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from £75 /night help Price for guests, Nights
from £75 /night help Price for guests, Nights
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6
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House / 2 bedrooms / sleeps 6
2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Newly Restored House (sleeps 6) In World Heritage Sight.
On the edge of the more busy tourist area stay in a authentic neighbourhood and immerse yourself in the local culture,yet still have easy access by foot, or a 10 minute ride on local transportation to Aya Sofia, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, the Grand Bazaar, Beyoglu Taxsim etc, and all of Istanbul's major attractions.
On hilly cobbled streets, the twin neighbourhoods of Balat Fener were once the home of Istanbul's minorities. Here you'll see old Greek, Jewish, and Armenian homes, and some of the cities oldest Synagogues and Churches.
The area, because of so many national treasures, was recently declared a world heritage sight by UNESCO and has a mixture of older more conservative residents and more modern new comers living in their restored houses.
Your host's are local British/Turkish residents on hand to give any information or help if required.
The area is loved by photographers and film makers so don't be surprised to come across film crews as you wander around. The street were you will stay was featured in the last Bond movie 'Sky fall'.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 2 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Single beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
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28 Sep 2014
"The perfect blend of style, comfort, and local Turkish life"
My wife and I spent three wonderful nights at Turquoise House, located in the Balat neighborhood of Istanbul. Having stayed up the street the night before, we were graciously greeted well before check-in time by our host Peter, who sat and had a cup of tea with us and gave us a nice, warm welcome to the neighborhood. The warm welcome didn't stop there, though--we were later invited to view his and Ozkan's tastefully and meticulously restored home, and then given the full tour of our accommodations at Turquoise house. The place could have comfortably slept more, but having it for just the two of us was a treat indeed (a bathroom/shower for each one of us!). Far from just a place to crash at night, Turquoise House is that cozy nest you laze around in each morning over a cup of tea and a locally baked simit--and by locally baked, I mean a couple houses down the road--and into which you pour yourself happily each night with sore feet and tired eyes. Each of the three floors is appointed with an eye both to design and preservation; many of the home's details are part of the original structure, which provides a glimpse into the historical architecture of the neighborhood. But with all that said, you wouldn't want to just laze around all day, not with all that Balat (and Istanbul) has to offer. To name just two in Balat: Our absolute favorite breakfast in all of Istanbul can be had just a quick stroll down the street from Turquoise House at Vodina Cafe, and one of the tastiest (as in, we went twice in just three nights) dinners in Istanbul can be enjoyed a few minutes farther afield at Agora Meyhanesi restaurant. Beyond culinary delights, the Balat neighborhood is an invitation to soak in life in a part of Istanbul that might otherwise not come across the usual tourist radar--none of which is to say the area is not as rich in culture and history as any other in Istanbul, but rather to say that staying at Turquoise House can afford the open-minded traveler that trifecta of delights: history/culture, creature comforts, and the opportunity to glimpse a scene from everyday Turkish life that would likely go missed if staying in one of the well-trod corridors of the tourist circuit. We walked our way into other parts of Istanbul every day, including Sultanahmet, but buses and taxis from Balat are plentiful and cheap. And to cap it all off, Peter and Oskan were available and close by to offer us any all all assistance needed, including some truly superlative recommendations for places to visit, things to eat and experiences to savor (ask about the fancy hamam!) in Istanbul. In all, a truly superior experience, and one we recommend without reservation to the discerning traveler.
17 Sep 2014
"Beautiful restored house in Istanbul"
We have just returned from our stay at the Turquoise House where we stayed for the Istanbul part of our Istanbul & Cappadocia holiday. The house is beautiful & exactly as it looks on the pictures so no nasty surprises on arrival. Peter & Ozkan have put a lot of love & attention to detail into this house & really want their guests to have a wonderful experience both at the house & in seeing Istanbul. They were waiting for us on arrival & explained everything about the property & local area, restaurants, coffee shops & local markets, which buses to use & tips on sights we may not have thought of. If you are not sure of your plans there are also plenty of maps & guidebooks in the house. They provide basic provisions to get you started bread (amazing bread in Istanbul) milk, eggs, tea/coffee etc although there are some lovely restaurants which are walking distance from the house if you prefer to have all your meals out which we did. It is very easy to get around from the house just make your way down the steep hill to the water & the buses run very frequently from there. Buses, trams & ferries are all very easy & convenient to use in Istanbul so we did not need to use any taxis during our stay apart from the to & from the airport which Peter & Ozkan had prearranged for us. We were travelling as a couple & stayed for three nights at the Turquoise House but would definitely recommend staying longer if you have the time. The house is lovely & spacious for a couple but is equally very suitable for a whole family too. Thank you Peter & Ozkan for a lovely stay when we come back to Istanbul we shall definitely stay at the Turquoise House again.
