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Spacious holiday house with a sun-drenched roof terrace and fabulous views

Fiona Sutherland

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, all enquiries by email please - UK calls accepted
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Fiona Sutherland

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Spacious holiday house with a sun-drenched roof terrace and fabulous views

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Essaouira House Rental Photos and Description

Sleeps 8, 2 doubles, 2 twins, ensuite bathrooms, roof terrace , kitchen, salo

“This luxurious 4 bedroom townhouse is located a short walk from the cresent shaped beach of Essaouira and the fabulous Medina but the house offers peace and privacy that is unique to this property. The spacious living area includes an open plan kitchen-dining room which is fully equipped for self-catering. The housekeeper, who visits daily on request, can cook our guests delicious Moroccan tagines and couscous from our in-house menu. A comfortable salon with open fire has views over the town of Essaouira. Four traditionally decorated en-suite bedrooms are located over three floors and all have views of Essaouira towards the sea. The roof terrace offers spectacular panoramic views of the town, is sun drenched all day and faces the sea. The terrace has dining furniture and a pergola which is perfect for al fresco breakfast or dining on the warm Moroccan evenings and there are sun loungers for soaking up the Essaouiran sunshine on a beautiful day!

Day Trips: You can take short day trips to; Moulay Bouzerktoune a stretch of beach with a stronger side shore wind than Essaouira, and offers one of the best wave spots just outside Europe. In the winter with 2 - 5 meters waves this is a spot for confident wave sailors.

Sidi Kaouki to the south of Essaouira this is a 5 km long beach again with a cross shore wind and good waves in the winter. Conditions here can vary and with different entry points you will find the right waves for beginner and more advanced wave sailors.

Festivals - there are many world-famous festivals throughout the year in Essaouira, notably The Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival (annually in June) - a celebration of the mysterious music of the Gnaouas, the product of a mystic tradition with branches as widespread as Haitian voodoo and Brazilian Candomblé.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Fiona Sutherland (Owner)
Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french, german, dutch, all enquiries by email please - UK calls accepted
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Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2015

About Fiona Sutherland

Lindsey and Fiona purchased the property after visiting Essaouira for a half term adventure with their two school age children. They have been married for 14 years and live in the UK near Guildford. Fiona's mother was born in Demnat, in the Atlas Mountains to Christian missionary grandparents during WW2 and although her grandparents were not as successful in their mission as they would have liked Fiona grew up hearing many tales about the exotic and exciting country. When the opportunity arose to purchase a property in the country, and enjoy regular visits with their children, Lindsey, who speaks fluent French so could communicate easily, and Fiona couldn't resist the challenge.

Fiona Sutherland purchased this house in 2008

Why Fiona Sutherland chose Essaouira

6 months before we purchased Dar Doughri the building was transformed from a two storey home into a 4 storey property with a panoramic roof terrace by an intrepid Englishman named Peter and his Moroccan friend Omar. We were looking for a spacious but well located property with a private and secure roof terrace that was well built and maintained that would not be blighted by the damp and noise that can pervade the riads within the Medina wall. Within 4 months of purchasing the house Dar Doughri was ready to receive guests and swiftly became one of the most successful rental properties in the area.

What makes this house unique

The close location of Dar Doughri near the Medina, beach and bustling town life combined with the sheltered but sun-drenched roof terrace and light and airy rooms made us fall in love with the property. The house is a balanced combination of modern living such as large windows, comfortable furniture and linens, and a fully equipped kitchen combined with traditional touches such as the huge tadelact bath, pod shower, traditional salon with open fire place. Its location is in a quiet residential street allows our guests to feel immersed in Moroccan life and culture while enjoying the peace and privacy that is essential on holiday. Essaouira is a family friendly destination where their whole family can enjoy the culture, shopping, delicious food and the fabulous beach all through the year.

Guestbook comments from the owner

wir haben die Zeit im Dar Doughri in Essaouira genoßen.

Das Dar ist sehr schön. Karima kocht köstlich und Fouad hat sich fürsorgend um uns gekümmert.

Wir haben das Dar bereits an Freunde weiterempfohlen.

Wir hoffen auch Karima und Fuouad waren mit uns als Gäste zufrieden.
Aug 2011
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Spacious holiday house with a sun-drenched roof terrace and fabulous views
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 35 reviews

No Exaggeration Needed

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have,for many years, rented houses in various parts of the world using Homeaway Holidays.While none have been disasters some have been better than others.Some owners can embellish the facilities and comforts on offer and we all know that photos can lie.However,Dar Doughri is every bit as good as the description states and the photos are an accurate depiction of all the rooms.

