Nested in the Jbeil Mountains, at 1200m of altitude, lies Mechmech. With the ancestral Cedars on one side and the Mediterranean Sea on the other, it’s the ideal location for a serene and relaxing getaway.
The village used to be known as Mechmiss as it was always enveloped in glistening sunlight, with a white sea of clouds surrounding the mountains.
Driving into Mechmech, you instantly feel the old Lebanese charm of the village, the sight of red rooftops, the smell of oak, pine trees and burning wood, the sound of birds chirping and the touch of the crisp air. This sensory experience instantly lifts all your worries as you start to acknowledge and treasure the simple pleasures of life.
Circled by warm sunlight and painted skies, textured mountains and hollow valleys, Mechmech is a heartwarming village overflowing with light, natural beauty and generosity, qualities you will experience at BeitNoun.
Beit Noun was set out to be Edouard and Isabelle Noun’s family home which they started building in the 1930s. It grew to be known as El Hara, encompassed by rich olive, cherry, fig and apple trees. The villagers participated in the construction of the house and later on in the harvesting and nurturing of the home. They still remember that period with pride and nostalgia.
The houses, the columns and the entryway were built with beautiful colossal stones. We wonder till this day how they were mysteriously transported from other villages- the story says they used to be rolled all the way up to the Hara.
By the mid 40’s the House became a heritage for the whole village as well as an attractive scene for leaders, renowned figures and travelers alike.
Going into the 60’s, The Golden Age of Lebanon, filled with international movie stars and a buzzing nightlife, the country was a glamorous, fantasy location for tourists. This was translated into Beit Noun, where they used to sit around warm campfires, under the starry skies, playing guitar and music all night.
Coming around to the 90’s, Beit Noun was all about bucolic family lunches. The extended family would gather on weekends and holidays and host generous lunches which would turn into dinner and carry on to the early hours of the next day. It was all about enjoying each other’s presence, celebrating family, food, tradition, music, honoring the history and characteristics of the home in their own new way.
If the stones of the house could speak, they would tell you of the magical gatherings, vibrant parties and copious lunches hosted over the years, each expressing the virtues of the times.
Today, the property is naturally evolving into what it should be and always has been; a place to relax, a place to be with loved-ones, family and friends, a place to re-awaken your roots, to escape and evade your worries; and most importantly, a place to call home.
Celebrating the history of the house, and our ancestor’s hosting spirit, we were eager to share our cherished experiences in our family home, by transforming it into a Boutique Guesthouse instinctively named Beit Noun. Alongside Galal Mahmoud, celebrated architect, we are keeping the authenticity of the house intact while accentuating the Art Deco and Golden Era feel by adding pops of colors inside the house, with local artisans renovating every piece of furniture using colors of those times.
The property celebrates nature, with carefully curated seating all around the gardens, inviting you to simply sit and enjoy. You can find yourself laying for endless hours soaking in the raw and natural beauty of the environment with the perfect balance of the sultry sun and the blissful breeze. Depending on the movement of the wind, you might smell the rustic oak trees or the sweet and gentle lavender. There is so much to take in, the abundant elderly trees, the wild flowers between the lavender fields, the unintrusive wildlife, the picturesque landscape, the cloudless skies, you are overcome with a feeling of peace and gratitude.
The vast land gives us the opportunity to foster a farm to table feel for a more sustainable approach, starting with our organic vegetable garden, to our beehives and more; all the while celebrating the routines of those who make this a way of life; from apple picking, bread kneading, olive pressing and fruit drying, all available for you to discover during your stay or purchase from our Boutique.
Our door is open to receive everyone with the same joy and hospitality as our ancestors, and enrich our history-filled walls with new memories created with our guests.