Cafe Tissardmine

Cafe Tissardmine

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Situated in Morocco near Erg Chebbi, one of the largest sand dunes in the Sahara, Cafe Tissardmine is a unique guesthouse and artist retreat providing a creative oasis for artists and travellers amongst the desert's beauty, grandeur and stillness and the culture of the indigenous Berber people.Tissardmine is a secluded, tranquil destination for anyone seeking an escape from the noise of the world. It has been created by Australian artist, Karen Hadfield, and local Berber Youssef Bouchedor. With the realisation of the desert's potential for creative inspiration and tranquility, Karen and Youssef bought an old ruined building in Tissardmine, and slowly breathed new life into it. Karen's artistic expertise is accompanied by Youssef's incredible knowledge of the desert.Accommodation is either in one of the four en-suite rooms built around an internal courtyard or for short stays we recommend the traditional berber tents also each with en-suite bathroom (not quite so traditional!). The main house has a quiet salon/library and a larger salon with a wood fire used for dining when the weather is not so favourable for dining al fresco. We have a large outdoor eating area and often cook on the fire.We also provide excursions and camping so however you want to spend your time in this neck of the woods, we can arrange everything.All prices will be quoted as an inclusive price once we know your plan...no surprises!Cafe Tissardmine is totally run on solar power so we ask you to leave your hair dryers at home!
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Free parking
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English, French, Spanish, Arabic
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Kim F wrote a review Jan 2016
Louisville, Kentucky
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Cafe Tissardmine is a delightful place to unwind and relax. The compound itself is spacious and comfortable, with lots of nooks and niches where you can curl up with a good book, journal, sketch pad, or just gaze out in any direction to absorb the quiet, untouched natural beauty that surrounds you.

We visited at the end of December - a great time to go. Gorgeous warm sunny days, crisp cool nights and breathtaking night skies. There is virtually zero "light pollution" and we never tired of watching the brilliant stars each night.

Karen is the perfect host and she and her staff made us feel welcome and well looked after. All meals are included in the very reasonable lodging rate and the food was excellent and plentiful, each meal prepared fresh that day using all local ingredients. We feasted!

We stayed in one of the guesthouses and found it very comfortable, despite the chilly nights. Hot water bottles and good blankets made for cozy sleeping. Waking up to the sun rising through the oasis as you sip your morning hot beverage of choice made for the perfect beginning to each perfect day. What a great way to end the year!
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Date of stay: December 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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WillungaWirra wrote a review Jun 2014
Adelaide, Australia
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I spent a week at Cafe Tissardmine in February 2013 (I had to select July 2013 because there wasn't an option for dates before that time!) as part of a group of women writers who were there for a writers workshop run by Jan Cornall (Australia). This was an amazing residency initiated by owner Karen Hadfield. The desert is a sacred place. It is also very, very beautiful. Apart from the fact that I learnt an enormous amount during the workshop under Jan's very capable and supportive tutelage, being at Cafe Tissardmine itself was one of the most awesome holidays I've ever experienced.

The accommodation was better than I had expected - I knew we would be sleeping in Berber tents, that this was not a 5 star resort! - but it was lush and cosy and comfortable. Having hot water bottles at night was an added bonus. And there are showers in the tents!! with hot water!

Karen and fellow manager Youssef and the rest of the team at Cafe Tissardmine made us feel very welcome at all times and took care of our needs in unobtrusive ways. The meals we had while there were simple, healthy and delicious.

They organised trips to Erg Chebbi for us, including a 2 night camping adventure, travelling by camels! Sunsets and sunrises in this western Saharan desert were unbelievably stunning. The sand itself with it's rusty golden hues, the undulating waves of sand, was truly magical. As for the stars, sitting around the campfires at night, sparkled and winked at us. I felt like part of the firmament.

Even after more than a year, I remember my time at Cafe Tissardmine with wonder and gratitude. I would like nothing better than to go back there one day. I would recommend this very special place as a destination for anyone with a sense of spirit and adventure, the curious, the photographer, the artist, the writer, the child, the tired, anyone looking for respite or inspiration in calm and tranquil surroundings .. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!!

