|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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As-Sahala Estate and Gardens is not your ordinary holiday rental. What you have the opportunity to experience here is a fully enclosed and private Estate encompassing multiple hectares of gardens with a spacious 3 bedroom vacation villa, movie theater, heated pool, BBQ area, high speed Internet access, basketball court, children play area and a fully working farm including farm animals and staff! This is the perfect place for a comfortable and quiet holiday near Muscat with family or friends.
Some of our guests have called this the most beautiful vacation they have ever been on. Interested? Read on...
As-Sahala Estate and Gardens is located 20 minutes from the Seeb/Muscat airport, 15 minutes from 2 major shopping centers (one of them a huge Carrefour where food and supplies are available at low prices), and if you prefer to eat out, you will find a choice of great restaurants and classy coffee shops in the center of Muscat.
The Estate is a gated and walled compound containing four fields skirted by tarmac roads with manicured landscaping and trees. This provides an ideal environment for evening strolls or bicycling away from city traffic. The caretaker and 2 farm workers live in a bungalow by the main gate and are responsible for our guest's complete safety and comfort. Cows, goats, peacocks, and hens (far enough not to wake you up) are located in pens in the same area. The villa with pool, in which you will stay, is located in the opposite corner of the compound, so that total privacy is assured.
The villa is recently built and features a kitchen and utility room, a main lounge (sitting 12 people) and dining room (sitting 8) and sleeping quarters consisting of a master bedroom with Queen size bed and a private bath, a secondary bedroom with 2 single beds and a private bath, and a third bedroom with 2 single beds and a bath down the hall. The hallway contains 2 additional sleeper seats, so that the house can sleep 8 comfortably. A baby cot will be provided upon request.
At the end of the villa is another lounge area, the Arabic Majlis, where the antique furniture shows the spirit of Omani traditions. This area is adjoined by a home movie theater with digital sound. The villa also contains 2 separate showers and bathrooms accessible from outdoors, serving as a pool-house or while entertaining outdoors.
Speaking of outdoors, the gardens, which are visible from nearly every room in the villa, feature several sitting area (terraces) which can be used for entertaining or dining, as well as a traditional Omani carpeted sitting area, ideal to enjoy summer nights with the family. A digital outdoor sound system helps you set the mood.
The caretaker will clean the gardens of any fallen leaves, and broom the terraces daily, usually long before you wake up in the morning.
At this point, you will be wondering: who else lives in what could easily be a small village? The entire Estate contains a single vacation villa which you will be staying in, and besides the caretaker and 2 farm workers, which are very discrete and live at the other end of the property, nobody else will disturb your vacation in this Omani paradise!
As-Sahala Estate also provides children with a unique vacation experience unlike any other : the pool features a child section, and the gardens lead to a private basketball court as well as a private children play area (with more equipment than some city parks, as you can see in the pictures)! Children can also take a stroll around the paved roads of the Estate with no risk of being hurt by cars, and love petting the goats and cows, and can even help milking and picking eggs in the morning. Milk and eggs can also be delivered to you in the morning upon request to the caretaker.
It is recommended, although not strictly necessary, to rent a car. The owner (Rashid) will then provide ideas for daily excursions including beautiful deserted beaches, old Omani mountain towns, markets and souks and more.
If you are looking for a spacious accommodation with privacy and fun during your holiday at Muscat ,
As-Sahala farmhouse is the place. Here you may enjoy all that a comfortable accommodation may provide at a great value. It is 20 minutes from the Airport and 15 minutes from 2 major Shopping Centres, offering a choice of great restaurants and classy coffee shops (City Centre – Al Bahja).
The farm is a walled compound containing four fields skirted by tarmac roads and trees. The villa with pool etc. is in the corner furthest from the main gate. The caretaker and the 2 farm workers live in a bungalow by the main gate so it is all very private. The cows, goats, peacocks, and hens are all penned in, also near the main gate. The villa has a large lounge with adjoining cinema nearest to the pool. Then there are showers and toilets for the pool. Then comes the section with the bedrooms which are accessed off a central hallway. You have to walk through the bedroom with 2 single beds to reach the hallway and the other bedrooms. Next comes the main lounge/dining room and finally a utility room and kitchen. All the sections are accessed by doors to the pool / lawn area'
When you rent As Sahalah farm nobody will share with you any of the facilities mentioned above. Basically it is all yours with full privacy. The farm is viewed as a big garden and is neatly organized. Asphalt roads connect all parts of it, providing suitable walking/cycling ways. Kids may find this holiday environment a unique experience that cannot be seen elsewhere. At the As Sahala you have your private heated pool (with kids protected section), basketball playground, kids play and BBQ area.
