The older I get, the more I dream of doing a little traveling. Recently, a friend sent me a link to the most amazing place, a place where giraffes stop by daily for head scratches…
…or just to say hello.
They are also more than happy to join you for breakfast, of course served on giraffe plates.
Welcome to Giraffe Manor, home to 10+ endangered Rothschild giraffes.
The owners of this beautiful manor home in Nairobi, Kenya are Tanya and Mikey Carr-Hartley. The couple grew up nearby and bought the manor when it came on the market several years ago. They’ve made it their mission to help preserve the Rothschild Giraffe and have continued to keep the home open to guests so others can experience seeing these beautiful animals up close, too. The manor has six bedrooms where guests can stay during a visit to Giraffe Manor.
This beautiful manor was built in 1932 by Sir David Duncan of the Mackintosh family (Mackintosh Toffee) in the design of a Scottish hunting lodge. It was originally part of a 150 acre estate.
Over the years as the manor changed hands, part of the land was sold off. Gradually some of the land has been repurchased or gifted back so the estate is back up to 115 acres. Part of the land is run by the African Fund for Endangered Wildlife, originally established by a previous owner, Jock Leslie-Melville, back in 1972.
Let’s go inside and take a little tour of this wonderful home. This is the view as you enter through the front door.
I love that it has a fireplace right here in the entry.
The sitting room with another big, beautiful fireplace.
The breakfast room is where a lot of interaction takes place with the giraffes.
They stop by each morning and are rewarded with nutritious treats.
The rest of their day is spent roaming freely, snacking on the twigs and leaves on the property.
The dining room at Giraffe Manor…
The library and TV room…
A sweet window seat for enjoying the view…
One of my favorite features of this manor home are all the windows. They really let you take advantage of the great views from the bedrooms.
The bedrooms all have a romantic, exotic feel.
I love it! You know, we may not live in an exotic location but with a 4 poster bed, we could create this feel in our own bedrooms.
I love this room with direct access to the outdoors.
All the bathrooms are unique and beautiful. Notice the sinks in this one.
Imagine sipping wine with friends (4-legged variety included) while dining here under the stars.
And thanks to Linda for sharing this wonderful place with me. I would love to go there one day and see it in person!