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Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 2

Key Info
  • Suitable for children over
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden

A guest called this flat "a museum " - and indeed it is.

This was the first flat where I lived after I bought the building. And sometimes, especially if the summer days are hot, I like sleeping here because it is the coolest flat...and I hate A/C.

This flat is packed with all my memories as well as with a lot of my books and some encyclopedias. I can tell you the story of every small object you can discover in there.

The flat has a small entrance and the living room has a double cozy sofa bed.

From the living room a door leads to a small fully furnished kitchen and a sliding door opens to the backyard. (please water my plants if you are there in summer:)

The walls of the living room are covered with a lot of paintings some of them are pages from an old Bible, a sunflower field from my best Turkish friend Gulcem, two hawks in some old gravures ..a gift from my best friend in Italy - an elephant and a horse on silk, they witnessed my stay in India in 1992. The collections of old and modern icons. The old painting of the Madonna of Guadalupe from Mexico, and last but not least the gravure of Porta Maggiore in Rome - the biggest gate of the first Rome (Istanbul was not called the second Rome?)

And again and again Turkish, Italian, English. There is also a modern flat screen TV with DVD player and satellite receiver - they talk the only modern language in this room.

The living room is inhabited by the figures of old Ottomans hanging from the walls - a sultan, some women, some can hear them whispering sometimes.

There is also my memories windowcase. Just ask me about every small object there ; my turtle collection, the dervish my father modeled with his hands before his death without knowing that one day I would have moved here.

It looks like a small maze but this is one of my favorite and more personalized flats. I spent a lot of time and thought to furnish it and to try to make it like a small business card of my life and my soul.

Welcome to the Squirrel flat!

Size Sleeps up to 2, Studio
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Wheelchair users
Family friendly Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes Pets welcome, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer
Rooms 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Dining seats for 2
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden
Access Wheelchair users


Situated in the bohemian old city center of Pera with its art galleries, small bars and restaurants at 150 m from Istiklal Caddesi, the main pedestrinl and shopping mall of Istanbul and 500m from Taksim square.

From the windows you can see the old European embassies: Palais de France, Palazzo di Venezia, the old Dutch and Russian Embassies, the belfry of the church of St.Antoine.

You can breathe the smells and hear the sounds of the old Fransiz Sokak (French Street ) which is nearby. There are a lot of small shops where you can buy groceries and fruit and all you may need at home ...just as you were one of the locals living here forever.

You can really participate in local life living in the heart of the old city as if you were living in a small village. This was the old Beyoglu once upon a time, yet this is the modern one still retaining the fascination that drew a lot of travelers here from the old Europe.

In this area you may eat until late in the night from Turkish food to European and have a Turkish breakfast in the morning at the simultaneous sound of the musulman prayers and of the christian bells of St Antoine Church. This will be your small retreat after a day of wandering through the colors, sights and smells of Istanbul.

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Calendar last updated:29 Oct 2014

Based in Turkey

Languages spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Italian