The Garden at Number Seven
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
|Living space||100 square meters|
Suitable for childrenYes
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Description from the owner
Fruit trees and a field of strawberries of the four-tiered garden highlight this fully-furnished self-catering house located half-way up a cobblestone hill in 'old' Ayvalik. The house has three bedrooms: one double, one with three singles, one bunk; sofa bed for 2: comfortably sleeps up to 9 people. Two full baths. Fully-equipped kitchen; cozy living room has many books, games, internet and stereo. A generous first breakfast gets you started; shops and restaurants are a short walk away. The owner lives next door and is happy to help with cultural or ogistical questions. Children are most welcome! Parking nearby; pick up for those arriving via...Read more
The Garden at Number Seven
Ayvalik, Aegean Region, Turkey
Additional Location Information
Ayvalik is a fishing village on the sea in the olive region of Turkey. The Garden at Number 7 is located in a traditional neighborhood where some neighbors keep chickens, others keep horses. Plenty of local characters and color! The town is a great get-away; plenty of lovely beaches nearby; behind town, olive trees stretch on and on and on. The Greek island of Lesvos is across the bay and visible on clear days.
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in EUR) (change)
|Rate Summary||$90||$90||$0||$0||3 nights|
|All Dates||$90||$90||-||-||3 nights|
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- Additional guests - $26 / person - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 1 guest(s)
Additional notes from owner
Rate for 2 people is 70 Euros per night; 20 euros per additional person; no charge for children under 2
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 04, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Un endroit magique hors des sentiers battus
Si vous cherchez à vivre "à la turque" loin des plages touristiques, avec des turcs en vacances ou pas... Le Garden est fait pour vous. : accueil amical de Tara (qui est américaine mais parle turc et vit là depuis des années), petite ville adorable et pleine de charme, jardin et terrasse magnifique, plages accessibles en dolmus, petits restos, marché, criée... L'eté tout en douceur et en petits bonheurs !
S'il fallait chercher "la petite bête", je dirai qu'il fait aimer les animaux pour venir car le jardins est partagé avec Tara qui a ... quelques animaux de compagnie !
Une adresse que nous recommandons chaleureusement !
Awesome ayvalik[--]s authentic abode!
A fantastic find, tucked away between old windy streets is this really quaint and comfortable spot that myself and a couple shared for 4 great nights. Tara was a great host meeting us on the edge of town and then directing us to the house. The place was tastefully decorated and well equipped with cooking utensils (including a wee barbeque), a large fridge stocked with cheese and jam as well as space enough for a family 7. The views from the top garden were spectacular and enjoying a G and T with the sun going down ranks as one of my favorite holiday experiences ever. Town was a 5 minute easy walk and there were plenty of places to eat and drink in the town itself - again, Tara gave us the inside track on which the best spots were. Great beaches, great weather, great holiday, couldnt recommend the 'Garden at Number 7' any more!
Response from Tara Chantal Hopkins - 11/21/2012
How lovely to know that I could help you three wonderful guests have a great holiday! And glad to know that the extra effort spent for the fine weather paid off:-) I do get the best people staying right next door to me. Thanks Will - All the best, Tara
Lovely stay in the Garden at number 7
Dear Tara, we had such a wonderful stay in the Garden at number 7.
You have looked after us just like we where family. We enjoyed the house, there was so much space for all of us and the rooms they had such a lovely atmosphere.
The garden was exciting and lovely with al the flowers and vegetables, we could stay in the shade of a fruit tree or climb up a higher level and admire the view over the town right towards the sea.
You were so helpful with recommending all the sights you knew we would like to see.
Our kids loved to play with your sweet little dog 'Badem' and all the cats in the garden.
Your workshop really impressed us, great job you are undertaking with unemployed Turkish women.
Thank you so much for making our stay in ayvalik so memorable.
Do you want to feel like living in aivali during its prosperous
Then the only way is to be accommodated in one of the old traditional houses located in the old neighborhood
One of these possible to rent is Tara's guesthouse at a really reasonable price.
A llovely place, renovated according to its original style and with great taste!
Fully equipped with a variety of amenities will make you feel at home as well as the owner Tara with her exceptional filoxenia
Tara herself is discreet and helpful when asked, willing to share info for the area and it's daily life. She also did the extra mile to welcome us with basic food needed to start the first day at home!
The three levels garden is an oasis by itself...
P.s. promise to be back soon and find the puppy fully recovered by his fever...
Response from Tara Chantal Hopkins - 09/07/2012
Efxaristo, Konos and Ioanna!! Badem the puppy would like you to know that he's waiting for you to come and play with him and see just how silly he can be - just ask the cats... I'll let you know when I get the hammock up, just in case you might be around for a bit of hanging out in the garden, after more wandering! We all hope to see you before too long - go well!
Lovely home, Wonderful Host
My family of six (four teenagers) stayed in this guest house for a week and had a great time. Tara Hopkins was enormously gracious, hospitable and helpful--the lovely, multi-tiered garden with a view over the harbor and city was ours to use for the entire stay. The home is very comfortable and well set up, plenty of room for all of us. Ayvalik is an authentic Turkish town--much less influenced by foreign tourism than other cities in Turkey. Beaches are readily available by bus or ferry and there are plenty of restaurants and shops. The house is situated in the middle of the old Greek section of town on a narrow cobblestoned street, about five blocks from the waterfront. An easy ferry jump to Lesvos so we combined this stay with a visit to Greece.
Response from Tara Chantal Hopkins - 08/14/2012
And I had a great time meeting you and your wonderful family! I seem to recall that I was also treated rather well by all of you. Thank you for being my neighbors/guests for a while and for your kind words.
