We feel that guests staying with us will come away with an insight into the ‘real’ Turkish way of life; the culture and traditions and perhaps a bit of the language. Your host, Bulent, and his family are all from the town, and can show you the true meaning of Turkish hospitality! The properties are around 100 years old, and have been restored keeping the original walls and features using local labour and materials.
In the summer season we employ Bulent’s friendly cousin, Ahmet, to look after the garden and pool. This helps him pay for his university degree course in computer science. He also loves the job as he gets a chance to practice his English!
Any work that is carried out on the properties is done by local tradesmen and labourers. Our ‘odd job man’ is Mehmet, a sprightly man in his 60’s who lives in Koycegiz. He also looks after Bulent’s mother’s garden, and in the winters he chops the wood for her stove.
Locally produced olives, pine honey, fruit and bread are included in our welcome hamper, and in the breakfast we serve. Bulent’s mother next door has organic grape vines, lemons, plums, apricot and ‘musmula’ fruit trees for guests to help themselves to, and this year we are planting fig and peach trees.
We have solar heating systems to provide hot water and energy-saving light bulbs throughout the properties. The original thick walls of brick and stone ensure good insulation and keep the properties cool in summer and this, coupled with our clear instructions to guests on how to use the a/c units, encourages minimal use of the air conditioning. We have showers and low flush toilets to minimise use of water and recycling bins for glass and paper.
We can arrange visits to a local mountain village (Agla or Zeytinalani) to experience the timeless way of life. Guests can observe and/or take part in seasonal jobs, such as preparing olives, extracting pomegranate juice, making jam, cheese or yoghurt, preparing and drying chilli peppers and aubergines, preparation of local foods and dishes. This is arranged directly with the villagers concerned, and payment is made directly to them.