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Barbakfar
Ranked #1 of 1 Sharona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Great breakfast, great service, great rooms, great pool, great location. A real bargain in comparison to other similar places in Israel. The rooms are small but they are more than functional and this is more than made up for by the amazing outdorr decking area with jacuzzi and exceptional open spaces and location.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

we spent a long weekend at Bar Bakfar. We, an extended family of 20 people (20-80 years old) booked the whole place for the second time within two years. it was a magical weekend. we didnt leave the place from the moment we checked in until we left 48 hours later. The rooms, the compound, the landscape, the pool, the facilities were so inviting and fun that we didnt want to go anywhere, just to stay there and enjoy what the place has to offer. the place is sparkling clean and beautiful, both rooms and public areas. Breakfast is generous and tasty. everything is home made, the hosts/ owners that we met, Nili and her son Yuval are wonderful - very attentive, service oriented and caring. an exceptionally good and flawless experience from the moment we got in touch to book the place until a day after we left.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with family
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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 May 2013

We spent 4 nights at Bar Bakfar. I can't remember staying at any B&B where the owners were more accomodating and helpful. The room we stayed in was a stand-alone building. There was a small kitchen (sink/refrigerator/microwave, kitchen table), bedroom and bathroom. Outside our room was a hammock and chairs. There is a barbecue area that you can use and the B&B has their own vineyard. They make their own wine, jellies, lemoncello, etc.

There is a great Arabic restaurant in Kfar Tavor that we ate in several times - I don't know the name, but it's behind the gas station in Kfar Tavor - only a few miles down the road from Bar Bakfar.

Breakfast was a true "experience". LOTS of food - omlets, breads, cheeses, juice, coffee, tea, water, tomatoes, cucumbers, yogurt, granola, honey, jelly, etc., etc., etc. You WON'T go hungry!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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Reviewed 29 April 2013

every year on indipendane weekend a group of us, 7 couples,
are travelling to a specipic area in israel.
this time we went to the lower Gallilee and stayed in Barbakfar, Shrona.
the place is magical. rolling hiils, green all around you, a vineyard, a villa with 4 rooms and more rooms around it.
it's not a 5 star hotel but that's not what we were looking for. the villa ia beautiful and very convinient for a whole family. huge kitchen and living room, jacuzzi in every room (we didn't need it) best of all the atmosphere. Toscana in Israel.
Yuval, the owner, is a gracious host, attentive, helpfull and attuned to all your needs.
the breakfast is rich, tasty, and served in a room overlooking the view.
we had a great time and we recommand the place wholeheartedly.
we'll be going back
Tsippi

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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Berkeley, CA
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

We just finished a fabulous 4 day, 3 night stay at Bar Bakfar. I am a frequent traveler (100K miles per year) and have always stayed in hotels. This was my first attempt at a Bed and Breakfast and it was wonderful. The Bar Bakfar location is perfect as a base for exploring the natural beauty, and history of all of northern Israel. The suites were clean and comfortable (each with an extra large Jacuzzi tub), the views of the vineyard (Bar Bakfar is both a B&B and a winery) and Mount Tabor beyond were spectacular and the breakfasts were homemade, bountiful and delicious. We were three adults traveling together and had a one bedroom suite and a two room suite. Each bedroom had its own bathroom and comfortable beds. Although the bedrooms themselves are not large, the sitting rooms, kitchens and decks in the suite gave us plenty of room to stretch out. One of the best parts of staying at Bar Bakfar is the family that runs it. They greeted us warmly and immediately made us feel like part of the family. Our rooms were stocked with a complementary bottle of Bar Bakfar wine and a jar of fresh baked cookies. One of my traveling companions is a wine enthusiast and Yotam (one of the Bar Bakfar family members) gave him a detailed tour of the winery operations. It was fascinating. Nilly (the Mom), makes many of the breakfast items. Each morning she made each of us a custom omelet. She also bakes the tasty fresh bread and cookies and makes the jam (you can buy jars of the jam in their store – an opportunity of which I took advantage). Every breakfast also had a plate of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers that tasted like they had been picked that morning. Nilly and Yuval also gave us great recommendations for special dinner spots in the area. We had a particularly special meal at the Mount Gilboa Herb Farm (http://thegilboaherbfarm.rest-e.co.il/) and another at Shiri’s Bistro (Shiri is Nilly’s cousin) in Rosh Pinna. Both restaurants have amazing views of different parts of the Galilee.
We were very sorry to leave but took with us bottles of Bar Bakfar wine, their delicious Limoncello and Pomegranate Liqueurs and Nilly’s jam. I will definitely be back to Bar Bakfar! Thank you Nilly, Yotam and Yuval for a great vacation!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 8 April 2013

