Khanfous Retreat is exactly that . . . a retreat from a busy world and an opportunity to step off the grid for a few days and live life at the pace of this rural Moroccan village. Located in the village of Bni Meslem this cottage fits quietly and seamlessly into the surrounding village. So – step through the gate, put down your suitcase, breath . . . and then admire the views!
I posted something about this little corner of Moroccan magic some time ago, but as its owner has recently re-decorated, so I thought it was about time to send you a little reminder! Khanfous Retreat is typical of a village house in this part of Northern Morocco and is located just 20 minutes south of Assilah. It has been built in the traditional style with a lot of the work having been done by local villagers and using locally sourced materials. Fun fact – the name khanfous is taken from a type of small ladybird type beetle that can be found in the garden, so keep a look out and see if you can spot a khanfous during your stay!
The make-over has included more of a focus on the outdoor space with the addition of a great new eight seater outdoor dining area with BBQ and an outdoor lounge and shower – making sure you have time to sit back and smell the roses while sipping on your sunset G&T.
Khanfous Retreat is typical of a village house in this part of Northern Morocco and is located just 20 minutes south of Assilah. It has been built in the traditional style with a lot of the work having been done by local villagers and using locally sourced materials. While the owner Carin has kept the build as authentic as possible, she has also made sure that there are enough home comforts here to make your visit stress free and relaxing.
So while you might not (thankfully??) get WiFi, you will be able to read your book, enjoy uninterrupted siestas and sea views while contemplating which beach to walk to in the morning. After you have had a slow morning coffee of course and contemplated things a little more.
While staying here you are in striking distance of some of the best beaches in the area with (my favourite) Sidi Mghait beach a 30 minute walk from your front door. Or, with improved roads in progress it is an easy drive to both this beach as well as some of the nicer beaches in and around Assilah.
My kids are all grown up and would possibly recoil at the idea of complete online disconnection, but this is the kind of place I would have loved to take them when they were younger, because I know it would not have been long before they discovered the freedom of a small rural Moroccan village. There always seems to be a soccer game going on next to the communal well.
The simplicity of the traditional decor fits in with the rural environment – it is a place to read books, take walks, cook good food and enjoy the sunset.Your body clock will soon adjust to the rhythm of the days here
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