Delicious Healthy Moroccan Food

traditional pastilla for dinnerMeals at La Maison Anglaise are widely praised – very tasty, healthy Moroccan food.  We cater for a wide variety of special diets, including vegetarian,vegan, as well as meals free of wheat, gluten, sugar or nuts.  Meals are prepared with loving care and beautifully presented  by our amazing chefs.

All dishes are prepared from the bountiful supply of fabulous fresh fruit, vegetables, grains, nuts, oils, fish and meat is available from the mountains, irrigated valleys and the Atlantic Ocean of the Taroudant region.  Sourcing of food from local producers is part of our Responsible Tourism policy.

See a sample of our Menus here.

Breakfast at La Maison AnglaiseFood was also fantastic and so healthy. Marja M, January 202o

We dined at Gazelle D’Or (an exclusive nearby hotel)  and it doesn’t come close to La Maison. Bidwells, December 2015

colourful salad at lunchThe food was the best vegetarian food I have ever tasted, though it was, of course, not limited to vegetarian food, with beef, lamb, chicken and fish being also availableG Rosser, December 2015

Lunch on the roof terrace at La Maison AnglaiseThroughout the trip, my family kept comparing the level of service and care, the decor and cleanliness, and absolutely the quality of freshly prepared traditional Moroccan food with every one of the other 5 riads/guest houses at which they stayed. La Maison Anglaise is bar none. Sarah Sibley, May 2015

All the meals were wonderful. It was so nice to be asked each day what we wanted.  All dietary needs were catered for and asked about and never once were we made to feel it was awkward.  A Wyatt, May 2018

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Newsletter March 2017


Date Palm canopy viewed from belowMake a Date with Morocco!

Make a date with Morocco: keep your spirits up for the next few months, knowing you have something to look forward to when the nights draw in and thermometers drop. You can then taste the fruit of the autumn date harvest!

Even though the uplifting spring weather in the UK diverts your attention from contemplating holidays in the autumn, we strongly advise booking soon in order that you save a potentially substantial amount on the flights and secure a place; even holidays next Spring (2018) are filling up fast or are fully booked.

Feedback from groups recently

“I am writing to thank you for all your work behind the scenes in organising this experience. I could not have chosen a better place to go to. I feel blessed and changed in ways that I do not fully understand at present. Thank you.”   Colin Grimmett, March 2017

“My recent stay at La Maison Anglaise was without doubt the most interesting and unusual holiday I have experienced.  The food was excellent – healthy, delicious and plentiful – and the staff were, without exception, efficient, friendly and extremely helpful and informative.  All the excursions were very well organised and a real eye-opener into the lives of the local people.”  Susan Shuttleworth, Jan 2017

 

Celia back view in mountainsPlaces on Holidays with Heart October-December 2017

Singing
October 14th-21st: Teresa Verney
– learn beautiful songs with fun and relaxation.  Includes option of 3 additional nights in stunning Anti-Atlas Mountains with opportunties to walk or just laze by the pool Brochure Book Now

November 28th-December 5th:  Celia Webb
Singing for Joy”
Book now to get one of the last few places! Brochure Book Now

Art
November 11th-20th:  Louise Waugh’s 
ever-popular art holiday runs from November 11-20 2017. Includes a 2 night stay at a guest house at the foot of Mt Toubkal (the highest peak in North Africa). Brochure  Book Now

Dances for Universal Peace
November 18th -28th Jilani and Muiz offer another chance to join their Caravan of the Heart, with 7 nights at La Maison Anglaise followed by a 3-night tour of the remarkable desert and Anti-Atlas Mountains. Brochure Book Now

 

Experience Something New

October 28th-November 4th:  Singing & Nourishing Your Roots of Creativity

A new offering from popular leaders, Pauline Down and Michael Harvey.  Both highly respected and experienced arts trainers, they will lead a week of singing, reflection and creativity. Brochure  Book Now

