Historic American Colony Cottage

House - Entire home/apt · Bar Hoffman, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv 68119, Israel

The Space

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 7
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 4
Extra people: $30 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $2370 /week
Monthly Price: $6222 /month
Security Deposit: $444
Cleaning Fee: $59
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • 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 !

    April 2014
  • 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.

    March 2014
  • To live in a historic cottage from a time when Tel Aviv was not even founded was a great experience. We felt like home! We had enough space for the 7 of us and we loved having breakfast at the sunny terrace. The cottage is the perfect starting point for tours to old Jaffa harbour but also to Neve Tzedek, the sea or the Rothschild Boulevard. You find cafés, shops and everything else very easily. We usually walked everywhere but there are also bus stops for several lines. In short: We loved the town, the cottage and everything!

    January 2014
  • It was a fantastic, great time in this amazing house for all of us. It is a special athmosphere here. Heather is a lovely host. She organised the transport from the airport for us and make it possible to check in very late at night. Merci!

    October 2013
  • We had a wonderful weekend at this beautiful house in the American Colony. Heather was a pleasure to interact with and incredibly accommodating, especially with our late check out due to babies' nap schedules. We can't wait to come back!

    July 2013
  • Remarkable Experience!
    I've been visiting Israel regularly since the 6 Day War and have never come across as rich an experience.
    Nor, I should add, have I ever spent so much for a room but it was well worth it.
    Heather was both professional and warm.
    The highlight was staying in a room where evangelicals, preparing for the second millennium, and the antecedent return of the Jews to Zion, turned the room into a connecting tunnel to ward off the attacks of Arabs.

    This place is a must stay for those who can afford it

    March 2013
  • This is a beautiful and unusual house, and a world away from the big international hotels on the seafront where we usually stay. We stayed for 4 nights at the end of March. Both the house and the neighbourhood are full of character, and nothing beat being in central Tel Aviv but having breakfast in the lovely private and peaceful sculpture-filled garden with the sun shining. Many sights and restaurants are within easy walking distance. Heather was a wonderful host for whom nothing was too much trouble. We would definitely consider staying here again.Thank you Heather for a great stay.

    March 2013
  • Heather was a wonderful host. She was always very helpful and friendly. The place was very clean and is situated in a lovely part of Tel-Aviv. We thank you very much for making our guests Professors from overseas feel at home during their stay.

    March 2013
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