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!
What a delightfully restored home in a very authentic part of town. Our host was most hospitable and met us at a slightly later than expected arrival after 11pm.
Much thought and detail has gone into making this home cosy, well furnished and retaining the many original features. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. A metro station is a 15 min walk away but we also walked into the centre of Istanbul to savour the sights enroute. I highly recommend this for those wishing to see how the local community live in Istanbul. The locals were most welcoming and walking back at night was safe and secure. Try it for yourself if you want to savour the real Istanbul.
If I could give this fantastic house 10 stars, I would. We are an older couple and it was our first trip to Istanbul. The Turquiose House was just beautiful, so comfortable, and fully equipped with everything necessary and more for a wonderful stay. The location was perfect and the neighborhood both very safe and picturesque. Very easy access to public transportation and walking distance to many local cafes, supermarkets, stores of all kinds, specialty shops and the Golden Horn. The house itself is beautifully decorated. Most importantly, esp. For us as first time visitors to Istanbul, were the owners Peter and Ozkan. They were so kind and helpful to us. Ozkan explained so much about the neighborhood, the transportation system, answered all of our questions, and provided us with excellent recommendations for sight seeing, dining, shopping and you name it. He was always available for questions and consultation. We felt as though he was family. We loved Istanbul so much and Turquoise House so much and Istanbul so much that we are planning a return trip in April. Looking forward to staying in Turquoise House and seeing Ozkan and Peter again. I strongly encourage everyone to visit Istanbul as there is so much to see and do. It is very clean and the food is just great. It is also very safe so have no concern about personal safety. We can't thank Peter and Ozkan enough for their "above and beyond" hoppitality. They also arraigned transportation for us to and from the airport from an excellent driver with a large van. We will never forget this trip😃😃😃. Can't wait to go back!!!
We had a lovely time in a very special place in Istanbul. To be among the locals and see the daily way of life was so interesting and enjoyable. The turquoise house has such a homely feel and the decor and furniture fitted beautifully, I think Peter is in the wrong job. Ozkan was great, he arranged transport to and from the airport for us and provided lots for information which was very helpful. Istanbul is wonderful, it was our first visit and we could easily have stayed for a month. The history and architecture is around every corner and is a real feast for the eyes and heart. We never felt unsafe in the neighborhood or in the centre itself. The people are so friendly, one elderly lady who lived opposite the house used to wave and blow me a kiss when we were having our morning coffee or tea on the balcony. The simit man came through the steets every morning calling out with his tray balanced on his head. We cannot wait to visit again. Thank you Ozkan and Peter.
Deborah, Angela & Jim
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.
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! :)
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.
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.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
£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.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.