la petite maison
property description: A delightful property in the old medina. Close to the beach, bustling fishing port and 17th century ramparts. With easy access to the Marrakech gate, La Petite Maison has a central courtyard open to the sky. Around 150 years old, it has been lovingly restored with many original rustic features & natural materials. Thuja wood ceilings & attractively coloured tadelakt walls give a truly cosy and authentic atmosphere. Ground floor- Double bedroom & WC. Courtyard with dining area. Tiled staircase to 1st floor-Moroccan style salon & open plan kitchen. 2nd floor- Double bedroom. Shower room & WC. Terrace level-Day lounge or extra bedroom. Shower room & Moroccan WC. Terrace with view of the Marrakech hills.
Things to do-see craftsmen working with thuja wood, blanket weavers and artists at work. Eat fresh barbecued fish from the stalls near the port. Try the restaurants and hear Gnaoua music. Enjoy shopping for fresh ingredients in the souk or have a meal prepared for you at La Petite Maison. Local activities include fishing, horse riding, surfing, swimming, walking, wind-surfing, camel rides on the beach and kite surfing.
Also of interest would be WILD WOOD GROVES/ BAB EL OUED D’ARGAN which has built its own Argan Oil production centre in the heart of the Argan region (east of Agadir) in Morocco. Their aim is that the local Berber women, who traditionally make this oil, will benefit from good wages and working conditions and also literacy and other educational training.
Argan oil is believed to be one of the rarest oils in the world. Besides having a rich nutty flavour, the oil contains high levels of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids. It has many other health benefits.
Visits can be arranged to the oil production centre on Sundays, this is situation approximately 200km away. Please see our links page for further details about the oil production.
Stairwell at the property
The front of the terrace at la petite maison
location: Essaouria is situated on the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Two hours + by taxi or coach west of Marrakesh and north of Agadir where there are international airports. The journey passes through the argan region - an ancient tree unique to S.W.Morocco, its fruit loved by goats and known for the oil produced from its seeds. A charming walled city of great character, Essaouira was once a Portugese colony and is now a UNESCO heritage site. It can be windy in summer, never over hot and mild in winter.
Close by is small island off the coast which is now a nature reserve where there is a rare falcon, the Eleanora falcon. Visits are now only by arrangement and if one belongs to an organisation such as WWF.
The islands were known as the Purple Isles due to the mollusks that gave off a purple liquid that was collected and used for dye by the Romans. (It is also where Jimi Hendrix wrote Purple Haze and Castles in the Sand). There is a small castle wreck along the beach known as Jimi's castle.
other details: One small double and one normal double bed are avaliable in the 2 bedrooms. In addition the terrace room has 2 Moroccan banquettes, slightly narrow which can be slept on separately or pushed together. Single, double duvets, and linen supplied. Due to the galleries on each floor round the couryard this house is not suitable for toddlers or young children, though there is a crib for young babies. The ground floor only would be suitable for the elderly or infirm There are two yoga mats for use on the terrace.
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contact details: please contact owner for further details
Fax: (UK) +44 (0) 20 8731 7030
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