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A special house in the heart of the Medina of Essaouira (recently refurbished)

Bedrooms 4
Separate WCs1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Can sleep up to a maximum of 8 (but only as 4 couples)

Dar Zette is a beautiful & tranquil house, combining modern and traditional styles, hidden away in the heart of the 18th century medina. Perfectly situated for the bustling souks selling spices, carpets, jewelled slippers & Thuya wood boxes with cafes and restaurants nearby and the wide sandy beach of Essaouira only a minute away.

Surrounding the open courtyard on two sides, the house offers light and peace. The wide folding doors of the salon allow the ground floor rooms and courtyard to become as one – wonderful by candlelight in the evening. Built on 3 floors with a further sun terrace and storeroom, the house allows much privacy for reading and sunbathing. Extensively re-furbished in June 2018 including new kitchen and bathrooms, Dar Zette has much to entice.

Please note that there are hard surfaces and steep stairs which, combined with the nature of the sleeping accommodation, mean the property may not be suitable for families with young children.

More Details

Ruth and Arnold
Member since: 2006
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 August, 2018

About Ruth and Arnold

Retired British couple who live in property ourselves for part of the year.

Ruth and Arnold purchased this house in 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a really lovely time. The house is beautiful - we all wanted to stay for longer! The way you have decorated it is gorgeous we loved all the rugs and things - particularly the big buddha lamp. We also loved Essaouira. The weather wasn't great while we were there but we found cosy bolt holes to drink mint tea in etc. we loved Taros and found a really lovely restaurant called 'la cle de voute' where the staff were exceptionally accommodating and warm - when we arrived both our little girls were taken in for a kitchen tour and as we left were both given the hugest hugs. The food was good and the general atmosphere was really cosy and friendly.

We would love to come again some time.
Feb 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Chbanat in Essaouira

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Overlapping bookings. We cannot accept bookings covering same day if earlier one is using all 4 bedrooms as we then need a clear day for changeover
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • town
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , On ground floor accessed from courtyard - toilet & handbasin
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Shared by bedrooms 1 and 2 on first floor
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 4 (blue) - 1 Double Bed , en suite, on 2nd floor
    Bedroom 3 (red) - 1 Double Bed , en suite, on 2nd floor
    Bedroom 1 (white) - 1 Double Bed , On 1st floor
    Bedroom 2 (green) - 1 Double Bed , On 1st floor
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 share a bathroom with a dual sinks and large shower. Beds are standard doubles built into floor and cannot be moved so each room is only suitable for a couple or single person, not two singles sharing.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Terrace
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Rachid, our Local manager, can arrange for you to be met at either Essaouira or Marrakech airports and taken by taxi to Essaouira Medina where he will meet you to take you to the house. He will available throughout your stay for any queries you may have and he can also take you on a guided tour around the souk. Saadia, our housekeeper, is also happy to cook evening meals on request by private arrangement (pay her direct) Occasional meals may be available by direct arrangement with our housekeeper, Saadia, but these cannot be booked in advance. Payment for food, cooking and service is to her direct. During winter months, a load of firewood can be supplied on request. At the start of a rental, bathrooms will have toilet paper and small bar of soap. Thereafter guests are responible for the supply.


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A special house in the heart of the Medina of Essaouira (recently refurbished)
average rating of 4.903226 based on 34 reviews

Wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

A big thank you to Ruth and Arnold for allowing us to spend a week in their beautiful house in the centre of Essaouira for a week in July 2018. As a family of five adults we fully appreciated the different balconies and private areas as well as the high quality amenities.

The house is very tastefully furnished and decorated with seating areas both inside and outside. The central courtyard is the heart of the house with the other communal areas surrounding and looking down on it.

The previous week we had been in Marrakech and Rachid met our taxi by the main entrance to the Medina. He introduced us to the house but left us to explore and settle in. At the end of our stay he arranged for a taxi to take us to Marrakech airport.

Saadia came in for a short while each day but left us to our own devices. One evening she cooked us two delicious meals, one with meat the other vegetarian. Best vegetarian tagine all holiday. For those of a similar disposition being a vegetarian in Essaouira is not difficult.

