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Ancient Cappadocia cave house, perfect for escape in a mountain village amidst fertile fields and vineyards, suitable for short or long-term stay. Fully furnished with a working kitchen and a shaded terrace. Ample opportunity for trekking, biotourism
opportunity for trekking, biotourism, photography, sketching, history tours or a simple rest in rustic anatolian countryside at a world heritage site. The house itself is about 200 years old, incredible masonry, carved into volvanic tuffa rock, cool in the summers and warm in winters, housewine, organic gardens, open air museum type village setting.
the organic garden;
on request, guests can collect organic vegetables and fruits daily from the garden.
Countryside, historic stone masonry, ancient village setting, 2000 year old ruins, Hittite and Asurian ruins, cave churches, vineyards, incredible vistas and walking routes at 1500 meters altitude, organic food.
Interaction with Guests
Akköy Village and Valley Excursions:
Our village is one of the oldest in the entire region, with unmatched civic architecture and ample photography opportunities as it is simply an open air museum. On top of our village, we have wonderful vineries on the skirts of Erciyes attended by our villagers.
The walk takes about 2 hours and it is most pleasant in terms of the view, weather and scenary. The climb is only moderate for the first 15 minutes and afterwards it is straight on a dirt pathway with incredible vistas.
Akköy is a quiet and ancient mountain village, located about 11 km from Urgup, the tourism centre of Cappadocia. This ancient settlement hosted Hittites, Asurians, Seljuks and Ottomans in its long history. The village's unique architectural style is readily observable in the stone houses carved into the volcanic rock formations. The village was given its final shape during the 1920s and 1930s by local craftsmen who created a spectacular vista of terraced streets and cubic stone houses fully equipped with cave storage rooms, sun roofs, open kitchens and multiple chambers. Akköy Evleri is a fine sample of this exemplary civic architecture in Cappadocia.
We work with the best Balloon Companies in the region for the last 15 years, and they provide door-to-door pick up and return minibus service to the fantastic balloon ride excursion over the unique landscape of Cappadocia. We do the booking for you and offer you their best deals for the season. We typically use Göreme Balonları(website hidden)(email hidden)ml
Saturday Market and Turkish Bath
Urgup has a historica village market on Saturdays, and we are happy to take our guests for a visit free of charge, tasting the foods and enjoying the arts and crafts in the market. There is also a beautiful Turkish Bath in urgup which is unisex and thus the entire family or couples can enjoy it together. It is open to guests for a modest fee per person (about 20 USD).
Akköy, Iltas and Basdere Walking Excursions
Both our village and our neighbouring villages Basdere and Iltas have 2 very large Hittite Cave cities, a number of small antique churches and pigeon homes that are accessible by foot. These are wonderful opportunities for trekkers.
Visit to Kayseri Covered Market and Carpet Bazaar
Kayseri is one of the oldest cities in the Central Anatolian region and it harbours an age-old covered and tiled bazaar with a fantastic selection of kilims, carpets, local jewellery and cousine. We arrange for day-tours to Kayseri, Mount Erciyes and guide our guests towards the labyrenths of the Old Market to enjoy the sounds, scenery and smells of the Kayseri's ancient quarters.
DISTANCES From Urgüp Akköy Evleri to other parts of Cappadocia (roughly): 11 km/6.8 miles. From Ihlara Valley: 100 km/62 miles. From Mustafapasa: 15 km/9.3 miles. From Göreme: 15 km/9.3 miles. From Nigde: 110 km/68 miles. From Soganli: 60 km/37.2 miles. From Uchisar: 25 km/15.5 miles. From Avanos: 23 km/14.30 miles. From Kaymakli: 50 km/31 miles. From Derinkuyu: 60 km/37 miles. From Zelve: 25 km/15.5 miles. From Ortahisar: 15 km/ 9.3 miles.
Other Things to Note
The quality of the cave houses make you feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Volcanic rock called "tuffa" is perfect insulation material. It keeps the temperature between 17 - 20 degrees Celsius throughout the year. All rooms are different from each other in their size, shape and qualities.
Each of the cave houses have the signature curves, texture, cupboards, fireplaces, arches and decorations characteristic of the region but also the villagers local civil architecture.
All rooms are traditionally decorated with cotton covers, carpets, kilims, wooden furniture and fixtures that were locally produced. The house has hot water, wooden and stone floors, luxurious bedding and IDD telephone service.
This is an Anatolian village and a surviving rural hamlet with an active agricultural community. Thus our guests should be respectful of the locals, their culture and dress and behaviour code.
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