Nestled in the historic center of Marrakech is Riad Sultan, a 16,000-square-foot former palace once owned by royalty — the country’s grand vizier, Madani el Glaoui. In 1998, the home was purchased by its current owners — French publicist Homero Machry and his partner his partner, Thierry de Beaucé, an author, diplomat, and former secretary of state to the French minister of Foreign Affairs.
“It was one extended Moroccan family living in the whole house,” Machry said in a phone interview with Bloomberg. “Like eight separate families, who’d separated it into apartments.”
The couple had work done on the property to unify the home, transforming it into a 15- bedroom, 15 bathroom domicile with 3 large reception rooms, four courtyards, a (former) harem room, a tower, and rooftop swimming pool. The estate sits on a quarter acre of peaceful gardens.
For more than a decade the couple — retaining a staff of six — had used the home as a bed and breakfast which attracted noteworthy personalities such as model Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Calvin Klein.
The couple now wants to downsize, saying the the gargantuan, 15-bedroom mansion is too big for two people. They have listed it for sale for $3.7 million. Additionally, a lucky buyer can opt to purchase furnishings which include carvings from Africa, Louis XV chairs from France, and lamps from Indonesia.