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As featured in The Times - 10 Great Villas - Marrakech Travel, Saturday 27 September 2014! Dar Aicha, is the Marrakech home of the English artist, Elaine M Goodwin. It is an intimate and enchanting small palace, filled with light and beauty and situated at the heart of the old medina of Marrakech. Located at the end of a short cul-de-sac, off the main passage-way leading into the souk Smarine, it is a few minutes walk from the square, the renowned Djemaa el Fna. The house is a traditional Dar, built around an open courtyard, with an upper level and an attractive roof terrace garden. Our guests, even couples on their own, get sole occupancy of the riad and the services of our attentive staff. We pride ourselves in offering a 5-star service in elegant surroundings at very competitive rates. The rates quoted are per person. Please click on 'Rates' for full details. We have installed free WiFi facilities for the convenience of our guests. (Please note: We are the original Dar Aicha. We have no connection with a small hostel near the bus station, known as Riad Dar Aicha, also in Marrakech.)
We love children and children love Dar Aicha and its location near all the interesting places in the medina. We do however expect our guests to watch over their children carefully and to ensure their safety going up and down our steep stairs and to behave sensibly in this lovely house....moreless
The first double bedroom has an extra large bed. There is also a daybed in that bedroom which can be used by a child. The second bedroom has a comfortable double bed and the third bedroom has twin beds. A further bed can set up in the salon and
the person sleeping there could use the 4th bathroom downstairs. We also have a baby's cot which can be set up in any of the rooms....moreless
Meals: Delicious Moroccan cuisine is prepared by Madame Zahra, our welcoming housekeeper/cook.
Prices: 230 dirhams, per person, per day for full board (about £16.00 Sterling - varies with rate of exchange - wine extra). Or: breakfast: 60 dirhams, lunch 70 dirhams, dinner 100 dirhams. These costs to be paid in the local currency, directly to Samir the house manager.
The charming house manager, Samir, who speaks English and French, will meet you at the airport and serve at table. He will arrange any excursions and accompany you, if required . He is always happy to answer queries and ensure that your visit is a memorable one.
Personal laundry: included in the rental and done by Madame Zahra.
Strictly no smoking in the bedrooms
All damages to be paid for...moreless
Audio Tape Player
A great choice of books are in every room including guide books. ...moreless
Rates are based on 1 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate 1 night min stay
Rates are based on 1 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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No additional mandatory fees
Rates quoted are per person. WEEKLY rate is for one person - two people per week is £560, etc. Children under 10 years may stay free of charge. Good discounts are offered for older children.
Single visitors (ie one person occupying the entire house) will be charged £500 per week or by arrangement.
Please note that the NIGHTLY rates quoted are PER PERSON, per night
Guests pay a 15% deposit on booking. Balance due 3 weeks before arrival at the house.
For all meals requested by our guests, payment is made directly to Samir the house manager and in the local currency (dirhams)
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Marrakech, situated between the high Atlas mountains and the southern deserts of Morocco, is an ancient city of exquisite gardens, historical sites, colourful souks and elegant shops. The city offers all-year-round attractions from cultural pursuits to leisure activities. Shopping in the souk for pottery, jewellery, brassware and carpets is a magical experience.
Other Activities: excursions desert/beach/ mountains by arrangement. Marrakech is a shopper's paradise. Come and experience it for yourself.
Year Purchased: 2001
About the owner: My name is Elaine M Goodwin, an English artist, living in the south west of England. Marrakech became my second home when I purchased the beautiful Dar Aicha in 2001. Marrakech, with its wondrous colours, warmth and incredible light, greatly inspires my art work. It is wondrous.
My good friend Jane Clark handles the rental bookings for me and looks forward very much to hearing from you. She will ensure you have a comfortable and wonderful stay. She takes over this role from our friend Munni who has held this position for over 13 years. For those who knew her, she is at present travelling the world!
Why the Owner Chose Marrakech: I wanted to find a studio home which would inspire me as an artist. Dar Aicha in the Marrrakech with its beauty and incredible location won me over. Although I have had this gorgeous home for over 13 years, on each and every visit, I remain as excited and entranced as the I first time I stepped over the threshold. Dar Aicha is full of light and traditional character. My wonderful staff of many years make both me and guests feel most welcome at all times.
The Unique Benefits at this House: Waking up at Dar Aicha is a joy. The sun comes streaming into the courtyard, birds are singing and you know that soon a delicious breakfast will be served in the dining area or on the terrace. The day has begun and you know fabulous things will unfold. On the first floor there is an open and welcoming sitting area - a traditional space - known as a 'mensa'. This is where you can sit and relax, read or listen to music. It is the heart of the riad. On the ground floor there is an elegant salon with a television and comfy sofas to enjoy cosy evenings. On the roof of Dar Aicha is a spacious terrace with potted palms and exotic trees. This is the place to enjoy the night sky, the birds, the sun and the unique tranquility of living in a traditional riad...a living room in the sky. Coming into Dar Aicha, after experiencing all the excitement and colour of the souk is like entering a different world - a haven. Madame Zahra, our amazing cook is always on hand to serve delicious meals and Samir our charming house manager is forever helpful in making sure all your needs are met. He is also a great problem solver. The rest of the staff are
equally friendly and delightful. Dar Aicha is gem!