On our previous visits we have rented riads within the medina but Dar Doughri has facilities which are excellent but also has the benefit of an extremely peaceful location.The medina is only a five minute walk away and the road to the Bab Doukala has some very good bakeries,coffee shops which are well worth a visit.Also,the area to the east of the house on the road which leads to the temporary home of the fish market and the Jewish cemetery is worth a trip.

In the opposite direction a ten minute walk will bring you to the beach.Should you feel hungry at the end of an invigorating march along the sand then the restaurant Tamouziga will provide a splendid lunch -the menu on the board shows the catch of the day.There are sunbeds for those who wish to have a snooze after a long,leisurely meal.

After a hard day walking, eating and generally enjoying yourself it is a pleasure to return Dar Doughri.

All the rooms are bright and airy with comfortable furnishings.The kitchen is also very well equipped should you wish to make a quick snack or prepare your own breakfast .Karima was very attentive and kept the house spotless and Fouad,a most jovial fellow,was always available should he be needed.

I have no hesitation in recommending Dar Doughri to anyone visiting this most pleasant of holiday destinations.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Beautiful and spacious Moroccan house

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this lovely house in Essaouira for 5 days in August where we had a great holiday. Fouad met us at midnight at the property after we got a taxi from Marrakesh Airport. Immediately we were impressed with the beautiful decor and spacious layout plus spoiled for choice with bathrooms.

Everything was clean and ready for us and the house looks very well looked after.

We opted for Karima to come and make breakfast for us each day ( liaising in French was the best way ) which was a lovely way to start the day. This could either be eaten on the roof terrace or in the lounge.

Fouad was a great asset and fantastic at organising anything we wanted to do

- he always came over to the house very quickly once we phoned him. He arranged a 2 hour camel ride for the 5 of us at the stables in Diabat, which we all loved and they sent a car to collect us ( included in the price ). He also arranged a berber massage for my daughter and me which was so relaxing - also at a reputable place.

Each day we enjoyed walking into the old town which is only 10 minutes away and finding different restaurants to eat in. We found the shops were cheaper here than in Marrakesh so well worth stocking up on gifts in Essaouira.

Due to it being quite windy we spent a couple of late afternoons on the beach when the tide was coming in which was good fun ( this minimised the amount of dry sand blowing around ).

I would definitely recommend this house to friends or family.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
West Wickham

Lovely few days in Essaouira

  • 5 of 5

The house is ideally situated away from the hustle and bustle but within a few minutes walk of medina and beach. The accommodation is exactly as described and the services of Fouad make life a lot easier. We had breakfast and one evening meal cooked by Karima who is really sweet and this saves any shopping and cooking as eating out is reasonable. We really enjoyed haggling in the souks which are a lot more laid back than in Marrakech and seeing the fish market in full swing. Terrace is spacious and private but we didn't spend much time there as weather was a bit misty. We enjoyed out time here and wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone .....

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
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Buckinghamshire, UK

A Relaxing Week February 2011

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I had a lovely week at Dar Doughri. We spent lazy days wandering around the Medina and the harbour or just sitting watching the locals going about their business. Everyone was very friendly and we never felt pressured to buy anything. We hired bikes for a couple of hours from a place near to where the camper vans park. They were in good condition and reasonably priced and the owner let us take them away without even paying a deposit. Karima was lovely and cooked us some delicious meals and we never went hungry for breakfast. We enjoyed sunbathing and having breakfast on the terrace. Fouad was very helpful if we needed anything. All in all a very enjoyable and relaxing week. (We did have the "moroccan funny tummy" but luckily it only lasted about 24 hours). We would recommend DD to our friends and hope to stay again one day.

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
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Bonn, Germany

Traditional living in Essaouira

  • 5 of 5

We visit Essaouira with 2 families, 4 adults, 4 children and 2 babies and found enough room for every one. The house is clean an hold in traditional style. The local team ist very good and professional. The lunch is good the breakfast the best we had in Marocco. The house is close to the medina and about 10 minutes walk to the beach. We would recommend it to families.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2011
  • Stayed: Feb 2011
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Stanstead Abbotts, UK

Another Week of November Sun

  • 5 of 5

Returned for another November week of sunshine in Essaouira and the hospitality of Dar Doughri.

As per my previous review the standard of the property is 1st class. A couple of additions since last year. A very large bath has been installed in one of the bathrooms - ideal after a hard day of walking the beach and medina. Also broadband has now been installed which proved more reliable than at home (perhaps not difficult) and was useful for keeping up with news and in touch with the family.

