26.09.2021

Bag yourself a dream holiday home – for £2.50!

For less than the price of a cheese sandwich, a luxury holiday home in the wilds of Africa could be yours.

Mtwapa Beach Villa in Mombasa, Kenya, is being raffled by its current owner, 54-year-old Robin James, after a lack of sale success on the open market.

James, who was made redundant in 2014, told MailOnline Travel that he is aiming to sell more than 500,000 £2.50 tickets in a bid to recoup his money back on the estate and relocate back to the UK.

Mtwapa Beach Villa in Mombasa, Kenya, is being raffled by its current owner, Robin James, after a lack of sale success on the open market

There are four bedrooms in the main house and another sleeping area in a separate annex that also features a games room

There are four bedrooms in the main house and another sleeping area in a separate annex that also features a games room

The property, just a stone’s throw from the beach, is said to be worth £662,000 and it comes fully furnished.

There are four bedrooms in the main house and another sleeping area in a separate annex which also features a games room. 

In the garden, there is a swimming pool, dog run and large paved area for soaking in the sun. 

The lucky winner will also be the proud new owner of a boat, with crew members provided on a one-year contract.

Other perks include the provision of cleaning staff, a security team and gardener free of charge for the first 12 months and free international flights for four people.

The property, just a stone's throw from the beach, is said to be worth £662,000 and it comes fully furnished

The property, just a stone’s throw from the beach, is said to be worth £662,000 and it comes fully furnished

Cleaning staff and a security team will be provided for the first year free of charge. All of the furnishings are also for the lucky winner to keep

Cleaning staff and a security team will be provided for the first year free of charge. All of the furnishings are also for the lucky winner to keep

To top it all off, a free luxury safari will be thrown in and £1,000 worth of spending money. James says the total package is worth £900,000.

The businessman found the plot of land for his dream holiday home more than a decade ago after doing lots of research.

He and his wife liked the fact that it was close to the beach and there was lots to do in the area.

In 2007, they worked with an architect to bring their design ideas to life and the property took two years to build.

The closing date for entries is December 21, 2018, at 12pm with the winner announced on January 14, 2019. Above, a lounge area in the sprawling home

The closing date for entries is December 21, 2018, at 12pm with the winner announced on January 14, 2019. Above, a lounge area in the sprawling home

James found the plot of land for his dream holiday home more than a decade ago after doing lots of research

James found the plot of land for his dream holiday home more than a decade ago after doing lots of research

James explains that he’s loved visiting the area but after losing his job he’s eager to reduce his portfolio.

His online raffle requires entrants to answer a simple question about Kenya.

The closing date for entries is December 21, 2018, at 12pm with the winner announced on January 14, 2019. 

Part of the proceeds will also go to three charities, including an orphanage that James has supported since it started 11 years ago.

James concluded: ‘It’s a one off opportunity to own something pretty special for £2.50, a group of friends clubbing together would get a great deal from t
his as would a family – a great stocking filler for Christmas.’ 

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