Stunning air conditioned 2 bedroomed house with beautiful garden, pool
- english, turkish
About Alison Morel
I originally came from the South of England to Turkey on a backpacking trip 30 years ago, fell in love with Selcuk and ended up staying. I am still very happy to be living, working and enjoying this small town, the friendliness of the people, the wonderful sites and the whole feel of the place and area.
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Lovely and Central
A beautiful retreat with an easy walk to downtown Selcuk and the various ancient sites. We were family of four with two children. Everyone enjoyed the pool, the terrace and the garden. Our favorite stop on our Turkey itinerary!
All the comforts of home a blessed stay.
The garden house and Iona house are my two favorite places for lodging in Selcuk. I've stayed there seven times in the past three years. The accommodations are Clean and clean.
You will not go wrong with either of theses homes.
Alison Moral is the perfect owner and manager for these properties. They have many affordable and beautiful vacation homes. See you in October Allison
Cute Home, Amazing Location, Friendly Hospitality
We are a family of 5 traveling the world for a year. We have stayed in rental homes all over South America, South Africa and Greece. This charming cottage in Selcuk is one of our favorites! Alison and Memet's hospitality is exceedingly gracious.
We had originally planned to stay for 2 weeks, but loved the place, Alison, and the surroundings, so we added several nights. Two friends who are also traveling met us in Selcuk in their camper, which Alison helpfully allowed us to set up just outside the home's gate. The camper was safe and secure out there, with an electrical hook up.
As cooks and food-lovers, we especially enjoyed the cute, excellently equipped kitchen. Plenty of cookware, utensils, crockery and glasses with a full sized refrigerator and dishwasher. Grocery stores and fresh-food markets are within an easy walking distance, as are wonderful bakeries and sweet shops. We prepared and ate most of our meals in the house including a lovely dinner at the garden table under the stars.
The rooms and beds were comfy. We loved the open closets and chests of drawers; we unpacked and made ourselves at home. We also appreciated the easy-to-use wash-machine, along with the extra bed linens and bath towels.
Thanks to the outdoor living area, the Garden House had space for each of us to carve out a little privacy when needed. The roses were in bloom when we were there, lovely! The swimming pool that is shared with Goldsmith House next door was still a bit cold while we were there, but we still had a great time splashing about, especially after days sightseeing in the sun.
We enjoyed so many ancient sights around Selcuk, most within walking distance of the Garden House. Isa Bey Camii, St. John's Basilica, Selcuk fortress/castle, the Roman aqueduct, Temple of Artemis, Mary's House and, of course, the city of Ephesus a nice hike away. The newly renovated Ephesus museum was absolutely amazing!
Alison also helped us with excursions further afield. She organized a driver and van for us to visit the Roman spa city of Hierapolis and the famous travertines (aka Cotton Castle). She had friends who own a rug manufacturing and sales store host us for a lunch and display of beautiful Turkish rugs (with absolutely NO pressure to buy). She helped us get to the Tire market by dolmus and (for the teens) to Aqua Fantasy, a fun water park.
We absolutely recommend this house to groups traveling in Selcuk. We sincerely plan on returning someday.
Thank you, thank you for your amazing and very informative review.
It was a total pleasure to have your lovely family and friends staying at Garden House, hopefully in the not to distant future you may be able to enjoy Garden House and Selcuk and the surrounding area again,
Best wishes and thank you again,
Great base for exploring fantastic ruins
My wife and I were looking for a nice house with outdoor space as a comfy base camp to relax between days out in the astonishing nearby ancient ruins. The house is in top order, really clean with modern kitchen and lots of space to sit out in the sun and have meals outdoors. Very private, off the street and easy walk into the town. We thought Selcuk would be boring and dull but instead it gave us an opportunity to see a real Turkish town vs, resort town. Lived off several really good bakeries with their own ovens, diaries with super fresh and thick yogurt and the ladies in the market square that sell fresh veg and fruit. Also giant market on Saturday to explore. Alison was fab in helping us and it really helped that she spoke English. Her office is a short walk from the house, She arranged a car to take us to some of the nearby ruins so if you prefer not to rent a car that is a possibility. Plenty of restaurants in town and Alison will help you out on finding the good ones. We had a fire in the fireplace as day after we arrived was a tad chilly then nice warm sunshine followed. This is a good place to slow down step back and unplug without any hassles. Beer and wine in the grocery stores and if you like a tipple you won't be made to feel uncomfortable. Really lovely coming home to your own smart house in private grounds just off center of town after a day out exploring. Been to Turkey many times but this was different in a good way - highly recommend it.
Wonderful neighborhood, excellent house
My husband and daughter and I came to Selcuk for just two days, but wanted the comfort and independence of having a house. I'm not sure which we appreciated more - the modern conveniences of the house (lovely furnishings, brand-new kitchen and bath appliances/fittings and top-notch air conditioning), the rustically comfortable and satisfying covered patio area, or the lush gardens and pool. We also fell in love with the neighborhood, which was a casual mix of lovely renovated homes and guest houses, and the much more modest traditional homes of the local people. Simply wandering in the neighborhood gave us so much pleasure. Alison was a delight to deal with, and gave us some good tips on restaurants and activities. Our only problem with the place was that the kitchen knives were a little old and rough - but since we ate almost every meal out that wasn't a big deal. I just wish we could have stayed longer!
Dear Susan and family,
Thank you so much for your informative and very kind review.....
I have taken note of your knife comment and the situation has been rectified, thank you : )
It was lovely to meet you all but a shame you did not have enough time to enjoy the many other sites on the doorstep and in the area, a good excuse for another visit.
One of the best-appointed houses we have rented.
The Garden House is set in a beautiful walled garden with a lovely sheltered outdoor seating area. A 'secret' door leads you to a beautiful little pool. We didn't need help but it was a real comfort to know that we could contact Alison if we did need anything. A very relaxing week!
Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write your review, very much appreciated. It was lovely to have met you and lovely that you enjoyed Garden House and it's surroundings.
All the best to you all,
Selçuk is a very attractive town perfect for people who prefer to be away from the 'package tour crowd' with a population of 26.000 it is large enough to have all the facilities needed for a comfortable stay including plenty of nice restaurants, cafes, bars and interesting shops.
Selçuk is situated eight kilometres from the Aegean coast, one hour away from Izmir, the third largest city in Turkey and 45 minutes away from Izmir Adnan Menderes airport where there are many international and domestic flights daily. Selçuk train station has connections to Izmir and towards Denizli
There are a very decent bus services all over Turkey and the local mini buses run frequently to the local sites and towns.
Banking is very well catered for and there are supermarkets and plenty of shops selling all you should require. Every Saturday there is a beautiful weekly market which sells everything from wonderful local fruit and vegetables herbs and spices, clothes, footwear and much more.
The town has a decent hospital and dental services should they be required.
The local beach, Pamucak is situated eight kilometres from town a fourteen-kilometre long sandy beach, quiet and virtually unspoilt.
There are many wonderful local sites within walking distance from each of the houses and many day trips from Selçuk including Pamukkale, Heropolis, Priene, Miletus, Didyma and much more, please go to archaeological sites page for more information.
If you would like airport transfers or to hire a car or minibus during your stay please state your requirements and we will be very happy to help.