Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Villa Farilya is a detached two storey Villa with breathtaking sea views. Located on an exclusive development of privately owned villas 10 minutes from the charming village of Gundogan and 30 minutes from the cosmopolitan resort of Bodrum. Villa Farilya has one of the best locations on the development - close to the communal pool area and on a corner site with no passing traffic so the villa is totally private.
Villa Farilya offers the best of both worlds - a relaxing and peaceful haven yet close to a broad range of activities and amenities.
During school holidays this development is very family oriented as many of the Villa owners come to spend summer in their homes. You will meet families from Turkey , UK , Ireland , USA , Russia and many others. The pool area is very sociable both during the day and in the evening at the pool bar. Outside of school holidays it is quieter and may suit couples / groups of friends better - in fact you may have the beautiful pool to yourself some days!
There is a regular Dolmus (minibus) to Gundogan - every 30 mins from the entrance to the development.
From Gündogan bus station you can get a dolmus to Bodrum and other villages like Yalikavak , Golturkbuku Gümüslük,and Turgütreis. The dolmus is a fun and very cheap way to get around in Turkey.
Taxis are available in Gündogan 24 hours a day.
A car is not necessary to enjoy a holiday in Villa Farilya but if that is your preference, there is secure parking close to the Villa.
There are a couple of shops for basics within walking distance of the Villa and Gundogan Village has a 4 supermarkets , restaurants , ATM's , chemist , doctor , weekly market , boat trips , water sports etc
As the owner of the Villa I am available to answer any questions you have from your first enquiry until you come home again and between myself and our local contact we guarantee you a personal service from start to finish. After you pay the deposit we will send you a detailed guest pack and frequently asked questions which will provide a lot of information on the house , development and the area , details of car rental , airport transfers etc
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Private Facilities 400 m|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bodrum Milas ( Bodrum BJV) 35 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Spacious two storey Villa decorated in a simple uncluttered style with marble floors, pale walls and curtains to create a cool and relaxing atmosphere.
A generous living area comprising a comfortable living / dining room with French doors opening into the garden and a well equipped kitchen making this a home from home for you to enjoy.
One bathroom on this level with walk in shower.
Two bedrooms, one double and one twin room.
There is a family bathroom upstairs with full bath and shower over bath.
A large landing upstairs has a sofa making it a nice area to relax and read or just have a rest during the day.
Mosquito screens on doors and windows and air conditioning throughout leave the villa cool and comfortable even on the hottest of days.
A constant supply of hot water is available from an electric immersion heater.
All linen and towels including beach towels provided.
Plentiful supply of storage in both bedrooms including lots of clothes hangers.
iPod docking station.
Starter supply of basics free of charge - drinking water, toilet roll, dishwasher tablets, household cleaner, soap.
Cafetiere and teapot provided so that you can enjoy your favourite ' cuppa ' on one of the terraces
Supply of adaptors for use with UK / Irish appliances - Turkey is 2 pin round.
Electronic mosquito / insect repellents in all rooms
If a bit of ' retail therapy ' is a key part of your holiday you will find a bathroom weighing scales so that you can make sure you are within the luggage allowance on the way home. Unfortunately I learned the hard way that they are very vigilant about overweight luggage at Bodrum airport!!
A customised starter pack of items like tea / coffee / milk / bread / fruit etc can be organised through the local agent and will be there for you on arrival. This can be arranged directly with the local property agent and you pay her on arrival.
The Villa is well equipped with good quality household / kitchen appliances so there is no need to use that precious luggage allowance to bring household items. If you want to know about a specific item just ask before you pack. Many well known brands of food and toiletries can be purchased in the local supermarket.
It is our aim to make Villa Farilya as welcoming and relaxing as we can so that you will enjoy a great holiday.
|Further details outdoors|
Villa Farilya is located on a private corner site with no passing traffic and is one of the closest Villas to the pool area. See photo No 5
No need to get up early to save a sunbed here! Choose between the private garden or terraces of the Villa ( 4 sun beds provided) , the beautiful infinity pool area with a plentiful supply of sunbeds and umbrellas and a private seaside pontoon nearby. The downstairs terrace is set as an outdoor dining area with table and chairs.
Upstairs there is another terrace which opens from the landing and has spectacular sea and pool views. This is a great place to enjoy a drink in the evening as you watch the beautiful sailing boats and speedboats come in and out of Gundogan,
Either terrace provides a perfect setting for a private romantic evening as the moonlight shines on the water of Gundogan Bay.
