|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Studio-type bungalow in village 5 miles from Essaouira, self-catering, garden, swimming pool, peaceful. In grounds of English owner's house. Tortoises and chameleons play hide-and-seek among the trees and shrubs. Owner has a cat and dog - both very sociable. Extra guest room available in house if needed. Regular public transport from main road to Essaouira and taxis available. Mule and cart transport for the 1.2Km track to main road. Car useful though not strictly necessary. 3 restaurants (2 French and one Moroccan) at a 20 minute walk. Food shops at 12 mins walk. Wifi access from patio overlooking pool. Maid service twice a week for cleaning (and cooking if desired). Imintagante is an old Berber village, one of the hamlets making up the village of Douar el Ghazoua. The ruins of a once grand country house built by the English Consul in the 19th century lie further down the main track. The nearest neighbours are Berber smallholders with a few argan and olive trees and a donkey or two
"We spent about 8 nights at Jane's place, which we'd highly recommend. We needed to relax and this is the perfect place to find a different pace of life, in a small berber village, waking up to the sounds of birds, goats and donkeys. We didn't have a car, so Jane arranged for a taxi to take us from the bus station to her place on the first day, and was very helpful in showing us around. After that the 20ish minute walk down the little lane to the main road became a familiar and enjoyable part of our day. Travel into Essaouria was easy, quick and cheap by taxi. There are plenty of local little shops nearby where you can get most things you'll need. The studio is simple and clean and was perfect for our needs, and the pool and garden are lovely, with options for sun and shade. It was lovely sitting on the terrace for breakfast accompanied by boffo (the dog) and max (the cat), who became regular visitors. It's very likely that we'll return to this little retreat once London life gets too much again".
Rated - 5 stars
My husband and I stayed at Jane's studio for 10 days in July 2013 and we were not disappointed. We wanted peace, tranquillity and seclusion, away from everyone and we found it here.
We enjoyed our own space and not having to share the pool area, which enabled me to try to learn to swim.
our Jane and Absolom were perfect & delightful hosts. Jane made sure we were well looked after. We didn't even have to venture out for meals because Absolom cooked us a variety of tagines for evening meal every night and that suited us fine.
Thank you Jane for a wonderful holiday. We will definitely return! 5 star holiday!!
Mike and Sharon
We hebben een heerlijke week doorgebracht in deze studio! De ruimte is niet groot, maar handig en erg gezellig ingericht! ' s ochtends lekker buiten ontbeten op het eigen terras. De studio staat in een Berbers wijkje ten zuiden van Essaouira. Allesbehalve Europees en erg interessant om een poosje te verblijven. Vriendelijke mensen! Jane's Manusje van alles Aslam nam ons mee op een wandeling door de omgeving en vertelde honderd uit. Hij kent er iedereen. Zowel eigenaresse Jane als Aslam zijn erg behulpzaam met alles. De mogelijkheden voor uitstapjes zijn divers: de medina van Essaouira, loungen in een van de strandtenten bij Essaoura of Sidi Kaouiki, tochtjes te voet, per kameel of te paard, Berberse markt, surfen of gewoon lekker lezen in de tuin bij de studio. Aanrader voor rustzoekers en mensen die geinteresseerd zijn in het 'echte' Marokko!
Well we made it back to find some changes – for the better. In particular the wifi now has a booster in the bungalow meaning you have a reliable connection at all times. So I was able to use my tablet to access the BBC Radio iPlayer as well as Google search a variety of topics (including the history of the donkey and education stats for Morocco!).
This visit we were here for eleven nights. As before we pre-booked a hire a car from Marrakech airport but this time made more use of Abdsalem’s cooking talents eating out a tad less.
Among the highlights of this visit were a half day organised walk near Sidi Kaouki – booked via the restaurant La Decouverte (see their website for details) and a sea trip round the islands. The walk in particular was well organised and made a refreshing change from our past routine. It encourage us to strike out on our own around the Ksab estuary on a later date.
There is now an inexpensive eatery next to the KM8 (or whatever they now call it) on the main road that made for a couple of economy meals out. As for “posh” eating we enjoyed La Licorne, Le Patio and, especially, Taros with its resident magician as well as the fish grills at the harbour.
Breakfasts in the sun on the terrace – grapefruit, melon and fresh bread and jam/honey with the occasional Danish pastry equivalent made for a good start to each day.