December 5th -12th Storytelling with Michael Harvey.  Learn about this fascinating tradition in Morocco (rapidly disappearing due to TV and internet).  Listen to stories or perfect your techniques of telling your own. Fantastic opportunity to do some Christmas shopping cheaply. Brochure Book Now

Family Fun Weeks – Easter 2017 and 2018
Family holidays to include not only our cultural offerings but also a flexible programme of fun activities run by Carol Shepherd & Phil Burton. Sessions in puppetry, storytelling, circus skills, cooperative games, singing, yoga and mindfulnessBrochure Book Now

Our Holiday Calendar

For a full list of our inspiring holidays as far ahead as October 2019 consult our calendar

More about Singing Holidays
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More about Art Holidays
More about Yoga Holidays


Extended Roof TerraceNews

Ethical Banking

We are pleased to announce that we have just re-opened an account with Triodos, generally agreed to be the best ethical bank in the UK. We had an account 20 years ago, but had to close it because they were not able to provide the on-line banking we needed. Note: the new account is in the name “Holidays with Heart” but existing cheques payable to Jane will still be processed by Triodos.

Flights

The new flights to Agadir (about 50 minutes’ drive from us) from London Stansted are proving popular:  more accessible than Gatwick from many parts of the UK. Timings allow travel to the airport on day of flights.

The extended roof terrace has proved a hit with Yogis, dancers and singers already this year.  A retractable roof and curtained sides allow use of the space at any time of day.  New plants and furnishings have enlivened it.

“… everyone had a wonderful time at la Maison Anglaise with your amazing staff, food and everything on offer there. I love the extension on the roof terrace – what a difference!”  Barbara Driscoll

Charitable Projects

New Olive Oil Project

Ancient Olive Groves
Ancient Olive Groves

Having obtained test kits from Greece, we are excitedly awaiting reswults of testing local olive oils for exceptional levels of antioxidants. This will allow us to help small farmers on cultivate, process and market olives to ensure higher levels of antioxidants, enabling them to obtain higher prices for their artisan oils.  Read More

Saharan Yellow Bee

At last Youssef from our Busy Bee Centre has been successful in buying some Saharan Yellow Bee Queens, something we’ve been eagerly awaiting for some time.  These bees, the original natives in the area, are remarkable in that they forage over a much wider area than other bees, making them resiliant to drought, which is a perennial problem in this part of Morocco – all the more so as climatic change kicks in.

Moroccan Children’s Trust

This excellent project to support street children in Taroudant inspired Circle Dance teacher, Jeanette Whitford to fund-raise; her efforts have met with remarkable success so far.  All funds raised until the end of 2017 will be matched by a generous donor.  If you would like to donate, please follow this link.   Thanks to the generosity of two of the dancers who attended her week at the guest house, a boiler has been installed so that children can have hot showers at the centre.  Read More

 

Students for Students

We have been approached by this Dutch organisation which chooses a project specifically directed at vocational education in Africa. They collect money and supplies; then in July they travel to the project by jeep to deliver goods to the chosen school. We have nominated a very poor village in the Anti Atlas Mountains.

Thanks to Celia Webb’s singing group for the lovely  photographs used on this Newsletter.

Warm Wishes,

Jane, Christine and the Moroccan team- the 2 Latifas, the 2 Saids, Dounia, Nordine, Fatima and Rachid

Holidays with Heart at our award-winning, sustainably-run traditional Moroccan Guest House in Taroudant. Authentic activities and community projects

 

Skype: jrb_closglas (by appointment)

Email: jane@holidays-with-heart.co.uk (the most efficient way to contact me–we can arrange to talk)
Tel: 01239 615 499 (UK)

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Price List: Excursions, Cultural Experiences, Meals and More

Walking in the High Atlas
Walking in the High Atlas

PRICE LIST: MEALS & ACTIVITIES: 2020-2021

Prices quoted below are in local currency Moroccan Dirhams (MAD); exchange rates are approximately 12.3 MAD to a £ Sterling and 10.9 MAD to a Euro.

