Karen Blixen Coffee Garden & Cottages

Historical Site Dating from 1906

The reception at the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden and Cottages, Ltd. is the Historic Swedo House which was the original hunting lodge/farm house, built between 1906 and 1908. It is located approximately half a mile from the Karen Blixen Museum (Bogani House from the film “Out of Africa”), and is a 30 minute drive from downtown Nairobi.

The luxury hotel cottages were built in 2001, and are adjacent to the Karen Golf and Country Club where guests can enjoy a host of leisure activities, including golf, tennis, and squash. A host of other amenities such as shops, restaurants, and financial services can all be found nearby, within the Karen suburb.


The Coffee Garden sits on 5 acres of land with large hundred-year-old trees, beautiful gardens and pool, and hundreds of different varieties of blooming flowers and a large population of birds. The historic Grogan/MacMillan Manor House is an additional historic feature which was moved brick by brick from downtown Nairobi to the Karen Blixen Coffee Garden in 2008 to save it from demolition. It is now used for special occasions and dining.

Our Services


There are 13 en-suite cottages – 6 one bedroom cottages, 3 family cottages and 1 honeymoon cottage. They can be configured into a single, double or twin. A baby cot is provided on request.


There is a charming Garden Restaurant where you can choose from the cosy indoor sitting with adjacent terrace or garden for a la carte fine dining or set menus. Enjoy a beer or a Cocktail as you catch your favorite sporting events at the bar which opens out to a lounge.

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool

There is nothing more refreshing than a dip in a heated pool. Surrounded by deck chairs, it is a perfect spot to take a few strokes then relax with a G&T.

The perfect venue to start or finish your African Safari.

What our Guests Say About Us on Trip Advisor

Peaceful, lovely setting

We stayed for 4 nights and loved our time so much that we returned for one day after our safari. The owner Bonnie has created a lovely, quiet setting that is perfect before or after a safari.

Can’t wait to return!

We stayed for two days in June 2018, one day prior to, and one day following a two-week safari. Our room was spectacular super comfortable, clean and welcoming.

Peaceful historic location

This hotel has a wonderful history that dates back more than 100 years. The cottages are lovely surrounded by gardens. Wonderfully peaceful to go enjoy the poolside breakfast in the morning.