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Spacious country Berber house,wonderful neighbours and friendly village.

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 180 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms,large salon,lounge,and amazing roof terrace.



Dedicated 24/7 advice,help & support throughout the booking process, your stay with our morrocan phone to Said, our house manager, and me :)

Traditional country spacious house in the Berber village of Ghazoua only 5 miles from mystical Essaouira, and Sidi Kaouki beach.

Our home is your home, and accommodates four very comfortably, offering 'exceptional value for money',with all mod cons.The whole house is yours to enjoy the privacy and tranquillity.We are pet friendly, and the area is an animal and nature lovers paradise.

Local shops,swimming pool,taxis, buses ,internet, golf. and Wonderful friendly neighbours.

Our concierge Said, your friend and guardian during your visit, is able to enhance your holiday experience. Highly recommended horse riding with our friends at Diabat.... plus Quad biking, wind surfing,local car hire, taxis,breakfast, tajines, cleaning and much more. Our public liability insurance of up to 5million pounds is provided by Intasure UK,for peace of mind.

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Martyn Wheatley
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, arabic
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2017

About Martyn Wheatley

Friendly,professional, mature guy,well travelled,love food,wine, animal charities, and life!

Martyn Wheatley purchased this house in 2006

Why Martyn Wheatley chose Morocco

For many years we wanted to tour Morocco,but the price of flights and accommodation proved to be over our budget.

Then the King of Morocco opened up the 'sky' to cheap flight operators,and Travelrepublic offered accommodation deals.In September 2006 we embarked on a three week tour of Morocco,and the thought of a holiday home abroad had been on our minds for many years.

During our visit to Morocco,viewing many properties for sale,we spent a wonderful week in Essaouira.

Living in coastal Wales,enjoying friendly country life,we wanted a home 'far from the maddening crowd'

Our brief to our friend and agent was to find us a traditional,country house, in the Berber village of Ghazoua.

Without viewing the property , we purchased the house, expecting a few rentals per year.

Our home is your home,and our friends are your friends,enjoy.

What makes this house unique

For a taste of the 'real Morocco' this is good as it gets.

Wonderful country village location, neighbours, environment, and much more.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a good time, stress free travel with Martyns assistance prior to our departure.The villa is truly charming, keeping it in Berber style, excellent.

The neighbours were all very friendly and helpful.

Sep 2012
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Ghazoua House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (semi-detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • There is a European toilet in the spacious wet room/shower, the water is provided from our own well, and water is precious in Morocco, please use carefully. Plus another separate European toilet and hand basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • There is a large fitted wardrobe in the double bedroom. With clean towels, sheets, and plenty of winter blankets. The twin bedroom has a spacious walk in dressing room, with a 2 wardrobes, 2 chests of drawers,and a linen basket. 1 x 3kw heaters should you require them during the winter months.There are bedside lamps which can be left on during the night,or simply remove the shade for reading.We use anti-allergenic pillow and mattress protectors.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Terrace
  • 1 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Singles
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Beach towels are not provided. The Swimming Pool at nearby Dar Etto and Les Deux Mondes(new 2009) & Hotel Villa Damonte can be used for a small fee, and 20mins drive is a swimming pool at 'le calme'. There is now a internet cafe available nearby, if you are taking your own laptop, check your dongle providers charges and connection in Morocco. There are numerous, cheap, internet cafes in Essaouira. Wood can be purchased via our concierge if you require a log fire during the winter evenings, or collect driftwood on your travels.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(68 traveler reviews)

Spacious country Berber house,wonderful neighbours and friendly village.
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 90 reviews

Lovely house in moroccan style

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Villa Tazmin, the house is spacious with all facilities such as fire place, washing machine, Tv, coffee machine, CDs, games, etc. We had a really good sleep, the bed was comfortable. The roof terrace was our favourite, we had breakfast here and we could sunbath. Said helped us with all our enquiries. Hope we will be back soon. Krystian and Mirka.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello,thank you for your kind words,and it was good to meet up with you and show you a few hidden treasures in Essaouira.Hope to welcome you and your family back to my home in Ghazoua soon,and mystical Essaouira.Martyn & Said
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Good to be back

  • 4 of 5

Back after 4 years and pleased that apart from a little bit more development nothing much had changed except that it is great to be able to fly directly to Essaouira airport. I hope this continues. We enjoyed seeing our next door neighbours again, listening to their menagerie of animals and hearing the children playing outside. They are a lovely family and make you feel very welcome.

We had some wonderful walks in the countryside which was unusually green after the recent welcome rains though we were blessed with warm sunshine most of the week. We enjoyed the terrace relaxing in the day and star watching at night. Thank you Martyn and Said

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to welcome you back to Ghazoua,my home and old friends. Said & Martyn
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What a fantastic place!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Tazmin is great! Really spacious and one of the most comfortable beds we've slept in on holiday. Kitchen was well equipped for cooking (which we did, with excellent produce from Essaouira Medina) and getting into town couldn't have been easier, just a short bus or taxi ride (cheap too!).

Said arranged for a car to meet us at the airport then showed us round, explained everything and even gave us a lift into town! A Moroccan mobile was supplied and Said was only ever a phone call away and was really eager and happy to help.

Even though it was January, we were able to soak up some sun on the large roof terrace.