MEALS 

Adult fee is quoted –proportionally less for youngsters. Wheat, gluten, dairy and meat-free options always available if booked when we discuss menus daily.

Picnics: a variety of salads, bread and fruit: 50 MAD.
Lunch at the ecolodge: 
salads, soup, bread, fruit and water: 50 MAD. 

Dinner A variety soup and/or cooked vegetables and/or salads, a main course, a dessert, water and choice of hot non-alcoholic drinks. You are welcome to bring your own alcohol.

Vegetarian: 110 MAD.
Chicken, Rabbit or Fish: 130 MAD.
Lamb: 140 MAD.
Beef: 150 MAD.
These prices are intended to raise awareness of the relative environmental damage of each type of food (especially in this part of Morocco). 

Read more about our menus and special diets here.

 

EXCURSIONS Prices quoted are guideline prices per person based on cost of transport, fuel, tips we pay to local people who contribute and expert guiding. A surcharge will be applicable if there are less than 6 participants.

To places within about 40 minutes’ drive: Tiout Oasis and the Anti Atlas Mountains, High Atlas Berber Villages; Amegour Oasis 250 MAD

To places within about 1 hour’s drive: the Atlantic Coast near Agadir (camel rides; Polizzi’s medina, Souss estuary); Mentaga valley trek (near Afensou); Tamsoult or Imoulass (both high in the Atlas Mountains) 270 MAD

To places within about 1 hour and 45 minutes’ drive: Massa Estuary (National Park); Tamri National Park; Tiz n Test Pass (High Atlas); Anti Atlas Paradise Valley;) 300 MAD 

 

CULTURAL EXPERIENCES – Duration of activities 1 hour – 1 hour 30 mins except where indicated otherwise. 

Horse-drawn Taxi (Caleche) Ride (at Sunset if desired) around Ramparts and Town: with our guide and a map: 80 MAD

Hammam 80 MAD: communal public hammam. For women includes soft soap, henna, rhassoul mud and scrub. For men soft soap and scrub.

Cookery lesson: either prepare an evening meal (including recipes) or learn how to make Moroccan pastries: 80 MAD

Shopping: with information on goods that interest you (spices, crafts etc.) We ensure that you don’t get lost, buy the genuine article (argan oil, saffron, honey, silver are often not genuine), don’t pay too much and take you to some places that visitors are unlikely to find: 50 MAD

Feast for the Senses:  a celebration of your experiences with us – a pity to reveal what it is. Suffice to say it is very relaxing and enjoyable and is ideally performed after dark: 80 MAD. Minimum 8 people

Music: Berber Women’s Band:  dance and learn about local traditions: 120 MAD (less for larger groups). Minimum 12 people. Ahwash, Sufi or Gnawa Bands also available on request.

Massage: guideline prices since masseurs’ fees vary. Using argan oil and local essential oils: 100 MAD for 20 minutes; 200 MAD for 40 minutes.

Visit to the Orphanage or Street Children project or School for the Blind: one of our staff accompanies you. Donation. 

Craft workshops (about 2 hours )
Leatherwork  (slippers, passport holder, handbags): 210 MAD per pair
Stone carving  
(ornaments): 180 MAD per object
Silver Jewellery  
(pendant or earrings)- tend to be expensive – varies with weight of silver used
Henna Artistry  (body painting or decorated lampshades): 180 MAD (plus cost of lampshade if used)
Bamboo (baskets, lampshades): on request. Note you require some strength to do this.

GETTING TO MOROCCO Flights to Morocco are remarkably cheap (some under £30 one way), with direct flights from a variety of UK and European countries. See more information here.

B and B includes a generous breakfast: £32 per person per night in a twin or double room; this includes use of the substantial communal facilities – library/computer room, activity room, gardens and pool as well as use of our private hammam if the sun produces enough hot water to heat it. There is a fossil fuel charge if we have to use gas. Single occupancy supplement of about £20 per night (varies with season and availability of rooms). Moroccan taxes payable locally (amount to pay not yet assessed).

