3 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, open plan living rooms and modern kitchen.
Villa 7 L'Amandier
About Villa 7 L'Amandier
We are two sisters who live near London and are also the greatest of friends. Alex is an interior designer and I, Sally, am an international landscape designer. As youngsters we travelled the world with our parents and eventually settled back in in the UK in Surrey. Alex has two daughters who are following in our footsteps by not only being sisters but also the greatest of friends. Alex is always threatening to retire but something always comes up to prevent her from actually hanging up her pattern books. I have no intention of retiring for some considerable time apart from the fact that I would love to spend more time at the Villa! Both of us are extremely busy and do not understand how to actually slow down. Our families, although initially bemused by our venture in Morocco are thoroughly supportive and now that they too have visited on numerous occasions are as in love with Morocco, Marrakech, Villa 7 and our Berber friends as we are. Certainly it came as a surprise to both Alex and I that we when we decided to buy a second home that it wasn't within kicking distance to our home base. Although today there is considerable concern regarding the unstable situation in other parts of North Africa we have never felt threatened in Morocco. Morocco is ruled by a very forward thinking king, Mohammed VI, who works extremely hard to bring Morocco into the 21st C. He is tackling the immense problems of poverty and corruption while improving the poor human rights record. He is very much the liberal leader today and is whole-heartedly supported by his subjects. His considerable investment in tourism, which he sees as one of Morocco's key industries, is to be seen everywhere. It was knowing his philosophy that helped us make this key decision to purchase a villa in Ouirgane.
Villa 7 L'Amandier purchased this Villa in 2012
Why Villa 7 L'Amandier chose Ouirgane
For several years I had visited Asni (staying at the Kasbah Tamadot) with a girlfriend. It was just an amazing experience. Within minutes of being in the Atlas Mountains you felt the benefits of clear air, blue skies, white snow-capped mountains and peace. A holistic experience. On my first trip I took a walk through the mountains, slipped an broke my wrist. This accident did nothing to diminish my growing love of the country. The help and care that I experienced was fabulous. We still know Adbul who helped me down to Marrakech to get my wrist set and also know his family, mother, brother, sisters, cousins and now his wife and children. In fact we are friends ten years later with many of the people I met on that first trip. I thought it was time to introduce Alex to the Atlas Mountains. Within a short space of time, she too was in love with the area. On this trip, quite unexpectedly we visited a plateau in the Toubkal National Park. A small development of 13 private villas and boutique hotel was in the early days of construction. The views were just so beautiful, the tranquility was almost palpable. And we knew that we had found our second home. At that stage it was just a skeleton but we could see that this contemporary low-lying building was going to be a fabulous retreat from the hurly burly at home. The developer, a British company, MHK International, and the architect, Nick Gowing, seem to have captured the essence of the Berber village nestling in the mountains without being a pastiche. The private gardens would provide a sense of security and privacy while the communal gardens would provide a scenic link to the other villas and the proposed hotel. The hotel amenities would also be offered to the villa owners and their guests so the villa, although in the middle of the plateau, would not be cut-off from civilisation. And then there was that view. How could we walk away? Our villa, at the end of the development has the best aspect of all!
What makes this Villa unique
We fell in love with this spacious three bedroomed villa. Although it appears compact it is actually very roomy and there is enough space to not be on top of one another. It is built from traditional materials and earth coloured plaster. Only one storey high. Throughout the villa traditional methods and materials have been used from the tadelakt walls through to the bejmat tiles but modern amenities have been integrated into the build. Inside you enter into a large hall furnished with modern and traditional Moroccan pieces reflecting the red earth colours. All the major rooms lead off the hall, including the three large bedrooms called: Rose, Gold and Blue. Their ceiling to floor doors open out onto a small private courtyard with its fragrant orange tree. The sun rises in the morning over the mountains and warms these rooms as the light streams through the windows. On the other side of the hall is the open-plan living area. Again ceiling to floor windows and doors open out onto the private terrace, but the most important feature of this aspect is the view of the mountains and almond plateau. Absolutely breath-taking. Often in the morning you will walk out onto the terrace in your dressing gown to just admire the magnificent view and listen to the bird song. You can while away a lot of time just absorbing the atmosphere. What's even just as special is watching the shepherds walking their sheep and goats along the edge of the garden to their pastures. They used to stop off and crop our grass until the perimeter fence was erected. A plunge pool on the terrace helps you cool down if it all gets too hot. If you want even more impressive views, there is the roof terrace which comes into its own at night when the skies offer even more distraction with glorious sunsets and at then the stars - just incredible.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Lovely peaceful place
Wonderful house and garden. Relaxing stay.
Thank you for your review, we are delighted that you had a relaxing stay and hope to welcome you again in the future.
Wonderful villa and gardens, great mountain views and stunning night skys
We stayed from October 18th to 25th. We were a little concerned with the weather when we landed early morning at Marrakech as it was cloudy and a little cool, we shouldn't have been as other than the first day the daytime temperatures were always in the 80s and sometimes even low 90s fahrenheit with very little cloud. The villa was spacious, tastefully decorated and very well equipped in all areas. Beds comfortable, water pressure good in all bathrooms, towels in all shapes and size of good quality, everything you could need in the kitchen, a dvd player with dvds provided and a small music system. Our only minor complaint would be is that you can not connect to the wi-fi from the villa, for this you would have to go closer to the hotel (where the wi-fi signal comes from) The hotel is not currently open but will be a great asset when it is as you could then eat and grab a drink there if you did not fancy cooking or going further afield.
