Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages

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Nairobi’s Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages

Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages welcomes all visitors to Nairobi en route to the greatest game reserves in Africa, offering a haven of tranquillity in the oldest landscaped gardens in Kenya. Settle into 16 delightful en suite rooms for a classic historical stay in the capital city.

The hotel exudes an aura of old world charm, created from scratch in around 1906 as a hunting lodge and now a popular stay over for all visitors keen to experience Kenya’s rich wildlife, history and culture. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages is an ideal base from which to explore the city from a convenient close to all major tourist attractions.

Find the hotel named after a famous writer who wrote Out of Africa – Karen Blixen – and see how she loved antiques and tasteful décor as the Coffee Garden & Cottages are reminiscent of her own home. Yes, this lodge is set in what used to be Karen Blixen’s old coffee farm estate, in the heart of Karen in beautiful gardens and peaceful suburb approximately 20 miles from downtown Nairobi, Kenya. 

Take a short walk to the Karen Blixen Museum, Kazuri Bead Factory or an easy 10 minutes’ drive to the popular Daphne Sheldrick Elephant & Rhino Orphanage and Giraffe Centre. Nairobi National Park offers game drives for visitors who want go get close to wild animals too. 

Enjoy stunning butterflies and birds flitting around the gardens among the sweet smelling frangipani and brightly coloured bougainvillea. Diners have a choice of different areas for breakfast, lunch or dinner while the Blixen Pool Bar & Restaurant has an elegant and stylishly furnished indoor restaurant, cosy bar with a fire place and huge skylights, an adjacent pergola and garden right next to the beautiful, heated pool.



Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages is situated in Karen, a beautiful, tranquil suburb approximately 32 km from downtown Nairobi. The boutique hotel is built on more than 5 acres of land with large old trees and a beautiful garden with eclectic varieties of blooming flowers and a large population of birds. 

The hotel exudes an aura of old world charm, having been built around 1906 to 1908 as a hunting lodge. Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages is an ideal base from which to explore the city, and its convenient location offers guests easy access to all the major tourist attractions.

Nairobi accommodation is in 12 cottages with room for up to 30 guests. Designed and built in the first generation style of the Swedo house, the en-suite cottages have hi-beam ceilings with fireplaces, wood and mazeras stone floors. 8 of the cottages are suites with a bedroom and separate lounge, whilst 3 are divided into doubles with a shared lounge area. The honeymoon suite is lavishly appointed and features standard facilities found in the other rooms. 

Each bathroom has a separate shower and bath and the bathrobes and slippers complete the picture of lavishness. Satellite television, mini bars, internet connection and telephones are available in each room. All the cottages also offer private verandas that open out onto the lush gardens. 

The revered old 1906 farmhouse that was Blixen’s home has been restored as a lounge where meals, tea and cocktails are served throughout the day. The Kenya hotel also features additional indoor and outdoor dining and bar areas, a small business centre, beautiful formal gardens, a swimming pool as well as a gift shop. 

Voyage2Africa takes you there in a deal that includes accommodation, transfers, tours and more. Check out our accommodation packages to Nairobi today then book a tour into the famous Masai Mara or Amboseli national parks.

Amazing Holiday Packages including Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages

From $204



  • Tours around Karen and Nairobi
  • Horseback riding in the Karen riding school
  • Game viewing in the Nairobi National Park
  • Visits to the Giraffe Centre to see the rare Rothschild giraffe
  • Golf at the Karen Country Club or Race Course Golf Club

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  • 12 elegantly furnished cottages: 8 cottages, 3 two-bedroom suites, 1 Honeymoon Suite 
  • Satellite television, mini bars, internet connection, telephones, private verandas, fireplaces separate showers & baths
  • Living room 
  • Several indoor and outdoor dining settings
  • 24-hour room service
  • Small business centre
  • Gardens
  • Private garden bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Gift shop


  • Situated in Karen, a beautiful and tranquil suburb, 15 minutes from downtown Nairobi where Kenya culture and history stun and amaze
  • Set within 5.5 acres of land with ancient trees and gorgeous gardens with over 200 flower species, also a bird lover’s paradise boasting hundreds of bird species
  • The old farmhouse where Karen Blixen lived and wrote her epic books about life in Kenya in the roaring 30s
  • Ideal for families, groups and honeymooners who want to explore Nairobi, see the giraffe, elephant and rhino conservation centres and dine out at night.

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