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As featured in The Times - 10 Great Villas - Marrakech Travel, Saturday 27 September 2014!
Dar Aicha, is the Marrakech home of the English artist, Elaine M Goodwin. It is an intimate and enchanting small palace, filled with light and beauty and situated at the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. Located at the end of a short cul-de-sac, off the main passage-way leading into the souk Smarine, it is a few minutes walk from the square, the renowned Djemaa el Fna. The house is a traditional Dar, built around an open courtyard, with an upper level and an attractive roof terrace garden.
Our guests, even couples on their own, get sole occupancy of the riad and the services of our attentive staff. We pride ourselves in offering a 5-star service in elegant surroundings at very competitive rates. The rates quoted are per person. Please click on 'Rates' for full details.
We have installed free WiFi facilities for the convenience of our guests.
(Please note: We are the original Dar Aicha. We have no connection with a small hostel near the bus station, known as Riad Dar Aicha, also in Marrakech.)
My name is Elaine M Goodwin, an English artist, living in the south west of England. Marrakech became my second home when I purchased the beautiful Dar Aicha in 2001. Marrakech, with its wondrous colours, warmth and incredible light, greatly inspires my art work. It is wondrous.
My good friend Jane Clark handles the rental bookings for me and looks forward very much to hearing from you. She will ensure you have a comfortable and wonderful stay. She takes over this role from our friend Munni who has held this position for over 13 years. For those who knew her, she is at present travelling the world!
Jane Clark (Bookings Manager) - Elaine M Goodwin (owner) purchased this house in 2001
I wanted to find a studio home which would inspire me as an artist. Dar Aicha in the Marrrakech with its beauty and incredible location won me over. Although I have had this gorgeous home for over 13 years, on each and every visit, I remain as excited and entranced as the I first time I stepped over the threshold. Dar Aicha is full of light and traditional character. My wonderful staff of many years make both me and guests feel most welcome at all times.
Waking up at Dar Aicha is a joy. The sun comes streaming into the courtyard, birds are singing and you know that soon a delicious breakfast will be served in the dining area or on the terrace. The day has begun and you know fabulous things will unfold. On the first floor there is an open and welcoming sitting area - a traditional space - known as a 'mensa'. This is where you can sit and relax, read or listen to music. It is the heart of the riad. On the ground floor there is an elegant salon with a television and comfy sofas to enjoy cosy evenings. On the roof of Dar Aicha is a spacious terrace with potted palms and exotic trees. This is the place to enjoy the night sky, the birds, the sun and the unique tranquility of living in a traditional riad...a living room in the sky. Coming into Dar Aicha, after experiencing all the excitement and colour of the souk is like entering a different world - a haven. Madame Zahra, our amazing cook is always on hand to serve delicious meals and Samir our charming house manager is forever helpful in making sure all your needs are met. He is also a great problem solver. The rest of the staff are
equally friendly and delightful. Dar Aicha is gem!
The Riad is so beautiful! And Samir and Madame Zahra with their helpers looked after us so well, and the food was absolutely delicious.
We loved Marrakech and Ossauira, and we had some fabulous walks in the mountains, with Samir being very helpful organising our trips.
So it's hard returning to England!
Thank you for making the arrangements so clear and helpful.
My wife, daughter and I spent 10 nights in this most beautiful home, nestled among the souks of Marrakech. What an incredible location from which to explore. Samir, Madame Zahra and the rest of the staff were so very accommodating and helpful. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the bedrooms and lounges comfortable and well appointed. Samir organized a wonderful 2-night trip for us to the Altlas Mountains and the Sahara. All-in-all, an extraordinary experience. Thanks to Munni for all his help making this trip happen.
The property more than met our expectations. It is in a great location being close to the souks and main square but quiet and relaxing place to stay. The staff are great. Very helpful including meeting us at the airport and organising taxis and transfer of luggage from taxi to the accommodation. We had all our breakfast and evening meals in the accommodation and it was excellent - authentic and delicious. After a busy day shopping and site seeing, it was a lovely place to return to and chill on the roof terrace or in a number of living room spaces. Would return so what better recommendation!
Myself, my husband and my 7 & 8 year old children spent 4 nights in Dar Aicha this February as a surprise holiday for my husbands 50th birthday. The whole holiday and experience were wonderful and after the initial shock to the sense for my children and husband they are all wanting to know when we can return to Marrakech.
The experience is an assault of the sense but it is a wonderful place to visit and Dar Aicha is a beautiful haven in the middle of what is a very busy medina.