MISCELLANEOUS
Wifi:
 free of charge.
Laundry: 70 MAD per load (it is a large machine) or less in proportion to amount for hand washing.

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Why Visit?

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At La Maison Anglaise Garden Ecoldge we can offer you experiences that most tourists will never have. Our staff will ensure you become part of the family and treat you as such.

Superb Climate

  • Taroudant has an excellent climate, being the warmest town in Morocco in the winter 
  •  It is so warm that tortoises don’t need to hibernate here. You too can come to bask in the sun in mid winter! 

Getting To La Maison Anglaise is Easy

  • very accessible from Agadir airport (50 minutes) or from Marrakech (3 hours on the new motorway).
  • only 3.5 hours’ flight from the UK with a good choice of cheap flights
  • option of overland travel

spices landsc-9Outstanding Experiences, Staff and Food

  • award-winning team and activities in Taroudant with an option to join special interest holidays
  • excellent locally-sourced fresh meat and fish and some of the best vegetarian food in Morocco. We also cater for a wide range of special diets.WP_20160429_18_19_14_Pro
  • the expertise of our highly-qualified, friendly staff and guides
  • visit, learn about and contribute to our various charitable projects
  • huge choice of authentic activities in town and countryside
  • Free time to relax on our private roof terrace in the sun or shade or wander into town and browse in the souks
  • highlights include excursions to stunning mountain locations where few other visitors set foot.

Lots to See in the Area

A wide variety of contrasting environments are accessible from the town: mountains, valleys, urban, rural and coastal.

I had a fabulous time at La Maison Anglaise. The staff could not have done more for us, the food was great and the whole atmosphere was so friendly and homely. Highest praise to the staff  for their patience, and their ability to make us feel individually special in a genuinely sincere waySue Bullock, 

We specialise in making your holiday really special. Having our own outstanding driver guides and comfy vehicles helps too!

Holidays with Heart at La Maison Anglaise

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Almond Blossom

Travellers often stay on the periphery of societies they visit, but our staff take you straight to the heart of a Moroccan family.  Besides, on one of our group holidays you get the chance to bond with other like-minded people.  Our holistic approach to nurturing the whole person means you feed your spirit as well as your body.

D104-8371M-1 (003)Your commitment to sustainability puts many of us in England to shame and it was such a pleasure to stay for a few days with people who appear to be living their ecological and spiritual beliefs  rather than simply paying lip service to themLiz Woodford

Our menus have been lovingly devised with a strong emphasis on providing some of the best vegetarian food in Morocco.

The aid projects we support are on a human scale so that visitors can meet and interact with the beneficiaries and feel positive energy, compassion for people, animals and the planet.

P1040430Most of all, Holidays with Heart give you a real chance to tread carefully on the Road less Travelled, leaving an imprint only where appropriate and having opportunities to be involved  – contributing ideas about products, volunteering, introducing volunteers, bringing donation for the projects…

Select a Group Holiday      Read More about Holidays with Heart

 You bring your heart to the heart of Moroccan communities…
and go away knowing a lot more and feeling very different.

Ethical and Exciting Holidays

DSC_2321-14We have been pioneers in responsible tourism and sustainable tourism in Morocco since we opened La Maison Anglaise in 1996.

IMG_5781We have received awards and are accredited for our efforts in this field including Lonely Planet selecting us as one of the Top 10 Ecostays in the World in 2014 and being voted Number One on Trip Advisor.

As well as our conservation efforts, we support a number of appropriate projects.  These include our own projects:  soap-making, beekeeping  and embroidery; the orphanage, the School for the Blind, a project to support Street Children and women’s cooperatives including rug-making and argan oil, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and several more.  Education, particularly of young people, is important to us in order that good practices become second nature.

We provide detailed information both before and during your visit to ensure that the maximum cultural insight and enjoyment is gained from the holiday.  Morocco is an open, progressive society, which has an open attitude to the West. Moroccan open-mindedness means, for example, that although our staff don’t drink alcohol, they are happy for you to bring your own alcohol to the dinner table.

