Staying here was arranged by a friend who is a friend of Houssain who runs this gite/auberge a few kms out of Imilchil so that I could head on up for the Marriage festival and have somewhere to stay when nearly everything around was full.
I arrived in Imilchil in my rental car in the dark and to be sure of getting to the gite okay Houssain met me in town to follow him back.
This was such a blessing - Houssain and his lovely sisters are not only so kind and warm they are fabulous hosts, great cooks and have such a lovely location - staying here you will feel very looked after and have a great chance to meet local people and see a bit of the way of life - while being out of the prying eyes of staying in a hotel in a small town.
A mudbrick building with wonderful skylights providing light during the day or such as I had a full moon above me seen through the skylight in my bedroom - shower and toilet amenities are communal.
Getting to know others staying is encouraged but not obligatory - the dining area/salon is partitioned into 3 areas. The place was pretty much booked out by a famous photographer and a Moroccan film crew so the place was fine for them!
Electricity is provided by generator which is only on in the evenings but hot water is available any time.
Excursions are available such as mule treks, or anything youre thinking of - Houssain is an official mountain guide and knows the area so well that he is a mine of information for any activites you might be interested in or for planning onward journeys. Houssain actually showed us a video of one of his excursions up to a very high and scarey cliffside granary....
good place to stay on your budget too.
Stayed here again in August 2012.
Out in the country - I got up early just before sunrise and had a wander around up to the hill to see the changing light of the sunrise on the surrounding landscapes and also the various shepherds with their sheep that went past along various routes around the gite - so be out where people live on the land....
Nice views and landscapes - also close to Lake Tislit which makes anice visit
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