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Jal- E- Chelasar Soleiman Abad, Tonekabon Iran
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Khoone Geli is a wattle and daub family home richly influenced by traditional local architecture. It was designed and built by Farzin Malaki a medical doctor from Glasgow University and Alejandra Aliaga his wife on their return to Iran from the UK. The house is built on a family farm some 15 KM from the Caspian shoreline in northern Iran. It's privileged location -between the southern coast of the Caspian Sea and the Alborz mountains- makes Khoone Geli an ideal place to stay relax while also enjoying nature, trekking in the Alborz Mountains from the Alamut Valley all the way to Laar National Park and Mount Damavand is our specialty. Khoonegeli offers you rustic accommodation with exquisite food made with fresh locally sourced ingredients, expect a highly personalized service and a warm, friendly atmosphere!
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Jal- E- Chelasar Soleiman Abad, Tonekabon Iran
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Robin Koek wrote a review Feb 2020
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After a three days walk in the Alamut region we were welcomed in Khoonegeli. We started in Garmarud at Ali’s house, feeling at home immediately, we used the evening to discuss our plans for the trek. Plans were to end up in Maran, three days afterwards. Ali’s son would be our guide and that couldn’t be any better. He knows the area, knows more then enough English for a good chat and was patient when needed but also kept us going at a good paste ;) Our home was at the end of October which ment there was snow at higher altitudes! This area is worth visiting! Take at least 3-4 days. At Farzin’s place we stayed 2 more nights, did a lovely day walk with Farzin in the green hills around and enjoyed the food, hospitality and a well deserved book in the gardens ;). Feel free to contact Farzin with all your questions. He is really willing to help you out, as we experienced. Thanks for this great trip and hope all of you stay well!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from iranhiker, Owner at Khoone Geli
Responded Feb 8, 2020
Greetings and thank you for your time and consideration Robin. All the best, kind regards, Farzin
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Tom19M wrote a review Oct 2019
3 contributions1 helpful vote
Farzin organised for me and my friend a 7-day trek at the Alamut mountains broken down in two legs. We had two different guides/muleteers and they were both very knowledgeable, friendly and extremely helpful. The landscape is nothing short of stunning and the weather/timing was perfect. Everything was organised to perfection by Farzin who catered for all our requests and was prompt to reply to all my queries in a very professional but also friendly manner. The description of the trail Farzin had sent us was very detailed and to the point. He was also very flexible and helped us tweak our programme. To crown it all, at the end of a strenuous (as requested) but very rewarding hike, we were picked up a car and spent two nights at Farzin's exquisite cottage at the outskirts of Tonekaboon. This is a rather nondescript town, but that was the least of our concerns as all we wanted to chill out and enjoy the excellent food we were served at Farzin's. We felt very welcome by Farzin and his very kind family and we were even taken for a swim at the shore of the Caspian Sea. I cannot recommend it highly enough!
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Date of stay: July 2019
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Response from iranhiker, Owner at Khoone Geli
Responded Oct 14, 2019
Thank you guys for this nice review. I would like to remind potential future guests that the trek just mentioned can be extended by another week, this means you can be in wilderness for a total of two weeks, this "mega" trek will require stamina and only is manageable in small groups of up to 5 trekkers. There will be no luxury and perhaps only 3 settlements will be on our way and these settlements have no road or amenities. You will, however, at the end of such a trek have your brains reset to zero, you will be full of energy and wishing to be back in the comfort of your home. Logistics will have to be carefully managed and there will be strong mules to take the gear for you. The trek is unique in its style anywhere in the Alborz Mountains.
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Peter Guilford wrote a review Jul 2019
Brussels, Belgium1 contribution1 helpful vote
Farzin Malaki, my friendly and knowledgeable tour organiser who also owns and rents out his home by the Caspian, Ghoone Geli (meaning “mud hut”, tho it’s much grander than that...), organised the most amazing trek for me. We began at Garmarood village, in the Alamut valley, walking 6-8 hours a day and staying in mountain villages like Avatar and Pinche Bonne. My guide was Ali, reputedly the finest local guide in these breathtaking mountains. He was superb. This is a seriously remote region, so only take the best guides. Don’t worry if they speak little or no English. What matters is that they know the terrain. Ali knows it like the back of his hand. Everything was well organised: the pick-up to and from Teheran airport, the guide, the hospitality in mountain villages, the local food, and finally the meeting with Farzin, who drove me three hours down to the Caspian near Tanekebon, where his beautiful villa Ghoone Geli is located. Farzin’s English is perfect. He is also respected by everyone along the trek, as is Ali. I took a six-hour can ride back to Teheran the next day. Everything worked perfectly. This was a magnificently organised trekking tour in a remote but jaw-droppingly beautiful mountain region of Northern Iran. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Date of stay: June 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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rwyhuang wrote a review Jun 2019
Toronto, Canada433 contributions75 helpful votes
I started communicating with Farzin about Khoone Geli and his trekking services two years ago. Long story short, we had the usual news-related insecurities which made us wait until now to actually follow through with the trip to Iran. But once we decided it was just time to go, everything kind of fell into place thereafter. Farzin's English is perfect, and he was super quick to respond and coordinate with. We visited the usual Iran tourist circuit first, so visiting Tonekabon, the beautiful Alborz Mountains, and Khoone Geli was a slice of paradise, and felt like something completely different in a really positive way (not that the rest of the trip was not positive – Iran is a pretty amazing country to travel through). It was just a perfect unconventional way though to end the trip and to finalize and shape our views of Iran as a country overall. Talking about the trek first, Farzin put together a beautiful program that took in nature at its finest. It was originally 5-days / 4 nights, but with some logistical problems on both ends, we were re-routed to different summit, and the program ended a day earlier. This was