Select a Group Holiday      Read More about Holidays with Heart

Staff

Our Excellent Staff

Our staff are like one big happy family and they care for you as if you were a precious member of their own family. They have a fantastic range of skills and knowledge which all combine to make your holiday really special.

They deliver our Holidays With Heart concept effortlessly as well as an in-depth understanding of our holistic approach to the holiday experience .

Your visit may be as an independent traveller or small group; or you may choose to join one of our Special Interest Holidays.  Whatever you choose, our staff are there to add an extra dimension to your holiday.

“The ethos of ” the boss” always affects a team, so it must in part be thanks to Latifa for running such a professional and helpful group.  What a lovely woman she is, perfect in her role as manager.”   Holly Anderson Nov 17

“Your staff are wonderful – helpful, cheerful, so hard working, and so willing to share their knowledge and life stories.”  Sylvia D Nov 2017

“Since my stay there has not been a day go by without my  thinking about you all with fondness, appreciation and admiration”  S Stewart November 2015

The staff could not have done more for us, the food was great and the whole atmosphere was so friendly and homely”  S. Bullock February 2016

Our Guides and Drivers

 

Said, our chief guide, has a real passion for the environment.

Tall SaidHis exceptionally detailed knowledge of wildlife is supported by a degree in biology and geology. He’s also a mine of information about most things Moroccan. This includes a bee keeping project  and is the Leader for the BirdWatching group.

He has a wonderful sense of humour and he’ll be perfect in another role- supervising the new building project.

DouniaDounia enthuses everyone with concern for human welfare, especially women’s rights and her fascination with culture. She loves taking visitors to villages in the mountains (where her family live).  She also supports a variety of handicraft projects and charities including the local orphanage.

 

 

CIMG3562Rachid is a delightful, kind man with a lovely sense of humour.  He drives people carriers with great care and skill.

Said is multi-faceted, with a degree in physics and great musicality which he shares with guests. Rachid is a good mechanic and sings beautifully.

 

Our Organisers

 

Latifa has managed the Moroccan office and staff with great skill and good humour since 1997.

Latifa the OrganiserShe  programmes our visitors’ activities, skilfully  matching possibilities to each client’s needs. She has a degree in English and Arabic and has supported a number of anthropologists and volunteers needing help with the Berber language.

Jane with baby donkeyJane conceived the project in the early 1990s and has worked with her 8 staff to create a unique, flexible and varied programme of authentic activities.

She is in the UK most of the time (though she’d like to be in Morocco more often!).  Jane loves to be involved in researching anything to do with sustainability and Morocco and fundraising for projects.

Martyn runs the UK office and knows Morocco, the guest house and staff well. He is a brilliant all rounder – with IT, maths and the written and spoken word .  He started work in the Moroccan tourist sector in 2007.

Martyn and Jane are responsible for handling bookings, answering queries , advising clients,  receiving and passing on your lovely feedback, managing the charitable work we do and devising new programmes.

Our House Staff

Latifa at work in the kitchenOur chefs, Fatima and Latifa, have an outstanding reputation. They cheerfully produce a large repertoire of tasty dishes.   We are thus able to cater for clients with a wide variety of dietary needs including vegetarian or vegan.

They are also happy to pass on  their knowledge to others through their cookery lessons. Sales of their cook book raise funds for community projects.

Chef Latifa They are also accomplished dancers (which they will demonstrate with joy) and Latifa is a wonderful masseuse. They also love to take women to the local hammam, an unforgettable and highly therapeutic  experience.

Nourdine, house manager

“For me and also the rest of the group it was far more hospitality and kindness than we ever expected”  Rahel, April 2016

The ever-smiling Nordine looks after everybody and everything that needs attention around the house. He accompanies visitors on a variety of activities around the town such as guided rides in horse-drawn taxis and  craft workshops.

