STAY IN THE HEART OF OLD ISTANBUL FOR A AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE OF TURKISH LIFE.

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Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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STAY IN THE HEART OF OLD ISTANBUL FOR A AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE OF TURKISH LIFE.

Gallipoli and Troy Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Beautiful Greek home restored in a tasteful way attracting discerning travelers

Stay in a recently renovated apartment in a Historical building that sleeps 4 people.

Originally a Greek Family shop, now a tastefully decorated comfortable visit with all the old features remaining (Coved brick and wooden ceilings) but with modern facilities.

1 bedroom, double bed, fully equipped kitchen, 1 good sized bathroom and a large lounge with dining area and LCD TV, DVD and Convertible sofa bed..

Come and stay in 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 one of the 7 hills of the Old city, the area is changing as its ancient homes, churches, mosques and synagogues go through gentrification, guided by UNESCO and EU programs..

The right choice for the discerning traveller.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Peter

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Stay in the heart of Old Istanbul for a authentic experience of Turkish life.
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 26 reviews
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Stay in the heart of Old Istanbul for a authentic experience of Turkish life.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1015935
+90 (0)538 2343801
Gallipoli and Troy Istanbul and The Marmara
5

Cosy apartment in a great neighbourhood

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
We spent two weeks in Istanbul in February 2014 and ended up staying in three very different locations - a small boutique hotel in Sultanahmet, a large four star hotel just off Istiklal Street in the Beyoglu area and this apartment in the traditional, conservative neighbourhood of Balat. We spent a week at the apartment and it was by far our favourite accommodation in Istanbul. It was wonderful to be out of the busy tourist areas (which were still easily accessible by bus or tram) and to experience a different side of life in the city. Balat was a window into the Istanbul of decades past and had a captivating, romantic and rundown beauty. The apartment was the perfect base from which to explore the neighbourhood on foot and we particularly enjoyed the local Wednesday markets. Whilst small, the apartment had everything we needed and felt very homey - a cosy place to relax and unwind after busy days of sightseeing. Peter and Ozkan were also very friendly and really made us feel welcome at the beginning of and during our stay. Highly recommended!
Owner's Response: Thanks guys,
Nice to know of your experiences in Sultan Ahmet (the touristic zone) Beyoglu (the more modern/shopping/nightlife area) Balat and your experience here scored the highest!! This place, like a village in the heart of the city, is like an authentic taste of Anotolian life. It was a pleasure to welcome you here!
business
Stay in the heart of Old Istanbul for a authentic experience of Turkish life.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1015935
+90 (0)538 2343801
Gallipoli and Troy Istanbul and The Marmara
5

Very good

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
The best place to live as a Stambouliot, feeling the heart of the real and old Istanbul...Balat and Fener are the most typical place of the town with these people, these colors and this singular atmosfer...and to feel to be at home, it´ s really in Peter ´s home: his "sweet home"!...
business
Stay in the heart of Old Istanbul for a authentic experience of Turkish life.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1015935
+90 (0)538 2343801
Gallipoli and Troy Istanbul and The Marmara
Albuquerque, NM, USA
5

The perfect place

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Wow. It's so difficult to describe the week my daughter and I just spent in Peter and Özkan's flat. We absolutely fell in love with the neighborhood. The shop across the street had nearly everything we needed to cook our own meals (which was easy in this fully-appointed kitchen), and what it didn't have was easily found on the main shopping street a five-minute walk down the hill. This neighborhood is absolutely charming, and we nearly walked around taking pictures in it the entire week without going to the tourist sites at all. If you want a taste of authentic Istanbul, this is the real deal. I was pleasantly surprised, too, that the flat was so cozy and warm, there was plenty of hot water, and everything worked perfectly. There is some street noise audible from the front room, but we felt closer to the culture as a result, since it was usually the sound of children playing and vendors calling out their wares. This place is fantastic. I look forward to a return visit!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Stay in the heart of Old Istanbul for a authentic experience of Turkish life.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1015935
+90 (0)538 2343801
Gallipoli and Troy Istanbul and The Marmara
5

