Cappadocia has always been at the top of my travel bucket list especially after moving to Turkey. Every day life somehow got in the way and we just never made it there. That was until this year – where we ended up going twice in the space of 2 months. We stayed at the Millstone Cave Suites which is located in the Uçhisar area of Cappadocia. It was a great choice of hotel as the staff, rooms, location, food and hot air balloon ride made our first visit to the region very memorable.
All of the staff were so friendly, warm and welcoming. The hotel has 13 rooms, all of which have their own unique charm. After my stay I felt so at home I didn’t want to leave! The rooms were spotless and the beds are massive and very comfortable! I slept like a log every single night (which was partly due to the bed and partly down to being exhausted as I was waking up at 5am every morning for the balloons!) One thing that kept on amazing me throughout my stay there was the exquisite attention to every little detail and the quality of the craftsmanship, it really set the Millstone apart from some other hotels i’ve stayed at.
As we have been twice, we have stayed in 2 out of the 13 rooms…The first, 1011 as seen above, has the best views over the valley so when we woke up at the crack of dawn we had an amazing panoramic view of the hot air balloons rising with the sun. On our second visit we stayed in another gorgeous room, 1013 (pictured below) this time with it’s own private Turkish bath (hamam) which was a real treat!
All rooms have a bath tub that totally deserves it’s own mention! After a long day of exploring the caves, underground cities, Pigeon Valley, climbing the castle or horse riding there is nothing better than going back to the room and having a long, hot soak in a bubble bath. The hotel provides tea-light candles and a range of products such as a scrub, body moisturiser and shampoo/conditioner to make the experience even more relaxing/romantic.
The food. Oh the food…..I have stayed in many hotels but I have to say the chef at the Millstone is Fan-tas-tic. Lets start with the breakfast which made waking up a pleasure (and I am not even a morning person!) In the Winter you can eat in the cosy cave restaurant where you’ll be greeted by a table full of delicious choices….
In the warmer months you can eat outside on their patio with an amazing view to accompany the amazing food. Cheese, bread, ham, jams, olives, apple tart and fresh tea or coffee and my tip would be to try the menemen (Turkish omlette) or the ‘sucuk yumurta’ (egg and a type of sausage) because they are delicious and great for dipping the homemade bread in to!
Dinner was always my favourite part as the food is of such high quality – some of the best dishes I have ever eaten and as they only have 13 rooms the restaurant was never crowded. On our first visit I ate the ‘testi kebab’ (a meat dish slow cooked in a sealed clay pot which they smash open and pour onto your plate) every-single-night!! It was too good to say no to! I would also recommend the Millstone burger and if you have a sweet tooth like me – the chocolate soufflé with ice cream.
The hotel is located on a hill overlooking Goreme, Red Valley and Pigeon Valley. After exploring the other areas of Cappadocia it was always a pleasure to retreat to our little corner of Uçhisar.
You get a brilliant landscape view of Cappadocia right outside the hotel. I loved waking up at 6am, throwing on some clothes and running outside with my camera to watch the balloons float around the sky as the sun rose – Usually accompanied by Lucky the hotel’s adorable dog and mascot!
The Millstone Cave Hotel in Cappadocia really is a home away from home and I am already planning my next visit.