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House In Medina, Essaouira

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Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Old Medina House Rental Photos and Description

4 Bedroom house in the medina, close to the beach and souks

FIVE COLUMNS is a beautiful 200-year-old house set in the Chbanat area, near to the main gate of Bab Marrakech in the ancient Medina of Essaouira, famous for its textile workshops. The house has been designed to make your stay as comfortable as possible with 4 double bedrooms all with open plan en suite bathrooms.

This friendly local community has an array of shops with plenty of helpful shopkeepers on hand to provide all you will need for your stay. There are bakeries and fruit and vegetable stalls all within a 5-minute stroll as well as cafés, restaurants, the beach and harbour all within a ten minute walk.

The house has been sympathetically restored, retaining all the original features such as the sand stone columns, Thuya wood ceilings and the amazing flooring of black and white traditional tiles in the courtyard.

The house is filled with a mix of vintage & modern European furniture and art with some beautiful Moroccan antiques.

Essaouira is located approx 2.5 hrs from Marrakech airport. We can arrange taxi transfers to and from the airport (approximately £55.00 each way)

Easyjet now fly direct to Essaouira from London Luton airport. Taxi's are available at the airport and it's a short 20 minute drive to the house.

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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Lisa Burke
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 12, 2016

Guestbook comments from the owner

Beautiful luxury riad

Left on May 3, 2016 for a stay in Apr 2016

I recently spent the most fantastic few days at 5 Columns in the heart of Essaouira. The house itself is a beautifully renovated riad with fantastic attention to detail and filled with wonderful pieces of art decorating the walls and gorgeous vintage furniture. All of the bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms with constant hot water and big white fluffy towels. It is an oasis of calm and the sun terrace is just perfect for reading, relaxing and sunbathing on or just having a drink as the sun goes down. On arrival there was some cold wine left in the fridge which always goes down well after a morning of travel. The owner and her partner are so easy to deal with and nothing is too much trouble for them to organise on your behalf from recommending the best restaurants to booking taxis for our day out at Le Jardin des Douars (which should definitely be on anyone's list visiting Essaouira). We all absolutely loved it and I can't wait to return for more shopping, eating and drinking - this time with an empty suitcase for all the great buys in the medina. Put this place on your bucket list!
Apr 2016
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House In Medina, Essaouira
average rating of 4.8125 based on 19 reviews

beautyful, perfectly organized, relaxed,

  • 5 of 5

Dear Lisa,

thank you very much for our great stay in your beautyful riad. Everything was organized perdectly, many thanks to Fatima and Rachid, who both did a great job with cooking delicious morocan food and with a perfect housekeeping. We had a very relaxed time (not so dificult in this very special designed ambiance :) )We enjoyed everything: house, sun, wind, ocean, people, food, shops, atmosphere. We´ll come back, so long, anne

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Long weekend at 5 Columns with the girls

  • 5 of 5

Spent a wonderful long weekend with friends at this beautiful riad - hidden away behind a grey door, it was like walking into another world. As we were arriving in the evening, we had arranged with the owner (Lisa) for the maid to prepare dinner for us, which was waiting for us on arrival. A gorgeous tagine with salads and bread, stunningly laid out on the central dining table. Absolutely delicious and welcome after our trip, all set within the 5 columns and the open-plan dining/kitchen area, with an open space above us leading to the top atrium. Decor is a mixture of Moroccan/African and vintage 60s/70s and works really well. The impression was of space and light, with 2 bedrooms on the first floor (one of which was mine - really comfortable bed and lovely accents of colour and soft lighting. Then stairs leading up to the main sun terrace, and then further stairs leading up to the top smaller terrace and the final bedroom. Everything was spotlessly clean and it was really quiet at night, so slept amazingly well (on a very comfortable bed I should add).

Being right in the middle of the medina was exciting, because as soon as you walked out of the front door, you were right in the heart of the bustle of daily life. A very short walk to the main shopping area, we felt very safe as people there seemed relaxed and friendly - we managed to get lost a few times, and people were more than happy to steer us back in the right direction (although it was fun getting lost down the narrow streets as you would discover something new). The owner recommended restaurants for dinner for the length of our stay and they were all spot on - when you only have a few days, it is so worth not wandering around not knowing where is good or not, so that was a bonus. She also recommended areas to shop which was really useful. Plus we spent a lovely sunny day at a gorgeous spa retreat recommended by her as well, where we sunbathed and had a delicious brunch - and it was so reasonable! The beach is also only a short walk away, although the day we went down there, the weather was a bit hit and miss, but there are a few beach bars which would be lovely to hang out in the sunshine.

It was my first trip to Morocco and I loved it - Essaouira is such an interesting place, and I feel I only scratched the surface, so would love to return and would definitely stay at 5 Columns again. Cannot recommend it and the personal service we received highly enough. Thank you Lisa :)

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi anonymous, I am so glad you enjoyed your stay at the house and fell in love with Essaouira. You are very welcome back anytime. Thanks Lisa & Liggy
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Chique Essouira - we loved our stay!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came with two children and our au pair. This house made what would be a good holiday into a great vacation.

