savgolRight beside the Karagöl (Black Lake) in the Sahara National Park near Şavşat, this five-room pension, one of the remotest in Turkey, is rather like a modern British youth hostel.

Two comfortable private rooms face the water. The three rear rooms have four bunkbeds each plus private bathrooms. A cosy dining room looks onto the lake, with a balcony for warmer days and a fireplace for chilly evenings. Breakfast is included in the prices and other meals can be arranged. Alcohol is available.

There are also two small rowing boats to venture onto the lake.

The owner shows off pictures of the lake frozen over from mid-December through to April when breakfast tables can be set up on the ice.

Unfortunately when I stayed the noise from other guests went on into the early hours and the dolmuş back to Şavşat picked me up too early to have any breakfast. It was not the peaceful experience I had been anticipating. Other guests whom I bumped into later in the day said that breakfast still wasn't forthcoming by 9 am and they had had to make it for themselves.

Of course these defects might have been corrected and other guests may be more considerate as regards noise, some of it coming from campers outside the main building.savgol2

Thumbs up: Glorious secluded location, pretty building

Thumbs down: Basic faciities, no effort made to ensure that guests either got a good night's sleep or left with a breakfast inside them when I stayed

Tel: 0466-531 2137


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