Almond Tree Villa
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Almond Tree House is an imposing stone private villa on the Bodrum Peninsula, located in the village of Gökçebel and its' country farmhouse style, spaciousness and comfort coupled with a large swimming pool make it an excellent holiday choice.
Almond Tree House has been built with thick stone walls, stone tiled floors and has been traditionally finished with dark wood doors and windows yet this is an immensely light and airy house. Every room in the house has French doors, each opening onto a different area with its own characteristics. The entrance terrace is cool and shady and with comfortable rattan seating is an ideal place to take a little respite from the sun. The covered dining terrace overlooks the pool and garden and the upper bedroom terrace provides lovely views over the village, both benefit from glorious evening sun. However, it's the roof terrace with fantastic cushioned seating areas that provides the perfect place for early evening drinks with a magnificent sunset and sea views.
The villa has been immaculately finished and furnished and with great attention to detail. The kitchen area with brightly painted cupboards and dresser is cheerful and inviting, the sitting room with big squashy sofas is comfortable and appealing, all the bedrooms are spacious and cool and the bathrooms with their mosaic travertine tiles are both practical and pretty!
Outside, the pool (9 metres x 4.5 metres, depth ranging from 1.40 metres to 1.80 metres) is surrounded by sunbathing terraces and there is a lawned area. At night the pool and the garden can be floodlit and up on the roof terrace the lanterns are lit and with the star filled sky it creates a truly magical setting
This is a perfect family villa but also recommended for 2 couples holidaying together due to the bedroom/bathroom configuration.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
Bodrum was once Halicarnassus, famed for its colossal mausoleum begun by the egocentric ruler Mausolus, an earthquake toppled this wonder of the ancient world and the Crusaders used much of the masonry to build their castle, situated between two horseshoe bays. A visit to the magnificent 15th century castle with ramparts, leafy courtyards and imaginative archaeological exhibitions featuring many finds from shipwrecks dating back to the 11th century BC is highly recommended.
In the atmospheric shopping streets you'll find local handicrafts such as copper goods, intricately painted ceramics, carpets and kilims competing with street stalls selling “genuine fake watches”, designer name clothing, natural sponges, jewellery shops abound offering a huge array of beautiful designs, fabrics, famed Turkish towelling, boxes of sweet pistachio filled Turkish delight, pastry shops with a tempting selection of sweet and savoury, just be sure to take enough bags to carry back your purchases!
If you have ever considered Scuba Diving then Bodrum is most certainly the place to take the plunge, deep blue water with high visibility crowded with huge living sponges, octopus, scarlet star fish and even tropical coloured fish attracts beginners and experienced divers who rate it very highly.
Vacationing in a private villa on the Bodrum Peninsula allows the opportunity to sample some great dining out. In Bodrum town you can choose one of the elegant and sophisticated restaurants overlooking the marina or for an experience try the hectic and bustling Restaurant Alley, a vine shaded lantern lit street with outdoor restaurants, one spilling on to the next, authentic live music and impromptu displays of Turkish dancing; a real slice of Turkish life! The choice of bars is extensive, some loud and blaring, others refined and chic, there is something to suit all age groups. Visit the famous Halikarnas Discotheque, set right on the sea's edge and landscaped like a Greek amphitheatre but for the real thing the recently restored 4th century BC amphitheatre overlooking the sea and the castle hosts some spectacular concerts throughout the summer.
Basing your villa holiday on the peninsula allows great access to numerous nearby historical sites, Euromos with it's temple of Zeus, Iassus, perfectly positioned on the water's edge in the Bay of Güllük and inhabited since the Bronze Age, Heracleia by Lake Bafa where Selene the moon goddess fell in love with Endymion the shepherd on Mount Latmos, Didyma with its marvellous Temple of Apollo, Miletus, Priene, Stratoniceia, Pecin Kale and a little further away the exceptional site of Ephesus, the list is endless, every day of your holiday can be a journey into the spectacular past of Asia Minor.
Whatever your choice of holiday, luxury villa, stylish hotel or countryside cottage; lazy or active there are few places that can compete with the attractions of the Bodrum area.
Upper Gökçebel village is delightful, hidden from all but the most curious, this is a charming, traditional village looking towards the sea and is where we have a great selection of our Turkish holiday villas; Sakina Konak, Blue Jasmine, Mulberry, Almond Tree House, Cheedem, The Cream House and Melengech. Small flower covered whitewashed houses line the crooked little streets and there is a backdrop of green hills dotted with a number of very stylish villas and houses. Many of the villagers seem to own a donkey or a cow and it's no surprise to see them out walking their animals! The single village shop sells day to day requirements and there's a small weekly market in the village centre, additionally there are 2 large supermarkets on the road to Yalikavak. It's just 3 kilometres drive to the nearby town of Yalikavak where there are plenty of shops and restaurants and a very popular weekly market. There are a number of beaches in the area which can be visited by car.
The small town of Yalikavak is situated on the north west side of the Bodrum peninsula and this is where we discovered the charming Lavanta Hotel and the stunning villa in Yalikavak, Ali Baba. Here in the north it is still possible to find picturesque villages where old traditions sit comfortably alongside the more modern lifestyle. Yalikavak is a favourite destination of the city Turks and in the months of July and August visiting minor celebrities cause a certain sophistication to descend on the village. The town centres itself around the small harbour with a handsome 300 year old windmill to one side. Restaurants line the sea front and in the streets running back from the sea, grocery shops and fresh fruit and vegetable shops nestle alongside an art gallery housed in an old water cistern and a kilim showroom in a former olive oil press. On the coast road towards Gümü?lük is the smart new yacht marina with elegant shops and cafes and an open air cinema. A little further on there is a great selection of seaside fish restaurants. The main town beach is just a short walk from the centre and tennis courts are available in the town. The striking Mosque with its two minarets stands on the hillside and watches over the village. Thursday is market day and locals from nearby villages throng to town to stock up with fresh fruit and vegetables. Enjoy hand picked citrus from local orchards and pass the time of day over a few cups of strong Turkish coffee sitting under the shady plane trees. There are numerous walks in the area, one of the best with spectacular views must be from the small settlement of Geris perched at the top of a mountain and only a few kilometres from Yalikavak centre. A local hike may find you stumbling across derelict windmills, a deserted Greek village, Lycian rock tombs and even a temple dedicated to Zeus, a perfect picnic spot.
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21 Jan 2014
"A perfect village vacation"
Simply a perfect house in a perfect location. The manager in Turkey was very attentive and informative, even provided the little bits of shopping we requested before our arrival. The bedroom on the gr… More
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