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Cave hotel and museum with centuries of family history and ownership
Historic mountain village, hand-carved 100 year old stone house and cave rooms, next to Hittite cave city, absolute tranquility and authentic setting.
AKKOY EVLERI offers two forms of accommodation: Village House Cave Hotel and Uvercinka Museum House. The village house includes 11 stone and cave rooms as well as a carved restaurant with authentic fireplaces to keep the place warm in all seasons. The quality of the cave rooms makes one feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Volcanic rock called "tufa" is perfect insulation material. It keeps the temperature between 17 - 20 degrees Celsius throughout the year. All rooms are different from each other in their size, shape and qualities, but they each have the signature curves, texture, cupboards, fireplaces, arches and decorations characteristic of the region but also the village’s local civil architecture.
The Hotel’s commanding location gives you the full view of the ancient village of Akköy as well as the surrounding valleys and mountains with three such village formations, fertile fields, and the unique landscape of Cappadocia. The Cave Boutique Hotel is owned and managed by Mehmet Güleç, born and raised in Akköy while the village was still fully inhabited back in 1960s. The hotel is marked by its serenity, comforting hospitality and welcome of its owner and its staff, the unique features of the village, and custom-designed tours and expeditions in order to satisfy your needs in the areas of historical site-seeing, nature tours, safari, and biotourism.
The Village House kitchen provides meals that are prepared from fresh ingredients every day by Mehmet's family and staff. Food includes organically grown, local produce, without chemicals, additives or preservatives. These include seasonal fruits and vegetables, home made yoghurt and local specialities - fresh from the nearby mountains, local honey and home-made bread. The village cuisine also includes special meat dishes cooked slowly underground, dumplings filled with meat and herbs, local deserts and salads.
Uvercinka is adjacent to Village House Cave Hotel but is a self-standing, authentically renovated museum house. It is rented by groups and families on a longer term basis. It is a masterpiece in masonry and woodwork displaying the best of local craftsmen’s talents. Uvercinka is particularly designed as a family residence fully furnished and independent for long-term stay. It also offers the perfect escape for artists, writers, musicians who wish to hold workshops, master-classes or run writing and creative arts sessions. For additional needs, it is linked with Village House Cave Hotel for extra amenities and bed-capacity. Both Uvercinka and Village House Cave Hotel's commanding location give you the full view of the ancient village of Akköy as well as the surrounding valleys and mountains with three such village formations, fertile fields, and the unique landscape of Cappadocia. These establishments are marked by their serenity, comforting hospitality and welcome of their owners and the staff, the unique features of the village, and custom-designed expeditions in order to satisfy your needs in the areas of historical site-seeing, photography and nature hikes, and biotourism.
Property amenities: All rooms are traditionally decorated and the cotton covers, carpets, kilims, wooden furniture, etc. are locally produced. Each room has: - Private stone shower and w/c - Some rooms have a Jacuzzi - Hot water - Wooden floors - Luxurious bedding - IDD telephone service and internet in the lobby.
Policy: 48 hours notice for cancellation; otherwise one night's fee is charged - Check-in 11 am, check-out 1pm (flexible arrangements can be made upon request) - Payment by bank deposit or credit card authorization.
SPECIAL UHOTW OFFERS
2 days and 2 nights stay at the ecotourism center Akkoy Evleri in carved cave room at an authentic village inn, organic country breakfasts and a full earthen jar of housewine from local produce are included. Price for 2 people, 2 days accommodation and special gift of wine, all taxes included: 160 USD.
4 nights stay = airport transfers with a shuttle bus free (worth $15 US one way)
3 nights stay = 1 night's cappadocian authentic cuisine dinner for free at Akkoy Evleri Restaurant except alcoholic beverages (worth $25 US per person)
2 nights stay = free room upgrade to a Cave Room with jacuzzi (worth $ 25-50 US per night)
special deals in honeymoon packages (2 nights and more)
10 percent discount on daily tours if staying a weekend night
Location:11 km from Urgup, 60 kms from Nevsehir Airport, 1 hr flight from Istanbul.
Yearly Calendar of Biotourism and Organic Agriculture Activities
These long months of the winter come with plenty of sunshine and white snow to the valleys and hills surrounding the village. For those who may be tempted, there is plenty of small game for hunting in the environs of the village, as well as the possibility of nature walks with special winter shoes used by the villagers. In the evenings, it is a delight to gather around the wood stoves and fireplaces in your room and the hotel’s central areas and restaurant, to eat barbecued potatoes and local vegetables. The local village café is a welcoming spot for long evening chats, drinking tea and coffee and sharpening your back-gammon and other Middle Eastern game skills with the villagers. The nights are crisp and quiet, with an early morning sunrise always welcoming you to the new day.
With the arrival of Spring, the outlook of the village changes entirely. The stone houses and pavestone pathways are now laced with the spring bloom of apricot, plum and almond trees. The fields are filled with the buds of narcissus, anemone and other rare mountain bulbous flowers. The villagers engage in communal clearing of the fields and pruning of the fruit orchards as well as tending of the wineries. Our guests are welcome to work along the villagers, as well as enjoy guided tours of the spring brooks, rare plants in the valleys and mountains, as well as bird watching and other calm activities to enjoy the spring weather and sunshine in full.
The best gift of the month of May is the early crop of fruits that nature gives us. Plum, apricot and almond trees have special green fruits that the villagers, especially the children, really enjoy. This is also the time for communal mushroom picking activities in the mountains. This ancient habit equips the villagers with a much appreciated delicacy for their local cooking practices. Our guests are welcome to join us in learning the different kinds of edible mushrooms growing in our mountain village as well as the myriad recipes used to enjoy their rare taste to the fullest.
While the work in the agricultural fields had slowed down in April and May, June is the month when the bulk of the work for organic farming takes place in the village. The fields need regular tending, watering and upkeep until the harvest time. June is also a special month of festivities. At the third week of the month, there is the annual Rice Festival of the village, whereby the whole community goes u pto the mountain tops, eats, dances and plays traditional instruments to celebrate the summer and the upcoming harvest. Our guests are most welcome to take part in these ancient festivities and enjoy first hand the beauty of communal traditions of Asia Minor.
In this month, fruits and vegetables ripen and are ready for harvesting. Our guests are welcome to join us in collecting the gifts of nature in the many fields we have in the environs of our village, down in the valley, up on the mountains tops and along the brooks running through the village itself.
This is the Harvest Time, when all the hard work of the year comes to fruition. The villagers are now in the fields, collecting the goods and gifts of nature, working hard in teams, when entire families and several generations work side by side. All the harvest then gets carried into cave storage. Big wood fires are built to boil the fruits and grapes to produce the precious extracts and to make yearly preserves and jams. Nuts such as walnuts are harvested for yearly consumption, broken and stored in cotton bags. The local delicacy of sun-dried apricots are bagged for winter months and fruit and vegetable composts are prepared. This is practically the best season to join the villagers in their agricultural activities as the Autumn season slowly sets in.
Preparations for the long winter season starts. In the households, villagers make yeastless bread and special baked goods for storage. Wood is collected from the valleys for the long months ahead. Seeds are brought to the fields and the villagers make the preparations for next year’s crop by tilling and turning the soil before putting the seeds in. This is a wondrous time when the light turns orange, and long nature tours and walks in the area allows the enjoyment of the crisp mountain air and the changing colours of the local trees for our visitors. Our visitors are also most welcome to join the villagers in their winter preparation activities.