Villa Gourza

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3
Oliver Approved

Overview

Recommended Pool Modern Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite

At the foothills of the magnificent Atlas Mountains, nestled amongst the pine forests of the Ouirgane National Park, lies the fantastic L’Amandier development or luxury villas. With bird song and breathtaking views for company, you’ll love to succumb to the peace and tranquility here at Villa Gourza, only 65km from the vibrant city of Marrakesh.

Sleeping 6 people in 3 deluxe en suite bedrooms, this beautiful property offers guests unbridled luxury among lovely traditional Moroccan finishes. Upon entering the villa you’ll pass through a delightful entrance hall, into a superb open plan living space, with huge French windows looking out onto the stunning views across the Atlas Mountains. A beautiful well-equipped kitchen and wonderfully designed rustic dining area mean you can entertain here in total comfort.

All the bedrooms are decorated with the utmost attention to detail, from the furniture and wall hangings sourced from the souks in Marrakesh, to the welcoming ceiling to floor doors that open onto a pretty courtyard. Even the en suite bathrooms continue to delight in their design features. So you’ll love retreating to these sumptuous havens after a long day in the Moroccan sun.

The outside space will enthrall guests at Villa Gourza with three separate areas. A spectacular roof terrace boasts a marvelous seating area, ideal for sundowner cocktails, with optimum views out onto the lush surroundings. The estate enjoys a communal pool shared with the 13 Villas, so it is never too busy. 

The terrace alongside the ground floor conveniently offers you a delightful space to sit an enjoy some al fresco dining, And the stunning secluded garden filled with local fauna, is a heavenly space in which to relax and unwind, as you take a dip in the glorious plunge pool, gazing out over the Mountain scenery beyond. Or simply sit back and relax on a sun lounger delighting in the sound of the distant bells of the sheep and goats that roam the mountain ranges. Just perfect.

The villa is located a 25-minute drive from Kasbah Tamadot, Sir Richard Branson’s Morocco hotel, where guests can enjoy exception dining and spa services. Advance bookings are essential.   

Oliver Approved

What you should know…

  • Its secluded location so we advise stocking up on the way from the airport, there is a Carrefour on the route from the airport.There are cash points here too.
  • Its quiet location means that groups looking for buzz and nightlife will need to be prepared to travel to larger nearby towns

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite Satellite TV DVD Working Fireplace

The Villa

Interior
- Open-plan living room with plunge pool terrace
- Dining area seating eight
- Well equipped kitchen
- Two double bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms and courtyard access
- One twin bedroom with en-suite shower rooms and courtyard access

Exterior
- Shared Swimming pool
- Plunge pool
- Sun loungers
- Alfresco dining space
- Outdoor seating area
- Seating area with a firebowl
- Roof terrace
- Gardens
- Parking

Additional Facilities
- Private parking
- Hairdryer
- Washing machine and tumble dryer
- DVD/CD player, Bluetooth pod for streaming music
- Flatscreen TV
- Fireplace
- Coffee machine
- Microwave
- Bath tub

Location

About the surrounding area of Villa Gourza
Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Around 70km from Marrakech lies the beautiful National Park of Ouirgane, with its stunning scenery comprising of lush green pine forests and red-earth hills. A peaceful alternative to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech, Ouirgane offers you a fantastic base from which to explore the surrounding foothills, by hiking, mountain biking or even horse riding. Villa Gourza is at L’Amandier, a small development of luxury private villas, nestled within this beautiful park, with spectacular views of the mountains beyond.

There are some fantastic hotels nearby you can visit, including Sir Richard Branson’s Tamadot just 20 minutes drive away, with multiple pools, a spa, delicious restaurant and even a zoo! The local villages of Ouirgane and Marigha offer a small selection of shops to stock up on essentials, and the town of Asno 20 minutes drive away has a great weekly food market.

