Sirince, Esphesus, Turkey
At a Glance
With just twelve rooms, Gullu Konaklari is a small, homely property with a charming setting in the village of Sirince
Located on a hillside, the house and gardens offer a beautiful spot to unwind and enjoy the views of olive groves and rolling hills dotted with terracotta rooftops
The food is fresh and homemade, largely with homegrown or local ingredients such as olive oil from the gardens and delicious fruits and vegetables
Gullu Konaklari offers a tranquil base from which to explore the historic sites of the region, including Ephesus, yet is also a charming place for a relaxing escape
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Comfortable year-round climate. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, are marked by mild to warm days and cool nights. The summer months from June through August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter falls from December through February and days are crisp and evenings can be cold. The year-round temperature range is 6°C to 15°C (January), 11°C to 21°C (April), 22°C to 34°C (July), 15°C to 27°C (October).
To start planning your holiday to Gullu Konaklari
Housed in an historic building amongst the olive groves of the hills around Sirince, Gullu Konaklari is charming boutique property with spectacular views from the picturesque gardens that surround the house.
Tucked away on the hillside and surrounded by olive and rose gardens, Gullu Konaklari is a small property with just 12 rooms and a restaurant spread across three charming buildings. Its simple stone and whitewashed walls mirror the other historic buildings and homes of the village, their distinctive terracotta tiled roofs dotted throughout the lush greenery of the hills.The eleven rooms and one suite of the hotel are split between two separate buildings, while a ‘Vineyard Cottage’ offers private accommodation just under a mile from the hotel. The homely decor is eclectic yet comfortable, with antique furniture and floral furnishings creating the sense of a stay in a friend’s home rather than a hotel. Fireplaces and roll-top baths in some of the rooms add to this sense of individuality and create a cosy and welcoming retreat. Using many of its own products and others sourced locally, the restaurant serves up a delicious range of traditional Turkish dishes, beginning with a bountiful breakfast of Aegean honey, homemade cream, dried fruits, olives from the gardens and exotic jams. Seasonal and locally sourced produce influences the menu, from tandoori meats to fresh pasta and homegrown herbs. Meals are enjoyed in either the main restaurant or on the upper terrace, both of which offer stunning views over the gardens and countryside which provide many of the ingredients. Lying in the village of Sirince and just 10km from the extraordinary archaeological remains of Ephesus, Gullu Konaklari is both a base from which to explore ancient wonders and historical treasures and a relaxing and scenic spot in which to unwind and enjoy the beauty of the Turkish countryside. Explore the charming streets of the village or hike out into the picturesque hills, visit little known sites of ancient Christianity and the temples, churches and mosques of the region. As both a countryside escape and a chance to uncover ancient treasures, Gullu Konaklari is a delightful, homely escape in beautiful gardens with access to the rolling hills, olive groves and vineyards of this picturesque landscape.
Split between one Suite, a Deluxe Room, four Mansion Rooms, two Stone Rooms and four Gulistan Rooms, the accommodation of the hotel is individually designed and a charming combination of traditional handicrafts, antique furniture and colourful local furnishings. Air-conditioning, minibars, ceiling fans and WIFI bring the historic rooms into the 21st century, while a number have a roll-top bath and fireplace as a nod to the building’s past. A separate Vineyard Cottage offers completely private and self-contained accommodation just under a mile from the hotel.
The hotel’s restaurant focuses on freshly prepared Turkish dishes and crafts local produce into a selection of delicious dishes. With many of the herbs, olive oils and other key ingredients grown on the grounds of the hotel, the meals perfectly capture the flavour of this rural area. Sit down to dinner on the upper terrace and soak in the views over the hills as you feast on homemade butter, olives from the garden and exquisitely spiced tandoori meats. With an open-door policy, the kitchen welcomes you to pop in and observe the chef at work.
While the village of Sirince is a beautiful area to explore on foot, discovering its chequered history and meeting its current inhabitants, the surrounding region offers a wealth of ancient wonders. From the archaeological treasures of Ephesus to the beguiling Artemis Temple, the hills around Gullu Konaklari are rich in history and captivating stories.
Afrodisias, Hierapolis & Pamukkale's Cotton Castle
Visit the crystal white terraces of Pamukkale, forming one of the most eye-catching sights in Turkey, and explore the ancient ruins of Afrodisias and Hierapolis.
Ancient Wonder of Ephesus
Spend the day exploring the city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient world, the Temple of Artemis. Also enjoy a visit to the House of Virgin Mary and the Selcuk Museum.
Bergama: History & Architectures of Pergamon
Home to some of the finest archaeological evidence of the ancient Pergamon city, this excursion to Bergama is ideal for those with an interest in history. Ascend the acropolis by cable car and explore the ruins of altars, theatres and libraries.
Ephesus Museum and Terrace Houses
Located in town of Seljuk, Ephesus Museum houses a large collection of artefacts found in Ephesus and its surrounding areas including Cukurici Mound, the basilica of St John and the Temple of Artemis.
Turkey's olive groves
The areas surrounding Ephesus are abundant with olive groves, cherry blossoms and vineyards, surrounding charming villages and rolling farmland. Explore this verdant landscape with your guide and taste some local produce.
Location & directions
Sirince, Esphesus, Turkey
Situated in the village of Sirince, Gullu Konaklari is 63km from the international airport at Izmir.
How to get there
The hotel is approximately 1 hour 40 minutes' drive from Izmir airport.
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