This 18th-century Moroccan riad has had a monochrome make-over.

London-based designer Lisa Burke bought 5 Columns – as the property is known – in 2005 and set up about restoring it, taking pains to preserve its original features. These include thura wood ceilings, sandstone columns and black-and-white tiled floors.

The tiles provide the cue for the pared-back colour scheme throughout the four-storey property, offset with a few bright flashes in the form of cushion fabrics, artworks and plants.

As well as four double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, the riad has two large roof terraces with a bar and kitchen for al fresco dining, overlooking the surrounding rooftops.

Photography: 5 Columns
Photography: Paulina Arcklin

The property sits in the Chbanat area of the city, famous for its textile workshops and close to the medina – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For the aquatically inclined, the beach is 10 minutes away and is popular with wind and kite surfers.

It’s available to rent direct via 5 Columns’ website.



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