Our apartment is in a well-kept historic building very close to Galata Tower. It's attractive and comfortable with architectural details. The street is full of neighbourhood character yet quiet at night, with Şişhane Metro only 2 mins walk away.
We also offer a selection of experiences. Our local guides are ready to share their local knowledge and connections, to help you build your own genuine and memorable perspective on the city.
The apartment is in an elegant 19th century building only 100m away from iconic Galata Tower. The whole building was refurbished in late 2011 and is managed by us, so we are able to keep the lovely original marble staircase and communal entrance hall in very good repair. There is one apartment on each of four floors.
The streets below are atmospheric with small, trendy boutiques and cafe-restaurants, yet are quiet and residential at night. Galata's pedestrianised area is just around the corner with its lively pavement cafes and restaurants plus all the buzz of this bohemian district. You'll quickly feel part of neighborhood life in all its character.
The apartment building is only 2 minutes walk from Sishane metro station, 1 minute walk from Tünel funicular and a downhill walk to connect with the tram for Sultanahmet. Famous Istiklal Avenue is less than 5 minutes walk up the hill.
The apartment's original panelled front door opens into a spacious, central hallway. Double doors to the right lead into the bright and comfortable living room, with a stylish circular dining table and cosy seating area, including two sofas and an armchair.
There are two good-sized double bedrooms, each with high quality crisp white linens. One bedroom has a double bed and one has twin beds that can be put together if required. The kitchen is a practical size with a small breakfast table. It's well-equipped with gas hob, fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. There’s one roomy, full sized shower room plus a second small loo. The apartment is 80 m2 in total, light and bright with large windows and high ceilings.
Many original architectural details have been kept and some of the walls have exposed bricks, giving a cosy atmosphere. The bedrooms comfortably accommodate four people and the large sofa-bed in the living room can manage one more.
Guests will have the complete privacy of the entire apartment.
Interaction with guests
This is a small Turkish-British family project. Julia and Tarkan used to live in Istanbul then Singapore and are now balancing life between England and Istanbul. If we're in Istanbul during your stay we'd love to meet you.
Your questions and booking will be handled by us wherever we are. When you arrive in Istanbul Tarkan’s wonderful family and/or our friendly team will welcome you to your apartment, give you the keys and explain about practicalities and the neighbourhoods.
We’ll all help you as much as you need and we're always only a phone call or email away.
Other things to note
Will your stay with us make a difference? We hope so…
By self-catering right in the local community you’ll quickly become part of it, financially supporting small grocery shops and other family businesses. You’ll soon make relationships with these friendly people and develop a genuine understanding of the culture around you. We’re sure you’ll leave with special memories and more developed perspectives as a result of your encounters.
For each confirmed booking we arrange a tree to be planted in Turkey (via TEMA) to offset part of the carbon dioxide emission from the resulting flight. We encourage you to plant more trees: easily arranged during online booking.
We use local maintenance and cleaning services for the apartments and in this way we provide a good income for 2 families who lives nearby.
We do everything we can to preserve all the original features and materials in the apartments. Where new materials are needed we source them locally, prioritising products that are designed and/or made in Turkey.
Our apartments are uniquely situated amongst mosques, churches, synagogues, a mevlevi ‘whirling dervish’ hall and other sites of religious significance. We encourage guests to sense the history of religious tolerance and hopefully! to experience something of it themselves during their stay.
1. Smoking and/or open fires are not permitted:
All of our apartments and buildings are no-smoking and no open-fire.
These include bed linens and towels, kitchen utensils, electricity, gas, tap water, wifi internet, cable TV and all taxes.
Remember that the apartment you will be occupying is in a residential building. Neighbours may have to work the next day, so please respect their need for peace and quiet. You must accept responsibility for the proper conduct of you and your party. You are not permitted to party in the apartment or building.
In the case of serious misconduct or valid complaints from neighbours we reserve the right to terminate your stay with us and if we do so we shall have no further responsibility to you.
We understand that accidents can happen. If something untoward does happen to you during your stay in the apartment, resulting in damage then please inform us as soon as possible and we will try to help.
If you do cause any serious damage, you agree to indemnify us against any claim including costs made against us.
Please check to see that your travel insurance covers these sorts of costs before your departure.
4. Check-in and check-out:
The earliest check-in hour is 15:00 and latest check-out time is 11:00.
Although we do our utmost to accommodate individual needs, we cannot guarantee early morning access to the property unless you have booked for the previous night. Our guest representative will be waiting for you at the property on your arrival and he/she will come to collect the keys at your departure at agreed times.
5. Modifying your holiday during your stay:
If you modify your holiday arrangements or accommodate extra guests in the apartment (not booked with us/without our authorisation), you will be breaking this contract.
We will be unable to accept any liability for loss, damage or other claim resulting from your holiday and you will also be liable for additional charges to cover guests not booked with us.
Should you depart the apartment early, for whatever reason, we are unable to offer a refund. We will provide information to your insurance company should you need it.
The owner/manager of the apartment, or authorised personnel, has the right to make an inspection of the apartment at any time, pre-arranged with you (although we have never needed to do this).
7. Travel insurance:
You should always be adequately insured before traveling abroad. Please make sure that your insurance covers the costs you might face if you cancel your booking with us or if you decide to leave before your agreed departure date for any reason. Also if you cause any damage to the property and furniture, your valuables are stolen or damaged, you have an accident and/or you need any medical treatment.
We accept no liability for any personal belongings of the tenant and companions in the case of damage caused by natural disasters, fire, water or theft.
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Tarkan and I have been busy, building up a collection of lovely historical apartments in Galata, our favourite part of Istanbul, most of which we've personally renovated and all of which we stay in ourselves whenever we can.
We met in Istanbul, his home city, while I was there for a photography assignment. Over the last 15 years we've led international lives together, based in Istanbul, Singapore and now England, my original country.
Along the way we've raised our son, Eren, across the cultures as we've steadily grown this holiday apartment project, our second baby. We see it as a way to find balance in our family life and to always have a home in our best-loved city.
We understand from our own experiences, what makes a great city-break stay and we try our very hardest to deliver it to you in Istanbul. For this we've won i-escape's global Guest Award for 'Best City Apartment' two years running.
Your questions and booking will be handled by us and then, on arrival, Tarkan's lovely family and our friendly team with their natural Turkish hospitality, will welcome you to your apartment, pass over your keys and explain practicalities and the neighbourhood. You'll have as much or as little help as you choose and we're sure you'll soon feel at home in the cosmopolitan and very welcoming local community.