Tel Aviv falls away at this doorstep...step into another world...The former home to Rolla Floyd, father of contemporary tourism in Israel and early innovator outside the walls of Jaffa.
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Historic American Colony Cottage

IsraelTel Aviv
Entire home/apt
7 Guests
3 Bedrooms
4 Beds
Per Night
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About this listing

Nestled in secret gem of the American Colony neighborhood, this magic cottage dates back to 1866--we celebrate our 150th Anniversary this year! A short walk to Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Jaffa, and the sea, it sits at the crossroads of past & present.

The space
Bathrooms: 2.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $27 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $103
Security Deposit: $543
Weekly Discount: 3%
Cancellation: Strict
Weekend Price: $407 / night


The space

Happy to announce the celebration of our 150th Anniversary this year! Back in 1866, Rolla Floyd (original owner of our cottage) and his fellow settlers landed on the shores of Jaffa. Come and celebrate this historical milestone with us! Please note: private rooms are available for rental as well as full house rental. Just ask me for more details!

A fully renovated and historically preserved cottage in the American Colony of Jaffa with a rich history dating back to 1866. Designed and built in the tiny Maine town of Portsmouth in the 19th century, this distinctive 3 bedroom home is made of wood from the forests of Maine and holds stories of the 4.5 month cross-Atlantic journey on the Nellie Chapin boat within its' grain. It served as the lifelong home of Rolla Floyd, one of the first American settlers outside the walls of Jaffa and the father of contemporary tourism in Israel. Lovingly preserved and restored to the highest level of standards by owner and artist Sophie Jungreis, this incredible house offers a taste of country-living and charm in the heart of a vibrant city. Art is celebrated throughout the home, offering a diverse and eclectic immersion of creativity and inspiration.

The fully-furnished stylish-country chic house boasts impeccable accommodations including three floors of spacious living, complete with comfortable double beds in each room, air conditioning and heating units throughout the home, 2 full bathrooms (one of which has a bathtub) and a half bath on the first floor. An expansive kitchen serves as the heart of the first floor--equipped with dishwasher, fridge, high-end stove, and filtered water distributor. The kitchen opens to a beautiful and serene private courtyard and garden--the perfect spot to enjoy a quiet breakfast or afternoon entertaining friends. Upon entering the front door, you're enveloped by the warmth of the center point of the house, the spacious living room.

The second floor of the house is home to 2 of the 3 spacious bedrooms, with the 3rd floor opening to an expansive private attic room which houses a double bed and single mattress. The 2nd floor rooms feature a cozy Queen bed and the other room features a convertible sofa futon ideal for single or double use. A veranda surrounds much of the 2nd floor with a quiet patio overlooking the neighborhood on the western side of the house off of the 2nd bedroom. The washer and dryer are on this floor as is the 2nd bathroom.

Wifi, TV with cable, and ground line telephone available upon request. Towels and linens provided as well.

Centrally located in the charming neighborhood of the American Colony, the house is but a 10 minute walk to the sea and the notable neighborhoods of Neve Tzedek, Florentin, Old Jaffa, and Noga. The Tachana, a renovated train station from the era of the American Colony, is a short walk as well--featuring both boutique shopping and fine dining opportunities. Suzanne Dellal, the performing arts haven for contemporary dance, is less than a 10-minute walk into the heart of the beautiful Neve Tzedek area. The Carmel Market is a short 15-minute walk where you can find an abundance of fresh produce and authentic fare. Additionally, there are several central bus lines accessible less than a 5 minute walk from the house along Eilat Rd, the main road leading to the city center. The Central Bus Station is only a 25-minute walk as well.

Ideal for families and groups, the house also bodes well for creatives seeking a sanctuary in which to create, reflect, expand, and contract. Come experience the magic of both this house and incredible neighborhood unlike any other area in Tel Aviv.

Be nourished. Be inspired.

Guest access

Guests have full access to this historic house of the famed Rolla Floyd, father of Contemporary Tourism in Israel. We celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the American Colony this year!

Interaction with guests

Either the owner, Sophie, or myself are available for check-in and check-out as well as any of your needs during your stay. We're happy to offer suggestions of what to see and do in the area!

The neighborhood

At the cross section of Neve Tzedek, Florentin, and Noga (the northernmost neighborhood of Jaffa), our cozy little enclave of the American Colony sits at a perfect location from which to easily see and explore much of what Tel Aviv has to offer. Take a short walk to the sea. Take in all of the impressive and unique street art lining the streets, especially in Florentin. Catch a dance or theater performance at the revered Suzanne Dellal Center. Enjoy delicious Knaffe in Noga. There is no shortage of diverse options for food, entertainment, shopping, and more in our neck of the woods.

Getting around

The closes bus lines include the 41, 240, and 40 on Eilat with the 25 and 125 available on kibbutz galyot just minutes away. Bike rental locations are available in Neve Tzedek, Noga, and Florentin.

House Rules
No smoking
Check-in is after 2PM

Quiet Hours of 11:00 pm to 7:00 am are asked to be respectfully adhered to--we have several families with young children in our cozy neighborhood

No smoking allowed in the house; patios and verandas available for this activity

Street parking available for guests

Due to the historic nature of both the house and many elements within it, maintaining order and delicate care for everything is essential--with children, please be mindful of returning everything to its designated spot. With patio furniture, please be mindful of returning it to covered areas to avoid damage from the elements. Toda (thank you)!

Electricity is not included--the meter will be read upon arrival and again upon departure with cash payment of the total due prior to departure.

Mature, responsible travelers welcome

3 nights minimum stay

Your Host



Tel Aviv, Israel · Joined in October 2010

Movement, possibility, curiosity, space, and welcoming balagan (chaos) guide my life these days. Tel Aviv has been my home and backdrop for research on holding the space for expansion and the unexpected for nearly 4 years (although you can't tell by my terrible Hebrew!). The movement methods and languages of Gaga and Ilan Lev inform much of my practice. For a bit more on my experiences both as a host and a mover here in Tel Aviv, check out my TEDx talk on the Art of Holding Space:

It is a privilege to host in this dynamic, vital, and wildly complex city...I enjoy witnessing how it changes and inspires those who breathe it in…and bend spoons while doing so. :)

Come. Smile. Laugh. Enjoy. Engage. Sink in. Expand. Repeat.

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