A rural retreat in Oumnass located half an hour from Morocco’s vibrant city of Marrakesh, Berber Lodge invites you to leave the hustle and bustle behind and step into a simpler way of life. The Lodge was founded by Romain Michel Meniere, a French-Swiss interior designer living in Morocco, who, working closely with the villagers of Oumnass sought to celebrated Berber culture, customs, craftsmanship and architecture.
The Lodge is built on the site of an old Olive tree garden, some which still exist and the harvested fruit used in the Lodge’s cuisine. The architectural design draws inspiration from traditional Berber architecture. Working with local craftsmen the build sourced materials and resources locally. Earth excavated from the garden was used to create the bricks to build the structure’s walls. Ceilings and frames were crafted from locally sourced Eucalyptus, Atlas Cedar and wild bamboos. And Terracotta tiles custom made in a neighbouring village complement the warm tones of the interior and exterior walls.
The interior decoration is eclectic blending local craftsmanship such as rattan furniture, handmade pottery, and woven textiles with Romain’s personal collection of 20th-century design furniture found in Morocco and inherited from his family.
Beni Ourain rugs, traditionally made by the Berber peoples living in the northeastern part of the Middle Atlas mountains, line the floors and are turned into cushions. Classical African sculpture and objects such as carved tables and stools are dotted throughout.
The Lodge’s pool lies between the olive trees in the middle of the garden. The food is Moroccan, with Mediterranean influences, the organic vegetable garden supplying the Lodge kitchen along with fresh produce from the local market.
For further information about Berber Lodge visit: www.berberlodge.net
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