“Essaouira meets Brighton: an original townhouse with bright, quirky furnishings (sleeps 2-6) just a stone's throw from Essaouira's main square and beach”
The 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a salon wind around the central staircase, which is lovely and light thanks to open star-shaped windows and everything being painted white. The downside is that all rooms are quite small; the upside is they've been beautifully kitted out. There's space for 6 people to stay, but a couple wouldn't rattle around, and it's probably best suited to a group of 4.
The house is imbued with the essence of Tiffany; stylish but unpretentious, quirky and interesting. Iron bedsteads have been bought locally, bedspreads crocheted or made from lace, and cushions and curtains fashioned from retro 70s fabrics. Old-style Moroccan toys (skittles, dolls, little cars, a rocking horse) add a quirky decorative touch, and there are handmade rag rugs on every floor. Bathrooms are more traditional, with original taps and sinks, and tadlakt walls.
The more you look, the more you find. Tiny old cameras (including a Kodak Brownie) on a shelf, a stunning bauble light in the stairwell (Roast Designs, no expense spared), postcards depicting the Old Testament in the salon. This room is the social hub, with a vintage Heal's bedspread upholstered into lounging cushions, and a wrought iron table.
The house is kitted out for self-catering, with a gas cooker and oven, sink, crockery for 6 and a fuchsia fridge-freezer. But if you'd prefer, Hisham the guardian can organise meals. He'll prepare and serve breakfast (tea/coffee, fresh OJ, bread, croissants, jams, fruit and perhaps pancakes) and will either bring dinners, or arrange for someone to come and cook at the house; tagines, fresh fish or meat with couscous, Moroccan salads.
If you'd prefer to cook, Hisham can take you shopping to local markets, and there are shops at the end of the street where you can buy fresh French bread, croissants, juice, water etc. Equipment-wise there are good knives, a peeler and corkscrew, although don't expect the likes of a potato masher.
The drawback to self-catering is the lack of table space. There's a tiny table and 2 chairs plus a small workbench and 3 stools in the kitchen; or there's a bigger table in the salon which you can move up to the roof terrace if you prefer (although this will then entail carrying everything up 3 flights of stairs).
But if you're a seafood lover, you'll probably want to eat out; the quality of the fish stalls is excellent.