The house is located at the northern corner of the farm. Internally, there are 3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 singles) accommodating 8 people. The family sitting take up to 12 people while the dining takes 8. View of the garden is made available from all corners of the villa, including the Arabic Majlis, the second sitting area, where the spirit of the Omani traditions is felt from the antique furniture and style.
The farmhouse is truly a unique experience while enjoying holiday at Muscat. Its is ideal for families and friends who are looking for quite and healthy holiday accommodation .
My family and I loved our stay here. We had planned to get something close to the beach and close to the city so we could have things to do on our vacation but ended up staying in all but one evening. We have a 3 year old and a 2 year old and my wife is pregnant - there was plenty to do on site and it was so relaxing knowing the kids were safe (had to keep an eye out around the pool) and there was room to run, play and relax together.
The guys working the farm were more than gracious about our privacy and attending to anything we needed. We made all of our meals in the kitchen and were able to eat outside by the pool in our swimsuits and then shower off before naps with no problem and no concern for privacy or time.
We truly felt like we were at an all-inclusive resort. The kids loved the pool, the playground, the outside majilis, the animals (ostrich, ducks, peacocks, dogs *caged*, cows, goats), the grass, the outside basketball court and especially the freedom to roam and explore. My wife and I were very pleased with how communicative the owner and his staff were - we felt assured that they would be happy to help if needed and happy to stay away if not.
We felt like we underpaid for our experience and definitely plan to be back.
**the only troubles we had to face were the ants in the kitchen - typical for the Gulf (no problem in the grass or around the play areas), a little trouble with the oven (they fixed it within 20 minutes) and we could never figure out why the washing machine wouldn't work and actually never reported it. All minor issues but nothing at all compared to the great time we had. Thanks to Rashid and the guys who made it a wonderful, restful vacation for our small family!
We stayed in As Sahala between 28/04/2012 and 06/05/2012. 'We' stands for a party of six, including my parents and my sons (5 years and 1 year old).
We had a great time here. The only downside was that it was rather hot (42/43 celcius).
I'll just sum a few things up that we found very pleasant:
The swimming pool gets fresh water for every new guest.
The airconditioning units were flawless.
The theatre...perfect to escape the heat/sun, if you get fed up with those.
Nice beds, clean bedrooms.
Huge refrigerator (to our standards, that is...)
Car can be parked in the shade, next to the kitchen.
Our youngest son especially had so much joy from all the animals on the premises.
The house is basically three separate buildings, with the bedrooms in the middle 'building'.
Supermarkets are not far away and gasoline prices are about 1/7th of the prices we are used to...
From the location it is possible to visit many (tourist) attractions (provided you have transportation). Unfortunately our sons are too young to spend a whole day on the (off)road, but there are lots of possibilities.
In short, As Sahala is large, spacious, quiet and relaxing and certainly worth the money.
We booked this object at turn of the year 2014/2015. Due to a serious illness in November 2014, we unfortunately had to cancel. We have informed Rashid immediately. We were assuming that the deposit is lost as a cancellation fee.
In January we received an email by Rashid who told us that he could rent the house for a few days. He made us a repay of part of our payment though we thus no longer counted and though he had no reason to do so.
We were very surprised and we would like to thank Rashid at this point again very warmly. Meanwhile, the serious illness is over and we are thinking of a new holidays in Oman.
Thank you Rashid.
GPS Coordinates to As-sahala Farm: 23°41'13'N, 58°03'47'E Barka
To get to the farm from the airport: leave the airport taking right and following the signs to Sohar. After driving approx 18km (you will pass 2 bridges and 1 roundabout) you will reach Bait Al-Barakah Palace roundabout. At this roundabout take left. After about 100m you take right and drive about 100m where you will reach another small roundabout. Here you go straight and drive approx 900m. In your right you will see a sign board "As Sahala Farm". Take left and drive 300m. The road will end at the main gate of the farm.
Maps that show location with marked direction can be sent upon request.
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2 night minimum stay
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* Payment via Pay Pal or through major credit cards through Pay Pal.
* 50% advance within 5 days of confirmation; balance to be paid 5 days before arrival.
* Cleaning Service, towels, and Internet Access are free. Linen is changed whenever required.
* R.O. 350 is the rent for booking a weekend for local guests from Muscat area (Thursday- Friday). Conducting birthday parties or large gatherings
50% advance and balance on arrival