Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
WE NOW HAVE LATE BOOKING OFFERS AVAILABLE. We have other properties available for renting. Visitors to Burgazada come here for the peace, tranquility and clean air, yet it's only 20 minutes by fast ferry to the heart of Istanbul. The apartment is modern, south facing, on the first floor with a balcony overlooking the pool ( End of June - End Sept) and lush semi tropical gardens with lovely trees including, palm, pomegranate, plum, ash and many more, shared with another block of four apartments. During the week people commute to the mainland. Homes on Burgazada are typically owned by wealthy families from Istanbul and used in the summer months. Burgazada winter population approximately 4,000, summer approximately 20,000, but the Island never seems crowded. You'll be stepping back in time 50 years to when the pace of life was slower.There are ample grocery shops for all your self catering provisions, including butchers, bakers and candle stick makers (just kidding). Seriously, you need never set foot of the Island if you just want to slow to a snails pace and chill out.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Burgazada 100 m|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ataturk International Airport and Sabiha Gokcen 25 km, Nearest railway: Bostanci on Asian Mainland 5 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is fully equipped for self catering but if you prefer eating out the island boasts numerous high quality restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes. Islanders and shopkeepers are very friendly and willing to help out. Try out your Turkish as this is always appreciated and a great ice breaker. Don't worry if you make a mistake, that's all part of the fun and experience. If you have a problem with anything our local agent lives on the mainland near the Bostanci ferry terminal and is available by phone.
Serenity is about 5 minutes gentle walk from the ferry terminal, shops and restaurants. The apartment block and pool is set in a large garden . It is quiet and very sunny due to its South facing location. You can view it on Google Earth 40° 52.45.30N - 29° 04.02.76E . The Swimming pool is distinctive by it's shape.
You can breakfast on your balcony in full sun or with the awning down before a swim and lunch around the pool. Ice is on tap from the freezer and if you get to hot you can always enjoy the air conditioned apartment. Relax and then have a barbecue on your balcony or stroll down late to the restaurants and eat out overlooking the harbour where you can buy locally caught fish, from the fishermen for your barbecue.
The summers are very warm so the pool water is always very inviting. It consists of large deep swimming area with a shallow area on one side, ideal for young children and non swimmers to sit or paddle in. Visitors are reminded that children and non swimmers must be supervised and watched at all times in or near the pool. The pool is visible from the apartment balcony . Please note that the pool is only available from mid June to end of September for adults and children over 12. Pool is only available from mid June to end September2013.
|Further details outdoors|
The Gardens are shared with two blocks of apartments each with four apartments. You have your own barbecue on your terrace/balcony and there is a large barbecue area by the pool that can be used by all the apartments. We do not take families with children under 12 years of age between June and September. when the swimming pool is open
We ask that you respect the fact that the neighbouring property owners also enjoy the peace and tranquility of the islands. Fun and laughter is to be enjoyed by all but excessive noise and foolishness is for the few so please respect the fact that everyone should enjoy themselves. A cot can be made available if required.
The Marmara Sea region
Burgazada is the smallest of the three main inhabited Islands in a group of 14 known as the Princes Islands. The climate is semi tropical and it can get very warm in July and August although it is cooler than the city. One more reason why people come here to live in the summer months.
It is a place for slowing down and relaxing, where life passes you by at the speed you choose. Don’t be in too much of a hurry here, as those who cannot afford the time to sip the tranquility of this 19th century traffic free haven will miss the opportunity to experience living in a place once only enjoyed by the nobility of the Ottoman Empire. Now the choice of the wealthy of Istanbul who are lucky enough to own a summer house here. The Princes islands are revered for their beauty and tranquility throughout Asia. They are little known to Europeans who have tended to holiday on the Mediterranean coasts.
The climate here is mild. Days and evenings are warm in late spring, early summer and early autumn. The summers months range from 20 to 28 Celsius. As the Island is surrounded by water the winter temperatures are milder than the mainland. We recently sunbathed and swam in the sea in late October as it was still very warm and sunny.
You are only a thirty minute fast ferry from the center of Istanbul and some of the worlds most beautiful sites and architecture. Places one should visit are Topkapi Palace, Dolamachure Palace, Saint Sophia (The Oldest Church in Christendom), The Blue Mosque, The 4th century underground water storage cistern featured in James Bond 'From Russia with Love'. The Grand Bazaar which must surely be the biggest market in the world, but set aside a bit of time to see it properly. Don't buy the first thing you see, be prepared to haggle about the price as there are bargains to be had. Visit Taxim Square where it is said "if you stand there long enough the whole world will pass you by".