There are 13 villas in total and I would say Villa 7 has the best position by far and as a result of this also the best views, the gardens of the villa were beautiful with plenty of flowers still in bloom and plenty of bird song with lots of exotic birds regularly visiting the gardens and terrace, including an extremely tame Levaillants woodpecker and a very chatty group of Bulbuls. The roof terrace had great views and was ideal for star gazing, we saw shooting stars on most nights.The communal gardens were also lovely to stroll around and the team of gardeners that maintain them always friendly. Would recommend a tagine and some couscous from Abdou and his team rather than going to the Domaine de la Roseraie, it was much tastier and a fraction of the cost. Abdou was always on hand to pick up local shopping for us and offer and advice as was his brother Saiid who I enjoyed many interesting and varied conversations with. All in all a wonderfully relaxing week in late October with plenty of sun yet only 3-4 hours away from London.Think we might pop back when the hotel is open so we can have an even lazier week than we had !
So glad that the birds, stars and sunshine were in abundance for your visit. Thank you for your kind comments. We agree, it would be brilliant to have the hotel up and running but the owner has not given us an opening date yet. So sundowners on the terraces are other option. Adbou and Said are definitely great, nothing is too much for them to help with. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Sally and Alex
Just Beautiful !
Fantastic 360' views and beautiful house. The onsite manager was v helpful and attentive. Thank you Sally for your very thorough advice and emails ahead of arrival for creating a unforgettable oasis in the mountains.
So glad that you enjoyed your stay. Abdou is a wonderful asset, nothing is too much for him to do. Yes those views are just wonderful. Perhaps they will persuade you to come back. You are very welcome to stay at any time.
"A little paradise near Marrakech"
What's to say ? If you dream of comfort , this place is what you need . It's a very spacious villa , clean and tidy. L'Amendier resort is located in Ouirgane, a small area about 60 km from Marrakech. We stayed here 3 nights with my family in the summer , we were all satisfied and we could relax in complete privacy . So the house is magnificent with a nice atmosphere and calm guaranteed , there is a well air-conditioner and parking outside . The kitchen is well equipped and contains everything you will need, as well as good products . There is a dining room , three lovely rooms , 3 spacious bathrooms and well-equipped with heated towel rails , and hairdryers are also provided . The private garden is filled with birdsongs and colored plants. The house has a terrace with swimming pool and a second on the roof . You can also have access to the large swimming pool at the hotel with its splendid view that overlooks the great mountains. In the evening , you can admire the very dark sky on the deck chairs as well as the beautiful bright stars .
Finally ,I recommend to everyone to visit this little paradise far from any pollution and noises , and it was for us a nice memory and good experience .
Hope to come back once in the future .
Thank you for your kind comments. We are delighted that you enjoyed staying at the villa, a place that we love. As you say, a tranquil setting in our polluted world. Alex and I look forward to welcoming you to Ouirgane again in the not too distant future.
Super villa in staggering location near Marrakech
L’Amandier resort in the Atlas Mountains will, once completed, consist of 12 villas and a boutique hotel. It is scheduled to open as a fully functioning resort later this year, although the swimming pool is usable now. Villa No 7, where I was lucky enough to spend a few days in February, is probably in the best location being at the far end of the complex with a neighbouring villa only on one side. From its rear terrace there are the most staggering views up to the mountains which, when I was there, were snowcapped – a fabulous feature against a blue, blue sky.
The villa has three double bedrooms looking on to a pretty central courtyard, each one with its own large bathroom. The very generously proportioned main living area runs the length of the rear of the house, with floor to ceiling glass doors leading on to a west facing terrace with a plunge pool, looking on out to that fabulous view. No better place from which to watch the sunset over the mountains, unless perhaps from the roof terrace above, with its intimate Bedouin-style pergola.
Quality modern furnishings, along with a fully fitted kitchen, give Villa No 7 a contemporary feel, with some standout locally sourced pieces to remind us that Morocco is a country rich in traditional craftsmanship as well as glorious landscapes. I can’t wait to go back!
Thank you Angela, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at this amazing location in the Atlas Mountains and look forward to welcoming you and Andy back next February. Sally & Alex
The ultimate Atlas mountain base camp!
Mid-winter in the Atlas foothills - birdsong in the flowering hedges, amazing star watching on the terrace, blazing fires in the fire place, wonderful Moroccan meals prepared by attentive staff, morning dips in the pool, walks through Berber villages, longer hikes across the hills, mountains all around - and always the comfortable villa to return to. We couldn't have found a better base camp for
our month of Moroccan explore and the villa is fresh, beautiful and well appointed inside and out.
We were delighted to have you as our first guests to the villa and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.
About an hour and a quarter's drive from Marrakech you enter a totally different world. It is a magnificent scenic area, perfect for artists and authors alike, there are opportunities to take cookery courses, wine tasting and spa treatments. Terrific for trekking, walking, bird watching, bike and horse riding. Sun-bathing, reading, meditating, yoga and total relaxation goes without saying. Great as a base for skiing or golfing, ballooning or hang-gliding, exploring by 4x4 or off-roading. If you need to inject the hurly-burly of city life into the rural quiet, Marrakech is a short journey from Ouirgane and it is very easy to spend a day site-seeing, shopping, wandering the souks or just exploring the medina buying the odd carpet or two.