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Dar Leila - perfect family / group home

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10 guests5 bedrooms6 beds3 baths
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Dar Leila is a fully restored 19th century riad, located at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina in Essaouira, Morocco. We purchased it 13 years ago and have loved every minute of the journey and sharing it with guests.

The stylish, spacious and light-filled interior is laid out over three floors to accommodate up to ten guests.

Abdaul & Aicha, the live-out staff, come in to serve breakfast and clean six mornings a week. Help with local arrangements is part of their service...

The space
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GROUND FLOOR
The central courtyard with its cooling fountain provides a calm retreat from the heat and bustle of the world outside.

The spacious salons allow each guest the space to retreat and relax; utilise the wifi connection or listen to their ipod through the bluetooth speaker.

-Grand Salon:
Tobacco coloured tadlekt (polished plaster) walls create a cozy space with built in seating for a group at one end; vintage French leather armchairs around the fireplace in the centre; and a library nook at the other end.

-Dining Salon:
Rich blue tadlekt walls and inviting banquette seating make the dining salon perfect for Moroccan style dining. For the ultimate indulgence Abdaul and Aicha can whip up a fantastic 3 course dinner for only 100Dhs (approx £8) per person. A smaller European height table next to the open fire offers cosy dining a deux.

-The Study:
For those times when real life has to intrude during a holiday the study has a large desk area with task lighting allowing vital work to be dispatched as swiftly as possible. The built-in day bed is a great place to relax and watch a movie on your laptop. Alternatively it can be made up as a sumptuous double bed. With the adjacent shower room this cool retreat makes a perfect fifth bedroom.

-The Kitchen:
Given the number of great restaurants and the option of having dinner cooked for you, the most you may do in the kitchen is mix a cold drink. But should you wish to cook up a storm after visiting the markets you'll find everything you need in here.

-Ground-floor Shower room:
Fully fitted with a European style wc (very important!), powerful shower and burnished copper sink, the ground floor shower room provides a useful overflow to the bathrooms on the first floor..

FIRST FLOOR
Three double bedded rooms and one twin bedroom are all situated off the galleried first floor, along with a shower room and a bathroom with an indulgently large tadelakt bath.

Finest Egyptian bed linen and open fires in two of the rooms complete the experience.

-The Red Room:
An open fire, a wrought iron four poster bed and ample built-in wardrobe space. What more could you want?

-The Indian Room:
Brightly patterned fabrics give this room it's name. With a large built in wardrobe, double wrought iron bed and a window facing on to the courtyard it's a peaceful haven.

-The White Room:
Taking its cue from the black and white floor tiles that run throughout the riad, this double bedded room is our personal favourite. Dark woods contrast with the crisp linen and black and white rugs to keep it cool in summer. A working fireplace makes it a romantic retreat in winter.

-The Blue Room:
Comfortable twin beds, a large wardrobe and plenty of space make this an ideal room for friends - or children. A travel cot can be supplied free of charge if required.

-The Bathrooms:
The "Hammam" style bathroom has a Tadlekt - Moroccan polished plaster - bath and sink. The bath is plenty big enough for two so light the candles and take a long soak!
The shower room has a beautiful tiled shower with a rainwater-style shower head and a burnished copper sink. Both bathroom and shower-room have european wcs and hamman-style towels made from a 50-50 blend of natural cotton & linen.

ROOF TERRACE
The large sheltered terrace is the final delight of Dar Leila. Covering the whole of the house, high walls surround and protect it from the wind that makes Essaouira so great for watersports and make it an ideal place for secluded sunbathing.

Breakfast is usually served up here and large seating areas, sun loungers and shades make it possible to while away a whole day only venturing down for supplies!

Guest access
All parts of the riad are available for guest to use.