See our Newsletters for any staff developments

Holidays with Heart

Guide Dounia explains pottery making
Our guide Dounia explains pottery making in her mountain village

Travellers often stay on the periphery of societies they visit, but our staff take you straight to the heart of Morocco.  You bring your heart to the heart of Moroccan communities and go away knowing a lot more and feeling very different.  Holidays with Heart are special.

To secure your place on a holiday Book Now.

Our holistic holidays bring a real connection with local people, the landscape, the culture, the environment, the food and our community projects.

“Most travel, and certainly the rewarding kind, involves depending on the kindness of strangers, putting yourself into the hands of people you don’t know and trusting them with your life.”  Paul Theroux, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star  You really can trust our staff

 

Holidays With Heart – Connecting with People

With our guide Said in the Anti Atlas
With our guide Said in the Anti Atlas

From the moment you arrive in Morocco, there is the chance to get to know a group of enthusiastic, genuine, interesting people: our staff and their friends.

Their engagement with you brings a feeling of connection with the Moroccan culture and local people in this fascinating area.

You will also no doubt bond with like-minded guests through the shared experiences.

Holiday With Heart – Connecting with Our Projects

 

Environmentalist demonstrating and explaining solar water heating to group of young children on roof terrace of environmental & cultural centre, La Maison Anglaise
Said explains solar hot water to children

The projects we support are on a human scale so that visitors can meet and interact with the beneficiaries and feel positive energy and compassion for people, animals and the planet.

Projects include the Bee Orchard, the Orphanage, Street Children’s Project, the Busy Bee Centre, Soap-making, Embroidery and various cooperatives.

Many projects support women and children.

 

 

It’s about feeling: 

  • responsible, excited and connected
  • aware and wanting to contribute
  • good through giving and receiving support.
Gnawa Musicians outside La Maison Anglaise
Gnawa musicians

It’s not an ordinary holiday. It’s more than that.  Responsible Tourism is a part of it; choices are another part.  We make it easy for you to use resources responsibly, by providing for example:

  • Tassels for towels so that you can keep track of yours when it’s hung on the terrace to air.
  • Buckets to fill with surplus water in the shower.  Grey water can then be used to irrigate plants, wash your clothes etc.
  • Solar panels to heat water
  • Locally sourced vegetarian food and meat and fish if you choose

Nothing’s prescribed; we make it easy to go with the ethical flow.

“You are very committed to sustainable practices. So much so that guests don’t even need to think about it!” G Mark.

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Berber woman and son on family donkey

Most of all, Holidays with Heart give you a real chance to tread carefully on the Road less Travelled, leaving an imprint only where appropriate and having opportunities to be involved  – contributing ideas about products, volunteering, introducing volunteers, bringing donations for the projects…

More about Singing Holidays.
More about Dancing Holidays.
More about Art Holidays.
More about Yoga Holidays

More about Pilates Holidays

View, choose and book your holiday from the table below:

