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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.

Reviews of Villa holiday nr Dalaman, Turkey

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 19 Jan 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Many excursions are available from the shores of Lake Koycegiz down to the coast via the ancient ruins of Kaunos and the mudbaths, past Dalyan to Turtle Beach. This trip is a must as you really see the beauty of the area and the changing landscape as you head towards the Aegean sea. We chose to hire a boat to ourselves (with the help of Bulent) and enjoyed a wonderful day with the skipper and our cross-dressing, belly dancing cook and were able to choose where we went and when. Another superb trip took us into the mountains to eat at a restaurant literally built over the river where it was cool and lush. As with everywhere we went the food was excellent and relaxing on the cushions listening to the river rush below you whilst eating was a most romantic experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The town of Koycegiz is an unspoilt Turkish town with little evidence of tourism - the main square still functions as the town centre with local cafes and shops around rather than cheap souvenir stalls. Little English is spoken so most communication is by smiles and gestures but everyone is welcoming and helpful without being pushy. Bulent's English is perfect however so you won't be completely in the dark! The villa is just a couple of hundred yards from the centre and also from the lake front so buying fresh produce for meals was a pleasant stroll either through the streets or along the lakeside each morning. The villa itself is large and very comfortable, the shared pool is a good size and is cleaned every day. There are ample sunbeds around the pool. As it is positioned in a residential street there is very little noise to spoil your day's around the pool, however it is worth remembering that the locals (and possibly anyone in the opposite villa) won't appreciate a rowdy
holiday group creating noise in their midst either. The lake front is a very short stroll away and has a lively promenade with several bar/restaurants along it all serving alcohol and local food. Eating
out is inexpensive and you won't be rushed. You could sit all day on the lake front taking in the views, playing backgammon on a borrowed board sipping Turkish tea and watching the boats ply their trade. We even saw a turtle lazily cruise past our table.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


The villas are owned by Bulent and his family, some of whom still live next door. If you need a lift anywhere the chances are one of his brothers will be your driver with the great advantage that they don't charge a lot (and you'll know how much before you leave), they'll divert to show you interesting things on the way, such as the local fig sellers (delicious, but effective!) and they won't rush you. The bars, cafes and shops are all run by local people - no large international holiday companies here - so everything you spend goes into the local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Our holiday was idyllic. The sheer beauty of the area, the friendliness of everyone and the unhurried pace of life gives you no choice other than to relax and forget work. If you want to be more active then there are plenty of choices around about and Bulent will always offer advice and be able to help arrange anything for you. The villa and pool were spacious, well maintained and very well equipped - we even had a juicer to make fresh orange juice bought from the many roadside vendors sitting amongst their orange groves. If it's relaxation you crave or a quiet base away from the more rowdy holiday element, this is perfect. If you want all-day English breakfasts and pulsating rhythms at night then you need to go somewhere else.

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Waking up to have a swim in the beautiful pool - the villa was wonderful and it was great to be able to walk into the friendly town to shop or have a meal - very reasonable prices! The owners, Heather and Bulent had a lovely breakfast waiting for us when we arrived - what a lovely couple - they were able to give us lots of information about places to visit and arranged a boat hire for us. This was a fantastic day where we were taken around a bay by Captain Halil, we swam in the clear sea and his mother cooked us a lunch of freshly caught fish and kebabs. Fantastic! So much to do in this area of Turkey.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do not buy food at Dalaman airport - £20 for two rolls and 4 bottles of water!! You don't need to hire a car for the whole two weeks - Heather and Bulent can arrange reasonably priced excursions and find car hire for you on the days you need it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Heather showed us round the town and recommended places to eat and places to buy local produce. The Monday market was full of local produce.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


We had a super holiday and would definitely go back.

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