Siwa Villa from the inside
Dining area – Fifteen foot dinning table that will fit 10+ easily in the middle of the living area for when you all want to get together for lunch or dinner. There is also a small table and seating area in the kitchen if you feel 15ft of space is a bit much for your bowl of cornflakes and coffee in the morning!
This is a large long room through the middle of the house. It is traditional for Siwan houses to have one large living room facing north south to catch the breeze that blows through the house through the day to keep it cool.
An open fire provides extra heat in the winter if required. Additional seating and cushions are available. There are exposed palm tree beams on the ceiling making the room look a bit like an English baronial hall. This is the traditional way of making ceilings in Siwa.The lighting is provided by wall fittings made from lumps of salt from the lake giving a nice warm glow in the evenings.
The floor throughout the house is soft limestone about 3 centimetres thick and needed a five tonne truck to deliver! It took Penny nearly a month of solid tiling to get the floor laid, but it was worth it.
The dining room is actually the same room as the living room but, as it is so long, it feels more like two rooms.
You can sit 10 people around the dinner table and you can’t beat it for dinner parties. We have had several Christmas dinners around this table with guests and a bit of a party up on the roof afterwards.
This room is slightly separate from the dining room and is another living room. It has the big arched windows in it and is very bright in the mornings. You can play cards or monopoly in here, and leave it out to finish the next day as it is not in the way.
The walls are very thick here, so any noise you make will not disturb any light sleepers who want to go to bed.
When you stay at the Siwa Villa you will soon forget what is just outside the big arched windows in the narrow streets. Outside donkeys meander by, while inside you will have your iPod station, beers in the fridge, a book to read and time to reflect on the whole situation.
Throughout your stay Mohammed, the housekeeper, will be around to keep the fires burning in the house and on the roof using local renewable olive wood and the kitchen sink free of washing up. He is full-time, so no matter how much mess you make, he will make it disappear before you return from the desert.
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