Charm and comfort combine at this riad which has been our holiday home for over 10 years, the building retains a lot of it's authenticity though modern facilities have been added. The location is second to none and makes exploring this fascinating city on foot very easy, the local area is called Riad Zitoune el Jdid and is the most highly regarded area within the ancient Medina offering tranquil and safe surroundings. The house is very traditional and built around a central courtyard which is where you will find the plunge pool, a fantastic addition that will be much appreciated by those staying during the summer months. Also at ground floor level is a bedroom and bathroom as well as the kitchen from where the cook produces wonderful Moroccan meals. On the first floor is a lovely open loggia style balcony with seating and dining areas, this gives access the salon and two further bedrooms that connect via an en-suite shower room. At the top of the house is a large roof terrace with a shaded seating area, a dining table and sunbeds.
House in Marrakesh, Marrakech Medina, Morocco - Just Minutes To The Main Square And Souks But Tucked Away In A Very Quiet Location
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- Calendar last updated:
- Jan 12, 2019
About stuart knock
Based in London I work as an interior designer and my partner is a GP, we have one son who is now 12 years old and has grown up enjoying his time in Marrakech very much. This house appealed to us as it is very typical of the local architecture and really quite charming. We love it's quirky layout and it's feel of authenticity rather than a boutique hotel. The local community are very friendly and we love being deep in the Medina and close to everything.
stuart knock purchased this House in 2003
Why stuart knock chose Riad Zitoun Jdid
We first visited Marrakech in 2002, we were besotted and returned soon after when we found our little riad which we then renovated and now visit as often as possible. Marrakech is just 3 hrs from the UK but you could be a million miles away, there is nowhere even remotely like this place in Europe. A prospect that can intimidate some but we adore the differences, love the food, the people, the sights, the smells, the challenges and delights such a place offers. This house allows us to dive into the chaos of this fascinating city for as long as we wish knowing that the peace and calm awaits us on our return.
What makes this House unique
The contrast of being out and about on the busy streets followed by the calm and quiet of the house is an experience we love, just seconds from the house the streets team with life but once indoors you could be miles away. With an almost infinite choice of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops within a few minutes walk the location is something we really enjoy and the shear indulgence of having Atiqa and Khadija to take care of the house and to cook for us is something we look forward to all the time. It really does feel like such a privilege to be able to witness a very different culture from within, we do understand that the Medina can prove a bit of a culture shock for some but once you relax into the pace of life here the experience can be spellbinding.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Traditioal Riad in the Heart of the old town
It was a pleasure to stay in this raid. The owner provided looks of good advise. This is located in the center of the old city and the house is typical of the area. I would recommend this property if you want to enjoy the real Marrakesh. We told a 3 day trip to the desert which was a great. This was arranged by Snoubi Travelling thru a recommendation of the owner you can see my review of the trip on Trip Advisors
What a lovely house with great cook!!
Nice, comfortable house with amazing roof top
Traditional with modern touches. Spacious and stylish.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home. Once we got over the thrill of arriving late at night and being led down increasingly narrow streets to our holiday home, it was so nice to be greeted warmly and to be shown around by our hosts. We soon found the confidence to go out and explore but we loved being in our special place, enjoying the roof terrace each morning where we had breakfast provided by the 2 ladies who were so helpful and friendly and took care of us during our stay. We took full advantage of the driver, who drove us to the spa and also to the mountains, airport etc... Such an advantage to have the services of local people who you know are trustworthy.
We had a great adventure and would recommend staying within the Medina to make the most of the cultural experience!
Great fun. Great food though some limitations for veggie friend.
Beautiful riad and amazing to see the work that has gone into it.
