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Family Friendly Luxurious Villa in the Old City of Tsfat

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 3,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedroom vacation home in the heart of Tsfat. Perfect for groups of 6 or more.

Why book a room or two in a B&B when you can have a luxurious home all to yourself?

Because when you choose Villa Tiferet, you get a 3,800-square-foot home (and two courtyards and a rooftop…and more) All to yourselves!

This historic, renovated home is ideal for families and celebrations.

Villa Tiferet, located in Tsfat's charming Artists' Quarter, is best suited for families or couples. This 400-year-old home has been renovated and can accommodate 12 guests comfortably. Tucked behind a cobbled pedestrian walkway, the home is entered through a large stone courtyard flanked with Moroccan pillows and past a splashing fountain. Inside, stone domes rise above. The modern, fully appointed kosher kitchen has granite counters and bar stools. The adjoining dining room features a large wooden table that extends to seat 18 guests. Relax in the family room with its cozy couches while children can enjoy Wii, XBox and board games in the family room. The family room transforms into a bedroom with a sofa bed and adjoining bathroom with shower. Upstairs, across the courtyard are two bedrooms. The first, with a bunk bed, pull out and single bed, sleeps five children comfortably. The second room offers a double bed and a single bed plus private bathroom. The rooms share a bathroom with sink and shower. Above is a roof with full sunset views of the Old City and the Meiron Mountains. A separate bedroom, the Hobbit Cottage, is ideal for couples and is accessed from the living room. This cottage has a bathroom with shower, a small kitchenette with sink, hotplate and fridge and a private courtyard.

Our preference is that you stay for at least two nights, however for those guests who can only stay one night, the single night rate is $900 regardless of the number of guests.

One more thing to note - we keep Shabbat and if you book your stay starting on a Saturday we can only check you in one hour after the end of the Sabbath. Please keep this in mind and we will work with you to find a solution.

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Nicole Bem
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, Hebrew
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About Nicole Bem

We moved to Israel from Toronto in 2005 with our four kids in tow, the oldest being 12 years old at the time. We live in Ra'anana but we really love Tsfat and have a number of very dear friends there. Once our oldest two kids joined the army we just have not had as many opportunities to spend family time together up there. Rather than see the place sit empty for months at a time we decided to make it available for others to enjoy as well. It is a remarkable place and we do our utmost to ensure that your stay is superb. After-all, you are guests in our home! We have had excellent feedback from our guests and we are so happy in helping people fall in love with israel.

Nicole Bem purchased this villa in 2006

Why Nicole Bem chose Safed

Have you taken a look at the pictures? The house was originally part of an Armenian Church built in Tsfat some 400 to 500 years ago. The walls are three feet thick. When we bought the place it was very bare-bones. We spent close to a year renovating it. When you lie back in one of the cozy sofas in the family room you look up to domed stone vaulted ceilings above you. You feel like you are living in a castle. At the same time we've put in all the modern amenities that one would need at very high-standards. We did not cut any corners because unlike other places that are built for hotel guests, this is a home that we built for ourselves. We hope that you will love it as much as we do!

What makes this villa unique

Serenity. Plenty of space. Two private courtyards. An opulent dining area. A place to escape the busy world outside and to connect with your loved ones. One of the most common feedback that we receive is people telling us how peaceful they felt there.


Safed Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Hobbit Cottage - toilet , shower
    Main House - toilet , shower
    Upstairs Right Side - toilet
    Upstairs Shared - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Hobbit Cottage - 1 king
    Main House - 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Upstairs Right Side - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Upstairs Left Side - 2 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Villa Tiferet is a large kosher home ideal for families. We do not rent out the rooms separately. It is very large, tranquil and private and gives big families a chance to be together, yet find their own quiet space when needed. This is why families choose Villa Tiferet over a hotel. Visitors on bar mitzvah tours have enjoyed this property. Others have come for Lag B'Omer in nearby Meiron and also to do an upsheirin. Villa Tiferet is now available as a Passover house rental and will be fully kashered for Pesach. Also ideal for two or three couples as a romantic, relaxing get away. For music lovers, a great time to come is for the exciting Klezmer Festival in August. For those want to explore the north and do some hiking, biking or archeological touring, Safed is an ideal location. It is also nearby many wineries and a half hour from the refreshing waters of the Kinneret. There is also horseback riding nearby. We are happy to help you arrange your tours of the area


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(6 traveler reviews)

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Family Friendly Luxurious Villa in the Old City of Tsfat
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Like staying in a palace!

