It all started back in 2006 when Dar Zerhoune owner Rose Button (a kiwi process engineer working in the UK) arrived in Morocco as a tourist and visited Moulay Idriss and Volubilis on a day trip. She immediately fell in love with the simplicity of the village, the welcoming locals, and the slower pace of life. It was a place where she could experience life like a local, and be part of a welcoming and accepting community – visiting the local hammam, baking bread in the community oven, swimming outdoors in the roman baths, walking in the mountain side and shopping locally at the market.
Leaping out of her comfort zone to put a dream into action, one year later she returned and purchased this home, began restoration works, and secured permission to run her home as a guesthouse. Though many challenges, the end result is Dar Zerhoune, a home away from home for travellers looking to get off the beaten path and experience what Rose loves about the village. Rose is the first female foreigner to buy a house in Moulay Idriss, in fact, it was only in 2005 that foreigners were permitted to spend the night in this holy city. Dar Zerhoune is also the only guesthouse in Moulay Idriss that is female owned and is run by local moroccan women from Moulay Idriss. English, french and arabic is spoken by all staff and they are happy to engage with guests which provides a unique experience to learn about the lives of Moroccan women.
Rose and her local team of Hajiba, Faiza, Fadwa and Nadia will be happy to greet and take care of you during your stay at Dar Zerhoune in Moulay Idriss. They’ll share tips on what to see and do, things that only locals know. And when it’s time to leave, don’t be surprised if you find yourself leaving with new friends. Dar Zerhoune is a friendly kind of place!
Rose continues to spend significant amounts of time in Moulay Idriss where she lives like a local, enjoying the café culture, swimming in the roman baths, heading off to the hammam, baking in the community oven, biking to Volubilis and meeting with friendly neighbours. After all, Rose is truly mad about Moulay.
Though she tries to spend as much time as possible in the village she is most passionate about, when Rose is not in Moulay Idriss she’s working in Europe as a process engineer, or travelling to see her family in New Zealand and exploring the world. She is happy to ask any questions you have so please contact her on firstname.lastname@example.org