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Historical 3 storey house in Old Istanbul, recently restored, comfortable stay!

30 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Fatih - Turquoise House

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Newly Restored House (sleeps 6) In World Heritage Sight.

On the edge of the more busy tourist area stay in a authentic neighbourhood and immerse yourself in the local culture,yet still have easy access by foot, or a 10 minute ride on local transportation to Aya Sofia, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, the Grand Bazaar, Beyoglu Taxsim etc, and all of Istanbul's major attractions.

On hilly cobbled streets, the twin neighbourhoods of Balat Fener were once the home of Istanbul's minorities. Here you'll see old Greek, Jewish, and Armenian homes, and some of the cities oldest Synagogues and Churches.

The area, because of so many national treasures, was recently declared a world heritage sight by UNESCO and has a mixture of older more conservative residents and more modern new comers living in their restored houses.

Your host's are local British/Turkish residents on hand to give any information or help if required.

The area is loved by photographers and film makers so don't be surprised to come across film crews as you wander around. The street were you will stay was featured in the last Bond movie 'Sky fall'.

Turquoise house as Featured in Elle Decoration magazine in Turkey!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Peter and Ozkan
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Arabic, Turkish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
9 October, 2016


based on 30 holidaymaker reviews

Historical 3 storey house in Old Istanbul, recently restored, comfortable stay!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 30 reviews

Beautiful character house in heritage area

  • 5 of 5

My family (me, my husband and 2 sons aged 19 & 16) all loved our week in the Turquoise House, which was the second week of our stay in Istanbul. The rooms were as they looked in the photos and we thought the house was so characterful - very tastefully restored and with lovely furniture. Having the 2 shower rooms was particularly useful for us, and we enjoyed the balcony on the top floor, with a lovely view.

As Ozkan was going away the day we were arriving at the house, he arranged to meet us there the day before. We found him a charming host, and he gave us lots of very useful information. We really valued the information he provided about good things to see and do in the city and managed to do many of the recommended things - which we wouldn't have known about otherwise. Also we were very grateful for the airport transfer Ozkan arranged for us at the end of our stay.

We very much enjoyed experiencing the Balat/Fener neighbourhood - especially wandering through the Wednesday market, which was amazing - and it was so interesting to see an area that was so different to where we had spent the first week of our holiday (near Sultanahmet).

One of the most memorable experiences for all of us (recommended in the information provided) was having a cocktail in the rooftop bar of the Marmara Pera Hotel at sunset - an awesome setting! We also loved Princes' Island, the Bosphorus boat trip, and Ortakoy (especially the mosque).

A previous reviewer has commented on feeling safe in the city, in spite of all the recent negative publicity about Turkey - and Istanbul especially - and I would like to back up this feeling: we felt entirely safe during our 2 weeks in the city and were very reassured by the security checks at all major tourist attractions and at the airport. The lack of western tourists was extremely noticeable - and although we obviously benefitted from this because of the total lack of any queues at tourist attractions - I do feel sorry for all the businesses that are suffering from the low numbers of tourists at the moment.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Turquoise House was gorgeous, just like the pictures and as described in the advertising. It was clean, tidy and very comfortable with all the amenities that you need. My husband and I based ourselves there for one week while we explored Istanbul and Cappadocia.

Ozkan was a wonderful host, arranging airport pick up for us and spending more than half an hour with us upon our arrival taking us through a map of the local sites and recommended eating places in Balat, public transport, suggested site seeing options in Istanbul etc. He gave us a public transport pass to use for the duration of our stay which was fantastic!

My husband worked a few days from the apartment and found the internet quality to be exceptional for various business calls over skype etc.

Balat is a quite, family oriented and friendly neighbourhood. The cobbled streets and diverse architecture are fascinating to explore. There are a whole host of trendy and traditional cafes, restaurants, vintage shops, local pottery etc within walking distance. Local buses are also nearby to take you to all the main landmarks, and many are a 25min walk away.

I would recommend this apartment to any friends or family members and would encourage everyone to visit the amazing country that is Turkey!! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and hope to visit again soon.

Thank you! :)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Old Istanbul Stay

  • 5 of 5

Staying at Peter and Ozkan's Old Istanbul House was great. The neighborhood was totally non touristic and interesting.

Although there were plenty of hills the area felt very safe and was very walkable. The house was very much as pictured and well equipped. The view from the balcony was great. (The table could be a little more stable.)

I would definitely suggest staying here to others.