  • 5 of 5

This house is incredibly gorgeous! At least as good as the pictures show. The tall ceilings with the gorgeous tasteful decor and the drama of the rocks is amazing! The kitchen, bathrooms, floors, etc are top quality and it does not feel at all like a rental, but as if you are staying in someone's expensive home. The house is very well stocked with everything you need from towels and toiletries to coffee and espresso. The courtyards and roof-tops are serene! The location is perfect as well. Danny was very helpful with the explanations about the house. The owners are beyond accommodating, helping us with any questions we had about the city, activities, tour guides, transportation, etc. The highest of recommendations!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the beautiful review. It makes us very happy that you loved the house and were comfortable there. Glad you were able to enjoy the courtyards and roof - sunsets from the rooftop are gorgeous! We hope you will return on your next trip to Israel. Nicole, Amir and Danny
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We loved this house!

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this villa for your time in Tzfat. Nicole was wonderful to work with in planning our stay, and the house is as beautiful in real life as it is in the pictures. We were only five people, but the house is big and can hold more than one family. it is just magical and like no place you have ever stayed. We spent our evenings on the rooftop terrace watching the sun set over the mountains. Actually saw THREE planets - something we never see in our city home. Everything was in working order and the house was very clean. Also, the people in the neighborhood were very warm and welcoming to us. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Stunning Renovation - Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a family vacation in June 2018. We used the house as a base for our travels around northern Israel, it worked perfectly. There were 2 adults and 4 kids (12-22), we loved the peacefulness that the house provided. The house is a wonderful balance of old world charm and modern convinces, with a kosher kitchen. The host were very generous, leaving a bottle of wine and offering a free tour of the City, which unfortunately due to scheduling we did not take advantage of. The common rooms are large and welcoming, the kids each found a favorite spot to retreat to. The rooftop deck provides an amazing spot to unwind and watch the sunset. The house was a challenge to find the first day, make sure to follow the instructions exactly (which start at the first round about upto the old City), we got lost the first day (we missed a turn), but the hosts were lovely at helping us get back on track. We had a large van and managed to find parking nearby most days, the furthest we had to park was about a 2 minute walk away. The grocery store is a 5 minute walk away, however I would recommend taking the extra walk to the larger one about 15 minutes away, better prices and selection.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hey Yael - we are so happy that you enjoyed the place as much as we do when we go up there! It's funny - when people ask me the address it's not a simple answer. First. in typical Jewish fashion I answer the question with a question - how well do you know Tsfat? If the answer is affirmative I just say - you know Yacov Hadad's gallery right by Nissim with the dobermans on the roof? We are just down the steps and to the left next to Adina (who's been there for decades). If they don't know Tsfat we have to say - Don't put in our real address '72 Tet Vav Street' because Google will take you to another 72 Tet Vav street about a ten minute walk away (I'm not making this stuff up). Instead I tell them to put Villa Tiferet into Waze and voila - they get there. Oh - another piece of good news is they just opened a big supermarket about a five minute walk from the villa. Anyway, it was a pleasure hosting you and I hope you come visit again.
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Spectacular Medieval Castle with all modern amenities!

