About This Listing
Ancient cave dwelling in UNESCO Heritage Site, far from mass tourism and all inclusive hotels. The house has a panoramic view of the volcano Erciyes and the famous valleys of Cappadocia. It was carved out of the rocks, but has a facade with doors and windows, a partially covered courtyard and a large rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen. It is traditional and fully furnished. With hairdryer, CD player, scrabble and books. A great base for walks, visiting underground cities and frescoed rock churches. Thanks to the high altitude, the temperature in summer is lower than in the villages in the valley. As the temperature in the cave area in summer and winter is constant, no airco is needed. In winter the house is heated by a coal stove, which includes an oven and there is also a fireplace and several electric radiators. The house is located 50 meters from the village square (restaurants, shops, ATMs, internet cafe, car rental, etc.), and yet quietly located on a path with no traffic. There is good public transport. Rise up early for a balloon flight over the bizarre landscape or relax in the hamam, get shaved at a Turkish barber or simply enjoy a good book in the courtyard of the house, next to the kitchen. The rooftop terrace has a great view. There is an outdoor kitchen on the roof, so you can enjoy breakfast or lunch and your laundry dries there in no time. You can swim in one of the Cappadocia's lakes or in the pool of one of the hotels. A walk through Pigeon Valley to Göreme takes less than an hour. Once you have a taste for it, there are more and longer beautiful walks and bird watching in the Red and Rose Valley, the White Valley, Love Valley, the Zemi Valley and - much further away - the Ihlara Valley. Photographers will enjoy this magical and bizarre landscape that after volcanic eruptions was shaped by centuries of erosion. Films were made in the area with James Bond, Omar Shariff, Paolo Pasolini and Nicholas Cage and also Star Wars as well as some Turkish soap operas. The population is friendly in an oldfashioned way; no pushy sales methods. The weekly markets in Ürgüp, Avanos and Nevsehir offer fruits, vegetables and herbs. The houses are decorated with traditional stone masonry. Kemal, the grocery store on the square and Mehmet, owner of restaurant Le Mouton Rouge (on the corner) are a source of information, if you need a car with or without driver, public transport or hot air ballooning (I can offer a discount). If you don't want to make your own breakfast, you can enjoy a rich Turkish breakfast in the cosy Kilim Pansiyon. They also organize trips with guide: father and son know every path in the region. Neighbor Şükrü may drop in to play his saz for you, a traditional Turkish instrument. He and his wife Hatice care of the final cleaning of the house.
So come over and meet fellow cavemen!
The house is all yours. If you are two couples, you have all the privacy you need, as both floors have bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
I am living in The Netherlands myself, but if you store my mobile number in your phone, you can send me an sms at all times. Mehmet, the owner of restaurant Le Mouton Rouge will help you at your arrival.
Restaurants, shops, car rental, internet café, ATM are all just around the corner and the public transport is fairly good.
There are buses to Göreme, Nevsehir and Ürgüp. To get the bus to Ürgüp you need to walk approximately 2 kms though. For public transport, ask Kemal. He is cheaper than the official car rental and his car is insured and good. He also owns taxi's. It may be a good idea to store his phone number in your mobile phone. Most walks are accesible right from the house.
Other Things to Note
Kayseri Airport is the nearest airport. You can book your transfer at Turkish Heritage.
You need a visa for Turkey, which as from April 1st 2014 you need to get beforehand.
Please just behave as you would anyone to behave in your own house. Please don't let in any animals and leave no leftovers out of the fridge. There is a machine that takes 18 litres of liquid a day from the air in the house. Please empty it and use it, maybe when you are away. As the house is carved from the rocks, it needs a lot of airing. Please close the house by key when you go out.
We really loved staying for 5 nights at Yvonne's cave house which felt like a home. We were a group of five adults who enjoyed the multiple bedrooms, two bathrooms, two living rooms and the wonderful terrace.
From the terrace we could watch the rising sun and balloons floating past or sit there in the evening sharing a meal and looking out on the star filled sky. The ground floor rooms could be cold at night but there were plenty of heaters and lots of bedding to keep us warm.
We were close to town and enjoyed Cafes and restaurants including Le Mouton Rouge, Centre cafe, Green Garden cafe and for breakfast we went to Kilim's Pension up the hill. Transport nearby was very helpful.
Thank you Yvonne for all your communication before and during our stay. We had an amazing time!!
Jo, David, Glennis, Melanie and Jake: Australia
Yvonne was extremely helpful and sent all sorts of pertinent information regarding restaurants, hikes and other activities in Cappadocia. The 1st floor of the house is a cave with bedrooms and living room. The kitchen is quite rudimentary. The second floor which has a bedroom, living room and bathroom is gorgeous. The views from the rooftop terrace are outstanding. The hiking is out of this world. Literally!
It was quite cold when we visited (March) and even snowed. It was hard to keep the 2nd floor warm. Although the spring weather can be a little unpredictable visiting in a warmer month is advised.
Yvonne is a wonderful host, friendly, speaks english fluently, very accomodating. Her house is decorated very tastefully with turkish furniture . Her neighbor was so helpful, he even came and played his "saz" and sang for us. We had a relaxing stay at Uchisar and hiking in the many nearby valleys. We particularly enjoyed eating our breakfast on her outdoor terrace while watching the hot air ballons float by. We definitely recommand this place!
To stay in Yvonne's house means to experience Cappadocia on a perfect site, the house is huge and an old village house in lovely Uchisar. We spent 8 days as a couple and enjoyed it very much. Having meals and resting on the roof terrace is absolutely breathtaking, just wonderful, overlooking the valleys and with a view to the mountain of Erciyes Dagi behind them. There are two modern bathrooms and a kitchen besides the nicely decorated living rooms, those downstairs are part of the "cave house", therefore (very) cool in summer. It's not easy to keep everything clean, as usual in a house of that age and size. We got warmly welcomed by the neighbours, who handed the keys to us and showed the facilities of the house (in turkish language, but it worked well). Recommended for those, who are looking for a traditional local atmosphere.
We spent 6 days in Cappadocia, in Yvonne's house and it was a really good choice, may be the best one !
It's Magic, with a wonderful view !
Yvonne is very friendly and helpfull, for any thing you need.
The house is really beautiful, well equiped, and spacious.
You have the best view of Cappdocia from the terrace, and so many trails to visit the région... 6 days are not enough !
You can find all you need in close to the house...
If you planned to visit Cappadocia, this is your destination : Yvonne's house.
Yvonne's Cave house in Cappadocia was a fantastic experience. We would highly recommend going across to Uchisar to stay there, it is only a few km in a taxi from Goreme but such a lovely village and less touristy. Yvonne's house has so much character, is very tastefully decorated with lovely whitewashed walls and Turkish rugs etc, but with modern European bathrooms. The house was enormous for us, a family of 4, we hardly used the middle floor. The roof top terrace was lovely, we ate all our meals up there with great views of the castle and the fairy chimneys. It is slightly cold on the ground floor (the cave part) but there are heaters in every room. It was quite tricky to find the place, especially as we arrived late at night. A sign or two would be really helpful. We would recommend this accomodation to a couple of families or groups of friends as there is so much lovely living space it would be fun to be there with a few people.
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About the Host, Yvonne
As a tourguide I visit the most amazing areas. When, during an eclipse tour in Cappadociain 2006 I found this cave house for sale, I just couldn't resist. It was the best choice I ever made. As I cannot (yet) be there all the time, it is for rent. I hope you will like it as much as I do.