Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey

“Fish suppers in Islamlar, walks on the Lycian Way or visits to Xanthos and Patara; this cottage makes an ideal base to explore Turkey's characterful southwest coast. ”

Highlights

Peaceful location with sea & mountain views | Traditional stone cottage with handwoven textiles & original artwork | Locally made wooden furniture | Mountain stream & barbecue area in shaded garden | Ducks & chickens | Grapevines, fig, cherry & plum trees | Local trout farms | Optional excursions to Xanthos, Patara, Letoon, Tlos, Kalkan, Saklikent Gorge

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Our top tip:
Restaurants in Islamlar are less expensive than Kalkan and if you're into grilled trout then you're in for a treat. Jumpers for evenings dining alfresco are definitely a good idea, even in the summer.
Room description:
2 double en-suite bedrooms; sleeps 2 - 4 adults. Also features open-plan living area, fully-equipped kitchen, wood burning stove and spacious balcony.
Amenities:
Set in a private garden which is disected by a mountain stream.
Meals:
Several good fish restaurants, serving local bread and cheese in Islamlar or more choice 8kms away in Kalkan.
Also included:
WiFi, transfers and local lifts.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey

Environment

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.

Community

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.

16 Reviews of Kalkan village accommodation, Turkey

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Reviewed on 22 May 2018 by

The location of the house was so beautiful and peaceful - felt like being in your own world. It was wonderful, the house is rustic and beautiful but has everything you could need. Deborah was friendly and helpful but gave us our space. The area is absolutely stunning. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by

10 out of 10....The beauty of the mountains around islamlar, the wonderful accommodation, the animals , the food, everything really Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2015 by

Very enjoyable & relaxing but with plenty to see & do. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2015 by

fab holiday----quirky accommodation----loved it! Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2014 by

Deborah is a fine host with a wonderful cottage set in a beautiful location abounding with lovely, friendly animals. A perfect getaway and base to explore this stunning part of Lycia. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jun 2012 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was seeing the cottage for the first time as it was so much nicer than we had even hoped for! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Apr 2012 by

The most memorable part was the accommodation's location. It was great to be up in a little village, very peaceful, away from the pre-season warm up mode of Kalkan and surrounded by locals. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2012 by

That we could stay in this lovely cottage with great views in a secluded garden. The house is fully equipped with everything what you need - from a good filled bookshelf to all what you desire in the kitchen...We have been there for a week in October, it was just perfect, still hot for the beach and cooling down for night. One of our best short breaks ever. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Dec 2012 by

A quirky holiday. A delightful, very well-equipped cottage and such a helpful owner. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jun 2012 by

The most memorable and best thing about the holiday was the lovely cottage we were staying in and its idyllic location. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Jun 2011 by

We stayed one night with Deborah. She is an excellent host. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2010 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was the exquisite feeling of being tucked away in a tiny cottage, warm as toast beside the woodstove while the rain fell on the roof...It was perfect for us. We were hoping for just this type of restful retreat, but still accessible to the nearby towns, gorgeous coastline, ruins, markets, etc. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2010 by

This was one of the most relaxing holidays I've had in a very long time, and Deborah was a brilliant host... I had a wonderful time, and would recommend the cottage to anybody who wants to experience the real Turkey away from the main tourist resorts. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2010 by

The cottage gave us quiet seclusion with evenings reading by the fire. By day those seemingly insignificant experiences of everyday life in another culture now fill our memory and conversations. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Sep 2009 by

We had a lovely relaxing time away from crowded resorts & package holiday places and were looked after very well at the cottage. It was wonderful to be able to be in the sea or swimming pool every day. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2009 by

If you want a piece of real Turkey rather than the sanitised tourist environment then this accommodation and Islamlar could be it as the cottage is a delightfully rustic environment in the heart of a village community. Read full review
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