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November 10 2020 - January 4 2021Independent travellers in small numbersSpecial Offer: no charge for single occupancy. Discounts for stays of two weeks or longerBook NowAvailable
December 8 - 15 2020Singing
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Bruce KnightBrochureBook NowAvailable
January 4-11 2021Sketching, drawing and painting
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Mark PageBrochureBook NowAvailable
January 4 - 11 2021Yoga
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Louise Cook
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January 11 - 18 2021free for LONG STAY holidays (enquire about dates: likely to include 15 December - 25th JanuaryBook NowAvailable
January 18 - 25 2021Walking and Photography
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optional circle danceMike & Barbara Driscoll
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January 25 - February 1
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January 30 - 6 February 2021YogaLouise Cook
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February 6 - 13 2021The Power of Connection
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Enhance all the relationships and partnerships in your life, for the rest of your life Katy van Haeften
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February 13 - 20 2021Circle Dance
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Anne Lise KrygerBrochureBook NowAvailable
February 20 - 27 2021SingingSue HarrisBrochureBook NowAvailable
February 27 - 9 March 2021Singing
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includes a desert and Anti Atlas mountain tourPauline Down
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March 6 - 13 2021Circle Dance & Singing
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With live musicHilary & Tony Jay
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March 6 - 13 2021FeltingPrivate Group by Leader invitation only.Adrienne Jowitt_ThrallWaiting ListPrivate Group
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March 13 - 20 2021Singing
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PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES optional 4 day tour to desert and Anti atlas Mountains 23-24 MarchTeresa VerneyBrochureBook NowLimited places
March 20 - 27 2021Art
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PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES as shown on the leftDonna Taylor
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March 23 - 3 April 2021Women's Ritual Dance & Culture TourPLEASE NOTE NEW DATES includes 4 day tour to Anti Atlas & Desert. Open to women who have danced with Laura beforeLaura ShannonBook NowLimited Places Available
April 3-13 2021Women's Ritual Dance & Culture TourPLEASE NOTE NEW DATES includes 4 day tour to Anti Atlas & Desert. Open to women who have danced with Laura beforeLaura ShannonBook NowLimited Places Available
April 13-20 2021Singing
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April 20 - 27 2021Circle Dance
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Lideke KieftBrochureBook NowAvailable
April 20 - 28 2021Beekeeping
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Lynne IngramBrochureBook NowAvailable
April 27 - 4 May 2021Yoga
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Emma LeafBrochureBook NowAvailable
May 4 - 11 2021Yoga
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Ruth WheelerBrochureAvailable
May 18 - 25 2021Singing
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PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES as shown on the leftSophia EfthimiouBrochureBook NowAvailable
September 7 - 14 2021YogaRuth WheelerAvailable
September 14 - 21 2021SingingJenny Goodman
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September 21 - 28 2021Yoga
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PLEASE NOTE NEW DATES as shown on the leftLisa TaylorBrochureBook NowAvailable
October 5- 12 2021ArtMark PageAvailable
October 5 - 13 2021Photography
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includes a 4 night tour to the High Atlas & MarrakechGraham ParishBrochureBook NowAvailable
October 12 - 19 2021Circle Dance
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Nawal & Dee
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October 19 - 26 2021Circle Dance
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Lilly Sell
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October 26 - 2 November 2021YogaJoy PraterBook NowAvailable
November 2 - 9 2021Circle Dance
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Paul Boizot
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November 9 - 16 2021SingingCelia Webb
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November 16 - 26 2021ArtLouise Waugh
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November 23 - 30 2021SingingRowena Whitehead
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30 November - 7 December 2021Circle DanceJudy KingAvailable
December 7 - 14 2021SingingBruce KnightBook NowAvailable
January 4 - 11 2022YogaLouise CookBook NowAvailable
January 11-18 2022SingingKate DaviesBook NowAvailable
January 18 - 25 2022SingingCat Fothergill & Henry SearsBook NowAvailable
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Circle Dance with live musicHilary & Tony Jay
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February 1 - 8 2022SingingJane ReadBook NowAvailable
February 8 - 15 2022SingingPauline DownBook NowAvailable
February 15 - 22 2022Circle DanceAnne Lise KrygerBook NowAvailable
February 22 - 3 March 2022Circle DanceBarbara DriscollBook NowAvailable
March 1 - 15 2022Women's Ritual DanceIn German; must have completed 2-years training with LauraLaura Shannon
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March 17 - 29 2022Women's Ritual DanceIn English; must have completed 2-years training with LauraLaura Shannon
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March 29 - 5 April 2022Yoga & Circle DanceChrisandraBook NowAvailable
April 7 - 14 2022SingingHelen YeomansBook NowAvailable
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May 10 - 17 2022YogaRuth WheelerAvailable
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Made to Measure and Group Holidays at La Maison Anglaise Garden Ecolodge

La Maison Anglaise is a stunning sustainably-run Ecolodge.  We have offered our unique highly acclaimed holidays in Taroudant since 1997.
See more of our unusual story in this video. It’s all about Ps: Passion, Pioneers with a Purpose, Perseverance, Pleasure, our Promise and ends with a Poem – for fun!
If you prefer to read the script you may do so here.

