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Villa A, Marrakech, Morocco

€8,705 Per Week

Villa A is a stunning villa, 13 Kilometres south east of the city of Marrakech and 20 minutes drive from Menara Airport on the road to the Ourika Valley in the direction of the Atlas Mountains.

This private villa is set in a mature five-acre walled garden full of palms, olives, citrus, roses and a large fountain. The cool pure air from the mountains mixed with the scent of the orange trees makes it a wonderful place to relax.

Villa A was originally built by a French Colonel 70 years ago. It was completely renovated in 2003. The style is now Mediterranean which compliments its light and spacious rooms. The villa has been beautifully decorated using traditional materials and Tadelakt decorative plaster work along with Zeliges tiles, Diss and Bejmatt local bricks. The rooms in the villa are 4.5 metres high and 0.5 metres thick which provide great insulation. The drawing room has 1930?s Egyptian wall hangings along with mother of pearl inlaid Syrian mirrors. The bedrooms have silk wall hangings, comfortable beds, ceiling fans and air-conditioning. At night the front of the villa, drive and fountain are lit by candlelight lanterns. The palm trees in the gardens are also illuminated. It is the perfect place to stay and to use as a base to visit the medina of Marrakech, the valleys and Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains, or the beaches and fish restaurants of Essaouira. Please visit the activities section for further information. The Villa can accommodate up to 12 people staying in the main house and the pavilion.

THE MAIN HOUSE The main house can accommodate 8 people and includes the following: Large Entrance Hall leading to: The Dining room, which can seat up to 12 people. The Drawing room has fireplace and French windows onto a large terrace. Library and TV room with Sky TV, DVD player, computer and internet connection. A 25 metre hallway leading to: A Roof Terrace with two seating areas, one with a wrought iron circular dining table for six people, and the other with cushioned stone benches and Zelige tables under a pergola for up to 20 people. Two double bedrooms with terraces, ceiling fans, air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms. Two double/twin bedrooms with fireplaces, ceiling fans, air-conditioning and en suite bathrooms.

THE PAVILION The Pavilion can accommodate 4 people and is in the garden, close to the villa. It has two double bedrooms with air-conditioning (one twin and one double), one separate bathroom, a terrace and a kitchenette. The ceiling of the pavilion has intricate Moroccan designs in plasterwork. The Pool House has a twin bedroom with overhead fan, a shower room and a loo. There is a fridge stocked with soft drinks and water, and also a Ping Pong table. The Swimming Pool has two set of steps, it is 20m x 6m and has a beach at the shallow end. There are chaise-longues around the pool and a curtained pergola with Zelige dining table to provide a shaded eating area for lunch. There is a new clay tennis court in the garden.

POTAGERIE As well as the many citrus and soft fruit trees in the garden, there is also a large Potagerie (vegetable garden) which provides the vegetables, salad and herbal teas for the house.

MENUS Meals, soft drinks and water are included in the rental price: Breakfast of your choice includes fresh orange or grapefruit juice, croissants, home made breads, special honey, fruit, yoghurt, tea and coffee or a full English breakfast of your choice.

Two course lunch or a picnic. Tea with home made biscuits. Three course dinner.

Very drinkable Moroccan wines (rosé, gris, white, red) can be provided from 70DH upwards.

USEFUL INFORMATION Dietary preferences should be discussed with staff in advance. There is good reception for UK mobile phones. The electricity supply is 220V, and the sockets fit european round two-pin plugs. The staff are highly motivated. While gratuities are at the guests discretion, we will advise on the amounts if requested.

EXTRAS International telephone calls and faxes. Imported spirits and champagne. (Guests are encouraged to bring duty free spirits and champagne as, while they are available in Marrakech, they are costly). Car hire. Heating of the swimming pool between November to March is £500 per week.

ACCOMMODATION BEDROOMS The villa sleeps 12 guests in 7 bedrooms; 3 double rooms and 4 twin (these single beds can zip together to make wide double beds if required. One of the twin and one of the double rooms have open fireplaces for colder nights. " Bedroom 1: en-suite shower, separate WC. " Bedroom 2: en-suite bath/shower, separate WC. " Bedroom 3: en-suite bath/shower, bidet, WC. " Bedroom 4: en-suite shower, WC. " Bedrooms 5 & 6: en-suite bath/shower, separate WC. " Bedroom 7: en-suite shower, separate WC. All rooms are on the ground floor and can be accessed or adapted for wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair and walking frame available at the house if needed.

