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Fawakay Villas is a lush complex of 3 large sand-coloured houses, built in unobtrusively modern style and surrounded by a verdant 3.5 acres of garden.

The setting is about 10km from Marrakech in a remote location next to a small, dusty village – and the complex is a surprise after the where-are-we-headed journey. A lovely tangle of rose gardens, vegetable patches and well-tended green space.

It was in 2005 that Francis Boys-Stones decided, after 25 years of stockbroking in London and a rush of blood to the brain, that he’d had enough…it was time for an adventure! Francis, Dawn and their four children upped sticks from leafy Wandsworth and moved out to Marrakech - a place they had fallen in love with a couple of years earlier. They bought 3.5 acres of land, about 8 miles outside of the Medina in the Moroccan countryside with breathtaking winter views of the snow-capped Atlas mountains. After 2.5 frantic years of building, Fawakay Villas finally opened for business.

The Boys-Stones live in the fourth villa with their four children, two dogs Kipper and Brian, three cats, numerous guinea fowl and chickens, and a couple of peacocks, Frank & Stein as well as the infamous donkey Doris! They take a very hands-on approach to the running of their little empire. Dawn has painstakingly designed all the villas and her photos of Moroccan life adorn many of the villa walls. In addition, many of her vibrant metal scuptures are dotted around the grounds. More can be seen here. Francis has, however, been extremely useful in both the cheque-writing and the cocktail-mixing departments.

A real labour of love, the three villas are designed for you to be as private or as social as you wish. There are so many private features within each villa, you need never see another living soul for the length of your stay, or you could help Francis prop up the bar of an evening.

"There are not enough words to express how utterly phenomenal this place is. It has so much beauty and so much character."