“Ancient cave living meets minimalist chic at this design hotel in Urgup, the heart of Cappadocia”
Each of the 6 guest rooms is unique, created by Turkish designer Rifat Ergor with the aim of reflecting the beauty of the natural caves while maintaining a contemporary feel. He succeeded. In Room 1, a black chandelier hangs over a black four-poster bed and a sculptural vivid-red Ron Arad chair. In another, a brightly coloured geometric-patterned rug sits on the bare stone floor, while trendy lights sit in the natural nooks of the cave walls. Our room (Room 6) was modern and understated: a white sofa, lots of blonde wood, sheepskin rugs and sleek anglepoise lamps. In all rooms, orthopaedic mattresses and high-thread-count linens are just the thing for a good night’s sleep.
Ensuite bathrooms are covered in sandy stone tiles that match the cave walls, with glass-walled walk-in showers, fluffy towels and custom-made toiletries.
Rooms all look out over the central courtyard, which gives them plenty of light. The more expensive rooms are larger and brighter, but they all have a sitting area.
The delicious buffet breakfast - served until a leisurely 11am - includes French pastries, fruit pies and traditional cheese borek, all freshly baked by Eren. It's served under a parasol on the sunny terrace or in the light-filled breakfast room. You can also tuck into creamy Turkish yoghurt, local cherry compote, dried apricots, various cheeses, olives and cereals. If that doesn't fill you up, the cook can prepare eggs any style.
There's no restaurant at Serinn House, but Urgup has no shortage of places to eat and drink, from traditional tea houses to contemporary cafés. In the centre, Han Ciragan, set in a 250-year-old caravanserai, is ideal for a relaxed lunch under a vine-covered trellis.
Dimrit, a short walk from the hotel, makes good use of its cave architecture and hilltop views. Try the Testi kebab, an Anatolian speciality, which consists of lamb stewed in a sealed clay pot for 4 hours - you break open the lid of the pot when it’s served. Wonderful.
Along the same road, the atmospheric Ziggy's Café spans 3 levels of an old building. Dine alfresco on the terrace if it’s warm, or in front of a log fire among the eclectic furnishings in cooler months. We loved the delicious meze, which included smoked aubergine dip and dolma, pastirma (sun-dried spiced beef) and steak with pumpkin seed sauce and bulgar. It’s one of the most popular restaurants in town, so make sure you book in advance.
Children of any age are welcome and the hotel can supply baby cots and extra beds.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Room 2 is recommended. This is a Deluxe Room with a sofa which can be made up as a single bed plus there's space for a baby cot. Alternatively Room 5 has a sofa which can be made up as a single bed
The steps leading to the terrace aren’t safe for unsupervised small children.