About the property
- House968 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Sleeps 4/5 (2 bedrooms)
On the edge of the Toubkal National Park, a gorgeous restored and super stylish Berber house in its own large plant filled garden at the end of a private path, private yet not at all remote. Very cosy and comfortable with constant hot water. You will be looked after like kings (should you wish) by my neighbours with whom I have arranged room service to include delicious home cooked Berber recipes using home organically grown ingredients.
A short stroll will plunge you in fields and on rural paths, where a centuries old life style still carries on. The views as you wander further up the village are stunning. Groves of almond, olive and pomegranate are interspersed with general small holdings, with blossom and scent filling the air for a significant period of the year.
A perfect base to explore the region, where history and nature combine to enrich your trip, or to simply relax.
Swimming is available in hotel pools or at L'Oliveraie, 3 km away, essentially a day club with a pool set in an olive grove where lunch is available in a lovely setting, and at other hotels too on the doorstep, such as La Roseraie.
General Information : Marrakech Airport 37 miles (1 hour by taxi). Taxis can be arranged in advance for 500 Dh one way. This is much cheaper than at the airport. Car hire is available at the airport. The journey is for the most part spectacular as you head southwards towards the Atlas and then wind your way up to Ouirgane, which lies at 1000 metres above sea level. Buses to Marrakech or shared taxis go through the village daily. Private taxis can easily be arranged in house to go to Marrakech for day trips or otherwise. A guide (and mules) are also available by arrangement there at short notice, the cost for a guide is 100 Dh for 4 hours or 160 Dh for 7 hours.
Asni 8 miles. Marigha 2 miles. Marrakech 40 miles. Tin Mal mosque (1 hour). Taroudant (4 hours) through the Tizn Test mountain pass, the highest in Morocco. Stunning scenery all the way!
Day trips can be arranged in house to all these locations and many more, including Oukaimeden. Treks can also be arranged as well as and when.
Food and Dining: Delicious home cooked Berber recipes using home grown ingredients are available delivered to the house. Full board: 150 DHS per Adult, 80 DHS per child over 5. Half board: 100 DHS and 60 DHS. Restaurants are further available within the main hotels, as well as bars. La Roseraie, a luxury hotel, is a wonderful place to have an aperitif in the afternoon and make the most of its stunning setting. It is approximately 5 minutes walk away. Meals can be had there in their palatial salon or by the pool and gardens in the day. More developed amenities and banks are available in Asni or Tahanaoute, both within a half hour drive. Asni, the main village in the area, leads to Imlil, which lies at the end of a stunning road, which also passes Richard Branson's luxurious Kasbah Tamadot, the drive is stunning.
Climate in Ouirgane: The climate in Ouirgane is ideal from early Spring to late Autumn. The Summers are much more gentle than in Marrakech and the plains, and although it can get hot in July and August, it is rare for it to become uncomfortable. The Winters are gentle in the day when the sun is shining but can be cold in the mornings and evenings. In December and January the nights can be very cold. There are electric radiators in the main rooms to fight the winter and a fireplace in one of the bedrooms too. It must be noted that due to the Moroccan design of houses there is an internal courtyard that is open to the sky and therefore the heating is not like in centrally heated properties In the UK! If you are adverse to some chill then December and January are best avoided although the house is very cosy.
The night skies can be stunning, with very little light pollution. Shooting stars are a regular occurrence!
The house is perfect for those who want to experience a different side to Morocco without being isolated, and for those who love to wander in nature and admire a centuries old social and agricultural landscape. It is an ideal base to explore the varied surroundings and to combine it with a stay in Marrakech or Taroundant.
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- May 23, 2018
About Peter Shayne
I am an gallerist based in London.
Peter Shayne purchased this House in 2003
Why Peter Shayne chose Ouirgane
I have owned property in Morocco since 1992, starting off on the coast in Essaouira, venturing south of that for a while, finally settling for the High Atlas in Ouirgane in 2003, a wonderful spot not far from Marrakech and on the edge of a stunning national park. The earth here allows for lush growth and the views are beautiful whichever way you look, the climate too is wonderful most of the year.
