Breathe in the ancient Tunisian culture in an authentic Berber house: l’Auberge de Tamezret
L’Auberge de Tamezret is a small guesthouse that promises a unique experience, an utter space comprising coves of more than 1000 years old. Located in the centre of the village of Tamezret and surrounded by a rock desert, the house floor plan reflects the neighbouring hills, keeping in with traditional Berber architecture.
Feel the quiet majesty of ancient Berber doors and original beamed ceilings. From the terrace stretches the sweeping, awe-inspiring desert as far as the eye can see. Inside, the three unique rooms are elegant and unpretentious with a focus on adding a modern comfort to the original Berber atmosphere.
The kitchen is the beating heart of the Inn, where you can share a drink with Patrick as Sabrine prepares mouth-watering delights using the freshest, highest-quality local ingredients. Leading off the kitchen, discover the surprising Grotte: an underground dining room where Tunisian wine is stored and served.
What we liked the most
- Being shown around the village with Patrick upon arrival
- The inn’s ancient doors, masterpieces crafted hundreds of years ago
- Gazing over the Grand Erg Oriental from the private terrace in the Toumadir room
- Arriving at breakfast to discover Patrick has been up for 3 hours preparing fresh bread
- Sharing stories a wonderful, home-cooked food and getting surprised by the selection of Tunisian wines
The three distinct rooms at L'Auberge de Tamezret have each been thoughtfully crafted within the ancient structure of the original cove. Respecting the authentic Berber style, they perfectly balance tradition with modern comforts. The rooms are a visual testimony to the couple’s adventures, featuring souvenirs from their world travels and the original features themselves are often works of art, such as the ancient doors and old beams.
This duplex room in tones of crimson and vermillion boasts an incredible private terrace, the ideal place to contemplate the vast wonder of the Grand Erg Oriental. The soothing stone textures in the bathroom downstairs provide a backdrop for luxurious relaxation, effortlessly melding with the ancient Berber architecture.
Crafted into the rock, this elegantly lit room benefits from a “natural” air-conditioning system. An utterly unique place to sleep and relax, you’ll feel in touch with the ancient Berber culture. Refresh in the ensuite, where contemporary comfort and timeless tradition meet in a perfect fusion.
Cosy and spacious, this suite has been integrated into a former Hannut (an old grocery store) and comprises a bedroom and a charming living space. Fall asleep surrounded by the tranquillity of ancient stone walls decorated with thoughtful touches of character. The elegant bathroom in coloured stone is a work of art in itself.
Services and facilities
Taste the flavors
A rich local breakfast
Breakfast is extraordinary at Auberge Tamezret, during which guests delight in a vast array of treats from homemade yoghurt served with muesli or nuts and regional honey, stuffed pomegranate, slow cooked eggs with tabouna bread and even a prawn and galette salad. Refreshing fruit juices vie for space on the table with rich, fragrant coffee, velvety cheeses and charcuterie and buttery pastries. The kitchen is proud to use only the best ingredients, such as fresh Tunisian cheese and dates and premium quality olive oil.
The Table d’hote is the centre piece of l’Auberge de Tamezret. The kitchen t is always open; there you will find the wonderful Sabrine crafting a culinary masterpiece while Patrick would certainly invite you to discover a curated Tunisian wine from his cellar.
Aperitif is served daily and features stunning amuse-bouches worthy of a Michelin star, such as succulent octopus salad and various traditional and international-inspired dips and snacks. Dinner comprises a 3-course meal with delicacies such as foie gras, traditional Tunisian meat ragout, fresh prawn fatoush or quails cooked in calva.
Focus on sustainability
Like the fig tree routs, the property is constantly addressing many sustainable tourism areas and excelling in most fields.
- L’Auberge de Tamazret is embedded into the original Berber village. Patrick and Sabrine restored an abandoned hundred-years old house in a way that best allies Berber architecture with modern comfort.
- Energy and water consumption are optimized through the construction choice: you can see the natural stones, local material, and even the natural coves. All of these were selected by the Berber for their habitat; as they are the most adapted material to protect from the desert’s heat in summer.
- The hosts are the best ambassadors to the region. They collaborate with many other actors and are very much focused on delighting to their guests with the best local products.
Explore the location
The peaceful village of Tamezret provides the backdrop for the Auberge Tamezret, allowing the staggering beauty of the surrounding desert landscape to take centre stage. 10 miles to the east, you’ll find the legendary Matmata where the Star Wars movies were filmed and just along the road from is the doorway to the magnificent Sahara Desert. A 40-minute drive away is Toujene, a charming village known for producing handmade rugs as well as honey and olives. You can also access Tozeur and Djerba by car.