At the edge of Murang’a County is a small farm hotel in the middle of a tea plantation.
Located in Kiria-ini, eight kilometres to Othaya in Nyeri County, is Goshen Farm Hotel. A small property tucked in the highlands, it boasts all the trimmings of a city boutique hotel, in the country side.
It has 24 spacious rooms, each with a balcony. Guests can get to take in the beautiful Goshen tea farm, outside their room, on a clear day.
Each room has a working space, chair and ensuite bathroom. There are family rooms, with a connecting door for those with children. Bed and breakfast costs Sh3,000 for a single room and Sh4,200 for a double.
Its location offers guests a serene environment, other than the one off boda bodas playing loud music that sometimes disturb the peaceful environment.
The owners have invested in a well-manicured lawn ideal for events, weddings or just a leisurely walk. There are also swings where children can enjoy themselves.
Decorated in soft colours the rooms are spacious with a working table and goose down duvets. Guests get to enjoy fresh foods from the local markets and can order from the a la carte menu, which boasts a wide variety of foods.
To attract business travellers and some business from the county the property has conference and boardrooms.
Its location makes it accessible through Kiria-ini town, Kangema or Othaya. Goshen has positioned itself to tap into the demand for accommodation and conferencing from both Murang’a and Nyeri Counties.
Do carry some warm clothing as the nights, and sometimes the day, can get quite chilly.
Like many counties across the country Murang’a is tapping into its potential to sustain itself financially. Tourism is one of the key factors that counties are looking at as an economic driver with many investing or rehabilitating their unique sites and features to attract visitors.
Murang’a is counting on its hilly landscape, tea farming and being the cradle of the Agikuyu gives the county a lot to sell and attract tourists.
Recently the governor of Murang’a Mwangi wa Iria broke ground for the construction of a high altitude athletics training camp in Ndaka-ini, Gatanga.
The county government has put aside Sh100 million for the construction of the sports ground which will compete with Eldoret’s Iten and Embu’s Kigali.