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Darsal

House with 3 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms in Essaouira, Morocco

From £261 per week

Beautiful spacious Riad on a quiet street in heart of the old medina of Essaouira. Ideal for couples, families or groups. Log fires for winter breaks.

Overview

The riad is an independant house spacious and beautifully resorted in a tradional style on a quiet street in the heart of the bustling and vibrant medina.

The house has 3 floors and a terrace with a terrace room. There is plenty of space for relaxing and can be used by couples, one or two families or large groups.

GROUND FLOOR - entrance hall, opening to a peaceful covered courtyard with traditional fountain. The rooms are around the courtyard and this gives a feeling of space, there is a salon and dining area with CD player and open log fire and a kitchen with fridge, hob and all utensils and wc
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FIRST FLOOR - A tranquil double bedroom with french windows overlooking the courtyard with spacious ensuite shower room and a second double bedroom with a double bed and ensuite shower room and also a mezzanine double bed which can sleep 2 children the bed has low headroom.

SECOND FLOOR - Spacious light open plan lounge overlooking the courtyard, with open log fire, TV and CD player and fully equiped kitchenare, arches throught to Moroccan salon. The Moroccan salon has to sofa that can be made into single beds.

TERRACE - Private, sunny terrace, with sunbeds and patio tables and chairs. This is a an ideal place for sunbathing, sitting in the sun, enjoying a glass of wine or al fresco dining.

TERRACE ROOM -Light and airy double bed with ensuite shower room, and good sized terrace. Spairs leading to the top terrace which has views of the sea and the medina.

We provide a daily maid service, who can also provide breakfast and evening meals, payable locally at your request.

All bed linen and bath towels are provided, but you would need to bring your own beach towels.

The are open log fire throughou the riad for the cooler winter evenings.

You would be met by Fouad or Noureddine at the town entrance, Bab Marrakech, and taken along with your luggage to the raid.


Essaouira
Essaouira is a charming relaxed cosmopolitan town on the Atlantic coast, it benefits from blue skies and a long sandy beach and the town itself is a labyrinth of alleyways which lead to the many souks, craft shops and small art galleries. All in walking distance are the square with its many cafes, the Portuguese ramparts and the small working fishing port where you can see the early morning catch being landed.
There are many restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, Moroccan, Italian and French and of cause the local fish restaurants in front of the port.
It is an exciting place to explore and has a warm friendly atmosphere my children enjoy exploring the many streets with the brightly coloured shops and craftsmen working outside their shops and daily life passing by.



Things to do
Exploring the medina, the streets are free from cars and mopeds and everything is in walking distance, the port, the ramparts, the square and all the souks and craft shops. Maps are available from the Tourist information centre.

As you walk along the long sandy beach it changes starting with sunbathing facilities, cafes and families playing the sand and sea. You can also rent equipment and have tuition for windsurfing, kite surfing, body boarding, wind beach buggy’s. Carry on and the beach empties soon you reach the camels available for riding and then on past the small river that empties into the sea and to the, castles in the sand. You can walk to Diabet where Jimmy Hedrick lived. There is also quad bike hire and horse riding available and you can use the swimming pool at the Sofitel Mogador for a daily charge.

There are Hamman’s and tennis courts in the new town. If you wish to go further a field to visit the argan oil cooperative or any of the many beaches taxis or car hire is available.

Fouad can organise activities or excursions for you if required.

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30 out of 31 people recommend staying here

Family from Farnborough, United Kingdom Apr 2015

We stayed at this beautiful property 6 of us, 3 adults and 3 children. Enjoyed staying there, the house is unique in an equally unique city. The house was clean enough, but in need of a shower curtain, and some basic cleaning equipment, like brush a pan, and a mop for the bathroom, as the house has no windows to the outside, just to the glassed inner courtyard, the bathroom will not dry. The Medina is buzzing from 9 am- 9 pm. The weather in Essaouria is not too good for an asthmatic child.

From Salford, United Kingdom Apr 2013

Really enjoyed our stay in Darsal. The staff were incredibly welcoming and helpful throughout our stay and arranged lots of cultural activities so that we could make the most of our time in Essaouira. Aidas food was amazing. The villa itself is very luxurious and all amenities were provided.

Reply from Sally

It is wonderful to receive positive reviews from guests who have enjoyed their stay in Darsal. Our staff are alway on hand to provide advise and assistance to ensure our guests have a good holiday and are able to enjoy as must or as little of the experiances Essaouira has to offer. I will pass the compliments about the food to Aieda, she will be delighted.

From Barcelona, Spain Nov 2009

We had a very nice holiday at Darsal, great rooftop views and nice to soak up the sun at breakfast (or any other part of the day). Aieda was a great help, and an excellent cook. Recommended

From Oslo, Norway Jan 2008

We loved it!

From Chippenham, United Kingdom Nov 2007

We rented the whole proerty for our family of 7 adults in Nov 07 and it was excellent in every way. The maid is very nice and a first class cook.

