Singing with Pauline Down
8 - 17 October 2025
“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
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 en–suite 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.
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 above): 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. The beautiful Tin Mal mosque is worth a visit en route but is currently closed for restoration, planned to be reopened in May 2024
Stay at Ouirgane Ecolodge at 1000 m (the site and a sitting room are illustrated above): 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 mins). Then you will pass boulder-strewn river beds with cultivated terraces including cherry, apple and walnut orchards en route to this small trailhead town. A further 25 mins drive to Imlill.
Fly home from Marrakech: 1 hour 30 mins 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
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!
PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME which will vary with travel arrangements, weather etc
There will be daily tutored sessions and possibly spontaneously at inspiring places.
Each day you may choose one of the optional activities on offer below. Anything listed as “optional” means it is payable locally and not included in the price. Please see our price list for costs.
Day 1 Arrival Day – Our drivers meet you at Agadir airport. Lunch or dinner, settle in, introductory talk and tour of the site. Optional massages. Optional tour around town walls by horse-drawn taxi.
Day 2 Optional excursion: walking at one of 2 oases and possibly in the Anti Atlas Mountains with Said.
Day 3 Optional cultural experience: cookery lesson; massages; experience our on-site solar powered hammam.
Day 4 Optional excursion: High Atlas Berber Villages – an insight into daily lives of villagers in the mountains with Rachid.
Day 5 Exploring Taroudant. Optional cultural experiences: shopping in the souk; massages; experience our on-site solar powered hammam.
Day 6 Optional excursion: walking and wildlife in the High Atlas Mountains with Said.
Day 7 Optional cultural experiences: henna tattoos. Finish shopping. Optional lunch out at a restaurant of your choice (at your expense).
Day 8 Farewell. Vacate rooms after breakfast. Transfer to Agadir 3 hours before flight departs.
Cost: £TBC per person in shared twin/double room
- Transfers from/to Agadir Airport at one designated time
- Accommodation in en suite twin or double bedroom; single occupancy on request
- Chlorine-free pool
- Substantial breakfasts and vegetarian evening meals (meat or fish at extra cost)
- Lunches on the first 6 days
- Tutored workshops – about 20 hours in total
- Flights (often under £100 return if booked early)
- Single occupancy supplement £20 per night
- Travel insurance (required)
Payable in Morocco:
Best Holistic Ecolodge in Morocco 2023
Trip Advisor: Number 1 in the Taroudant Region
Voted Top 10 in the World: Lonely Planet Eco Stays 2014 & VegeNews Vegetarian Holidays 2005
Responsible Tourism Trophy for Community Project Work 2009