Al Haush was my latest “guesthouse” discovery in the region of Bekaa. Going back to the origin of the name, here’s what I learnt during my stay:
A “haush” is a small village made of mud houses inhabited by people who work in agricultural lands during spring and summer. The Haushs belong to the land’s owners and used to include a farm, farm animals (accommodated in a house barn), a yard, and a house that accommodates the workers.
Along the years, the “Haushs” have remained part of the Bekaa and its people’s identity with more than 18 Haushs spread from Hermel down to Rashaya, including:
Hermel District: Haush Al Sayed Ali, Haush Bayt Ismail.
Baalbek District: Haush Barada, Haush El Dahab, Haush Snaid, Haush Al Nabi, Haush El Rafqah, Haush Tal Safiyeh
Zahlé District: Haush El Ghanam, Haush Hala, Haush El Oumaraa, HaushEl Zaraaneh, Haush El Mandara, HaushEl Sayadi, Haush Qaysar, Haush Tcheflik Edde, Haush Moussa
Western Beqaa District: Haush El Harimeh, etc.
Haush El Ghanam
Haush el Ghanam started as an agriculture project, just like all the others, when the Saab grandfather bought a parcel of land in the centre of Bekaa after his return from Mexico in the twenties. Being the region that reminded him most of Mexico with its vast lands and its beautiful landscape surrounded by Eastern and Western mountain chains, the Bekaa is where he established his farm and agriculture project, reminiscent of the Mexican haciendas’ lifestyle.
Haush el Ghanam soon became a pioneer agriculture project in the region, and the family’s summer residence for two consecutive generations.
Today and after 60 years, Haush el Ghanam opens its doors to people with the same passionate spirit and attachment to the land, inviting them to an authentic journey in the heart of Bekaa. Renovating its barn area to accommodate five beautifully-designed and comfortable rooms, Al Haush has decided to add a bed & breakfast experience to its family summer residence, offering its guests a taste of the authentic haush lifestyle and a taste of a Lebanese era anchored in agriculture and deeply-rooted in the richness of the Bekaa land.
It’s hard to describe the magic of this place but all I can say is that my experience in Al Haush was like nothing else. How often do you get to live in an old farm decorated with a precious collection of agriculture tools and surrounded by hectares of greenery where every corner is a beautiful discovery and a voyage back in time?
During my weekend stay, I had the chance to enjoy:
- The pool area
- The Bedouin corner
- The agriculture “museum”
- The little farm
- The gorgeous terrace
- A delicious organic breakfast
My delicious breakfast was served on the upper terrace overlooking the valley of Bekaa. It was made from organic local produce planted in the family’s surrounding lands and was the tastiest and most generous breakfast I had. An explosion of healthy tastes right from the garden next door!
- Soap and rose water making
I also had the chance to witness soap and rose water making in the guesthouse. To engage more its guests in nature-related activities, Al Haush plans on hosting agro-activities and workshops according to an agriculture calendar it has put in place to offer people the chance to learn about plants, agriculture, and the making of local produce, with the aim of making their stay a true immersion in nature.
What I was mostly touched by in Al Haush was the warm hospitality of the Saab family and their passion for their land, which they try to convey so fervently in every detail of their bed & breakfast experience. In less than a day, you will feel a part of this beautiful family and an ambassador of their values, their passion, and the heritage of our beautiful country.
Here are some places or activities in Bekaa around which you can organize your stay in Al Haush:
Visit of wineries: Ksara, Nakad, Les Tourelles, Saint-Thomas, Khoury, Kefraya, among others.
Coffee shops and restaurants in Al Bardouny valley in Zahle
Visit of Anjar Umayyad ruins
Visit of the famous Baalbeck roman ruins
Visit of Ksarnaba and Ferzol ruins
Festivals of Baalbeck, Anjar & El Karmeh (Zahle)
For more info, contact Al Haush on: +9613911110, or book your room directly on L’Hote Libanais here.