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Stay in a house featured in Maison Francaise at historical centre of Istanbul

Bedrooms 2
Property type house

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About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom Newly Restored House (sleeps 6) In World Heritage Sight.

On the edge of the more busy tourist area stay in a authentic neighbourhood and immerse yourself in the local culture,yet still have easy access by foot, or a 10 minute ride on local transportation to Aya Sofia, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, the Grand Bazaar, Beyoglu Taxsim etc, and all of Istanbul's major attractions.

On hilly cobbled streets, the twin neighbourhoods of Balat Fener were once the home of Istanbul's minorities. Here you'll see old Greek, Jewish, and Armenian homes, and some of the cities oldest Synagogues and Churches.

The area, because of so many national treasures, was recently declared a world heritage sight by UNESCO and has a mixture of older more conservative residents and more modern new comers living in their restored houses.

Your host's are local British/Turkish residents on hand to give any information or help if required.

The area is loved by photographers and film makers so don't be surprised to come across film crews as you wander around. The street were you will stay was featured in the last Bond movie 'Sky fall'

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Peter and Ozkan
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Arabic, Turkish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
15 February, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed in both the Old Stay Istanbul Studio and the Tangerine House during our trip to Istanbul in May. The studio was small but comfortable. The Tangerine House was exceptional. The interior decoration, which in this historic house offered tranquil respite from the stark urban reality of a city the size of Istanbul. It was like living within a work of art. Of course, the House had all the mod cons and amenities a traveller needs to feel at home. This house is so much more than a typical holiday rental -- it is more akin to a show home.

Though we never met the hosts, who happened to be travelling while we were in Istanbul, they were very responsive to our emails both before our arrival and during our stay. The Balat Fener neighbourhood provides a glimpse of life in Istanbul outside of the tourist area. There are surprises around every corner and we explored the neighbourhood extensively -- good food, genuinely friendly people, memorable experiences. We were always glad to be back in the "hood" away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist attractions.

In our opinion, this is the ideal place to stay in Istanbul.
May 2015
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)


Beautiful house with all you need in fascinating area.

  • 5 of 5

The house has been beautifully restored so that it is quirky and unusual whilst still being very comfortable and functional.

The area around the house is amazing and it was lovely to get lost wandering the streets.

We were a bit concerned about visiting Istanbul after recent events but felt so safe in the city - much safer than some other European capitals, and with fewer visitors than usual it was a great time to explore the city.

It was very easy to get around by public transport and Ozkan made us so welcome, arranging a transfer from the airport, helping with all our questions, giving us lots of useful information and being around in case we needed him.

Istanbul was one of our favourite ever city breaks, and we would highly recommend staying in this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unforgettable experience

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 17 year old daughter, her friend and I stayed in this wonderful apartment for six nights and it was perfect for us. My husband and I had the third floor room with balcony and view, and our daughter and her friend had the second floor room, each bedroom with its own bathroom. The house is both stylish and comfortable with everything you need, including laundry. Ozkan met us at the apartment, and gave us a personal orientation to the property and neighborhood. We took advantage of the airport transportation service offered which was both punctual and reasonably priced. Avoid the taxis, their reputation is deserved.

We arrived the day after the terrorist bombing at the airport; we were in Greece at the time, and decided that as long as we could get to Istanbul we would continue on. We are so glad we did. We had a memorable stay, exploring all Istanbul has to offer. Staying in Balat/Fener is a unique cultural experience, and my only regret is not exploring more of the neighborhood and taking more pictures. It was very safe and we felt comfortable, but if you are the Hilton type traveler it may not be for you. Also, if you have mobility issues, walking the nearby streets and the stairs in the apartment would be difficult.

If you are the type of traveler, as many VRBO patrons are, that prefers a unique and personal experience, this is the place for you. If you decide to visit, don't miss the neighborhood hamam (Turkish bath). Unforgettable!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Immerse yourself in authentic Instanbul and relax

  • 5 of 5

Lovely and relaxing (and beautifully decorated) old Fener Istanbul house. Great local facilities to buy produce and kitchen to cook Istanbul turkish food. Locals are very friendly - especially the cats. Easy journey by bus or boat to down town . Although two closest boat stops are currently being rebuilt so not operating whilst we were there. Must come back

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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This rental is a work of art and comfort!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house, our second stay with Peter & Ozkan's properties in a month. The home is very comfortable and well equipped with good appliances and pots and pans in the kitchen. The 10 page information package you receive upon booking with tips and ideas for what to do in Istanbul is most helpful. The colourful neighbourhood is a work in progress with some homes renovated and or being renovated and others falling down. It is changing with many new cafes opening in the Balat area but it might be a little gritty still for some. If you go, we enjoyed Aziz Cafe for a great Cappuccino and baked goods, in case you are craving something other than Cay or Turkish Coffee. Forno, good salads, pizza with high quality ingredients. Honey store on the right hand side of the street just before Carsamba at the top of the hill, allow you to sample honeys from throughout Turkey. If you are looking for a cultural experience in a real neighbourhood this is an outstanding rental property.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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One of the loveliest properties.....

  • 5 of 5

This house is great! It's elegant, funky and it has been very cleverly renovated. It is well equipped and is in an interesting part of Istanbul. Easy to get into the tourist and central parts of town.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
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Neighborhood beauty

  • 4 of 5

We arrived here in late June and, as the pictures show, the house was beautiful. Every room had it's charms. The house was comfortable and immaculate.

It is located in a quiet neighborhood slightly off the beaten path, a short walk up a hill. It's one of those parts of Istanbul where you feel you are visiting the 'real' city.

For a short stay, there is everything you could need to make visit comfortable. Traditional bakeries, pastry shops, cafes, markets... And even if few more contemporary storefronts have popped up.

It seemed to me that the area was going through a transition, and it's one of those places where one has the pleasure to see a vibrant city in transition, a welcome contrast to the ancient tourist sights that typically filled our days.

Ozkan, one of the owners, greeted us upon our arrival and gave us an overview of the area, of which he is very knowledgable. He was generous with his time and thoughtful in answering our questions. One could not hope for a better host.

We enjoyed staying here very much.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

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low season
14 Oct 2016 - 15 Mar 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
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1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Beyoğlu in Istanbul & Marmara

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 110 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bathrooms located on each bedroom floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • 2 Large bedrooms. Bedroom 1 we can accomodate our guests with a large double bed (180cm- 200cm) or two single beds (90-200cm) Bedroom 2. A large double bed (150-200cms) The bedrooms have aircon and comfortable seating to enjoy the rooms.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • pier fishing
  • swimming

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