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 Green Room contains a large double bed and a large single for which we charge a €20 supplement per night. The carved and painted Berber double doors open out onto a balcony overlooking the courtyard with a view of orange trees and fountains. It works well with Riad Maizie Pink Room as a self-contained suite for a party of friends or extended family. The Green Room has its own bijou 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.
Me, my mum and sister stayed in Riad Maizie for four nights and our stay could not have been better! Communication was fantastic throughout whole booking process. The Riad itself is so beautiful- with the most amazing courtyard and terrace. It is so close to everything and although it is in the Medina itself- it was such a relaxing and tranquil place to come back to after the hustle and bustle of the Medina.
It really felt like a home away from home. Miranda wasn't there but her son Will took great care of us. We stayed in the sunny green room which was perfect for the three of us. Will was such a great host- he arranged airport pick up for us, made us wonderful breakfasts that we we enjoyed on the rooftop terrace each morning and was a great source of info for local restaurants etc. On our last night he made us a delicious Tangia (which I would deff recommend!). Will is such a lovely person and we thoroughly enjoyed our chats and stay with him. I would definitely recommend anyone going to Marrakesh to stay at Riad Maizie- our experience could not have been better.
Mi mama, mi hermana y yo nos quedamos en Riad Mazie por 4 noches y nuestra estadía no podría haber sido mejor! La comunicación estuvo muy buena durante todo el proceso de la reserva. Nos quedamos en la 'Habitación Verde' que era perfecta para las tres.
El Riad es precioso y tiene un patio y una terraza increíble. Además esta muy bien ubicado, muy cerca de los Souks pero a la vez es un remanzo de paz donde se puede escapar de la locura de la Medina. Nos sentíamos como si hubiésemos estado (estuviéramos) en casa.
Miranda no estaba, pero su hijo Will se encargo de todo. El organizó un taxi que nos vino a buscar desde el aeropuerto hasta el Riad, nos hizo unos desayunos maravillosos que disfrutamos en la terraza cada mañana, y fue una gran fuente de información para los restaurantes locales, etc. En nuestra última noche, nos cocino una Tangia deliciosa (que yo sin duda recomendaría!). Will es una persona encantadora y disfrutamos mucho de nuestras charlas y quedándonos con en su Riad.
We really enjoyed our stay. After some initial communication difficulties, Will took great care of us. Showing us around and making amazing breakfasts. We loved the riad's style and artwork!
Will is an excellent cook
nice walk to/from the riad from square
Not very organized
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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.