Here's where it gets tricky in our review. Although we could try to imagine the place being great during warmer weather, we're rating/reviewing based on how it made us feel. And this is how we felt.
We've never seen the owner in any of the 4 nights/5 days we were there paying 650 euros for one room (to compare: we paid 200 euros for 3 night in Izmir, 459 euros for 5 nights in Istanbul, and 260 euros for TWO rooms, 4 nights). That made our stay feel very impersonal for us. With a place like this, an intimate family farm, we had expectations that we would be received by the owner who would understand our communicated needs in case we would have one (in English) such as (like it actually happened): a blanket, lightbulb, wood for the fireplace, toilet paper and that dusts the place once every so often. Him not being there at all made us feel like we were staying at a beat down hotel that had been completely abandoned.
They have a woodburning stove in the cafe room that we wished they would light up every morning. During breakfast, we sat
down with our snow coats and jackets, where we could see the steam coming out of our mouths. The stove was functional since it
was only lit in the last morning when they had one other room occupied.
Parking is a bit tight. If you're driving a car that's a little larger than a medium sedan you'll have issues with the narrow ways and unusual layout. Since we arrived at 18:30, or 6:30pm, it was dark (Winter) and there's very little lighting throughout the property to help you understand where you're suppose to park. There was no signage.
The place needs someone running it like it has an owner that cares about the business. If we could choose, we would vote that Mr. Sabban would be the owner and that he'd speak English.
눇We stayed here for 4 nights during Christmas week. We knew it was off-season - we realized that as soon as we arrived in Turkey
We felt that the nightly rate wasn't quite as competitive for what we found at Stonehouse. Once we arrived, the general feeling was that it's just as expensive as a bigger city like Istanbul, without the return-on-investment on our paid stay which is explained later in this review. We paid approximately 650 euros for one room for a 4-night stay.
The hotel property was charming with its farm animals: peafowls, ducks, chicks/hens/rooster, an adorable dog called Lucca, and a sweet cat named Yumi. It was like being in a movie set in Tuscany for the latest award-winning drama; a small village in the mountains where its strengths are on the fabulous local wine and locals' warmth. The hotel property has eating tables in the open space throughout the property (next and under fig, persimmon, olive trees, the pond), playgrounds for kids, a pool (that we couldn't use) and parking space. I'm going to admit, though, that we didn't profit from the property layout at all since it was cold out. It's probably much more of a fun experience during warm weather than in Winter.
I'd like to begin with the positive side of the hotel. First, I loved Lucca (the dog) and Yumi (cat). As an animal person, that played a huge role. The animals made us feel like we were visiting a family's house which is quite the romantic idea. Mr. Sabban, the employee (who I'm not sure if I got his name right) and not the owner was very, very nice and extremely helpful. When the lightbulb went out in our bathroom he fixed it in 2 minutes. We had asked him to bring us
another blanket an he did so very promptly.
Every night, he asked us what time we wanted breakfast. That made us feel very special. We could have our breakfast at any time we wanted.