Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
Description from the accommodation owner
Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey: the story of this holiday company
When I first came here 15 years ago, there was just a stone ruin, but the rushing water and amazing sea views immediately drew me to the place. It has been a great source of pleasure to create this little haven using natural materials and with the help of local people and take care of the birds and animals who make it their home and give it a special character. I'm lucky to live here and be able to share it with so many interesting visitors. With the passing of time, as I become more integrated into the local community, I am able to play my own small part in its conservation and development.
Responsible tourism: Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey
This Kalkan accommodation offers you the opportunity to stay in the heart of a beautiful Turkish village in an old stone cottage that has been carefully renovated using natural materials to preserve its original features and to remain in harmony with the environment. The cottage has been restored using locally produced, recyclable materials to blend in with the village architecture. It was converted using local craftsmen which benefits the community financially. The village carpenter also made some of the furniture and a wood bedroom with bathroom.
It is the owners policy to use local produce. I have grapevines, figs, olives, quince and a wide variety of fruit trees that we look after organically with the help of Osman, who also does maintenance jobs. Plumbing is maintained by Irfan since we have a simple system piped from a mountain source.
We recycle our waste to make compost and help feed the chickens. We keep chickens, ducks and turkeys for free range eggs and meat. We encourage bird life in the garden. We leave some areas uncut to preserve wild flowers. We buy local dairy produce, goats cheese, yoghurt and milk, honey, virgin olive oil and village made tahini and honey and promote the fish restaurants directly benefiting the local producers. Osman uses the grapes to make pekmez and gives me some and another neighbour cures my olives and gives me some of the oil.
. We use energy saving light bulbs and turn off all electrical appliances to save energy. We are lucky to have a mountain stream running through the garden which we take care to keep clean. We have natural spring water and solar panels for heating the showers in both of the bathrooms. We use home made olive oil soap in the guest rooms. We try and promote the local culture and discourage inappropriate development and are in contact with tour operators that respect the environment.
We use people from the village to maintain all services and this year have Hasan's skills keeping the garden in fine condition and growing some organic vegetables. We also produce grapes.
You will find the local people very friendly and interested to get to know you. We collaborate with some of them to organise visits to out of the way places. All guests are encouraged to use local shops and markets and eat in the trout restaurants in the village. Kenan will bring supplies up if you need them and keeps most basic food items in his shop.
Fortunately there are more young families able to stay and bring up their children in Islamlar now thanks to trade generated by the visitors and the popular trout restaurants.