Martyn Wheatley

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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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Spacious self-catering country house.



Dedicated 24/7 advice,help & support throughout the booking process, your stay with our morrocan phone to Said, our house manager, and me :)

Traditional country spacious house in the Berber village of Ghazoua only 5 miles from mystical Essaouira, and Sidi Kaouki beach.

Our home is your home, and accommodates four very comfortably, offering 'exceptional value for money',with all mod cons.

Local shops,swimming pool,taxis, buses ,internet, golf. and Wonderful friendly neighbours.

Our concierge Said, your friend and guardian during your visit, is able to enhance your holiday experience. Highly recommended horse riding with our friends at, Diabat.... plus Quad biking, wind surfing,local car hire, taxis,breakfast, tajines, cleaning and much more. Villa Tazmin refurbished January 2014...............

Proud to support HSAM, Leaveyourwardrobeinmorocco, SPANA, and Ghazoua horse & Cart project. RIP RIF x

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  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • smoking allowed
  • Singles
Martyn Wheatley (Owner)
Advertiser since 2007
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About Martyn Wheatley

Friendly,professional, mature guy,well travelled,love food,wine, animal charities, and life!

Martyn Wheatley purchased this house in 2006

Why Martyn Wheatley chose Essaouira

For many years we wanted to tour Morocco,but the price of flights and accommodation proved to be over our budget.

Then the King of Morocco opened up the 'sky' to cheap flight operators,and Travelrepublic offered accommodation deals.In September 2006 we embarked on a three week tour of Morocco,and the thought of a holiday home abroad had been on our minds for many years.

During our visit to Morocco,viewing many properties for sale,we spent a wonderful week in Essaouira.

Living in coastal Wales,enjoying friendly country life,we wanted a home 'far from the maddening crowd'

Our brief to our friend and agent was to find us a traditional,country house, in the Berber village of Ghazoua.

Without viewing the property , we purchased the house, expecting a few rentals per year.

Our home is your home,and our friends are your friends,enjoy.

What makes this house unique

For a taste of the 'real Morocco' this is good as it gets.

Wonderful country village location, neighbours, environment, and much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a good time, stress free travel with Martyns assistance prior to our departure.The villa is truly charming, keeping it in Berber style, excellent.

The neighbours were all very friendly and helpful.

Sep 2012
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Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
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based on 55 traveler reviews

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average rating of 4.7636366 based on 55 reviews
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Essaouira Atlantic Coast Morocco

wonderful villa tazmin

  • 5 of 5
Martyns beautiful villa is everything you could desire for a relaxing holiday and I thoroughly agree with previous reviewers regarding cleanliness, facilities, the lovely Said! We all really enjoyed our stay meeting lovely, friendly people, dogs, donkeys... and quickly mastered the walk up and down the piste and the magical experience of the 4dh bus ride into essauoira. The swimming pool at Les Deux Monde was just what we needed along with a refreshing beer. The KM8 restaurant is a superb little oasis. The bus ride to Sidi Kaouki, at 3.5dh, another amazing experience. Only regret - that we didn't spend the two weeks at Villa Tazmin. Thanks again Martyn and Said for your lovely villa...we are returning in April to chill out and do all the things we didn't get round to doing the first time!
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you for your valued comments,and we look forward to welcoming you back next year, Said & Martyn
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Villa Tazmin only for people good at heart :)

  • 5 of 5
We had a marvellous stay in Villa Tazmin, you've got plenty of space with all facilities you need. The rooms are comfortable, clean with combination of Moroccan and western style. Said, the villa's concierge was very friendly and helpful (24/7). The roof terrace was our favourite spot not only for beautiful mornings' sunrise but also for memorable watching stars and dreaming. If you are traveller from Britain you will definitely appreciate every single sunny day. Amazing weather we can only dream about :) You people should really go on holiday to Morocco, it's unforgettable experience!
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your valued comments
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Wonderful, peaceful oasis in a Moroccan Village

  • 5 of 5
We have just returned from Villa Tazmin, i cant recommend it enough, it is home from home in comfort but with the extra bonus of beautiful weather!
We were able to sunbathe on the terrace even in December, can you imagine???
The locals are very friendly and the neighbours are darlings, we were invited for tea, lunch etc and were able to buy our Argan oil ( a must buy from Morocco ) from them as they are part of a woman only co op that encourages Moroccan women to work.
Said, the property manager/ caretaker is a gem, he picked us up from the bus station and took us to the supermarket to buy supplies and we bumped into him over the week in all sorts of places, he translated, taxi serviced, fitted calor gas.....nothing was too much trouble for him and we were always greeted with a smile and the words, "you are welcome"
I have visited Morocco many, many times in the last 30 years but this was one of the best visits

It is very easy access into Essaouira, with lovely beaches, port, Chez Sam! and other many restaurants, cafes and shops
  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your valued review and comments,we look forward to welcoming you back,Said & Martyn
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  • 5 of 5
Villa Tazmin is everything this listing and it's positive reviews describe it as and more. My fiance and I visited Essaouira for two weeks and had an amazing stay at Martyn's Villa.

