Trip Advisor, Tom Shepherd, London 9th August 2014
“Beautiful apartment in Turkish island oasis”
We were looking for a quiet retreat and found the islands off Istanbul, Lonely Planet raves about them. The apartment, is in a beautiful historic old house, lovely design inside, spacious and well fitted out. The terrace out back was perfect with great facilities, including pretty lighting at night – perfect!
Heybeliada is like a trip back in time, with the lack of disruption from cars. There was plenty to do for us and the kids. The selection of restaurants down by the harbor, picnic spots, walking and just relaxing back at the ranch.
Review #5068686 “What a treat!”
We stayed in The Karamanyan Garden Flat this Easter and really enjoyed our stay. The apartment is in an amazing wooden mansion on a street of wooden mansions on the undsicovered island of Heybeliada a mere 50 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul by one of the incredibly punctual and efficient ferries(less than £2 each way). We had all home comforts including comfy beds,piping hot water,central heating,wi fi,.We were cosy and warm when it rained for one day and cool when the temperature rose to 24. The caretaker Husayn was a treasure-coming immediately to sort any hiccups with the boiler. It’s tastefully furnished-a real delight! I would recommend it highly as an alternative to staying in Istanbul which we visited 3 times on a breathtaking ferry ride. The other islands are certainly worth a visit-we ate a delicous seafood meal in Ali Baba’s on neighbouring Buyakada- but we all agreed that Heybeliada was the jewel in the crown. The islanders were kind,helpful and welcoming as were the island’s numerous dogs and cats. Thank you Lawrence and congratulations on your lovely renovation. We will be telling our friends! Sarah
Review #5129076 “Wonderful Heybeliada, authentic place to stay”
What a great way to visit Istanbul! We planned a trip with the family far, far away. Canary islands were the first options…….a lot of fuss by plane…..and at the end…are this the islands to be with every having his share of holiday-fun; culture and beach? After many different suggestions Istanbul came along our thoughts. We all became enthusiastic about Istanbul: Cultural….but crowded and no beach…. So not all the holiday-specs for everybody….till “The Princes Islands” and in particular HEYBELIADA came by; An island in the sea of Marmara with apparently a great entourage of small neighbouring islands and an appartment for rent in colonial style. That must be it.
So we booked and went along. We weren’t dissapointed as we arrived. Everything was even better than expected. OK…. we had to deal with a housekeeper (Huseyn) not speaking any word other than Turkish…but by gestures and smiles we were able to understand each other. We experienced it as really being abroad. The apartment is beautiful having large rooms, very high ceilings, wonderful period details, lovely bathroom with a good rain shower and great big comfy new beds. A lot of modern European flair and detail. It is very complete with even WIFI highspeed internet-connection. The big garden offers enough shadow and even fruits growing on the trees that you can pick and eat. And if it doesn’t work…just call Huseyn…just say hello…and he will be there in no time…a few gestures later it is solved.
Heybeliada is very reachable by boat. But you have to plan it carefully because not every ten minutes a boat is leaving from or to the island. More like once evry hour or so, But Always on time, never late never early-like a Swiss clock. By plane we arrived at airport Sabiah Gökcen with a very good connection by bus (E9) to the Bostancy harbour (about 45 minutes). To the centre of Istanbul (Kabatas) it was one hour by boat (directly). Or straight to Heubeliad it is 30 minutes from Bostanci by boat. Have a nice cup of tea with a snack on board, enjoy the view and this hour will be experienced much shorter than usual. And after a day of a busy Istanbul you will be shipped to your island, have a cup of tea and in no time you will be back on the islands, hop over to one of the restaurants on the boulevard.
Try also to cook at home; Turkey is offering a lot of nice foodstuff to cook and BBQ. Everything on the island is always within walkable reach. Complaints? Yes….the mosque starting the morning prayers at 5 am. Just take it as everyone does…turn around in bed and sleep on. No problem.
As for the price, well when it’s a couple on their own I guess the price is high but these apartments are huge two & three double bedrooms with private gardens, so when you a are a family or friends staying its really good value. And the building is over two hundred years old so it’s a rare opportunity to stay in a place like this. Will we return once more? For sure!…… Family R. from the Netherlands
Michelle Curtain, Midlands England.
“Tranquility Found” (Oct 2014)
I have just booked our second holiday in this wonderful apartment . We enjoyed our stay so much – quite simply it was a stress buster !! We took a group of friends ( all self employed ) and the accommodation lends itself to an Informal holiday when you need to get away from it all
The ferry provided us with great opportunities to visit tourist attractions in Istanbul , however we all looked forward to returning to the tranquility of island life
Kimm Cover, Market Harborough, England
“Amazing Again” (Oct 1st 2014)
A group of us (six) spent another week on this amazing island, having been in Istanbul for a few days sightseeing and shopping! It never fails to please. It is such a wonderful contrast from the buzz of Istanbul and the ferry ride itself is worth the trip! However, the Karamanyan House is wonderful – beautifully and tastefully decorated in keeping with the history of the house. An amazing property with wonderful architectural delights – staircase amazing! We spent time walking around the island and just generally chilling after the buzz of Istanbul, which we loved. Found a wonderful “jazz bar” and some lovely authentic little restaurants around the key side. Can’t stress what a wonderful mix this makes with Istanbul. This is our second trip. Highly recommend.
Jarl, Helsinki, Finland (28th July 2014)
“Penthouse with a view to Istanbul”
Beautiful apartment with a sea views from the terrace and mountain view from the bedrooms.
Great location, close to beach clubs, restaurants, grocery stores and ferry terminals.
Jampilampi, Santiago, Chile (2nd September 2012)
The house is great, we stayed at the first floor apt (3 bedrooms) for 3 weeks. Huge rooms, nice bathroom, well equipped kitchen, nice little backyard where u can bbq. A great place, friendly people, extremely nice next door neighbors, etc… we would do it again.
Fiona C, London, England. (16th Aug 2011)
We stayed in the garden flat and loved it. The flat is in an old wooden house and has a very 19th century feel – high wooden ceilings and big spacious rooms with wooden floors – but has been decorated in a modern style. At the back is a decked area with lime trees, armchairs and a table. The caretaker very kindly helped us with barbecues and we ate out there several evening – watched by the local cats. Overall it was great.
The Island itself is touristy enough for there to be restaurants along the sea front but it is otherwise quite quiet. Perhaps the only downside is that there are no public beaches and you do need to pay to go to a beach club – it was worth paying for the posh beach clubs where handsome young men in uniforms bring tea or beers to your sun lounger.
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