Raghda Homestay

Twelve years ago, a man from a small village named Artas near Bethlehem dreamed about reviving and protecting his heritage and his village's history. He grew up seeing some tourists visiting Artas and foreign tour guides talking about something very close to his heart and decided to change this. For years, RaghdaSanad heard her father passionately speak about the importance of heritage and taking charge of one's historical narrative. Since her father first started Artas' first cultural center, Raghda worked hand in hand with her mother preparing food for all the guests who visited Artas through the center. She also helped her mother host many international students, activists and tourists who needed a place to stay.

Having a diploma in culinary art, Raghda enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. She loves teaching those around her how to make delicious dishes and would make any guest's stay at her family house memorable. The sight of Raghda eagerly preparing breakfast and setting the traditional seating area in a nearly 60-year-old renovated room, which was once a stable where farmers kept their horses and cows, speaks volumes about how much she enjoys hosting people. "My father might not be physically with us today, but I can feel his presence through our commitment to his dream. We are keeping his legacy alive."

The Sanad family is very famous in Artas for being the one that brought Artas to life. "Before my dad established the center, not many tourists would visit Artas and stay over the night." Raghda's father made sure tourists stay around for more than just a quick stay, also helping boost the village's economic status. He also founded the Lettuce festival where families celebrate a vegetable Artas is famously known for.

As there are so many activities to be done while in Artas, Raghda believes her house is the perfect destination to those who want to enjoy a good night sleep after a long day of hiking and climbing. She trusts that her house will meet every tourist's expectations as it offers a great view of Artas' famous monastery, the opportunity to live the life of a true Palestinian family, cook Palestinian traditional food with a certified chef and most importantly learn Arabic from those who fluently speak it.

In ten years, Raghda dreams of opening her own restaurant in Bethlehem. "I see myself turning an old house into a restaurant and a guest house. On the first floor, I will do what I love the most and that is cook delicious Palestinian food. While on the second floor, I will host people like my father did when he was still alive." Raghda's dedication and love for what she does is admirable. She is determined to become just like her father and serve her village in the same way he did. With her mother's undying support, she is hopeful that her involvement with the homestay program and participation in many trainings and workshops would help her inch a bit closer to her ultimate dream. 

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2
Bedrooms

8
Guests

2
Beds

6
Mattress

Region: Bethlehem
Village: Irtas
Email: r.sanad@gmail.com
Cellular : +970 598 106 804 Tel: +970 2 275 2752

Life Style:
Rural

Prices:
Overnight + break fast: 35 USD.
Main meal only: 10 USD.
Light meal only: 7 USD.

Homestay Facilities:
Wireless

24 hr's FREE Wi-Fi Internet Access.

Media

Lounge area with TV.

Services

24 hrs hot and cold water supply, Clean and hygienic neighborhood, Laundry & dry cleaning facility available on request (At extra cost).

Parking

Private parking

Pets

Pets are allowed

Homestay Trails:
Centers of Local Culture (CLC's)
Masar Ibrahim Al Khalil
Sufi Trail


Homestay CLC:
Battir

Raghda Homestay

Twelve years ago, a man from a small village named Artas near Bethlehem dreamed about reviving and protecting his heritage and his village's history. He grew up seeing some tourists visiting Artas and foreign tour guides talking about something very close to his heart and decided to change this. For years, RaghdaSanad heard her father passionately speak about the importance of heritage and taking charge of one's historical narrative. Since her father first started Artas' first cultural center, Raghda worked hand in hand with her mother preparing food for all the guests who visited Artas through the center. She also helped her mother host many international students, activists and tourists who needed a place to stay.

Having a diploma in culinary art, Raghda enjoys cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. She loves teaching those around her how to make delicious dishes and would make any guest's stay at her family house memorable. The sight of Raghda eagerly preparing breakfast and setting the traditional seating area in a nearly 60-year-old renovated room, which was once a stable where farmers kept their horses and cows, speaks volumes about how much she enjoys hosting people. "My father might not be physically with us today, but I can feel his presence through our commitment to his dream. We are keeping his legacy alive."

The Sanad family is very famous in Artas for being the one that brought Artas to life. "Before my dad established the center, not many tourists would visit Artas and stay over the night." Raghda's father made sure tourists stay around for more than just a quick stay, also helping boost the village's economic status. He also founded the Lettuce festival where families celebrate a vegetable Artas is famously known for.

As there are so many activities to be done while in Artas, Raghda believes her house is the perfect destination to those who want to enjoy a good night sleep after a long day of hiking and climbing. She trusts that her house will meet every tourist's expectations as it offers a great view of Artas' famous monastery, the opportunity to live the life of a true Palestinian family, cook Palestinian traditional food with a certified chef and most importantly learn Arabic from those who fluently speak it.

In ten years, Raghda dreams of opening her own restaurant in Bethlehem. "I see myself turning an old house into a restaurant and a guest house. On the first floor, I will do what I love the most and that is cook delicious Palestinian food. While on the second floor, I will host people like my father did when he was still alive." Raghda's dedication and love for what she does is admirable. She is determined to become just like her father and serve her village in the same way he did. With her mother's undying support, she is hopeful that her involvement with the homestay program and participation in many trainings and workshops would help her inch a bit closer to her ultimate dream. 

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