All the best from me and my entourage to you and yours,
Magical stay in a special place
My wife and I and our 12-year old twins just completed a fabulous stay at the Garden at Number 7. It's oozing with character and charm, plus plenty of space, inside and out. Our kids enjoyed having their own bedroom and the two full bathrooms with showers were nice for our family. Tara could not have been a better host, helping us out when we need someone fluent in Turkish. The garden is such a special place, with flowers and vegetables, plus the view from the top terrace extends out to the sea, and you can see pretty much the entire town of ayvalik. Plus, we really enjoyed the company of the cats on the property. The kitchen is fully equipped, and the free wi-fi works great. It's a beautiful stroll into town, with several places close by to buy bread and eggs and vegetables. We've been traveling for almost six months now and have visited 12 countries, and our stay at the Garden at Number 7 was our favorite of all!
Response from Tara Chantal Hopkins - 05/26/2012
Well, I am honored that we are flavor of the month for you guys! I am so glad that you felt so comfortable in the guest house and the gardens. It was great having you as neighbors for a few weeks! May your travels continue to be full of adventure. Valerie and Michael send their regards by the way.
Petra and Gábor
Great place, lovely host, been there twice already
We spent our last two summer holidays (2x3 weeks) in ayvalik, at Garden at number 7 because it is just the perfect place for us and all those who seek a quiet, authentic Turkish experience! We arrived by car and Tara picked us up next to the bus station and showed us the way to her charming house. The fully equipped house is incredibly beautiful and the gardens are simply the loveliest we've ever been to; we really wanted to check out ayvalik's night life but finally we mostly ended up staying in the upper garden thinking that nothing can be better in the evening than this place. We have to admit this is also valid for the mornings... There are plenty of nice and quite different beaches in ayvalik and the nearby island called Cunda, ranging from almost deserted quiet bays to frequented, huge sandy ones. Except for the Thursday markets, the town is very peaceful, ideal for having a rest or a more intimate dinner (just ask Tara for the greatest meyhanes in town). Alternatively, one can pop-on a local boat and be in Cunda within 15 minutes to have a superb meal in one of the many crowded seaside restaurants. Cunda is also great for a Saturday morning shopping, the weekly market offering a large variety of fruits, vegetables and local specialties, e.g. cheese, olives, etc. There is a great choice of cheap boat trips to the neighboring islands too. Tara lives next door and her presence makes just the whole ayvalik experience perfect; we completely agree with Rona and Seb.
All in all, we found ayvalik and Garden at number 7 so excellent that we've visited it twice and we can't wait going back. Highly recommended!
Response from Tara Chantal Hopkins - 02/16/2012
Ah, it is so easy to be a good neighbor to great guests! We'll miss you this year and are looking forwardd to hosting you again with the little one! Thanks Petra and Gabor!
Charming house and lovely host
From the beginning Tara was extremely helpful, even arranging a taxi to pick us up from Bandirma - over 200km away. As we arrived late, Tara had put some food in our fridge. She was also had lots of advice about bus services, interesting restaurants and great beaches.
The house was very comfortable, beautifully decorated and had everything you could need on holiday. There was a view of the bay from the bedroom windows and a garden with fig trees where we had breakfast everyday.
Ayvalik had many good restaurants, bars and food shops. There was a sandy beach at the resort at Sarimsakli but on the island opposite ayvalik there was little secluded coves to swim in - just asked Tara. Though we never took them there appeared to be boat tours round the coast. We did, however, take the bus to Bergama to see the ancient ruins of Pergamon.
We had a wonderful time in ayvalik but undoubtedly it was enhanced by having Tara nearby.
Response from Tara Chantal Hopkins - 01/06/2012
Ah, thanks Seb! It's quite easy to be helpful when you feel that your guests, whom you have never met before, are so friendly and want to make the most of their experience! I don't know if I should tell you how much the garden has grown and how much more fruit there is in the garden now though...
A wonderful Turkish home from home!
The Garden at No. 7 is a very handsome house that's been lovingly restored outside and in, and is tastefully furnished, cool (in summer) and spacious. With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, it could easily accommodate a larger than average family. The garden is absolutely spectacular - it's actually 4 gardens on different levels! The top terrace boasts fantastic views over town - a perfect place for breakfast or sunset drinks.
The charming owner lives in the equally beautiful house next door, and she ably manages the feat of completely respecting guests' privacy whilst being approachable and available to help or provide advice if needed. She could not have done more to ensure that we enjoyed our stay. Through her, we booked an excellent driver to take us to and from the airport and also a day trip to Pergamon.
Ayvalk is a lovely seaside town - plenty of amenities for tourists, but still very much a working town and not just a 'holiday resort'. Unlike some other resorts in Turkey, Ayvalik retains plenty of Turkish character - possibly because most of the tourists are themselves Turkish, with many of them owning holiday homes in the area. Although English is not a widely spoken as in some resorts, the locals are mostly extremely helpful and friendly and the universal language of gesticulating madly generally worked for us in the end!
The house is situated in the heart of the 'old town' - the historic Greek part of ayvalik. This little district has some pretty steep inclines, and the roads are cobbled, so my only warning would be that if you have significant mobility problems, you should probably consult the owner before booking.
I would wholeheartedly ayvalik for a relaxing seaside holiday, with very good restaurants, a large and bustling weekly market and the best sunsets ever. We found the Garden at no. 7 an absolutely ideal base from which to enjoy the town. We are already planning to return!
Response from Tara Chantal Hopkins - 12/14/2011
I am so glad you had such a good stay - do come back and be our neighbors again!