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Morocco Magic... Unique House Stylish Retreat - Great Location - Good Times

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Unique house, peaceful, private, spacious,great location/views, secluded garden

An oasis of peace & tranquility, our Moroccan retreat can be found nestled in the heart of the village Ghazoua, 8 kms from the enchanting town of Essaouira. Ghazoua offers visitors an insight into village life with local shops as well as donkeys, sheep, goats, camels and an abundance of birds. With sunshine all year round, just relax, explore and soak up the experience. Our manager Rachid is available to enhance your stay and will help you get the most out of your visit. He will greet you upon arrival and can even arrange a welcome dinner for you. He will help you with any questions and can arrange trips.

The spacious house has been beautifully renovated in a fusion of traditional Moroccan style with a modern twist.

The pretty garden has a large sun terrace, tiled pathways and many different plants. The huge roof terrace is perfect for secluded sunbathing admiring the unspoilt views or star gazing at a magical night sky.

Please be aware that this is our second home which we visit regularly and treasure very much. We have lovingly renovated this house from its original state using local artisans. We trust that all who stay find our home a peaceful and beautiful place to unwind. The first floor of the property houses our own bedroom which is closed off to guests, however our huge roof terrace (approx 80m2) is easily accessible from the garden. The roof terrace has stunning views of the local countryside, is very private and secluded and has numerous sun lounging areas for your enjoyment. From the roof terrace you can enjoy the local sounds and sights of the varied wildlife and watch the magical sunsets. The house has many different areas for you to relax and read, or lie and enjoy both the weather and your surroundings, and is large enough for all who stay to have plenty of space to themselves if required.

Windsurfing, Kite surfing and Surfing Holiday: Our house is a fantastic base for you to experience the local area with beaches as far as the eye can see and counts among the 'model destinations' for windsurfers, kite surfers and surfers worldwide. This little fishing town of Essaouira boasts long, white sandy beaches and some of the best conditions for windsurfing in the whole of Morocco and Africa. This is the place to go to when you want to just kick back and relax and remains relatively unspoiled. It's very popular with independent travellers from many different nationalities. Promoting itself as the 'Windy City Afrika', Essaouira hosts a number of major national and international windsurfing competitions each year. The most popular places to go windsurfing are Diabat, Sidi Kaouki and Cap Sim. Over the years, it has built up quite a reputation for itself as one of the best spots internationally.

We can help advise/arrange appropriate car hire for your stay so that you can find the very best spots for wind on the wide open beaches.

Personal service and privacy: Upon your arrival at the house you will be greeted by our manager Rachid who will guide you through the property and explain the use of the facilities. Rachid is on-hand throughout your stay should you need any further assistance relating to the property, he is there to ensure you have a hassle free and wonderful stay. He will also be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the local village, area and Essaouira. A welcome dinner can be arranged for your arrival, especially if you arrive tired and late in the day. The experience of having your own home, space and seating/sun-lounging areas is a unique private experience and offers so much more than staying in a hotel or guest house which will cost considerably more. Staying in our home in a village location will provide you with the best of both worlds - a peaceful and beautiful country setting with friendly local people, and the hustle and bustle of Essaouira with it's vibrant fishing port and souks nearby.

More Details

Andrew Ferguson
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

Why Andrew Ferguson chose Essaouira

Great village location for exploring the local area, meeting people and local wildlife. Very close to Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki. Mini micro climate, sunnier and 5 degrees hotter than Essaouira, less windy and protected.

What makes this house unique

Sunken Seating Area - Chill out to the max.

Open Courtyard - Escape the sun.

Roof Terrace - Views, dreaming, shut eyes to listen to the birds and village sounds.

Garden BBQ - Fresh sardines and squid bought from the port.

Location halfway between Essaouira and Sidi Kaouki - ideal for surfers, kite-surfers.

Star gazing at night


Essaouira House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3013 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Wet room, large rain drop shower with marble surround.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , En-suite with porcelain basin and marble surround.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 king , Orange room with fireplace
    Bedroom 2 - 2 king , Red room ensuite with fireplace
    Bedroom 3 - 2 king , White room with opening onto terrace and garden
  • All three bedrooms are large with stunning traditional fireplaces and lead off the central courtyard. The orange room has a large king size bed with built in furniture, built in wardrobe and shelf space for clothes. The orange room is decorated to a high standard with African artifacts. Next door to the orange room is the wet room with western toilet, rain drop shower in tadelakt and porcelain basin with marble surround. The red room has a large king size bed with built in furniture and hanging space for clothes. The red room is very romantic and is decorated to a high standard with an en suite bathroom in red with a round shower in tadelakt, western toilet and porcelain basin with marble surround. The white bedroom opens out onto the front terrace and garden and has a large double bed. It has a stunning fireplace and great views of the garden.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Stereo ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 10 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Wifi available at the house. Bose sound speaker Bluetooth access available to use and enjoy your own music. Small selection of local information, books and playing cards.


