The Karamanyan, Heybeliada
About the home
First Floor Flat - Sleeps 6
Centrally located on the main street of the Island known as "Street of the Mansions" - and is a 10 minute walk in varying directions to the Beach Clubs, 18th Century Greek Orthadox Monastery, Village or the Port and Promenade lined with cafes and fish restaurants.
The Apartment is 90m2 and the beautifully ornate ceilings are around 4.5m high. There are stunning sea views from the covered terrace and the master Bedroom. The lounge is drenched in sunlight and looks over the gardens and up the mountain, which is dotted with similar white timber mansions.
This apartment sleeps 6 people with its three double bedrooms and spacious layout. It also benefits from the grassy part of the private south facing garden, so you can read, bbq, relax on sun loungers etc. All Beds & Mattresses, Linen, Duvets, Towels, Plates&Crockery, White Goods(Fridge, Oven etc), Sofas Are BRAND NEW and premium quality!
If you are looking for an Istanbul city break with a difference, or a Turkish island beach holiday with some added excitement then look no further than the Princes' Islands. Turkey may be one of the UK's top holiday destinations, but Istanbul's Princes' Islands are still well off the beaten track for foreign visitors. Mostly visited only by day-trippers from Istanbul, the Princes' Islands are a world apart from the hustle and bustle of the city.Despite this, they are only 45 minutes by ferry from the historic sites of Istanbul. The Princes' Islands offer a choice of relaxing Turkish beach clubs so you really can have it all - a holiday combining history and culture with sea, sun sand and relaxation.The sea is clean and rich with sea life. You can often see pods of dolphins from the ferry as you travel across between the Islands and the Mainland.Connecting the Middle East with Europe, Istanbul's important sites include Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazar.
Heybeliada is the 2nd largest of the 4 main Princess Islands in the Marmara and benefits in the summer months from far less tourist traffic than its bigger sister Buyukada. Living on the Islands is like taking a step back in time as motorised transport is not allowed and the only way around the Islands is by foot, bicycle or horse&carriage. The Islands are decorated by fantastic wooden mansions built at around the end of the 18th century. This apartment is in one of the biggest and most spectacular mansions on the main street of Heybeliada which is known as 'Street of the Mansions'.
This Mansion is next to Island Museum and is a 10 minute walk to the Beach Clubs, Monastery, Village, Port and Promenade lined with cafes and fish restaurants. Only 45 minutes by fast boat to Kabatas near Taksim on the European side and 30 minutes to Bostanci on the Asian side. Combine a wonderfully relaxed experience staying in this stunning apartment on the beautiful CAR FREE Island of Heybeliada with sightseeing in Amazing Istanbul! You can enjoy the 3 beach clubs, take a private boat around the archipelago of 12 small islands and of course visit the stunning and chaotic city of Istanbul and its world famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazar and many, many more tourist attractions. Istanbul is a city built upon 7 mountains, across two continents with a sea running through the middle of it!!! It is a truly unique city and a top sight seeing destination. However, there is one little know tourist attraction which the Turks like to keep secret and that is the 'Princes Islands'.
Direct flights with Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines and Pegasus. Istanbul has two airports. On the Asian side there is ‘Sabiha Gokcen’ : Ferries operate regularly from Bostanci. A taxi from the Airport to the sea port takes roughly half an hour, costing approximately 35/40TL E15-20). The ferry crossing then takes a further 30 minutes 4TL. From Ataturk/ Central Istanbul (Europe): Ferries and sea buses depart from Kabatas. A taxi from the airport should take around 30/40 minutes and cost in the region of 45TL (around E25). Choose from either the sea bus (45 minutes/8TL) or the conventional ferry (1hr 10mins/4TL). The ferries are open-top with tearooms below and offer a unique insight into Istanbul of old.
Review #5068686 "What a treat!"