fabulous flat in charming neighbourhood!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Okay, there is a hill, but we grew quite fond of it, because every day we felt we were coming home. Peter and Ozkan's apartment in the lovely area of Fener-Balat was a real treat. It had everything to make our stay as comfy as could be, we were immersed in a totally Turkish atmosphere, but everyone smiles and nods, there are children playing in the street, ladies sewing, street sellers, we would not have traded it for anything. After a day out in the hustle and bustle of beautiful Istanbul, the apartment was a welcome haven and there was so much to see within walking distance, mosques, markets, churches,little shops etc. The buses are easy to access and frequent, we had very few problems finding our way around. Peter and Ozkan are delightful and knowledgeable, everything was just as described, clean and obviously cared for. We are Canadians, in our 60's, this was the perfect place for us, it really felt like a home away from home, and we would recommend it without hesitation to anyone wanting a unique Turkish experience in an authentic setting.
Thank you very much, Peter and Ozkan, for making us feel so welcome in your beautiful home.
Janis and Rick
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Stay in the heart of Old Istanbul for a authentic experience of Turkish life.
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p1015935
+90 (0)538 2343801
Gallipoli and Troy Istanbul and The Marmara
5

Fantastic Place in an Authentic Neighborhood

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
This is a wonderful place to stay if you want to stay in a real neighborhood instead of a tourist area and yet be close enough to easily see all the tourist attractions.
We have been to Istanbul a number of times and have never before felt so at home. The owners treated us like family. When we arrived, they invited us upstairs for tea with their friends. Afterwards, they walked us around the neighborhood to show us places to shop and to eat. They were always available for questions and offered us many good suggestions for things to see and do.
The apartment is very comfortable and clean with everything you need right at hand. We were three adults and had plenty of space. WIFI worked great. It was a real treat to have a washer/dryer.
Our favorite way of getting around was to take the ferry up and down the Golden Horn. You can also easily get around via bus and taxi. If you are there on Wednesday, be sure and walk through the market just up the hill. Also visit St. Mary of the Mongols church which is just a couple of blocks away.
We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to see how real Istanbul people work and live. The people in the neighborhood were friendly and responded to our smiles and attempts to speak Turkish.
In a few years, this will be the happening neighborhood in Istanbul. This is your chance to see it before it gets gentrified.
If you are worried about demonstrations and unrest, please don't be. We just spent three weeks traveling all over Istanbul and Turkey with zero problems. We met nothing but kind and helpful people everywhere we went.
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Nearest Airport
20 Kilometres
Attaturk International
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Yesilkoy.
Car: not necessary

On the edge of the more busy tourist area stay in a authentic neighborhood 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 tourist 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 so now has a mixture of older more conservative residents and more modern new comers living in their restored houses.

Your host's are local British/Turkish residents on hand to give any information or help if required.

The area is loved by photographers and film makers so don't be suprised to come across film crews as you wander around. The street were you will stay was featured in the last Bond movie 'Skyfall'.

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Availability & Rates

Gallipoli and Troy Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Minimum Stay
 
Spring/Summer
Apr 4 2014 - Oct 31 2014
£50
£55
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£325
£1,000
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter 2014
Nov 1 2014 - Apr 3 2015
£50
£55
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£325
£850
3 nights
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
£50
£325
£850
3 nights
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 15.0%
Notes One week £325
Four week £1000
A £150 deposit is required on reservation. The balance has to be paid two months before arrival in Istanbul.
In case of a late arrival (after 11:00 pm) or an early departure (before 8am) an extra of £20 is kindly requested for the person opening the house/returning the deposit for you.
If more than 2 people stay an extra cost of £15 per person per night.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Gallipoli and Troy Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 50 m²
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Near The Ocean
Theme:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Historic
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Shampoo
  • Living Room
  • Sofa Bed
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Garage ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Washing Machine
  • Iron & Board
  • Heating
  • Paper Towels
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Parking On Street
  • Wireless Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Coffee Maker
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Pantry Items
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The apartment sleeps a maximum of 4 people. 2 in the bedroom and 2 on the sofa bed in the lounge.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Music Library
  • Games
  • Video Library
  • Books
  • DVD Player
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Notes:
Children are welcome.
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