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When our guests arrive, often after a long journey, Laragai House can feel like a small slice of heaven. Green, lush gardens, views that go on and on, and the big thatched roof that towers up and is surrounded by our famous palm trees.
The house was built in 1993 by two brothers Lord Michael and Lord Valentine Cecil. The idea for the house was to feel like a home away from home. Somewhere where the brothers could escape from the cold English winters, invite their friends and enjoy spending time together. With high ceilings, big fireplaces and an expansive Drawing Room, the house would not look out of place in the English countryside.
The house itself was built by Andy Roberts, a longtime friend of Borana Conservancy who was passionate to bring the brothers’ vision to life. Andy and his wife Caragh, lived in what can only be described as a shed on the site for nearly three years while the house was being built. Both their children were born during this time and lived in the shed for the first years of their life. Andy remembers having to put up double strength wire across the windows to stop leopards from trying to break in for a tasty snack on their one-year-old Angus, and several month old baby Kerry.
Over the years, the house has been improved, renovated and expanded (with a new cottage recently finished in 2018, also built by Andy). In 2015, Laragai House was bought by the current owners, George and Lucilla Stephenson, and more improvements were put in.
Here at Laragai House we offer our guests a wide array of different activities to enjoy, from horse riding to helicopter trips.