Shiwa House

Historic hotel in Shiwa Ng'andu

This old place is suitably attired for a grand old English manor, with fireplaces, four-poster beds, oil paintings and big old roll-top baths. There’s a glorious guest sitting-room looking out onto the front lawn, which is even more atmospheric at night when lit by candles and a crackling fire. Tasty dinners are taken in the rather splendid dining room.

The hosts (the grandchildren of Sir Stewart Gore-Brown) are happy to chat and to give you personal tours of the house. Guests can browse the Gore-Brown archives, a fascinating collection of Sir Stewart’s journals, letters and old photographs. There's plenty of wandering wildlife on the property to see.

There's also a self-catering farmhouse, which offers a more affordable option at US$120 a night.