Other things to note
All prices are for exclusive use of the house and include breakfast every morning except Sundays - Abdaul, the house guardian, and Aicha, the housekeeper, have Sundays off. Breakfast - served around 9:30am on the terrace, weather permitting - will usually be freshly squeezed orange juice, fresh coffee or tea with freshly baked pain au chocolat, croissants and bread. For a bit of variety Aicha will also cook you her wonderful pancakes one morning and eggs another if you would like. After breakfast Aicha washes any dishes, cleans the house, makes the beds and if you have any laundry she will wash and iron it for 50Dhs (5 Euro) for a "normal" load - you need to allow up to 48 hours for your laundry to come back as it is all done by hand.
Dar Leila is a fully restored 19th century riad, located at the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage listed medina in Essaouira, Morocco. We purchased it 13 years ago and have loved every minute of the journey and sharing it with guests.

The stylish, spacious and light-filled interior is laid out over three floors to accommodate up to ten guests.

Abdaul & Aicha, the live-out staff, come in to serv…

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 king bed
Bedroom 4
2 single beds
Bedroom 5
1 king bed

Amenities

Kitchen
Wifi
Breakfast
Laptop-friendly workspace
Iron
Hair dryer
Hangers
Indoor fireplace
Smoke alarm
Private entrance

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Essaouira, Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco

Essaouira itself is known as "Windy City, Africa". A laid back fusion of Portuguese, French, Arabic and Berber influences since the current walled city was founded as a trading post in the 18th century.

Now you can wander the car-free medina, browsing the souks and soaking up the atmosphere without the hectic crowds and pressure that is part of the Marrakesh experience. Plus just five minutes walk from Dar Leila is the 8km curve of beach, for kite surfing, wind-surfing or catching the rays.

THE MEDINA
You can spend hours wandering the back streets of the medina, stumbling across little artisan Thuya inlaid woodcarving workshops and admiring the eclectic architecture.

Take time to wander around the fishing harbour and see the boats come in with the day's catch then head down towards Rue Skala (the ramparts), to the right of the fishing harbour, to watch the sun set.

Our guests receive a detailed information pack, all researched by us, with tips on the best places to eat, drink and shop. So you can enjoy the medina without getting lost - unless you want to!

OUT & ABOUT
There is a host of activities on offer in Essaouira from the active to the decidedly lazy!

We send each guest an information pack with full details of our suggestions. We've included a sample below to whet your appetite.

-Kite Surfing, Wind Surfing, Surfing:
Club Mistral at Ocean Vagabond's beach base has everything you will need, from equipment hire to lessons to recommendations on where the best surf is found. Sebastien and his team, Mounir & Rachid, are very friendly and open for business 7 days a week.

-Quad Bike / Buggy Excursions:
This is a great way to spend an afternoon. For 550DHS / €55 per person Philippe, who owns Cap Quad, will pick you up from by Bab Sbaa gate, drive you out to their base 10 minutes away in Diabat (the village made famous by Jimi Hendrix) and take you out for 2½ - 3 hours on quad bikes. You head down the dunes to Sidi, led by an experienced guide, slowly at first until you get the hang of it. The return journey is a full on blast back down the beach. Well worth the money if you like this sort of fun.

-Horse - or Camel - Riding:
You'll encounter touts on the beach offering horse or camel trips - don't worry if you're not keen - they do listen to a polite no. If you do want a short trip the animals all look well cared for - just agree a price before you set off.
For a more organised excursion Ranch Diabat offer a variety of different length trips from 2 hours to 2 days!
Essaouira itself is known as "Windy City, Africa". A laid back fusion of Portuguese, French, Arabic and Berber influences since the current walled city was founded as a trading post in the 18th century…

Hosted by Beau & Emma

Joined in May 2013
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We love travel. We love homes. We love to share our homes in Morocco and Italy with people who travel.
During your stay
Abdaul & Aicha, the live-out staff come in to serve breakfast and clean six mornings a week. Help with local arrangements is part of their service and they can even cook a fantastic dinner or baby-sit - for a small extra charge. Aicha was the first person we ever left our daughter with (when she was 8 weeks old) and she's like a second mother to her so if you are parents looking for a break...
Abdaul & Aicha, the live-out staff come in to serve breakfast and clean six mornings a week. Help with local arrangements is part of their service and they can even cook a fantasti…
Beau & Emma is a Superhost
Superhosts are experienced, highly rated hosts who are committed to providing great stays for guests.
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Things to know

House rules
No pets
Smoking is allowed
Safety & Property
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm

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