Singing with Pauline Down
Includes 3 night tour to the High Atlas

8 - 17 October 2025
From about £940*

Just perfect. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful. The eco design is welcoming and relaxing. Rooms are very well appointed and comfortable. Staff are very welcoming, nothing is too much trouble. Food amazing- delicious and healthy. I cannot praise this place enough.Anne Parry Jan 2024 

 “Just a quick note to say how much we love La Maison Anglaise. It is the tranquil and beautiful oasis we’d hoped for. The staff are brilliant. What a special place you’ve created! ” Ric Sykes Jan 2024 

This brochure provides you with lots of information about the venue, the bedrooms, the activities, how we design your holiday to meet your needs, your tutor, the likely itinerary and what is included in the cost. Please read on to the end!

The Venue  Well known for magical meaningful holidays, excellent food and exceptional staff, this award-winning set up relocated in 2020 to a stunning sustainably-run eco-lodge with a chlorine-free pool and permaculture gardens. Located on the south side of the ancient town walls of Taroudant, which enjoys the best winter climate in Morocco. Enjoy an exceptional menu of local healthy food.  

It’s just brilliant. I love it – the whole vibe in the well-designed garden, the buildings, and the sustainable aspect of it all. The staff are incredible, all caring, kind, diligent and willing to do whatever it takes to make your stay perfect. The food is truly delicious, fantastic for vegetarians and meat-eaters too, as well as offering tea/coffee at any time by helping yourself. Relaxed, with the smell of the beautifully planted garden at night, and a well-stocked library so I can read all day long by the pool. Heaven!” Jane Duncan Rogers January 2024 

Bedrooms The comfortable, beautifully appointed rooms are cleverly designed to be cool in summer and warm in winter. All have ensuite bathrooms, their own terrace and garden and can sleep two or more. A limited number are allocated for single occupancy. More details of rooms here 

Heartful Holistic Holidays which offer a wide choice of authentic activities run by amazingly knowledgeable English-speaking guides. Explore the fascinating culture and landscapes, use our library, our small spa, swim or simply laze in the sun. 

Optional Activities include cookery, walks, visits to local families and charitable projects, wildlife, massage, shopping and several other choices. Little visited by tourists, the local souks offer an exotic traditional atmosphere. Read more

Located within 30 minutes’ drive of the contrasting mountain landscapes of the majestic High Atlas and the extraordinary Anti-Atlas (beyond which lies the Sahara). We are also only an hour’s drive from the Atlantic coast.  

Feel safe and cared for thanks to the care of loving, experienced English-speaking staff, good medical facilities, excellent WiFi, safe drinking water and being on the edge of a small, relaxed and friendly town with few tourists.  

Why choose a Singing holiday with us?

We have been organising group holidays since 1998. Our venue has a variety of lovely spaces for song including the tiled circle in the gardens, the spacious 64 sq metre activity room and a very large tiled roof terrace, lovely at sunset and sunrise. 

Read more about our Singing Holidays here 

“I have organised, attended and facilitated many group events in a myriad of locations around the world over the last forty years…I found the ideal setting.  It is small enough to maintain intimacy whilst having the spaciousness to accommodate privacy. The bespoke planning and vision which created this venue, inspired by Jane’s deep knowledge of the needs and requirements of small group holidays and workshops is evident in the care paid to every detail.”  Tutor Katy van Haeften 

High Atlas Mountains Itinerary from Taroudant to Marrakech.

Trip over the Tiz n Test Pass (illustrated below): Drive past the orange groves of the Souss Valley to the top of this spectacular mountain pass (rising to 2011 metres), widely held to be the finest in Morocco (and Michael Palin says it was his best trip ever!) 4 hour drive. 

Stay at Ouirgane Ecolodge at 1000 m (images below: the gardens and sitting room): in the High Atlas Mountains where you have the option to use the pool and/or to go walking. Easy walks near the village or more serious walks with a mountain guide. The owner of the ecolodge is a very competent guide who we have known for years and/or to take an outing by minibus.

Trip to Imlil: For those wanting a camel ride, there’s a half way point stop at Asni (25 minutes). It is a spectacular 25 minute drive passed boulder-strewn river beds with cultivated terraces including cherry, apple and walnut orchards en route to this town at the foot of North Africa’s highest mountain.

Fly home from Marrakech: 1 hour’s drive to airport

Options to extend your trip to return to Marrakech airport or to extend by a stay in Marrakech (organised by yourself).

     

 

“La Maison Anglaise is really beautiful, impeccably kept and nurtured by you and your delightful Moroccan team there. All of the staff, without exception were wonderful – helpful, courteous and so very happy all the time. They looked after our every need, and nothing was too much trouble for them. The gardens are a real delight, the pool is gorgeous, and the meals were all delicious. The trips out and other activities that the staff took us on were a treat, and we all felt very safe with your careful drivers and guides”. L Turner, May 2023 

“This is a lovely place to stay. Very relaxed, clean and delicious food. The gardens are amazing, with many unusual (to our UK eyes) plants and cacti. Tortoises roam freely in the garden. The staff are really friendly and go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Communication with the lodge was excellent and booking very straightforward.”        Philip B – January 2023  

Guide Said with Pauline's group in February 2024

Photo: Pauline Down

Read more about your tutor here. 

To Book or Express an Interest: Limited places available. Request a place at www.cecu.co.uk/book  We will then send you the payment schedule (split into instalments with £100 initial deposit to secure your place).

Book early to get good flight prices, but please do NOT book flights until we give the go-ahead! 

More Information For FAQs go to www.cecu.co.uk/faqs 
Contact us: www.cecu.co.uk/contact or visit www.holidays-with-heart.co.uk
We will also send detailed pre-visit information after you book.  

Summary

Cost:  about £940* per person in shared twin/double room

*Guideline price – final cost will be published about one year before start date.

Includes:

  • Transfers from Agadir Airport and back to Marrakech at one designated time 
  • Accommodation in en suite twin or double bedroom; single occupancy on request

 

6 nights at la Maison Anglaise Garden Ecolodge

  • Chlorine-free pool 
  • Substantial breakfasts and vegetarian evening meals (meat or fish at extra cost) 
  • Lunches on the first 6 days 

 

3 nights at Ouirgane Ecolodge

  • Pool 
  • Breakfasts and evening meals
  • At the end of the tour, those who wish to extend their stay in Marrakech can be dropped off en route to the airport.

 

Tutored workshops – about 3 hours per day

Excludes:

  • Flights (often under £100 return if booked early) 
  • Single occupancy supplement £20 per night 
  • Lunches on 3 day tour
  • Travel insurance (required) 

     

Payable in Morocco:

  • Tips
  • Meat or fish supplement at La Maison Anglaise
  • Tourist Taxes 41 MAD (approx £3.20) per person per night
  • Cultural Experiences & Excursions See details of prices and choices
  • Airport taxi transfers at times other than the designated flight

Best Wellbeing Retreat 2024:  Health & Wellbeing Awards

Best Holistic Ecolodge in Morocco 2023

Tripadvisor: Number 1 in the Taroudant Region 

Voted Top 10 in the World: Lonely Planet Eco Stays 2014 & VegeNews Vegetarian Holidays 2005

Responsible Tourism Trophy: Community Project Work 2009

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