My fiancée and i visited Jereca Farm in the second half of June after winning a 3 nights stay from a Help for Heroes raffle. Being our first visit to Africa and wanting to waste the opportunity we paid for an extra 4 nights. 8 days that turned out to be a week of a lifetime.
Jereca Farm is owned by a British couple, Kate and Jimmy, who along with their staff gave us a friendly welcome which involved being guided around the building and olive groves along with a lovely 3 course lunch served with a much needed bottle of French rosé wine. Not realising we were visiting in the low season, it was surprising to find we were the only guests. Even more so as it dawned on us the staff who were mainly from the local berber village were there solely for us. Although we were looking forward to being there with other guests, the peace and quite was blissful and the staff were more than personable if we wanted to break the silence.
Of course there were the resident camels, dog and peahen to entertain us in between taking a dive in the pool, taking a walk around the farm/village, relaxing in the sun or reading one of the many books from the library. We didn't use the Hamam (spa) as it was plenty warm enough without it! And no there wasn't any internet, but we were more than grateful to be secluded from the real world for a while. There is a sound systems and a projector for films in the living room if you find yourself at a loss.
Old Marrakech with it's squares and Medina is not to be missed by day or by night, nor are the Atlas mountains to the south which were still snow capped whilst we were there. Fuoad, who works for Jimmy and Kate, guided us around the different sites for the week at a reasonable cost. He also ensured we got fair prices whilst visiting the souks where bartering is part of the game. Fuoad was also invaluable in securing a roof terrace table at Kasbah Toukal up in the Atlas Mountains where I was able to propose to my fiancée with the mountains behind us and the picturesque Ourika valley below. We (more me) would have been lost without him.
I can't say enough nice things about Jereca Farm or the kind people working there, but I hope I have done enough to convince you it is definitely worth serious consideration for a holiday to Morocco.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to our secret garden! Nestled at the foot of the Atlas mountains, close enough to visit to the souks yet light years away from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech. A charming working Berber farm with a modern twist. Delicious seasonal food. Generous rooms with four posters. Unique artwork. Ipod docks and home cinema. With only 4 rooms it is an intimate country home. A kiss for you from Humphrey and Bogart our pet camels! ... more less