Villa Farilya is located in an exclusive development overlooking Gündogan Bay.
The development is professionally managed and maintained to a very high standard.
There are electric gates and 24 hour security at the entrance.
THE POOL AREA:
Just down the steps from Villa Farilya (see photos) is the large communal pool area with magnificent infinity pool, separate children's pool and a small play area with swing / slide and climbing frame.
There is a small pool bar serving snacks, ice cream and drinks.
This communal area is very sociable during the summer and you will be invited to join in all the activities and parties by the pool for adult and children alike. Equally if you wish to be left alone the location of the villa means you can be totally private.
Free Wi-Fi access is available at the pool area 24 hours a day.
The pool is open from May - Oct, is unheated and there is no lifeguard on duty.
For those who prefer to swim / snorkel in the sea there is a private beach area just 400 metres from the complex which will be available to you as a guest in Villa Farilya. Access is by way of steps down from the road opposite the entrance to Herodot. It is also possible to drive to this area as there is parking - approx 5 mins by car.
This area has a beautiful jetty and sun loungers, on three different levels , changing facilities cafe facilities/ etc so is a very pleasant way to spend a day at the beach if you fancy a swim in the sea. Cool bag and plastic utensils are provided in the Villa if you want to pack drinks or snacks to take down with you.
If you fancy a change of scenery Gündogan Beach is less than 10 minutes drive (accessible by bus also) where there is plenty of sunbathing space on the beach and on the many jetties beside restaurants and hotels which are mainly free of charge.
A wide variety of water sports / sailing / boat trips are available in Gundogan both in the sailing club and the information stand on the harbour front. Other trips eg Ferry to Kos or Datca or longer trips to other parts of Turkey are available in the travel agent by the bus station.
You can choose to spend each day as you wish -chill when you feel like it , be active when you want to - your holiday , your choice.
The Villa is unsuitable for those with restricted mobility and children under 5 years.
Due to the proximity to the pool area it is not possible to drive right to the door of Villa Farilya. Photo No 5 shows the steps leading up to the Villa just to the right of the pool bar.
Photo No 16 shows where the entrance to the pool area is ( behind the play area). Parking is here on the roadway and then you walk across by the pool and up the steps.
Villa Farilya has open marble stairs and the garden has open fencing and steps leading down to the pool area.
Cots or high chairs are not provided.
Children of all ages must be supervised at all times including at the pool area as there is no lifeguard.
Pools are open between May and October.
The pool bar may not be open every day / night outside of peak summer season.
We will help you arrange car rental / airport transfers and can arrange starter shop or mid holiday cleaning for you.
If you have any questions about the Villa or the area please ask and we will answer them honestly and send additional photos if there is anything you want a closer look at before making up your mind to book.
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
Gündogan Village is located on the Bodrum Peninsula in the South West corner of Turkey separated from Greece by the beautiful Aegean Sea. The climate is quite varied here with mild but sometimes wet winters although averaging more than 320 days sunshine. The winter rainfall means that this area is pleasantly green with forests and beautiful flowers and plants with the stunning bougainvillea very prevalent in the area.
The sun shines from April to Oct. Days are long and sunny and nights are warm and balmy with a gentle breeze ever present in Gündogan due to the shape of the harbor. Villa Farilya located on a hillside benefits greatly from the breeze even on the hottest of days.
History & Culture:
Turkey is an ancient civilisation with a fascinating history and this area provides opportunity to visit many interesting historical sights.
There are far too many to mention all so this is just a taster to give you an idea of what is within reach of Gundogan.
The first signs of habitation in this area can be traced back to the Chalcolithic Age 5500-3000 B.C. as a result of artefacts found in a cave near Gündogan in the mid 1990's. Nearby Big Rabbit Island contains the remains of a Byzantine monastic settlement circa 9th century A.D. A short distance down the coast is Gümüslük village home to the ruins of the sunken city of Myndos now visible underwater, the deserted village of Sandima near Yalikavak and the stunning windmill ruins just outside Bodrum .
The sky line of Bodrum is dominated by the Castle of St Peter dating back to 15th century and built on the site of the palace of Mausolus the Persian Governor of Halikarnas (ancient name for Bodrum). As well as being a major landmark in Bodrum the Castle is in excellent condition and is home to an archaeological museum containing underwater archaeology and a fine collection of antiquities.
