The Gallipoli Houses, Kocadere, Gallipoli Peninsula
Charming Rural Auberge. Doubles from £60 B&B
This delightful Gallipoli hideaway is newly built but in traditional stone so that it blends seamlessly with the farmsteads, barns and outbuildings of its remote village setting at Kocadere. Surrounded by meadows and orchards, it’s a place of birdsong and flowers, and long views to the red and white Turkish flags flying over the high ridges so ferociously contested in 1915.
The cultured and knowledgeable owners, Belgian Eric and Turkish Özlem, have created ten spacious rooms with whitewashed walls, exposed timbers, tiled floors with kilim throws, sitting corners and seriously generous walk-in showers. Evening meals, served during the week in the open-plan lounge, are often attended by spirited evocations of the hellish conditions that the Gallipoli combatants endured and the heroism they displayed, or descriptions of especially moving cemeteries and memorials which guests have visited. Unquestionably the place to stay on the Gallipoli Peninsula.