Ephesus vacation cottages, Turkey

Location:
10 minutes from Ephesus
Price:
From £125 - £140 per cottage per night
Price is per house per night, based on 2 people. Special weekly prices available
Vouchers: accepted
Reviews:
20 reviews4 star rating
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Ephesus vacation cottages, Turkey

Ephesus vacation cottages, Turkey

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Heating at our Ephesus vacation accommodation is provided by cast iron caulderons using olive wood trimmed from the olive groves or replaceable wood supplies. Insulation was incorporated into the walls to avoid loss of heat in the winter and to prevent overheating in summer. The water for the houses is heated by solar energy. The waste wood from the olive grove is used to provide fuel for the winter heating. Wherever possible we have used energy saving bulbs and have put notices up encouraging visitors not to waste water or energy wherever possible.

Wherever possible things are purchased from the village and the villagers for the cottages. Fresh produce is purchased from the neighbours including local goats cheese. Local people are employed to run the houses. Local craftsmen were used for the restoration using traditional methods. All windows were made from local wood in the exact style of the original frames. Even the hinges on the shutters and the locking mechanism were forged by the local blacksmith.

The area surrounding the houses has been planted with fruit and olive trees and all existing trees around the houses have been preserved during the construction. The café uses Olive oil form our organic olive grove. All furnishings at our Ephesus vacation accommodation are natural materials either cotton or wool in the form of felt used to insulate underneath carpets.

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The story of the provider of Ephesus vacation cottages, Turkey

This is a small Anglo Turkish run business ,which started when the whole family fell in love with the village in 1999. Two months after their first visit they purchased what was to become Grapevine House from a local shepherd. Although he had been living in one room in the house the rest was inhabited by swallows and the downstairs was a stable long since abandoned which they explored with the help of a box of matches as there were no windows. Without damaging the tangerine trees the restoration began and the house was restored to its former glory with some mod cons added but nothing to spoil the atmosphere of the house. This husband and wife team with experience in teaching and handicrafts had already restored period apartments in the Genoese heart of the city of Istanbul, Omers home town, however encouraged by completing Grapevine House they acquired 2 complete wrecks and started to reconstruct them. Unable to resist the beauty of Sirince they have vowed to give up city life for good once all their plans in Sirince are complete. After 6 years of restoration the 3 cottages opened for business and the family juggle the running of the houses with their commitments in Istanbul. They are helped by their 2 daughters Sibel and Nesrin and the very capable Aysel Hanim, who ensures that everything is kept up to scratch for all visitors . No doubt during your stay you will meet one or all of us as we all like to spend as much time as possible in the village.

Ephesus vacation cottages, Turkey

Reviewed 10 Aug 2014 by Bev Taylor-Wade4 star rating

Wonderful; a great mix of culture and relaxation. Every day was packed with fantastic recommendations from the owners, custom made for us and our interests. (read full review)

Reviewed 08 Aug 2014 by Trish Hayes4 star rating

We loved the house where we stayed. It was beautifully furnished and had everything we needed for our comfort., including air- conditioning in the bedroom and a well-equipped bathroom. (read full review)

Reviewed 08 Sep 2013 by Liz Glover5 star rating

A wonderful experience! Made us all reflect on who we are and how we live at home. Grapevine Cottage felt immediately like a good place to be, safe, relaxed, comfortable and incredibly beautiful. It was nice to be together.(read full review)

Reviewed 01 Nov 2013 by Anne Kane4 star rating

Excellent...Visits to Ephesus, Claros, Prienne and other wonderful ancient sites. Relaxing breakfasts provided by our lovely hosts. The wonderful sunshine and clear starry nights. The lovely, warm, gentle Turkish people and culture.(read full review)

Reviewed 05 Jun 2012 by Peter Jones5 star rating

We had a really enjoyable vacation. It is easy to get a sense of the enormous richness of Turkish , and more ancient history. The accommodation really is beautiful and the welcome very warm. (read full review)

Reviewed 19 Jun 2011 by Andrew Horton4 star rating

We had a lovely time. Our stay was really fantastic. Our hosts could not have been more welcoming and as I said the food was absolutely delicious.(read full review)

Reviewed 11 Jun 2011 by Sharon Mckenna4 star rating

Wonderful. The house was characterful and peaceful (for us, no tv was a definite bonus), the local people were extremely friendly and gave us a chance to practice our extremely sparse turkish and gave our children a taste of local culture... the food was great. A definite winner.(read full review)

Reviewed 15 Aug 2010 by Kieran Hines5 star rating

Wonderful! The accommodation is fantastic, while our hosts were extremely kind and generous with their time. We would definitely recommend this location to others looking for a relaxing vacation.... our expectations were exceeded on every count.(read full review)

Reviewed 07 Dec 2010 by Milli Abrams4 star rating

The best part of our stay was chilling out at the gorgeous Olive House and spending time with Omer and Aysel (what an angel!)...Perfect. Myself, husband and 7 year old son enjoyed every moment. Can't wait to return!(read full review)

Reviewed 03 Nov 2010 by Judith Green4 star rating

An interesting, charming location; very lovely house, intelligent helpful host - not far from all the important sites in the Selcuk/Ephesus region. Selcuk itself has a lot to see, excellent Museum - highly recommended! (read full review)

Reviewed 08 Jun 2010 by Mary Daniel4 star rating

Absolutely lovely. People were friendly and helpful. House was comfortable. Food was excellent. Interesting places to see. An excellent local beach. Some wonderful wildlife.(read full review)

Reviewed 01 May 2010 by Pete Weisner4 star rating

Excellent accommodation and lots of local interest....The accomodation, service and food (we ate almost all of our meals in the house) were excellent (read full review)

Reviewed 21 Oct 2009 by Ruth Chiddle4 star rating

We were given a very full breakfast every morning consisting of local produce such as cheeses, breads and fruit. We ate this on the terrace just outside our cottage, overlooking a very pretty valley containing the old village of Sirince.(read full review)

Reviewed 27 Aug 2009 by Aidie Datta4 star rating

The vacation was absolutely fantastic. The houses were a real haven and are a perfect base for exploring the surrounding area which has so very much to offer - even after stay there for just under three weeks we only scratched the surface. (read full review)

Reviewed 10 Jul 2009 by Cherry Fawkes3 star rating

Apart from seeing the archaeological sites, the most memorable part of our vacation was escaping the tourist hordes by returning to Sirence and peace in the evenings and the extraordinary helpfulness and hospitality of Omer Samli and his family.(read full review)

Reviewed 13 May 2008 by Chris Hearn4 star rating

To top this experience, future travels will have to be unbelievable! I would recommend this vacation experience to anyone.(read full review)

Reviewed 06 Sep 2007 by Katie Gollop4 star rating

Absolutely terrific. It is a beautiful, beautiful place with lots of varied things to do. Great for children and great for adults. The family that owns the place renovated it and runs it and they are lovely people who really want you to enjoy your time with them and to love the place like they do.(read full review)

Reviewed 01 Aug 2007 by Ben Hall4 star rating

Our accommodation was very attractive and stylish, the hospitality and food excellent, and every care taken to ensure that we were able to enjoy our vacation to the full. Certainly worth taking the tractor ride......(read full review)

Reviewed 29 Jul 2007 by Barry Male4 star rating

The highlight was being brilliantly looked after by our hosts...breakfast and candle-lit dinner out on the patio, overlooking the rooftops.(read full review)

Reviewed 24 Jun 2007 by Elaine Kasket4 star rating

This was an absolutely fantastic vacation. We'd love to return to the area, and have recommended this accommodation to several friends and family members. We couldn't have been more pleased.(read full review)
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