After moving from London 10 years ago, interior designers Emma Wilson and Graham Carter bought an 18th century house in Essaouira, Morocco. They spent two years fixing the place up until it was ready for receiving guests. The 4 storey villa Dar Beida is built around a central courtyard and outfitted with a mix of eclectic colorful lighting and furnishings mainly from the 1960’s era.
On the ground level there is a library connecting to a chill out room with fire place. Out in the courtyard is a fountain and rest area. On the 1st floor there is an open plan fully equipped kitchen/diner at one end, a living space with stereo in the middle and two fire places and a moulded bedroom and shower room towards the back.The 2nd floor has two double bedrooms with pod fire places in each. In between the bedrooms is a curved bathroom with skylight.
The house sleeps eight and special attention has been made to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Each client is given a pair of babbouche (moroccan slippers) to use in the house and to take home with them. Local Argan soap, towels and bathrobes are also provided.
ELLE Decoration says about Castles in the Sand: “A unique mix of bright white with cave-dweller style, and pop-art plastics with weather-worn beachcomber finds. And it works.” And the Guardian says: “A stylish, all-white haven, with courtyards, sun terraces and four bedrooms. An artistic mix of tadelakt walls, ultra-modern fireplaces, retro fabrics and furniture. Best features: Petals floating in the water fountains; tea lights around the bathtub; the pair of babouches provided for your stay; a cook to whip up tasty tagines.”
Please visit the Castles in the Sand website for more information and bookings.