The Space Our light and spacious family home is surrounded by avocado, breadfruit, mango and banana trees. Inside contemprorary furnishings and Danish designer pieces mingle with African art and artifacts, creating a warm and comfortable environment. A large veranda, looking out over Lumley beach, is the perfect place for watching the sun set over the Atlantic. Guest Access Guests will have access to most of the house, which is arranged over three floors with a large living/dining space, IKEA equipped kitchen and lounge opening on to a large veranda with views over Lumley Beach. Interaction with Guests The hosts live in the house, but travel regularly. When in-country they can answer questions on Sierra Leone or Freetown, recommend beaches, bars and restaurants and assist with car hire. The Neighborhood A part but seperate, the 'village' of Wilberforce maintains its distinct character even while surrounded by the sprawl of Freetown. One of the Western Area's original Creole villages it is now home to a diverse population, many of whom have watched as the capital has moved to their doorstep. Neighbour greets neighbour, street traders hawk their wares, footballers play under the shade of the twin cotton trees watched by the statue of anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce (who lends the village his name), while the bustling local market conducts a thriving daily trade in fruit, vegetables, meat and fish. Wooden clapboard houses rub shoulders with turn-of-the-century stone mansions, modern homes and historic churches, all enjoying spectacular views of the Atlantic and over the estuary of the Sierra Leone River to Port Loko. High on the hills, bordered by Spur Road, Main Motor Road, Signal Hill and Old Railway Line, Wilberforce Village is conveniently located for those commuting to central Freetown, visiting the beaches of the Peninsula or travelling upcountry. The popular Hub restaurant is at nearby Bottom Mango, an important transport point (as the name implies). Getting Around Wilberforce Village is conveniently located for those commuting to central Freetown, or travelling to the beaches of the Peninsula or upcountry. Nearby Bottom Mango is an important transport hub from which taxis, 'Poda Podas' (shared minibuses) and 'okadas' (the ubiquitous motorcycle taxis) depart for Lumley, Freetown and Waterloo via Hill Station and the mountain villages of Regent and Bathhurst. From there too the government bus takes passengers to the Central Bus Station, via Signal Hill and Congo Cross. Taxis and okadas can also be hailed on Spur Road, Main Motor Road and Signal Hill. Other Things to Note The compound (but not the house) is shared with two Freetown Terriers, ostensibly to provide security, but in reality family pets.
First time visitors to Sierra Leone should be aware that the supply of electricity is erratic (often non-existent) throughout most of the country. We run a generator from seven to one at night, and six to nine in the morning, when the grid fails us.
Wifi is subject to power.
The absence of constant electricity means that hot water is the exception, rather than the norm, in Sierra Leone. We do not have a hot water system, but boil water for bathing if necessary. ...