I am typing this in the cold and the rain – and wishing we were still there!
Chris & Joanne
Our well-priced EasyJet Manchester-Marrakech flight meant arrival in Essaouira after dark or an overnight stay in Marrakech. We chose to pick up a hire car at the airport and make the journey straight from the plane. The journey was straightforward – even the “moonscape” piste for the last few hundred yards to Jane’s house (which later looked quite ordinary in daylight without the deep shadows thrown up by the car headlights). A delicious tagine awaited our arrival.
The bungalow is a delight. Simply furnished and kitted out, everything works well to make your holiday a pleasure. You have complete privacy and peace in your rural home from home – No traffic jams – No hustle or bustle – just the gentle sounds of the countryside. The shaded verandah is warmed by the morning sun – ideal for breakfast but cool for the rest of the day. The pool is delicious. The wi-fi really works as described. Your car, if you have one, is parked beyond locked gates in Jane’s spacious, beautiful garden.
Jane also gets bonus points from me for a decent shower and a plug in the bathroom wash basin – both a rarity in much accommodation in my experience!
All in the household make you welcome. Jane has extensive local knowledge to impart if asked. Abdsalem is always a willing helper and Boffo and Max include you in their morning rounds of greeting.
We enjoyed our forays into Essaouira and eating out there but, next time, (There will be a next time) we may try to make less use of a hire car for at least part of our stay and better use of Abdsalem’s cooking skills.
we spend 2 weeks in beautiful and calm place at Janes' house. We were there with our little daughter (4 years old), who totally felt at home. The studio is quite small, but beautiful garden around the house offers a lot of extra space. The village is not easy to find in the dark, and the road to the house is not asphalted, so it is better to arrive during the day. This place is to be discovered step by step, cause you first need to overlook the garbage which is a general problem in Marocco and it is everywhere where people live. With the help of Abdeslam, the gardner of the house (and fantastic cook!), we discovered great places in the village, like wonderful woods of the argan trees with a lot of domestic animals (donkeys, goats, camels, sheep..), fantastic markets (souks) etc. Essaouira is only 8 min away ride by car and it is great place to chill out and for shopping. To reach really amazing places in the nature, it is a bit longer ride. Our host Jane was very helpful to give us tips of places worth visiting, which truly fascinated us.
We appreciated a lot that we had our privacy and calm, and in the same time when ever we needed help our hosts were very supportive.
We are looking forward to come back to this beautiful oases of calm.
Having spend a wonderful two weeks here in the summer, and desperately in need of a little winter sun I decided to return to Essaouira to get over the January Blues, and it was everything I hope for! It was so lovely to go back and spend a week sitting out on the terrace in the sun for breakfast in the peace and quiet away from the hubbub of the Medina. Everything was just as I remembered it. It was lovely to go back to the same food shops at the end of the 'piste' and be recognised by the same shop keepers - a far cry from London!
This rental property offers a little peace and quiet for couples or those wanting a bit of peace and quiet on their own. The owner of property gave me a lift into town when she was going and if timings worked out I was offered a lift back. The studio was provided with essential basic provisions and advice given as to where best to eat and drink in town.
It was lovely to see the owner and her lovely house again. I can't wait to go back in the summer for another little bit of colourful peace and quiet, away from the routine of British life.
This really is a special homely "HomeAway Holiday Rental."
Douar el Ghazoua is 15 minutes by car from the historical walled town of Essaouira. Nearest beach is 2 miles as crow flies. Food shops and 3 restaurants within 20 minute walk from house. Mule and cart transport up to main road for transport into town. Activities nearby if you can tear yourself away from the tranquility of the pool and garden of the premises: watersports, horse and camel riding; cookery, painting courses in Essaouira. Country souks, argan oil cooperatives, rural museum, golf. Essaouira airport only 15 mins by car (Easy Jet flights from London starting its April 2015 twice a week, Transavia flights from Paris 3 times a week) ), wonderful beaches along the coast, surfing, wind surfing, kite surfing. Excursions can be arranged.
Other Activities: camel riding.
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Jan 6 2015 - Mar 24 2015
3 night minimum stay
Maid service twice weekly for cleaning, towel changing on request. No beach towels provided. Starter pack shopping can be ordered ahead of arrival. Tagine dinner by arrangement.
30% on booking.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.