Mansions & Secret Garden
Çeşme Quarter, where Gülevi Safranbolu is located in the historical center, is known to be established in the 18th century as wealthy citizens started to build stately mansions on the eastern skirt of the Castle. We can see that all of the mansions were damaged by a fire in the neighborhood in the 19th century and were refurbished, subsequently.
Today, we are honored to name these mansions after their original proprietors.
We know that Hacımemişler Family was doing yarn and textile business. It is observed that the mansion was modernised in the wake of 20th century due to western influence. Hacımemişler Mansion started accommodating guests in 2006. The mansion has 5 rooms including a master bedroom.
It is rumored that Şükrü Beten Efendi, after whom Betenler Mansion is named, settled in Safranbolu after serving as a judge in Jerusalem. There were no formal government office buildings in the Ottoman territory until the 19th century and official duties were taking place in mansions. In our opinion, Beten Efendi, too, used part of his mansion for his official duties. This must be the reason behind the distinct separation of harem (women's quarters) and selamlık (men's quarters). Betenler Mansion has 5 rooms including a suite comprised of master room and mother-father bedroom.
Gökçüler Family is known to have handled forest works and to have traded wood. Gökçüler Mansion is going to consist of 6 rooms including 2 junior suites formed by combining standard rooms with chest rooms. This mansion is going to welcome its first guests in 2011.
Three mansions meet in a secret garden. The water from the historical neighborhood fountain in the garden is enlivening. Fruit trees which are the true inhabitants of the tranquil garden either make life more colorful with their wedding blossoms or offer their fruits depending upon the season.