The place is along the highway and not difficult to find as long as you get there before dark. To get through the gate, you’d have to dial and call the owners. The phone number is written at the gate. For this trip, we had an international phone with a costly international rate, unfortunately, but we had to use it or we would not be able to get in as the gate only opens electronically. The daughter of the owners showed us to the two cottages that we booked for my family, and also gave us a special # to dial to open the gate that is charge-free for international phones. The cottages are very clean; however, we noticed that there were some flies inside the cottages. We love the décor and the designs of the cottages – so cozy. We love that there’s a microwave and mini fridge, tea kettle, tea bags, glasses, dishes, and utensils in the kitchenette. We love the modern bathrooms, and we also liked the nice little olive hand soaps in the bathroom, which, unfortunately, melt easily after using them a few times.
Since we arrived in the afternoon, we had time to go to the nearest grocery after checking in. Coming back after dark, we had a little trouble locating the place because the sign on the highway is not lighted. Also, walking between two cottages at night was a little tricky , trying to avoid some dog poops and preventing falls from slippery rocks, which we noticed upon checking in. Unfortunately, we didn’t think to bring a flashlight on this trip, so it would be nice if flashlights would be provided in the cottages. It was nice that the cottages have heaters because it was cold that night. Unfortunately, our remote control for the heater needed new batteries. Wish we had asked the daughter earlier that day how to get to her parents’ house in case we needed to contact them after dark. It was right across from our cottage, but we didn’t know where the front door was to the reception area, and since it was dark, we decided to call the owners by phone, and avoid risking stepping on some sort of surprise. Would definitely help if there’s some kind of a lighted pathway (with something like the solar lights you’d use for your garden) to the owner’s reception area from the cottages. Perhaps a lighted pathway between cottages would not be a bad idea either, especially if you’re like us, renting two cottages. Anyway, the owner, Moshe, promptly came over to put new batteries. He is really a warm and friendly host. He even gave us free wine tasting at his cellar after breakfast, which, by the way, was good (Israeli-European style) – fresh croissants, bread, fruit salad, yogurt, cereal, cheese, coffee, tea, milk, juice, and cooked-to-order egg. Definitely do not miss the tour of his cellar. He has quite a collection even if you are not a wine lover.
Before checking out, we tried to use our tablet since there’s free wifi at the reception area. The owners also kindly let us use their cell phone to make a call to our next destination, Jerusalem. And finally, before heading out, we noticed that the flies were all congregating at the window in the bathroom, so we decided to open the window to let them out, and that solved the fly issue. Wished we had done that the night before since even after turning out the lights, we could still hear the flies buzzing around while we were in bed.
One final comment, although not a big deal, is that the cottages do not have iron/board. We wanted to iron our super wrinkled clothes before heading to Jerusalem, but the owner could not lend us her iron because there was a problem with it. As I said, it’s not a big deal for us to travel in wrinkled clothes since Israel is a casual country, but perhaps they could have potential guests in the future and who would have a great need for the iron.
Overall, this is a decent place to stay and experience living in the Negev desert.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Boker Valley Farm is an isolated farm in Ramat Negev region which grows wine grapes and offers accommodation for tourists. The first vineyard was planted in 1999, and is situated in the Boker Valley, 550 meters above sea level. The wine is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot grape varieties. The grapes are delivered to the various wineries where the wines are produced, and they are sold at the farm’s visitor center with a large selection of quality desert wines. Guided tours of the vineyard are available, including the story of the settlement of the isolated farms in the Negev, the grape growing process, and wine tastings from 6 kinds of local wines.Private family and group events can be held on site. The farm offers five cabin accommodation for couples, groups and families during the year and two groups accommodation in a authentic Bedouin tent or khan. ... more less
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