This two-bedroom home offers old-world elegance in the heart of Safed.
Named after Safed’s Crusader fortress, the Metzuda is the newest addition to the Beit Yosef family of zimmers. Prior to 1948, this regal building was once the mayor’s home. Today, thanks to the careful restoration by the Gersht’s, this home once again enjoys majesty and elegance. Now a quaint guesthouse, this two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit accommodates a maximum of seven guests.
Centrally located on the midrechov where Rehov Yerushalaim and Tet Vav meet, it overlooks the action of the main street with its restaurants and shops, yet also offers a relaxing get away with a cozy balcony. Archways and intricately carved stone columns frame the large balcony which is shared with the Meron unit next door. True to the Gersht’s impeccable style, the balcony beckons with its old-fashioned wrought iron swings, a Moroccan-style mosaic table that seats six and beautiful candles. Above are stylish chandeliers, while pots of bright red geraniums are reminiscent of Tuscany. The views from here are stunning: to the west lie the pine-covered Meron Mountains with its dazzling sunsets; to the north, the ruins of the Metzuda fortress as well as the action of the main street. And this is just the outside!
Enter the zimmer via a pathway lined with dangling grape vines, pomegranate and fig trees. Once inside, you will be greeted by dramatically high ceilings, exposed stone archways and lovely antiques. The romantic main room has two antique single beds with pink embroidered bedding. The accents throughout are pinks and greens with handmade soft white curtains tied back with playful pink bows.
The kitchenette features a sink, microwave oven and kettle, single burner hotplate, cutlery, cups, mugs, plates, bowls, wine glasses and tablecloth. The room is equipped with instant coffee, a selection of teas, sugar and milk. A fridge plus freezer is tucked away in a stone niche. If you decide to have meals here, there is a dining room table that seats four comfortably. For those who keep kosher and are Shomer Shabbat, there are two distinct sets of cutlery, Shabbat timers, an urn and a hotplate. The bathroom has a pedestal sink, tub and shower set against an original stone wall with a large rain head faucet.
From the main room, you enter the second bedroom with its two single pine beds, a flat screen cable TV and DVD player, plus a small table with two chairs. Guests can enjoy free internet access.Large windows look out onto the street and a door leads to the balcony. Everything here has cool turquoise accents including the cozy throws, quilted patchwork bedding and soft angora pillows. The bathroom has a pedestal sink and shower with rain head faucet. Above the washroom is a loft, perfect for older children. Climb the sturdy ladder to this hideaway with its two single beds.
Additional Information: All rooms offer air conditioning and heating and have ample space for hanging up clothes. You can request an extra bed and/or crib in your room. Parking is two minutes away. The Metzuda and the Meron share the large balcony. Shops and restaurants are literally outside, while the synagogues of the Old City are a five-minute walk away. There is a synagogue a few minutes’ walk from the zimmer.
Note: Larger groups or families can take both the Metzuda and Meron units. The Metzuda and the Meron share the large balcony. When the two units are taken together, they can accommodate up to 14 guests