From London, United Kingdom Apr 2007

Possibly the most beautiful riad in Essaouira. Jaw-dropping, in fact.
Floor after floor of an Arabian Night dream, as one of my friends described it, decorated in warm traditional style but with all the comforts of modern life.
And in a very central location too, we never had to walk more than a few minutes everywhere.
The maid is lovely and such a good cook that I do recommend discerning holidaymakers to lunch/dine in as much as possible rather then go out to restaurants.
Noureddine, the agent, speaks excellent English and offered really useful advises
(and his deadpan sense of humour brightened up many cracking evenings).
Again, I advise to listen to Noureddine laidback wisdom for the best way to enjoy Essaouira.
Last but not least, I cannot stress enough how friendly and welcoming are the owners.
Everybody made us feel at home and enjoy a wonderful time.
By the end, so much we loved being there that we did not want to leave, but I am already planning to go back soon.
So, book early or you’ll miss your chance to know how nice it is!
Cosimo, London


13 other reviews

A very well presented property in the heart of the Medina. Fabulous views of the sea from the roof terrace. Aiedas authentic Morrocan cooking is a must. We had a fabulous holiday wandering around the craft stalls, and a true insight into the Morrocan way of life in the local markets. A fantastic value for money experience.

Hello Sally. Thank you for letting us use your riad. It was so nice to have so much space and we enyoyed using the rooftop table for breakfast and drinks before going out at night. We had a good time there and were well looked after by your staff. Among other things we wenr camel riding, quad biking and had a trip to the hamam. Ayieda and her friend took us the the hammam which was good. Ayieda also came one night and made our dinner which was really nice. Thank you again for a great holiday. Marian

Weve just returned from a wonderful week staying at Darsal. What a beautiful riad - perfectly located in a quiet residential area. Aieda cooked us breakfast every morning & Fouad was an excellant guide. The Riad comfortably sleeps 6 & the views from the sun terrace are amazing. Unfortunately we never got round to trying Aiedas tangines in the evening, far too many good restaurants nearby. Sally (the owner) arranged the transfers for us, which was really helpful. All in all we had a relaxing week.

We loved the riad, which had been beautifully restored and was full of lovely features/details and had lots of character. It was in a really central, convenient position and all the local neighbours were very friendly. The maid can provide breakfast and evening meals - these are really good value and delicious . We went in December, and the weather was lovely - blue skies everyday, although a little cool at night, but no problem as there was heating. We preferred Essouria to Marrakech, as it is more relaxed and laid-back. Much less hassle for shopping etc. I have already recommended it to friends, and would definitely consider staying there again.

Our stay at Darsal exceeded my expectations in every way - as did everything about beautiful Morocco! The riad is gorgeous and really well decorated. Bathrooms are great - no problems with hot water like in most other places I stayed in Morocco. Aeida was lovely and cooked us a beautiful tagine and breakfast every morning. We had such a great stay, Essaouira is an awesome little town. Would love to come back one day. Erin March 2008

We had a wonderful time in your generous and beautiful house, which feels more like a home than a holiday rental. We loved the abundance of pottery, the magical lighting, the perfect proportions, the roof terrace in the morning and the log fires in the evening. Noureddine, Faoud and Aouida took care that we got everything we wanted or needed. George March 08

On behalf of my wife Maria, our children and myself, I would like to say how much we enjoyed our all too short stay at your wonderful Riad Darsal last week. The house is wonderful and all went to plan re Noureddine and Aida etc. We all had a great time. We went camel riding on the coast in brilliant sunshine. All in all a great break! T Burgess Nov 07

Thank you, we all had a fantastic time in Essaouira- everyone was very friendly, we were really quite sad to leave. We really fell in love with the place, and intend to return Oct '08. Aeida is a wonderful person, she helped make our stay very special indeed. Your house is lovely, we particulary loved the terrace, and truly enjoyed our stay there. Once again, thank you very much. K Willaims August 07

The riad was lovely - loads of room to spread out and find somepeace and who would of thought that behind the front door there would be such a haven of tranquillity right in the middle of the medina? Ayeda lived up to her reputation and cooked what were probably the best meals we had whilst in Morocco. Nourredine was very helpful in setting up the excursions and providing some local insights. We had a really good holiday and we shall certainly come back to Essaouira. Thanks once again for the use of your riad - we had a very memorable andenjoyable holiday and we would like to return one day. L Gill August 2007

We had a lovely time in Essaouira, your Riad is beautiful and it was just the break we needed! I know you hear it all the time but your maid is a fabulous cook! I hope to stay again in the near future. J Saunders Feb 2007.I really loved the house and Nourdeddine. I will stay there again it was better than I thought it was going to be and I really loved the house. Thank you for everything. C Bodendorfer Jan 2007

