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Riad | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Nestling down a quiet alleyway within the walls of the medina, two minutes walk from the bustling souks, outdoor cafes and candlelit restaurants, and just seven minutes from the beach, is Dar Ettouahen, the 'Mill House'. Cosy enough for two, but well-equipped and spacious enough for a whole family or group of friends, Dar Ettouahen is an elegant, light and airy riad, with traditional stone arches, tadelakt (marble-dust walled) bathrooms, tiled floors, high thuya wood ceilings and a open log fireplace. On the roof is a large sheltered terrace with views over the medina, and from a second smaller upper terrace, you can look out to the sea and watch the waves crashing on the rocks below.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Essaouira 400 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Marrakech or Agadir 180 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Dar Ettouahen is a beautifully restored traditional riad.
Fantastic large open plan living and dining room with well-stocked kitchen. Open log fireplace and traditional Moroccan fountain. WC.
Cosy seating area with TV and DVD player with two sofa beds. 1 twin and 1 large double bedroom. Shower room.
2 large double bedrooms. Family bathroom.
Small kitchen. Large roof terrace with tables and chairs, sun beds and a covered seating area away from the sun. Two smaller upper roof terraces with fantastic sea view.
|Further details outdoors|
There is a large sunny, sheltered roof terrace with a small kitchen where there is plenty of room to eat, drink and relax. From two smaller upper terraces there is spectacular view over the sea - great spots to watch the sun go down!
During your stay, you will be looked after by Fouad, our local caretaker who is there to make sure that you have a great stay. Not only is he able to help with any problems you may have (e.g. finding a doctor), but he can also give lots of advice and organise excursions for you, including transport to the airport (from 600 dhms) or your next destination. He will meet you when you arrive in Essaouira, take you to the house, and lend you a local mobile phone with which you can call him if you need him during your stay. He is kind, honest and very reliable.
The house is cleaned weekly and in between guests. Khadisha, our excellent cook, is also available to make delicious breakfasts and traditional Moroccan dinners for you at very reasonable prices. These meals are often described by guests as a highlight! She will also provide additional cleaning and washing for you on request for a small charge.
The Marrakech/Essaouira region
Essaouira lies on the beautiful Atlantic coastal road of Morocco. Lying between Agadir and Casablanca, there are stunning coastal views and huge areas of untouched countryside, sand dunes and small traditional villages.
Essaouira is a small historic fishing port on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, renowned for its laid-back and friendly atmosphere, souks stuffed full of local art and craftwork as well as local produce, its long sandy beach and its well-preserved old walled medina, named by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2001.
The weather is temperate and warm year-round and the bracing sea winds make it an attractive spot for windsurfing. The long sandy beach is also home to daily local football and basket ball games and at the south end are the ruins of Borj el-Berod, mythically said to have been the inspiration for Jimi Hendrix's 'Castles made of sand'. The old medina ramparts are a great spot to watch the waves crashing onto the rocks as the sun goes down over the 'Ile de Mogador', a group of tiny islands which offer sanctuary to Eleanora's falcons.
Inside the medina, the narrow streets (from which cars are banned), are filled with bustling fish, spice, vegetable and pottery markets, art galleries exhibiting work of local artists, souks selling carpets, ironwork and local thuya wood craftware and children playing. Stop and stare in one of the local cafes or patisseries, selling strong coffee, Moroccan mint tea and freshly squeezed orange juice. Evenings are happily wiled away in one of the numerous restaurants, steeped in atmosphere and warmth, which serve traditional Moroccan fare: tagines, couscous and Moroccan and French wine.
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12 Aug 2013
"Lovely spacious house, perfect location, friendly staff & locals."
We loved the house, and the staff were great. Kadisha's cooking was delicious, much better than when we ate out. We asked her to cook most nights we were there.Fouad was great too. He helped us o… More
28 Mar 2013
"Fantastic find - high quality accommodation in centre of old town"
This is a beautiful riad which has been restored with evident love and attention to detail. The staff are very professional and welcoming and help you settle in what can be a daunting environment if y… More
22 Apr 2012
"Stay at Dar Ettouahen!"
We had a wonderful time in Essaouira; the house was ideal, the town magical and the weather sensational! We were very lucky with the daily 30 degree weather and clear blue skies. The house itself has … More
13 Feb 2011
"Excellent house, wonderful views, brilliant location"
Enjoy the sunset from the roof with a bottle of wine from the shop outside the Bab Doukkala. We loved being cosy by the fire in the evenings with gentle African music we found in the CD player. Very… More
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