A wonderful hotel in a little town that has become the Aegean showcase of rediscovered country chic. Taş (Stone) Hotel is a century-old stone house whose natural, unaffected style pioneered the vogue for Alaçatı. 7 rooms, a swimming pool set in a perfect lawn, and a superb breakfast of olives, village bread and home-made jam.
Zeynep Öziş’s delightful hotel and the house she built next door, in the same impeccable vernacular, featured in Berrin Torolsan and Solvi Dos Santos’s book of contemporary Turkish interiors, At Home in Turkey: ‘The ground floor of the house, which was used by previous owners as an olive-depot lined with huge terracotta vessels, serves today as a spacious and welcoming lobby and a library with a log fire and deep sofas, while the living quarters upstairs are transformed into bedrooms that are bright and delightful. Some rooms look down into the garden, with its small swimming pool shaded by cypresses, honeysuckle, jasmine and plumbago. Others look across the street to neighbouring gardens. The colour scheme, apart from the unplastered stone chimney breasts and plumbago-blue painted shutters, is many shades of white: whitewashed stones walls, white linen chair covers, white piqué beadspreads and white muslin curtains. The occasional piece of antique furniture – a chest of drawers Zeynep inherited from her family, an old wardrobe or a little drawing accentuate the cloud-like atmosphere… Thanks to Zeynep, this windy corner of the Aegean has become not only a mecca for sporty windsurfing types, but also a romantic literary retreat.’