Ate much more this year in the small cafes situated within the media and the quality was great and very reasonably priced. Did revisit Taros which is still my favourite for the special night out. Karima's cooked for us one night and produced a special beef tagine which was exceptional.

Took the two hour camel treck which I wasn't sure I'd really enjoy but was henpecked into it and actually found very enjoyable and you saw much more of the 'off track' scenery than you can by just walking. Would recommend.

Daily beers at the Chalet de la Plage enjoyed whilst watching the beach football.

A very relaxing break at Dar Doughri which I would thoroughly recommend

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Nov 2010
  • Source: HomeAway


Nearest Airport
166 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Ancient Medina
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Essaouira Medina
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

The town of Essaouira, with its Portuguese ramparts, busy fishing port, and cresent shaped 15km beach is a holiday destination with adventures to offer all ages of visitor. For the activity led traveller this includes dune buggies, horse safaris and camel riding, hiking, kite-surfing, wave surfing, local vineyard visits and tasting, a local farmers market in Haa Draa, safe swimming both in the sea and hotel pools, golf at Diabat, sailing, bird spotting, fishing, windsurfing, and mountain biking. In the lively Medina (walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site) visitors can find hidden gems crafted from Thuya wood, leather, silver, and ceramics. For those visitors who enjoy food and cooking there are many fruits, vegetables, meat, spices and fresh fish to buy in the souks. The internationally acclaimed restaurants and cafes in and outside of the Medina offer Moroccan, French and Italian cuisine. The is also a popular french cafe culture amongst the visitors and locals.

Other Activities: Kite-surfing, Wind-surfing, Camel Trekking, Dune Buggy Safari, Hammams, Berber Massages, Henna Tatoos, Spa treatments, Vineyard Visits, Boat trips.

Golf: There are two fabulous 18 hole golf courses in Essaouira, signature designed by the legendary Gary Player, an exceptional setting , with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The academy, practice course and clubhouse are located along the edge of the course.


Rates & Availability

From £75 Per night

Essaouira House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Sun
May 1 2015 - Oct 30 2015
3 night minimum stay
Winter Sun
Nov 1 2015 - May 1 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit £100.00
Notes The price includes exclusive use of Dar Doughri and a daily maid service. For 7 day rentals a 15% discount is offered to a group of 2 guests or less. Payments by online bank transfer or via PayPal.
Optional additional charges:
Continental breakfast: 25 MAD per person
Traditional dinner: 65 MAD per person
Clothes washing and drying: 10 MAD per load
Airport transfers – price on request

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Essaouira House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , seperate
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , seperate
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , ensuite
  • All of the bathrooms have showers, basins, mirrors and toilets and are decorated using a traditional plastering techniques called Tadelakt. Hand and bath towels and bath mats are provided and changed on request. There is a single hairdryer available. Beach towels are provided.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , private bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , private showerroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , ensuite
  • All the bedroom windows face towards the beach and Medina and have curtains and shutters. All linen is provided and is white 100% cotton. Each guest is provided with 2 pillows, a duvet, a hand towel and bath towel, and warm blankets. Hot water bottles and bedroom heaters can be made available in the winter months. First Floor: Bedroom 1 is the spacious family room with queen size double bed, bedside tables, lamps, wardrobe and space for cot/child bed. The room has a large en-suite with WC, shower and basin. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, side table, lamp, chair,wardrobe and its own private WC, shower, bath and basin. Second floor: Bedroom 3 has the master bedroom with a double bed, storage chest, two bedside tables, lamps and wardrobe with seperate WC, shower and basin on the same floor. Third Floor: Bedroom 4 is a pretty twin room with lamp, side table, wardrobe, shelving and en-suite with WC, shower and basin. The windows for this room open out onto the roof terrace.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • bay/sound
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Families with children of all ages welcome. We have a high chair, Chicco travel cot, baby monitor, and stair gate available for younger children. Babysitting service is available. For our guests safety there is a strong hand rail that follows the staircase on all floors. Laundry service available for a small charge to Karima. There is plenty of space on roof terrace for storing wetsuits, surf boards and other sporting equipment and a fresh water tap. A local supermarket and pharmacy are nearby for necessities. There is a information file, in English, covering local events, activities, services, maps, and reviews and locations of many of the restaurants both inside and outside of the medina. Linen and bath towels are provided including beach towels from January 2012 Airport transfers can be organised by owner

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