“Exquisite country estate offering understated style, pampering and cultural insights”
Decor aficionados, indulge yourselves! The lush grounds hold 5 houses, each of which has its own pool and various luxurious bedrooms categorised according to size and amenities. Many have been designed by Meryanne Loum-Martin, internationally renowned for her sober chic and eclectic mix of styles with an African twist. You’ll find colourful woven Moroccan and Senegalese fabrics and rugs, canopies from Uzbekistan, handpicked antique objets d’art, plump tassels, Syrian chests and tables with mother-of-pearl inlays, ancient carved wooden doors, and Meryanne’s own creations - contemporary wrought-iron lamps, daybeds and low chairs.
The bathrooms are decked out in earthtone tadelakt with shiny copper sinks, and stocked with sweet-smelling herbal bath products. Some rooms boast fireplaces, canopy beds and private terraces, and there’s also a comfy rooftop terrace for lounging, with superb views of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and the neighbouring palm grove.
The Jnane Main House follows the traditional Medina style, with bedrooms arranged around two central courtyards, but with glass doors leading to terraces on the outside of the house they feel lighter and airier than usual. The ground floor rooms have kingsize beds and spacious (though shared) verandas; the remaining rooms are located upstairs with access to the roof terrace.
You’ll find the 4 other houses in Jnane Tamsna's garden. Dar Moussafir ('House of the Traveller') is beautifully styled by Meryanne to represent the craftsmanship of Islamic style from North India to West Africa. Jnane Villa has its own dining and breakfast rooms, plus a living area with library. Meryanne and Gary's house, Dar Ylane, which also has rooms for guests, is just as beautifully decorated. Finally the Pavillion, perhaps the most exclusive option, has just 2 suites (each with fireplace, sitting room and outdoor dining area) and its pool is delightfully placed among lavender and olive trees.
All rooms have air-conditioning and central heating.
Please note that Jnane Tasmna cannot guarantee a particular room or villa, only a room category.
Most meals are served outside on one of the colourful patios, in the fragrant garden, or in an inner alcove that has its own little Zen garden of olive trees. There's also a monochrome African-themed indoor dining room if it's cooler.
The immense organic garden, a labour of love mostly created by Gary Martin, yields countless varieties of herbs, vegetables and fruit that make their way into the meals. Some of the flour is home-grown and -ground. The result is a delicious fusion cuisine inspired by the owners' tastes and backgrounds, taking in Senegalese, Indian and "modernised" Moroccan recipes with classic fresh Mediterranean fare. Sample lunch and dinner dishes (to whet your appetite) might be lamb tagine with tomatoes and caramelized spring onions; a roasted pepper, cucumber and tomato salad; followed by spiced pears with oranges and caramel sauce. The set menus change daily - we recommend you let them know if you're dining in as the ingredients are bought in daily.
Breakfast is no less delicious. A big spread awaits of juices, cheeses, Moroccan and French breads, amlu (a local speciality with Argan oil), eggs cooked to order, fruit salads, muesli and jams (both homemade).
If this takes your fancy, ask about their personalised cooking lessons with the house chef.
Jnane Tamsna is heaven for families, and particularly suitable for older children who don't need too much supervision. There is plenty to keep them amused, from the pool and tennis court to the sprawling gardens, and it's certainly popular in the school holidays with children playing hide and seek and preparing magic and juggling shows for their parents. It is also very accommodating for parents with younger babies and babysitting arrangements can easily be made.
Large Rooms, Garden Rooms and Pavillion Suites have enough space for a couple of extra beds or a cot; if your children are bigger or you need more space, book a large room for yourselves and a Standard Room for them. All except the Small Room have a bathtub.
Babysitting available by arrangement, see Rates
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There is food available all day with a kids menu (pizza, pasta, chicken and chips) and half portions of adult mains for children. They can also have a high tea earlier in the evening, and guests can use a blender and microwave for baby food with some advance notice.
There are some steps but otherwise few hazards. There is mobile phone signal everywhere here. You can buy nappies, food and toys nearby at a local supermarket. Some of the rooms are farther from the main house, so intercom systems may not work.