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Fishtrap House Lower Veranda  
  • Fantastic seafront location.
  • Wonderful seafood cuisine.
  • 4 en suite bedrooms
  • Garden.
Fishtrap House is one of those places which holds the echo of laughter long after the party is over. Behind her doors, you always get the feeling that people are having more fun, making more love and eating more lobster than it is proper to do!
But don't despair! Lamu Retreats can open the door for you to one of Shela's great houses.

Fishtrap House

About Fishtrap House

Approaching the village of Shela one cannot miss Fishtrap House sitting at the water's edge between Bahari Beach Hotel and the Stopover Hotel. The dhows lay at anchor beneath the coral walls and the tides lap at the foundations. From the verandas you will hear happy voices and the clink of glasses. Stay with us and the short walk from the jetty will end at the door to Fishtrap house and the cool haven within.

Owned by Anna Casagrande, a well loved Shela resident seen most mornings striding miles down the beach in the company of her dogs, the house is a Shela landmark. You can't get any closer to the water without being in it and you can't get any closer to the living in Swahili style without being born to it.

Fishtrap House occupies a ground floor with a charming garden and veranda for cool shady breakfasts. The kitchen, an en suite twin bedroom and separate WC are also on this level. Ascend to the first floor and another gracious veranda embraces a 180 degrees of sea views looking across the channel to Manda Beach.

At your feet the life of this sleepy little village unfolds as boat builders repair their dhows and fishermen offload their catches. Devotees hurry towards the mosque and the ever present Lamu cats squabble over flotsam as the donkeys are loaded with building materials for portage up the winding lanes of Shela.

There are two en suite double bedrooms and a splendid sitting and dining area on the first floor.

Fishtrap House Lamu Seaview



A staircase leads to the penthouse suite which has its own private sitting room and veranda with baraza beds to lounge away the day watching the world go by.

Anna's chef is well known to be one of the finest in Shela and will delight you with his seafood recipes and his wonderful fusion of Swahili and Italian recipes.

The house is Anna's home and as such is a rich tapestry diary of her travels and life with many beautiful artefacts and beach-combed treasures.