For day trips further afield; zip lining, golf and quad biking are all within easy reach of Villa Gourza.  The picturesque village of Tahanaout 40km away is also a great option for a cultural experience. Set against the wonderful backdrop of the Atlas Mountains, its beautiful red clay architecture is beautifully enveloped by a mass of olive groves, orange and lemon trees. The Berber people open their homes to tourists so taking part in pottery or cooking workshops is a must-do. They also have some fantastic markets to try your hand at bargaining.

And finally you’ll want to visit Morocco’s most memorable experience, Marrakesh. Known as the red city due to the hue of the 19km wall around its seething array of souks, this magnificent place was built 1000 years ago yet only gained tourist popularity since the 60’s.  In a whirlwind of the senses, you’ll be greeted by snake charmers and fire eaters and get lost amongst the array of stalls selling everything from colourful spices to luxury leather goods.  Or simply sit back with a traditional mint tea and watch the world go by.

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Marrakech Menara Airport

(85 km)

Nearest Village Agnie

(5 km)

Nearest Town/City Marrakech

(70 km)

Nearest Restaurant Le Mouflon

(5 km)

Nearest Supermarket Agnie Supermarket

(5 km)

Kids

Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

Always enjoyed by children of all ages is the  Terres d’Amanar an adventure park (245 Avenue Mohammed V, after Tahanaout village, 2km left, then 3km.  +212 5244 220089).  A visit to Imlil and the Kasbah is always a lovely authentic place to explore.   

A must is a day trip into Marrakech to visit the medina.  Guilded tours are very helpful as they take out the hassle and you can visit the tanneries (smelly) and just running the gauntlet of the alleys and seeing the snake charmers in the square.  I am sure Abdou could help here or Mohamed (Exotic Lines Travels).  And of course a night in the desert is also a winner!

Domaine de la Roseraie hire out bikes and horses

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Extras

Oliver's Extras

  • Transfers Available
  • Airport Transfers Available
  • Welcome Pack Included
  • Essential food cupboard items included

At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Extra services available:

- Welcome Pack on arrival
- Transfer service
- Sightseeing trips

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!

Terms & Conditions

Villa conditions:
- It may be possible for the owner to arrange grocery shopping before arrival, this is on request and there will be a charge for the service.
- Visitors to Morocco are reminded to carry passports at all times to comply with local regulations.

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit £300 paid in cash to the owner upon arrival and refunded upon departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 2pm
Departure time 10am
Energy costs included? Included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Linen, bath & pool towels are included in the rental price. If you require the linen to be changed more than twice a week there will be an additonal charge of £75 per change.
Pets welcome? Pets are not allowed
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Smoking Allowed? No smoking inside the villa
Insurance It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property
Minimum stay 4 nights
Heating costs included? Included in the rental price
Internet access? Wi-Fi connection is available at the villa but is supplied on a pay as you go basis. You will be able to top up the router using a credit card. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Other Ts and Cs If house cleaning is required on a daily basis there is an additional charge of £125 per day including laundry.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 £967 £1,209 £1,394
Sep 1st 2022 - Dec 20th 2022 £1,290 £1,613 £2,032
Dec 20th 2022 - Jan 8th 2023 £1,183 £1,479 £2,070
Jan 8th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023 £968 £1,210 £1,394
Mar 1st 2023 - Apr 7th 2023 £1,290 £1,613 £2,032
Apr 7th 2023 - Apr 10th 2023 £1,419 £1,774 £2,484
Apr 10th 2023 - Aug 1st 2023 £1,290 £1,613 £2,032
Aug 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 £968 £1,210 £1,394
Sep 1st 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 £1,290 £1,613 £2,032
Dec 20th 2023 - Feb 9th 2024 £1,419 £1,774 £2,484

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 €1,077 €1,346 €1,552
Sep 1st 2022 - Dec 20th 2022 €1,437 €1,796 €2,263
Dec 20th 2022 - Jan 8th 2023 €1,317 €1,646 €2,305
Jan 8th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023 €1,078 €1,347 €1,553
Mar 1st 2023 - Apr 7th 2023 €1,437 €1,796 €2,263
Apr 7th 2023 - Apr 10th 2023 €1,581 €1,976 €2,766
Apr 10th 2023 - Aug 1st 2023 €1,437 €1,796 €2,263
Aug 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 €1,078 €1,347 €1,553
Sep 1st 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 €1,437 €1,796 €2,263
Dec 20th 2023 - Feb 9th 2024 €1,581 €1,976 €2,766

