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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
DAR SIENNA is a small, cosy artist's house in a truly inspirational and exceptional location near Place Nejjarine. English owner, and super English/French speaking staff. Fab location for guests wishing to experience authentic medina life, the souks (markets) and craft workshops. Sleeps up to 6 guests. Families with children welcome. Ideal for a honeymoon....seriously romantic. Our legendary breakfasts are included in the rates. Plenty to set you up for a day's exploration of the exciting medina.
You are only a 5 minute walk from the nearest car park and taxis at R'Cif. All the major sights are close by, not to mention a myriad of workshops, making babouches (Moroccan slippers), saddles for fantasias, jewellery and weaving carpets and cloth. And of course there are local cafes and fabulous market at R'Cif for fresh fruit and vegetables too. You will feel like you are LIVING here, not as a tourist, because Fez medina is still a fully residential and functional city.
DAR SIENNA is a beautifully proportioned traditional Moroccan townhouse (known as a dar) with 3 bedrooms, one per floor, each with a private bathroom. The bedrooms overlook the covered central courtyard salon. The courtyard has a table, sofa and pouffes, and is a lovely area to relax and have mint-tea.
2 private roof terraces, and a shaded patio with breathtaking 360 degree view over the ancient medina rooftops.
CHAMBRE CELESTE: Double bed, Rooftop bedroom with divine medina views, small ensuite shower and toilet.
CHAMBRE SEFFARINE: Double bed. Mid-level with lovely medina view and huge family bathroom.
CHAMBRE TAGORE/ MOROCCAN SALON: This room is on the courtyard and kitchen level. It can be arranged as either a twin bed, or 2 single beds, or if only needing 2 bedrooms. This bedroom can be used as an additional sitting area, depending on your requirements and group size. In case of a large group of young persons, we can provide an additional fold-away single mattress for this room.There is an additonal small shower/toilet/washbasin one floor below. We also have a baby cot.
CENTRAL GLASS-COVERED COURTYARD SALON: next to kitchen with table, sofa and pouffes
FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN: Designer kitchen by Johnny Grey, leading UK kitchen designer. Fully equipped. Why not buy your ingredients from the exciting food and spice market nearby and try your hand at Moroccan cooking?
2 ROOF TERRACES: We have the most breathtaking 360 degree views over the rooftops.
1 SHADED ROOF PATIO.
STAFF: Our lovely, and caring staff, Ahmed, the House Manager, and Saba our sweet Housekeeper will welcome you with Moroccan hospitality and take care of you like family. Ahmed and Saba are non-resident, but live close by, so you will have plenty of privacy.Ahmed speaks English/French/Arabic and will ensure help you maximize your stay in Fez. He is a font of knowledge and loves meeting guests. Saba prepares our legendary breakfasts, which are served from 9.00am (whenever you are ready!) on the terraces or in the courtyard salon. and takes care of the housekeeping.
Wifi and laptop for your convenience. This is your home-from-home in Fez.
After booking I will send you our Cultural Information to help you prepare for your exciting trip to Fez.
What more can I say, except "Do come and stay!" See you soon, insha'allah.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||El Jadida|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Fes- Saiss 20 km, Nearest railway: Fez 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Welcome mint-tea served
Organic Moroccan Breakfasts included in rates
Lovely Housekeeper in daily till 3.30pm
English/French speaking House Manager
Secure Parking for hired cars
|Further details outdoors|
Three terraces with stunning views. Seating and tables for dinner and breakfast. One terrace is covered for summer.
Tennis in town
Horse Riding at Dar Al Faras
Swimming pool at Le Diamant Vert Complex
Golf within 30 mins drive
City DIscovery/Cultural Holiday
English/French speaking House Manager to help you. Helpful professional staff, will go out of their way to make sure your stay at Dar Sienna is unforgettable.
The Fes-Boulemane Region
Fes or Fez (Arabic: ???? Fas, French: Fès) is the second largest city of Morocco, following Casablanca, with a population of approximately 1 million (2010). It is the capital of the Fès-Boulemane region.
Fes, the former capital, is one of the country's four "imperial cities," the others being Rabat, Marrakech and Meknes. It comprises three distinct parts, Fes el Bali (the old, walled city), Fes-Jdid (new Fes, home of the Mellah) and the Ville Nouvelle (the French-created, newest section of Fes).
THE KING: Morocco is a kingdom. The Moroccan Alaouite royal family is the second oldest royal family in the world and has the longest reigning monarchy. The Moroccan monarchy can be traced back to the 700s. The current king is Mohamed VI. The king’s wife, Princess Lalla Salma, is from Fez. King Mohamed VI is also the religious head of Morocco.
