Sibel and Serrat both operate and own the little pension Hobbit Evi in the tiny village of Cirali, Southern Turkey. The first thing that hits you walking into their garden is the spaciousness of it all. With three tall eucalyptus trees casting needful shade on privately set breakfast and dinner tables of massive wood. You know - the kind of kitchen table you spend hours at.
And why not spend hours? Serrat used to run a restaurant in Istanbul and with Sibel they dish out the best food I´ve had on vacation ever. Even better, breakfast is whenever. Whenever you´re done morning swimming in the ocean or after a stroll to the nearby shops the couple will serve hot tea and a variety of cold and warm dishes. We spent 7 days at Hobbit Evi and not once did we not taste a new local breakfast dish. After breakfast, when the sun is at it´s hottest I reccomend one of 4 hammocks.
Dinner serving is later, at approx nine. And is served with the same attention to taste, service and empasis on Turkish cuisine. The food at Hobbit Evi stands miles appart the common swill they serve at the not too near lying tourist traps deflowering Southern Turkey. Hobbit Evi has a set menu, changing according to the best produce. Dishes can be ordered seperatley but the best thing to do is to just eat whatever Sibel and Serrat decides suits the day. Food at Hobbit Evi is inexpensive at any rate so just take you seat and enjoy.
Being a sommelier I don´t expect much on vacations. At Hobbit Evi though, there is a great intrest in wine and I was served some of the best wines Turkey can offer. If you´re an over average wine-lover this english and german speaking couple will more than easily recommend what to be looking out for wine wise. Otherwise, local Raki naturally suits the turkish cuisine. Just don´t overdo it..
Hobbit Evi does not have a swimmingpool, nor do the rooms have TV-sets. And why would you want either with one of the quietest and cleanest beaches the mediterranian has to offer. Even if you run out of water, Hobbit Evi lies just 50 metres off the crystal clear water. A snorkling set at 10 euro´s is hereby recommended.
So what to do when not swimming or eating? Only 1,5 hours away you might rent a place on a boat and experiance a barely touched 100 year old city with a sunken city or reach the truly untouched turkish mediterrainian coast unaccessible by car. Take a gondol trip up to 2,300 metres above sea level. Rent a car or scooter just 5 minutes away from the pension to do so, and listen to Sibel or Serrat´s advise. They´ll help you make your day just-so and perfect.
Accomodations are scarce with only 4 doubles and a small bungalow with three beds so try to be early booking. Still, if you find yourself being pressed for time, give Hobbit Evi a call to see if they have anything available. It´s well worth the effort and you will have no language problems.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hobbit Evi is a small scale guest house with only three rooms and a bungalow in a spacious garden, which can accommodate 12 persons maximum.Located on the vast beach of Çıralı, only 50 meters away from the seaside, Hobbit Evi is one of the closest to the sea amongst Çıralı hotels.In the garden there are various trees, with hammocks and shady areas with sofas for relaxing. During the low season, only children above 7 are admitted, to preserve the quiet character of the place. During high season, as population increases in Çıralı, children of all ages arrive to stay in Hobbit Evi.In the evenings, music from a rich collection ranging from jazz to ethnic, is played from the bar in the garden.Hobbit Evi is in its 11th year, with a colorful bunch of loyal guests, providing a unique input to atmosphere of the place. ... more less
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