Konakları ("Rose Mansions")
is a beautiful, quiet refuge from
the tourist mecca of Cappadocia:
four fine, large, historic Ottoman Greek
stone mansions (c. 1856) carefully
and aesthetically restored, and outfitted
the latest comforts and conveniences
in the delightfully quiet town of Mustafapaşa (map),
a few kilometers south of Ürgüp.
What's nice about the Gül
Konakları (GURL koh-nahk-lah-ruh)—besides
its several rose gardens,
the dedication to preserving the best
and most gracious aspects of
upper-class Ottoman living.
Perhaps that's what attracts the rich
and famous, like film star and top
to stay here:
Monica Bellucci with hotel owner
and staff at Gül Konakları
For example, the Gül
Köşkü (Rose Kiosk)
in the rose garden, furnished with sedirs
(low cushioned sofas) all around, is
the perfect place to sit and read,
or chat, or sip tea or a drink, listen
to soft music, or reflect on the
The Ottomans were
great at keyf, or blissful,
many of us modern workaholic types
are NOT good at. Gül Köşkü is
the perfect architectural expression
For a change of mood, the main
living room in the main mansion has been decorated
in a more modern style, with comfy
easy chairs and, in cool weather, a
cozy fire in the fireplace.
Soft music plays throughout, and candles sparkle in the public rooms on most
Beside the modern kitchen, the mansion's
complete with tandır (firepit),
has not only been preserved, but is
still used to make many of the traditional
dishes: a tandır clay pot
is filled with vegetables and succulent
lamb, sealed with clay, then placed
in the firepit to cook slowly for hours.
or grape juice press room has, like
so many other features of the Gül
preserved much as it was. Fresh grape
juice was a
favored drink in this rich grape-growing
region, along with the "aged grape
juice" otherwise known as wine.
The guest rooms vary
in size and appointments, with no two
identical, although the
two triples in the adjoining stone-arched
stables are similar, with loft beds.
(In fact, most rooms in the inn can
sleep up to three people.) The main
house has seven guest rooms, the
has 12 rooms. Four of these
are cave rooms, the rest stone rooms
with elaborately decorated wooden ceilings.
The stone rooms were designed to stay
cool in the summer's heat, so air conditioning
has not been added.
The two dining rooms are named Atina (Athens)
and Selanik (Salonika)
in honor of the houses' former residents,
who moved to those cities as part of
the League of Nations exchange of populations
following WWI. Old photos and postcards
from the two cities decorate the walls.
All in all, you really feel
that you've gone back in time here,
in quiet luxury only two minutes'
stroll from the town center, and
a 15- or 20-minute drive from the
bustle of Ürgüp and Göreme (for
which you really should have a rental
car, as public transport is infrequent.)
By the way, the Dinler Family who own Gül
Konakları also own and operate the new Kayakapı Premium Caves resort in Ürgüp. More...
When you contact Gül
Konakları, please mention
TTP. Here's why.
50420 Mustafapaşa (Sinasos),
Tel +90 (384) 353 5486
Fax +90 (384) 353 5487
—by Tom Brosnahan
warm welcome awaits you
Below, the windowed
in the rose garden.
cooking in a traditional
pot oven) over the firepit.
Below, historic stone mansions