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18 December 2013


On Morocco’s Atlantic coast, about 170 km west of Marrakech, is the delightful little town of Essaouira. With its romantic fortified medina (a UNESCO world heritage site), photogenic fishing port, beautiful beaches, world class watersports, characterful restaurants, art, music, easy-going people and mild, sunny climate it is not hard to see why so many people have fallen in love with the place.  In the heart of the ancient media, yet just 10 minutes walk from the beach, is a historic house which has been converted into comfortable and well-equipped self-catering apartments with loads of Moroccan character.



Chez Rebecca ...

Chez Rebecca is an exceptionally light and airy rooftop apartment with plenty of space for open-air living, including a sheltered private terrace (perfect for a leisurely breakfast or lunch) and a large shared rooftop terrace with splendid views of the medina and the Atlantic Ocean. The large living/dining area has a traditional Moroccan fireplace and plenty of discretely-hidden technology. There are two bedrooms (one twin and one double), a bath/shower room in honey-coloured tadelakt (the pigmented polished plaster that is traditionally used for hammams) and a fully-equipped open-plan kitchen. The mainly blue and white decor which is so typical of Essaouira gives the apartment a laid-back seaside atmosphere. Unlike a dar or riad (courtyard house), Chez Rebecca's windows face the outside so you can go to sleep to the sound of Atlantic waves and wake up to blue skies and sunshine (well, most of the year!). 

Sleeps 4 - 5. From £300 to £450 per week - Click here for more information



The Spice Cave ...

The Spice Cave is an idiosyncratic ground-floor apartment with a unique blend of Moroccan quirkiness, individual style and European comforts.  It has many unique features including some specially commissioned stained glass from a local artist. The spacious open plan living area has a fully equipped kitchen and a beautiful curved tiled staircase leading to two mezzanines.  Due to a original quirky floor plan the sleeping arrangements are informal, flexible - and fun! There is one 'conventional' double bedroom, two low-ceilinged mezzanines and additional accommodation in the salon, if required, plus a spacious bathroom (with tadelakt bath/shower) and a small tadelakt shower room. The apartment has access to a large shared rooftop terrace which has splendid views of the medina and the Atlantic Ocean.

Sleeps 6. From £200 to £300 per week -  Click here for more information




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