27 Aug 2014
"A total gem in Balat/Fener"
Peter and Ozkan place is a total rare finding. It is a beautiful restore home sit on the hill on the charming street for one who wants to experience live in a Turkish house. The location is superb away from crazy tourist madness yet it is close and convenient to everywhere. The Eminonu which is the main terminal for fery, buses and metros can be reach from the house from many direction. From the house down to Vodina street bus 99A will take to Eminonu. And if you decided to take it from Carsamba take bus 90 and 90B to Eminonu. Peter and Ozkan did very well restoring the house. If we have the choice we would choose to stay inside the house all day to adore the beauty Peter and Ozkan have done to the place but our teenagers kids have nagged us to get out and explore the neighborhood and city. While staying at Peter and Ozkan house We were able to live like the local. There are plenty local restaurants near the house at Carsamba and Vodina street although most of the stores closed at 9 pm you will always finds small local store and Doner kebab still open on the corner to cater your need. Peter is very friendly he came in person to welcome us with a bottle of wine. He gave us pointer and thank to him I mastered my skill in bargaining with the seller when they asked too much for light fixtures my husband interested in. We bought the lights at the price I wanted to pay. As for Ozkan he is great. He response quickly when we reported about water problem. They want to make sure our comfort while staying at their place. Both Peter and Ozkan also make sure we got transportation back to airport and they help to communicate it with the company we hired. Another best feature they have in their house is having AC on both bedrooms after all long walk up and down hill in the Turkish hot summer we were able to feel coolness and resting nicely. Thank you Peter and Ozkan while we were away from home we were able to experience living with the local and having the luxury like being in our home. We will sure miss the boy who call out for yummy warm simit bread. We missed the Azan, calling for the payers. We missed the bargain in the market. Please take good care your beautiful house if the time, health and fortune permit use we shall see you again.
31 Jul 2014
"Beautiful house in a special quarter"
Thank You for giving us the chance to stay one week in this beautiful house perfectly equipped. It was so nice to live in Kiremit street in the quarter Balat so authentic, with fantastic markets, mosques, orthodox churches and synagogues . We loved Istanbul and we loved people, kind and friendly.
24 Jul 2014
"Lovely quiet respite in bustling city - traditional neighborhood, fabulous hosts!"
The Turquoise House could not have been a more perfect place to stay. Thoughtful, tasteful decor, VERY comfortable beds, every household item you could need (cookware, tour books, maps, umbrellas). Better showers than we have at home was a surprise! The surrounding area also makes the accommodations wonderful - in a residential area where you get to be part of the 'real' Istanbul. We loved seeing and hearing all the families and understanding a little more of their culture. From the simit salesman rolling his cart by in the morning, to the call to prayer (which sometimes had an echo as some chanted along), to all the kids playing outside and then disappearing home as the final call sounded at night. We cannot say enough about how Ozkan and Peter welcomed us, oriented us to the city and the surrounding area and their suggestions were perfect for our 6 day stay! We experienced the traditional sights, but also got to see and experience their favorites which we never would have found on our own. Our 21 year old son joined us for part of the stay - it was a perfect house for the family. Enough space for everyone to have their own area and a wonderful sitting area and kitchen with eating area which we enjoyed together. The top floor balcony was also a big favorite for breakfast and evening refreshments. The location is walkable to all the tourist sites and we recommend bringing good walking shoes and enjoying the 20-30 minute walk to the main sites. We enjoyed the waterfront route and we enjoyed the neighborhood route. We did use public transportation during our trip, but were very glad our accommodations were walkable, its a beautiful, interesting, diverse city that is fabulous to walk. The neighborhood and everywhere we went we felt safe. I cannot recommend The Turquoise House enough and all of our friends and family have already heard our raving! Thanks for taking such good care of us!!
6 May 2014
"A real Turkish delight!"
A delightful stay in a delightful house, right in middle of one of the most interesting neighbourhoods of Istanbul. Lots of room, I was spoiled with space and felt completely at home. The house has been beautifully and tastefully restored, and the owners couldn't be more welcoming - even directing me some of the best Turkish food I've had in years. Felt like I was staying with friends! Loved it.
5 May 2014
"lovely and friendly place"
We stayed at the house last week. We received a very warm welcome from Peter and Ozkan. The house is very well decorated and very clean. The beds are wide and very confortable. We had a lovely stay and thanks to Peter and Ozkan's tips really got to discover Istanbul in depth. We really felt at home in the Turquoise house.
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