Boutique home filled with crystalline glazed porcelain and locally curated art. Complimentary (now famous) 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, 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.
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.
This place was totally rad. Pretty sure it's the reason my wife named Charlottesville the highlight of our southern trip. Alp's place has all sorts of spaces to get comfortable, in nooks and crannies around the house. It's like a real retreat. The location is pretty terrific, a walk to downtown, but enough blocks away to be within its own quiet community. It's a very special place, and I recommend it.
We stayed here for a week at end-December. Very nice ground floor apartment in a two-family house in a pleasant neighborhood. The apartment had everything one could ask for and was very clean. The kitchen was large and well-stocked. Alp was super-pleasant to deal with. One slight issue if renting in the winter -- the apartment has one major heater in one central room and the other rooms have portable heaters (the bathroom has a heater set into the wall). Not a big deal, but do bring warm slippers. That being said, we'd certainly recommend staying here. Charlottesville was great. Had terrific food at La Tavola and Mas, both a couple of minutes walk away. Gibson's Grocery nearby is lovely and run by the very nice son of the founder.
This is a very eclectic and neat place to stay. A note was left with little tips and also welcoming me to partake of what was in the fridge (fresh homemade yogurt) and homemade granola. The place was warm and funky and much larger than expected. The only drawback is that it is an older home and if you sleep lightly as I do, you will be disturbed but the comings, goings and general living of the neighbors upstairs. The neighborhood is nice and just a short 10 minute walk to the Dowtown Mall area. Overall I would recommend this place!
My husband, daughter and I visited Charlottesville last week for an early Christmas with our daughter and family. We arrived late, the keys and instructions were waiting for us in the mailbox. The heat was on and the house was warm and cozy. Alp thought of everything...from shampoo and soap to coffee and homemade granola AND getting to use his beautiful handmade mugs and bowls. The house is very welcoming and clean, beds are comfortable, everything is easy and convenient to use and there was plenty of room for the three of us. The neighborhood is great...we walked to downtown (10 min.) and had donuts at Spudnuts (really good and fresh and cheap!). There is a coffee shop around the corner with good coffee and breakfast and the best restaurant, The Local, is across the street. We all had dinner there...excellent food, service and neat old building. Beautiful old brick homes, plenty of parking, very quiet and felt very safe. We got to see Alp's pottery workshop in the backyard and visit with him. Very, very nice and accommodating. Thank you so much for making our visit so easy, we really felt at home. Definitely will be back!
Alp made us feel very welcome! He left notes with instructions for us, left us coffee, homemade yogurt and granola. The house was exactly as he described and such a wonderful place to stay.
We had five people and the place was very roomy! Alp was very responsive and gave clear instructions on what to do. I would give him a 10/10. We'll definitely look him up if we go back.
We had a nice time at this cute apartment in Belmont. The space was comfortable and clean, with an eclectic, warm vibe overall. I'd recommend this place to anyone.
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.