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Beautiful riad good location for couples, families or groups.

Sally Cartwright

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Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Sally Cartwright

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Beautiful riad good location for couples, families or groups.

People8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Essaouira - DARSAL

3 ensuite bedrooms, quiet street in Medina close to beach / cafes

Darsal is a beautifully restored raid offering peace and tranquility in the heart of the vibrant, historic Medina. A tranquil, traditional riad on a quiet street, the beach, souks, port, restaurants, cafes and Main Square are all within a few minutes’ walk, a great location to enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the old town. Plenty of room for relaxing. On the ground floor is a a peaceful courtyard with fountain around which there is living/dinning area with open log fire and kitchen. On the 1st floor is a large tranquil bedroom with French windows overlooking the courtyard and a spacious en-suite / a second en-suite bedroom with double bed and mezzanine bed (low headroom suitable for 2 children). The second floor has spacious with open log fire lounge, Moroccan salon with 2 sofa beds and kitchen all overlooking the courtyard. There is a private terrace with sun beds, an ideal place for relaxing, soaking up the sun or having a glass of wine. Patio table and chairs for al fresco dinning. There is also a lovely sunny terrace room with double bed & en-suite. There is a further terrace with views of the Medina. Spacious and relaxing, all bedrooms are en-suite, free wifi, safe, daily maid service & traditional cooking offered. Combining modern comforts with Moroccan tradition this is the perfect place to spend your holidays with family & friends. We can organise airport transfers and day trips.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Sally Cartwright (Owner)
Member since: 2006
Call Owner
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Speaks English, French, French email enquiry only
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
24 May, 2015

About Sally Cartwright

Hi this is a photo of Geoff and I, Bethan and Lewis on the roof terrace in 2006 when the house was first restored. We live in Northamptonshire and first visited Essaouira in 2004 and fell in love with the town and the wonderful people. Darsal was deralict when we first purchased it with no elcetricity or running water. We put a lot of time and thought into restoring the Riad and have had many lovely holidays there since. Bethan and Lewis still enjoy visiting and lots of happy memories of childhood holidays in Darsal.

Sally Cartwright purchased this house in 2004

Why Sally Cartwright chose Essaouira

Darsal is a lovely property, we loved Essaouira, it's people and the the old medina. It has a wonderful feel of being somewhere colourful and viberant, whilst being set in a quiet street in the centre, you can get away from it all and still only a stones throw from the beach, souks and cafe's.

What makes this house unique

Darsal is full of surprises, you approach it from a quiet narrow street and once you open the front dooe, you enter into a room with a little couryard and lovely sitting areas. It then goes on to the first floor with a light airy master bedroom and a second bedroom, with a mezzanine bed which we built especially for Lewis, as a den. He had seen one in another riad we had visited. the main lounge is on the next floor, all open plan and a lovely area for relaxing, reading and children to play. There is a kitchen area, great for taking cool drinks up to the terrace. Once up on the terrace is a little onsuite bedroom with a lovely large window to let in all the light. A brilliant house to explore!

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Reviews

4.9
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Beautiful riad good location for couples, families or groups.
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5

Lovely house in the heart of the medina

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic, spacious and comfortable house, tucked away in the heart of the medina, but only one minute from the main thoroughfare. Also very close to a number of excellent and traditional restaurants.

The house mixes traditional style and architecture with modern comforts, such as flat-screen TV and DVD player. Lovely open plan lounge with a small kitchen area and open fireplace for chillier days.

Aida prepares a great and exceptional value breakfast each morning - certainly sets you up for the day.

We loved our week in Essaouira and certainly plan on returning to Darsal in the near future.

Many thanks to Sally for all her help before our stay, in particular for arranging smooth and easy taxi transfers to and from Marrakech airport.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Beautiful Darsal

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Darsal, it's a great place, plenty of space, comfortable and good location. We have visited Essaouira many times and this is the best place to stay. Aida made us a wonderful breakfast every morning, and one evening she barbecued some fresh fish for us that we'd bought from the port... Delicious! We were also invited into the neighbours home one evening as they were having a party, live drumming and lots of dancing.. It was a real experience! When staying at Darsal you really feel like you're living among the local people of Essaouira who are such warm & friendly people. We will be back & it will definitely be Darsal again for us

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

A fabulous gem in the middle of the medina!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this wonderful riad! Fouad, the house manager met us with the warmest smile (despite our flight being delayed by 4 hours!), and whisked us away to this wonderful little gem. After a comprehensive tour of the house we were left to settle and make ourselves at home, helped along by the wonderful food that Aieda had prepared! The riad was just perfect for us (3 generations ranging from 2 to 70 years old) there was plenty of space for us to spread out, our favourite spot was definitely the terrace where we enjoyed meals and relaxation time. The riad itself is beautiful and the attention to detail at every level is evident. The location of the riad is perfect, it is slap bang in the middle if the medina, with everything you will need on your doorstep.

Fouad and Aieda really enhanced our stay, Fouad was on hand to answer any questions and was able to organise a few trips for us, Aieda prepared breakfast each morning and even a few evening meals, she was also a great source of local knowledge!

