About this listing
Bright and comfortable double room with balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean in modern spacious house owned by English journalist and her rescue dog
My home is situated in Tayert 1, a tiny, quiet hamlet 1.5kms from the centre of the laid-back fishing village of Mirleft (four mins drive - about 20 to walk). Nestling between several beautiful beaches the spacious open-plan house is set atop a rocky escarpment overlooking the endless blue Atlantic Ocean to the west - with a view of the purple-tinged Anti-Atlas Mountains to the east.
The first floor, light and airy room has an extremely comfortable European bed (inc. 100% cotton bedding, double covered pillows, regularly washed/aired feather duvet, mattress cover) and double sliding doors that open onto a balcony facing directly out to sea. There’s lots of wardrobe space and plenty of power points. The room also comes with a full-length mirror, hairdryer - and towels for use in the giant wet room (shared only with me), which is equipped with a double-headed shower (hard to find in Morocco!).
This is not a BnB - but coffee and English tea are always available, and you are welcome to make your own breakfast in my kitchen. If you arrive very late then I will provide the first breakfast for free so you don't have to go looking for shops.
Other food wise - there are beach front café/restaurants a few minutes either side of the house – and umpteen delightful eateries offering various lovely local fare in the village.
Food is a big part of Berber life and Mirleft has plenty of mouthwatering options: spidercrab, sea bass and octopus literally straight from the sea, lamb, beef, and camel tagines, or gut-busting Couscous-Royale lavished with meatballs, merguez sausage, and saffron-scented chickpea stew. There are also snack options a-plenty in the streetside cafes – from traditional Berber omelettes, to refreshing Moroccan salads to fantastic homemade French fries.
Situated a safe distance from the disco lights of Agadir the emphasis here is very much on relaxation. But if lolling on the beach isn’t your bag - there is still plenty to do. Mirleft is home to some of the finest surfing spots on the SW coast of Morocco – and there are several well-established surf schools that offer training and equipment hire. The region is also renowned for its year-round near perfect paragliding conditions – and is very popular with European flyers looking to soar out of season. Other opportunities include quad biking in the desert, horse trekking in the mountains and diving for octopus under the rocky coastline. I can also organise tours south into the desert on request.
Further south along the shimmering Atlantic coast lies L’Gzira beach resplendent with cathedral-high red rock formations, the former Spanish colonial town of Sidi Ifni boasting splendid Art Deco architecture, and Guelmim ‘the gateway to the desert’ with its bustling bazaars and camel markets. To the north is the seaside town of Aglou with its old-timey promenade and tiers of cave dwellings, and slightly inland, the town of Massa, hiding in a luscious green national park which offers fantastic freshwater fishing spots. And if you’re after pukka Moroccan jewelry - 40kms through the cactus-strewn mountains lies Tiznit famous for its silver and ancient medina.
I’m here most of the time so if you need honest opinion, transport or contacts for local activities or places to go I’d be more than happy to point you in the right direction.
Whether you’re a paraglider or surfer gasping for some action, an adventurer eager to explore or a sun-seeker just seeking to splodge – if you’re looking for a tranquil bolthole – this could be just the place.
Bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, roof terrace
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little as they want!
Convenience stores, bakery, local beaches, very friendly people - and lots of peace and quiet.
Hourly bus service - Sidi Ifni to Tiznit, local taxis can be arranged
There are no 'rules' per se - aside from according my house the respect you would your own home. It's pretty easygoing here - think staying with a friend-of-a-friend rather than some crabby old landlady and her mutt.
I will, however, need to make a copy your passports (stored on my computer) - for your security and mine.
Caroline's place was a perfect match for us in Mirleft. My girlfriend and I stayed in Mirleft for about two weeks, staying at Sally's B&B and AFTAS Beach House, prior to Caroline's. This was definitely our favorite! Caroline was so helpful and accommodating to us in every way possible. She even helped us arrange our transportation plans for our next stop on our trip. Her dog Charlie is extremely friendly.
The kitchen is gorgeous and has everything you need to cook for yourself, which we did for every breakfast and dinner while we were there (note: at the other two places we stayed in Mirleft, the kitchen was not available for guest use, and we had to walk about a mile into town each night to get dinner-- which isn't so bad, but it was very pleasant to not be forced to make dinner plans each evening.).
