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Private sun-drenched roof terrace, pergola, panoramic views, housekeeper/cook

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 8, 2 doubles, 2 twins, en-suite bathrooms, roof terrace , kitchen, salon

“This luxurious 4 bedroom townhouse is located a short walk from the crescent shaped beach of Essaouira and the fabulous Medina and the house offers peace and privacy that is unique to this property. The spacious living area includes an open plan kitchen-dining room which is fully equipped for self-catering. The housekeeper, who visits daily on request, can cook our guests delicious Moroccan tagines and couscous from our in-house menu and breakfasts. A comfortable salon with open fire has views over the town of Essaouira. Four traditionally decorated en-suite bedrooms are located over three floors and all have views of Essaouira towards the sea. The roof terrace offers spectacular panoramic views of the town, is sun drenched all day and faces the sea. The terrace has dining furniture and a pergola which is perfect for alfresco breakfast or dining on the warm Moroccan evenings and there are sun loungers for soaking up the Essaouiran sunshine on a beautiful day!

Day Trips: You can take short day trips to; Moulay Bouzerktoune a stretch of beach with a stronger side shore wind than Essaouira, and offers one of the best wave spots just outside Europe. In the winter with 2 - 5 meters waves this is a spot for confident wave sailors.

Sidi Kaouki to the south of Essaouira this is a 5 km long beach again with a cross shore wind and good waves in the winter. Conditions here can vary and with different entry points you will find the right waves for beginner and more advanced wave sailors.

Festivals - there are many world-famous festivals throughout the year in Essaouira, notably The Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival (annually in June) - a celebration of the mysterious music of the Gnaouas, the product of a mystic tradition with branches as widespread as Haitian voodoo and Brazilian Candomblé.

More Details

Owner
Fiona Sutherland
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, french, all enquiries by email please - UK calls accepted
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

About Fiona Sutherland

Fiona and her husband purchased the property after visiting Essaouira for a half term adventure with their two school age children. They have been married for 15 years and live in the UK near Guildford. Fiona's mother was born in Demnat, in the Atlas Mountains during WW2 and lived there with her family until she was 6 years old. Fiona grew up hearing many tales about the exotic and exciting country. When the opportunity arose to purchase a property in the country arose they couldn't resist the challenge. The photo is of Fiona, her mother and the two children in Place Moulay Hussan during their July 2015 visit to Dar Doughri.

Fiona Sutherland purchased this house in 2008

Why Fiona Sutherland chose Essaouira

6 months before we purchased Dar Doughri the building was transformed from a two storey home into a 4 storey property with a panoramic roof terrace by an intrepid Englishman named Peter and his Moroccan friend Omar. We were looking for a spacious but well located property with a private and secure roof terrace that was well built and maintained that would not be blighted by the damp and noise that can pervade the riads within the Medina wall. Within 4 months of purchasing the house Dar Doughri was ready to receive guests and swiftly became one of the most successful rental properties in the area.

What makes this house unique

The close location of Dar Doughri near the Medina, beach and bustling town life combined with the sheltered but sun-drenched roof terrace and light and airy rooms made us fall in love with the property. The house is a balanced combination of modern living such as large windows, comfortable furniture and linens, and a fully equipped kitchen combined with traditional touches such as the huge tadelakt bath, pod shower, traditional salon with open fire place. Its location is in a quiet residential street allows our guests to feel immersed in Moroccan life and culture while enjoying the peace and privacy that is essential on holiday. Essaouira is a family friendly destination where their whole family can enjoy the culture, shopping, delicious food and the fabulous beach all through the year.

Guestbook comments from the owner

wir haben die Zeit im Dar Doughri in Essaouira genoßen.

Das Dar ist sehr schön. Karima kocht köstlich und Fouad hat sich fürsorgend um uns gekümmert.

Wir haben das Dar bereits an Freunde weiterempfohlen.