It was simply sublime.
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Date of stay: July 2013
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: For the sheer adventure of it all, you can't go past one of the Berber tents!
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chris a wrote a review Apr 2017
Fes, Morocco
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed with my group at Cafe Tissardmine in early March. Before arriving we were on a fairly regimented schedule, but once there our schedule sort of melted away and we entered organic time--days were defined by art, music, meals, and meanders into the desert. It's not right up against the dunes, but you can see the dunes from the place. I enjoyed picking around in the surrounding fossil beds. Sunset was always divine. The owner Karen is strong, kind and very interesting. She takes exqusite care of her guests--I will never forget her!
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Date of stay: March 2017
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Response from KarencafeT, Owner at Cafe Tissardmine
Responded 15 Apr 2017
thank you so much for your kind words. You embraced the magic of the place and got the best out of your time here. Your group was a delight to host! Safe Travels. Karen
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Chris F wrote a review Aug 2017
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Lovely location that is true but there were many problematic comments and situations from the English owner. I wish it had been different. The Berber people who work there are kind and generous but the owner cares only about over charging you for water and other basics. Even if you are sick to your stomach and need it. My advice? Go to the riads in the next village. It's closer to the gorgeous dunes anyway. Too bad but sometimes people disappoint.
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Date of stay: August 2017Trip type: Travelled solo
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Ariestar wrote a review Mar 2017
Junction City, California
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a heavenly oasis: a place to be calm and breathe in the beauty of the desert with gracious hosts. The accommodations are classic and very comfortable (and surprisingly modern), ranging between permanent tent structures to beautiful cob/adobe structures. Lovely lounge areas to have tea and look out to the setting sun on the dunes. The staff are incredibly generous and warm; making one feel right at home. I was very sad to leave after our five day stay. One night they built a fire and played local drumming music and songs as we star gazed and another night arranged for us to do an over night camel trek deeper into the Sahara. Overall, it's an art sanctuary where people go to do a range of residency to deepen any art project they may be working on. But they host all degrees of travelers, short or long stays. I would definitely go back here and recommend it completely!
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Date of stay: March 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Joeschwaa wrote a review Oct 2015
Sydney, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
First off - this place is not for everyone. If you want luxury accomodation, a pool, a gym, room service and high water pressure - dont' come here!

If however, you don't mind something different - then its well worth a visit! The rooms have ensuites, hot water and comfortable beds. The tents are also very comfortable and a great experience. The place is small, and more like a B&B than a hotel. There is not much to do out here, but relaxing with a book and watching the sunset for a few days will really recharge your batteries.

Karen is a great host, and a great cook. She hosts a lot of artist retreats for various groups, and has been a great, positive influence on the surrounding village.

Be warned - very patchy phone, and no internet - but hey, its great to go off-grid every now and then!
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Date of stay: March 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled on business
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CathR2050 wrote a review Nov 2014
Bermagui, Australia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were picked up in Marrakech by Hassan who drive us to Cafe Tissardmine. It was an amazing two-day journey through ever-changing landscapes, mountain ranges and fascinating oases.
We are so glad we visited the desert - so different from Marrakech and Fes.
Cafe Tissardmine was especially wonderful for its relaxed hospitality, spectacular surroundings and the chance to have terrific conversations with everyone there, including a diverse bunch of artists working on residencies there.
Karen, English/Australian co-owner, and Yousef, Berber Amazigh co-owner, with his extended family, run a welcoming, handcrafted guesthouse with every opportunity to experience the stony desert and the spectacular ochre dunes.
Once there, we realised we should have stayed longer - but there is always next time ...
At the end of our stay, Hassan drove us to Fes, using his expert driving skills and local knowledge, we got great insights.
How lucky we were to find out about this unique cultural oasis.
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Date of stay: October 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: The Berber tents are terrific (with fossil-encrusted marble sinks) but the Kasbah rooms are...
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Fiona_Leonard wrote a review Feb 2014
Accra, Ghana
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Four days in the desert was exactly what we needed in the midst of a tour of Morocco. We were welcomed into the Cafe Tissardmine family by Karen, Youssef and Hassan, who took such great care of us, that at the end of our stay we felt like we were leaving old friends.