We cater for couples, friends and families and specialise in holistic themed Holidays with Heart which combine culture with option to follow a chosen theme (dancing, singing, wildlife, walking, art, yoga, photography and more).

The opening of our innovative ecolodge with large gardens and a pool took place in January 2020. Hence we have added the words “Garden Ecolodge” to our name because we are now on a large site of 0.5 hectares. So our former guest house has now closed after 22 years.

“Just Wonderful” Ecologically, sustainably, sociably and culturally brilliant. The new accommodation is user friendly, comfortable, hygienic, easily accessible by foot into town centre, and characterful. Moroccan and authentic, the staff are hard-working and go out of their way to make sure everyone is happy. Food is fresh, mainly vegetarian* and delicious. Swimming pool adds the perfect touch with cranes and storks flying over and Taroudant’s mud town walls close by. Perfect for our circle dancing group.* Meat or fish on request
Jenny E, February 2020 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabulous facilities, all on one level spread amongst our gorgeous gardens designed using permaculture principles  include:

  • 14 en suite bedrooms (includes two for staff/leaders); one bedroom with disabled facilities & 2 family suites
  • A large activity room with a sprung floor and beautiful windows
  • A huge private sun terrace with the best views in town across the town walls to the High Atlas
  • A chlorine-free 19 metre long pool amongst spacious gardens adjoining the town walls
  • A lovely courtyard with edible scented plants and dining area
  • A huge kitchen ideal for cookery lessons
  • A well-stocked library and a reception with shop to fund good local causes
  • A massage room and solar-powered hammam
    More about  exciting  building programme here. Preliminary photos below.

Holidays with a Difference

Connect with other members of the group, local people and the environment through exciting and informative activities and trips.
Enjoy the fascinating culture and scenery of Morocco.
Visit the people and charitable projects we support and create.

Fair Prices and Fair Trade

Prices start from under £300 per person staying in a twin or double room for  7 nights including bed, breakfast, dinner, use of pool and solar powered hammam when sun allows.
Direct
flights from the UK start from £50 – £70 return if booked early for non-peak periods.
If booked late, for school holidays or on Saturdays flights can be much dearer.
Experience ethical, sustainable tourism at its best. See what good value it is by consulting our price list.

View from guests’ private sun terrace over our gardens & roofs to the town walls & High Atlas Mountains. Solar chimney in right foreground provides air conditioning without electricity.

Location

Located in the ancient walled market town of Taroudant in the fertile Souss Valley between two mountain ranges – the lofty High Atlas and the parched Anti-Atlas bordering the Sahara.
It is the closest place to the UK that you can get real winter warmth and sunshine. Even in winter, the day time temperatures are 20-26˚ C (it’s the warmest town in Morocco then) falling to only 8-12˚ at night. In warmer months the Cool Canaries Current moderates temperatures and keeps humidity levels optimal.
There are few tourists in Taroudant.  Hence it is an ideal place to enjoy an attractive, genuinely Moroccan environment and to soak up the local culture. See more about the Area and its remarkable Location.  

Our guests love it!   

Read some reviews from our previous guests and on Trip Advisor. We are listed by Lonely Planet 2017  as a ‘Must Visit Recommendation’ and in 2014 they awarded us one of the Top 10 Ecostays in the World

The herbal medicine course was terrific and we met such wonderful people, but I will focus on La Maison itself, which is a beautiful, innovative sustainable tourism ecolodge designed to the highest standards of environmental conservation with Moroccan design and aesthetics. It is lovely and we learned so much about sustainable design and living just staying there. The Moroccan staff are fabulous. We had a such a wonderful experience. They could not have been more welcoming, supportive or articulate in their explanations of Morocco. The food is fabulous and so healthy. If you are interested in strolling through a safe, vibrant Moroccan city that is not yet “touristy,” having assistance in adjusting, shopping, and excursions, or attending a great class for a week, don’t miss this! We will treasure this experience for a long time.
Marja J, January 2020.

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