We stayed in the Karamanyan garden flat this Easter and really enjoyed our stay. The apartment is in an amazing wooden mansion on a street of wooden mansions on the undsicovered island of Heybeliada a mere 50 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul by one of the incredibly punctual and efficient ferries(less than £2 each way). We had all home comforts including comfy beds,piping hot water,central heating,wi fi,.We were cosy and warm when it rained for one day and cool when the temperature rose to 24. The caretaker Husayn was a treasure-coming immediately to sort any hiccups with the boiler. It's tastefully furnished-a real delight! I would recommend it highly as an alternative to staying in Istanbul which we visited 3 times on a breathtaking ferry ride. The other islands are certainly worth a visit-we ate a delicous seafood meal in Ali Baba's on neighbouring Buyakada- but we all agreed that Heybeliada was the jewel in the crown. The islanders were kind,helpful and welcoming as were the island's numerous dogs and cats. Thank you Lawrence and congratulations on your lovely renovation. We will be telling our friends! Sarah
Review #5129076 "Wonderful Heybeliada, authentic place to stay"
What a great way to visit Istanbul! We planned a trip with the family far, far away. Canary islands were the first options.......a lot of fuss by plane.....and at the end...are this the islands to be with every having his share of holiday-fun; culture and beach? After many different suggestions Istanbul came along our thoughts. We all became enthusiastic about Istanbul: Cultural....but crowded and no beach.... So not all the holiday-specs for everybody....till “The Princes Islands” and in particular HEYBELIADA came by; An island in the sea of Marmara with apparently a great entourage of small neighbouring islands and an appartment for rent in colonial style. That must be it.
So we booked and went along. We weren't dissapointed as we arrived. Everything was even better than expected. OK.... we had to deal with a housekeeper (Huseyn) not speaking any word other than Turkish...but by gestures and smiles we were able to understand each other. We experienced it as really being abroad. The apartment is beautiful having large rooms, very high ceilings, wonderful period details, lovely bathroom with a good rain shower and great big comfy new beds. A lot of modern European flair and detail. It is very complete with even WIFI highspeed internet-connection. The big garden offers enough shadow and even fruits growing on the trees that you can pick and eat. And if it doesn't work...just call Huseyn...just say hello...and he will be there in no time...a few gestures later it is solved.
Heybeliada is very reachable by boat. But you have to plan it carefully because not every ten minutes a boat is leaving from or to the island. More like once evry hour or so, But Always on time, never late never early-like a Swiss clock. By plane we arrived at airport Sabiah Gökcen with a very good connection by bus (E9) to the Bostancy harbour (about 45 minutes). To the centre of Istanbul (Kabatas) it was one hour by boat (directly). Or straight to Heubeliad it is 30 minutes from Bostanci by boat. Have a nice cup of tea with a snack on board, enjoy the view and this hour will be experienced much shorter than usual. And after a day of a busy Istanbul you will be shipped to your island, have a cup of tea and in no time you will be back on the islands, hop over to one of the restaurants on the boulevard.
Try also to cook at home; Turkey is offering a lot of nice foodstuff to cook and BBQ. Everything on the island is always within walkable reach. Complaints? Yes....the mosque starting the morning prayers at 5 am. Just take it as everyone does...turn around in bed and sleep on. No problem.
As for the price, well when it’s a couple on their own I guess the price is high but these apartments are huge two & three double bedrooms with private gardens, so when you a are a family or friends staying its really good value. And the building is over two hundred years old so it’s a rare opportunity to stay in a place like this. Will we return once more? For sure!...... Family R. from the Netherlands
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Beach Club, 800m|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 800m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Unsuitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, Sea view|
|General:||Central heating, TV, Wi-fi available|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||3 Bedrooms, 1 family bathroom|
|Furniture:||Double beds (3), Dining seating for 5, Lounge seating for 5|
|Other:||Please check with the advertiser regarding linen and towels|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ, Bicycles available|
The Marmara Sea region
The Island is only 45 minutes by ferry from the historic sites of Istanbul. The Princes' Islands offer a choice of relaxing Turkish beach clubs so you really can have it all - a holiday combining history and culture with sea, sun sand and relaxation.
The sea is clean and rich with sea life. You can often see pods of dolphins from the ferry as you travel across between the Islands and the Mainland.
It's much quieter and relaxed around the Islands, only the ferries dock and the port is on the other side from the Beach Clubs and Beaches (on Heybeliada). There is a small marina for the yachts in the Beach Club area but its never busy and only adds to the beautiful setting.
