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STYLISH, RELAXING 18TH CENTURY RIAD PORTE ROYALE WITH STAFF AND POOL

Philip Brebner

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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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STYLISH, RELAXING 18TH CENTURY RIAD PORTE ROYALE WITH STAFF AND POOL

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.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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.
Jun 2010
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Philip Brebner

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2009
Speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish, English
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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

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.

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.

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Location

Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Marrakech Menara
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Marrakech
Nearest Beach
120 Kilometres
beach
Car: not necessary

Marrakech is an exotic city, famous for its monuments such as the Medersa of Ben Youssef, Bahia Palace, Bahia Palace, Saadian Tombs, kaleidoscopic souks and Djemma El Fna square with its acrobats, storytellers and snake charmers. There is also Gueliz, the new town with the magical Majorelle Garden, boulevard cafes and trendy shops and restaurants. A few minutes away is the Palmaraie, with designer swimming pools, and a choice of golf courses. The Atlas mountains, the cataracts at the Ourika Valley, the lake at Lalla Takerkoust and the arty seaside town of Essaouria are a day trip away. For the more adventurous an overnight trip to the Kasbahs and Oases of the south is possible.

Other Activities: Sightseeing, shopping, restaurants

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Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday house in Medina, Marrakech

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR
20 Dec - 4 Jan
4 night minimum stay
£1,360
for 4 nights
From
£340
From
£340
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£2,380
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£620
for 2 nights
From
£310
£1,820
 

Additional information about rental rates

Notes The Riad sleeps 10 persons. The rates may be negotiable if the number of guests is below this.
Breakfast is included, and meals can be provided on request by our staff for a charge. For a special occasions we can arrange Moroccan musicians. If your group is larger than 10 we can liaise with neighbouring riads on your behalf. Please contact the owner for further details!

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Medina in Marrakech

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
Floor Area:
  • 400 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Washing Machine
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Computer Available
  • PC
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Fireplace
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Douriya - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Kilim Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Baluchi Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Ibn Battuta Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    African Room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Cloakroom - Toilet
  • The bathrooms are finished in traditional Moroccan 'tadlakt' which has become popular with designers.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Douriya - 1 Double Bed
    Kilim Room - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , Twin/Double
    Baluchi Room - 2 Single Bed
    Ibn Battuta Room - 2 Single Bed , Twin/Double
    African Room - 1 Double Bed , Twin/Double
  • The Douriya is reached by a 'secret' staircase and has a romantic four-poster bed. The Kilim Room and the Ibn Battuta Room can be arranged either as a twin or a double room. The cot can be put in any room, and if necessary we can put a day bed from the loggia into the Kilim Room as a child bed. The Douriya, Kilim Room and Baluchi Room have reversible air-conditioning. The Ibn Batutta Room and African Room have a heater for the chilly winter nights. The original thick walls have been retained, as have the traditional Moroccan 'key-hole' doors off the courtyard to maximize thermal control. All beds have Egyptian cotton sheets, two pillows per person and for the winter nights duvets and handmade camel-wool blankets.
Entertainment:
  • Games
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 3 deck chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Staff
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • restaurants
  • botanical garden
  • museums
  • water parks
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • mountaineering
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • golf
Notes:
Children are welcome, but parents must of course be vigilante with the younger ones because of the pool. Babysitting can be arranged. Three course dinners or lunches can be made by the housekeeper to order. We cater for various dietary requirements too. The manager is available to arrange any days trips or make restaurant bookings, airport collection and so forth. Smoking is not allowed in any of the rooms.
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