Approximately 2.5 hours drive from Gündogan is the truly remarkable remains of the old Roman city of Ephesus which includes the temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world) where St Paul preached and is an extremely well preserved example of ancient Roman times. It is really worthwhile going here and also investing in a professional guide as every stone tells an amazing story.
Located between Ephesus and Selçuk is 'Mereyemana ' the House of the Virgin Mary which according to Christian traditional beliefs was the last home on earth of the mother of Jesus and where she lived after the Resurrection of Christ - it is believed she was brought here by the Apostle John who was originally from this area. Regardless of your religious beliefs 'Mereyemana' does have a spiritual and peaceful feeling and you will enjoy a few quiet moments here.
Modern day Turkey is a very large country straddling Europe and Asia, is home to more than 75 million people and has a varied economic and social culture ranging from traditional poorly educated rural communities to sophisticated and cosmopolitan cities. Although predominantly Muslim, Turkey is a secular society and is tolerant and welcoming of people of all faiths and cultures. As a major tourist city Bodrum is a modern and vibrant society quite Mediterranean in atmosphere with a distinct dash of the East due to the Mosques visible on the skyline and the haunting call to prayer. Bodrum has a 'winter ' population of around 30,000 people but of course many more come to this popular resort in summertime. Turkish people are friendly and hospitable and will go out of their way to be helpful and make sure you enjoy your holiday.
Turkish. English is widely spoken in shops and restaurants in Bodrum.
Turkish Lira. Many shops in Bodrum will accept Euro /Sterling/ US$ as well.
Automated Teller Machines ( ATMs / Cash Dispensers ) are plentiful in the area and you can withdraw both Turkish Lira and other currencies - Euro / Sterling / US dollars in many of them. There are about 5 ATMs in Gundogan village alone. These are located in the main square close to the Migros Supermarket. There are many currency exchance offices around the area as well.
Major Credit Cards are accepted in many restaurants and shops.
Time Zone: +2 hrs GMT
Gündogan formerly known as 'Farilya' (sunrise) is a small village about 18 km North West of Bodrum city.
While popular with Turkish holiday makers it has remained undiscovered by mass tourism retaining a rural tranquillity and old world charm that urges the visitor to relax and adopt a slower pace of life. With one of the longest beaches in the area and a constant breeze Gündogan is very popular with water sports enthusiasts and offers opportunity for windsurfing, paragliding, snorkelling, jetsking , fishing, sailing , boat trips etc.
There are no bars / nightclubs in Gundogan. Instead you will find a more relaxed approach to evening entertainment centred around a small number of beach front restaurants. These restaurants serve delicious Turkish food like Mezes (selection of starters) freshly caught fish and other dishes like Tavuk (chicken) and Köfte (Meatballs) washed down with some local Turkish wines or the local tipple Raki (an aniseed flavour clear drink that turns white when mixed with water / ice and packs quite a punch!).
Mealtimes are relaxed in Turkey with the company and conversation equally as important as the food. Why not blend in with the locals and enjoy a lengthy evening meal on the beach front or one of the many jetties with the sound of the water lapping beside you and the occasional fish jumping in the water . As day gives way to night the beautiful sunset is replaced by the twinkling lights of the white houses on the hillsides around the bay.
Bodrum is actually the name of the peninsula as well as the name of the main resort / city. The Bodrum peninsula is relatively small with villages dotted all around the coast each having its own unique charm and easily accessible from Villa Farilya. You can easily drive to all of these or take a dolmus from Gündogan bus station around the coast stopping off wherever takes your fancy. The scenery alone makes the trip memorable.
If you fancy a more lively night out during your stay Bodrum is just 30 mins away by car or dolmus(every 30 mins until the early hours). A stylish and cosmopolitan resort sometimes referred to as the ' St Tropez ' of Turkey , Bodrum has a great range of restaurants, bars and clubs to suit every taste and budget including the Catarman ( a sailing nightclub !) the famous open air Halikarnas night club and the beautiful Bodrum Marina Yacht Club.
