About Us

Just like you, we are tired of slogans like “Feel like at home while on holiday”, “A wonderful breakfast in a natural place”, “Quiet holiday in the nature” “A charming hotel in Bozcaada, the Aegean paradise”. We only aim to welcome you with joy like when friends come at home, at Bağbadem, a place we created with excitement and dreams, that took time for us to define, between hostel, hotel and farm. Sharing with you nice chats, wonderful foods, collect grapes on the vines, or read a book under an almond tree, speak about a movie, let the children discover and play in a garden they won't want to leave.

In Bozcaada, in the heart of nature...

We really want you to be able to come and rest here, have good time alone with your beloved, be able to sip a glass of wine on your terrace, staring at the stars while your baby sleeps, that you remember the taste of almond milk and real eggs, the smell of the lavender and of the nature, get friend with the hosts of the next room at the breakfast table: but you shouldn’t wait for luxury rooms, landscaped gardens, grass watered the whole day long, swimming pool nor air conditionned. At Bozcaada the sea is cleaner and more clear than any other pool (if it feels cold, even staring at it is enough), the stone vineyard houses are cooled the whole day long by the breeze, the garden and vines surrounding are invitations to imagine.

In this island in the universe, the sky is so beautiful and the milky way so close that the only thing that could scare you is the sound of two hedgehogs passing by, or the owl insisting in standing on the Bağbadem sign at the entrance, the sweet smell of graped during vintage, all we wish is that not only you like Bağbadem, but also you fall in love with this wonderful island and all its colors.

We wish you will find here something different, another dream, a different island and colors, that the soul of Bozcaada will embrace you as it did for us, and be unforgetable.

And the most important, if we ever meet, and if it happened that somt tastes, smells etc… were missing, please forgive us, and tell it to us so that the dream never ends…

Back in 1999, between an intense and tiring professional life and the chaos of Istanbul, we begun to imagine and dream about certain projects. What if we lived in a small place, had a garden and if moreover it was on the coast, we could raise our children by ourselves etc… Then after talking and discussing so much about these projects, we begun to believe that it was possible. With this belief, we had a trip over the whole north aegean coast from Datça til Bozcaada. Our island, at first sight, can generate two feelings: you may fall in love with it or want to leave it as soon as possible. We felt the first one, bought as soon a piece of land and began to build a small hotel for our dream to come to reality.

When we took this decision, the island was not as popular as it is nowadays, we heard a lot of things like “you will get bored to death on the island”, “how will the children go to school?”, and “a boutique hotel, what is it? who will come?”, then with a bit of fear we got into this project, saying that “you can do this kind of things while being young and still have a chance of returning, otherwise it will remain a retirement project and be useless”.

In 2002, we got the owners of a 8 rooms boutique hotel, “Bağbadem”, located on the land of uncle Karvel, with its vines and almond trees. And of course our 1 and a half year old son, Alaz.

Time passing, hundreds of plants have joined the garden, trees and flowers, a small yard, chicken, turkeys and quails that children love, wooden furnitures, my husband’s childhood dream, a wooden tree house. The days last 24 hours but if nobody stopped us we would have been working 25 hours. This is why I look to our garden today as man looks at his children.

 

Speaking about children, in 2006 a second boy joined our family. Çınar and his older brother work now in the animation team of the hotel :) They go to the small school in the center of the island and spend their free time fishing and hunting lizards and crabs. They share this art with who wants to learn it.

 

We welcome our hosts in this small, quiet and peaceful home, eat the products of our garden and vines as much as possible and share them with our friends. I like to be a neighbour going to her friends with artichokes flowers or a bottle of grape juice as a present, a mother collecting sea shells with her children, the lady who cooks cakes for the children of the neighbourhood, the nurse for the new born chickens, and a woman who manages to have time for herself.

 

Finally, the center of this story is Bozcaada, Bağbadem was our dream and we want to share as much as possible the happiness and the joy that this dream brought to us with you and have you remember your holiday with a real feeling.