Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The Bennatan family offers you a part of its beautiful villa in Zichron Yakov Israel, separate with a private entrance. Overlooking east to the Carmel mountains and west on the Mediterranean, and only 15 minutes walk from the Zichron popular galleries and cafe packed walking street this vila has only one villa next to it, with a small and lovely forest bordering the other two fences. A private cool swimming pool surrounded by a lovely 2000 square meters garden and an open door SPA where you can sit in the rain feeling the hot jets all around you. Should you like to chat a bit, Or, a retired Microsoft manager and his wife Michal, psychologist, are fluent in both Hebrew and English. Or speaks Italian too. Beach access requires a car, but we will drive you if you don't want one. We will even take you from the train coming from Tel Aviv (40 minutes) or Haifa (20 minutes).
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dor 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ben Gurion International Airport 90 km, Nearest railway: Biniamina 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Jacuzzi or hot tub, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Trampoline|
For your convenience copied from Wikipedia
Zikhron Ya'akov (Hebrew: ???????? ???????, lit. "Jacob's Memorial"; often shortened to just Zikhron) is a town in Israel, 35 kilometres (22 mi) south of Haifa, and part of the Haifa District. It is located at the southern end of the Carmel mountain range overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, near the coastal highway (Highway 2). It was one of the first Jewish settlements of Halutzim in the country, founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild and named in honor of his father.
2 Nili spy ring
4 Education and religious institutions
6 Notable residents
7 See also
9 External links
Historic Rothschild administration building
Zikhron Ya'akov was founded in December 1882 when 100 Jewish pioneers from Romania, members of the Hovevei Zion movement, purchased land in Zammarin. The difficulty of working the rocky soil and an outbreak of malaria led many of the settlers to leave before the year was up.
In 1883, Baron Edmond James de Rothschild became the patron of the settlement and drew up plans for its residential layout and agricultural economy. Zikhron was one of the first Jewish agricultural colonies to come under the wing of the Baron (along with Rishon LeZion and Rosh Pinna), who renamed it in memory of his father, James (Ya'akov) Mayer de Rothschild.
To accomplish his first objective, Baron de Rothschild brought in planners who designed and allotted housing lots along the main road for the use of settlement farmers. Each lot included a house facing the street, a long interior courtyard and a rear building for storing agricultural implements. The French-inspired architecture included tiled roofs and painted wooden windows. Each farmer was given a salary and placed under the direction of Elijah Shaid, the Baron's clerk. The Baron also commissioned the construction of the Ohel Ya'akov Synagogue, named after his father, to serve the town. Sparing no expense to build the edifice, the synagogue features a majestic ark made of white marble. The synagogue opened in 1886 and has conducted daily prayer services continuously to this day.
Following a number of economic failures, in 1885 Rothschild helped to establish the first winery in Israel, Carmel Winery, together with a bottling factory, in Zikhron Ya'akov. This was more successful economically although it was initially short-lived as in 1892 the grapevines succumbed to phylloxera, a type of parasite. After a brief set-back, American seedlings which were resistant to phylloxera were grown and the winery began to flourish. Today, the winery remains in action, as do the huge wine cellars that were carved into the mountain over a century ago. In 1954, the remains of Baron Edmond de Rothschild were reinterred in Zikhron Ya'akov.
Nili spy ring
Zikhron Ya'akov came to fame during World War I for the establishment of the Nili spy ring by Sarah Aaronsohn, together with her brothers, Aaron (a noted botanist) and Alex, and their friend Avshalom Feinberg. The group volunteered to spy on Ottoman positions and report them to British agents offshore. In September 1917, the Ottomans caught one of Sarah's carrier pigeons and cracked the Nili code. In October, they surrounded Zikhron Ya'akov and arrested Sarah and several others. After four days of torture, they planned on transporting Sara elsewhere, she requested to be taken home to change her clothes and shot herself with a pistol hidden in her bathroom and died after several days. The Aaronsohn House–Nili Museum recreates the history of this period.
The population increased dramatically in the early 1950s, after the establishment of the State of Israel. Between the 1960s and 1990s, the population remained constant with about 5,000 inhabitants. At the end of 2009, Zichron Yaakov had a population of 18,719. Many residents continue to engage in agriculture, although upscale private homes have been built by families attracted to the scenic landscape. Zikhron Ya'akov has a high amount of English speaking residents, olim and others. They amount to 20% of the moshava's population.
Education and religious institutions
There is a sizable religious Jewish community in the town, including ultra-orthodox members of the Ohr Yaakov Yeshiva of Jerusalem and members of a Chabad-Lubavitch community. In addition to religious communities in Zikhron Ya'akov, there are Progressive/Reform and Conservative Jewish communities and synagogues in Zikhron Ya'akov. The former, "Kehillat Sulam Yaakov" (in Hebrew "Jacob's Ladder Community") is a synagogue that practices Progressive Judaism and is a part of the Israeli Movement for Progressive Judaism. The latter, "VeAhavta", is a synagogue that practices Conservative Judaism.
The original Carmel-Mizrahi Winery continues to make wine in Zikhron Yaakov. The town draws many tourists attracted to its picturesque setting and historic city center whose restored main street of landmark buildings, called Derekh HaYayin ("Path of the Wine"), houses coffeehouses and boutique shops selling locally-made crafts, jewellery, and antiques, especially on the town's famous "Midrachov" (Rechov haMeyasdim — Founders Street). It was announced in early 2008 that a 150-acre (0.61 km2) wine park would be created on the slope between Zikhron and neighboring town Binyamina.
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1 Mar 2014
"perfect vacation for families, couples, and friends"
We had our bachelorette party to our friend and we had the most amazing expirience.We enjoyed so much from the food, the place, all just felt like home.Or and Michal take care of everything, fulfiling… More
19 Feb 2014
Two weeks ago, one of my friends celebrated her 40th birthday. For the occasion, we (six friends) decided to spend the night together in a quiet atmosphere, away from our kids, families and the city. … More
5 Jan 2014
"The beauty of Provence on Israel's North Coast"
Many who have not visited Israel do not think of it as one of the wine capitals of the world. However, Baron Rothschild (think Lafitte Rothschild) recognized the potential of Zichron Yaakov on Israel&… More
5 Jan 2014
"Excellent family vacation with warm welcoming hosts"
Spacious apartment, very well equipped - excellent kitchen, comfort beds, great view from the balcony, an of course the private hot tab and swimming pool - only for this apartment guests!Hosts were ex… More
25 Aug 2013
"We are definitely coming back!"
We just came back from a weeklong stay, and we're enchanted!The place is absolutely charming - beautifully decorated, spotless and inviting.It's obvious the owners have given thought to ever… More
11 Aug 2013
"A truly magnificent experience"
Not only were Or and his wife extremely hospitable and friendly, they were also very accommodating and considerate. What makes this luxury vacation rental unique is that it is TOTALLY private - The B… More
25 Jul 2013
"great place loved the pool area"
we came to town for our son's wedding and we were a large group. staying all together at this beautiful home truly enhancd our experienced. it was so beautiful having morning coffee outside ove… More
15 Jul 2013
"Charming apartment, beautiful pool & view, great food and good people :)"
My friends and I had a great time at Or's place. The apartment is part of a beautiful villa located in very charming Zichron. Even though Or and his family live in the rest of the villa, we had t… More
12 Jun 2013
"A perfect place to stay in Zichron"
We stayed here for more than 3 weeks in May as we were visiting family in Zichron and if was really the perfect choice. We were staying with our 2 year old boy and we all loved it. Or and Michal were … More
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