Arbel Holiday Homes is run by Benny and Carmel Konwitz. Since 1996 the couple has welcomed guests to Moshav Arbel, a rural settlement 5 minutes from Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee. Arbel Holiday Homes offers 8 wooden houses in various sizes. Each house can sleep 1-11 people. The biggest cabin offers two spacious floors in order to accommodate family groups. Benny and Carmel prepare a rich and healthy breakfast of organic vegetables. The couple also loves to offer their knowledge as trained tourist guides.
- Meals available
- Guest kitchen
- Internet access
- Free wifi
- Free parking
- Swimming pool(warmed in winter)
- Spa unit with sauna and massage, order before arrival.
- Bbq sets
How did you decide to start this place?
We had greenhouses on our land, but agriculture was not enough for our well being. Benny’s skills in building wooden houses, which he had studied in Finland was useful, and we started to think about having our own business of wooden houses for tourists from Israel and abroad. We were always meeting tourists on the Israel Trail and the Jesus Trail and helping them with our knowledge as trained tourist guides or even a glass of cold water.
Why are you interested in tourism?
Our house is located in a very central and special tourist spot. Arbel was a ancient Jewish settlement. At the time of Jesus there was a big settlement of very successful farmers here. The way Jesus and others took from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee passed through Arbel Valley. The current village of Arbel was rebuilt by pioneers just released from the Jewish brigade, and we continue to live here with more than 140 families who make their living from agriculture and tourism. We like to help our guests by giving them our best hospitality, our knowledge of history and even our food, allowing them to pick fruits from our trees.
What is unique about your guesthouse?
Our location makes us special. Our well equipped wooden houses which were built by Benny, the owner, are a nice experience for quests. The warmed swimming pool and the spa unit as well as the lovely wooden dining-room and the big hall for playing and gathering offer great options to those visiting us. At our site the guests enjoy special views and clean cabins surrounded by gardens and an orchard with 30 trees. Our organic greenhouse is very special; all our vegetables and strawberries are grown in it.
What else would you like to have people know?
Benny was born in Ramat-gan and Carmel in Tel-Aviv in 1951. We came to Arbel because Benny studied agriculture in 1975. All four of our children were born here near the nicest view and the clearest air in the Galilee, and we are devoted to our settlement. We take good care of our guests from whom we learn about people from around the world.