I just returned from a three week trip down the Turkish coast from Istanbul, stopping for two nights in Assos/Behramkale. Upon a friend's recommendation and others I came across on various travel websites, I decided to stay at Timur Pansiyon. This was absolutely the right choice!
Located in a 200-year-old stone house in the hilltop village of Behramkale, just beside the ruins of the 6th century Temple of Athena, the location could not have been better. Along with offering easy access to various historical sites, being on the edge of the village made it convenient to restaurants, tea gardens, and the daily craft market. The view from my breakfast table every morning was stunning, with a 180 degree panorama of rolling hills, fields and forests, the Aegean Sea, and the Greek island of Lesvos. The location also afforded the luxury of falling asleep each night to the sound of the wind in the trees and waking up to the sound of roosters--nothing else.
The pension itself is small, with only four guest rooms, which also made it a quiet and peaceful place to stay. My room, with two beds and attached bath, was very comfortable and clean, with the simplicity fitting a 200 year old stone house. Breakfasts were generously portioned and tasty and were served on terraces underneath grape trellises overlooking the countryside and sea. The owner and her son were terrific, very hospitable and committed to the comfort of their guests, friendly but also concerned with giving guests their privacy. The guests I met while I was staying there were a more adventuresome sort, with a range of nationalities, all more interested in atmosphere and authenticity than luxury.
I should also add, after walking down to the harbor village of Assos where many people choose to stay, I knew I had made the right choice in staying up on the hilltop. Although the waterfront offers some relatively luxurious accomodation and a wider variety of restaurants to choose from, it was noisy and the only "life" seemed to come from the many tourists rather than it being a place where people actually live. Thus, I found the hilltop Behramkale much more interesting.
Timur Pansiyon is for the moment only open during the summer months. I definitely recommend it and hope to go back again next year.