This Roman/Ottoman style house is located in the Berber village of Ghazoua, about a 10 minute drive from the Medina of Essaouira. The country road to the villa is a little intimidating at first, it's a dirt and rock road and our little Cleo rental car did not handle it well. However, after the first day, we grew to love the area. The neighbors were warm, friendly and very welcoming. The local shops in the area were very understanding of my limited vocabulary in French and Arabic and my trips to the store became language lessons. The local community is very tourist friendly and felt very safe.

The villa has a central room that connects the bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and the living room. All the rooms have plenty of space, there is a decent size closet in the main bedroom and a walk in closet in the second bedroom (which became our treasure room as we began to obtained souvenirs). The rooftop terrace/garden is huge. Surrounded by 7-8 ft walls that provides plenty of privacy, it's perfect for relaxing and eating during the day and star gazing at night. The Villa was tastefully decorated and had everything that was listed on the website, modern appliances, flat screen lcd tv, stereo, stove with an oven, fridge etc. Everything was clean and in working order when we arrived. The house manager was knowledgeable, gracious and very accommodating. He provided us with maps, information on the Medina, as well as the local areas. He answered all our calls and questions, couldn't have asked for a better point of contact.

All in all, Villa Tazmin was the perfect rental property for our vacation. The location was amazing, safe and convenient. 10 minutes from the Medina, 30 minutes from Sidi Kaouki (a prime surfing beach), and a few hours from Marrakech and Agadir, Villa Tazmin provided the perfect location for all our vacation expeditions. Our only regret was that we couldn't stay longer. Martyn and the house manager met and exceeded all our expectations and Villa Tazmin truly felt like a home away from home. Thank you, Martyn, for sharing your house with us!
  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your photos,compliments,and inside information,for our future guests,and your bookings for September/ December 2013.
Warmest regards,Said & Martyn
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Eine tolle Woche

  • 5 of 5
Wir waren mit unseren beiden Kindern (7 und 10 Jahre) eine knappe Woche in Villa Tazmin und hatten hier eine sehr schöne Zeit. Wir haben uns bewusst für dieses Haus und gegen ein Riad in der Altstadt entschieden, weil wir ein bisschen mehr Tuchfühlung mit den Menschen in Marokko haben wollten und wir in den vorangegangenen Berichten sehr viel interessantes hierzu gelesen haben. Wenn man bereit ist, sich auf einiges außerhalb der Hochglanzprospekte einzulassen, ist ein Aufenthalt in Villa Tazmin absolut empfehlenswert.

Das Haus ist mitten in einem Berberdorf - rechts und links direkt angebaut Häuser von einheimischen Familien, gegenüber die Weide für die Haustiere (Kühe, Schafe, Hühner etc.). Es ist von der Bauart her ein typisches Berberhaus, das heißt, keine Fenster nach außen sondern eine Art Innenhof, um den herum die Zimmer gruppiert sind. Allerdings ist dieser Innenhof überdacht, was Vorteile (der Regen fällt nicht ins Haus, kein Zugang für Mücken) und Nachteile (eingeschränkte Lüftungsmöglichkeiten) hat. Für den Aufenthalt im Freien gibt es eine Dachterrasse (kein Garten). Das Haus ist geschmackvoll eingerichtet und gut ausgestattet (Fernseher, Waschmaschine, CD-Player mit diversen CDs, Föhn, englische Bücher, Kühlschrank mit großem TK-Fach, Mikrowelle, Toaster, Herd mit Ofen etc) und ist sauber.

Zum Dorf führt ein etwa 800 Meter langer holpriger Feldweg, auf dem man in ein typisches Dorf gelangt, wie man es unterwegs öfter sieht. Beim ersten Anblick der Straße und der Umgebung des Hauses müssen viele wahrscheinlich erstmal schlucken (staubiger Feldweg mit etwas Müll, ungeordnete Wiesen der Nachbarn mit sehr improvisierten Ställen, Häuser von außen in teilweise schlechtem Zustand, freilaufende Hunde und Kühe) - aber das ist eben das wahre Landleben in dem armen Land Marokko.

