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Terrace Houses Sirince
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Reviewed 31 December 2013

Perched above the charming village of Sirince, the Terrace Houses are an excellent choice when visiting Ephesus.

Omer and Charlotte are welcoming and knowledgeable hosts – the best kind. They shared the history of their town with us over Charlotte’s delicious chocolate cake and elder flower cordial upon arrival, a very nice touch.

Rooms/Apartments are set in 19th century stone cottages that have been beautifully restored with fully equipped kitchens, large bathrooms, and wood burning fireplaces. Each cottage has a different layout but all are filled with gorgeous antiques from across Turkey.

Breakfast is traditional Turkish and includes homemade preserves and local pine honey. It is served on the open air terrace facing the village and hills beyond.

Plus - 100 % Turkish cotton linens, Free (functioning) Wi-fi, Breakfast included.
Minus – Challenging drive UP to the property.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank Travellingcolours
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

It’s only been five years since a paved road was built to the tiny village of Şirince, which is undoubtedly why it remains so perfectly preserved, despite its close proximity to Ephesus. The call for prayer is heard intermittently from the minaret as elderly women sell their pale bars of olive oil soap and old men stroll down cobbled streets with their arms behind their backs.

Charlotte and Omer were among the first to offer a boutique experience in the hills of Şirince, and it’s hard to imagine any other establishment being able to compete. Gracious, funny, and full of stories that they are willing to share, they are the most calming influence imaginable. Their recommendations for the train ride to Pamukkale and the driver who took us to the House of the Virgin Mary were perfection. A well-deserved shout-out goes to Ayse for her lovely breakfasts.

Ours was the Fig House and it is exactly that – your own home with a living space on the lower floor and two bedrooms atop overlooked by a large fig tree. The bed and bath linens are entirely of superior Turkish cotton and will no doubt inspire you to hurry home to replace yours.

The village is full of authentic character and a photographer’s dream. Men who are visiting must go to one of two barbers located side-by-side in the village center, a theatrical experience unto itself. In the market, you can purchase a jar of white chewing gum, dried peppers that taste like potato chips, or a bag of brilliantly red dried tomatoes that put Istanbul’s spice market to shame. Buy a bag of plump purple figs and when you take that first bite, discover an entire world inside – a world just as exquisite as that created by Charlotte and Omer in the hills of Sirince.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank Mediterranean_Girl
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

I stayed in the Fig House with my girlfriend during our stay with Omer and Charlotte at Terrace Houses. We were greeted with warm smiles, warm tea and warm chocolate cake too! I never felt so welcomed. Omer and Charlotte truly know hospitality and are genuinely good people that are running an exception Cafe and accommodation resort. The houses are nestled on the hillside above the crowded streets of Sirince. Bayram was a particularly busy time of the year because many tourist are on vacation. Even though Sirince was full of life we were not disturbed in the house. The house itself was perfect. There are two bedrooms; a master bedroom and bed in the 'blue room.' The view from both rooms is indescribable but I can assure you it is BEAUTIFUL. The house has a fire place that was very useful because the nights can get a bit chilly in October until Spring time. Wood and kindle is supplied for you so getting the fire started is very easy. The bathroom is very big and clean. I am living in Izmir for the year and my girlfriend came for a week long stay from the United States. Our stay at the Terrace Houses made that time so incredibly special. It was the most romantic time of my entire life and it was all made possible by the help of Omer, Charlotte and Tinker(the hotel dog!) I strongly recommend staying here. I will be going again by myself just for a weekend getaway for some peace and quiet. If my girlfriend ever visits Turkey again this year there is no doubt-we will stay at Terrace Houses. We stays 4 nights. I wish we stayed all 10 days she was here. I can not say enough good things about it.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Fig House and it was perfect. I can't imagine any of the houses being less than perfect. Choose based on the number of people you are traveling with.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

Terras Evler is nestled above a small mountain town with all the sights, scents and sounds that most folks never get to experience. The houses are lovingly restored homes that the hosts have worked on. We stayed in the Fig House. It was like home away from home with all the necessities.
Omer and Charlotte were wonderful hosts with help in arranging transportation to and from Izmir Airport as well as all day guide to Ephesus and surrounding cultural sights. We made sure that we had dinner on their terrace the night we were there. A three course feast of local fruits, vegetables, cheeses and main dishes. Breakfast was also a delight. We enjoyed the fact that we were away from the hustle and bustle of the seaports and larger cities. We made a mistake and did not plan enough time for the area. Please make your way to Omer, Charlotte & Aysel's doorstep. You won't be disappointed!

Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
Thank Phil R
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We spent nine wonderful nights in the Grapevine House and recommend long stays here- It's the perfect spot to set up base and wander, or just enjoy the village life. Omer and Charlotte looked after all our touring needs- helped with hiring a car locally, drew wonderful mud maps to everywhere, made suggestions- Breakfast on the terrace was always a highlight of the day, gleaning advice and stories from them over Aysel's wonderful spread and treats (my favourite was menemen-or is it melemen- eggs with tomato and chillies) freshly squeezed orange juice and coffees.
The house is very special and restored with such sensitivity, a refreshing departure from the usual cheap makeovers in rental properties. The bathroom is one of the most beautiful rooms I've ever been in and it's difficult to imagine that it was only recently home to the farm animals!
We felt very sad leaving the Grapevine House -Omer, Charlotte and Aysel, all the local dog and cat life (Shrek, Tinker, Ging, Maddie, Hercule to name but a few), the wonderful sounds of the village life- owls at night, donkeys braying, the tractors, goats, sheep etc- and we felt we'd made new friends- the mark of real hospitality.

Room Tip: Best for a family or couple
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank julietago
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