  • 5 of 5

This villa is a unique and special experience to stay in. Let's start with the hosts and owners. Nicole and Amir are quality people who genuinely care that your experience in their home is ideal. They truly think of all the big and little things that make all the difference. They provide someone to meet you and literally escort you into the home. Next, they have a fully stocked kitchen with any appliance and gadget you may need, and even the bathrooms have adequate shampoo soap and bath gel so you don't have to bring with. They even provide a complimentary bottle of wine for your arrival. Danny who let's you in gives an excellent tour of Tzefat and answers any questions you may have about the area, house, and where to obtain anything additional you may need. He is available, knowledgable and very nice. Next, the house. You feel as though you are stepping back in time to how royalty lived. The views from the MULTIPLE rooftops/balconies are breathtaking. The kitchen is state of the art with industrial gourmet appliances, granite counter tops and for those kosher travelers separate sinks and even ovens! The bathrooms are modern and the water pressure is excellent ( better than at the best hotels!). Also, the house is spotless, something very important to us. The beauty of this property is hard to describe, and I will tell you that the photos do not even do it justice. It is a special, spacious, luxurious home, and if it is available when you are traveling north, my advice is to grab it!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This property is a gem located within a stone's throw of the artist quarter and old city. The renovation modernized the villa but retained the charm of the original centuries old architecture. The place is ideal for a large family or several families looking to share the villa. You have every amenity available including a chef's kosher kitchen, spacious living areas, televisions, PlayStation for the kids, washer/dryer, and a furnished deck to take in the incredible sunsets!

Nicole, Danny and Amir made our stay even more relaxed and comfortable. They were proactive, courteous and responsive to every request.

Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer! I highly recommend extended time in Tsfat and using the villa as a base for day trips. Tsfat, the Judean Hills and Golan do not get their due. There is so much to do and beautiful places to experience! Villa Tiferat is the perfect place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the positive review! We're so happy to hear you enjoyed the house. It's a great getaway for families and our goal is to provide everything for adults and kids so you'll all feel like Villa Tiferet is a home away from home. You're so right - there's a lot to do in the north and Tsfat is a great base to enjoy many sites, especially if you love nature, the outdoors, history and archaeology. We've been coming to the area for family vacations for 10 years and still haven't seen it all. We hope you come back for a longer stay. When you're ready to plan another trip, we'd be happy to recommend our favourite hikes, best waterfalls, horseback riding trails and national parks. And thanks for being such great guests! Amir, Nicole and Danny
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Perfect getaway in the North!

  • 5 of 5

My mother and I stayed in this perfect, beautiful home for a couple days last month while visiting the Golan Heights and Tzfat. I cannot recommend this property more highly! The photos hardly do it justice, beautiful as they are: it is an exquisite home with plenty of space for a much larger party than ours, unique achitectural details, gorgeous views, and every accoutrement one might need for a stay. The hosts, Amir and Nicole, are an extremely warm Canadian couple living in Israel. They reached out by email and phone multiple times to ensure that we were prepared for our trip, to make restaurant recommendations, to ensure our trip went smoothly after departure, and to express their hope we could meet in person on our next visit: we felt like we were staying with friends in Tzvat. Their friend and property manager, Danny, was equally warm and welcoming, making great recommendations for local grocery stores, hiking locations and otherwise. Particularly for travelers whose Hebrew is not especially strong, they made things so easy.

As long as they'll have us back, we'll never stay elsewhere in the North. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you had a great stay. We're glad you appreciated the beauty of the house as well as the small details. We keep the house well equipped so guests can focus on relaxing, being on vacation and enjoying! On your next trip to Israel, please visit the north as there is so much to see and do! Hope to host you again. Nicole, Amir and Danny
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Ben Gurion International Airport
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Highway 90
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Beit Yosef
Nearest Beach
30 Kilometres

Tsfat is for those who love Jewish history, art and the outdoors.

There are many art galleries in Tsfat, especially in the Old City. Many ancient synagogues are in the Old City and come Shabbat, Safed transforms into a place of singing and dancing. There is also a very mystical side. Kabbalists lived here many centuries ago and many local Tsfatis learn these traditions to this day. Visit for Lag B'Omer or the Klezmer festival when the sleepy town is alive with many visitors, music and song.

We particularly love the outdoors and appreciate the fresh air and breezes in this mountaintop town. Tsfat has one of the most pleasant climates in the country during Israel's hot summer.

We know of many mountain biking trails, caves, waterfalls and hikes nearby and are happy to help you plan an outdoor adventure.

Villa Tiferet is in the Artists Quarter and is a short walk to everything including restaurants, shops, supermarkets and tourist attractions. If you are here on a Wednesday, be sure to visit the local farmers' market.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $309.69
Changeover $154.85

Israeli Citizens are required to pay a tax of 17% that is added to the base price. Foreigners are exempt from the tax as long they provide a picture of the B2 Visa stamp on their passport.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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