Dar Azema is an historic Moorish riad, and soars above the banks of the Oum er-Rbia, Mother of Spring River, within the walls of the ancient medina of Azemmour, 90 km south of Casablanca. The riad has been a local landmark for close to 150 years.
This authentic and traditional house stands on a fully titled footprint of 510 sq. meters. Its last owner, a 50-year British resident of Morocco whose heirs maintain the property, purchased the riad in 1964, and spent the next 20 years restoring it to its original state. Zillij tiles, painted doors and lintels, are all in the traditional Moorish style. The centerpiece of the 44 foot square atrium is an open air skylight 20 feet above a granite fountain possibly dating back to the town’s Portuguese occupation in the 16th century. Beneath the skylight, an enormous wrought iron tray holds ferns and flowers. The atrium with large bay windows overlooks the river, and serves as dining and entertaining area. According to local legend, a marabout, or holy man, is buried under the stairs. His privacy has always been respected.
The partially furnished riad stands two storeys tall. Capping the first floor rooms, three rooftop terraces overlook the river.
Beneath the atrium, a pristine cistern stretches the length of the house, and below that, a hammam, Moorish bath (great for a wine cellar!) A flight of steps leads down to the walled garden fronting the medina’s riverfront promenade.
Dar Azema is a once in a generation offering for whom willing to renovate a building full of history and create a refuge for artists, musicians, writers, painters, or a hideaway luxury B&B.
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Bus, Beach, Town centre, Golf, Airport, Sea