|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Villa Sophia is a beautiful detached family villa for 6 with a private pool, lawned garden and roof terrace. One of a group of villas on the exclusive Apple Gardens estate, the villa is a real 'home from home' with the benefit of nearby shared sports facilities and a boutique hotel with its restaurant, spa and gym.
Apple Gardens is a car free zone, so bicycles are available and electric buggies transport guests & luggage to and from the car park. Located at the far end of Apple Gardens away from the main car park, Villa Sophia feels private. With wonderful views of the surrounding countryside & the Atlas Mountains visible from the roof terrace, it is the perfect place to relax.
The many facilities shared with others staying in Apple Gardens include tennis courts, a mini football pitch, children's playground & a small golf course. Guests at Villa Sophia are also entitled to a 15% discount when using the hotel facilities at the boutique luxury Apple Gardens Hotel, including a well equipped gym, excellent restaurant, snack bar, juice bar, outdoor pool, jacuzzi, full spa including sauna, hammam, treatment rooms and plunge pool. Complimentary access to the gym when using the hammam or taking a spa treatment is also available to villa guests, as is use of the outdoor pool/jacuzzi when having a snack or meal.
Just a 20 minute drive away is the vibrant city of Marrakech, home to numerous UNESCO protected sites including the world famous Jemaa El Fna, as well as wonderful restaurants.
All the rooms in Villa Sophia are on the ground floor with a staircase outside leading from the garden to a large roof terrace. The villa sleeps a maximum of 6 people. Here are further details of the rooms, equipment and service we provide:
Three bedrooms: Two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom (which can be made up as a double). All three bedrooms have patio doors to the garden, two to the front garden and the master bedroom looks onto the back garden and pool. There is also a plasma TV in the master bedroom. A travel cot and linen can be provided if requested well in advance.
Three bathrooms: One bathroom is en suite to the master bedroom and has a shower and bath. The other two have showers only, no bath. One is en suite to the twin bedroom.
The kitchen: Facilities include a fridge freezer, dishwasher, electric oven and gas hob, toaster, kettle and food processor. The washing machine is in a separate garden room.
The sitting/dining room: The largest room in the house with a log fire for the winter, a seating area, 2 sofas and a dining area. Large patio doors lead to the outside dining area, private swimming pool and garden.
Roof terrace: With outside comfortable seating (low walls) and accessed only by way of an open outside staircase from the garden.
Garden and pool: We are lucky to have a lovely lawned garden and pool. The pool is 8m x 4m and on average 1.2m deep. Access into the water is by way of two steps and gentle slope in (see photos). It has night lighting, it is cleaned daily and has its own filtration system which runs at intervals throughout the day. It is not heated, alarmed or fenced. We have an outside dining area and sun loungers.
Linen and towels: One set is provided for each guest. Extra linen changes can be arranged for an additional cost. Please bring your own beach/pool towels.
Entertainment: We have Satellite TV (a couple of English channels) and a DVD player with a good selection of DVDs. Games include chess, backgammon, monopoly, cluedo and scrabble. We have some novels and a good selection of guide books.
There is an air conditioning and heating unit in all the rooms which can be used for no extra charge.
Maid service: An arrival and departure clean is included in the villa rental. Further cleaning can be arranged for an additional cost.
Food: An arrival tagine and welcome provisions can be arranged. Full details will be sent with your confirmation.
A local contact: Available to arrange additional services or for any queries you may have during your stay.
We live in Fulham, South West London, with three young boys - 8,7 and 5. I work in a bank, advising Middle Eastern clients, and my wife has her own small property business.
Before kids, we were always quite adventurous travellers but that soon changed... We wanted to find a place where the kids (and my wife!) could feel safe and relax but, at the same time, have a completely different culture to immerse ourselves in.
Apple Gardens has the security and peace and quiet that are important, but (just outside the walls) somewhere completely unspoilt and a real adventure - all with Marrakech just 20 minutes away, with all it has to offer - whether you want to experience a different world in the souks, or just be looked after at a hammam or 5 star hotel!
Owner/Property Manager purchased this villa in 2010
There is nowhere as close to Europe, but so completely different than Marrakech! It has everything you could look for - luxury hotels, or camping in the Atlas Mountains, mule treks in the Sahara, or golf in the Palmerie. The year round good weather was also important to us. Marrakech itself is often exhausting, and we wanted to find somewhere in the countryside and unspoilt, but with all the amenities of the city easily accessible. We believe we found that at Apple Gardens. Menara Airport is only 3 hours from London and the drive from there to Villa Sophia less than 40 minutes. But, it could be another world! All the stresses of London disappear as soon as I get in my hire car and set out on the Moroccan roads!
We use the villa to holiday with adult friends, who enjoy the cultural aspects (and shopping) that the area is famous for. There are plenty of guide books, an IPOD docking station etc.. We also use it with the children, so it is equipped with kids in mind too - lots of board games, bikes, kids' golf set etc.. It is at the far end of the Apple Gardens development, overlooking the neighbouring village and golf course, with lots of privacy. The car park (no cars are allowed on site, making it ideal for children) is a 5 minute walk away, or a couple of minutes in a golf buggy.
Marrakech Menara airport is about 4 miles from the city centre and is served by many international airlines including British Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Easy jet and Ryanair. Villa Sophia is on the Route de Fez, one of the main roads out of Marrakech. All major car hire companies are represented at the airport so guests can either hire a car and drive to the villa or a driver/taxi can easily be arranged.
Villa Sophia is a great base for exploring Morocco. Just 20 minutes drive away is the vibrant city of Marrakech, home to numerous UNESCO protected sites including the world famous Jemaa El Fna. Trekking and skiing in the Atlas Mountains or swimming in the sea at Oualida are among our favourite day trips.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
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20% of the rental rate must be received within seven days of the reservation being confirmed. The balance of rent is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. A security deposit of £200 is required within 7 days of making the booking and is fully refundable, immediately on the return of your key, by direct bank transfer. Bank details need to be provided.
The changeover day is flexible.