Wir hoffen auch Karima und Fuouad waren mit uns als Gäste zufrieden.
Aug 2011
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Amenities

Essaouira House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , seperate
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , seperate
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , ensuite
  • All of the bathrooms have showers, basins, mirrors and toilets and are decorated using a traditional plastering techniques called Tadelakt. Hand and bath towels and bath mats are provided and changed on request. There is a single hairdryer available. Beach towels are provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 twin/ single , ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , private bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , private showerroom
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , ensuite
  • All the bedroom windows face towards the beach and Medina and have curtains and shutters. All linen is provided and is white 100% cotton. Each guest is provided with 2 pillows, a duvet, a hand towel and bath towel, and warm blankets. Hot water bottles and bedroom heaters can be made available in the winter months. First Floor: Bedroom 1 is the spacious family room with queen size double bed, bedside tables, lamps, wardrobe and space for cot/child bed. The room has a large en-suite with WC, shower and basin. Bedroom 2 has 2 single beds, side table, lamp, chair,wardrobe and its own private WC, shower, bath and basin. Second floor: Bedroom 3 has the master bedroom with a double bed, storage chest, two bedside tables, lamps and wardrobe with seperate WC, shower and basin on the same floor. Third Floor: Bedroom 4 is a pretty twin room with lamp, side table, wardrobe, shelving and en-suite with WC, shower and basin. The windows for this room open out onto the roof terrace.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Families with children of all ages welcome. We have a high chair, Chicco travel cot, baby monitor, and stair gate available for younger children. Babysitting service is available. For our guests safety there is a strong hand rail that follows the staircase on all floors. Laundry service available for a small charge to Karima. There is plenty of space on roof terrace for storing wetsuits, surf boards and other sporting equipment and a fresh water tap. A local supermarket and pharmacy are nearby for necessities. There is a information file, in English, covering local events, activities, services, maps, and reviews and locations of many of the restaurants both inside and outside of the medina. Linen and bath towels are provided including beach towels from January 2012 Airport transfers can be organised by owner

Reviews

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Private sun-drenched roof terrace, pergola, panoramic views, housekeeper/cook
average rating of 4.8157897 based on 43 reviews
5

Spacious, very clean, quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

We are a group of old school friends who have been to Essasouiria several times. This is our first experience outside the medina. Lovely spacious property, every one with their own lovely bedroom and bathroom. Karina looked after us so well with a lovely breakfast on the roof terrace each morning. From booking the property to having a car arranged to pick us up on arrival and return to the airport everything went so smoothly. Had a totally relaxing time. Very easy to hail a taxi and now with a fixed rate, made travelling around simple. We loved our holiday there and would definitely stay at this lovely Riad again.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank gou for your kind words. I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed staying in Dar Doughri and that you were able to enjoy Karima's cooking ~ she is an absolute gem. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at this property, it exceeded our expectations, with the quality of the furnishings, beds, and all the family games and dvds had us entertained on our days in. We went with our four children aged 3,4,8,12 and the house was child proof and safe for them to wander around on their own.

The house is in a great location to shops and the beach. I definitely would stay here again and would recommend to family and friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. Fouad and Karima work hard to make sure Dar Doughri caters for all members of the family. The house and roof terrace are designed to ensure that the whole family can enjoy a relaxing and stress free holiday while confident of their privacy and safety. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back in the future
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5

Really great place

  • 5 of 5

Lovely staff and very nice big house with a beautiful terrace that we spent hours on. A short walk to the beach and the medina. You can buy all manner of fresh fruit and veg in the markets and the kitchen is well equipped. Thanns

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Even Better this Time

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit. We did not think it could be any better, but we stayed longer - 2 and a half weeks - so we found even more to enjoy.

Fouad arranged the taxi from the air[port and was there late in the evening to make sure we settled in.

Karima looked after us well. We had home-cooked meals which were tasty and at the just the time we ordered. The house feels like a second home !

We also found a few more local eateries and takeaways.

As always, the local people were very friendly, and seemed pleased that we

spent time with them.

All in all, another great holiday.

Liz and Pete

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

No Exaggeration Needed

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have,for many years, rented houses in various parts of the world using Homeaway Holidays.While none have been disasters some have been better than others.Some owners can embellish the facilities and comforts on offer and we all know that photos can lie.However,Dar Doughri is every bit as good as the description states and the photos are an accurate depiction of all the rooms.

On our previous visits we have rented riads within the medina but Dar Doughri has facilities which are excellent but also has the benefit of an extremely peaceful location.The medina is only a five minute walk away and the road to the Bab Doukala has some very good bakeries,coffee shops which are well worth a visit.Also,the area to the east of the house on the road which leads to the temporary home of the fish market and the Jewish cemetery is worth a trip.