Heerlijk rustig huis in het centrum van de Medina
Wij hebben de Riad/Dar voor 10 dagen (september 2018) gehuurd en vonden het geweldig. Het huis is heel sfeervol ingericht met veel oog voor oosterse details daarnaast is het lekker dichtbij het Djemaa El Fna plein en ligt toch in een heel rustig gedeelte van de Medina. De eigenaar Stuart reageerde vrijwel direct antwoord op onze vragen en gaf veel extra informatie over Marrakech en de Medina. De gastvrouwen Atiqa en Kadisha regelen alles in en rond het huis zijn er dagelijks om een goed ontbijt te verzorgen en om het huis schoon te maken. Wij voelde ons echt verwend door de gastvrijheid en vooral ook de humor van de dames. De woning is gelegen in een straat waar meerdere Riads zitten en vakantiewoningen.
Daarnaast heb je snel contact met de locals en vooral de eigenaar (en zijn gezin) van het kleine souvenierwinkeltje op een van de hoeken van de straat naar het huis is een vriendelijke baas die graag een praatje met je maakt.
Dit is echt een aanrader als je zoek naar een stukje prive en rust in het drukke centrum van Marrakech. Extra verrassing in dit huis zijn de medebewoners namelijk Stoffel de schildpad die op het dakterras woont en een klein vogeltje wat trouw iedere avond op van de schilderij kwam slapen.
Passagem por Marraquexe
Recomendo vivamente este Riad a todos os viajantes que queiram ficar no centro de Marraquexe. É uma casa tipicamente marroquina, muito gira, super central, num sítio calmo onde não há barulho. Fica dentro da Medina a talvez 5 minutos da praça Jemaa El Fna e perto de tudo o resto. Vamos a pé para todo o lado. As empregadas que nos servem o pequeno almoço e nos arrumam os quartos são muito queridas. A casa é muito agradável e sabe muito bem ao final do dia refrescarmos-nos na mini piscina e descansarmos no terraço.
joli et très agréable
Nous avons adoré, avec ma femme et ma fille, le charme de ce riad très bien décoré, idéalement situé au coeur de la médina, tres proche du coeur battant de la ville, mais trés calme, avec le toit terrasse qui nous a permis de bien profiter du soleil déjà généreux en cette fin février. Stuart est un hôte qui se montre très disponible et répond très vite aux questions. Il indique de bons restaurants. Atiqa, la cuisinière nous a régalé, Kadija nous a ravi par sa bonne humeur. Notre chauffeur était trés sympathique même si nous avons peu eu recours à lui. En résumé, très bon séjour pour nous, aucune mauvaise surprise, que des bonnes!
Special interest holidays:
I am very happy to work with visitors who may wish to organise activities for during their stay. In the past we have arranged cookery classes, camel riding, trekking, quad biking and so many other things.
The house has also hosted several birthday celebrations when the staff have preared a special meal and for organised traditional musicians to play, this all happens up on the roof terrace and usually turns into quite a party as the staff can't help but join in with singing and dancing.
We also have a good driver with a new people carrier that seats up to 6 people and can be available for any trips visitors my wish to make out of town, I am very happy to recommend suitable trips if required.
I am also happy to provide recommendations for restaurants, bars and children activities.
One of the day trips available is to the nearest coast at Essaouira, a lovely little fishing town now a very popular visitor destination with some great seafood restaurants and interesting shops. Other resorts are also within reach but may be better done as an overnighter such at Oualidia, Safi, El Jadida and Azemmour
Marrakech airport is located close to town with a taxi transfer taking around 15 - 20 minutes and costing about 200 Dh (£16) or less.
We have a good driver who I can organise to meet you from your flight and take you to the house, he can do the same at the end of your stay either back to the airport or on to another destination if you wish.
Booking Notes: On booking I will request a deposit payment with the remainder due 4 weeks before the stay commences. Payment can be by bank transfer, cheque or PayPal. I can be very flexible, terms can be discussed. Changeover Day: We can be very flexible, change over days can be arranged to suit as long as they fit with existing bookings. Notes on prices: Please contact me for stays of a different duration. The price if for up to 4 adults, additional adults incur a charge of £50 per week to cover breakfast etc. A nightly rate would start at £110.00 depending on length of stay.