About this listing
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.
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
The former home to Rolla Floyd, father of contemporary tourism in Israel and early innovator outside the walls of Jaffa.
Simply the most amazing house in tel aviv. The vibe of the house the charming courtyard the art the area made our stay simply wonderful
We rent the cottage during passover
It wax a pleasure for all my family stay there
The house is nice and quiet and full of nice things inside
A full equipped kitchen and a lovely garden where to drink or eat
The house is near the sea in a lovely neighborhood called florentin
I am sure we recome back !
I was in Tel Aviv-Yafo for five days. That was long enough to fall in love with this place, especially because I felt at home immediately at the American Cottage. It was my "safe haven". A peaceful and quiet place in this lively city. Close to wonderful Old Jaffa, the flea market, the beach, Neve Tzedek, Florentine,... American Colony is the perfect neighbourhood to explore Tel Aviv by foot or bike. If you wanna go running: just go. Tayelet is waiting for you. Hungry? There are lots of restaurants close by. Prefer to cook something? No problem, there is a fully equipped kitchen in the cottage. And then there is wonderful Heather. She organized transportation to and from the airport for me and gave me some good tips, where to go and what to see. And even if I arrived very early in the morning, she was there to welcome me. Heather is a very respectful and warm person. Thank you very much for having me!
This place is very cool and so lovely!! Heather was very kind and very welcoming! She helped me for everything and gave me some good spots!
She is very kind and thoughtful. It was my first time in Israel and my first time travelling all by myself and thanks to her, I didn't feel too helpless and disoriented! Thank you so much!
I had an incredible time staying in the American colony. The house is beautiful, in the best location in tel aviv. 10 minutes from the beach and neve tzedek. 20 minutes from popular Rothschild blvd. The American colony is a quiet escape from the hustle of tel aviv.
We had a lovely time in the cottage. Unique opportunity to stay in a remarkable house in a truly undiscovered part of Tel Aviv. The area has a great buzz with lovely craft shops and very nice bars. We highly recommend the cottage for anyone wanting to enjoy a true local Tel Aviv experience and wants to be close to the city but not in the middle of the crowded tourist areas.
Heather has been an excellent host, from booking all the way to our departure providing great tips, arranging transport and making us overall feel very welcome.
Highly recommended !
Hi, we had a great stay in the American Colony. It's a fantastic place to stay to explore old Jaffa and Tel Aviv. Heather made us feel very welcome and provided some good ideas for dining out.
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About the Host, Heather
Movement, possibility, curiosity, space, and welcoming balagan (chaos) guide my life these (website hidden) Aviv has been my home and backdrop for research on holding the space for expansion and the unexpected for 3 years. The methods 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.