I was gifted these while teaching English to Chinese students back in the 80s and 90s,” she says as she opens her cabinets to an even more impressive collection. Also at this level is the back of the bar with a glass shelf on which there are souvenirs and pictures that tell the lovely tale of the Whitfield family. This forms a backdrop to the master bedroom, which is a large airy all en-suite room 4 with beautiful chests of drawers and suitably coloured carpet. Above the master bedroom door is a rag which was custom made at Spinners Web and on which is their very own logo; the Thorn Tree House. Before we get into the master bedroom, John lingers and smiles pointing towards one of the photos on the lobby wall. He tells us fascinating stories about how life was in Nairobi, before most of what we see today came into being.
John’s office is also situated in the master bedroom and affords magnificent views of the rear gardens “Isn’t this a splendid way to work?”
John asks, referring to the view of the outdoors that he gets to enjoy while he is at his work space.
At one point, Jeanie and John also had to be creative in space provision. “We initially only had two bedrooms but there was once when we needed more space as we had to host family members and some friends all at once and we didn’t have enough room for them all.
So we converted a part of the garage into a guest bedroom,” Jeanie says.
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