A chance encounter with Marie and Paul Pelle's Siani Plantation Estate in a travel magazine led me to these gorgeous properties in Lamu, Kenya. Lamu, an archipelago, has a distinctive Swahili culture, the result of an intermingling over the centuries of many different influences – African, Arabian, Indian, Persian and European to name but a few – brought to Lamu by merchants, travellers, colonisers and conquerors. These influences show themselves to this day in Lamu’s religious and social traditions, architecture, furniture, cookery and many other aspects of daily life.
Apart from these distinctive influence, for me, these beautifully restored homes are yet another testimony to the magic created by simple, hand restored interiors...
|Niches or Aala's...a mughal/persian legacy|
|Window to the world..|
|Love the bedsteads and the floor..|
|Of kittens and roofs..|
[All images Lamu Island Properties. Creative mosaic by moi]