I first read about Dar al Hossoun a few years ago in the Garden Design Journal, so it was a real treat to finally visit and stay overnight twice on my recent trip to Morocco. I had read that it is difficult to tell whether it is “a garden in a house” or “a house in a garden” – because of the way the rooms and courtyards relate to each other. It way surpassed all my expectations; an inspirational example of how our surroundings can positively influence our mood.

The property was originally the home of french designers Arnaud Maurieres and Eric Ossart who are famous for creating spaces that fit perfectly into their surroundings.

My photos can only be snapshots of the possible journeys and places to relax around the property. It is somewhere to linger longer, to explore at different times of day/year, to read a book, drink tea, or just look.

The interiors give you a sense of staying in someone’s house rather than a hotel and similarly the outdoor areas welcome you to sit and soak up the atmosphere.

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This terraced sunken garden was the last section of the garden to be constructed four years ago and is the place I kept being drawn to during my two visits. I will update this post, when I have found out the name of the orange flowered succulents pictured above and below – the bees were as obsessed with them as clearly I was.

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Not just for looking – this is the largest of the two eco pools to tempt you.

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The garden is only ten years old, so these Olives must be from the original orchards that stood here and still surround the house.

 

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These “spekboom” succulents are native to Africa and very popular food for elephants as well as the resident Dar al Hossoun peacocks!

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I took these two photos whilst I was in the smaller eco pool – it’s unusual to have branches to look up into while you float and I am sure they are even more appreciated in mid summer heat. P1040759