TOURISM & THE ECONOMY: The livelihood of most medina families depends directly or indirectly on tourism. The bottom line is that whether you are buying a pair of babouches (Moroccan slippers), candles or a carpet the locals are benefitting. Unemployment in the medina is extremely high. I have met families where there is only one person working in a family of 11... So yes, while you may find yourself buying more than you intended, you will not only be helping to support the local craftsmen and their families, but also the survival of the craft itself.
CRAFTS: The area around DAR SIENNA has fabulous workshops. Fez is the craft capital of Morocco and prices here are lower than in Marrakesh and elsewhere. Many workshops are upstairs and some are tiny little workshops at ground level. Take time to watch. Round the corner from the house is one of the last makers of Fezzes. Leatherwork, cloth, beautifully decorated saddles for fantasias, handbags, sandals, pottery, jewellery, carpets, rugs, blankets….not to forget beautiful brass lanterns and lampshades etc etc. My favourite place is PLACE SEFFARINE, the Metalworkers Square, very close to DAR SIENNA, where you can watch metalsmiths at work, while sitting at the café. A visit to the SIDI MOUSSA tannery is a must…. As well as the potteries at Ain Nokhbi.
Fes el Bali is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its medina, the larger of the two medinas of Fes, is believed to be the world's largest contiguous car-free urban area. The University of Al-Karaouine, founded in AD 859, is the oldest continuously functioning university in the world. It has been called the "Mecca of the West" and the "Athens of Africa".
Absolutely all the major sites and sights are right near Dar Sienna. The best way to explore is perhaps take a half day official guide (arranged by us) and then go and explore yourselves. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes. Dar Sienna is ideally located in the heart of the medina, right near all the fabulous souks (markets). This is shopper's paradise. Fez medina is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the largest urban car-free zone in the world!
Step back in time.... this is a medieval city, that is still fully functioning.... explore the wonderful craft shops and savour the sights, colours and sounds of this extraordinary city. Fez is the craft capital of Morocco and these are some of the craft workshops you can see: woodwork with sculpture and painting on wood, wrought iron, engraved copper, gold and silver work, ceramics, silk weaving and embroidery.
We will provide you with a small map. The town of Fez is divided into three parts : Fez el Jedid (semi-old Fez) and Fez el Bali, old Fez where Dar Sienna is located,which make up the medina, and La Ville Nouvelle built by the French on a grid system.
ACTIVITIES: Henna painting with our neighbour. Calligraphy, cookery, yoga, belly-dancing, Derrija and Arabic all at Café Clock
Sunday sunset concerts at Café Clock 6.30pm. Check out the cultural agenda at Café Clock: 7 Derb el Magan, Talaa Kebira, Fez Medina
Availability Your dates are available
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2 Oct 2014
"The best place to stay in Fes"
The house was the highlight of our week in this fascinating ancient city. The house has been stunningly restored by the owners, and the roof terrace is amazing, providing a much needed escape from the… More
Thank you so much for having booked Dar Sienna. I am delighted that you enjoyed your peaceful haven.
We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.
Owner: DAR SIENNA
4 May 2014
"the center of fes medina"
What a surprise when we entered the terraces, we were meters away from the famous qarouinne mosque of fes. And as the mosque is just under renovation, it is rather quiet as well. So do not hesitate an… More
28 Aug 2013
"A Lovely Stay at Dar Sienna"
I stayed at Dar Sienna with my two young children, two older children, my husband and a friend. We rented the whole house. It's a lovely house situated in the old Fez with real live Moroccan nei… More
19 May 2013
"Comfortable quiet house in the middle of the medina"
Dar Sienna is a fantastic restored house just in the middle of the medina, next to the main mosques. If you would like to really be part of and plunge into the medina, this is the place to be. With tw… More
25 Feb 2013
"Located in the throbbing heart of the medina!"
A wonderful house right in the heart of Fez medina. It's difficult to imagine a better location and offers the chance to really experience life in the Medina close up.Dar Sienna is located down … More
13 Jul 2012
"comfortable riad - good value"
This riad is a great value and the staff go out of their way to make you comfortable. The beds are extremely comfortable and the view from the roof is unbeatable. I especially recommend the second story room with the large exterior bathroom - it is like a private hamam.
The owners seem to love Fes, and do all they can to help their guests have a great experience. Each room has a binder with a map of the old city, a list of Arabic words and some information on local culture. A staff member picked us up from the train with a clearly marked sign. The breakfast was great.
I look forward to staying here again. I especially recommend this to couples - or friends who don't mind sharing a bed.
24 Sep 2011
"Enjoyable stay with lots of extras"
A very pleasant stay which was supplemented by great care taken by the proprietor and staff.From the outset the owner of this property went to great lengths to ensure that we had all the information a… More
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