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, 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. Akköy, where the house is located, is only 10 kms from Urgüp and is on a main road thus easily accessible by car. It is an ancient Hittite village with a long history and the rural community inhabiting the village still tills the fields and are most welcoming to visitors. The house is near to all major historical and cultural sites in Cappadocia and yet secluded in a wonderful mountain with full views of valleys, caves and exquisite Cappadocian civic architecture.
PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS NOT A CAVE HOUSE IN TOWN, IT IS IN A CAPPADOCIAN VILLAGE NEXT TO URGUP AND THUS YOU WILL NOT HAVE EASY ACCESS TO BARS, PUBS, DANCE CLUBS OR CARPET MERCHANTS, ETC. FROM KAYSERI AND NEVSEHIR AIRPORTS, THERE IS A SHUTTLE YOU CAN TAKE TO GET TO URGUP AND FROM URGUP THE DRIVE IS 10 KMS TO THE VILLAGE ON A STRAIGHT HIGHWAY.
THIS PROPERTY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR BACKPACKERS WITHOUT TRANSPORTATION OR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR AN URBAN LOCATION.
PLEASE ALSO BE ADVISED THAT DUE TO THE STAIRS LEADING UP TO THE HOUSE AND INSIDE THE HOUSE, THE PROPERTY IS NOT SUITABLE FOR COUPLES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN OR FOR THE ELDERLY WHO MAY HAVE BREATHING OR WALKING PROBLEMS.
We would be delighted to host you in our cave house. In an old village setting, accommodation would be a delight for all your ecotourism needs during your stay.
Our eco-friendly establishment is located at the ancient Cappadocian mountain village of Akköy. Akköy Evleri Museum House is a unique establishment that brings past and present together.
Please contact Nergis Canefe at (email hidden) for further details.
Akköy Evleri Museum House is owned by Prof. Nergis Canefe, an artist and a law scholar. The property has been renovated and decorated by Nergis Canefe. The frescos, photographs and decorative furniture have been made by the owner herself.
The house is designed as fully furnished Cappadocian style family residence suitable for meium or long-term stay. It is decorated with art work, interesting masonry, historic artefacts, antique kilims and furniture, and the house has its own terrace. Its commanding location gives you the full view of the ancient village of Akköy as well as the surrounding valleys, Hittite Cave cities, ancient monastries, mountains with three such village formations, fertile fields, and the unique landscape of Cappadocia.
Akköy Evleri Museum House is marked by its unique architecture, decoration and art work, serenity, and comforting hospitality. The distinct features of the village, and custom-designed expeditions in order to satisfy your needs in the areas of historical site-seeing, photography and nature hikes, ecotourism and biotourism.
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.
ADDITIONAL, KEY INFORMATION FOR OUR GUESTS
Please find the link to the map for your arrival to Akköy Evleri. The GPS coordinates are: (phone number hidden)
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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.
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|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$50 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||3 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$600 /week|
|Check In:||1:00 PM|
|Check Out:||12:00 PM (noon)|
The cave house was amazing and our host is indeed a very creative person. My family and I had a wonderful time in Akkoy Cave Museum House and the host went out of her way to assist us.
Being first time travellers to Turkey and first time users of airbnb, we are indeed very grateful for her kind assistance.
If you want to get away from the normal 'tourist' sites in Capadocia then I suggest you book into Nergis' beautiful museum house and use it as a base to explore. Akkoy is a wonderful quiet and friendly village. Hasan and his family shared a wonderful meal and he took us on a memorable tour of the village and surrounding fields. The stone cave house is just fabulous. And the views from the huge terrace are (email hidden)pecially the sunsets. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for us and we stayed for 8 days. Nergis was a fabulous host and responded very quickly to our emails. The house is built into and on the side of a mountain and looks exactly like the photographs. The rooms are clean and tidy thanks to Hatice, Hasan's lovely wife, and the showers and bathrooms are an experience in spacious luxury. This is a home away from home. And exactly what we needed after 3 weeks of traveling around Turkey.
You will need a car to really get out and explore but if you dont have one Hasan will shop for you. Next door is the Akkoy hotel and Mehmet is a wonderful host. We are from western Australia where it is flat and there is no snow. So of course we had to visit Erciyes - a chairlift up the mountain for 3trl and a snowfight on ice. There are many underground citys in the area but we went to Mazi and Ihsan gave us a private tour...And Avanos is such a pretty town to wander the afternoon away. If you like the road less travelled and would really like to experience Turkey and explore Capadocia then Nergis' museum cave house is perfect.
