An immersive cultural experience at the newly opened Dar Nour guesthouse 

An immersive cultural experience at the newly opened Dar Nour guesthouse 

Dar Nour is a new guesthouse nestled in Chabtine village.

Overlooking the hills of Batroun and surrounded by green terraces, the traditional Lebanese house aims to help and support local communities achieve sustainable development by offering an immersive cultural rural experience.

In a statement, Nour Farra-Haddad, owner of Dar Nour, said: “Dar Nour is faithful to Lebanese traditions and stays true to helping and supporting local communities thrive. The guesthouse recalls simpler times: a celebration of an authentic rural lifestyle that marries a passion for nature with a commitment to heritage and cultural diversity.”

Dar Nour, offers four double rooms and one suite, but it can host up to 15 guests overnight with the multipurpose Dar and Abou reception halls that can also serve as rooms. Furthermore, the charming property features a lounge, providing guests with a space to mingle and play games. Farra-Haddad’s private collection of items purchased during her travels can be found around the guesthouse.

A table d’hôte, Jlal El Dar forms part of the guesthouse, where visitors can enjoy traditional meals and authentic dishes prepared by local cooks.

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Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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