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Morocco Magic... Unique House Stylish Retreat - Great Location - Good Times
average rating of 4.6764708 based on 34 reviews

A perfect escape from grey and cold Holland

  • 5 of 5

Andrew, thank you very much for our perfect stay! It was so good to be back in Essaouira, and your house felt like home and was a great base to explore the surroundings and perfect for R&R while soaking up the sun (we were so lucky with the weather, when we left Saturday it rained!). We loved the comfort and coziness of the house, sitting at the fire at night, great shower, good beds and kitchen is so well equipped. Rachid is the perfect house manager: friendly, helpful, discrete and punctual!

My husband and I were fantasizing over having our own house in Ghazoua… that says it all I guess! We definitely want to come back again!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We loved the house with its warm sunny roof terrace and all the facilities we needed. The house was in a rural area but only a 10 min drive to Essaouira. We loved waking up to the sounds of the birds and the donkey. Whilst it was cool at night there were heaters in every room. (It was January). The days were were mostly sunny and warm. Rachid, the house manager, was very helpful when we needed him and spoke English well. I would definately recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
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Riad très calme et jardin agréable

  • 4 of 5

Riad très calme et jardin agréable. Nous avons été bien accueillis par Rachid. Internet fonctionnait très bien. Nous avons trouvé tout ce dont nous avions besoin. Les marocains sont toujours aussi accueillants.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay here. Lots of space and light in the house. Courtyard was perfect for hot afternoons with plenty of shade. Well situated for Essaouira and for beaches farther south for example Sidi Kaouki. Felt very comfortable here and would come again. Thanks

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
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A beautiful oasis.

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful week! We so enjoyed our time in Emma and Andrew's stunning house. Located in a little village, ten minutes drive from Essaouira, it is a real oasis, allowing total relaxation. The architecture and interior are traditional in character but also designed with comfort in mind. We particularly enjoyed spending mornings on the roof terrace, late afternoons in the internal courtyard (a real sun trap) and evenings lounging in the sunken living room. The gardens are simply beautiful and we made use of the BBQ on a number of occasions. We also ate in many of Essaouira's lovely restaurants, mostly recommended by Andrew - Caravan Café being a particular favourite. Andrew and Emma were excellent hosts; providing a wealth of information, both in the lead up to and during our stay, and being available to answer questions. They have a deep affection for Morocco's culture and its people, which was clearly evident and lovely to see. Although this was my third visit to Morocco, it was by far the most enjoyable. We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
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Wonderfull hidden gem!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for 5 days. Emma and Fergy's house is absolutely stunning. In a quiet village just 10 mins drive from Essourra. The thing I loved most about the house was finding the right spot to sit for each part of the day. Mornings was coffee and my book at the far end of the garden in the sunshine. Daytime sunbathing on the huge roof terrace and sundowner drinks in the inside courtyard. Then a trip into Essourra for dinner or dinner inside the fantastic main living room. Emma and Fergy have designed this house so well.....everywhere you look there is some comfortable seating or beds all across the house and courtyards. We left feeling so relaxed and ready for the more hectic Marrakech! We will definitely come here again.....

  • Submitted: May 24, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
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Nearest Airport
4 Kilometres
Essaouira airport
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Mogador Golf - Diabat
Nearest Restaurant
600 Metres
Tagine Cafe
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Sidi Kaouki
Car: recommended

Authentic, traditional village life - experience the real Morocco.

Friendly local shopkeepers selling fresh bread and produce only 2 minutes walk from the house. Relax and enjoy the daily rhythm of village life - get in tune with the daily movement of the sun and be entranced by the stars at night. Meet our friendly Berber neighbours, explore the relaxed way of life in the village and see the local donkeys at work collecting daily water.

Visit the amazing local beaches, only 10-15 minutes from the house and enjoy the sand and sea of the Atlantic coast. Visit the local Berber markets and wonder at the produce and many other things for sale.

Essaouira 'The laid-back attitude, artsy atmosphere, bracing sea breezes and p­icture-postcard ramparts make Essaouira a firm favourite on the traveller’s trail. It’s the kind of place where you’ll sigh deeply and relax enough to shrug off your guarded attitude and just soak up the atmosphere' - Lonely Planet.




Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $355.16

* the rental charges you see are inclusive of bathroom towels, bed linen, electricity and one reservoir of water.
* to secure your booking we will ask you to pay the full amount due to secure the reservation which is non-refundable if reservation is cancelled. However if we manage to secure a new booking for your dates following a cancellation we will endeavour to refund the amount subject to no financial loss occurring.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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