This is a very special place in an incredible landscape.

Karen arranged a great night for us in the desert, complete with camel ride which was a fantastic experience.

Cafe Tissardmine is highly recommended for vegetarians. Karen was terrific about arranging vegetarian meals for us, both when we were staying there and also when we camped out in the desert.

The other highlight was getting to meet the fascinating people who were staying there - all artists, and, during our stay, all women - this was a group of inspiring, creative women.

I hope we are able to return in the future.
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Date of stay: February 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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MarylandGrammy wrote a review May 2017
Maryland
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Basic adobe structures and Berber tents in the vastness of the desert beside a tiny village with no other buildings in sight. Berber carpets, alcoves and courtyards, and a rooftop to view the sunrise, sunset, night sky. Nutritious, varied Moroccan food prepared daily. English spoken, along with perhaps five additional languages. Calm, friendly, nonintrusive staff. Extensive library. Simple, clean rooms. A haven for writers, artists, contemplatives, anyone who longs for space and silence.
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Date of stay: April 2017Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Olga54 wrote a review Feb 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I went to Cafe Tissardmine on a writing course run by the excellent author Linda Cracknell. I went for the course, but Karen and Youssef at Cafe Tissardmine ensured it was an even more inspirational and enthralling experience than I could possibly have imagined. There is a guesthouse, but we stayed in Berber tents, complete with ensuite bathroom. It can be chilly at night despite the warm blankets, but you quickly forget that after getting up to watch the sunrise. The food is spectacularly good, and there was always enthusiastic applause when the lid was lifted on that evening's tagine. This is by no means a luxury break, but neither is it roughing it. (We spent one night out in the desert in Erg Chebbi, which involved a camel ride which some might find a bit challenging, and the tents there are not ensuite - find a suitable bush... But that expedition isn't obligatory. I fell in love with my white camel, Amalel, and clambering up the dunes for sunset and sunrise was well worth it.) Everywhere in Cafe Tissardmine is elegantly decorated, and there are plenty of areas to sit quietly, including two open Berber tents. Tissardmine also boasts a very handsome hound called Safi. He nicked my pen - we thought he might be planning to write his autobiography, but he was just trying to get our attention so that we would play with him. The journey from/to Marrakech is spectacular but long, and very winding through the Atlas Mountains. We were driven there, which was fine, because we could stop fairly frequently (including at a women's cooperative in the mountains where we saw argan oil being made), but I found the 11 hour bus journey back pretty tough. The bus is comfortable (although I didn't have a seat belt) but there were only two half-hour stops and two five minute stops and I got a bit travel-sick despite wearing travel bands on my wrists.
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Date of stay: February 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: There are four ensuite bedrooms in a guesthouse, but there are also five ensuite Berber tents you...
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Olga54 wrote a tip Feb 2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom37 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"There are four ensuite bedrooms in a guesthouse, but there are also five ensuite Berber tents you can sleep in."
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CathR2050 wrote a tip Nov 2014
Bermagui, Australia3 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Berber tents are terrific (with fossil-encrusted marble sinks) but the Kasbah rooms are probably cooler in the warmer months."
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WillungaWirra wrote a tip Jun 2014
Adelaide, Australia31 contributions20 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"For the sheer adventure of it all, you can't go past one of the Berber tents!"
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PKLucas wrote a tip Jan 2014
New York City, New York14 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The rooms in the small Kasbah are great, but in warm weather, I would encourage checking out the tents, which are quite well-outfitted, including showers!"
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Which popular attractions are close to Cafe Tissardmine?
Nearby attractions include Moroko Tour (7.4 km), Moroccan Sahara (4.1 km), and Argan Dune Dorée (8.0 km).
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
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Yes, free parking is available to guests.
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Conveniently located restaurants include Nasser Palace Restaurant, Cafe Snack Hamid, and Cafe Restaurant Saharatime.
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Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
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The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, and Arabic.
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