Ru­ral Es­capes

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BEIT MATTA

Man­aged by the lovely Matta sis­ters, Jeanne and Chris­tine, Beit Matta is a charm­ing moun­tain res­i­dence in Jar­jouaa, South Le­banon.

The sib­lings take great pride in mak­ing guests feel at home, invit­ing them to en­joy freshly baked manouche and or­ganic pro­duce from the gar­den. They are also gen­er­ous with their time, shar­ing their pas­sion for their vil­lage and their her­itage.

The house com­prises five dou­ble rooms and a lovely gar­den with a mini pool.

What to do around Jar­jouaa Al Re­han Grotto

Known as the Jeita of the South, the Al Re­han caves are home to sta­lac­tite and sta­lag­mite for­ma­tions and nat­u­rally-carved stat­ues.

Jezzine

The beau­ti­ful town of Jezzine is just 10 min­utes away from Jar­jouaa and of­fers plenty of ex­cit­ing sites for vis­i­tors in­clud­ing the wa­ter­falls, the fifth high­est in the world, and the Kanaan Palace, which dates back to the late 1800s.

03 419648, Beit­matta Travel blog Notes of a

Trav­eler takes us on a jour­ney to dis­cover two new guest­houses, where you’re guar­an­teed a very warm wel­come.

DO­MAINE DE CHOUCHÈNE

Do­maine de Chouchène in Qab Elias was the pri­vate res­i­dence of the Touma fam­ily for many years be­fore its doors were opened to the pub­lic in 2017. Cur­rently, there are five rooms to ac­com­mo­date guests, while the two cen­tury-old tra­di­tional houses next to the main build­ing are be­ing ren­o­vated to host more vis­i­tors.

What’s spe­cial about Do­maine de Chouchène is the sur­round­ing area, which is abun­dant in flora and fauna. Guests can en­joy a morn­ing walk in the for­est fol­lowed by a tra­di­tional break­fast by the river.

What to do in Qab Elias

The trails of Chouchène al­low vis­i­tors to dis­cover the vil­lage of Qab Elias while en­joy­ing its most im­por­tant land­marks. Two trails are avail­able: Tarik Fakhred­dine and Tarik el Kroum. Whether you opt for the first or the sec­ond, don’t miss the Plaza of the Cross, af­ford­ing panoramic views over Qab Elias, the Plaza of Fakkhred­dine, the ru­ins of an an­cient fort dat­ing back more than 500 years, and the Haidara Ru­ins.

71 543522, do­mainede­chouchane note­so­fa­trav­eler.com

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