When the leading Dutch designer Willem Smit moved to Morocco, he dreamt of the perfect secluded retreat. Near Essaouira, longtime seaside haven for the Marrakech jetset, Smit has realised his vision, creating a unique pared back stone built home that exudes peace, tranquility and quiet sophistication.

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The stone walls echo the traditional architecture of the region and they’re left exposed inside and out. Contrasting modernist finishes include concrete for kitchen tops and sink, while an Eames chair provides a further nod to the the designer’s minimalist taste. Living spaces are open plan, leading out to an infinity pool and views of the Atlantic.

This striking hilltop house is built around a central courtyard and there are three bedrooms, a guest cottage and that essential Moroccan addition, a personal hammam.

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Smit uses the house as an escape from his day job as general manager of the award-winning El Fenn Hotel. He created his Essaouira dream in partnership with Studio KO, who are also responsible for the new Yves St Laurent Museum in Marrakech.

If you’re already in love (and we are) Smit’s residence is available to rent at a €1,000 per night, seclusion guaranteed.

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For more information, head to the Le Collectionist website.