What makes this House unique
A unique offering in the Atlas Mountains! A cosy and very pretty setting amongst trees and plants, authentic and generous in spirit yet with most mod cons.
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Perfect retreat space
We loved this little home... simple and private...the scent of orange blossom...the full moon on the rooftop at night...Mohammed and his care, bees, sweet honey and smiles...the surrounding nature full of winding pathways, waving barley and poppy fields, of olive tree orchards, splashing mountain streams, and terracotta Berber villages. We will be returning very soon!
friendly village, well equipped house, helpful hosts, beautiful area
We stayed at the house early in the new year, which is a very cold time in the mountains. Between the houses electric heaters and a well supplied fire, loads of bedding and several hours of sunshine a day on the roof, we did ok and were warm enough to enjoy the evenings inside. The hot water was not working brilliantly but the hosting neighbours brought us a big kettle to make water hot on the gas. The olive harvest was in full swing in the village & oil being pressed by mule locally every day. There are many beautiful walks nearby. The one thing I might mention is that the house does not receive much sunshine (maybe a good thing in summer!) & you can hear the road (not a big problem). The house was beautifully clean and the kitchen well equipped. Thank you.
Thank you so much for the lovely feedback!
I will look into why the hot water was not as it should be, thanks for letting me know.
Due to the large neighbouring trees and the lower winter sun, the house is shaded between November and mid February but I can assure you that the internal patio and several garden areas become very sunny after that. The roof terrace is sunny all year round as far as I remember. I think the best months are March to October for light and sun. And indeed, the leafy trees in the summer are lovely to shelter under, when the direct sun can be fierce!
I'm very glad you enjoyed the region and hope that you can spread the word on how beautiful the surrounding landscapes are.
All the very best, Peter
Very pleasant stay
Small Berber home accessed via a path and shared gate. Vibrantly decorated, which makes it feel very cheerful. Moroccan-style furniture - low tables, no sofa, and no seating on the terrace apart from a 'poof' and a low stool. We didn't find it that comfortable, but there are plenty of cushions, so you can improvise to make it a bit more bearable. The garden isn't private - it is next to a shared path that is used to access adjoining cottages. The terrace is also (potentially) overlooked - although there was no one else around when we stayed. I certainly wouldn't have been comfortable sunbathing if there had been more people about. The rooms are rather basic, and quite dark - this may have been a factor of the time of year (we visited in mid-October). There is no sink in the bathroom - meaning you had to use the sink in the kitchen after you used the toilet, so not ideal for those who are very particular, and although the shower looks very basic, the water pressure was good and the water was hot!
We had a car, and we able to explore the local area for some great walks. The area is very quiet, and there is very little traffic on the road, and driving is straightforward and relatively safe.
The saving grace for this property is the food and service provided by Mohammed and is lovely wife. We opted for breakfast and dinner on most days. Breakfast consisted berber coffee (highly perfumed, strong, but pleasant), plenty of homemade Moroccan bread, and homemade jam. Dinner was a tagine with meat (chicken or goat), vegetables and more of the bread. The food was simple, tasty and filling, although the portions weren't huge - there was always enough.
Thank you for taking the time to write your review.
I'm sorry you felt that the terrace was uncomfortable, I will make sure that more large cushions and rugs are available for people to use up there, this is the style of the seating in Morocco and I like to keep it in the vernacular style. In regards to privacy, a large part of the terrace is totally private, however I will make sure that the bamboo fencing is in place, as we carried out works on the roof in the summer and perhaps my house manager had not replaced this fully.
The garden however is TOTALLY private, it is not overlooked and is NOT a public path, this I have to make absolutely clear. What you may have noticed is my house manager's family using the path to get to the garage and adjoining piece of land. I have no problem with this at all and it is rare that they use it when guests are staying. I will however point out that you found this bothersome.
