Take me back there! That’s my feeling right now. I had such a wonderful time at the serene Banana Farm House in Tigoni, Kiambu county. It is a 30-minute drive from Nairobi CBD and you access it through Kiambu or Limuru roads. To be honest, I had no expectations at all before visiting this place just to avoid any disappointments.
On arrival, the first thing I noticed was the lush vegetation. There is something about nature that is so therapeutic. The place was fully encompassed with a sense of serenity. The place is not a resort, neither is it a hotel. It is home, away from home. Its rural surroundings make it even more alluring.
Julia and Phil are the couple that owns the farm house, which has been there since the 1940’s. Tigoni highlands are best known for their lush tea farms, so the place can be quite cold.
When we got there, we were welcomed with a cup of hot tea and some homemade cookies; not the usual welcome drinks (cold juices or cocktails) that we are used to.
The home sits on a 24-acre land, surrounded by tea plantations and indigenous woodlands. Inside the home, the warm living room’s fireplace and high ceilings gives it a traditional feel.
Our check-in was in the afternoon, which allowed me to check out the refreshing views from room. The landscape was beautiful and the weather during our visit was vaguely sunny.
The rooms beat my expectations. The colour scheme was a bit modern and there was a door that led to the garden. I was zinged! The home has four bedrooms, with two on the ground floor and the other upstairs.
Downstairs is the garden room with a king size bed, en-suite bathroom and large windows that give a great view of the garden. The other one, called Jacaranda bedroom had twin beds.
Upstairs, you’ll find the cedar bedroom, with a king size bed, private balcony and sitting area. The Mulberry room is said to be ideal if you are visiting with children as it has two single beds.
The next morning, breakfast was served at the patio. I enjoyed some homemade garlic bread with tea and some fruits with yoghurt. I really enjoyed the view of the Ngong Hills at the horizon, some kilometres away. Afterwards, I took a walk around the farm that also has a number of jersey cows.
I decided to take a nature walk in the nearby woods. There are walking trails inside the ‘forest’ and you can spot some colobus monkeys and different species of birds. Back at the farm, there was a swimming pool, but the weather was a bit cold for me, so I didn’t even think of taking a dip.
Overall, the Banana Farm House can really offer a tranquil experience. I think it’s always nice to have a place to go to after the city hassle. Not only does this property have great homely ambience and lovely hosts, their homemade meals were also great, not to mention that staying there is mostly under Sh10,000 per night.