In the heart of Ramallah, this charming, furnished home sits on a quiet street just a minute's walk from downtown. The 1965 space is newly-renovated but keeps the old vibes, with 3 verandas overlooking garden below and an artsy cafe downstairs!
We had an artist living here last, so the flat is full of color. The master bedroom has a queen bed and two windows (lovely morning sun) and a private veranda. It also has a large closet and antique table-desk. The second bedroom has two twin beds and also great light (two windows with late afternoon sun). There's an old desk in there as well.
A cozy living room features double doors that open onto the largest of the three verandas, shaded by an 80 year old walnut tree and looking out at the sunset. The veranda has outside furniture and is a great space to hang out, surrounded by flowers.
The couch in this flat is fabulously comfortable and faces a big screen tv. In the living room there's also a beautiful kerosene stove that warms the whole house, alongside a side lamp and a wicker arm chair with up cycled coffee table and side tables. In the winter, there are rugs down to keep your feet warm and in the summer, cool tile floors.
The kitchen is fully stocked and features its own veranda as well. The original 1965 cabinets and sink are in place, but we have added more counter space and new "old" cabinets as well. It's painted warm yellow and is a wonderful place to sit during breakfast time!
Cafe below has free wifi that reaches the flat.
Plenty of street parking as well as private parking spaces in front of the building. City center 1 minute walk, including the hisbeh (fruit and vegetable market) and bus station.
Bathroom has laundry machine (but we ask people to be frugal with water use, as it's limited). TV has loads of channels, including 5 in English, and a DVD player / USB plugin.
There is a heater / ac unit in the master bedroom, as well as space heaters that can be used in any room.
The kitchen has a toaster over, water kettle, and stove/oven.
Check in is typically afternoon and check out morning so we can prep the flat for the next guests.
Общение с гостями
We run the Cafe downstairs, so you'll see us around, especially if you love a good espresso! Our home is in the back part of the property, surrounded by a garden. Since we live there and we're the gardeners, you'll see us as much as you'd like to--often offering you fresh fruit from the trees or helpful advice.
Другие важные подробности
If you like nature, we go practically daily on walks out to Mashjar Juthour and we're happy to take you along.
Ramallah is a good base station for exploring. You have easy day trip access if you want to visit Jenin, Nablus, Hebron, Jerusalem or Jericho.
The flat is for those renting it. We like to know who those people are and ask that you don't bring new friends home. After several issues, we now have a rule that no international visitors can have locals sleeping over. Palestine is a small and conservative society and we ask folks to honor that while in our home.
Smoking outside the flat, on the verandas, is absolutely fine.
There are others living in the building, like us, so we also ask folks to respect neighbors and keep the volume down after 10pm. No midnight solo-dance parties, unless they are on low volume...
This is our home and we hope our guests feel that it's their home, because while you're here, it is!
I've lived in Ramallah for more than a decade now. In addition to owning a great cafe in the heart of the city (in front of my house), I also started Palestine's first arboretum with my husband. We can't seem to find enough time these days for our home garden, but we adore it anyway and love sharing the fruits and nuts from our more than 30 trees around our home. I'll share almost anything but figs. I have to be honest here; I'm greedy with the figs! That leaves for you almonds, apples, pomegranates, olives, lemons, walnuts, grapes, pistachios, loquats, prickly pears, cherries and more.
We start our day with coffee, end it with wine, and almost always get lots of dirt (or coffee grounds) under our nails throughout.