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is located in the Lake Naivasha
area of Southwest Kenya
During the Colonial Era, the picturesque Lake Naivasha was used as the main airport for the country, an essential stop on the flying boat mail service which connected London with Cape Town. Soon the aristocratic settlers were building fabulous mansions around the shoreline, becoming the infamous 'Happy Valley Set', renowned for their debauched lifestyle which has since been immortalised by Hollywood.
Situated on the northwest shore of the lake, Loldia House is a classic colonial bungalow is set on a large and tranquil estate, a real haven, a very polished, intimate and authentic place to stay. It has been beautifully and sensitively restored, with an especially lovely lounge with sofas around an open fire. Guest accommodation is in nine rooms, both in the main building and in cottages amongst the gorgeous grounds, which stretch down to the lake shore. There is also a separate and very nice private house further up the hill, which can function completely independently of the main lodge, has two bedrooms and the most gorgeous views out over the lake.
Activities on the estate include modest walking safari, horse-back safari and motorboat safari, as well as tours of the farm. Lake Nakuru can be accessed on a really decent day trip, there being a dirt road shortcut through attractive farmlands direct to the quiet southern gate, meaning the that guests can enjoy the spectacular scenery and a lavish picnic lunch whilst avoiding the worst of the safari traffic and the busy main road. Other trips further afield include some great hiking, notably up to the mysterious hidden crater of Mount Longonot, as well as tours of local villages and the industrial flower farms.
The main potential downsides are the high prices at the lodge, the rather old fashioned nature of the hosting and the incongruous design of some of the new rooms. More important is the fact that this area has recently become heavily urbanised in parts and the southern side of the lake is now dominated by huge commercial flower farms, geo-thermal power plants and a rash of lower quality lodges, although these elements are largely avoided when staying here.Prices