We had a fantastic holiday, a really lovely Christmas - a truly greattime. We loved the house. Aieda was a real dream, a perfect treasure and we wanted to keepher. She provided the most wonderful food, was cheerful, friendly, funny,helpful, she really put herself out. The kids adored the beach. Great town, lovelypeople. Walker family December 2006'We had an absolutely great time in Essaouira, your house is stunning. Noureddine is a great guy and really helpful. We will definitely be going back if you'll have us, and we'll tell all our friends how great it is. Thanks again for a great week.' R Beatty Oct 06.Just wanted to write and say how much we loved your house and enjoyed our time in Essaouira. You’ve done a great job in restoring the house, it really is beautiful. Everything was great and Nourdinne was very helpful as was the maid. D Golden Oct 06

We had a fantastic holiday, a really lovely Christmas - a truly greattime. We loved the house. Aieda was a real dream, a perfect treasure and we wanted to keepher. She provided the most wonderful food, was cheerful, friendly, funny,helpful, she really put herself out. The kids adored the beach. Great town, lovelypeople. Walker family December 2006'We had an absolutely great time in Essaouira, your house is stunning. Noureddine is a great guy and really helpful. We will definitely be going back if you'll have us, and we'll tell all our friends how great it is. Thanks again for a great week.' R Beatty Oct 06.Just wanted to write and say how much we loved your house and enjoyed our time in Essaouira. You’ve done a great job in restoring the house, it really is beautiful. Everything was great and Nourdinne was very helpful as was the maid. D Golden Oct 06

'We had an absolutely great time in Essaouira, your house is stunning. Noureddine is a great guy and really helpful. We will definitely be going back if you'll have us, and we'll tell all our friends how great it is. Thanks again for a great week.' R Beatty Oct 06.'Just wanted to write and say how much we loved your house and enjoyed our time in Essaouira. You’ve done a great job in restoring the house, it really is beautiful. Everything was great and Nourdinne was very helpful as was the maid.' D Golden Oct 06

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Location

Distances to locations

Nearest beach 15km Nearest bar 1km Nearest restaurant 1km Nearest supermarket 1km Marrakech airport 180km Essaouira Airport 5km

Prices and availability

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 30 September - 19 December 2016: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 May - 13 September 2017: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 30 September - 19 December 2017: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 May - 13 September 2018: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 30 September - 19 December 2018: the minimum stay is 3 nights.
  • 1 May - 31 August 2019: the minimum stay is 3 nights.

Early booking discounts

  • Receive 5% off if the booking is made 46 weeks before the arrival date.
  • Receive 5% off if the booking is made 10 months before the arrival date.

Late booking discounts

  • Receive 10% off if the booking is made within 2 weeks of the arrival date.

Long stay discounts

  • Receive 5% off if the booking is for 15 days or more.

If more than one discount matches your arrival date, please be aware that only one discount of the highest amount will be applied to your booking.

Optional extras

  • Transfer to and from Marrakech airport 60 euros each way in a standard taxi which holds 4 passengers. We can also provide a people carrier which holds 6 passengers and has air conditioning but limited baggage space for 100 euros each way or a mini bus with air conditioning, holds 8 passengers and their luggage for 120 euros each way. This is organised with owner, paid directly to taxi driver either local currency or euros. ALL CONVERSIONS INTO STERLING ARE APPROXIMATE

    trip, 4 persons, paid locally

  • Evening meal - our maid Aieda can also provide evening meal as and when required. evening meal is either Tagine or couscous (lamb, chicken, beef, fish or vegetarian) with salad and fresh fruit, which she cooks and serves at the house. COST IS FROM 65 dirhams per person. ALL CONVERSIONS INTO STERLING ARE APPROXIMATE.

    £5.00 per person per night, paid locally

  • Beakfast - our maid Aieda can also provide breakfast as and when required. Breakfast is Coffee, orange juice, bread or moroccan pancakes, eggs and yoghart. COST IS 25 dirhams per person. ALL CONVERSIONS INTO STERLING ARE APPROXIMATE.

    £2.00 per person per night, paid locally

  • For winter bookings - first loa d of logs are included. If any further loads are required the cost is 100 dirhams per loa d. ALL CONVERSIONS INTO STERLING ARE APPROXIMATE.

    loa d, paid locally

Facilities

Bedrooms

3 bedrooms, Sleeps 8:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite

There is also 2 single sofa beds in Moroccan lounge, 1 cot

Bathrooms

3 bathrooms, 3 en suite bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Entertainment

CD player, DVD/Blu-ray player, TV Languages in Local, Satellite / cable

General

Living area seats 8, Dining area seats 8, Open fire, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire recommended

Kitchen

Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Pots / pans

Outside

Sea view

Suitable for

Infants, Smoking

Extra information

There is a pay as you go mobile phone and internet modem that you can use. We also have an ipod docking station. From the lower terrace you can see the rooftops of the histoic medina and from the upper terrace views of the sea. We provide a daily maid service and can also provide breakfast and evening meals, payable locally at your request. We can also provide tours of the medina for siteseeing or shopping in French or English and help with booking activities or eating out.

Sally

Average rating from 31 reviews

Private Owner From Welford, United Kingdom Member since Apr 2006

Past bookings: 110 bookings

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