Take a restaurant boat trip along the Bosporus and view the beautiful architecture of the Villas, Palaces and Castles that make this vital Black Sea waterway so vibrant. Istanbul is one of the worlds leading centers of fashion and style. The meeting of two continents and the cosmopolitan liberalism of this Muslim country embracing western cultures, makes this city a popular choice of Europeans, Russians, Asians and Arabs alike. if you like shopping this city is a must to see.
We are all so conditioned to accepting our lives full of traffic and the noise that goes with it, whether or not we live next to a busy road that when you come to Burgazada it is a strange experience to not have any motorized traffic. In 1926 the Islands banned all motor vehicles, apart from a few service vehicles. This single act has made them almost unique in the world and set the islands apart from all other holiday destinations.
Turkish 20th-century writer Sait Faik spent the better part of his life on a hillside mansion on the island overlooking the Sea of Marmara. His Burgazada home was converted to a museum in 1964, 10 years after he died of cirrhosis. It is rumored that Faik was either gay or bisexual, and that the attitude of the island granted him more freedom. In keeping with the island’s laissez-faire character, you gain entry to Faik’s home ringing the doorbell of the museum’s caretaker.
Frequently compared to Mark Twain for their shared penchant for rapier wit and spot-on descriptions of humanity, Faik is considered Turkey’s master of the short story. Twain himself travelled to Turkey, offering this description of Istanbul in “Innocents Abroad": “Its dense array of houses swells upward from the water's edge, and spreads over the domes of many hills.”
Just a five-minute walk away from the Faik museum is the Orthodox Church, St. John the Baptist. A peek inside reveals walls covered with a multitude of gilded icons and a chandelier that gives dimension to the small size of the church’s nave. On the far end of the island is Kalpazankaya, or “Counterfeiter’s Stone.” On the top of the red cliffs lies a cave where forgers used to store their loot. Today, the bay offers the cleanest swimming within Istanbul city limits and a country restaurant reputed to be Sait Faik’s favourite watering hole.
Pick a restaurant, choose a table, and stay as long or as short a time as you want. The welcome is the same everywhere on this Island, you cannot fail to want to slow down and enjoy a glass of Raki, a Turkish coffee or Chi.
Stroll around the traffic free scented roads, lanes and woods that are perfumed in spring with wild lavender and in summer with Jasmine and Bougainvillaea. Gaze on the distant views to Istanbul and the other Princes Islands as storks fly overhead whilst crossing the Bosporus, gaining a bit of lift from the Island thermals as it warms in the sun.
There are beautiful timber framed homes from the 19th century that have stood unoccupied for decades. They wait in silence for their owners to return from shores afar, push open the doors, lift of the dust sheets, pull up the blinds and continue as if they had never left this land.
Sit and watch the Ferries that ply between the islands and the mainland, knowing that you do not have to go anywhere. Watch the sun set over the Sea of Marmara as it heralds then end of a day, welcoming the scented warm evening. You’ll sleep soundly on Burgazada. The air is clear and fresh and the nights are quiet.
Time stands still on Burgazada broken only by the clatter of hooves and the rumble of carriage wheels raisng eyes to see who's arriving or leaving, but curiosity does not last when time is an unimportant measure to us. Change on Burgazada is almost imperceptible and you'll want to return, I guarantee it.
There is a Doctors Surgery and Pharmacy just near the harbour and a small 2 man Police Station. The police meet every ferry visiting the Island and crime is almost unheard of here. Properties rarely come up for sale and as residents know each other they often leave their properties unlocked.
The Yacht Club has bars, restaurants, swimming pool and sea swimming. We can arrange short term membership so please ask our local agent on arrival.
Autumn sees the start of the Blue Fish season and you will see hundreds of tiny boats out on the sea all fishing for this beautiful tasty fish.
Huddled together in the Sea of Marmara, each island has a character of its own and it's very easy to forget the close proximity to one of the world's largest cities.
