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Enchanting Small Palace in the Heart of the Old Medina, for Your Exclusive Use

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Last updated: 03/26/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Marrakech house description

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.)


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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeper
  • Housekeeping
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    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

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 6-7

  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

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  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Cot available...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

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • 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

Entertainment

  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    A great choice of books are in every room including guide books. ...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    All channels available...moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    There is a selection of videos for general use...moreless

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Festivals
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank

Leisure Activities

  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown
  • Mountain

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining:

    Depending on the time of the year and the weather, meals can be taken on the terrace, the first floor 'mensa' which an open but covered sitting area, and the ground floor dining room....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 7 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    These traditional houses are designed to cope with the heat of summer and stay cool inside, day and night without air conditioning. There are fans and electric heaters in all rooms. ...moreless

  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Personal laundry is done by the maid and the cost is included in the rental of the house....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heating is provided by a gas heater in the dining area and by electric heaters in the salon and in every bedroom....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    The elegant salon on the ground floor is a perfect retreat for a quiet drink, reading or watching TV etc....moreless

  • Parking:

    If you have rented a car, Samir, our house manager will find a place for you to park near the Jema El Fna, a short distance from the house. Vehicles are not allowed inside the medina....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Personal laundry is done by the maid and the cost is included in the rental of the house....moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    Cafetiere...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    The house has a good complement of dishes and glasses so that the table can be elegantly laid. This is all done by the staff who will put candles and flowers as necessary....moreless

  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    Our guests may only use the kitchen for the preparation of hot drinks. If you wish to eat at the house, Madame Zahra will prepare delicious meals on request. Prices listed on the site. ...moreless

  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Guests may store drinks or fruit in the refrigerator....moreless

  • Stove

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    The terrace is like a garden in the sky and is a perfect place to sit in the sun or the shade and to gaze at the stars at night....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is no garden at ground level but the terrace is like a little oasis....moreless

  • Terrace

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    We do not have a pool at the house but there are hotels within a few minutes' walk which offer facilities to non-residents....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
whole year
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2015
1 night min stay
£40
£280 £1,200

Rates are based on 1 guests; add £40 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
£40
£280 £1,200

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

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • No additional mandatory fees
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

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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Location

2 Miles
Nearest Airport
Marrakech
1 Miles
Nearest Train
Marrakech
100 Miles
Nearest Beach
Essaouira

Car: Not Necessary

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.

 

Owner info

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!


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Speaks: english

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Photos

  • The sun-drenched courtyard of Dar Aicha

    The sun-drenched courtyard of Dar Aicha

  • On the mensa, a perfect place to relax - looking up to the steps to the terrace

    On the mensa, a perfect place to relax - looking up to the steps to the terrace

  • The elegant and romantic turquoise bedroom

    The elegant and romantic turquoise bedroom

  • The rose bedroom

    The rose bedroom

  • The saffron bedroom

    The saffron bedroom

  • The dining area

    The dining area

  • Madame Zahra cooks delicious brochettes

    Madame Zahra cooks delicious brochettes

  • Enjoying morning breakfast on the terrace

    Enjoying morning breakfast on the terrace

  • Relaxing in the sun on the terrace

    Relaxing in the sun on the terrace

  • Looking from the central fountain toward the salon

    Looking from the central fountain toward the salon

  • The salon looking toward the TV area

    The salon looking toward the TV area

  • The lily pond in the beautiful Jardin Majorelle

    The lily pond in the beautiful Jardin Majorelle

  • The sitting area in the heart of Dar Aicha known as the mensa

    The sitting area in the heart of Dar Aicha known as the mensa

  • Looking out toward the sitting area from the saffron bedroom

    Looking out toward the sitting area from the saffron bedroom

  • The turquoise bathroom

    The turquoise bathroom

  • The rose bathroom

    The rose bathroom

  • The saffron bathroom

    The saffron bathroom

  • Evening dinner awaits

    Evening dinner awaits

  • Informal supper is served in the upper sitting area - the mensa

    Informal supper is served in the upper sitting area - the mensa

  • The afternoon sitting area on the terrace

    The afternoon sitting area on the terrace

  • Romantic evening on the Terrace

    Romantic evening on the Terrace

  • The salon looking toward the sitting area

    The salon looking toward the sitting area

  • The Majorelle Gardens of Yves St Laurent - a wonderful place to visit

    The Majorelle Gardens of Yves St Laurent - a wonderful place to visit

  • We love seeing the entertaining storks on the
 city walls - a typical feature

    We love seeing the entertaining storks on the city walls - a typical feature

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  • Sleeps
    7
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    4
  • Property type
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  • Reviews
    26
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Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Calendar last updated: 03/26/2015
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