There is also the option of sampling the night life in one of the many neighbouring villages. Yalikavak approx 15 mins drive from Gundogan has a bit more of a tourist feel with some bars offering Sky sports etc. A little more commercialised than Gundogan and more laid back than Bodrum it offers another alternative. Others to consider for day or evening are Turgutreis , Bitez , Gumbet , Gumusluk and Golturkbuku all accessible from Villa Farilya and each with something different to offer the visitor.
Taxis are available at the Gündogan otogar ( bus station ) 24 hours a day and will take you home to Herodot if you want to stay out after the last bus home and cost approx 20 Turkish Lira ( 8 euro). There are also set prices if you want to get a taxi from Gundogan to Bodrum or to take a trip somewhere.
Bodrum is a paradise for those who enjoy shopping – jewellery , leather , shoes , pashminas , carpets , ceramics , handbags , clothing etc , from expensive designer goods to cheaper options. Name it and you will find it here. There is a range of quality and prices so it pays to shop around. Bartering or haggling is acceptable in most shops and the locals make it fun. Each town on the Bodrum peninsula has its own market day. Bodrum itself is home to a large market on Tuesday and Friday (mostly food and produce on Friday with textiles / clothes etc on Tues) . Gündogan is on Wednesday. Yalikavak on Thurs and Turgutreis on Sat. These are colourful and fun with haggling essential as the first price is based on the assumption that you are going to try for a better deal! Enter into the spirit of the market traders and you will have a great time even if you don't buy a lot! The smaller markets like Gundogan are attended by just as many locals as tourists so you will get a chance to be part of everyday life in a more rural part of Turkey than just the main holiday resorts. If you like to cook visit the market on Wednes and you will find delicious fresh produce which you can turn into a beautiful meal.
Bodrum is starting to join the golf holiday destinations with the opening of the new 18 hole Bodrum Golf Club at Vita Park in Tuzla. This area is also bird sanctuary. In Ortakent (half-way between Gundogan and Bodrum) there is a large water park. There are many different boat and bus trips that you may take as you choose including a ferry to the Greek islands of Rhodes and Kos. Other attractions are horse riding, bike hire and a diving centre close to Bodrum.
Regardless of what you like to do on holidays it is all within easy reach of Villa Farilya . The choice is yours.
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28 Aug 2014
"A great location with good facilities"
We had a great time at the villa and complex. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. The sun rise is definately worth waking up for. Kids loved the pool and pool bar strawberry sorbet supplied by Sedat.
13 Aug 2014
"Lovely villa, great views, excellent location"
Right near a quiet pool, great sea shore/jetty and a short drive to a lovely little resort. Gundogan has got everything you need but is also well connected by road for exploring Bodrum area. We hired a car to head further afield but you could manage without.... The local buses are frequent and cheap. Herodot is friendly and relaxed and Gundogan has lots of restaurants and plenty of water activities etc. we had a great time!
Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. I am really
glad you enjoyed your stay and had a good holiday.
2 Sep 2013
"Stunning views and lovely villa"
We had a fortnight break at Villa Farilya in August, with two boys aged 14 and 17. The villa is exactly as Anne has described, and was spotlessly clean. The pool and bar area are also fantastic, no rushing for sunbeds, and we were quite often the only ones there in the mornings! There is a dolmus stop outside the complex which takes approx 10 mins each way into Gundogan, we didn't hire a car and went into town probably every other evening. The view is stunning from every window in the villa and from the poolside. Thanks to Anne for making the booking process so easy and answering our many questions. The Hollands
Hi Clare ,
I am here myself at the moment hence the delay in responding.
Thank you so much for taking the time to do a review and I am really glad you and your family
enjoyed the Villa and Gündoğan.
10 Aug 2013
"Beautiful, well equipped villa with simply stunning views, close to a relaxed, understated resort"
We have just returned from a fantastic family holiday at Villa Farilya. Anne's villa was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. The service was impeccable from start to finish. Anne even provided a guide to the local area, which was invaluable for the first few days as we found our way around.
The views are staggeringly beautiful from the villa and pool area and the infinitely pool I had been dreaming of for the 6 months since I booked, lived up to all my expectations.
We are a family of 4 with children aged 9 and 11 and the complex was perfect.
There were other children around to play with, but it was very low key, and we often had the pool to ourselves first thing in the morning.
