Riad Maizie belongs to me, Miranda. I'm a yoga teacher and author of 'Cinnamon City' a best-selling book describing the experience of buying and restoring this 200 year old house in the oldest quarter of the city. (Also see Umbrian Farmhouse airbnb)
The Pink Room contains two single beds that can convert to a double, and two banquettes that can be made up as beds for children for which we charge €10 per child per night. The Room has an intricate original Moroccan painted ceiling, and the original rainbow Gibb's frieze niche. The magnificent double doors open out onto the room's own cool northfacing verandah, equipped with comfortable seating, overlooking the courtyard with a view of orange trees and fountains. It works well with Riad Maizie Green Room as a self-contained suite for a party of friends. The Pink Room has its own adjoining bathroom with a shower.
It is one of five rooms in a peaceful Riad featured in London's Evening Standard. The house is a heavenly retreat after the kaleidoscopic chaos of the souks, just five minutes from the nearest taxi and twelve minutes from Djemaa el Fna.
We have internet access.
There is a large suntrap roof garden with a view of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains - the perfect place for breakfast in the sun, or for dining beneath the stars, followed by a spot of relaxation lounging on banquettes amid the heady scent of flowers. There is also a trio of cool roosts in the courtyard under a canopy of orange trees.
The riad is a welcoming and friendly place to stay with a bunch of friends. Make it your HQ and explore the mountains, desert, or the vast golden beaches of Essouira. Or lose yourself in the souks, a beady shopper's paradise selling everything from Berber jewellery to shining brass and copper hand-basins. Or make like a sybarite, and go for total relaxation with an Argan oil massage at the riad.
Will, my son, the manager of Riad Maizie is an exceptional artist and international chef, happy to cook great real food using fresh local ingredients, including delectable vegetarian dishes, which can be hard to come by in Marrakech. Alternatively, Amal, our lovely femme de menage can do an amazing array of traditional Moroccan food.
Christmas - fab and special - from 20th Dec to 6th Jan costs €89 for two, €109 for three per night.
Make yourself at home - mi casa es su casa.
Thank you to Will for being so welcoming. Your first walk to the square was a perfect introduction to such a wonderful city. We will miss our lazy breakfast's on the roof with the cats. Thank you!
Pink room was as described, arranged to meet Will at the nearby Ben Sallah mosque which helped in finding the Riad! Will was very helpful.
We had a very pleasant stay at Riad Maizie. Will, Miranda's son and now the one running the place, was very helpful and kind. It was just as enjoyable to be in the Riad, having discussions with Will, as it was roaming the small streets of Marrakesh and buying stuff in the Souk. We will be back, inchallah!
It was nice to spend our last days from our morocco trip in the Riad. Miranda wasn't there but her son Will. He picked us up at the djemna and take us to the Riad that we know the way out of the medina labyrinth . It's easy to find and a pretty nice place. Will has cooked a vegan birthday menu with a chocolate cake :-) soooo good. So it was lovely there and I was really happy with the cats around me.
We hebben (2 volwassenen en 2 kinderen) een geweldig verblijf gehad in Riad Maizie. Snelle reacties op vragen via de email, gastvrij ontvangst, heerlijk eten ( diners) en ontbijt op het dakterras. Een autenthiek opgeknapte Riad, midden in de medina. Toplocatie en zeer rustig. Zou het iedereen kunnen aanraden!
Beautiful old renovated Riad ideally located in the heart of the Medina, 2 minutes away from the museum of Marrakech and 10 from the main square. Very quiet and relaxing after a day wandering in the souk. It has a nice family atmosphere. Will, Miranda's son who's in charge of the Riad, is a funny character and will look after you. A great winter destination, a complete change of scenery!
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Hi I'm Miranda, and I live near Lake Trasimeno. My husband Dan is a painter who gives art lessons and I'm a writer. I've written around 20 books published in maybe ten languages, most of them about crafts and interior decoration. The most recent two were published by Transworld, called 'Getting to Manana' (about our decade in Andalusia) and 'Cinnamon City' (about buying and restoring a riad in Marrakech) respectively. The latter was a Daily Mail Bookclub Choice, December 2005, and is called a best-seller by Transworld. They are now both ebooks, which is v exciting.
I escape from my computer by teaching yoga three times a week - you'd think after doing it for 10 years I'd have the perfect figure, but strangely, it hasn't happened.
We live a somewhat Bohemian life on the Umbria/Tuscany border, in an old converted farmhouse on a huge nature conservancy farming estate, with three rescued cats (one found in a ditch, one in a tree and one flung from the window of a passing car) and a dog, Laika, (whose previous owner wanted to make his fortune as a juggler in Valencia). This is definitely country - with woodland, porcupines, boar, black squirrels, nightingales, badgers, dust, deer, elderly mountain bikes for hire and a fishing lake on the estate.
On foot you can amble to swimming pools, tennis courts, great walks, a grocer, baker, bar, post office, pharmacy and restaurant whose excellent chef used to cook at Eton.
By car you can get to Divin Peccato restaurant (q.v.) in Panicarola, to il Pescatore bar by the lakeside on Trasimeno, take a boat out to eat on Isola Maggiore, eat at Piccola Trattoria Guastini near Montepulciano, and taste wine in a million different places.
My dreams are to 1) Go to the Jaipur Music Festival this autumn or to do resist printing with Natalie Gibson in spring (website hidden) 2) to do another yoga teacher's course on some palm-fringed beach 3) successfully turn my two new books (one about moving to Italy and one is a romantic novel) onto ebooks.
Hosting: informal, chatting, red wine for me. I'll do station pick-ups and returns, take you to bigger supermarkets, the lake and local hill towns if I can think of a good reason to go myself, otherwise I'll charge for petrol. Ditto, you can do washing, log onto the internet.
Carpe diem is my motto. Do it now, whatever it is.