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Dar Ballar, Bab Adrar, Marrakech, Morocco

£7,350 Per Week

Dar Ballar is a spacious, luxury architect-designed villa (sleeping up to 14 guests), offering luxurious and elegant accommodation, with six bedrooms and five en suite bathrooms.

They include: a spacious Master suite (with a double bed, large en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle, plus a private terrace, with panoramic views of the distant Atlas Mountains; 3 additional double en-suite bedrooms; a double room with twin beds and a large 4 bedded room, which both share a communicating shower room/wc. There is also a separate cloakroom.

The villa is set in three and half acres of beautiful, lawned gardens, with a variety of tropical plants, olive trees, palm trees and beautiful roses all of which grow so well in this part of the world. In addition, there is a large private swimming pool with sun loungers and parasols (which can be heated in the winter months at extra cost - details on request), a shaded pool house and a boules court, ideal for a game during the heat of the day, or the cool of the evening.

Dar Ballar is located on the Bab Adrar domaine, a small, secure and gated exclusive estate, just outside Marrakech in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. The villa enjoys wonderful views of the distant mountains, yet it is only a 25 minute’s drive from the ancient Medina of Marrakech and to the Airport. Dar Ballar also shares the communal facilities of the Bab Adrar, domaine, which includes a Hammam, basic gym, clay tennis court and jogging track. The house manager, Noureddine can arrange both massage sessions and yoga lessons (extra cost) at the villa or in the gardens.

Dar Ballar makes a wonderful base for a family holiday or for a group of friends celebrating a special occasion. We can also arrange special dinners with entertainment if required. The villa is very elegant and comfortable, the grounds and views are amazing and the staff are experienced, professional and very friendly; all the ingredients for enjoyable, relaxing and memorable holidays

6 bedroom luxury villa, sleeping 12 guests (up to a max. of 14 guests). Rental costs include breakfast. The villa comes fully staffed: with House Manager and 4 house staff for parties of 8 or less; with 5 house staff for parties of 9 guests or more.

A BUYING GUIDE TO MOROCCO

Unless you have burning desire to buy a farm in Morocco (foreigners are not allowed to buy agricultural land), the property market is well established for Western buyers.

One barrier to remove is language, unless you speak good Arabic or possibly French. Otherwise, you will need an English-speaking local lawyer, and a very useful resource to find one is the UK Government’s website. This carries a list of lawyers known to the embassies there, (although this obviously comes with no specific recommendation).

You will also need a notary, and again the site carries a link to a list drawn from the National Chamber of Notaires.

For both, visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/buying-property-in-morocco

The notary, just as in other countries such as France and Spain, typically represents both seller and vendor. He/she will check the vendor’s identity; that they actually have a right to sell the property to you; and that the physical aspects of the property – size, construction etc – are accurate.

Once a price has been agreed, it is normal practice to pay a deposit of around 10%. You are then committed to go ahead with the purchase, and a signature on the final contract should take 6-8 weeks. Your lawyer should take care to ensure that the property is being sold with the consent of all interested parties (e.g. direct family members of the vendor).

Finance

Foreign nationals are allowed to take out a mortgage to finance their purchase, up to a maximum loan-to-value of 50% of the purchase price.
Your purchase will need to be paid in the local currency (the dirham). If you are transferring funds from the UK, it is often worth shopping around for the best currency conversion rate as this can make a considerable difference.
Costs

Every purchase is different, but as a rule of thumb, budget for 12%-17% of your purchase price in additional fees, taxes and charges.

As a buyer you will typically pay:

  • Your lawyer (we strongly recommend you use one), at a cost of up to 5% of the property value, plus 10% VAT.
  • A registration duty of 6%
  • Notary fees of between 0.5% and 1%
  • A land registry fee of 1%
  • Stamp duty of 1%
  • The ‘simsaar’s’ (local agent’s) fee of typically 2.5%

 

Please note: This article reflects Aylesford’s current understanding of property legislation in Morocco. It is offered for general guidance only; specialist legal and tax advice should always be taken for any property transaction.

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