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.
Mirleft is a sleepy town by the coast and has everything you would want/need for a relaxing break. Unfortunately for us the weather was a bit disappointing - but this we cannot control!
Caroline was extremely warm and friendly and made the stay an extremely enjoyable one. She is always available to offer advice and clearly knows the area very well and even cooked us a delicious dinner one evening!
The apartment is very spacious and as described in the listing. The best part is definitely the location - being next to the sea was a real pleasure.
I would certainly recommend visiting Mirleft and staying at The Big Blue!!
Great times at Carolines, Abdullah picked me up and drove me to hers then we watched a champions league match Barca vs Real. The next day Charlie took me around town (the lovely dog tour guide) I met the lovely local guys Rachid and Mohammed they had tea with me and we played football on the beach, the room manages to be nicer than even these pictures suggest and Caroline when she did arrive back was charming and delightful (if slightly tired from her journey - she was truly accomdating) A good town , a beautiful home, a charming host and hostess and best of all Charlie the Duke of Mireleft.
Thanks Steve - We have wifi now - it isn't anything to do with height - both connections work now- I think I may be the jinx! Also thanks so much for looking after Charlie - he was most depressed after you left - seriously! Take care and I hope to see you again one day - when I am actually here! x
Really nice place, exactly as described. The ocean view is breathtaking. The room was cozy and had a comfortable bed. The apartment itself was nice and spacious. I was even able to use the kitchen so prepare some breakfast and tea. Caroline is very hospitable and helpful.
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What can we say! We had such a lovely time with Caroline and Charlie, they both welcomed us into their beautiful home. It was our base for six days and Caroline was so helpful, arranging paragliding and horse riding, reccomending the best places to eat and making us feel so welcome. If you're thinking of heading to Mirleft stay with Caroline and Charlie, enough said :-)
Staying with Caroline was like staying with a friend of a friend. She was really helpful both before and during our stay and made our first visit to Morocco a lot smoother than it would´ve been without her tips. The room and the house were just like in the pictures - just add the soothing sound of waves and you're almost there.
Caroline made us feel very welcome and at ease from the moment we arrived at her lovely home. After a long and hectic journey travelling from Marrakech, we were delighted that her house was what we had hoped for.
The bedroom was airy and clean and the bed was very comfortable.
We loved having our breakfast on the roof terrace, sometimes accompanied by her very cheeky dog charlie. Caroline drew us a map so we knew exactly where to go and was always very happy to help.
We loved listening to her stories and very soon found out that she was a bit of a celebrity in the small town.
If you are looking for a little bit of an adventure as well as a real relax this is the place to visit.
Cheers Annabelle - twas lovely having you guys here. The Germans did not visit - but I bumped into them a couple of nights ago (they'd stayed an extra two days) so we were able to say goodbye - and take a cringey photo. Take care and hope to see you again one day.
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.