I want to preface this by saying that the town and this lodging choice might be perfect for some people, but definitely not for us.
My new wife and I were on our honeymoon visiting several cities in Turkey. We had a big guided outting planned for Ephesus one morning, and decided to stay in the nearby town of Sirince.
Sirince has been described by many people here as very charming. I've visitied mountain side small towns in France, with narrow cobblestone streets that I found charming, so it's not that the entire concept is lost on me, but I don't understand the appeal of Sirince.
The town itself reminds me a bit of a Disney ride. You drive up a narrow mountain road and arrive in the heart of Sirince. Granted, the place is tiny, so every part of Sirince is basically the "heart." To me, the trip up the hill was the ride, the town itself is the crowded and uncomfortable gift shop that you're forced to walk through before making it back out to open air. The town is nothing but shops that are selling trinkets, olive oil, honey, and the regional specialty of fruit wine. Don't even get me started on the fruit wine...using the term "wine" seems to lend legitimacy to this product, which it does not deserve.
I guess I should get to my review of the hotel!
So the Terrace houses consist of three individual houses you can rent nightly. We ended up in the largest, and most remotely located of the houses, the Grapvine house.
The challenge begins with trying to locate the main building where you need to check in. The town is so densly populated with people and tour buses, that driving around is nearly impossible. So we parked in a lot, and went on foot, trying to follow the directions provided us. Even with the directions, the poor signage makes it very difficult to find the building.
Once we found the buildind we were greeted by the Terrace Houses' owner's daughter, who was overseeing the operations for a few weeks. She was very warm and friendly, and helpful. She came back down to the parking lot with us (about a 5 minute walk from the main building) and got in our car to help direct us to the location of our particular house. The house was located off of a steep, narrow, dead end dirt road.
Once at the house, we immediately recognized that, much like the town itself, the house wasn't our style. The property is pretty large with a main house, a fireplace "room" separate from the main house, and a little grass area. The house is quite old (I forget the exact age), and it shows. The floors are all stone and the interior all feels quite old. To me, I didn't see charm here, rather I felt a bit like we were staying in a barn.
There is one bathroom in the 3 bedroom home, which is a massive room taking up 1/2 of the downstairs. The other 1/2 of the downstairs is devoted to the kitchen and dining area. Once upstairs, there is a master bedroom, a second bedroom (with two institutional looking beds) and a third room only accessed through the second bedroom. This third room is billed as a bedroom, but it isn't much larger than a large walk in closet, and the bed is in a little cubby with low celing clearance. You access that bed via a small ladder. This bed isn't somewhere i would want to sleep or have a guest sleep.
After settling in we went back to the town to verify we didn't miss anything. There is an odd juxtaposition between very poor elderly women practically begging you to buy items from them, and tourist trap fruit wine tasting rooms. The town literally shuts down at 8pm, with the exception of some restaurants.
For us, the Terrace Houses and the town of Sirince were not ideal. The rustic nature of the home made me feel like I was camping. The highlight for us was that it was only a one night stop over.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are letting three fully furnished houses and suites in Sirince village, 15 minutes to the ancient city of Ephesus. We are open all year round. Houses are comfortably decorated with original pieces from all over Turkey, and have all kitchen facilities. Hot water by solar system and electricity. Fire places are also blowing hot air in to the rooms. Clima is in all houses. Sirince is famous with its vine, olive oils and peaches. And it is a heritage village with 600 people living . ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Terras Evler - Terrace Houses Sirince Hotel Sirince