I don't think it was just because it was so difficult to find in the dark that when we finally reached Dar Chennoufi amid the orchestral crickets we found it so special. I think it comes also from the sense of being in a family house, which comes not only from the beautiful way it is furnished, and the hauteur of the ancient statues supervising anyone swimming in the garden pool, but also from the way it is run, with the guests from many countries sitting at one long table together over dinner and willy nilly conversing despite linguistic roadblocks. (I found myself groping for a Portuguese vocabulary I had barely ever possessed because of the distinguished Brazilians staying at the same time as us). But it was also the sense of being in not so much a farm house as a house connected to farming, while up there on the hill was tourism and El Kef. And yet the house has been so beautifully converted, with tiles and galleries, that it is beyond a farm house............ not to mention the books lying around for us to look into, on Roman Art, Arab Art, Tunisian and French Imperial history, by browsing through which we could come to understand this magical land so much more fully. And the fabulous cooking of Madam Chennoufi. And the special Bsissa she made for us at breakfast when one is setting out on a journey or pilgrimage, for which one needs poudre du ble. Thank you for a very special stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This little boutique hotel is a gem, as is the owner, Raoudha. The decor is charming, Raoudha is an incomparable hostess and an incredible cook. She is more than willing to show her guests around Le Kef, which has a wonderful citadel, and is near the wonderful Roman city of Dougga. ... more less