Along the Gospel Trail at Barbakfar Guesthouse

Barbakfar is a calm place to stay in an area full of things to do.

June 10, 2012 12:22
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Barbakfar 300. (photo credit: Courtesey Travelujah)


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You've decided to head up to the Galilee for a few days of off the beaten path exploration that might include biking, or hiking the Gospel Trail or perhaps other attractions in the area. Where to stay?

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Here's an answer: Barbakfar

A few kilometers east of the Gospel Trail within Moshav Sharona, lies Barbakfar, a small bed and breakfast that offers very comfortable lodgings, excellent food and tremendous service (including transportation to and from the trail). The quaint property is the brainchild of owner Nili Bar, an 11th generation Israeli. Her husband's family also dates back many generations and they were founders of Kibbutz Ein Gev and she grew up in Rosh Pina and then moved to Ginosar where she went to school. For a number of years she worked as a tour guide all the while dreaming of opening her own guesthouse with her husband Dov. In preparation for the anticipated tourism boom for the year 2000, they began  planning their own guest house and eventually opened their own guesthouse with six units. Over the years they've added their private home to the mix, enabling Barbakfar to accommodate up to 40 people.

The guesthouse is set on 24 dunams and the setting is reminiscent of Tuscany. The landscaping is lush and abundant and visitors can lounge in the pool overlooking the vineyards while enjoying the view of Mt. Tabor lying prominently in the distance. Grapes grown on site are blended into a fine Shiraz wine that is produced under their own private label, aged and produced on site. Approximately 3,000 bottles of year are produced at their winery on site.

The Bar family is intimately involved with the day to day operation of the guesthouse. Yuval Bar handles the front of the house operation, graciously chatting with all the guests individually at breakfast as he walks from table to table. If asked, he'll happily advise on how he produces his wine and proudly takes those interested into his wine manufacturing area. In the meantime, his brother, Uri, oversees the kitchen where his mother's breakfast recipes are duplicated by their cooks, who come from nearly Kfar Cama.

For travelers along the Gospel Trail, Barbakfar is a wonderfully convenient and relaxed location. Transportation to and from the Gospel Trail can be arranged through the guesthouse at a nominal extra charge. Simply let Yuval or Nili know that you will need to be picked up at the end of your hiking day and they'll be there. And in the morning they'll take you back.


Barbakfar, which happens to be rated quite high on TripAdvisor, offers romantic units for couples, larger units for families that sleep four and one huge cottage unit that sleeps four couples plus children. Each unit contains a private enclosed terrace with a large jacuzzi, a television, and an equipped kitchen area. A complimentary half bottle of wine, chocolate and full, cooked to order breakfast is provided. Prices begin at approximately $160  per night per couple.

Anyone seeking to explore the area of Mt. Tabor and nearby Tiberias will be quite content staying at Barbakfar.

Barbakfar, Moshav Sharon, 052-2262754

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