As a family of 4 we stayed in the olive house which is located at the edge of the village, on the hillside amongst olive, fig, tangerine and pomegranate trees. It an be approached by foot following a stone path , or by car to the rear of the cottage, making access easy. The cottage has a great traditional atmosphere, but with all the mod cons you need. The bathroom is palatial in size and perfect for those showers at the end of a hot day, before you move to relax on your terrace in the cool evening breeze. Breakfast was taken on the terrace of the main house and was a spread of fresh sun warm tomatoes, cucumbers and cheeses with fresh village breads, fruits and orange juice. There were also a selection of local egg dishes, so needless to say we never needed lunch! There was no set time for breakfast which was fantastic as on one occasion we went to a local site and had brunch on return , avoiding the heat and crowds, Charlotte and Omer were so accommodating.
We stayed for one week and managed to do about 80% of the things we planned so need to return again soon to finish our agenda!
We visited three archaeological sites; -Claros in Ahmetbeyli, Izmir Province where you can see the remains of the base and fragments of the colossal sculptures of a seated Apollo with his lyre, accompanied by Leto and Artemis
- Magnesia , Aydin which has the best-preserved stadium in the Anatolian region and is still in the process of being excavated - a real 'work in action' destination that we were able to just drive in and be the only visitors - very special as not yet a commercial or official visitor site.
- Ephesus , Selcuk, the now very popular and busy site. We visited early in the morning and went in at the bottom of the excavated site so were able to absorb some of the atmosphere before the crowds came down the hill- the terraced houses are a must, with mosaics and wall paintings clearly displayed in-situ.
The national Park , an easy 1 hour drive , was worth the effort and drew us back for a second day. We swam in turquoise water and lunched in the restaurant on the beach lazing on sunbeds with waiter service. I recommend the 2nd pebble beach . The local beaches are also lovely, and on the Dereli beach site there is shade and a good restaurant.
Sirince itself is charming and we ate delicious food in all the places we visited, but none could beat the quality, atmosphere and hospitality we found when we dined on the Terrace in the evenings with Charlotte and Omer at the Terrace .
I highly recommend The Terrace Houses for both family, couples, solo's and friends. It is a very special place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are letting three fully furnished houses and suites in Sirince village, 15 minutes to the ancient city of Ephesus. We are open all year round. Houses are comfortably decorated with original pieces from all over Turkey, and have all kitchen facilities. Hot water by solar system and electricity. Fire places are also blowing hot air in to the rooms. Clima is in all houses. Sirince is famous with its vine, olive oils and peaches. And it is a heritage village with 600 people living . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Terras Evler - Terrace Houses Sirince Hotel Sirince