Home to Lebanon’s biggest cedar reserve and some of the country’s most magnificent palaces, Shouf is teeming with history, culture and nature. Travel blogger and guesthouse reviewer Notes of a Traveler visits two guesthouses in the area that boast great views and a homey ambience.
Sleep in a 200-year-old house and wake up to the glorious sight of Beiteddine Palace at Beit Lebbos. Strategically located facing the palace, the renovated home welcomes guests in cozy and modern rooms that enjoy a common terrace with a stunning view. In addition to its seven rooms, the guesthouse also features a second terrace where guests can take a dip in the jacuzzi and enjoy breakfast, never too far from the generous hospitality of the owner himself.
La Maison du Bonheur
Lovers of nature, serenity and fresh air will feel on top of the world by spending a weekend at La Maison du Bonheur in Deir El Qamar. This charming bed and breakfast offers a view over mountains and villages from its pretty garden, basking its guests in fragrances of flowers and herbs, and awakening their taste buds to a fresh organic breakfast. Ama, the owner and Deir El Qamar native, will make you feel at home from the moment you arrive and share her passion for nature with you.
What to do in the area
Both guesthouses are a great starting point to exploring the picturesque village of Deir El Qamar and the many attractions of Shouf, including Moussa Castle, Beiteddine Palace, Mir Amine Palace, Moukhtara, Atelier Assaf, Barouk Cedar Reserve and Baakline River.