use of our easel, canvas and paints.

The most unique breakfast

The most unique breakfast

Share your breakfast with the giraffe popping their heads through the window.

Treatment room

Treatment room

Our treatment room offers a selection of massage and beauty treatments designed to restore your body’s natural balance and soothe away your stresses.

Restaurants at Giraffe Manor

The most amazing Breakfast

Share the most important meal of the day with the most unique guests only at Giraffe Manor.

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