Turkey villa holiday, near Patara Beach

“Enjoy the beaches around Patara then retreat to the cool of the mountains, staying in this beautiful villa with a pool and big garden, in a quiet village.”


Contemporary villa with three bedrooms | private pool | large garden | air con and Wifi | mountain location | views of Patara beach | beaches a short drive away | local produce

Description of Turkey villa holiday, near Patara Beach

This Turkey villa holiday near Patara beach offers the chance to enjoy time in an unspoiled, traditional Turkish village in the beautiful Taurus mountains. The villa is within the village of Islamlar, also known as Bodamya, 6km inland from the seaside town of Kalkan and close to Patara beach, too. Islamlar is some 300m above sea level with the temperature noticeably cooler than that of Kalkan, a welcome asset in hot summer months.

Locals make their living from grapes and olives and the area is lush with vines, olive groves and figs. Several springs are utilised as trout farms with restaurants and offer great dining with stunning views. These restaurants also serve a delicious local goat cheese fried in chilli oil.

This villa is a three bedroom contemporary mountain house in the hills of Islamlar. The setting is beautifully rural Turkey; neighbours drop by to offer you fresh bread, cheese, yogurt and milk directly from their cow. From the patio you can see shepherds tending to their goats as the sun sets over the mountains and sea beyond.

At night you can listen to the call to prayer echoing through the valley, the sound of crickets, the breeze rustling the pine forests and marvel at the spectacular stars. We have recently added a wooded pagoda to the garden, perfect for a midday snooze or some sunset yoga.

Our Turkey villa has a private swimming pool and boasts a large garden for children to explore. It offers a spacious open plan living space and the secluded patio looks out over the pool and the beautiful valley beyond. Practically the whole length of Patara beach is visible from the house and on all sides you are surrounded by mountains.

Guests here can enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Turkish mountain village whilst being close to excellent beaches and charming seaside towns. A rental car is recommended for excursions. The nearest beaches are in Kalkan, around 15 minutes drive, Kaputas beach can be reached in 20 minutes and the legendary 15km long Patara beach is just 10 km from the house.

The nearest airport is Dalaman, a two hour drive. We can arrange transfers and car rental at additional cost.


Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Turkey villa holiday, near Patara Beach


Our Turkey villa, nr Kalkan and Patara Beach is nestled into a hillside hidden away from view and is intentionally designed to have a minimal visual impact on its surroundings.

As with most village houses solar energy is utilised for hot water. Our neighbour Hatice and her son are employed full time to maintain the house and its grounds.

The grape vines, olive, pomegranate and fig trees have been with them since childhood and we prefer their earthly touch in the gardens. Their cow is our source of milk, and their traditional outdoor oven is the source of our bread. Occasionally they may invite guests into their own home for dinner, a great opportunity for meeting local people and experiencing local customs and village food.

To stay at Papatya is to experience an authenticity rarely encountered in the built up resorts along the coast. The village has several fresh water springs. The drinking water at the house comes from these springs, reducing the consumption of plastic water bottles. Water is used consciously at Papatya. We do not have extensive lawns, and try to maintain an indigenous garden in order to reduce water consumption in the drier summer months. Most of the grounds are allowed to take their natural seasonal course.

We encourage guests to purchase local products such as honey, olive oil and tahini, and to shop in farmers markets and small grocers. In September when our grapes become ripe, guests are welcome to pick and enjoy them. No pesticides of any sort are used on the land.


Since our villa was built we have consistently worked with the local community, employing people from the village of Islamlar for most of the works and maintenance required, from builders to farmers, cooks and even artists.

Grounds managers and the villa caretakers are in fact our neighbours, a local family who have looked after this house for over 10 years. This is not a seasonal concern, the family are employed all year round and the earnings from tourism provide them with a good income.

We also aim to train people who work for us to better understand the needs of international guests and international tourism and health and safety standards but without compromising their local culture and traditions.

We also advise guests to try out our local restaurants in order to maintain some of the tourism income inside the village, helping the village to develop but hopefully in a sustainable way. Of particular note is the locally grown produce and products, excellent tahini for example, is produced right here in the village and we have supported such initiatives to become small independent brands in their own right.

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