Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Villa Farilya is a detached two-storey villa with stunning sea views.
Located in a secure , friendly and well-maintained development with a mix of Turkish and international home owners. Villa is 10 minutes drive from the charming village of Gündogan and 25 minutes north of the cosmopolitan resort of Bodrum.
It is the best of both worlds - a relaxing haven while still close to a broad range of activities and amenities.
The Bodrum peninsula has something for everyone and Gündogan is a great base to explore all that the area has to offer.
There are a couple of small shops close to the Villa and the local village has all the essentials - supermarkets, chemist, bakeries, cafes, restaurants, internet cafes, weekly market, ATMs etc.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO?
During school holidays (July / Aug ) you will find many families with children of all ages. ( Turkish , British , Irish , Russian , American and many others )
Early and late summer ( May / June / Sept / Oct ) is usually a bit quieter here with a very pleasant temperature which may appeal if you are not confined to school holidays. You may even find that you have the pool area totally to yourself early or late in the season!
If you want to know more about what it is like at a particular time of year please just ask and we will tell you what to expect.
There is a regular Dolmus (minibus) to Gundogan - every 30 mins in summer and every hour outside peak season. Villa Farilya is a couple of mins walk (downhill ) from the entrance where the dolmus stops - there is an incline on the way back up from the entrance so it may take 5-10 mins depending on how fit you are but you can stop half way up and take in the view or take a taxi home if you have lots of shopping!
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.
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||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|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|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||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, 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 kithcen making this a home from home for you to enjoy.
One of two bathrooms 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.
Air conditioning units double as heaters if you are here early or late in the year when the evenings may be cooler.
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 perfectly 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 to get a better idea of the location
If you enjoy sunbathing you will be spoiled for choice here - private garden / terrace 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. No need to get up early to save a sunbed here!
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.
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.
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. REFER TO PHOTO NO 5 which clearly shows the steps leading up to the Villa just to the right of the pool bar.
Refer to Photo No 16 and you can see 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. Guest with babies manage well but you may find it awkward to manage toddlers here.
Children of all ages must be supervised at all times including at the pool area as there is no lifeguard.
Excessive noise or other anti social behaviour will not be tolerated here as this is a residential and family oriented development.
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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