Caroline's house is about a 5 minute walk from Marabout beach in Mirleft and another 15 minute walk to the our favorite beach Plage Sauvage, where there are two different surf schools which rent boards/wetsuits for 100dh/day. There are two small stores to buy groceries about a 5 minute walk away, as well as a bus stop which goes into Mirleft center, Tiznit, Legzira, or Sidi Ifni every hour. Caroline also has a great bookshelf full of beach reads - she even let me take a book with me when I left, as I had not finished it yet.
The house is in a quiet neighborhood, and the window from the bedroom opens up to the Atlantic Ocean, which drowns out any other sounds as you fall asleep on the very comfortable Western-style bedding (not the weird cushion mattresses that exist everywhere in Morocco).
As a graduate student living in Fez for the last six months, I have travelled to quite a few places in Morocco, from Tangier to Al-Hociema, to Essaouira, to Merzouga, etc. Caroline's house in Mirleft was the best place I have stayed in Morocco in terms of convenience, value, and relaxation. It fit perfectly with what we wanted in to do in Mirleft and I can't wait to go back. I am even considering traveling 14 hours from Fez to come for a weekend in the Fall.
I stayed here with my boyfriend for five days and it was everything we expected and more. Caroline made it so easy for us to have a great time in Mirleft, giving us recommendations on places to see etc. Not to mention the house is beautiful. We had an awesome view of the sea from our bedroom.
We are definitely going to miss waking up to the sound of the waves every morning.
Thanks so much for all Caroline and Charlie (the adorable dog), we will see you next year for an even longer period of time!
It was an absolute pleasure to stay with Caroline. I couldn't possibly ask for more: beautiful house, great location, stunning views, and, of course, Caroline's personality. She was very hospitable and help me out A LOT! Would definitely stay there again.
Very quiet neighbourhood, in front of the sea and at walking distance from Mirleft beaches. Caroline is a great host, always "de bonne humeur" and cool conversations. The house is new, clean, and fully equipped with everything you'd need for your stay. We felt at home really.
Everything went smoothly, she gave us useful tips to fully enjoy our short stay in Mirleft, which is a lovely moroccan small coast town. I absolutely recommend!
We had a wonderful stay at Caroline's in Mirleft. Both the room and the entire house are absolutely beautiful, and the views of the Atlantic are incredible. The nearby village is cosy with a bunch of little nice restaurants, and it's really close to several secluded, beautiful beaches. Caroline's a great host and knows everything about the area. Oh, and Charlie is quite possibly the best dog ever. We'll definitely return!
Staying at Caroline's was the highlight of my trip in Morocco! The town was so relaxed, and so was the home. Caroline was so fun and helpful, giving me not just great advice for excursions but also helping me arrange surfing lessons! She's well known in the town, and on my first day, she showed me around, and after that, people would help me out, knowing I was staying at Caroline's, including giving me lifts back to her place.
Charlie (her dog) was super sweet, and even went with me to the beach. I was a little lost, and the dog knew the way and honestly looked back at me every now and then as if to say "It's this way, you coming?"
I had an amazing time, and I really hope to go back one day.
Merci à vous caroline de nous avoir accueilli chez vous.
Le cadre est vraiment magnifique, la maison est à quelques mètres de la mer, la vue depuis le balcon et le bruit des vagues sont tout simplement apaisants!!!
La ville de MIRLEFTH est à voir.
Merci et à bientôt.
See you soon
About the Host, Caroline
In 2007 I ran away to Morocco and ended up on the Atlantic coast in the Berber fishing village of Mirleft. After two months of sun, sea, fantastic food and bundles of Berber bonhomie I decided that this was where I wanted to live. So I sold my rabbit hutch in London and with the proceeds, much help from fabulous new friends, and a crash course in French and Berber I built a house by the sea.
I now live here on a pretty permanent basis with my young and very friendly rescue dog Charlie. A typical day comprises Charlie rollicking on a neighbouring beach while I’ll either be working as a freelance journalist in London (via wi-fi) or on the upkeep of the house.
After several years living on Morocco's SW coast (and from researching for travel features) I am now very knowledgeable about the region and fully integrated into the local Berber community - the latter being extremely easy to achieve just by being friendly and up for a laugh. And while my day-to-day is largely 'European' I have inevitably adopted the Berber mantra "imik, imik" ('slowly, slowly') - i.e. life is pretty relaxed.
So if you're looking for a friendly, secluded spot to snooze to the swashing of the sea both Charlie and I would be happy to have you here.