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Wednesday, 01 September 2021

Rose's House, Jabal Akhdar, the Sultanate of Oman

Written by Erin Coyle
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Patio Welcome Sign


Dozens of stars, cool weather, and birds and crickets' sounds are all reasons to go to Jabal Akhdar in the Sultanate of Oman. Now is the best time to go, especially when it is 22 degrees at night. An excellent place to rent is Rose's House in Alaqur Village. This original-style mud house is full of charm and character. The house has many traditional items, such as clay pottery water jugs and straw-colored mats with embroidery that hang on the walls. It has three bedrooms, suitable for six people, a majlis (a parlor where guests are received) and a living room. The living room is a lovely spot to play cards and board games.

Living Room 

The house is owned and run by the Alfahdi brothers – Ahmed, Mustafa, Amjad, and Saeed. It took them two years to renovate it. Amjad explained that they wanted to rent it to show people a small part of Omanis' past life. He also said that they worked with their souls and feelings to get the house back to life again. The home has a kitchen and an outside patio with an area for BBQ. One cannot help noticing the mint green colored benches outside with plants surrounding the area. In the morning, it is the perfect spot for some yoga, meditation, or drinking coffee. If you need a break from stress and other worries or want to relax, then this is the place to stay.


Outdoor Patio


Amjed can guide you hiking through Alagur, Alain, and Alshuraijah villages for an additional 15 rials, which takes about an hour and a half. While walking through the farms and traditional houses, it is easy to admire the terraces with layers of cement surrounded by farms, date trees, and seasonal rose bushes. While walking around, there are chances to view the traditional wooden doors, such as the sky blue one with carved flowers. During the rose season, there are chances to look at the farms filled with pink roses; you cannot miss their aroma. Mid-April is when the locals usually pick the buds for rosewater making, so it is best to go at the end of March or the first two weeks in April.


Living Room Decor


Having stayed at Rose's House twice, I highly recommend this quaint place. My friends and I stayed here at Christmas, and they even had put up a tree inside, making this extra special for our holiday. It was this simple touch that made us feel so welcome. There are heaters for winter stays. This house is also a ten-minute walk to Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort.


Details: A four-wheel drive is required. You can rent it from Birkat Almouz for 40 rials, or you can arrange for a transfer. The house costs 50 rials per night. Bring your food to cook since there is a kitchen and an area to BBQ. Last time there was a grill but double check when making the booking. For inquiries about the house and hiking, contact Amjed Alfahdi at 97357957 or on Instagram @roses_house_oman. For questions about a car rental, contact Mustafa Alfahdi at 95900135 or on Instagram @desert_camels_oman.



©Erin Coyle

Last modified on Thursday, 02 September 2021

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