Stay in a beautiful rammed earth lodge alongside other fellow building enthusiasts and be part of a group building the new bread oven for the guest house. Immerse yourself in the Moroccan experience. You’ll be within walking distance of the shopper-friendly souks where you can do last minute Christmas shopping. You can also relax in the new hammam or book yourself a massage. Whatever your motivation, whether it’s your first venture into earth building, your hobby or you’re an old hand, you’ll find an amazing network of staff and guides who will endeavour to make your stay special. The holiday will include a visit to our guide Dounia’s family village. We’ll be invited to share a traditional tagine meal and visit traditional Berber homes. We’ll visit the village pottery, which has a beautiful traditional kiln and where some of the tiles for the site are being made. This is an opportunity to enjoy a holiday with a difference. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings and join in the atmosphere of creativity, curiosity and relaxation.
The week will offer hands on experience working alongside local craftsmen who worked on the traditional building project you’ll be staying in. You can see below what the ecolodge looks like as of early May.
The cost of the holiday is £390
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
* 7 nights/8 days B+B in twin/double rooms. (Single room available at £140 supplement) * Vegetarian evening meals.
* Bread oven building with local craftsmen including a translator. * Excursion to Berber village in the High Atlas
* Cost of flights, travel insurance, VISAS
Tips and lunches. * Airport transfers to and from Agadir. Cost of transfer will be approximately £25 per person.
Prices for these dates are currently below £65. Recommended flights are with easyjet London Gatwick to Agadir. Link to easyjet - Here
Outbound Thu 12 Dec Dep 07:10 Arr 12:05 Return Thu 19 Dec Dep 13:00 Arr 15:45
Be sure to confirm your place before booking any flights.
The bread oven will resemble this one at the Claudio Bravo museum on the outskirts of Taroudant. A visit to this extraordinary house can be added to the schedule with an additional entrance fee and travel costs.
On a recent visit to Taroudant to learn more about traditional Moroccan building methods I came back with the desire to create a holiday for other building enthusiasts. The building project I visited is the creation of Jane Bayley. Jane has had an award winning eco guest house in Taroudant for over 25 years and provides sustainable and ethical “Holidays with Heart”.
Building this new ecological, rammed earth guest house has been a dream for years and is now becoming a reality. Work is continuing over the summer and the new ecolodge complex will house its first guests in November.
Lonely Planet have selected “La Maison Anglaise” as one of their Top 10 ecostays in the world 2014, and as a Trip advisor Number One. Jane and the staff are committed to ethical and sustainable tourism. They support local projects such as bee keeping, women’s cooperatives, wildlife conservation and permaculture to name only a few.
The new guest house is located right under the impressive ancient walls of Taroudant in the fertile Souss Valley between two mountain ranges: the lofty High Atlas and the parched Anti-Atlas bordering the Sahara. Away from the principal tourist trails the group will experience a genuine Moroccan market town soaking up the local culture and the sun. Even in winter, the daytime temperatures are 20-26˚ C falling to only 8-12˚ at night. See more on weather.
The perfect place to relax at the end of the day will be the new 20 meter long, chlorine free, pool.
ITINERARY which is flexible, with plenty of time for relaxation & extra activities
Day 1: THURSDAY Early flight. Arrive in time for lunch. Introduction to the ecolodge - the design and materials, with Said & Ffion. Option of ride by horse drawn carriage around the walls and into the souks.
Day 2: FRIDAY Start building the oven. Option of hammam visit and argan oil massages.
Day 3: SATURDAY Continue building the oven. Option of cookery lesson
Day 4: SUNDAY Complete the oven? Learn about plaster finishes led by Ffion. Option to visit Sunday market.
Day 5: MONDAY Excursion to villages in High Atlas to see traditional ceramics being made and to learn a little of village life and about our projects to support the local people.
Day 6: TUESDAY A Xmas Shopping Day in the souks. Option of visit to Claudio Bravo Palace & Gardens to see beautiful architecture. Option of argan oil massages.
Day 7: WEDNESDAY Option to choose extra activities such as a trek in the High Atlas or a visit to an oasis. Option of argan oil massages. Evening party, with food prepared in the oven if it is dry enough (likely in normal weather there)
Day 8: THURSDAY Depart after breakfast to catch flight which arrives back to London mid afternoon.
Prices of extras shown here https://cecu.co.uk/price-list-2016-2017/
The build was started in January. I’ve already had updates of how things are progressing and I can’t wait to see the results in December.
If you have any questions about the holiday get in touch with us via our contact or direct message us on instagram or express an interest by emailing email@example.com or phone Jane on 01239 615499 if you have any queries