Laurence is a writer and a journalist, who was assigned in Pakistan for many years. In the old city of Lahore she fell in love with the old traditional house of the grandson of the famous poet Mohammed Iqbal.
( Once entering the house through a huge woodden door decorated with old wrought iron nails, it was sheer heaven ! patios, marble terraces with fountains, outside corridors leading to the bedrooms. But living in Pakistan was unthinkable ! )
Years later the dream turned out to become reality in Morocco. As Laurence was travelling with her husband Olivier, they found an old riad to be renovated. After two years work, it became a refined traditional riad, showing all the Moroccan workmanship.
Today Laurence ambition is to share her passion with her guests.
She recently found out that at the turn of the century the Riad was the property of the descendants of the French writer Jean de La Fontaine. A sign of destiny!
About The Owner
Laurence Gourret-Lapeyre is a journalist and author living between France and Morocco.
She has lived almost ten years in Pakistan (1990-1998) as a reporter for the French press.
Among various collaborations,
She has been chief editor of the Caraïbes magazine in the West Indies and of the Italian fashion magazine You.
“Benazir, l’envers du voile » documentary on Benazir Bhutto and Pakistan Denoel 1997 and 2010
« La vague de Nilaveli » novel, Seguier/Atlantica (France), la Croisée des chemins (Maroc) 2011
« Marrakech cité jardin » avec Abderrazzak Benchaâbane 2014
« Vous avez dit séduction » play (Avignon festival) 2016