The shower is a straightforward hand held one, last time I was there in May it was perfectly fine, but I will check that it is replaced if it is looking tired. The shower area is a sort of wet room with plenty of water on hand and therefore a sink is not really necessary, however I will look into putting one in now that you mention it! The windows are all original and being an earth built house, they tend to be small to keep the warmth in in winter and keep out the heat in summer. There is plenty of lighting for reading and dressing etc. Most times of the year, the house's internal patio is flooded with light, which penetrates the rooms through the doors to this patio.
What is very important to note is that this is an authentic Berber house, in a very mature and unspoiled setting, it is not a 'villa' on the outskirts of Marrakech.
What I find slightly disheartening is that you also had to criticise the portions of food, which quite frankly is totally uncalled for. The portions are very copious for most people, and the prices for the meals very low. In any case, although there is always room for improvement, one must bear in mind that this is not a chi chi riad but an extremely stylish bohemian bolt hole and a very rare offering. It does not however fall in the luxury category, and this is very much reflected in the price! The pictures on the property's site are very clear and the house looks exactly like those pictures, but perhaps your expectations were somewhat different, for which I can only apologise. All the very best, Peter
A total gem
When we were searching for holiday accomodation in the area of Marrakech we kept finding ourselves returning to the prospect of the private and shaded gardens featured at Maison Shayne.
We wondered if the location might be limiting but so glad we took the chance. Perfectly in between many options of things to do and ideally located for the days doing nothing at all or exploring local life, the olive groves or surrounds.
Mohammed and his family looked after us splendidly with fresh local produce, superbly prepared.
We chose not to hire a car but instead were able to enjoy the experience as passengers and take in the views.
Maison Shayne has a wonderful character and everything we needed to immerse ourselves in our first visit to Morocco.We arrived as guests and left feeling very much as if we were leaving new friends behind.
It is a pleasure having you stay in my house, I am so glad you had a wonderful experience!
All the very best,
Peter's house lies below the olive groves in Ouirgane. 4 of us stayed here in early February. A great time to be in the Atlas, warm walks in the day - up through the almond trees, rivers, and higher!
The neighbour Mohammad and his wife Khadija who cooks the finest tagines. He is lovely, would come and light our fire in the evenings.The house is really comfortable and very private. The layout is great, and the colours - its like being in a painting. It's right next to the Rosaire hotel for wine, internet access and horses. Great riding across the salt flats and onwards.
Really recommend a visit at this time of year, very special spot!
Best Trip Ever!
An absolutely amazing location with beautiful views!
Mohammed the manager and his wife were the most helpful and accommodating people we have ever met taking care of our every need and making us feel completely at home.
The location has amazing mountain views and close to many spectacular views, markets and amenities.
We loved it so much we will be booking again this year!
Car most certainly recommended in order to make the most out of your trip.
Adorable and amazingly charming Berber house in heart of famous village on one of the most scenic roads in Morocco. One hour from Marrakech, Ouirgane lies on the road to Taroudant via the Tizn Test mountain pass which is 1.5 hours further up. Ouirgane is on the edge of the magnificent Toubkal National Park and lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty. A perfect base for simply relaxing, trekking or horse riding in stunning landscapes surrounded by the Atlas mountains. Explore the groves of olives, almonds, pomegranates and figs in this friendly and civilised village that is a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. Explore the famous Asni Saturday souk that is only twenty minutes away, or the Tin Mal mosque, one of the most splendid in Morocco, an hour away by car. Gaze at the stars from this delicious retreat. Home to some renowned hotels to include La Roseraie, with its splendid gardens, and the popular Chez Momo all offer bars and restaurants, some offer swimming opportunities in lovely settings.
Rates & Availability
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A reservation fee of 50% at time of booking, this is non-refundable unless a cancellation is received 2 calendar months before the booking is due to commence. If a cancellation has to be made an administration charge of 30% of the total rental is then applied.