Spent three nights at Bar Bakfar and can recommend this gem whole-heartedly. Bar Bakfar was our home base for the days we traveled in and around the northern part of Israel. Very convenient for touring this section of the country. There were five of us in our traveling party (two parents, two older children and a Papa). We booked a family cabin for the parents and offspring and a separate single cabin for Papa. The family cabin had two bedrooms - one with what I believe was a queen bed and the other with three singles. This room had two full bathrooms. The single room had what I believe was a queen-sized bed. The rooms are not huge but exceptionally clean. Each had a private hot tub/jacuzzi outside on a deck. Each had a well-appointed and clean kitchenette. The grounds are lovely. But, the real "win" here are the proprietors. They went out of their way to make our stay as great as it could possibly be. Very flexible, friendly and accommodating. Be it fixing a wi-fi problem immediately to providing breakfast earlier than at the appointed times to providing a ride for Papa to a nearby restaurant as we were car-less at night. Yuval and his family are serious inn-keepers and wonderfully kind people. This is a quiet and off the beaten path option for the Sea of Galilee area that we felt kept us away from the larger, noisy and big tour-bus filled hotels that seemed to dominate the area.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 April 2013

We stayed at Bar Bakfar two weeks ago. It was the last stop on our week and a half journey across Israel. We were traveling as a whole family - my wife and I, our two kids (10, 13) and our mothers (age not posted to protect their vanity;) The gorgeous rolling hills of the lower Galilee serve as the backdrop for this B&B nestled inside a small, fairly nondescript Moshav just west of the Kineret. There is essence of summer camp living that permeates the vibe, but it is camp living that combines simplicity and understated elegance. It is simply lovely. All of this is enhanced not just by the glorious scenery, but more importantly by the incredibly gracious and friendly staff - primary of that being the two brothers (Yuval and Yotam) who run the place. They are terrific guys - warm and genuine! Did I mention it is also a winery (albeit a small one)? Yotam studied wine making and planted a small vineyard that produces fine versions of several varietals. I should also mention before completing this review that the breakfast is a MUST. My only complaint is that they don't start serving it until 9am. That said, it is unequivocally worth slowing down the start of your day in order to have breakfast here. This place is truly a found gem. Selfishly, I just hope that all this praise doesn't mean they will be fully booked the next time I want to visit;)

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Aaron511
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baryuv, Manager at Barbakfar, responded to this review, 6 July 2013
Dear Aaron, Thank you for your lovely review and for the warmest words!
We are very happy know that you enjoyed your stay with us and we are sure the the next time will be even better
We can assure you, we will find available dates for the next time...
best regards,
Barbakfar staff.
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Property: Barbakfar
Address: Moshav Sharona, the lower galilee | Sharona, Sharona 1523200, Israel
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Region: Israel > Northern District > Galilee > Sharona
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Sharona
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Between the magnificence of the Tavor and the magic of the Sea of Galilee lies the Israeli Provence. You are invited to partake of hospitality in the style of the French chateau replete with good wine, the aroma of vines and wide green spaces, all these just a short distance from Tel Aviv. "Bar Bakfar" is spread over an enormous area overlooking the breathtaking views of the green and flowering valleys, and offers 10 vacation units of spectacular beauty and design.Is ideal for small conventions, family meetings and out of the ordinary events with a pastoral and country fragrance. In the complex you will find a winery and vines overlooking Mt Tabor from which the Bar's produce prestigious wines in the boutique winery they founded - and let's not forget the wonderful breakfasts, freshly served every morning, personally prepared by Nili Bar. You will be able to stay in a luxurious villa, a romantic wood cabin and even a comfortable and warm family cabin. "Bar Bakfar" - an unforgettable experience. ... more   less 
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