Ancient cave dwelling in UNESCO Heritage Site, far from mass tourism and all inclusive hotels. The house has a panoramic view of the volcano Erciyes and the famous valleys of Cappadocia. It was carved out of the rocks, but has a facade with doors and windows, a partially covered courtyard and a large rooftop terrace with outdoor kitchen. It is traditional and fully furnished. With hairdryer, CD player, scrabble and books. A great base for walks, visiting underground cities and frescoed rock churches. Thanks to the high altitude, the temperature in summer is lower than in the villages in the valley. As the temperature in the cave area in summer and winter is constant, no airco is needed. In winter the house is heated by a coal stove, which includes an oven and there is also a fireplace and several electric radiators. The house is located 50 meters from the village square (restaurants, shops, ATMs, internet cafe, car rental, etc.), and yet quietly located on a path with no traffic. There is good public transport. Rise up early for a balloon flight over the bizarre landscape or relax in the hamam, get shaved at a Turkish barber or simply enjoy a good book in the courtyard of the house, next to the kitchen. The rooftop terrace has a great view. There is an outdoor kitchen on the roof, so you can enjoy breakfast or lunch and your laundry dries there in no time. You can swim in one of the Cappadocia's lakes or in the pool of one of the hotels. A walk through Pigeon Valley to Göreme takes less than an hour. Once you have a taste for it, there are more and longer beautiful walks and bird watching in the Red and Rose Valley, the White Valley, Love Valley, the Zemi Valley and - much further away - the Ihlara Valley. Photographers will enjoy this magical and bizarre landscape that after volcanic eruptions was shaped by centuries of erosion. Films were made in the area with James Bond, Omar Shariff, Paolo Pasolini and Nicholas Cage and also Star Wars as well as some Turkish soap operas. The population is friendly in an oldfashioned way; no pushy sales methods. The weekly markets in Ürgüp, Avanos and Nevsehir offer fruits, vegetables and herbs. The houses are decorated with traditional stone masonry. Kemal, the grocery store on the square and Mehmet, owner of restaurant Le Mouton Rouge (on the corner) are a source of information, if you need a car with or without driver, public transport or hot air ballooning (I can offer a discount). If you don't want to make your own breakfast, you can enjoy a rich Turkish breakfast in the cosy Kilim Pansiyon. They also organize trips with guide: father and son know every path in the region. Neighbor Şükrü may drop in to play his saz for you, a traditional Turkish instrument. He and his wife Hatice care of the final cleaning of the house.
So come over and meet fellow cavemen!