The idea of Le Domaine des Oliviers guesthouse was conceived during the construction of a traditional family home in the mountains.
The cornerstone was laid in 2006, when Pierrot decided to build a family summer house in his hometown of Smar Jbeil. He secretly built the first house to surprise his wife, Raymonde. He called it Beit Zeytoun, or “olive” in English, inspired by the olive tree grove that surrounded it. Raymonde worked alongside him by decorating and designing the house’s interior.
A few years later, Pierrot’s passion for architecture and construction lead him to the old city of Jounieh, where he collected ancient stones from a historical house slated to be demolished. He intended to preserve the stones in a house that reflects traditional Lebanese construction, which resulted in Beit Sindyen. The name Sindyen or “oak” in English was inspired by an elegant oak tree found near the house.
As their children grew up, Pierrot and Raymonde decided to build a third house so that each of their children can live near each other in Lebanon, keeping them together as they return from abroad. Thus, Beit Baher was conceived, a house which Pierrot and Raymonde call their masterpiece. The project symbolized two decades of accumulated experience in construction and design. Beit Baher borrowed its name from the “sea”, since it offers a full sea view of the Mediterranean.
The complimentary couple cherished friendships as much as family, and the house always welcomed countless guests no matter the circumstances. Pierrot and Raymonde took great pleasure in receiving and entertaining guests at their home. Eventually, they decided to transform this domain into a guesthouse, so that even more people can enjoy what Batroun has to offer. They created an additional appendix to the main house, and they named it “Qamar” or “moon” because the decision to build it came on a full moon night.
And so, hand in hand, Raymonde and Pierrot created a unique world of charming architecture, dotted with olive trees, and colored with love. The idea: Why not turn this masterpiece into an intertwined community? Welcome to Le Domaine des Oliviers!