Belmont Home of Budala Pottery

House - Entire home/apt · Belmont Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States

Come and enjoy this boutique home filled with crystalline pottery and locally curated art. Warm and serene, is how folks describe this space. You will be in a quiet neighborhood with some of Charlottesville's best restaurants around the corner!

Your host, Alp
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Come and enjoy this boutique home filled with crystalline pottery and locally curated art. Warm and serene, is how folks describe this space. You will be in a quiet neighborhood with some of Charlottesville's best restaurants around the corner!

The Space

This beautiful brick house circa 1910 is located in the heart of Belmont, a ten minute walk from the downtown mall. Within just a block of Belmont's fabulous restaurants. It is a safe and quiet neighborhood with great old houses, with ample parking and parks nearby.

Your party will have the entire house. The main bedroom has a full sized bed with dressers and closet space. There is also a full divan in the front living room. The dining room has a dinner table, a day bed and music system. The entertainment room divan doubles as a twin bed. You are welcome to use the kitchen, and any ingredients you may need. The bathroom has a tub with shower, washer & dryer, and toiletries. There is cable, chromecast, and high speed internet.

I am a full time potter, but my last job was as concierge at a local B&B, so I will be able to help you with your questions about the area.

The house is filled with great local artists' work that you will get to see and use my pottery during your stay. I enjoy having people getting to touch and feel my work and spend more time than you might in any other setting. My upstairs neighbor Nora owns the vintage and antiques store Low, on the downtown mall.

I always have locally roasted coffee and for breakfast homemade yogurt and gluten-free granola. If you like donuts, Spudnuts (donuts made with potato spuds), is a short walk away. There is a free trolley from downtown that will take you to University of Virginia, to see the Rotunda and the Academic Village or if you are in town to watch a game or show at John Paul Jones. Thomas Jefferson's Monticello is only four miles away with a great boardwalk leading up to it that I can tell you more about.

To see what there is in the vicinity of the house be sure to check out my guide.

If you would like to see more of my pottery, you can search online for Budala Pottery.

Guest Access

You will have the entire house including the front porch. I will be working in my studio at times which is in the back yard but I will not be coming in the house. You are more than welcome to visit me however.

Interaction with Guests

The check in is automatic; the keys and instructions will be by the front door when you arrive. I am always available by phone.

The Neighborhood

Belmont as the oldest subdivision in the United States has come far in the past decade. With the opening of Mas Tapas in that many years, now it hosts some of Charlottesville's best and most eclectic restaurants. However there is no live music which keeps the area pretty quiet. Bridge PAI is in the neighbourhood and right across the bridge is the amphitheater end of the Downtown Mall.

Getting around

Walking is the best way to get around. Right near the amphiteathre is the bus transit station, with the Free trolley going to UVA every fifteen minutes. Monticello and the numerous wineries are from four miles to about twenty mile range. Route 20 and 53 are straight off Monticello Ave which is one block from the house.

Other Things to Note

Most of the artwork in the house are my collection from people I have known or met in town. If you are interested in any of the works feel free to ask me about its creator.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Price: $680 /week
Monthly Price: $1800 /month
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Budala Pottery was a wonderful, clean, unique, and comfortable place to stay. We were there for four nights and it instantly felt like home. The window AC units kept the place cool during days that were 90+ and humid. I highly recommend this house and its great location for exploring downtown C-ville

    June 2014
  • Alps house was beautiful and clean, it was an absolute pleasure. I even got to meet him briefly.

    June 2014
  • The house was beautiful. I got in late and there was a nice neighborhood restaurant open for a bite to eat. The artistry of the house really makes it unique and comfortable. The home made yogurt was hard to beat too! I would highly recommend Alp's Budala Pottery House.

    June 2014
  • My girlfriends and I had a wonderful week-long stay at Alp’s house in the very cool neighborhood of Belmont. There were restaurants nearby and the downtown mall was an easy walk away. The beds and furniture were comfy and the artsy décor created a warm environment for hanging out. Alp’s delicious homemade yogurt and granola were a bonus. We filled the house with music via Alp’s ipod dock in the dining room, and appreciated the “color coded” towels in the bathroom. It was great to be able to do our laundry before we packed up for home. Alp responded immediately to both email and phone calls when we had questions. By all means, treat yourself to a stay at Alp’s Budala Pottery Paradise!

    June 2014
  • This is such an interesting house full of art and objects that have clearly been acquired or made through immense care. We had a fantastic stay!

    May 2014
  • We had a fantastic little visit. Alp's place was really a true retreat for us and was a breath of restorative fresh air for our stressed out spirits! The environment was both invigorating and calming... really perfect. Alp is a true artist in all ways. His special touches around the home were felt and appreciated. We did not want to leave and hope we have reason to visit again sometime.

    May 2014
  • Alp was easy to communicate and engage with. The best part of the apartment - really the lower floor of an entire single family home - was its location. The Belmont neighborhood is great with the quaint town center a 5 min walk with excellent restaurants (MAS Tapas, The Local, etc) and a 15 min walk to historic downtown Charlottesville. The house is decorated with a lot of local eclectic paintings and some very good pottery by Alp (website hidden) was not fancy, but clean. Had a good stay.

    May 2014
  • If you want to really experience Charlottesville then staying at Alp's home is a must. The location is perfect for exploring downtown and is a great base of operations. By adding Alp's charming personality you have a wonderful combination and will no doubt enjoy your visit to this lovely town. We look forward to future visits! Thanks Alp!!

    May 2014
  • Alp's house is awesome! It was neat and clean and had a creative atmosphere. The location is great. It was easy to walk to stores and restaurants. We would love to stay here whenever were in the area again.

    March 2014
  • Alp was generous enough to let us use this space for several men who were here visiting for a company meeting. He was attentive, the property was lovely, and our company members had a great time! Definitely worth staying.

    March 2014
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English, Türkçe
University of Virginia
Budala Pottery
I came to America after finishing high school in Turkey. With great luck I took Ceramics at PVCC and met the wonderful teacher and amazing potter Tom Clarkson. I continued taking ceramics on the side as I graduated from Uva with a degree in Psychology and Anthropology. After college I spent a year in the ceramics studio where my talent and interest in ceramics really burgeoned. I was ready to start my own studio at that point but the wonderful person whom I was with suggested we go traveling, so we spent the next year riding a motorcycle in India. After returning and a few part time jobs later, I finally opened my first studio in 2008. The following year I moved into this house and have my studio in the backyard where I also like to garden.
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