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Originally built as their private retreat, the owners of Kasbah Ellouze obviously saw its huge potential 12 years ago, and decided to convert the building into a guest-house. The original site was a ruined ‘pise’ (mud) home, and the Kasbah has been reconstructed, primarily using the same materials as the village homes around it.

The 10-room guest-house adjoins other ancient buildings and carefully-tended gardens & fields. The area is renowned for its almond blossoms and the views of the blossoms, in February, from the Kasbah’s many outside terraces are glorious.

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What lends Kasbah Ellouze its charm is undoubtedly the warm welcome you can expect to receive from its owners, Michel & Colette, French restaurateurs who left a successful restaurant business for a life in Morocco. Their kitchen, however, is staffed by two Berber ladies. You can expect to eat some of the best dishes in Morocco here.

Just 6km from the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait Ben Haddou, in the Berber village of Tamdaght on the Ounila Valley, Kasbah Ellouze’s location makes for a convenient stopping-point en route to/return from the Moroccan Sahara via Marrakech. That, and a wonderful multi-night base for further exploration of Morocco’s Southern Oases, the Draa Valley & Dades Valley, in a few days away from Marrakech.┬áThe palm groves of Skoura and of Agdz are a short drive away. Just 45km to the North the village of Telouet (for the Kasbah Glaoui there).

There are also lots of great local activities on the Kasbah’s doorstep – not least, baking bread and taking tea with the neighbours in their home, before breakfast; helping the neighbours to tend their fields; camel-trekking to visit troglodyte homes in the surrounding hill-faces; guided walks; visit of the neighbouring Kasbah Glaoui in Tamdaght itself; and, of course, the visit of Ait Ben Haddou.┬áKasbah Ellouze is one of our favourite retreats…

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