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), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|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, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
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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!!
12 Jul 2014
"Old Istanbul with style and all mod cons."
This is a wonderful place and neighbourhood to stay. The house is beautifully furnished to a high standard with amazing attention to detail so that throughout our stay we kept noticing new things eac… More
12 Jul 2014
"Great house, research the area"
I would have given it 5 stars, if I was reviewing the house alone. The hosts are the best part. Very available and respond promptly. Email communication with them was excellent. They made great arrang… More
5 Jun 2014
"Exceeded all expectations"
This is an extremely comfortable and well-appointed house. Everything, the furniture and household goods, are all of high quality and tastefully chosen. I found the house to be like a great welcomin… More
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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