The SpaceWe have 2 semi - detached villas. We live in one and the other is available for guests.
We have a large, safe, walled courtyard which is shared but apart from that each villa is self contained.
The villa is really spacious and all the rooms are large. There is a bright double bedroom with a private bathroom (shower only; no bath). It can accommodate one child on an inflatable mattress or small bed/cot. If you want access to the other bedroom, or you have more than one child, you must rent the whole villa. (See other listing; please let us know your requirements at the time of booking). It is an ideal place for families.
There is a large, fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room, a dining room and lounge area with access to a 3rd toilet. There is a stair leading to the private roof terrace - with extensive views in all directions.
The listed rental is for 1 double bedroom with ensuite shower room.
There is no washing machine in the guest villa, but you are welcome to use ours at any time. Guest AccessGuests have access to the entire guest villa, but not the 2nd bedroom or our villa. You can come and go as you please. My husband works locally and I am around most days. Interaction with GuestsWe are happy to share our knowledge and experience of Oman or let our guests discover it for themselves. We expect guests to be self catering. We will provide a selection of basic provisions to be available on arrival.The villa is ideal for those who want some privacy but with support and advice next door! The NeighborhoodThis a unique location. The villa is just outside the old village of Al khawd (or khoud - lots of different spellings!) close to the university but tucked away in the mountains. Omanis have lived here for hundreds of years and the remains of the old mud and wattle houses and fort can still be seen. Life here is very different from in Muscat - much slower and more traditional. There are extensive date gardens (which you are free to explore) irrigated by the falaj system of water channels. There is usually running water in the wadi which skirts the village, with pools where you can swim or cool off.
There are 3 small "food stores" in the village, which are typical of Omani shops 30 years ago! They sell an amazing range of items including most essentials! The 2 coffee shops are pretty basic but serve simple Indian food at amazingly cheap prices. Larger restaurants and supermarkets are a 5-10 minute drive away in the modern development of Al khoud Getting AroundYou really need to have a car to go any where in Oman. Car hire costs about 12 OMR/day for a small car to 50 OMR/day for a 4WD. Petrol costs 20p/litre! Parking at the villa is no problem.
We are a 20-25min drive from the airport; easy to find during the day but slightly more challenging at night! We are 4 km from the spectacular Muscat expressway which whisks you into the centre in 30 mins; 20km from the town of Seeb and the sea.
This is an ideal base from which you can explore Muscat, the Western Hajar mountains, the Batinah coast and the Interior - all accessible within a 1-1.5 hour drive. (Avoiding the 30-40 minutes it takes to drive out of the city!) The Eastern Hajar moutains and the Wahiba Sands are 1.5 -2.5 hours away. Other Things to NoteWe have camping kit (cool box, mat, tent, chairs etc) which we are happy for you to use.
We have a baby's cot, booster chair and other assorted childrens' accessories!