This renovated property sits at the head of an old lane in Kalkan, away from the noise but crowded in on all sides with both new and old properties. I would guess it was originally several properties sympathesically opened up into one house by Selma and her husband over the last 20 or so years. They are not your usual hosts, Selma having one parent from Norway and one from Turkey, being brought up in Italy and spending university years in Norway has produced a facinating lady who speaks many languages fluently and is interested in global culture and politics. We never spoke with her husband.
The interior is cool and stage set to make the best of local simple rustic style..idiosincratic pieces, kelims, everything well used and thought out..bunches of dried herbs and fruit bowls [though none was offered] an open kitchen and travelers books/guides. A wide staircase leads to the upper rooms, each appears to be fairly large with simple appointments, spotlessly clean, containing either a shower room or a bathroom and one or two worn wooden peices and the odd chair. more than adequate for a stay. Our room [blue] had an aircon unit and a shared balcony looking over the entrance, great for evesdropping, not so good for privacy.
The breakfast is served outside in a paved space which seems to be part of the lane and has occasional passers by shortcutting to the main road above the property.
Service is limited to 'hail and farewell', though Selma is charming and gracious,on our visit hospitality was lacking..no offer of assistance or anything to drink, ever, except for tea or coffee at breakfast. No offer of anything except breakfast, and at breakfast the most simple offering we have ever been given anywhere in all our years of travelling inTurkey. It did not vary and consisted of lovely olives, white ewe's cheese (delicious) sliced tomato and cucumber, butter, fruit preserves and standard bread with tea or coffee. Adequate but; no fruit, fresh or dried, no juice or water, no eggs or salami or nuts etc or any homemade bread which are all staples for breakfast where ever you go in Turkey, frequently you are offered cereals or pastries as well or tahini or honeycomb etc, but not here, so quite disappointing comparatively, especially for the price paid of €50 per night.
Hot shower on the second night only, once we'd realised that all the water was solar heated, without emersion backup and ran out by the late evening when everyone came back & showered..cold water the rest of the time. It surely should be the job of the host to introduce the hospitality of the house, not for the guest to 'discover' it by acccident?
There appeared to be dinner taken by the hosts and their friends underneath our window, on the first night, not disturbing as their conversation ebbed and flowed gently until about 11pm, but in no way did it seem to include the other guests or be offered as part of the hospitality offering generally.
Selma had hurt her ankle when we were there, so maybe that explains the experience we had, if so, it just goes to show how dependent the operation is to her presence on form. I feel there is a place for a chilled, laid back, family inclusive experience when travelling, but when you describe yourself as a boutique hotel,as this does on its signage which caught our attention, that implies service standards and facilities which are lacking here. Whilst we were there, other guests appeared to be German and French, which was lovely as we enjoy more international company, and it was a pity we didn't stay longer to get to know any of them..maybe next time..and we'll be sure to ask more rather than wait to be offered it!
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