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Irene and I were warmly welcomed. Nevar and Anahit are intelligent, compassionate, hard working and well informed. Fortunately Irene speaks Armenian and we had some very interesting conversations.
The family obviously enjoys having guests.
My husband and I had a wonderful, two night stay at Fantan Farms. The other reviewers are not lying - the food is amazing and there is a ton of it. It was nice to experience a close Armenian family and to see what farm life is like. They are very sweet and hospitable people. We went on a fun hike and enjoyed playing with the animals and playing soccer with the neighbor kids.
What an amazing family & stay!!! For my first visit to Armenia I could not have asked for a better start!! Vahagn and his uncle met me at the airport (3am) and brought me to the farm. The family was welcoming, generous, and kind and waiting for me. They were so hospitable! Tea, snacks, quick tour and I was off to sleep. Everyday I had a feast for each meal, Anahit (mom), is an amazing cook!! She was great accommodating my vegetarian needs, and each meal was enough to feed a crowd. Plus everything we ate came off the farm!!! The home is clean, safe, and comfortable and set in a small village. Vahagn speaks terrific English and set up two sightseeing trips while I was there. He joined and translated and I really felt like I had an authentic Armenian family experience. After three nights I didn't want to leave!! I will definitely return to fantan farms whenever I'm in Armenia!
The hosts are a lovely family, consisting of Nevar and Anahit and their English speaking son Vahagn. Although Nevar's English is limited and our Armenian even more so, he is such an expressive character, that communication is not difficult. He went out of his way to take us on a wonderful trip to Lake Sevan and introduced us to his brother, sister and mother who live on a neighbouring farm. What a privilege it was to meet a close nit Armenian family like theirs. Ananit is a brilliant cook and provided us with lovely Armenian food in such huge quantities that I am grateful I was not weighed at the airport! She even found time between cooking and her teaching job to teach us how to milk the cows. They have very patient, long suffering cows, who put up with our inexperienced, but in the end successful efforts at this. Vahagn has excellent English and was very kind in collecting us from very remote accommodation near Byurakan and bringing my glasses to Yerevan, when I left them behind. The accommodation is simple but comfortable and we loved our time here.
All around a wonderful experience. Vahagn and his family were incredibly hospital and made me feel like I was spending a night with old friends. Nevar gave me a great tour of the farm and introduced me to the animals as soon as I arrived. And it was Easter weekend, so they shared an inside look into Armenian family tradition around this holiday. Including egg fighting...which I won! Anahit's cooking was healthy and delicious (primarily vegetarian which was great for me). I helped milk the cows, which I was terrible at the first time, but stayed steadfast and improved the next day :) If you're looking for authentic Armenian farmstay experience, look no further!
We stayed 4 days at Fantan Farm and it was for us the Highlight of our 14-days-tour around Armenia. The 'Fantan-family' are so friendly, full of hospitality und the food of Anait was so delicious. We had throught them also a deeper view of Armenian contemporary life. Unfortunately my friend Carlo was already a little bit ill, when we arrived (stomach-problems), but Anait cooked for him special soups, better than a 'mom' could do. We hope to see them again!
This family is awesome. They really make you feel at home. I learned a lot from staying with them: how to make cheese, how to milk a cow, and the volcanic properties of obsidian. Ask Vorhagn to take you hiking!
My boyfriend and I stayed at Fantan Farms for three days and had an excellent time! We can't recommend this homestay enough. It's fantastic. Vagagn (the English speaking son) and his parents Nevar and Anaiheet (spelled terribly wrong, I'm sure) are just lovely. They have two cozy rooms, each with two single beds available. All meals are included and delicious (and incredibly filling). Be careful if Anaiheet offers you coffee- it's actually another full meal. (We literally had to roll ourselves out of there when we left.) My boyfriend and I tried our hand at milking a cow- we failed. We also checked out their bees and picked organic fruit from their garden/mini-orchard. We had fun climbing a small mountain near the home and playing with Bobby their lovable "guard" dog. We don't recommend the nearby surfer bath- it's stinky and a bit boring. There is a nice 11th Century (run-down) church in the neighboring town though. Again, we really can't recommend this experience enough.
Everything was just fantastic! A beautiful place with wonderful hosts! The food was amazing - everything was naturally grown on the farm! I am so happy, that i found this place and i definitely want to come back soon! :-) Thank you for making me feel like a family member!