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Spread out across several acres of farmland, Al Haush is a family enterprise and holistic experience that combines a love for sustainable practices with a passion for the Bekaa Valley. The guesthouse recalls simpler times; a celebration of an authentic Bekaa lifestyle that marries a passion for nature with a commitment to heritage and cultural diversity. Inspired by the Mexican ‘hacienda’ in its design yet firmly rooted in Lebanese soil, Al Haush is a deeply personal experience that mirrors the generosity of its land and the family that brought it to life.
How often do you get to live in an old farm surrounded by hectares of greenery where every corner is a beautiful discovery and a voyage back in time?
Al Haush is, at its core, a family love affair. It was established by Salim in the 1940s after he returned to Lebanon from Mexico. The beauty of the Bekaa Valley’s expansive, green spaces resembled the place he had called home for many years and so with a heart full of determination and nostalgia, he purchased a virgin plot of land in the Center of Bekaa in 1942, planting on its rich soil the seeds of Al Haush. The guesthouse became a summer residence for the family for years to come. Each generation that lived in the home left their unique touch on the space, yet what remained constant and unchanging was the family’s love and commitment to nature; a love they share with all their guests.
Al Haush has something for everyone: families looking to spend quality time together in a beautiful setting; families who want to introduce their children to the wonders of nature and the outdoors; and couples seeking a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. It comprises ten bedrooms that combine modern comfort with authentic barn interiors and decoration: five located in a family-friendly area, while the rest are in a setting ideal for a romantic retreat.
To make summer days at Al Haush even brighter, the two areas have a pool each where you can take a dip and enjoy a relaxing swim. There are a plethora of exciting activities that speak to the guesthouse’s sustainable philosophy; a philosophy that L’Hote Libanais resoundingly shares. Beautiful garden areas; a 3-km open track meandering through expansive open fields; olive and almond trees that catch the eye; a small animal farm… and many more experiences that engage visitors with an authentic, rural experience decorated with Bekaa Valley’s unique charm and hospitality. For wine connoisseurs and those looking to explore Lebanon’s unique viticulture, a diversity of wineries are close-by, waiting to unlock curious senses.
— Photographs: Walid Rashid
Words: Reem Joudi