We drove up into the hills along a country road dotted with small farms and homes, olive trees, horses, and sheep. The road ended in Sirince. Imagine little Greek houses plunked down in the Italian countryside and that's Sirince.
With no trouble, as it's kind of hard to get lost in Sirince, we arrived at the gates of Gullu Konaklari. We were warmly greeted by Zeynep, the manager, and treated to glasses of one of the town's locally made fruit wines. I don't remember which fruit wine this one was but I drank the whole glass.
My husband and I stayed here for four nights while visiting Ephesus and the region around it. Our room in the main residence, Rosa Farreri, offered a very comfortable king size bed, an enormous bathroom, plenty of closet space, and wonderful views of the town and the countryside. The bedroom itself was not big but spacious enough for two and was simply but prettily decorated. It was filled with sunlight during the day and good night time lighting.
We enjoyed plentiful breakfasts with eggs made to order and lots of cheeses and meats. We also ate dinner here two nights, with a fire in the fireplace, candle light throughout the dining room, and a small but very nice selection of wine. Both evenings were so pleasant.
The staff was the best. So friendly and warm and welcoming and funny and delightful to talk with, they took good care of us. The hotel, and the village, was an oasis of peace and comfort after a hectic week in Istanbul. I hope to return one day.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant, exquisite, charming boutique hotel 10 kms. away from the amazing Greco-Roman city of Ephesus! Located in the historic village of Sirince with 12 rooms and 1 Vineyard House. Gullu Konaklari offers you luxurious rooms, amazing views of the olive hills, tranquility, personalized service and eclectic tastes from the Aegean as well as the world.. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gullu Konaklari Hotel Selcuk