Our legs and lungs have improved tenfold from all the walking ...we would all comeback in a (email hidden)ankyou Nergis
We had a very nice time at Nergis's home.
Akkoy is a typical and quiet village in Cappadocia. Not far from all the touristic point.
Nergis was very nice and helpful host, give us lots of informations about the area.
It's a cave house, 3 stairs, stay fresh during summer.
We felt like home, and very enjoy our time there !
This is a great place for the cultural tourist. Many places close by to discover, friendly village neighbours and the cave house full or charm and creativity. The local village host is close by to help as well as earn money from you by giving you a cultural meal in his home or touring the area. The host is able to communicate in German as well as Turkish and knows a few words of English. We did receive a phone call from the owner as soon as we arrived to welcome us which was a nice touch on her part :)
We spent the weekend in the Cave home during the month of April and it was very cold. We had help setting up the wood stove, ran out to the market to buy some food and when we arrived back it was full of smoke...literally hard to breath. We called Hassan ( I think that was his name) who came quickly to help and as it turned out the wind had changed direction which caused the smoke to come into the house rather than outside. We spent the next 45 minutes trying to air out the house but never got the smell out of all of our clothing :( In order to keep the house warm enough my Husband was up every couple of hours to add wood to the fire.
I would definitely return to this charming cave home BUT...during warmer weather.
WOW!!!! We cannot rave enough about staying in Nergis' beautiful Museum house! Nergis is a very talented woman who had done up this 'cave' home splendidly. She is also very attentive to her guests needs/concerns and even called from abroad to make sure we had settled in nicely! The house itself is just gorgeous and Akkoy is a lovely little village whose inhabitants are very friendly and welcoming. The neighbours invited us over for traditional 'cay' and Hasan & Hatice were extraordinairy hosts/caretakers who went above and beyond making our experience in Akkoy exceptional. If visiting Cappadocia we HIGHLY recommend staying here :)
We had a great stay in Akkoy thanks to the villagers that made us feel very welcome. The village is in a quiet location but remains close to the main touristic spots. The house is indeed a cave house with beautiful stairs and local decoration. However, we arrived in a place that was not clean. We emptied the garbage ourselves and started our stay with doing the dishes and 2 laundries with all the table cloth and towels. That's not the kind of arrival we expected considering the amount of money we paid. Nevertheless, the experience with the Turkish neighbors made it a very special part of our trip. In a nutshell, we are willing to recommand the place, not for its comfort, but definitly for the local experience. You just have to know it is part of a charity project and you go for that reason.
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It's hard to explain how special this house, village and region is. It may actually be my favorite place on earth. I've done a lot of traveling, much of it with airbnb, and our experience at Akkoy tops the charts.
The house: an incredibly beautiful 3-story stone house that has been so lovingly restored and decorated over the course of a decade. Every corner has an artistic surprise, whether it's the beautiful photography, gorgeous murals or the Turkish rugs and and marble under your feet. We were there in winter, but I can imagine coming back in warmer weather to indulge in the gorgeous terrace overlooking views of the valley.
The village: the warmth and welcoming we received from the villagers really set this experience apart from anything else. From sharing meals on the floors of locals' homes to harvesting and cracking our own nuts, our most precious experiences were possible because of the kindness of our neighbors. Nergis is so obviously linked to and adored by her community, and thus they are excited to welcome those that come to these walls.
The area (Cappadocia): well, there's plenty online of course, but it's worth saying that every kilometer offers pure magic.
Last, but not least, Nergis: What a perfect hostess! We approached her super last minute, and she made everything so smooth and easy while we were on the road. She was quick to respond throughout our stay, provided so many useful details about the area, but mostly what is so special is what she has built, from the inspiring art in her home to the warm connection with her neighbors. We feel so lucky to have gotten to share in it all.
We hope to be back and bring our friends and family to share in this special adventure!
The house is beautifully appointed and in a lovely village setting with great views .Very reasonably priced and with added home cooked food from warm ,friendly and charming neighbours Fatima and Ibrahim, which gave us some insight into local village lifestyle and made the whole experience very enjoyable. Close to Urgup and all Cappodoccia's wonderful and dramatic landscapes and historic sights,this with local food recommendations made the whole holiday a pleasure
Amazing location in a small village - this is an experience you won't forget. Great house built in the hillside with a large patio to enjoy the view. The neighbours made us feel very welcome. You need a vehicle and it is a steep climb up to the house but it is worth the effort. Bring a phrasebook to help with communication. Contact with Nergis was very good and with quick responses and lots of information.