  • Review Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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A great house in a Real Istanbul neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay with one of Peter and Ozkan's properties in the Fener Balat neighborhood. They are great hosts. Their information guide is what I have used both times for getting around and for the activities that I did while in Istanbul. This house was very comfortable for my husband and me but it easily could have housed more people (2 bedroom, 2 bath). It is way up on the hill which is great for working off all the wonderful food that we ate while in Istanbul. The neighborhood is full of little shops and restaurants and great street food (I love the Midye Dolma guy with his cart of mussels for 1 Turkish lira/mussel). It is easy to access all the sights of Istanbul either by walking or the bus. You must remember that you are in a real neighborhood with all the things that go on in neighborhoods but I really like that. I would recommend that you ask Peter and Ozkan to help arrange your transport to and from the airport since it makes your arrival and return much easier.

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
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Beautiful and comfortable house in old Istanbul!

  • 5 of 5

Peter and Özkan responded quickly to our request, very convenient to let them arrange a transfer from the airport to the house.

They had maps and information about both the local area and the city that was very useful and were ever so happy to answer our questions.

The house is an old building that has been beautifully restored and decorated. The bedrooms were nice and comfortable. Easy to rest after busy days exploring the city. The bathrooms had nice showers. Perfect for longer stays since the house is equipped with both a dishwasher and a washingmachine!

The area is an old residential part of Istanbul, we found it safe and quiet. A few minutes walk downhill and you had shops, cafés etc to explore. Going up and down the hills might help compensate for all the lovely food on offer.

We enjoyed the beauty and comfort of the house, Peter and Özkans committment to their guests enjoying the stay. The friendly people, the food and of course the city itself.

Looking forward to come back soon!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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In a City of Hills, this is a Charming One

  • 5 of 5

If it weren’t for my confreres, I’d have missed this gem – and my trip to Istanbul would not have been as rich. I needed help managing the stairs and hills in addition to the walking sticks I use– and there were some challenges. One without the benefit of friends to help figure out the least number of hills or how to work the transit/taksi dance (brains) or to carry anything other than me (brawn) might struggle here. But oh, I was so glad we’d chosen the Turquoise House for our Home Away From Home in Istanbul.

It was fun to be in a real neighbourhood enjoying the rhythms of everyday: the sounds of children off to school, people going to work or to market.

Up the hill, it’s an Islamic community. The conservative dress, regular call to prayer from the neighbourhood mosque, shops with dark clothes for sale and no alcohol for sale gives an authentic experience. We were lucky enough to be there for a Wednesday market – and enjoyed the ambiance and the tasty treats we brought home. (pickled vegetables, dried fruit, fresh veggies….)

Down the hill is the former Jewish area. Today it’s more relaxed with wine shops, vintage and antique shops, 3rd generation cafes and places to shop and eat. Tuesday is the wonderful local market. Wandering through the shops at either end rendered some wonderful take-out that we enjoyed in the Turquoise House at the end of full days in more central parts of Istanbul. (easily accessed by transit once you go UP or DOWN the hills)

Inside the Turquoise House is the best jewel of all – lovingly renovated and absolutely charming! We found a bedroom/bath on separate floors to be great for two couples (the ones with the brawn went to the third!)

Oskan arranged transportation to and from the airport - a wonderful plus as the house is hard to find! A wonderful ambassador for Istanbul, Oskan’s lives in the neighbourhood and welcomed us warmly. In addition to his tips (before, upon arrival, anytime by email), the house has book, information and other visitors’ recommendations – as well as being a comfortable place to come home to in the midst of such a large and bustling city. If you’re fit and mobile, you’re in for a treat!

It is worth noting that in these times when Turkey features allot in the international news, we felt very safe throughout our stay in Istanbul. In fact, we found the people to be friendly, helpful and grateful that we were there - eager to share their love of city.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Ataturk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Nearest Ferry
1 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Sirkeci Railway Station (Orient Express)
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Beautiful Greek Historical house restored in a tasteful way attracting discerning travellers.

Stay in a recently restored home (and grade 2 listed building) that sleeps six.

Covering 3 floors, this is a tastefully decorated comfortable stay with many of the old features remaining (original wooden ceilings and staircase) but with all the modern facilities.

2 Bedrooms, with large double beds, 2 Bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen, large lounge / living area with dining area, LCD TV, DVD and large Convertible Sofa bed.

Come and stay in the twin neighbourhoods of Balat Fener for an authentic experience of Turkish life.

On the shores of the Golden Horn, it's only a 5 minute walk down the hill to the water and original Byzantine walls.

In the heart of Istanbul's old districts and on the 7th Hill of the city, the area is changing as it's historical homes, Churches, Mosques and Synagogues are restored guided by UNESCO and other EU programs.

The right choice for the discerning traveller.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fatih, Istanbul & Marmara

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
3 Oct 2016 - 15 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Please note:
£75 is the basic nightly stay for 2 people.
There will be a charge of £10 per person per night for each extra person.
Please don't hesitate to contact the owner for more information.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fatih in Istanbul & Marmara

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - with Balcony with a veiw over the rooftops down to the water
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , the King size bed can be split to form two single beds.
  • Both bedrooms have air conditioning units and their own bathrooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

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