In the opposite direction a ten minute walk will bring you to the beach.Should you feel hungry at the end of an invigorating march along the sand then the restaurant Tamouziga will provide a splendid lunch -the menu on the board shows the catch of the day.There are sunbeds for those who wish to have a snooze after a long,leisurely meal.

After a hard day walking, eating and generally enjoying yourself it is a pleasure to return Dar Doughri.

All the rooms are bright and airy with comfortable furnishings.The kitchen is also very well equipped should you wish to make a quick snack or prepare your own breakfast .Karima was very attentive and kept the house spotless and Fouad,a most jovial fellow,was always available should he be needed.

I have no hesitation in recommending Dar Doughri to anyone visiting this most pleasant of holiday destinations.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful and spacious Moroccan house

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed in this lovely house in Essaouira for 5 days in August where we had a great holiday. Fouad met us at midnight at the property after we got a taxi from Marrakesh Airport. Immediately we were impressed with the beautiful decor and spacious layout plus spoiled for choice with bathrooms.

Everything was clean and ready for us and the house looks very well looked after.

We opted for Karima to come and make breakfast for us each day ( liaising in French was the best way ) which was a lovely way to start the day. This could either be eaten on the roof terrace or in the lounge.

Fouad was a great asset and fantastic at organising anything we wanted to do

- he always came over to the house very quickly once we phoned him. He arranged a 2 hour camel ride for the 5 of us at the stables in Diabat, which we all loved and they sent a car to collect us ( included in the price ). He also arranged a berber massage for my daughter and me which was so relaxing - also at a reputable place.

Each day we enjoyed walking into the old town which is only 10 minutes away and finding different restaurants to eat in. We found the shops were cheaper here than in Marrakesh so well worth stocking up on gifts in Essaouira.

Due to it being quite windy we spent a couple of late afternoons on the beach when the tide was coming in which was good fun ( this minimised the amount of dry sand blowing around ).

I would definitely recommend this house to friends or family.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. The house is, as you say, only a short, and very interesting walk, into the Medina through Bab Doukala - or Bab Marrakesh if guests prefer. Guests can walk through Moroccan life as the locals go about their business that does not involve tourists. The small shops, cafe's and restaurants outside the Medina walls always welcome new customers - and a few words of French or Moroccan Arabic will get you a long way towards an honest price! Fouad has looked after our guests for many years and is the font of all local knowledge and always has a smile on his face.
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Map

Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Essaouira Mogador
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Ancient Medina
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Essaouira
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Diabat
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Kilometres
Essaouira Medina
Nearest Beach
0.5 Kilometres
Essaouira
Car: not necessary

The town of Essaouira, with its Portuguese ramparts, busy fishing port, and cresent shaped 15km beach is a holiday destination with adventures to offer all ages of visitor. For the activity led traveller this includes dune buggies, horse safaris and camel riding, hiking, kite-surfing, wave surfing, local vineyard visits and tasting, a local farmers market in Haa Draa, safe swimming both in the sea and hotel pools, golf at Diabat, sailing, bird spotting, fishing, windsurfing, and mountain biking. In the lively Medina (walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site) visitors can find hidden gems crafted from Thuya wood, leather, silver, and ceramics. For those visitors who enjoy food and cooking there are many fruits, vegetables, meat, spices and fresh fish to buy in the souks. The internationally acclaimed restaurants and cafes in and outside of the Medina offer Moroccan, French and Italian cuisine. The is also a popular french cafe culture amongst the visitors and locals.

Other Activities: Kite-surfing, Wind-surfing, Camel Trekking, Dune Buggy Safari, Hammams, Berber Massages, Henna Tatoos, Spa treatments, Vineyard Visits, Boat trips.

Golf: There are two fabulous 18 hole golf courses in Essaouira, signature designed by the legendary Gary Player, an exceptional setting , with stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The academy, practice course and clubhouse are located along the edge of the course.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $67.16

The price includes exclusive use of Dar Doughri and a daily maid service.
Optional additional charges paid in MAD by arrangement directly to Fouad and Karima:
Continental breakfast: 25 MAD per person
Traditional dinner: 65 MAD per person
Clothes washing and drying: 10 MAD per load
Airport transfers – price on request

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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