Any traveller to Armenia looking to experience country life should visit Fantan and spend a few days enjoying the incredible hospitality of this family. While only a short drive from Yerevan, Fantan is a great contrast with its open, rolling hills dotted with livestock and wildflowers. Nver, Anahit and their nephew Gevorg made us immediately welcome with tea, coffee and some of the wonderful fruit they grow on the farm. It was the first of many large and delicious meals: small appetites are not allowed here. Anahit is a fantastic cook and most of the food you eat comes straight from the farm: fruit, yogurt, cheese, bread, greens, juices, preserves and on and on.
Our first afternoon we spent on a walk through the countryside and getting to know the family and their farm. We enjoyed a quiet evening (after a huge supper) and after walking with Nver to retrieve his cattle sat on the porch and watched the sun set behind Mt. Aragats. Later that night their son Vahagn returned from his job in Yerevan and we had a nice chat. While Nver and Anahit speak little English, both Vahagn and and Gevorg are good translators and between their help and some good natured sign language we communicated perfectly well.
Our second day involved a day trip to the amazing sights at Garni and Geghard, accompanied by Nver, Gevorg and his sister Emma. The personal touch of this tour made it really wonderful. On our return to Fantan, we were included in a lunchtime birthday party for Emma at their parents house which is more in the center of the village. A large number of the extended family was gathered and made us feel very welcome. We were able to see how the toneer oven (which is also used in the making of lavash) is prepared for a khoravats barbecue. Once again the quantity and variety of delicious homemade food overwhelmed us, and we shared many toasts to the health and friendship of all at the table. Most of that afternoon and evening was devoted to digestion! The following morning we said goodbye to our new friends and returned by taxi to Yerevan.
If you visit Fantan Farms you will be richly rewarded by the kindness of the hosts and the amazing environs. The accommodations are rural and not fancy (if you prefer only luxury hotels this would not be for you) but everything is clean, complete and presented with care. We consider ourselves very lucky to have happened on this wonderful place on AirBnB.
The other reviews are all accurate, and there's more to add! Every member of the extended family I interacted with was kind, helpful, and so welcoming. Anahit and Nevar (spelling?) are amazing hosts; Anahit is a superb cook, and Nevar makes sure you never miss a meal. Vahagn is a fascinating person to talk to, and all in all I always felt "at home" when I was there. Moreover, if you're into hiking, this is the place to go; there are incredibly fields and hills around Fantan which you can climb at will.
I stayed at Fantan for only one night but it was a lovely experience. Vaagn's uncle picked me up in Yerevan and took me back to Yerevan as well. The whole family is so kind and the food they served was delicious -- almost everything from the farm including cheese, eggs, fruits, vegetables and honey. Anahit even makes lavash in the basement. The town of Fantan is a traditional very small farming community in the middle of a dramatic alpen valley, gorgeous.
Anahit is a very kind and good at heart woman. She took so much care of me, like my own mother! She cooked great (vegetarian) food and was always concerned about me. I hope she can relax more in future. All the best for you, Anahit!
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!