Villa Gourza

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3
Oliver Approved

Overview

Recommended Pool Villa/House Ideal for Kids All Bedrooms En-Suite Parking Space

Welcome to Villa Gourza, a spacious and elegantly furnished retreat that guarantees comfort and relaxation. Step inside and be greeted by a grand, airy hallway with bedrooms on one side and an open-plan sitting/dining/kitchen area on the other. Rest assured, every room in the villa, including the bedrooms and sitting room, is equipped with air conditioning to keep you cool in any weather.

This villa boasts three inviting bedrooms, each opening up to a delightful private courtyard. Two of the bedrooms feature comfortable double beds, while the third offers two single beds. Every bedroom comes with its own ensuite bath/shower room, ensuring privacy and convenience for all guests.

The open-plan area seamlessly leads you to a large terrace, where you'll discover a refreshing plunge pool and breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, valley, and serene plateau, where sheep and goats often graze. The fully furnished sitting room invites you to unwind with its television and music player. A cosy fireplace, shared by both the sitting and dining areas, adds a touch of warmth and charm. The well-equipped kitchen is conveniently located adjacent to the dining area. Additionally, a utility room with a washing machine and tumble dryer offers added convenience during your stay.

For those seeking a moment of tranquillity, a roof terrace provides the perfect spot to bask in the sunshine, marvel at the views, and sip a glass of wine while stargazing in the evening.

The villa's enchanting garden is a haven for birdlife, with its lush grassy spaces and an abundance of beautiful plants and trees. An inviting sunken curved seating area, complete with a fire bowl, beckons you for a delightful late-night drink.

Situated on the L'Amandier plateau, Villa Gourza is part of a collection of thirteen villas nestled along the perimeter of stunning communal gardens. As a guest, you have full access to the infinity swimming pool, which offers an unforgettable experience with its awe-inspiring views.

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 Coffee Machine Hairdryer All Bedrooms En-Suite TV Parking Space

Interior
- Ample living room with comfortable seating, TV and access to the garden
- Open plan dining area for 8 people and access to a terrace
- Well equipped kitchen with access to a terrace
- Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
- Bedroom with double bed, access to a terrace and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Bedroom with two single beds and en-suite bathroom

Roof Terrace
- Private plunge pool
- Ample terraced area
- Various sun longers
- Outdoor dining

Communal Exterior Area
- Shared swimming pool with other villas
- Large terrace and garden area
- Various sun loungers
- Parking space

Additional Facilities
- 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
<1hr to Airport Rural Location Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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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 a part of 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 Asni 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.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Marrakech Menara Airport

(65 km)

Nearest Village Marigha

(2 km)

Nearest Town Asni

(20 km)

Nearest City Marrakech

(70 km)

Nearest Restaurant Le Mouflon

(5 km)

Nearest Supermarket Marigha Local Shop

(5 km)

Nearest Golf Samanah Golf Course

(56 km)

Sightseeing Toubkal

(44 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

Kids Activities Close-by

  • <1hr to Airport
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

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 travel services 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
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers

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

Please note that all services are subject to availability and must be requested in advance and that due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. Prices are on request. We will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

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

Security deposit £300 charged to client’s credit card before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 2 pm
Departure time 10 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in rental price.
Heating costs included? Not available on this property.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in rental price.
Pool towels included? Yes, included in rental price.
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 garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
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.
Minimum stay 4 nights. All other durations on request.
Changeover day Flexible.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Tax Tourist Taxes are not included in the rental price and are to be paid locally in cash on arrival (the correct total per person per night will be sent to you after booking confirmation).
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

 

 

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 5th 2024 £1,419 £1,774 £2,484
Apr 5th 2024 - Apr 8th 2024 £1,419 £1,774 £2,484
Apr 8th 2024 - Jul 30th 2024 £1,290 £1,613 £2,032
Jul 30th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 £968 £1,210 £1,394
Aug 30th 2024 - Dec 18th 2024 £1,290 £1,613 £2,032
Dec 18th 2024 - Sep 2nd 2025 £1,419 £1,774 £2,484

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 5th 2024 €1,544 €1,930 €2,702
Apr 5th 2024 - Apr 8th 2024 €1,544 €1,930 €2,702
Apr 8th 2024 - Jul 30th 2024 €1,404 €1,755 €2,211
Jul 30th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 €1,053 €1,316 €1,517
Aug 30th 2024 - Dec 18th 2024 €1,404 €1,755 €2,211
Dec 18th 2024 - Sep 2nd 2025 €1,544 €1,930 €2,702

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Mar 1st 2024 - Apr 5th 2024 $1,667 $2,084 $2,917
Apr 5th 2024 - Apr 8th 2024 $1,667 $2,084 $2,917
Apr 8th 2024 - Jul 30th 2024 $1,516 $1,894 $2,387
Jul 30th 2024 - Aug 30th 2024 $1,137 $1,421 $1,638
Aug 30th 2024 - Dec 18th 2024 $1,516 $1,894 $2,387
Dec 18th 2024 - Sep 2nd 2025 $1,667 $2,084 $2,917

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

    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

    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!

    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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