The Istanbul / Princes Islands area
Connecting the Middle East with Europe, Istanbul's important sites include Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar.
However, 'The Princes Islands' are a little know tourist attraction even to the Turks living in Istanbul. The main reason for this being that the islands were initialy inhabited by a wave of Greek and Armenian Bankers who built Holiday mansions there at around the turn of the 19th Century. This made for a truly odd paradox, these tiny little Islands have almost no Islamic influence and so its quite out of place in Turkey and so close to Istanbul. It also means that to this day Many Turks still won't embrace these Islands because of their History and this is what makes them such a remarkeable secret and unspoilt gem in the crown of Istanbul's tourist destinations! I have been lucky enough to travel the world, but when i got here, by chance i might add, i stopped and said, 'I wana buy a Mansion'! In fact now that i remember, It wasn't the Turks that i was working with at the time that told me about 'The Princes Islands', It was an Arab that i had met out there from Dubai, he said you have a weekend here, go to the Islands, 'It's another world'.
Visit the Monastery on the hilltop opposite the mansion. Visit Buyukada (the biggest island which has even more beautiful mansions, but many tourists and day trippers). Istanbul itself is built across 7 mountains on two continents and is the only city in the world which has a sea running through the middle of it! It's an enormous sprawling city with attractions such as the giant mosques in Sultanhamet creating a stunning and unmistakable skyline and rooftop bars and restaurants of Taksim, Beyoglu and Tunel which are packed with good natured drinkers and dinners every night! This is a fantastic city with a dramatic clash of cultures and history prevelant at every corner. Take a boat trip up the Bosphorus, or a day trip to Ortakoy which is a lovely neighbourhood by the huge suspension bridge.
The Princess Islands are a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of Istanbul, so enjoy a unique experience of culture and relaxation.
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How to get there
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There are two airports: Attaturk and Sabiha. From Attaturk you can take a taxi to Kabatas (Sea Port) which should cost about 40Lira and take 30-40 minutes.
Then you take the fast boat to Heybeliada (should take about 45mins, cost around 8 YTL). The Boat is quite regular but the summer timetable is not available yet. You can also take the Open Top Ferry which has fantastic views and costs 4YTL and only takes 1hr10 and has breathtaking views.
From Sabiha you can take a taxi to Bostanci Sea Port (30 Min or so). From Bostanci It is just a 30 minute Boat crossing.
Easyjet fly to Sabhia. other airlines are: Pegasus, Turkish, British AirFrance etc
Finally when you arrive on the Island its a short walk into the town where you'll find a Taxi rank of Horses and Carriages which will take you and your luggage to the Apartment (5mins). Or you can easily walk it if your luggage rolls!
Activities near Istanbul
Tennis in town
Beach or lakeside relaxation
02 Sep 2012
The house is great, we stayed at the first floor apt (3 bedrooms) for 3 weeks. Huge rooms, nice bathroom, well equipped kitchen, nice little backyard where u can bbq. The only complaint is regarding... more
16 Aug 2011
We stayed in the garden flat and loved it. The flat is in an old wooden house and has a very 19th century feel - high wooden ceilings and big spacious rooms with wooden floors - but has been decorated in a modern style. There is plenty of IKEA stuff but it has been tastefully done. At the back is a decked area with lime trees, battered old cane armchairs and a table. The caretaker very kindly helped us with barbecues and we ate out there several evening - watched by the local cats. The only possible gripe was that the kitchen could have been a bit better equipped. Overall it was great.
The Island itself is touristy enough for there to be restaurants along the sea front but it is otherwise quite quiet. Perhaps the only downside is that there are no public beaches and you do need to pay to go to a beach club. We tried some of the cheaper ones but they were a bit grotty - it was worth paying for the posh beach clubs where handsome young men in uniforms bring tea or beers to your sun lounger.
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|Low season||7 Nov 11||18 Dec 11||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
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|mid season||27 May 12||1 Jul 12||£ 700||£ 50||£ 65||3 Nights|
|high season||1 Jul 12||2 Sep 12||£ 990||£ 150||£ 200||1 Week|
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|Mid||5 Oct 13||2 Nov 13||£ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|Low||2 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 585||£ 100||£ 100||4 Nights|
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