Ionia Guest House

Luxury accommodation in the Aegean countryside

More spring weather, more ruins, more plans

OK, this will be a quick one.  It’s a beautiful day and I’m supposed to be putting in irrigation pipes for the new trees, not sitting around at the computer.

Things are going well.  Spring continues to mean that plants are just erupting out of the ground: it’s amazing how quickly things grow here.  Here are a few shots of flowers and the garden to show what I mean.

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The grape vines are definitely back.  We missed them!

The grape vines are definitely back. We missed them.

The season has also brought some new lambs to the farm of our friends at the other end of the village.  The lambs are very cute and Sirem could not resist having a cuddle.

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Only 24 hours old.

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Ready for her close-up now.

Sirem with her favourite.  The lamb also looks pleased.

Sirem with her favourite. The lamb also looks pleased.

And visitor season is also continuing.  Our recent guests Enrico and Bethany gave us an excuse to check out one more of the archaeological sites in the area.  We took them to see the ruins of Tralleis, up on a bluff above the provincial capital of Aydın.     It must have been a very imposing city in its heyday.  The biggest feature still standing is a distinctive triple arch that looks out over the valley.  All very Ozymandias.

The arch at Tralleis.  Some people for scale.

The arches at Tralleis. Some people for scale.

The arch from the other side.  Notice all the construction on the lower level: cellars or tunnels perhaps?

The arches from the other side. Notice all the construction on the lower level: cellars or tunnels perhaps?

Again we had the privilege of walking around a site like this without paying any admission fee, and seeing almost no other visitors.  I think those people in the first shot were our only company.  It’s not that Turks and tourists don’t care about these places; more that they are spoiled for choice about where to go.

Finally: we put in our revised plans for the hotel bungalows a couple of weeks ago, and we’re waiting to hear back from the council about whether the new version can be passed as just a minor revision of the old.   The differences weren’t huge, so we’re optimistic.

Probably the biggest change is that we’re now building a house for ourselves at the top of the orchard.  It’s quiet and peaceful there, and the view is fantastic, so  we can’t resist.  That means two fewer guest rooms up in the orchard, but in the long run we’ll make up the total of six by converting some rooms down here in the old farmhouse.

Another change is that we combined one of the guest bungalows with the cafe / kitchen, rather than having them as two separate buildings.  We think it makes the overall plan look less cluttered, and the thick straw bales mean the guests shouldn’t hear anything from the adjoining kitchen area.

An overview of the new plan.  You can see the existing farmhouse buildings on the far left.  Then, from left to right, it's the cafe plus two guest rooms, the pool, another two guest rooms, and then our new house at the end.

An overview of the new plan. You can see the existing farmhouse buildings on the far left. Then, from left to right, it’s the cafe plus two guest rooms, the pool, another two guest rooms, and then our new house at the end.

The cafe will have big french doors out onto the terrace area.  There's also a higher ceiling as the roof is common but the floor is lower. This seems to make the building blend into the slope a bit more.

The cafe will have big french doors out onto the terrace area. There’s also a higher ceiling as the roof is common but the floor is lower. This seems to make the building blend into the slope a bit more.

Plan view of the cafe, kitchen,and two guest rooms.

Plan view of the cafe, kitchen,and two guest rooms.

The double bungalow above the pool.

The double bungalow above the pool.

Interior of a typical guest room.

Interior of a typical guest room.

Interior view of our house.  Always wanted a mezzanine!

Interior view of our house. Always wanted a mezzanine!

 

13 Comments

  1. Hi Jason and Sirem
    Your photos look fantastic, glad that all is going well for you two. The plans look fantastic also.
    We are currently in Melbourne at Baileys National Gymnastics competition where he has won a bronze medal for his floor exercises which we are all very happy about.
    Also looking forward to October to catch up with you both.
    Marg x

    • Jason

      21 May, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      Cheers, Marg — looking forward to seeing you both. And please tell Bailey congratulations from us.

  2. Just a silly thought: wouldn’t it be cool if the actual physical rooms would end up looking exactly like in the rendered pictures displayed here? With pixels and all? :-)

    • Jason

      21 May, 2015 at 4:45 pm

      We will do our best to match the implicit promise of the Sketchup graphics.

      I hope you noticed the desk on the left of that interior shot. That’s as per your request.

      And you will also be pleased to hear that all doorways are 2.2m high. Even you should be safe. :)

  3. Exciting Stuff! When do you think the bungalows will be ready for guests?

    • Jason

      21 May, 2015 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks, Jane. When will we be ready? Ah, the big question. :) It all depends on how much of the work we decide to do ourselves, and how much we pay other people to do. Given our current trade-off between selfishly wanting to have total control but also not wanting it to take forever (plus the we-are-slightly-lazy effect) I’d say about another 18 months?

  4. I really like the new plans. But more importantly, how was the lamb roast?

  5. Cliff & Diana

    22 May, 2015 at 11:32 am

    The way these plans are progressing Ionia Guest House has all the portents of a World Heritage, sorry, World Holiday Site. I think I shall apply for the position of UK representative.
    Please make sure that Sirem doesn’t get carried away with the ‘lamb hugging’ because I’d appreciate a few left for me in October.
    141

    • Jason

      24 May, 2015 at 4:03 pm

      Very kind of you to say! And we will definitely make sure there are lambs available in October. :)

    • Jason

      25 May, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Oops, have just realized it’s the hugs that must be preserved. not the lambs. Plenty of both, I am sure!

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