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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Newly renovated listed historical greek house in Old Istanbul. Entire 3 storey house will be available for you. There are two large bedroom top 2 floor with one bathroom each floor for each bedroom. There is comfortable living space with sofa bed with nice cushions, lighting and renovated furnitures on the entrance floor. Kitchen is also in the same floor with living room so you will enjoy the house, eat and dine before you go to sleep. Second bedroom has also nice size balcony for your morning tea or coffee with Golden Horn view.

Turquoise house as Featured in Elle Decoration magazine in Turkey!

More Details

Peter and Ozkan
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Arabic, Turkish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

About Peter and Ozkan

Your host's are local British/Turkish residents on hand to give any information or help if required. Peter is the designer and I am a young professional loving Istanbul and Balat this Unesco world Heritage sight, here in the heart of the Old City. Our passion is hospitality and welcoming guests from all over the world to this unique neighbourhood. Travel and going places fascinates us. What better than getting together with old and new friends and sharing travel stories from around the world!? So far we've collected stories from many countries and many cities visited from my wanderings on 5 continents! But all the places visited so far Istanbul I still rate my number one favorite place :) So please come and become our guest during your visit to Istanbul!

Why Peter and Ozkan chose Fatih

We hope you will fall in love with our wonderful vibrant corner of Istanbul, as so many do when they come! Walk the historical streets. All unique, with so much character, some old, some in need of love and attention and many gloriously restored. On these cobbled streets, once the home of Istanbul's minorities, you'll see ancient Greek, Jewish, and Armenian homes and places of worship. This beautiful area, declared a world heritage sight by UNESCO, wonderful mixture of both traditional residents and newcomers living in their restored houses. The area, though in the heart of the city, has a vibrent “village feel” with its eclectic mixture of cultures, older residents, newcomers and visitors

What makes this house unique

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.

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'.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fatih in Fatih

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(41 traveller reviews)

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Historical 3 storey house in Old Istanbul, recently restored, comfortable stay!
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 41 reviews
Freeport, Maine

An opportunity to live in Old Istanbul (for a short while!)

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Turquoise House very much. Lovely decorations, a cozy bed, clean bathrooms, and plenty of space for our family (couple and 1 daughter). We liked exploring this section of Istanbul, and found the people to be friendly and helpful. Our daughter arrived earlier than expected, and found the apartment, but could not get her phone to connect with the owners. After a long day of travel, she was stuck on the front stoop in some distress, when a neighborhood woman came by, offered her the use of her phone and a simit (Turkish bagel). The neighborhood is poor but safe, and we loved learning about the culture and history of the area as we explored. Be aware, you will encounter a lot of walking, up and down steep hills on very narrow roads. We did have some problems with taxi drivers finding the place. In fact, on our way from the airport, the service the owners arranged for us took us to the wrong place--a hotel in the middle of the city, rather than the apartment and then had trouble locating the neighborhood.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely place to stay for the discerning traveller

  • 5 of 5

Turquoise House is extremely nice and comfortable; located in a very interesting neighbourhood away from the hubbub of the city centre (which is easily accessible via the excellent public transport system).

We enjoyed the variety and friendliness of Balat and Fenner as well as Fatih in general (especially Wednesday market). Istanbul is an immensely interesting city and Ozkan's notes are excellent.

The airport transfers that Ozhan organised worked well (including a 5am Sunday pickup).

We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Close and clean

  • 5 of 5

Loved everything the area the people the shops

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oasis in Old Istanbul

  • 5 of 5

Firstly, this is a review on Saffron House, which is also under the same management team. The house looks to be very similar from the photos and in the same neighbourhood. A few days before were we due to arrive We were given an upgrade by Ozkan due to issues at Turquoise House. We appreciated this flexibility and enjoyed our stay here immensely.

The house itself is in the Fener/Balat area of Istanbul so a little bit off the beaten track. This provided more of a neighbourhood type feel and atmosphere and a contrast to Beyoglu where we had stayed previously. The neighbourhood is a bit raw and rundown in places but it very much has a soul. Personally, I hope this area does not get gentrified but no doubt it will happen.

The accommodation itself was first class with all mod-cons. The details and fixtures are second to none and you can tell it has been a real labour of love in transforming the property. After a hard day's sight-seeing and getting lost there was nothing like returning to the comfort of Saffron House. We hope to come and visit again in the future and get to know the area better.

Some advice for first timers - you need to get your bearings and make yourself acquainted with the transportation system and the Istanbulkart. We used the one top up card for our family of three and it was very convenient to pre-load and then tap in out on the various integrated transports available bus, tram, ferry etc.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The house was very cosy and nicely decorated but very far from everywhere.

  • 2 of 5

Everything was nice in the house à part from the dining table at the kitchen with for broken chairs we had to repair them before using.

The house was far from any attraction in Istanbul and also far from any public transport, so we had to take a taxi to go everywhere, but this wasn't the end of the story as no taxi driver knew the district and we always had to ask several ones to end up finding one that accept to take us, and at the end of the trip the driver was always very angry and asked for more money, due to narrow and step roads getting us to the house.

Nonetheless we enjoyed spending time with my family at this house, so many shops around to make buying and preparing home made food convenient.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sorry to hear the location was not to your satisfaction. As you pointed out, we are on top of the usual tourist attractions. This, however, is one of our greatest selling points; a fact confirmed by years of positive reviews. Indeed, it's what brings returning guests who want to experience the real Turkey back year after year. Many thanks for your feedback.
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Very good

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
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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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3 night minimum stay
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £25

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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