Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Medina - Riad Porte Royale
Riad in the historic Medina with 5 ensuite bedrooms to sleep 10/11 persons
Stylish Riad Porte Royale is set in the spiritual heart of the Medina, west of the shrine of Sidi-bel-Abbès. It is a few minutes stroll from fine restaurants and the hurly-burly of the tourist trail that leads to nearby monuments and through the colourful souks to Djemma el Fna square. Dating back to 1750 and restored by master craftsmen, Riad Porte Royale has five bedrooms with en suite bathrooms. In the luminous courtyard with a single grapefruit tree, the plunge pool mirrors the dramatic portico and the ancient 'porte royale,' and it is a perfect place to dine under the stars. Textiles, rugs, and objets d'art from the old caravan routes of Asia and Africa accent the white bedrooms. There are several corners to relax in, from the b'hou off the courtyard, to the upstairs loggia or under the designer canopy on the funky pink roof terrace with a view of nearby palms, perfect for breakfast or pre-dinner drink.
Where possible, we endeavour to be eco-friendly, provide sustainable services and accommodation, and practice ethical tourism.
Fame! Riad Porte Royale has been selected by the Footprint Handbook to Morocco 2009 as 'one of the six most relaxing riads in Morocco' and the Footprint Handbook to Marrakech and Essaouira 2010. Our riad also featured in an article in Budget Traveler and the Daily Telegraph in 2011, and the Iberian magazine, Saber Viver in 2013.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Philip Brebner
Born in London and grew up in Washington DC and Hampshire UK. After doing a PhD in Glasgow on planning and architecture in Algeria, I worked in Saudi Arabia, Oxford and Porto where I now live, and write fiction.
Philip Brebner purchased this house in 2004
Why Philip Brebner chose Medina
After travelling in North Africa, it was a wonderful chance to restore a traditional riad to its full glory in a UN World Heritage city. The courtyard used to host neighbourhood weddings, so has a very positive atmosphere. The area is just on the fringe of the tourist trail, so has a community feeling and gives an insight to daily Moroccan life, whilst being just minutes from major monuments, the souks, and famous restaurants such as Dar Yacout. It is also very easy to access.
What makes this house unique
I was captivated by the large courtyard set below street level which meant it had been unchanged for centuries, and the sun throwing silhouettes of the ogive arches across the first floor loggia. Dilapidated though it was, it had a magical or 'zen' feel to it.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Just a short note to thank both you and Hagiba for all your help during our stay. We had a fantastic time at Porte Royale.
It was without doubt the best place we stayed in throughout our travels in Morocco.
Both Anni and I have arrived safely back in Australia and just wanted to thank you both again for your hard work and kindness.