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Last updated: 15 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Jeremy Seal

If Cappadocia’s fantasy landscapes stoke your appetite for the outlandish and sumptuous, look no further than this striking, if slightly mad, Urgup hotel.

Within the townhouse you’ll discover a hallucinatory vision of full-on exotica, with interiors inspired by history, myth, Gothic fairy tale and dream. Lose yourself amidst antique tiles, marble altar pieces, chandeliers, medieval headboards, gilt mirrors, forests of candelabra, brass bathtubs and richly swagged hangings. There’s a spa and indoor pool decorated in similarly over-the-top style.

Tucked away on Urgup’s quiet backstreets, Sacred House is well placed for exploring the local town and the wider region. It’s an amazing place, though entirely inward-looking, without any views over Cappadocia.

Surrounding area

The immediate locale is rich in 19th-century stone houses, many of them built from carved Cappadocian ashlar. It’s less touristy than Goreme or Uchisar, so expect the authentic rhythms of provincial Turkish life – even wandering livestock from the surrounding countryside. Ideal if you’re looking for a quieter, more authentic experience, with less other tourists around.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers*
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Kids club
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

Bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

Goreme Open-Air Museum

Goreme, Central Anatolia, Turkey[5.6 miles]

A remarkable natural amphitheatre of rock-hewn, fresco-filled churches and monastic dwellings dating back to Byzantine times. Cappadocia’s most visited site.

Best for ages: 13+ | £10 | 2 hours

Wine in Cappadocia

Central Anatolia, Turkey[5.8 miles]

Discover Cappadocia’s excellent wines and learn about its centuries-old history of wine-making with a visit to its wineries and wine shops.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 1-3 hours

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Horse riding in Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Central Anatolia, Turkey[5.8 miles]

Surely one of the greatest places on earth to horse ride – in these unique, jaw-dropping landscapes of fairy-tale-like rock formations, ancient caves, and scenic valleys.

Best for ages: 13+ | £40 | 1-5 hours

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Other worthwhile experiences in this destination if you have the time or the interest, closest first

City Hammam of Urgup Town in Cappadocia Region

Hammam at Urgup City Baths

Urgup , Central Anatolia, Turkey[0.2 miles]

This recently-restored hammam occupies a fine old building and is family-run, for unisex visitors, with professional, only-male attendants. (Women-only times available with female attendants). The best place in the region for the quintessential Turkish Bath experience.

Best for ages: 13+ | £5 | 2+ hours

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Beautiful mountains and Red valley at sunset in Goreme, Cappadocia in Turkey.

Sunsets at the Red & Rose Valleys

Goreme, Central Anatolia, Turkey[5.6 miles]

The region is famous for its sunsets, most famously over the Red and adjacent Rose Valley, so-called for the pinkish tones the soft tufa stone acquires at sunset. Watch the show from the Goreme National Park’s Panorama Viewpoint, lined with simple cafes.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 2 hours

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A photo of a natural orange rock curving round in a semi circle.

Walk through the Zelve Open-Air Museum

Goreme, Central Anatolia, Turkey[6.2 miles]

This 2km walk (from the ticket office) leads you through this beautiful Cappadocian valley, inhabited until the middle of the 20th-century, taking in churches, stables, and monks’ refectories.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free | 1+ hours

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Galerie Ikman

Galerie Ikman

Goreme, Central Anatolia, Turkey[7 miles]

An Aladdin’s cave of a carpet shop, a warren of rooms packed with flat-weave kilims both from the region and Turkey’s other renowned carpet regions, piled, hung and draped in picturesque profusion.

Best for ages: 13+ | Free

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Central Anatolia, Turkey

Surreal shaped landscapes rich in troglodytic ruins, walking trails and delightful cave hotels in the ancient heart of Anatolia.

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