5 Columns | TC5161 | Historical four bedroom riad in the heart of Essaouira medina

  • Prices From
    £750 - £2000 per week
  • Bedrooms:
  • Bathrooms:
  • Sleeps:
    Up to 8
  • Nearest Airport:
    Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)

This unique historical riad - 5-Columns - is a beautifully restored 18th Century house situated in the heart of the ancient medina of Essaouira in the Chbanat area which is famous for its colourful textile workshops. The property can comfortably accommodate 8 guests in four double bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. The living space is set over four floors and has two large sunny roof terraces with an outside kitchen and bar area as well as a large Eucalyptus wood dining table to gather around. There are two good sized lounge salon rooms with fireplaces, comfortable chairs and a large sofa area for guests to enjoy. The arty cafés, restaurants and shops of the Medina are on the doorstep and the nearest beach is just a 15-minute stroll away.

Ground floor

Upon entering the property you will find yourself in a spacious light-filled inner courtyard with lush green potted plants, a striking, intricately tiled black and white floor, and at its centre, an impressive dining table handmade from a slab of Eucalyptus wood big enough for the whole party to gather, and surrounded by the 5 iconic and ancient columns of the riad's namesake.

The kitchen can be found just off the main courtyard, and it is well-equipped with all the modern appliances you would expect including a gas range cooker, fridge freezer and washing machine. The surfaces and shelves of the kitchen area are all sculpted and finished in the classic Tadlakt style which is the traditional coating of hammams in Morocco. 

A lounge space can also be found off the courtyard in the form of a cosy snug with a large open fireplace fully stocked with wood, a small library, a pair of vintage armchairs, two wooden carved tables and a couple of pouffes.

First floor

On the first floor you will find another salon/snug room which has a large corner sofa and open fireplace. The space is features modern art pieces juxtaposed with classic Moroccan textiles, furniture and fittings giving a bohemian feel. The telephone and wi-fi router are located in this room.

Bedroom 1: Double bedroom with en-suite tadlakt bathroom. There is a large open wardrobe hanging area and shelves. 

Bedroom 2: Double bedroom with en-suite tadlakt bathroom. There are two separate hanging wardrobe areas and shelves. The house linen cupboard with extra bedding and towels is located in this room.

There is a separate WC and hand basin on the landing area. 

Second floor

Climb the stairs to the next level and you will find the first of the two roof terraces. This is a large tiled area with a bar and kitchen equipped with a fridge and a dining table seating eight. There are two sun beds and also a covered seating area with cushions. 

Bedroom 3: Large double bedroom with en-suite tadlakt bathroom. There is a large open wardrobe hanging area and shelves. 

Third floor

Stairs lead to the top floor where you will find the fourth bedroom and another private roof terrace and with sun loungers where you can enjoy the Atlantic sea breezes and listen to the sounds of the bustling medina below.

Bedroom 4: Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a free-standing wardrobe. 

The area around 5 Columns

The arty and laid-back enclave that is Essaouira is full of independent galleries and boutiques, trendy cafés, and restaurants catering for all with traditional cuisine and locally caught seafood to fine dining. The ancient walls of the seafront and colourful wooden fishing boats can be reached in 10 minutes on foot and the nearest sandy beach is just a 15-minute walk away. 


Floor level


2nd floor

1st floor

3rd Floor


Medina view

Property Type




Double beds









Sun loungers

Outside kitchen

Roof Terrace

Electric heaters in bedrooms

Washing Machine


Indoor fireplace


Roof terrace bar

Walking distance to



Town Centre

Nearest Airport

Marrakech Menara Airport (RAK)



Places of Interest

Historical sites


Town Centre

Riad amenities

Lounge with comfy seating

Courtyard garden



Indoor fireplace

Outdoor dining area

Outdoor seating areas

Patio & roof terrace

Close to


Eassaouria town & beach

Town centre

Walk to town

1-2 minutes

Calendar Key: Booked Provisionally Booked
Start Date Weekly Rate (£)
24 Apr 2022 2,000
18 Dec 2022 2,200

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