This is a no-frills family-run pension in a village in Ala Daglar National Park, by the Taurus Mountains. However, the experience is out of a National Geographic photo spread and the family will do just about anything to make your time unforgettable
We asked the owner, Basar, to pick us up in Nigde where the bus dropped us. He took us a scenic way through the hills, stopping at a famous local spring where we drank fresh, chilled water.
We were wakened at 3:30 am to jeep it up the mountains to an abandoned mine to sight the Caspian Snowcock. Basar provided us with hot tea as we explored the mountain side and peered through our binoculars to watch birds and mountain goats. On the way back, the guide's jeep broke down. At this point, we ran into the Yoruk tribesmen in clothes I've seen in pictures taken 80 years ago. Basar and the guide summoned help and eventually a tractor arrived. Six of us perched on it and rode our way into the village. In the afternoon, Bashar guided my husband and sons to a site for rock climbing. He and his mother provided us with all meals, even rushing out to the local store to get a soft drink my son requested. Meals were simple traditional Turkish fare, including grilled trout at dinner.
The rooms are small with ensuite bathrooms (for a lack of a better term) where the shower is just a spray hose with no enclosure. The family will serve you in their main hall or one side of the large porch outside.
While we stayed there, friends of the owner were also there. They were international hunting guides who had brought their setters for training. It was very interesting to watch and learn and the men thrilled my son by taking him on a quail hunt.
I spent some time wandering through the village and that certainly takes you back a century or two.
The following day, Basar drove us to sights all day until he left us at our home in Kayseri, about two hours from his pension. He took us through villages (where the "domestic auto" tended to run on donkey legs) to the famous Kapusbasi waterfalls
The entire weekend cost approx. $700 USD. This included two bedrooms for a family of four for two nights,an hour's "transfer" from Nigde, all meals, the pre-dawn trip with hired jeep, driver, and guide to hunt for the Caspian Snowcock, an escort to a local rock-climbing site, and then Basar's services and vehicle for the entire next day.
Basar's father was an experienced birder and his son continues that service. There is also trekking and skiing in the winter.
By no stretch of the imagination would you go here for a luxe weekend. You would go here to experience sights and wildlife, as well as physical experiences that will leave lifelong memories.