Welcome to Dar Zerhoune – an authentic landmark of modern comfort overlooking the Roman empires southernmost post in a landscape of ancient rural traditions, where quality is delivered simply and personally under the watchful eye of Rose Button (a kiwi engineer turned guesthouse owner) – to allow you to experience and explore this unspoiled crossroads of cultures and spirituality.
Dar Zerhoune is a traditional Moroccan home nestled in the white washed hilltop of Moulay Idriss Zerhoune town. Small enough to feel cosy to the individual, large enough to rent exclusive for an intimate retreat, Dar Zerhoune is an off the tourist track addition to your tour of nearby Imperial Meknes and Fez. It is just 1 hour walk through olive groves and with mountain views to the roman ruins of Volubilis and has many other surprises such as roman baths, a forest and an opportunity to peak into local life – so please, come and dine in our terrace restaurant or stay for a night or more and discover what is beyond Volubilis.
Relax on our terrace for lunch (for those passing through), or stay late into the evening and enjoy the african sunset over Volubilis and the valley when you stay over, enjoying home cooked traditional meals prepared from fresh, seasonal market ingredients. Our roof terrace is fabulous with views spanning from the town of Moulay Idriss to the roman ruins of Volubilis and back to the mountains and the long deep valley.
Dar Zerhoune is owned by Rose Button, originally from New Zealand and the UK, she was a tourist in 2006 and visited Moulay Idriss and Volubilis on a day trip and returned one year later to buy Dar Zerhoune. Rose was the first, and only, non muslim, female westerner to buy a house in Moulay Idriss, complete the restoration and gain permission to run as a guesthouse.
Dar Zerhoune is managed by Hajiba, who speaks fluent french, english and arabic. Rose stays regularly and continues to love local life in Moulay Idriss and is happy to share her life and experiences as being an local, and outsider, living in the Holy City of Moulay Idriss – come and visit or send her a message at email@example.com. Her favourite activities are swimming in the outdoor roman baths, baking in the community oven, shopping in the daily markets and sitting in the main square watching the world go by.
At Dar Zerhoune we believe in integrating in, and taking care of our community. We currently run 3 community projects which are to provide free english lessons to the local people, to provide free vetinerary care for the local donkeys and we have sponsored a young lady in the SOS chilrens villages since 2008. By staying at Dar Zerhoune you are supporting these projects and the community of Moulay Idriss.
When she is not in Morocco, Rose works as a process engineer and Dar Zerhoune was restored with western standards in mind – hot hot water, strong WIFI internet, a relaxing terrace and warm rooms. The restoration work removed layers of lacquer, paint, tiles and varnish to return the columns, rooms and woodwork to it’s original natural state. The restoration of Dar Zerhoune is warm, welcoming, calming, elegant, light and relaxed – though see for yourself! Rose has brought many western comforts, for example in winter each bed has an electric blanket to keep you warm, duvets, sheets and towels from the UK. And also an emphasis on serving great food.
Dar Zerhoune is in the centre of Moulay Idriss, and just a few minutes from the main square, grand taxi stand and mausoleum. Just 1 hour walk to Volubilis and a short walk from mountain hikes and a forest. An ideal location for an overnight stay, or to relax for a week.
For more information and photos about our accommodation and rates see the Rooms and Rates page.
Information and Reservations
For LUNCH and ACCOMODATION reservations and information please contact Dar Zerhoune. We speak english, french and arabic.
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