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Dar El Berkeh

This 18th-century house is tucked in a quiet village in Lebanon’s Chouf district. Shrouded by luscious, thousand years-old olive trees and overlooking foothills of pine and cedar, the one-story brick home is a triumphant ode to a rich past and a welcoming haven for guests seeking rest and mediation in nature’s folds.

Dar El Berkeh · The story

In Arabic, the word “berkeh” means basin or pool. The 300 year-old home was built by Sheikh Said, a notable religious figure (Qadi Mazhab) who named the house after the hexagonal pool at its entrance whose basin is ever-full with fresh spring water. Villagers would regularly drop by to ask Sheikh Said for advice and the many conversations and consultations would happen around the “berkeh”. It reflects the traditional Lebanese architecture of the time, with arched windows that bathe in sunlight and a flat, brick roof. Three generations breathed life into Dar El Berkeh. Passed on from father to son, the portraits of family members decorate its walls.

Dar El Berkeh · A private gateway in the mountains

Dar El Berkeh contains four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a spacious garden with a pool. The space gives guests the opportunity to fully immerse themselves with nature, relax under the garden tent, meditate, and listen to the sound of birds chirping nearby. A delicious breakfast spread teeming with fresh, local eats will be prepared every morning and the garden will be attended to daily by Abou Fady, a close friend of the family.

Question? Ask away

Whether you need more information on Dar El Berkeh, or whether you are having difficulties with your reservation… don’t be shy! Contact us and our team will be delighted to answer your questions, 7 days a week.

Lodging policies — Check-in time is 14:00. Check-out time is 12:00 noon. No pets are allowed. Dar El Berkeh operates in spring and summer.

Credits — Words: Reem Joudi. Photographs: Paul Gorra.

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Transportation

Our airport transit service from Rafic Hariri International Airport is available day and night. Upon landing and once you’ve picked up your luggage, your taxi driver will be waiting to greet you and drive you to Dar El Berkeh.

From and to Beirut Airport

  • Airport pick-up $65
  • Airport drop-off $65

The freedom to follow where your heart leads you! Your taxi driver is at your disposal for full day bookings, allowing you the flexibility to create your custom itinerary… all you have to do is let the pleasure of discovery take over.

Custom itineraries

  • Full day (10 hours) $180