Governors’ reveals camp upgrades

Governors’ Camp Collection has revealed some of the upgrades completed at two of its properties: Il Moran Camp and Loldia House. 

Phase one has been completed at Il Moran in Kenya’s Masai Mara, which included new soft furnishings by Chris Payne, including Turkish hand-woven bed spreads, dhow-wood beds, cow hide rugs, cow horn vases, safaris chairs, copper basins from Bali and brass accessories in the bathrooms. The verandas of each tent have been updated with new terrazzo flooring, brass handing lamps and ethnic-style fabrics in the seating area. The floors of the tent bathrooms have also been redone in terrazzo. The lounge area has received brass and alabaster table lamps, oversized armchairs with zebra-patterned cushions, sisal capers and dhow wood coffee tables. Tribal touches have been added such as hanging beaded necklaces, beaded placemats and water bottles, antique wooden stools and two large Masai portraits. The camp has also received a new fleet of Landrovers.

In phase two, the existing bar and dining tents will be removed and replaced with a single tent, creating a lower environmental impact and maximising the riverfront views. The camp will be closed from November 7 – December 22 for this work to be completed.

At Loldia House, on the shores of Lake Naivasha, phase one has also been completed, which included new soft furnishings by Chris Payne throughout the main area and all guest rooms. These included metal and glass lighting, wooden four-poster beds, antique dressers, wicker furniture from Bali, candlesticks, bamboo-brass luggage racks, gilded mirror and reupholstering of all furniture. New feather and hollow-fibre pillows, luxury bed linens, towels and dressing gowns have been added.

The pool will be finished by the end of September 2018, set on an outcrop between two fig trees with views of the lake and Mt Longonot. A pergola is being built which will be able to house lunchtime barbecues and private dinners.

Phase two will see the renovation of interiors of the main house and new bathrooms in all guest rooms. This will begin in October and Loldia House will be closed from October 17 to December 20.

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