a not a problem, as we ended up exploring Tonekabon (with Farzin – seeing pottery and tea production), and spending a little more time at Khoone Geli (commentary to come). All in all, Farzin (and his team) did a great job to re-strategize when things did not go as planned. And well, when you travel Plan A never turns out to actually be Plan A. The mountains, rolling hills, forest, and nature of the region we got to see felt completely untouched and pristine. We happened upon the trails during a time when purple, blue and yellow flowers were in full bloom, the grass was vivid green, and there was not a single soul around until you reached the next storybook village - complete with all the shepherds, cows and sheep you can imagine - on the route. Everywhere you turn, the scenery just became more picturesque. The people in the villages have so much character and soul (particularly our favourite village cow farmer – Mansour), and even though our accompanied guide (we are Canadians) lacked a bit of initiative to proactively help with translating, we still felt the heart and soul of every person we encountered. We were not the strongest hikers, but the trails were manageable and we had a great time encouraging and yelling at each other through it. Farzin paired us as a couple with an amazing muleteer – Ali and a very strong mule – Shukeri. Ali was literally a one-man show – he cooked, he unpacked, he set up and took down everything, and most importantly, he always made us feel safe. He did this all with good humour and the encouragement to ‘relax’ (his favourite English word). We could not have asked for someone better, though in some ways, perhaps it may have been nice to have someone there to assist him (more than our assigned guide) so everything did not fall one man’s shoulders (especially when Plan A became Plan B…C, etc). Hiking equipment provided, including sleeping bags, was sufficient and clean. We were happy with all the meals – they were simple but they worked. Overall, it was a good trip. The only thing that was missing was the aforementioned lack of translation of stories (but that was more so on our accompanied guide). Relative to other trekking trips we have been on, the price was fair. Getting to Khoone Geli, the star of the show beyond Farzin is his local cook. Northern Iranian gastronomy is a heaven-sent pleasure to experience, and I wish throughout our entire trip, we could have been eating her cooking every day. The best dishes we ate were definitely at Khoone Geli, especially this eggplant, chicken herb stew we had on the first night, and this cheese and egg dish for breakfast on our last day. Beyond that, the property is rustic, it has nature crawling all over it, and that’s what we loved about it. It’s like you are outside, but you are not really because there is a nice, clean shower, a working Western toilet and WiFi. If we had more time to unwind, it would have been nice to use the yoga hall or just sit in the orange tree gardens. Conversations with Farzin were interesting. I am going to be honest - we think he’s a bit of a mad scientist, but that makes him all that more interesting. His stories and point of view really helped to answer all our questions. I really hope the situation between Iran and Canada changes one day, and we can travel into the country more freely. And of course, at that point in time, I am definitely going to e-mail Farzin a bunch again to plan the next adventure into nowhere – definitely the best somewhere. Thank you so much Farzin for a wonderful trip.
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Date of stay: June 2019
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Response from alamuttrekker, Owner at Khoone Geli
Responded Jun 15, 2019
I can't hold back my tears....thank you Robyn, thank you Jonathan. Two and a half years and a zillion emails well worth it. You have given hope to this mad scientist to continue which is hard at times. Let's hope the mad politicians come to their senses so we see more Canadians in Iran.
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Beatrice D wrote a review May 2019
Bern, Switzerland6 contributions
..huge garden with a lot of treues and snakes, delicious food prepared from a very friendly Lady, houskeeper is just great, helpful, diskrete, his son played with our Kids, We had a very good time. BUT - someone parts should be renovated, repaired, fixed, replaced and cleaned up. (P.e. Shower, tree house, swing, mosquito net, remove dead mice in the sleeping room ).
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Response from alamuttrekker, Owner at Khoone Geli
Responded Jun 1, 2019
It is very unfortunate to have a family stay over for four nights and leave such a poor rating. I think what prompted her writing a review was my complaint to her in an email that the yoga and meditation hall was not for playing football with the Pilates balls. The walls and the handmade wooden flooring of the hall are now damaged so one more for her list of repairs. The poor rating contradicts all the nice comments she and her husband made to staff and my mother who was in charge as I was away on a tour. It also goes against her generous tipping of the staff including the cleaning lady!! The house is spotlessly clean; if there are stains here and there it is because of humidity which reaches one hundred percent and the fact that the material used in the construction is wood, mud, hay. The “snakes” she is referring to are called slow-worms, they are completely harmless. Bad luck for snake catchers who were planning a trip here. The ladder to the tree house broke last year but is securely united by metal wire. I have asked a carpenter to build another one. The swings are handmade and function well. My children love them. The dead or perhaps sleeping mouse must have had too much Swiss Emmental. The lady should realize that she and her family stayed on an Iranian farm. By paying the full price next time rather than haggling so much she can ensure we have enough funds to upgrade to perhaps Swiss standards, inshallah!! Hope to see you back.
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What are some of the property amenities at Khoone Geli?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free parking, airport transportation, and kids activities.
Which room amenities are available at Khoone Geli?
Top room amenities include a refrigerator, a view of the mountains, and an oven.
What food & drink options are available at Khoone Geli?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, barbeque facilities, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Khoone Geli?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Khoone Geli?
Yes, guests have access to an outdoor pool and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Khoone Geli have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Khoone Geli offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Khoone Geli?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Are pets allowed at Khoone Geli?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Khoone Geli?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, and Farsi.
Does Khoone Geli have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the mountain view available here.