FACILITIES Large fully equipped kitchen with cooker, hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and separate walk-in cold store. All meals are prepared by our excellent cook, both traditional and international cuisine. Washing machine and ironing board. Our housekeeper attends to all your laundry requirements. Our English-speaking house manager will attend to your every need, from collecting you from the airport to recommending places to visit, booking restaurants, running the house and ensuring all your requirements are met. His wife is an excellent cook and will produce home-made ravioli amongst other delicacies. The pool area and clay tennis court are maintained by our groundsman and 2 gardeners keep the roses, vegetable garden and lawns in a pristine condition. The staff live in houses within the walls at a discreet distance from the house. Villa Alexandra is not let on a self-catering basis; it feels more like staying in your own private hotel. All meals and soft drinks are included in the price and special dietary requirements can be catered for.

GARDEN The mature 5 acre garden is enclosed by high walls and is abundant with palm trees, olive trees (we make our own olive oil), citrus and fruit trees. A thousand roses scent the air along with mimosa and jasmine and is a perfect haven for birds. The overflow swimming pool is 20m x 5m with a "beach" area, ideal for small children to paddle, and there are plenty of sunbeds and parasols. The pool house has a drinks fridge, ping pong table, changing area, shower and WC. The pool can be heated on request, usually during Novemeber - April (extra cost applies). There are various terraces around the property which are ideally suited for different times of the day. The clay tennis court is maintained to a high standard and there are racquets available (always best to bring a fresh tin of balls!).

ACTIVITIES Morocco's varied landscapes, which range from a 3,500km (2,170mile) coastline to the forests, rivers and mountains of the Middle and High Atlas and the Sahara Desert, offer a wide choice of sports and leisure activities.

GOLF COURSES The following three golf courses are a very short distance from the Commune of Tassoultante: Marrakech Royal Golf Club built in 1935 has 18 holes par 72 and 6,200 metres. It is a beautiful course with the Atlas mountains in the background. Amelkis Golf Club has 18 holes par 72 and 6,657 metres. A relatively new course located in the heart of a magnificent olive grove. Palmeraie Golf Club has 18 holes par 72 and 6,214 metres. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Snr. in the Palmeraie Golf Palace grounds, an exotic setting for one of Morocco's most famous courses.

WATERSPORTS The great reservoir of Lalla Takerkoust is less than a 30 minute drive away. All types of watersports are available. The foothills of the Atlas Mountains are less than an hours drive away where there is trout fishing, riding and trekking. You drive past fields of barley and corn, orchards full of olives, oranges, figs and pomegranate trees, and through the Ourika valley.

SKIING Oukaimeden, the best ski resort, is a 90 minute drive. Mount Toubkal, 4,167 metres high, is the highest mountain in Morocco where you can climb or ski trek, and is a 3 hour drive.

KITE & WINDSURFING, BIRD WATCHING AND OYSTERS The charming seaside town of Essaouira is a pretty fishing port less than a 3 hour drive and is certainly worth a day trip to visit the old Medina or an overnight stay. It is always very windy but is a charming blue and white town with horseshoe harbour where the fishing boats unload their varied catch direct to the waterside street cafes. There is also the beautiful town of Oualidia with its lagoon which is famous for oysters, beaches and abundance of wild migratory bird-life. BOOKINGS THE PRICE INCLUDES: " Accommodation for 7 nights. " Staff: an English and French speaking concierge/ butler, a superb cook, maid and gardener/night watchman " Breakfast of your choice including fresh orange or grapefruit juice, croissants, home-made breads, special honey, fruit, yoghurt, tea and coffee or a full English breakfast of your choice " Two course lunch or a picnic " Tea with home-made biscuits " Three course dinner " All soft drinks and water " Very drinkable Moroccan wines (rosé, gris, white, red) can be provided from 70DH upwards " Laundry service " Local telephone calls " Transfers to and from Menara airport

DISTANCES Marrakech 13 Km - 15 minutes Menara Airport 13 Km - 15 minutes Ourika Valley (for mountain walking) 25 Km - 40 minutes Essaouria (seaside) 60 Km - 2.5 hours

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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