Ever wondered what Lebanon looked like in the fifties? A short trip to Ghazir will be enough to give you the sweet taste of that era.
Perched over a hill in Ghazir and offering a panoramic view of Jounieh bay, Beit Wadih welcomes you with its authentic architectural character to take you back to the golden years of Lebanon.
Formerly the permanent residence and passionate personal project of architect Wadih Haddad, Beit Wadih has been recently converted to a guesthouse and an events’ venue by Rania, Wadih’s only daughter, Francois her husband, and Roland, Wadih’s nephew, who vowed to commemorate the legacy of a great contributor in Lebanon’s golden construction age.
Portraying though its natural yellow-stone bearing walls and arches the charm of a beautiful era, the renovated villa is formed of 3 floors and surrounded by a lovely garden planted with pine trees touching the sky, and flowers and plants recalling Spring in every corner.
The details of a warm Lebanese house welcome you before you even step inside. Featuring small colorful statues, vintage boxes and cute decorative items, the patio prepares the eyes, with its outdoor traditional seating corner, to what awaits inside the house.
Furniture carefully selected, piece by piece, to reincarnate the old feel of the fifties betrays the meticulous and elegant taste of the family’s members, so keen on reviving the style and spirit of Wadih himself. From the mirrors to the paintings, the vintage accessories, the old belongings, the classic style of furniture, down to the last thoroughly considered detail, the house is an invitation to disconnect from the present and travel back in time.
Operational since 2015, the guesthouse hosts a total of nine bedrooms with private bathrooms and terraces, with the most recent annex offering a garden space to its four bedrooms. With rooms named each after a different region in Lebanon with explanatory brochures provided about each region (Beirut, Tyre, Tripoli, Byblos, Baalbeck, Sidon, Deir el Qamar, Cedars, and Beiteddine), the guesthouse strives to promote awareness around the heritage and culture of Lebanon, assisting tourists with any “guidance” they need.
Besides having access to a lounge/reception area, the outside patio, the kitchen, the bar, and the beautiful garden, guests are showered with the warm welcome and treatment of Marilin, Ali, and Joumana, the guesthouse’s keepers, who will spare no effort in making their stay a truly memorable one. They won’t miss a lovely encounter with Roland, Wadih’s nephew and the architect/restorer of the guesthouse, who insists on meeting his guests and making sure they’re comfortable and satisfied with the service.
Strategically located 10 minutes from Jbeil and 20 minutes from Batroun, Beit Wadih is an opportunity to enjoy a peaceful “green” retreat, not far from the city and the sea, the old souks of Jounieh, the magical city of Byblos, and the most beautiful beaches of Batroun.
Suitable for groups of friends, family, and private events.
What to do in & around Ghazir:
-Walk the village to discover its typical arches houses dating back from the XIXth century, its cute old souk, nice sculptures, and beautiful churches at every corner.
-Do the trek that will be launched soon around its 11 old water mills.
-Visit the native house of Father Yaacoub (St. Jacques capucin) and enjoy a superb view overlooking the sea.
-Visit Chateau Musar winery and indulge yourself with a wine tasting session.
-A hike in Jabal Moussa, 30 minutes away from Ghazir, which can be organized by the guesthouse for you.
-A hike in Chnaanir natural reserve, 5 minutes away from Ghazir, which can be organized by the guesthouse.
-Access to the Gym of Antonine’s sisters school (2 minutes from Beit Wadih) including pool, sauna & jacuzzi.
-Visit the traditional square café (ahwet el ezez) and play cards the traditional way.
-Visit the Roman Bridge in Maameltein, one of the very important remains of the Roman era in Lebanon.
-Visit Casino du Liban, 5 minutes away from Ghazir.
-Visit the old souk of Jounieh, a very short drive from the guesthouse.
-Visit the old city of Byblos, its ruins, port, and lovely restaurants.
-Visit the beaches and the beautiful town of Batroun.
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