February can be very cold in the evenings and we even experienced snow up in the Atlas mountains but during the day in Marrakech it is lovely and so long as you take warm clothes for the evening you will be fine.
The Riad bedrooms are lovely and cosy with plenty of blankets and the experience of sleeping in a house with no roof is certainly something my children will not forget in a hurry.
The Riad itself is very opulent and Madame Zahara took great care of us with delicious meals every night and huge breakfasts every morning. I would definitely recommend eating in the Riad as her cooking was delicious and very reasonably priced compared to eating out .
Hearing the call to prayer every morning is another experience not to be missed but that is the only noise you hear in the Riad despite being bang in the heart of the busy souks. It is a surprisingly peaceful given the location.
For anyone prepared to experience different cultures and experiences I would thoroughly recommend this holiday and this wonderful home to stay in on a visit to Marrakech
We found Dar Aicha to be the perfect home away from home. The location was wonderful, the riad charming and the staff could not have tried harder to make our stay comfortable. We highly recommend this riad for those wanting to stay in the heart of the medina and experience the authentic Moroccan experience. Susan
We did not know what to expect and we were totally impressed and fell in love with the Raid and the Medina. It wasn't the fanciest place but a charming beautiful home that gives you an authentic experience in the Medina. Saying that, it is a beautiful home and takes your breath away with your first view when you walk in and it's hard to believe it is all yours for your stay. The location was great in the heart of the Medina but still very quiet. We got to know vendors working near by as they saw us coming and going each day. Incredibly friendly and not pushy. We recommend getting to know people around the area as it enhances your experience and you will meet some interesting and kind people.
Madame Zahar and her granddaughter Oumaima took such great care of us. The meals prepared were just incredible. We had breakfast everyday and dinner 4 times. Dinner is such an experience and we recommended it highly. The vegetables where incredible and the tangine delicious. Don't miss out on the dinner experience and may we suggest you request the goat. Samir was very helpful with booking trips for us. We did a trip to the Atlas mountains and to Casablanca. Everyone we met did not understand why we wanted to go to Casablanca but Samir organized it for us and it really was an experience. I understand why it wasn't encouraged as it is a big crazy busy city with standstill traffic. But we enjoyed the experience. Getting to know Samir, Madame Zahara, and Oumaima definitely enhanced the experience. They were wonderful, kind, and hospitable people. When we wanted to go to a Haman but did not know where to go, Madame Zahara recommended a place, walked us over, and picked us up when we were done. One of our favorite experiences of this place was sitting on the roof top during the day or evening it was a tranquil quiet place. We enjoy birds chirping nearby and all the sounds and experiences of Marrakesh. It was an experience we will always cherish. We highly recommend this place! Enjoy!
We went with another couple to stay for 5 days. From the moment we were collected at the Airport by Samir, the House Manager, things couldn't have gone more smoothly. The riad more than lived up to expectations & it's position in the middle of the souk makes you feel as though you are part of the Medina , not just a visitor. Although the weather the first day was chilly the heaters & thick bedding kept us snug & the Courtyard lit by candles in the evening was magical.We opted to eat at the riad & after our first lunch cooked by Madame Zahra knew this was the right decision. No restaurant could be better! Samir checked each evening on our plans for the next day & when required arranged a driver, who skilfully negotiated the busy traffic. We had a wonderful stay & although visited many of the sights including a trip to th Atlas Mountains we came away feeling cosseted & well rested, immediately wanting to return to see the things we missed, to sunbathe on the roof & to make more purchases in the souk - a beautiful riad & a wonderful holiday!
Marrakech, situated between the high Atlas mountains and the southern deserts of Morocco, is an ancient city of exquisite gardens, historical sites, colourful souks and elegant shops. The city offers all-year-round attractions from cultural pursuits to leisure activities. Shopping in the souk for pottery, jewellery, brassware and carpets is a magical experience.
Other Activities: excursions desert/beach/ mountains by arrangement. Marrakech is a shopper's paradise. Come and experience it for yourself.
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1 night minimum stay
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Rates quoted are per person. WEEKLY rate is for one person - two people per week is £560, etc. Children under 10 years may stay free of charge. Good discounts are offered for older children.
Single visitors (ie one person occupying the entire house) will be charged £500 per week or by arrangement.
Please note that the NIGHTLY rates quoted are PER PERSON, per night
Guests pay a 15% deposit on booking. Balance due 3 weeks before arrival at the house.
For all meals requested by our guests, payment is made directly to Samir the house manager and in the local currency (dirhams)
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.