Amelia and Richard Leach designed and built River Valley House themselves. A seven year project during which they lived in safari tents on site. They spent a full year studying the wind patterns and logging the days when the weather conditions favoured a view of Mt Kenya to the East or the Aberdare Mountains to the West before making a final decision on where to place the main house. During that first year, they laid the foundations for the landscaping and constructed the 20m swimming pool and pool house. Over the following four years they married, finished the main build and completed their family with the arrival of twins.
River Valley House, Nanyuki
Your safari base
River Valley House is a unique property in Central Kenya. We welcome all. As you enter down the driveway you will see acres of culinary herbs growing around the property. These are farmed here for export to Europe.
The main house has five en-suite bedrooms. The principal room benefits from a semi-circular balcony from where in the morning you can watch the sun rise over Mt Kenya. The other four guest rooms are equally well appointed, each with differing views of the farm, mountains and river valley. The west wing offers an additional two en suite rooms for extra guests or pilots and guides. In total it sleeps, ten people.
Lunch and dinner, prepared by our in-house chef Agnes, is served at the mahogany table in the formal dining room which also has a fireplace in the event of a chilly evening. After dinner, relax back in the drawing room or play a frame of snooker or billiards on the full-size table in the west wing. There is also a media room for evening entertainment.
In the morning, whether you prefer a lie in or to be up early, you will find a large focal point kitchen; and onto the very spacious morning room facing Mt Kenya where a full breakfast awaits.
Over breakfast, make a plan for the day; perhaps spend the time at the house, make the most of the swimming pool, pétanque terrain, table tennis in the pool house, an exercise in the gym, or massage, reflexology or beauty treatment with Eunice our beautician followed by a healthy lunch. We can also arrange a private yoga or pilates teacher to come to the house and set up a lesson by the pool.