In Summary
  • Sam is an amiable guy, open to suggestions and super helpful as well – it was he who suggested that he put up a little fire for us, probably because I was shivering so much!
  • He set it up in the corner of the outside balcony, in one of those portable jikos that look small but pack a punch.

If you, like me, have a craving for a good fireplace in this horrible weather, then maybe you need to pay a visit to Tuliza Cottage.

You know the type of fireplace I’m talking about, with just the right levels of toastyness that warms your bum (directed towards it, obviously) but not the type that peels your skin off, you know?

Just to be clear, a warm bum is not the only thing that will take you to Tuliza. The cottage is located off the Nairobi –Nakuru Highway, a thing that will take you to Tuliza. The cottage is located off the Nairobi –Nakuru Highway, and I would recommend t

nd I would recommend that you please, please, please, don’t go driving in the dark like I did. Big mistake, because you’ll pass the signage, in the dark, and then do an abrupt turn and nearly cause an accident – with a hearse, no less –in your haste to correct your decision. But that’s a story for another day, and its moral is, drive during the day.

The kitchen and sitting room, and the window in the sitting room looking into the yard. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

The kitchen and sitting room, and the window in the sitting room looking into the yard. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

Ralph, the manager of the cottage, is a helpful guy who will send you all the directions you need to get to where you need to go – and of course, a bunch of other links about Tuliza Cottage, helping you to validate your decision to go in the first place!

RESPITE FROM NAIROBI MADNESS

The links aren’t lying – it truly is a respite from the madness that Nairobi has become. And that’s what we’re all looking for, isn’t it? A little rest from the rat race.

Its simplistic style and expansive greenery will remind you, hopefully, that there’s more to life than going to an office every morning, even though going to an office is probably what paid for this trip, ha.

The view from the loft, into the sitting room. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

The view from the loft, into the sitting room. PHOTO| ABIGAIL ARUNGA

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