The house is a cool renovation of a peroid Moroccan riad. Not wanting to sound clichéd but the historic elements have been blended superbly with modern European furniture.

The first floor centres round a light filled balcony looking over the ground floor and a long wooden table. The lighting after dark is exquisite and the ambience enchanting. Their are two further floors centred around the patios with two further bedrooms

Having tons of space to move around the kids loved playing at home. Also given that the rooms are over four floors the bedrooms on the upper levels have an element of separation and privacy too. The au pair loved that point and I would expect it to work equally well with couples or families with teenage kids who require a little more distance.

The art work around the house was cool - I loved the hip prints and spent the first few days inspired to pinch some of the themes for my own home.

The service was great too. We went over Ramadam and Lisa helped organise some beautiful bottles of wine for the house along with transfers and a plethora of recommendations of where to eat and visit. We also used on three occasions the dinner services organised by the house keeper. Tasty tajines with sides of salads and aubergine were brought round at an agreed time. It was half way between take away and a delivered banquet.

Lisa (the owner) and Rachid (the house manager) are alway on call and the cleaner was there every day but was very discrete. The taxi firm which Lisa recommends was always punctilious and the owner speaks fluent English.

Staying in Essouira is a really interesting with many great beaches and choosing this place highly recommended

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Authentic medina living with modern luxury

  • 5 of 5

An authentic, luxury house in a great part of the medina of Essaouira. All (double) rooms are beautifully decorated, clean and highly stylish down to the owner being an interior designer and you can certainly tell by the quality of decor and interesting pieces dotted around.

There's plenty of space in this Riad with two sun terraces on the upper levels ensuring total privacy and tranquility.

If your looking for a spacious, authentic yet modern Riad experience to share with friends and/or with family then 5 columns is the perfect choice.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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A beautiful spacious home with comfortable corners

  • 5 of 5

You can warm your bones on the roof as is a great suntrap ,

The kitchen perfect for those who like to cook ,

Had no problem sleeping in the comfortable beds ,

Beautifully dressed with lovely pieces of art,

I feel very at home there

Recommend the Moroccan food cooked by Fatima

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
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Five Star and Fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

The house is simply amazing and, I’ve been told, one of the best in Essaouria. It is modern, comfortable and stylish as well as unmistakably Moroccan. The location was spot on. The house is located within the heart of Medina, which in our view was the best place to be situated. A few minutes down a couple of winding alleyways brings you to the centre of the Medina where there are many shops and restaurants – staying in the Medina in a 5* riad was more of an exciting experience for us than staying in one of the soulless chain hotels along the sea front.

The owners, Rachid and Latifa were very accomodating and arranged everything from airport transfers to dinner on arrival to recommending the best restaurants and things to do, all of which helped to make our holiday go smoothly. Dinner on arrival was perfect as it meant we didn’t have to find somewhere to eat whilst dazed and confused after a long day travelling. As was Rachid’s tour of the Medina, which greatly helped us to find our bearings.

We loved Essaouria and can’t wait to return. The locals were so friendly. We shall be returning to Five Columns.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2011
  • Stayed: May 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
175 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Car: not necessary

Essaouira known as the most laid back resort on the Atlantic coast enjoys a mild and pleasant climate all year round. Here you will find a relaxed white washed town with narrow streets and an amazing lively Medina. Unspoilt white sandy beaches with some of the worlds best windsurfing and a fantastic bustling harbour. You can spend hours in the old Medina browsing at the local craftsmen in their workshops, art galleries, shops and boutiques.

There are numerous restaurants and cafes (full details are available in the info book at the house). Down by the harbour you will find the famous fish stalls, which will serve the most amazing fresh fish, caught daily.

Other Activities: Camel riding, Quad biking

Golf: The new Gary Player 18 hole golf course is now open


Rates & Availability

Old Medina House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 23 2016 - Jan 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $44 per night, per additional guest
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7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $37 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

STANDARD RATE £200.00 per person / per week.
Minimum weekly charge - £600.00

PEAK RATE - CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR / GNAOUA FESTIVAL - £250.00 per person / per week.
Minimum weekly charge - £750.00

Minimum stays of 3 nights are available. Please contact the owner for a quotation.

The following is included in the price: Regular cleaning by our housekeeper, towels, firewood, fruit bowl, tea, coffee, milk and water on your arrival

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Old Medina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (terraced)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , WET ROOM STYLE
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , WET ROOM STYLE
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , WET ROOM STYLE
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , WET ROOM STYLE
    Bathroom 5 - toilet
  • All bathrooms are en-suite and have wet room style showers & storage
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • BEDROOM 1 Large double bedroom with En-suite wet room. Built in storage BEDROOM 2 Large double bedroom with en-suite wet room bathroom & built in storage SECOND FLOOR BEDROOM / TERRACE There is large double bedroom with wet room / bathroom. Built in storage. There is also a large sunny terrace, open air dining / bar area & large dining table THIRD FLOOR / TERRACE On the top floor you will find another double bedroom / en suite with its own private terrace for late afternoon sun.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
There are Board games & a DVD library (for those who bring a laptop)

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