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Egerton Castle

Two hour excursion. An exact replica of Lord Egerton’s English home, Tatton Hall (the most visited of all the National Trust properties).Lord Egerton, fourth baron of Tatton, first came to Kenya in the 1920s. A keen hunter and photographer, he was enchanted by the country and bought 1,900 acres of farmland near his close friend Lord Delamere.

 

While on long leave in England, he fell in love with an eligible young lady who would not consider marrying him, as she had been brought up to live in a castle, not a mud hut. Lord Egerton returned to Kenya and built a 52 room castle near Njoro, modelled on the family mansion in Knustford, complete with oak panelling – the oak imported from England – and a magnificent ballroom. It took him several years to create such a perfect home for his bride to be, that by the time it was finished, his lady friend had fallen in love with someone else.

Lord Egerton then threw his energies into farming. He set up Egerton Agricultural College on 1,200 acres of land near Delamere’s plant breeding station, now part of Egerton University. His entire family fortune was sunk into developing Kenya’s agriculture. He died in 1958 leaving no heir. The castle is a shadow of its former glory, but is open to the public.

Out of camp site turn left, tarmac road turn right, 800m later turn left on 1st tarmac road, 7km later turn RIGHT up avenue of trees, turn RIGHT at top of hill and you will be able to see and make your way to the castle.

Egerton University, in association with the National Museums of Kenya, are
renovating the castle as a Museum of Agricultural Development in Kenya.