In the lead up to the stay the owner provided a wide range of information and was able to organise airport pickups on arrival, this ensured a smooth arrival with no stress about transport! Communication with the owner was always quick and easy.

I guarantee that a stay here will leave a lasting impression!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Enchanting!

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property, in absolute tip top condition, very central and yet private. The roof terraces were magical, as sheltered from the wind, and we found ourselves stargazing at night more than once. They could not have done more for us, and made our first trip to Essaouria more enjoyable. We will return without doubt with our daughter for a family holiday, and another time with our friends for a more adult vacation. Stunning!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Excellent and authentic riad in a charming town

  • 5 of 5

First of all a little about Essaouira. It is almost a magical place, small, but has the feel of a big town with a cosmopolitan population of artists. It is a place for art lovers! The medina is full of charm at all hours. You will enjoy exploring the many narrow streets and sipping coffee or mint tea at one of the many outside tables while watching people. Essaouira is always full of life, but you will feel safe. The views from the ramparts over the Atlantic Ocean are exhilarating and the sunsets truly spectacular.

Darsal: From the first moment we walked in the door we could feel that we made an excellent choice. The refurbishment and decor immediately transport you to the Moroccan atmosphere. The owner has certainly made sure that the finishes and furnishings are of the highest standard. There is everything you need to enjoy a comfortable stay. Also delightful to cook meals and enjoy in the delightful internal yard or the lounge upstairs - with fresh ingredients from the market it is impossible not to be tempted to use the fully stocked kitchen! We always looked forward to returning to the comfort and serenity of our dar after a day out. When our holiday was over, we found it difficult to leave and want to return as soon as possible. Darsal exceeded our expectations and it was so enjoyable to be inside this oasis of peace and charm.

Some words about the people taking care of Darsal: Fouad met us on our arrival outside Bab Marrakech and he was punctual and courteous. Aieda is a truly genuine and warm person. There wasn't a language problem as our language (Maltese) is in many ways close to arabic and we could converse at length about many things. She gave us all information and was always available to help if we needed anything. We enjoyed talking with her so much about family and many other things.

We were overcome by the charm of Essaouira and the people we met there, but the success of our stay was mainly due to the fact that we stayed in Darsal . This would definitely be our choice when we return.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Quaint Dar/Riad in the heart of essaouirs

  • 5 of 5

Taken to the property by the ever-friendly and helpful Faoud, we weren't sure what to expect when walking down a narrow cul-de-sac. It was a very pleasant surprise to find such a beautiful looked-after property just off one of the Medina streets. It had everything one needs and we felt that as a family of four we couldn't quite fill the whole building which had 3 full bedrooms and a mezzanine bed. Will certainly try to stay there again if we are ever back in Essaouira.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2013
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Essaouira
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Essaouira
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Agadir
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Essaouira
Nearest Train
160 Kilometres
Marrakech
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Kilometres
Essaouira
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Essaouira
Car: not necessary

Essaouira his a charming ancient Medina (walled town), it has a colourful and vibrant center with many mysterious and interesting streets and souks to explore. All within walking distance are the historic Portuguese ramparts, a small working fishing port with it's traditional blue boats bringing in the daily catch and the 3 mile long beach, where there are a variety of water sports available. There are no cars allowed inside the Medina, which gives it a very hassle free atmosphere. There are plenty of restaurants which offer a variety of Moroccan, French and Italian cuisine. The climate is temperate and rarely gets above mid 30's. There are many sports and activities available in the area.

Other Activities: land yatching, kite surfing, camel riding, historic sites, small traditional port, souks, hamman, 4x4 off roading and quad biking

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Prices & Availability

From £36 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Essaouira, Atlantic Coast Morocco

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Summer 2015
1 May 2015 - 31 Aug 2015
3 night minimum stay
£171
for 3 nights
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£57
£400
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Autumn 2015
1 Sep 2015 - 19 Dec 2015
3 night minimum stay
£108
for 3 nights
From
£36
£300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Christmas
20 Dec 2015 - 3 Jan 2016
3 night minimum stay
£192
for 3 nights
From
£64
£450
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2016
4 Jan 2016 - 30 Apr 2016
3 night minimum stay
£108
for 3 nights
From
£36
£300
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
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3 night minimum stay
£150
for 3 nights
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£50
£350
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest

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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £50.00

Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Essaouira in Atlantic Coast Morocco

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 180 m²
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , ground floor
  • 3 en-suite shower rooms, and ground floor cloakroom
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , ensuite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed , ensuite, mezzanine bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , terrace room, ensuite
    Moroccan Salon - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Bedroom 1 - Large double bed light airy room with French window and charming en-suite bathroom.Bedroom 2 - Double bed and en-suite with mezzanine double bed suitable for 2 children. Bedroom 3 - Lovely sunny terrace room with double bed and en-suite bathroom Moroccan salon has two sofa beds.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Daily Maid Service
Attractions:
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
There is also an ipod docking station and a pay as you go mobile phone and internet modem that you can use. The raid has two kitchen areas which are open plan to the dinning area and salon, one on the ground floor and one on the 2nd floor ideal for eating on the terrace, or for more than one family. If required we could arrange for 2 extra people to sleep in the Moroccan salon.

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