Lord Egerton Castle Nakuru located in Ngata, Njoro, 14kms from Nakuru town was constructed between 1938- 1954 by Lord Maurice Egerton of England to impress his bride to be. It is a 28-minute drive on a not-so-well-marked road off the Nakuru-Kisumu highway.
The rolling hills and shrubs of Njoro in the background brings out the Picturesque backdrop for this British-styled splendid piece of architecture.
I found the road a little bit challenging for small saloon cars especially when it rains, therefore, it’s advisable to check the weather before you leave.
So the sour love story begins…
Lord Maurice Egerton, the 4th and last baron of Alan de Tatton developed a passion for hunting and photography at a young age which made him travel the world.
He came to Africa through Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia), to Congo through to Uganda and finally made his way to Kenya where he spent the rest of his life.
Lord Egerton lived in a modest 6 bed-roomed house by Royal standards in Njoro where he invited his Austrian lover in a bid to convince her to marry him, but to his dismay, the beautiful lady didn’t spend 2 hours in it. She dissed it calling it a chicken nest.
Like a true man, Lord Egerton was out to impress his lady further. He rolled up his sleeves and embarked on the construction of the castle.
He contracted the best experts in construction of that time; British Architect Albert Brown, Italian construction workers, and more than 100 Red Indian laborers to come up with the magnificent 4-storey, 52 roomed castle. The materials were shipped from Italy, Britain, and China.
When completed in 1954 Lord Maurice Egerton invited his lady over again in Kenya and for the second time, the lady dismissed the castle as ‘no better than a dog kennel’. The story has it that the lady fled to Australia and got married almost immediately to another one of British Lords.
Following the second rejection, Lord Maurice Egerton developed a hatred for women and forbid all women even his workers from his 100-acre castle compound. He also developed a weird loathing for dogs and chicken, for obvious reasons.
It is said that whenever he wanted to visit any of his friends’ farmlands he’d declare that all women in that homestead depart before his arrival.
Lord Egerton spent the rest of his life in solitude until his death in 1958.
Lord Egerton Castle Nakuru Charges
Lord Egerton castle is managed by Egerton University and the charges are Kes.150 ($1.5) for Kenyans and Kes.450 ($4.5) for residents and $12 for non-residents.
Children in different school grades pay different and lower amounts ranging from Kes. 50 to Kes. 100.
They also sell the signature Egerton University yoghurt at the cafeteria which by the way is the best I’ve had.
In a twist of the irony, Lord Egerton Castle is now popular with lovers, weddings and engagement parties in Kenya. The lush green well -manicured lawns are also perfect for a picnic, especially with small children.
The castle is however neglected and needs to be refurbished and restocked for all the items that have been looted in the years