Anne put us in touch with a local travel company who organised our transfer from the airport and hire car for the duration of the holiday. You could manage without a car as the dolmus buses are frequent, cheap and easy to use, but the walk up from the gate of the complex to the villa is very steep and in 38 degrees, quite a challenge. Having an air-conditioned vehicle to jump into right next to the pool area was a real plus some mornings. So we used the car for day trips and supermarket shopping and used the dolmus to go into to Gundogan in the evening so if we wanted to have a drink or two.
The beach at Gundogan is great. The sunbeds/parasols are all free as long as you are using the relevant café for refreshments (60p for a small bottle of water, £2-50 for a beer, 90p for an icecream, £4 or £5 for a chicken salad or pide which is like a Turkish pizza). The water was calm clear and warm to swim in. We hired a sailing dingy from the beach for £20 per hour a couple of times too. We did a few day trips to different beach resorts and local markets, Yalikavak for an amazing sunset, the water park at Ortakent twice (we got discount vouchers from the Carrefour supermarket to make the entry £40 for the whole family) and a day trip to Bodrum amphitheatre and the castle and museum of underwater archaeology and a walk round the harbour. The amphitheatre was free to get in and there was no one else there except us!! 3000 years old and currently seating 4000 people with stunning views over Bodrum, definitely worth pulling off the dual carriage way for a look and some silly pictures. We really enjoyed the castle/museum as well, not too heavy going on the facts and artefacts, nice big castle to wander around.
We had never been to Turkey before, but would definitely go back. Loved it!!
Thank you for taking the time to do such a detailed review which will be very helpful to potential guests. I am so glad that you enjoyed Villa Farilya , Herodot and the general area. You sound like you have been bitten by the ' Turkish bug' as happens to so many people visiting this wonderful country.
27 Jul 2013
"Simply Great !!"
The location is great : Bodrum region is wonderful, seaview is incredible, Herodot villas complex is very clean and safe and quite.
The house is comfortable and very well equiped, you feel like at home.
I am so glad you enjoyed your holiday in Villa Farilya and Herodot. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review.
18 Jul 2013
"Stunning apartment with glorious views"
The property is very well equipped with all that you need. comfortable with air con in all rooms. Anne has provided very comprehensive information before you go and the transfer from the airport (45 minutes) is straightforward.
It is in a very good location where no one else will pass by and you are not overlooked.
The shared pool is very close to the apartment ,at the bottom of the steps.
We were there late June and the complex was quiet with us being the only people in the pool most days.
Gundogan harbour/village is a 15 minute bus ride away with great variety of excellent and very reasonable restaurants.
Market on a Wednesday is a must!
5 minute walk to a little shop which has all basic needs.
A great place to sit back and chill out.(plenty of shade available!)
Thank you for taking the time to review Villa Farilya. I am delighted you had such a relaxing holiday and enjoyed both Herodot and Gundogan. You are welcome back anytime!
15 Jul 2013
"A gem of a villa with a breathtaking view"
Villa Farilya is a secluded spot in Heredot Complex. The villa had all the necessary equipment and furnishings. You also had the ease of going out or staying in and marveling at the free, panoramic … More
Hi David & Peta,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you enjoyed your holiday in Villa Farilya and met some of my neighbours and friends there. I would be delighted to welcome you back again in the future.
17 Oct 2012
"Comfortable, peaceful and post card view - Very happy"
Me and my wife (Travelers from USA) stayed in Villa Farilya from 26 to 31 st of August, 2012. We actually got married in Turkey few days after leaving villa Farilya. The owner (Anne) made the reservation hassle free. She was friendly and professional. All questions were answered promptly. May be the feeling is not justified, but I really felt that I am going to a friends house and Anne had to do with it. I know that it is always hard to make payments for what and to whom you dont know. It is taking your chances and not knowing if it was a good decision. May be, we can help to make it easier for you to decide by sharing our own experience of the place . We did take that chance, and we are very happy with the outcome.
The description and explanations given for Villa Farilya in TA is pinpoint accurate. Honestly though, the photos does not do justice to the actual beauty of the view this Villa has of the see and the little mountains and islands in front of it. We enjoyed the view so much that we stayed home most of the time, laying down in the front yard and watching or going to the infinity pool which is literally a few steps from Villa in the afternoons. There are other families and also a bar next to the pool with WiFi. People there seemed to be very friendly and polite.
Living room and master bedroom gives you a full view of a blue that you might have rarely seen. Bodrum is about 25-30 minutes away by car depending on traffic. Gol Turkbuku (a famous celebrity location) is about 15-20 minutes from the Villa. Transportation is available, but I still recommend a car if you are to move around.