Essaouira is a bustling coastal town with lots going on but without the edge of Marrakech. It has a good beach which is very easy to get to from the house with all the amenities you would expect. Look out for the Humphrey Bogart look alike waiter in the beach side restaurant. The shops and markets are fascinating and lots of good restaurants in the evening.

We would definitely recommend Dar Zette to those who want to be close to the action but also value their peace and quiet at home.

Mark and family

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A treasure in the Médina

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully decorated home, cozy with fireplace and well stocked. We’d definitely stay there again! Great location, close to beach and easy to access.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we'd be delighted to have you again! Glad you had a Happy New Year with your family.
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Everything about this riad is wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

Our adult family of six had the most amazing time at this riad. The accommodation was clean, spacious and offered lots of gathering spaces as well as special get away nooks.

The location is perfect within the medina but close to get out to beach and day trips.

All communication and questions were answered quickly by hosts Ruth and Arnold. Information provided by hosts was very helpful and time efficient when searching for places to eat. Rachid was also there when we needed.

All in all. I can not recommend this riad highly enough. Thank you Ruth and Arnold for creating such a special time and place for our family to be together.

Lorraine pierce- hull.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted that we could help make your special occasion a memorable one!
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Relaxing stay in a beautifully furnished and comfortable riad

  • 5 of 5

We were a three generation family group aged 4 to 70. This riad met our needs perfectly as there were plenty of bathrooms and separate terraced sitting room area outside the various sleeping areas. The riad has been tastefully furnished and decorated and had a lovely atmosphere. The roof terrace was fabulous with plenty of comfy loungers for everyone. Rachid the manager and Saadia, the cook housekeeper looked after us very well, with Saadia cooking a lovely pancake breakfast for us every morning for a very reasonable price. The location of the riad was very convenient and much easier to find than others we had stayed in.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing House!!

  • 5 of 5

The house was exactly as the description and pictures provided. It was very spacious and had everything that we required. The location was perfect as we were not toofar from the main square but still very quiet inside the house. Also the house is a 10 minute walk from the beach so we were able to walk down and soak up the sun

The facilities were very good, especially with the number of bedrooms and bathrooms plus the added bonus of a private roof terrace.

The property was very clean and the lady who came to clean was very polite and helpful, as was Rachid the manager who was very helpful and saw that we had everything that we needed.

The owners were very quick to respond and we were very looked after by Rachid.

I would highly recommend this property as essaouira is the perfect place to go and relax and enjoy the beach and sights

all the nearby restaurants served very good food and the pancakes are to die for, it was very easy to obtain halal meat for the family as we cooked some meals while we were there and also very easy to walk down to the market to buy fruit, vegetabes and groceries.

It's also very good for shopping and the prices are reasonable for gifts, definitely buy from here if you re heading to marrakech

all in all we will definitely be back to essaouira and when we do we will book this property again

  • Review Submitted: 28-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Delighted you had a great holiday. We look forward to welcoming you again in Dar Zette.
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Lovely property, very calming.

  • 5 of 5

The property was typical Moroccan, beautifully decorated. Kitchen well equipped and beds comfortable. Lots of places to sit and relax throughout the house. Loved the way you could step out of the house into the busy market streets where you could explore all the little alley ways.

Provision of a safe box in the building would be beneficial to keep valuables in.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your suggestion which we will take on board. Glad you liked the house and Essaouira.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Essaouira Mogador
Nearest Ferry
180 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
160 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Essaouira beach
Car: not necessary

Essaouira offers something for everyone. The climate is semi-tropical staying warm and balmy throughout the winter. A UNESCO world heritage listed city, Essaouira has a relaxed laid-back atmosphere where you can enjoy the hubub of the souk, the bustle of the busy port with its fish market, the romance of a walk along the ramparts at sunset or exploring the streets and hidden passageways of this special town.

Other Activities: small traditional port, souks, cooking & eating, hammams, historic sites, bird watching, camel riding, land yatching, kite surfing, 4x4 off roading and quad biking.


Prices & Availability

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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