Sirince Terrace Houses is a small Anglo-Turkish business, which started in 1999 when our family fell in love with the village. Two months after our first visit, we discovered what was to become Grapevine House. It belonged to a local shepherd who had been living in one room in the house, whilst the rest was inhabited by swallows. Downstairs was a windowless abandoned stable which we explored with the help of a box of matches.
The restoration began, and without damaging the tangerine trees the house was restored to its former glory. Some mod cons have been added, but every effort has been made to keep the atmosphere of the house.
We have backgrounds in teaching and handicrafts and had already restored period apartments in the Genoese heart of the city of Istanbul, Omer's home town. Encouraged by completing Grapevine House, we acquired 2 complete wrecks and started to reconstruct them. These were to become Fig House and Olive House. After 6 years of painstaking restoration, the 3 cottages opened for business and were joined this year by two new suites. Unable to resist the beauty of Sirince, we have now given up city life for good.
We are helped by our 2 daughters Sibel and Nesrin and the very capable Aysel Hanim, who ensures that everything is kept up to scratch for all visitors. No doubt during your stay you will meet one or all of us as we all like to spend as much time as possible in the village.
Charlotte and Omer Samli at the entrance to Olive House