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We are family of 4, including 2 economists. We love traveling. My motto is "variety is the spice of life".
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We had a wonderful experience at this beautiful bayside home. Caroline was very quick to respond to all of my inquiries, both before and during our stay, and was extremely accommodating of our needs. She wasn’t in town during our stay, but her local representative, Burhan, was there to greet us and show us the house and introduce us to the neighbors. He stuck around for our late arrival and returned the next day to show us the outside areas. Our hosts also were a big help with retrieving some lost luggage.
We had a party of eight adults, and everyone was comfortable. There were plenty of well-appointed common spaces, both indoor and out, to enjoy. It was hot and muggy during our summer stay, but keeping the AC on during the day and the windows open at night kept us cool enough. And the view was spectacular! Every evening we enjoyed watching the sunset over the water from the roof. A bridge is being built in the distance, lit beautifully at night.
The neighbors and local business owners were extremely friendly (not sure how many spoke English). Two bodegas supplied affordable groceries and we bought fish locally, though you will need to travel to other towns for alcohol and meat. There were many fish restaurants and a nice café. We also enjoyed the fresh vegetables from the garden. Though we rented a car, driving in the nearby towns was rather difficult for us Americans. Most of our trips were by public transit, which took a long time, but was pretty reliable. Pick up an Istanbulcart before you get to Anadolu Feneri, since you can’t buy one there.
The walk to the water was rather difficult, so wear proper shoes. You can also drive to the beach, but the narrow was difficult to maneuver, so it only makes sense if you have older adults, like we did. Swim shoes were helpful for swimming in the rocky, weedy beach—bring your goggles to spot sea creatures. Despite some worry about tipping over, we really enjoyed paddling one of their kayaks around the bay. And when we were too lazy to go to the beach, the garden pool offered a convenient way to cool off. We got everything we expected from this stay and more!
The house has amazing views. It's an old lovely house with warm and tasteful touches in decoration. The library is wonderful and so is the film selections. We were very comfortable. It turned out that we had to make several trips to the center of Istanbul and to the airport. That was a bit of a burden on us, but throughout the planning and the stay both Caroline and Murat were available via text. Burhan was wonderful. He picked us up from the hotel and gave us a tour of the house and the multi-tiered garden. There were tomatoes and peppers. My brother in law very much enjoyed harvesting these as well as eggplants.
We didn't get to use the canoe but it was nice to know that the option is there.
All in all it was a wonderful stay. We enjoyed looking at the old pictures of the Fener and of the house as well as reading the poems and other art material on the walls. It's a wonderful place to spend a sabbatical.
Heel goede ontvangst met voldoende uitleg. Zeer vriendelijke en behulpzame gastheer. Prachtig huis met fijne tuin en leuk terras. Uitzicht is adembenemend, panoramisch dakterras is echt de moeite. Aanrader voor liefhebbers van rust, die openstaan voor authenticiteit en lokale Turkse gebruiken.... De kano's zijn ook leuk. Gelegen in een klein dorp met beperkte uitvalswegen. Verschillende restaurantjes en twee winkeltjes in de buurt.
It is a lovely house full of great views in a very quiet town at the edge of the Bosphoros and the Black Sea. All very relaxing. Caroline was a great host - very helpful in getting us too and from the rather remote location - and providing a great house full of books, CDs and films.
The cottage is exactly like the photos! Very beautiful and comfortable with picturesque views! There were 5 of us and we each had our own room. Caroline was extremely helpful in helping to arrange our stay and giving local recommendations. She was also very accessible by email while we were staying there! This is a beautiful location which I would highly recommend if you want to take a bit of time away from Istanbul to do some relaxing and exploring! Thank you Caroline!
We've enjoyed to stay here very much and most important thing is Caroline was a great host with a lot of flexibility to help our stay to be perfect! She is very friendly and super responsive host.
Thank you so much Caroline and Mr. Burhan.
I hope, see you again.
Thank you Burak and Alev! It was really my pleasure and I hope we meet again.
Curious, were you and your guests ok with the outside noise or was it really hard? I know it can vary depending on how deep a sleeper one is.
All the best,
Our experience with this property was amazing! Caroline was an excellent host. She gave us a lot of great information prior to our arrival and answered a lot of questions for us about the area. She even sent a driver to meet us at the airport so that we could follow him to the house. The house was beyond our expectations. The pictures didn't even do it justice. The view was breathtaking, hard to believe it was even real. There was more space than we needed and there were nine in our party. The towns people were very friendly and helpful. One of them even gave us a little gift. It was a great escape from the crazy busyness of Istanbul. We rented a car and drove into the city and other local sites. This house was a rare find. I would recommend it to anyone.
Caroline was a lovely guest!
Anytime welcome ;)
Caroline was a brilliant guest, she was independent, punctual, very clean and tidy and above all a lovely person to have in our house.
We all had a good time having her to stay and I enjoyed getting to know her.
Carolyn was a great guest! Communication was perfect, easy going. Also took great care of the flat. Recommended!
Caroline and her daughters treated my apartment very well. All was clean and tidy when I came back home. It's a good feeling, if you know, that people respect your property. That's what Caroline and her family did. Caroline is very nice an uncomplicated. I recommend her and her family as guests at any time.
Caroline and her daughters are very nice guests. Easy and pleasant to communicate, they have let the flat very clean. I strongly recommend ! Thanks Caroline !
Caroline and her family were very friendly. We had a very good communication about several guestions or things. They stayed for one month and I hope they will come back to Amsterdam and stay in our apartment. I can recommended them.
A pleasure to host and would be delighted to host them again, any time.
Caroline is just a great guest to have. Clear communication the whole time, left the house very clean.
She is always welcome to come back when she wants!
thank you Olga and Maarten. my eight ball says yes!
Caroline et ses 2 filles sont charmantes et très responsables ;je leur ai laissé l' appartement en toute confiance .
Un très bon contact s' est établi avec Caroline et j' ai vraiment apprécié ses conseils pour améliorer encore ma location ;