Villa Tazmin is paradise, we'll certainly be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful comments,and we hope to see you again soon. warmest regards,Said,Martyn & Co.
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Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good time in Essaouira. The location is a bit far from the main place but taxis made it easy. The house was very spacious andouble Said was very accommodating with any requests we had such as having a cot in the room or extra heaters when it got cold in the evenings. He was very friendly and always smiling. The neighbours were very friendly and even got me a gift before we left. We enjoyed our stay here.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments embracing our friendly neighbours, and we try to make all our guests visit comfortable and memorable.Martyn.
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Relaxation in a rustic and rural gem

  • 4 of 5

Had a wonderful stay with 2 adults and 2 teenagers. You feel part of a small and friendly community, experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of a little Moroccan village. The house is lovely and as described. One tiny issue was that the kettle didn't switch off and got extremely hot on the outside. Said was very helpful. The pool at Domaines Arganeraie was fantastic and they agreed a lower price for several visits. An electric fan in both bedrooms for mid-August would be great although it wasn't too bad. Spent two incredible days at Sidi Kaouki which we preferred to Essaouira main beach. Thank you for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments,the kettle replaced,and Said will gladly provide fans during exceptional hot weather, really pleased that you discovered two hidden gems,the pool at domaines arganeraie,and Sidi Kaouk beach. warmest regards, Said and Martyn.
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A taste of the real Morocco

  • 4 of 5

This was a first for us. We have always done the package hotels and were tired of the same thing. The freedom and flexibility you have from staying in a villa like Tazmin is a wonderful experience. From the moment we arrived off the plane we were transferred to the villa which is only 10 minutes drive. We arranged this through Martyn and Siad ( who manages the property). Said was at the villa waiting for us with a smile. He took us in and showed us around, told us all about the location and where to go. First day there we decided to explore the area which is quite off the beaten track, so to speak but surrounded by nature and animals! You'll find dogs, donkey's, cows, cats and chickens wherever you go. We discovered a hotel nearby called the Domaine De L'Arganeraie we went to the reception and enquired about using the pool, they were very accommodating and we bought 10 entries for 600 dirhams (60€) there is a lovely big pool and bar serving food. My son aged 8 loved it here and made many French friends! Trips to Essauoira were fun and exciting, we walked back up to the main road and caught the bus into town which is very cheap 5 dirhams each, it can be a squish so be prepared to stand and hold on tight (all part of the fun) the medina is magical, and will take 3-4 visits before you discover every nook and cranny! Haggling is a must and part of the culture so do not be afraid of telling the seller exactly what you would be prepared to pay, if you can't agree on a price start to walk away and I'll guarantee they will call you back with a better deal. The villa Tazmin itself was very pleasant and had everything we needed, I liked the sun terrace and the homely feel it had, it's a happy place. We did have the odd power cut, but there is a lot of developing going on in the area and it wasn't off for very long. There was also a problem with the water which is pumped from a natural well, but I cannot complain as Siad was there straight away with a plumber, unfortunately it couldn't be resolved (it was our last night) so Martyn and Siad arranged for alternative accommodation for us free of charge, which was extremely kind, and we were very grateful. It did not spoil our holiday at all, it was all part of our adventure! The camel ride is a must and we dared to have a hammam which is an open public bath (male/female separate) not for the shy or reserved! Finally I would like to thank Siad for taking such care of us, and Martyn for sharing his villa with us.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments,and understanding regarding the water situation,now resolved,and was caused by the low water table levels in Ghazoua .Hopefully you enjoyed your holiday,with memories to share forever,and please visit magical Morocco,and mystical Essaouira soon,warmest regards, Said & Martyn
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Rates & Availability

Ghazoua House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Feb 18 2017 - Jun 13 2017
4 night minimum stay
High Season
Jun 14 2017 - Sep 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 14 2017 - Jun 14 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $125

There is a cleaning fee of 300 moroccan dirham due upon departure if the house is found to be exceptionally dirty and untidy,this will be deducted from your deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Medina of Essaouira
"Magical by day,mystical by night,cafes,restaurants,shops filled with eastern delights. Hand ..."
Essaouira Beach
"Long sandy beach offering a wealth of watersports,horse and camel riding.Beach and Friends, ..."
Taros Cafe restaurant
"Wonderful sunset views,live music,cocktails."
Domaine De L Arganeraie
"Within walking distance from the house,spectacular swimmingpool,gardens,small daily fee."
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"One of my favourite haunts,always busy,book evening tables. Good value for money food and dr..."
la tolerance
"Tucked away this friendly family run restaurant is welcoming. Good choice of fixed price men..."
Sidi Kaouki
"Far from the maddening crowd,rolling sand dunes and beaches,popular for surfing,camel and ho..."
Gnaoua World Music Festival
"Woderful friendly atmoshere by day and by night,beach concerts highly recommended."
Riad Les 2 Mondes
"Quiet swimming pool,good food and friendly service,small daily charge."
Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
500 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Train
100 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
KM8,HOTEL VILLA DAMONTE,Pizza/cafes/take-away
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Essaouira & Sidi Kaouki
Car: not necessary

ESSAOUIRA ; The freshest fish, the wildest windsurfing, and a laid back 60's legacy add up to Morocco's most fashionable coastal resort. TIME OUT." Morocco is considered the safest and most liberal Muslim country"

Other Activities: Camel riding, quad biking, desert safaris.Hunting.Music/Cookery/Painting classes.Wind & Kite surf.

Golf: Nearby Diabat offers two international golf courses, 5 star restaurants, with fabulous atlantic views.

There are some fabulous hotels nearby with swimming pools,there daily charges are seasonal.


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