We’d love to help you rest, recharge and discover something of the Cotswolds, even if you choose not to venture further than Broadway’s charming High Street!
This is a small family project. We’re a husband and wife team, Julia and Tarkan, currently based in nearby Worcester from where we also run our primary business Istanbul Place Apartments.
We’ve led an international family life between Istanbul, Singapore and England, raising our bi-cultural son along the way. After a very successful 10 years hosting global guests in Istanbul, tourism sadly took a nose-dive there due to politics. Whilst working hard to keep the Istanbul business going, it was time for us to put our experience to good use in England too, for some security and peace of mind. We settled on the beautiful Cotswolds and fell in love with Broadway.
Previously Julia was a professional photographer based in Bristol and Tarkan an IT security professional with an international Swedish company. Our very different skills sets and cultures compliment one another well, after negotiations! and we’re able to bring the best of ourselves to the businesses.
We’ve spent several months renovating Chancewell, our first experience of a 17th Century property. There’s been much research and consultation involved, finding inspiration diversely from YouTube to SPAB. Much of the work was done by ourselves and we had the thrill of discovering fabulous medieval graffiti under layers of gloss paint on a windowsill. Plastic bags previously used to stuff gaps behind ancient beams were one of many less encouraging revelations. We’ve been very sensitive in all we’ve done, replacing concrete with lime plaster, wood-filler with historically accurate putty along the way.
Gradually we’ve fallen in love with this fascinating yet restful place and all its intrigues, as we really hope you will too.