Aber: alle Menschen sind sehr freundlich und aufgeschlossen. Die Nachbarn klingelten nach einigen Tagen und brachten uns zum Frühstück selbst gebackenes Brot. Anschließend luden die Nachbarkinder unsere Kinder ein, ihr Haus anzuschauen. Zum Abschied haben wir von den Kindern selbstgebastelte Ketten geschenkt bekommen (Sie haben von uns einige Spielzeuge geschenkt bekommen. Für die Kinder waren auch die vielen Tiere, insbesondere zwei Hundewelpen der Nachbarschaft ein großes Erlebnis.

Im Ort findet umfangreiche Immobilienentwicklung statt - es entstehen viele Luxusresorts. In (mindestens) zwei Hotels kann man gegen etwa 4 €/Kopf auch die Swimmingpools benutzen.
  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your response, and you obviously enjoyed your visit.warmest regards,Martyn
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Memorable week in Ghazoua

  • 4 of 5
The Villa is all the photos tell you it will be and more. Transfers to and from airport were arranged to perfection and we stopped off at the hypermarket to collect essentials and on the way back stopped for coffee. We were greeted upon arrival by Said with a mint tea ceremony and delicious Moroccan pastries, he then gave us a guided tour of the villa and sat down and went through a map of Essaouira pointing out place and restaurants we might want to visit, he also gave us tips on taxis and haggling which proved invaluable. He was always on the end of the house phone if needed to assist in booking restaurants, outings and taxis. The new glass roof over the salon gave us protection from the storm(the first rain for two months-much needed by all,which gave us an opportunity to revel in the sanctuary of Villa Tazmin) and helps to cut down on the early morning waking of village life. Highly recommend Ecotourism walks booked through Decouverte restaurant, including discussions on Wales v France re six nations!!! The 7km guided walk from Sidi Kaouiki through the dunes to the waterfalls and up to the Berber family for tea and bread was extraordinary and shows the real Moroccan landscape at its very best. So many restaurants, so little time! Locals very friendly, always willing to help and recommend places to visit. Spent ages in Chez Makki spice emporium, discussing herbs, spices and cooking Tagines over a cup of ten spice tea. Buying local crafts and jewellery in the workshops is recommended, so knowledgable and helpful, sharing their enthusiasm for the history and making! Not enough room in cases to bring back all we would have liked! A memorable week in so many ways. Thanks to all.
  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write a very informative review,which will help future guests.
warmest regards, Said,Martyn & Co.
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Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Nearest Ferry
500 Miles
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Essaouira & Sidi Kaouki
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
KM8,HOTEL VILLA DAMONTE,Pizza/cafes/take-away
Car: recommended

ESSAOUIRA ; The freshest fish, the wildest windsurfing, and a laid back 60's legacy add up to Morocco's most fashionable coastal resort. TIME OUT

Other Activities: Camel riding, quad biking, desert safaris.Hunting.Music/Cookery/Painting classes.Wind & Kite surf.

Golf: Nearby Diabat offers two international golf courses, 5 star restaurants, with fabulous atlantic views.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Essaouira House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate 2
Feb 18 2014 - Aug 17 2015
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £120
Pet Fee £20
Notes Please contact for seasonal discounts

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Essaouira House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Beach
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Linens Provided
  • Wood Stove
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Internet ...
  • Garage ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
  • There is a European toilet in the spacious wet room/shower, the water is provided from our own well, and water is precious in Morocco, please use carefully. Plus another separate European toilet and hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • There is a large fitted wardrobe in the double bedroom. With clean towels, sheets, and plenty of winter blankets. The twin bedroom has a spacious walk in dressing room, with a 2 wardrobes, 2 chests of drawers,and a linen basket. 1 x 3kw heaters should you require them during the winter months.There are bedside lamps which can be left on during the night,or simply remove the shade for reading.
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • DVD Player
  • Golf ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • pets considered
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Singles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Housekeeping
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • horseback riding
Local Services & Businesses:
  • laundromat
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • golf
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
Beach towels are not provided, however there are brown towels provided for use on the sun loungers. The Swimming Pool at nearby Les Deux Mondes(new 2009) & Hotel Villa Damonte can be used for a small fee, and 20mins drive is a swimming pool at 'le calme'. There is now a internet cafe available nearby, if you are taking your own laptop, check your dongle providers charges and connection in Morocco. There are numerous, cheap, internet cafes in Essaouira. Wood can be purchased via our concierge if you require a log fire during the winter evenings, or collect driftwood on your travels.
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