Fares & Lucia
The guesthouse is a tribute to Fares and Lucia. It was the very home in which they raised their family of eight children, including Najwa, the current owner. The house was always filled with life and love, and it still is to this day.
Fares and Lucia were a charming couple known for their endless kindness and hospitality in Byblos. They made their home a gathering place always open to friends, family and neighbors. To continue this tradition of hospitality, Najwa recently took over from her sister Daad ; and with the help of loved ones, the house was carefully renovated. Najwa’s free spirit and open heart make her a welcoming host.
She will happily share with you her passion for Byblos and tell you stories about Yemen and other Arabic countries, where she lived and worked in the field of development for many years before returning to Lebanon.
To understand their spirit, you only need to know one thing: there was never a key to the house. Their door was always open.
Byblos is known as the “oldest of all cities.” Founded by the god El, it has been inhabited for over 7,000 years, and is a UNESCO world heritage site.
Beit Faris wa Lucia · The Past
Occupying a privileged position inside the Roman and medieval wall of Byblos, Beit Faris wa Lucia is an invitation to travel back in history. This stunning property owned by Najwa and her family, boasts a two-thousand-year history: its foundations form part of a Crusader tower, an arch on the ground floor dates back to the middle age, and many other marvelous architectural features are visible throughout the building.
Pretty gardens containing fruit trees and colorful flowers surround the guesthouse, while the rooftop terrace provides a magical viewpoint over the Mediterranean Sea and the ancient Citadel of Byblos
Beit Faris wa Lucia · The Present
With the help of loved ones, Najwa carefully renovated the historic house and opened its doors to the world. Her free spirit and open heart make her a welcoming host. Simply ask and she will happily share with you her passion for Byblos over a traditional Lebanese breakfast in the garden. She will also share stories about Yemen and other Arab countries, where she lived and worked for many years before returning to Lebanon.
Beit Faris wa Lucia · The Spirit
History and hospitality combine to create a home unlike any other. It’s a home that feels like an old friend, greeting you with warmth and kindness. A home that is enveloped in thousands of years of history, with stories waiting to be discovered around every corner.
Lush gardens containing fruit trees and colorful flowers surround the guest house, while the rooftop terrace provides a magical view of the Mediterranean Sea and the ancient Citadel of Byblos.
You know you’ve arrived somewhere remarkable, with a feeling that thousands of years of history lie around every corner. You are greeted with a familiar warmth that makes you feel at home from the very first moment. Welcome to Beit Faris wa Lucia.
Food and beverage at Beit Faris wa Lucia...
Upon request, Beit Faris wa Lucia can provide menus for various events, perfect for experiencing our local gastronomy and friendly ambiance.
A FEELING OF TIME
The guesthouse has three levels, with the ground floor featuring a lush green garden with Mediterranean flowers and trees. Wander through and you’ll find a big ancient room with stone arches, as well as our Olive & Thyme kitchen. Grab some coffee or lunch in the garden for a peaceful retreat within the old city of Byblos. The city moves around you, but you close your eyes and enjoy the scent of jasmine in summer, orange blossoms in winter. This is home.