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Welcome to our hidden paradise of Eski Doğanbey village.
I am Mexican, married to a Turk. I have happily lived for 12 years in this beautiful country, Turkey. I love travelling, meeting new people, and spending nice time with family and friends.
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Blanca was a very kind host. She opened the house for us in November, when it's usually closed (due to colder weather this time of year). Although it was on the chillier side, and quite windy the first two nights, the location is beautiful and unique enough for this not to have dampened our stay in the least. The house is quite large, modernly appointed, with lots of outdoor space. Water pressure was amazing! We enjoyed roaming the old village, stargazing on the upper terrace, and found the location to be convenient starting points for both Ephesus and Bodrum (although both require more than an hour of driving). We would love to stay again in the summer (but would go back during the cold months, as well)!
We felt very, very welcome and the listing exceeded our expectations. We loved this place - a slice of heaven!!
Blanca was incredibly responsive to any question or need we had. Of course, there weren't many, as the house was impeccably beautiful and well appointed. The location in the quiet village was out of a dream and close to some spectacular historic sites. We would definitely stay there again! Thank you, Blanca (and Ismal!) for a wonderful stay.
We had a terrific stay at Blanco's beautiful stone house. This village is truly picturesque, and slightly surreal, with for every perfectly restored historic house, there is another in a state of ruin. It was the most gorgeous village we visited on our trip to Turkey.
The house is incredible. A nice, well stocked kitchen with all the pots and pans and utensils, beautiful bathrooms, and all the amenities that one would need for a comfortable travel experience.
One note to travelers, which Blanca clearly makes note of in her house manual, is that this is truly an off the map, relaxation experience. The old village does not have restaurants or stores -- make sure to bring groceries This incredibly idyllic, beautiful spot seems to be mainly comprised of holiday homes, so it lacks the hustle and bustle of a year-round village.
The Stone House was exactly as advertised and Blanca was a pleasure to talk to. The space is gorgeous and the secluded feel of eski Dogenbey in the hills was perfect. Both Blanca and Ismail, the doorman, were extremely helpful. I arrived via public transport and Blanca had coordinated with Ismail to give me a ride from the bus drop-off to the house, then to a local grocery store to buy groceries for my stay. Ismail introduced me to his uncle, who had studied in the USA, and we chatted over tea about the surrounding area and village of Dogenbey. A hike in the national park provided spectacular views of the valley below. If I'm ever back in the area, I'll certainly consider visiting again.
Our stay in Dogan Bey has been wonderful. The house and the place are amazing. Blanca has been very helpful even though there was no particular need. In the neighbourood there are so many unique sites to admire that we certainly would like to come back. Nature and history contribute to make stronger our desire. In the case there is no doubt: we will try to come back chez Blanca's house. To her a particular thanks.
Enrico and family
The house and its location are just such a wow experience, the pictures which are great, don't even do it justice. Blanca was very helpful and happy to answer questions. Ismail took care of all questions and concerns with grace and good humor (even though we didn't speak the same language). The house was well appointed, beautiful and comfortable. Though somewhat remote, the location was perfect for us, close enough to the places we wanted to visit and small enough to quickly feel connected to the people and the place.
We spent 4 wonderful nights at the house in Eski Doğanbey and enjoyed a very relaxing break. The house was very well equipped, spacious and thankfully the stone walls meant the rooms were relatively cool during the heat of the day. The location was perfect and the views from upstairs were breathtaking. The village of Eski Doğanbey was unique and enchanting with its mixture of ruined and inhabited houses, rich wildlife and the fragrant smells of the trees and plants all around. The information provided was very good, especially the restaurant recommendations which were excellent. Blanca was very helpful upon our arrival and checked in again with us halfway through our stay. We had all we needed but it was good to know that Blanca and Ismail were on the end of the phone if we had needed anything. We'll definitely be recommending the house to friends and family. Don't miss out on a visit to the nearby ruins at Priene which are in an amazing spot on the mountainside. We visited in the early evening and had the place to ourselves.
Very spacious home located in a remote and charming hamlet with wifi. There are two large bedrooms, one upstairs with a double/queen bed, and the other off the kitchen with two twin beds. Doganbey is well off the beaten track so offers a unique experience on the Agean coast. Driving distances: Priene-10 minutes; Didyma-25 min; Kusadasi-45 min; Ephesus-50 min; Sirince-1 hr; Bodrum-1 hr 45 min; Pamukkale-2.5 hrs. No restaurants in the village so you need a car to go 10-20 minutes and there is no air conditioning so if visiting in the summer, be prepared for the heat!
I booked this place after reading previous reviewers say that staying here was the highlight of their visit to Turkey. This was our experience, too. Throughout Anatolia, we enjoyed a busy schedule full of travel and sightseeing. At Doganbey we were able to take time to contemplate after each day of sightseeing -- to Ephesus, Priene, Miletus, Didyma, and the beaches of Menderes National Park. The house was perfectly suited to this. The imaginative reconstructive architecture and fittings were a pleasure in themselves, as was the location in the hills above the Menderes River delta. Our arrival and departure went smoothly, and we enjoyed meeting Blanca and Ismail, who answered our questions on site. If I could plan this vacation over again, I would stay at least five days at Eski Doganbey.