Out of Town - Garden Hotel - Nanyuki - Kenya
About Soames Hotel
Soames Hotel and Jacks Bar is a beautiful hotel and restaurant, located 7km from Nanyuki town on the Nanyuki Naro-Moru highway.
Opening in 2015 to meet a need for a stylish, small and personal, mid-range priced hotel in the Nanyuki region of northern Kenya, for weekenders, holiday makers and business clients. And we are thrilled with the way it turned out, and continues to receive great reviews and support.
Soames is a classic contemporary style hotel, with a clean cut modern look, simply and tastefully furnished. Located just a few KMs out of Nanyuki town, Soames is set within a 100 acre private property – surrounded by grassy fields with uninterrupted views of Mount Kenya that lies on the horizon and reminds us why its Kenya’s highest and most impressive mountain.
12 garden rooms with sunrise views of Mount kenya
Well spaced from one another, Soames Hotel has 12 garden rooms (within 6 separate cottages) and can accommodate up to 24 guests. Each room has double or twin bed configuration with the option of adding an extra bed for a child.
Rooms are furnished with pure cotton linen and tastefully styled with natural colours and simple furnishings. Each room has a flat screen TV with many DSTV channels. The en-suite bathroom facility has a hot power shower.
There is a dressing room which can also be used as work space, with good wifi connection. All rooms have tea and coffee facilities.
Outside each room is a deck, which is an ideal space to relax and enjoy the garden, and the sunrise views of Mount Kenya that dominates the horizon.
AL FRESCO DINING & ALE CARTE MENU
Restaurant & Bar
Soames Hotel has a large spacious living and dining area with options to sit both inside and outside in a choice of areas. We are open everyday from 8am till late.
Bright and breezy, this area is a great place to spend with friends, meet colleagues and relax. Meals are served throughout the day, and Jack’s Bar has a great snack menu too. The restaurant has a broad a-la-carte menu with a variety of cuisines, including Laikipia beef, Kenyan coast fish, traditional curries and Italian pastas.
The wifi connection is good, and it's an ideal venue for meetings and a quiet place to work.
Big games are shown live on our large flat screen TV and often attract a crowd of enthusiastic supporters!
We cater for special functions and events and can create a special menu and theme for such occasions.
what to do in and around nanyuki
Things to do!
Ol Pejeta Conservancy: Just 35 minutes from Soames Hotel
Self drive wildlife experience with great chances of seeing elephant and rhino. Visit the education center and feed ‘Baraka’ the tame blind black rhino.
Ngare Ndare Forest: 1 hour (or a little more).
4WD vehicle is needed. Swim in the blue pools, and explore the forest canopy on their amazing swinging walk way. With a guide enjoy walking and bird watching in this beautiful natural forest.
Mount Kenya Animal Orphanage: 25 minutes
Set up some 50 years ago, to give orphaned, injured and neglected wild animals a second chance. An opportunity to get close up to some incredible creatures, including tortoises, colobus monkeys, warthogs, the endangered mountain bongo, and even cheetah.
Mount Kenya Climbing Gym: Only 4km from Soames
A new climbing tower with routes for all abilities, under the guidance of a great team of qualified instructors. There is also a cafe serving coffee, drinks and light lunches.
LOOKING BACK 100 years
Who was Jack Soames
Jack Soames came to Kenya, aged 32 years in 1920, and bought many thousands of acres in the Burguret area near Nanyuki.
Jack was a part of the wild ‘Happy Valley’ set that kicked off in the 1920’s when British aristocrats, with power and privilege, settled in Kenya’s Rift Valley. In 1941, the shocking and unresolved high society murder of Josslyn Hay, the 22nd Earl of Erroll, occurred Jack Soames stood as a prosecution witness in the trial against the accused - Sir Henry John Delves Broughton, the 11th Baronet – who was later acquitted at trial for lack of evidence.
In 1932, Jack Soames sold his farm – called Ol Loigululu - to Fowler, and in 1964 it again changed hands to Danish farmer Ole Jacobsen. In the 1990’s, after Jacobsen died, the farm was subdivide and sold, and Jamie Roberts bought the original farm house, which remains as it was, together with 100 acres of land, on which today stands Soames Hotel & Jack’s Bar.