The Islands can be visited all year round but ferry and hydrofoil services are less frequent in winter. One of the reasons they are so popular is that several of them have beaches and this is the nearest place to the city for bathing.The islands got their name because princes and princesses who had outlived their roles were exiled to the islands during Byzantine times. In the middle of the eighteenth century a ferry service to the islands was established and the islands became a popular place for the wealthy merchant classes to have extravagant villas built. Five of the Island are populated but only four have regular ferry services. the fifth, Sedef (Spoon Island), is privately owned.
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16 Jul 2013
"Could just as easily have been called tranquility."
We have just returned from a superb week in Serenity. It is a lovely apartment, a very short walk from the harbour and shops and an even shorter walk to the bakery. Having the pool was excellent and we had it to ourselves all week. Sun loungers and umbrellas are provided for you to relax and soak up the sun. The apartment is a real home from home with all a family would require on hand. The BBQ on the balcony was a lovely touch. The island oozes calm and you find yourself almost immediately walking slowly as you wander to the shops and restaurants. We could not speak Turkish and very few waiters and shopkeepers had English, enthusiasm on both sides solved the problem and we were very happy with the results. The farmers market on the Friday was filled with the sights and smells of fruit, veg and spices. A kilo of cherries for €2 and similarly strawberries could not be ignored at the same price. The regular ferries to the mainland mean you can spend day trips to the hustle and bustle
of the centre of Istanbul. We are missing the Turkish Delight already, it was heaven. I'm smiling as I type, the memory of the week will remain forever. We were met on arrival and the people we dealt with all though the booking and the stay were lovely. Thanks Guys.
15 Sep 2012
"Peaceful and Relaxing Stay"
We had a very relaxing stay at Serenity. The Owner was very helpful and was able to provide us with lots of useful information. The apartment is very well equipped and had everything you needed for a self catering stay. The island is very peaceful but easy to get to Istanbul due to the excellent ferry service. the ferrys were quite cheap and frequent.
Nice restaurants on the harbour front as well as a nice coffee / cake shop. As the island is car free, you can rent bicycles to go round. The pool at Serenity is large and we had it to ourselves most days.
30 Aug 2012
"Perfect relaxing family holiday"
We had a fabulous holiday in Serenity. As a family we were able to relax by the pool, meander around the island, buy lovely local food and enjoyed getting to know the islanders. We ventured out to the local village social on Eid night which was great fun. We thought we would take day trips to Istanbul but we found ourselves mesmerised by the beauty of the island and only managed some short boat trips to the other Princes. Why go anywhere when you have found what you are looking for? Paradise!
8 Aug 2012
"Cool, comfortable and we loved the pool."
We wanted to visit Istanbul but in August felt it would be good to have a quieter, cooler place to stay and 'Serenity' on Burgazada proved an ideal choice. Our teenagers loved the good-sized… More
3 Aug 2012
"Lovely apartment on a Lovely Island"
We had 6 days in Istanbul planned for a surprise for my husbands birthday. I had a hotel in the centre of Istanbul booked, but as we were taking a 10 and 11 year old with us, felt that we would need … More
2 Jun 2012
"Great apartment - very friendly people"
We stayed for a week in May, and had a wonderful time. The apartment was very nice and the garden as well. The summer hadn't started yet, but we had a couple of sunny days and could enjoy the sun in the garden. We were probably the only turists on the island and the people were extremely friendly. It was a bit pricy to shop for groceries, but it wasn't that expensive to dine at the restaurants.
The island doesn't offer many activities besides going for a walk around the island and relaxing. But when travelling with an infant, that was just what we were looking for.
It was very easy to get to the island but you have to be careful when reading the timetable for the ferry as we almost missed our ferry because of a public holiday.
14 May 2012
"The place grows on you"
We booked the apartment for a long weekend in early May, well before the Summer season.It was very comfortable. My children, girls aged 29 and 20, were a bit critical of my preference for the Islan… More
21 Aug 2011
"Far from the madding crowd"
We wanted a family holiday in Istanbul which meant space and a pool as well as sightseeing. Burgazada turned out to be a very good choice. Very lively and full of Turkish families getting away from the summer heat in Istanbul, but hardly any foreigners. Serenity has plenty of space with a garden and a great pool. Ferries to Istanbul frequent and comfortable and public transport makes it easy to see Istanbul. Island is a bit pricey and Turkish rentals include various hidden extras (linen, electricity for air conditioning, which you will need to sleep comfortably) so you need to take this into account. Also lots of mosquitos! We had a great holiday, kids and adults were all happy, and if we go back to Istanbul we'd certainly stay again.