About this listing
Downtown home filled with crystalline glazed porcelain and locally curated art. Complimentary homemade granola, yogurt and coffee & tea. You will be in a quiet neighborhood with some of Cville's best restaurants around the corner!
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, HBO, Netflix, chromecast, and high speed internet.
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 granola, made with gluten free oats. 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.
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.
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.
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.
You may check in after four o'clock, any time you arrive is fine.
The house is shoeless, so I ask that you to take your shoes off in the entree, I have different slippers for you borrow if you need them.
Check out is at noon.
Alp's place is wonderful! Had a great stay here after a camping trip in Shenandoah and loved the relaxed space and tips for exploring Charlottesville!
Alp's home was absolutely perfect!
The location was close to local restaurants and the downtown mall. The pictures and description accurately reflected the listing. The directions and correspondence were spot on. What I didn't expect was the incredible welcoming energy of the home itself. It was decorated in a simple, artistic manner with many pieces from Alp and other local artists, giving it a very free, bohemian type of feel. He also offered homemade granola and yogurt which was a very kind, delicious gesture!
Thanks Alp for a blissful experience! I would like to stay again if I am in Charlottesville again.
Beautiful artist home. Alp left homemade granola and yogurt for breakfast. There was a french press and coffee to make as well! The check-in was super easy. I love how minimalistic and beautifully decorated everything was. The place was exactly as pictured. This was my first trip to Charlottesville and everything was in walking distance. On my next trip - I would definitely stay at the Belmont Home!
The flat was delightful - quiet, pretty, cool. Perfectly situated in a wonderful section of Charlottesville. Everything was completely organized for us to find our way and get in the house. The host's homemade yogurt was really, really good, as well as the homemade (!!) granola. I highly recommend this location for a visit to Charolttesville.
Spacious. Fairly comfortable rooms and beds. The building looked run down with peeling paints on the exterior. The yard is not well tended for with weeds and a chain link fence around the house, making it a rather unappealing and unsafe feel. The kitchen is a mess with all sorts of stuff - spices, sauses, you name it, it is full of them, but judging from the mess, who knows how old these have been laying around. I smelled a half full bottle of olive oil, and it had a strong rancid smell. The frig had all kinds of stuff in it. A half full gallon milk container had the expiration of the day of our arrival. Since we never saw the owner, we had no clue if the milk was there for our consumption or not in the first place. Their was no microwave in the room. We used last couple of pieces of paper towel in the kitchen on the first day. So we had no paper towel to use the next day. Over all, we had a decent stay. But the house honestly needs to be tidied up if he wants his customers to feel comfortable.
Alp was a great host. He gave really good recommendations on places to eat and responded to my texts within minutes. His home made granola and yogurt was a very pleasant snack to have in the mornings. The neighborhood was quiet with only a ten to fifteen minute walk to downtown. Overall a great experience.
We had a wonderful time at the Belmont Home of Budala Pottery! Everything was as pictured. It was in a great location and my two teenage kids loved the art! So did I. An added plus was the delicious homemade granola Alp left for us. We would definitely visit again. Thank you, Alp!
About the Host, Alp
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.