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Aug 8th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 $1,095 $1,369 $1,578
Sep 1st 2022 - Dec 20th 2022 $1,461 $1,826 $2,301
Dec 20th 2022 - Jan 8th 2023 $1,339 $1,674 $2,343
Jan 8th 2023 - Mar 1st 2023 $1,096 $1,370 $1,579
Mar 1st 2023 - Apr 7th 2023 $1,461 $1,826 $2,301
Apr 7th 2023 - Apr 10th 2023 $1,607 $2,008 $2,812
Apr 10th 2023 - Aug 1st 2023 $1,461 $1,826 $2,301
Aug 1st 2023 - Sep 1st 2023 $1,096 $1,370 $1,579
Sep 1st 2023 - Dec 20th 2023 $1,461 $1,826 $2,301
Dec 20th 2023 - Feb 9th 2024 $1,607 $2,009 $2,812

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?  
We bought the villa before it was out of the ground in 2011.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?  
The breath-taking views and tranquillity.  Closely followed by the friendliness and hospitality of the local Berbers.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?  
This was a very early development of this nature designed by British architect, Nick Gowing, in this area.  It is unique to have a development of this nature (13 private villas and a small hotel/clubhouse) in the mountains.  It also provides essential work and training for the local staff.

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?
 
Yes Harry Redknapp stayed in the villa when he and his wife attended Fleur East’s wedding which took over the whole of the complex.  Also script writer on Silent Witness. 

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really…

Must do?  Visit Marrakech!  The antithesis of the peace and quiet of the Mountains.

Must eat? A tagine – have several tagines waiting to be used.  A recipe for aubergine tagine can be found in one of our recipe books.  Delicious.

Must see? The many wonderful gardens from the famous Majorelle and Le Jardins Secret in the heart of Marrakech to Andre Heller’s quirky L’Anima on Route Ourika to Le Paradis du Saffron.

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
This is a walking paradise so bring stout walking boots and poles so that you can explore the many trails in the area.  If you have the energy you can walk to La Domaine de la Roseraie 4k away or a longer, tougher walk to the Kasbah Tamadot through the mountains.  Both are lovely destinations.  The staff, all Berbers, are friendly and several speak good English but true to custom if you are out walking or shopping you will be accosted and “sold” something as the “seller” knows someone at L’Amandier.  They mean no harm and are extremely poor so please be polite and turn them down nicely.  They can be persistent though!  There is a “L’Amandier” dog, Fritz.  He is harmless and very friendly but roams around the villas freely.  We feed him and ply him with medicines however if you do not like dogs let the manager know and he will keep him away.  

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Reviews

  • It's a very special place

    Posted by Sally on 25/07/2019

    What a an amazing stay we had at your villa last week. It’s a very special place; really only appreciated in person. It’s one of the most tranquil places I have ever had the pleasure of spending time in. Abdou and Mohamed and lovely and very helpful. Everything was perfect.

  • Stunning

    Posted by MJ on 08/05/2019

    An absolute stunning location and villa. It has been a real pleasure to stay here. Thank you Abdou for being so helpful and kind to us. We will be back...

  • A very special place!

    Posted by Jim on 07/08/2018

    We had an amazing time at Villa Amandier, a really lovely 6 days for our family. It’s a beautifully designed house - we loved the scale of the hallway and dining/living room, the size of the bedrooms and the intimate courtyard. Each night we all lay on the roof spotting shooting stars. The garden is a delight especially first thing in the morning with all the birds congregating. And there was everything we needed facilities wise. It’s a very special place, we didn’t want to leave. But now we’re in Marrakech for 4 nights so a different adventure. Feeling very lucky.

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