The place is at an elevation with a nice breeze at times which makes it cooler for a very hot climate. We only opened AC (available in all rooms) may be 5-6 hours during our entire stay. Kitchen is equipped with all of what you need and a small market on the other side of the street has all basic needs. Larger supermarkets are about 10 minutes away by car. The place was spotless when we arrived.
We left Villa Farilya with such good memories. To that point, I had not actually and formally proposed to my wife and I was planning to do it later at a restaurant. Believe it or not, she was so amazed and excited about what she was viewing out there that I decided to propose to her right there. May be that is the reason why I am spending some time writing this review. And also to appreciate the owner for her conducts even though I do not know her.
If we ever go back to Bodrum area (which I am sure we will), we would definitely go back to Villa Farilya.
Sohil and Samaneh
Hi Sohil & Samaneh,
Thank you so much for taking the time to complete the review. Sohil , I didn't realise that you proposed there and I think that it is so wonderful that you felt Villa Farilya was special and romantic enough for such a major moment in your life. It was a pleasure to welcome you both to my home at such an important time in your lives and I wish you every happiness in your life together. I do hope you visit Villa Farilya again in the future perhaps to celebrate a special anniversary.
18 Sep 2012
Hi all - everything in my life seems to be last minute dot com and this holiday was no exception. We are frequent Turkey travellers and usually stay in Bodrum & Kos, but alas or rather fortuitously as it turned out ,all accomodation in Bodrum was booked. I then stumbled across Anne's website, booked and paid immediately then virtually got on the flight. Booking on the trength of website photos can be a tad risky, so we were pleasantly surprised by what we found at the Villa - great venue, great pool area and just amazing views over the Aegean.
Whoever suggested that you don't need a car must be a mountaineer - the climb up to the villas is fairly steep - I'd never want to walk it unless you are young and very fit. So , definitely get a car - you will also need it to get out and about as there's plenty to see on the peninsula. The supermarkets in the local village are OK-ish, but there's a great western style shopping centre nearby in Yalikavak Marina which is only 10 mins or so away. The quality of fresh produce and especially fruit in the village however is superb.
I enjoyed fraternising with all the locals ( mainly villa owners many of whom are British) by the pool area - if you are there between July & Sept you will meet Sedat who runs the bar as part of his holiday sojourn - there's no end to the cocktails he will mix for you.
We were with two teenage girls who just loved it. Anyway, stop reading this review, book your week (or two) at Villa Farilya and just go - you won't regret it.
Thank you for taking the time to complete a review. I am so glad you enjoyed coming back to Bodrum area. I am glad the Villa was free at such short notice when your plans fell through and that you had a good time in the house and in Gundogan.
9 Aug 2012
"Beautiful Villa with spectacular views"
1st time in Turkey.Booked Villa Farilya which is part of the Herodot Complex a short 10 min bus/taxi ride from Gundogan.Had 2 teen girls on tow 16 and 18.The villa was much more than I expected.Spotless,large and with all the comforts of home with a lot of extras.The whole athmosphere is relax ,unwind and with endless sunshine and really beautiful scenery you have no choice but to chill out.No need to rush down at 6am to place your towel by the pool. No body rushes here.If you don't want to relax by the pool- unlikely you can always take in the rays in the Villa's garden.Read a book.Listen to the crickets and watch the swallows fly bye.The girls headed down to the pool most nights - sorry that's about 50 yrds and met up with their holiday friends and chatted and laughed until the early hours.
Staying in Villa Farilya there is no need for a car you are just a short bus ride from Gudogan.Bodrum with its sparklying night life is just a 30 min spin away.There are plenty of restaurants in Gundogan and food is not expensive.Don't forget to take a boat trip.Its a full day,dinner included and well worth the money.Scuba dive off Bodrum.Buy some designer clothes,shoes at one of the markets - guaranteed ' Real Fake'.Jeep Safari,if your into that or maybe a bit of horse riding.
For me,the best part was having a meal on the patio,glass of wine in hand and watching the sun set over Rabbit Island.End of another perfect day.
i'll be back.
I am so glad you enjoyed your first visit to Turkey. As a first time visitor Gundogan really shows the best of Turkey in terms of scenery and people as it is so 'non touristy '.
Thank you for taking the time to do this review.
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