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.