Inspiring Design: Five Columns Essaouria

Five Columns Essaouria is a holiday rental home on the coast of Morocco. The building dates to the 18th century, and it’s been restored beautifully – clean, modern design paired with traditional Moroccan architecture and textiles, all in a perfect neutral colour palette.

I was bowled over when I first came across this stunning home, in the heart of Essaouria’s medina. It belongs to London-based interior designer Lisa Burke, and it’s available to rent via HomeAway.


Dining area with live edge table at Five Columns Essaouira
The home’s bright, neutral scheme puts a more modern spin on traditional Moroccan decor, as does the addition of furniture with clean lines, like the dining chairs above and those killer armchairs below.
Casual living area at Five Columns Essaouira
The home is a riad in Essaouria’s ancient medina. It has four bedrooms, and they’re all similarly gorgeous.
Built in bed at Five Columns EssaouiraWardrobe and bathroom at Five Columns EssaouiraBedroom with en suite at Five Columns EssaouiraBurke has clad all the bathrooms in Tadelakt. This waterproof, polished plaster was also used in the bathrooms at the villas where we vacationed over summer. I love the subtle texture it adds – I’d use it in my own bathroom if I could!
Tadelakt bathroom at Five Columns Essaouira
The house has four stories, with the all-white walls drawing light into the central courtyard.
Sun filled architecture at Five Columns EssaouiraRustic features and traditional Moroccan furniture at Five Columns EssaouiraAren’t those ceilings gorgeous? I love their rustic texture. At the top of the house, there’s a bar and roof terrace.
Outdoor kitchen at Five Columns EssaouiraDining space on terrace at Five Columns EssaouiraTerrace of Five Columns Essaouira

Stay at Five Columns Essaouria

If you’d like to check out more photos or find out how you can go stay there, go check out the listing on HomeAway.
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