“I think I was one of the first guests lucky enough to stay at Dar Namir, following its sensitive restoration by Tara Stevens. Tara has retained the grandeur of this 16th century, traditional courtyard house – complete with giant cedar-wood salon doors and ancient tiled floors – while creating a cosy, comfortable home that is also somehow contemporary and thoroughly stylish. While no original feature has been destroyed, no modern comfort has been overlooked.

The house is located two minutes’ walk from the road at R’Cif, a bustling area convenient for taxis and ATMs, but also the site of the greatest traditional food market in Fez – perfect for foodies. With that in mind, Tara has equipped Dar Namir with a superb ground floor kitchen, as well as pantry-kitchen on the top floor, beside the roof terrace – handy for breakfast overlooking the rooftops of Fez.

Despite its proximity to R’Cif, the house is wonderfully calm and peaceful – perhaps it was the quiet, or the gentle natural light at dawn, but I (not a sound sleeper, in general) slept very well at Dar Namir – occasionally waking up to the morning call by the nearby muezzin, but then drifting happily back to sleep.

I’d heartily recommend Dar Namir as a great choice for couples, small groups or families wanting a more authentic experience than a hotel or riad might offer, without any of the discomforts that ‘authenticity’ can sometimes bring! And for foodie groups, a stay at Dar Namir can be part of Tara’s now famous immersion cooking school.”

Andrew M, London, January 2015