The Old Stone House
House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
The beautifully restored house is set in Gokcebel, a small village approximately 2 km from Yalikavak town. Built on the site of an ancient Girel Castle, where remains of the old walls, public baths and cisterns can still be found. It is one of the oldest houses in the village, with an interesting history, being the gathering place for the residents in times of battle. Although just a few minutes from Yalikavak, beaches and the more cosmopolitan pleasures of Bodrum, the village itself has not succumbed to modern intrusions, and in the narrow lanes one can experience Turkish village life at its most authentic.
The garden is on several levels, with 3 seating areas. There is a purpose built BBQ and pergola with grapes, roses and jasmine trained over, affording perfect shade for those hot and sunny summer days. The private swimming pool cannot be overlooked. This unusual and historic home is for the more discerning who want privacy and seclusion, yet close to all the restaurants, bars and shops for that perfect holiday .
Mulberry Cottage, which can be rented along with the main house is more recently built and attached to one end of the stone house, but is completely separate, with its own entrance, roof terrace, patio garden and parking space, There can be no intrusion on the main house. It is fully air-conditioned, the cottage does not share the pool if rented separately.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Yalikavak, Gundogan 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Bodrum Milas 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Boat available, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house was built with thick stone walls in order to afford cool in the summer heat. A wood burning stove as well as a large central open fire in the living area offer a welcoming warmth for winter lets. A large roof terrace with divan seating gives panoramic views over rolling countryside towards the sea. The house is furnished in traditional old Turkish style, and great care has been taken to ensure elegant and comfortable living accommodation. The spacious family bathroom has a sunken bath and shower. The kitchen has ancient arrow slit windows and remains cool in the high summer. Plenty of reading matter, DVDs and CDs are left for your enjoyment.
The attached cottage has its own entrance and consists of one double bedroom, one living room, upper level with two divan beds, kitchen, two bathrooms. The old house can be rented as a single unit or with the cottage for larger parties for up to 10 people.
|Further details outdoors|
Both the House and the cottage have private walled mature gardens. The garden is on several levels, with three shaded seating areas and a purpose built BBQ area with large stone circular table and seating. Another separate area for outdoor dining seating up to ten is positioned under a tree lit up by fairy lights at night. The swimming pool and garden are lit up at night on a timer switch. Sensor lights by main gate and parking for late night access.
loungers and garden chairs are provided as well as the Ottoman seating above on the roof terrace.
The swimming pool 7m x 4m x 1.6m with marble sun terraces at each end is very private and is looked after by our caretaker on a regular basis. Lemon trees line one side of the pool. Behind the pool is a small separate laundry area. Another washing machine and drying area is situated beside the cottage out of sight.There are also another 2 separate showers in the garden.
We can supply a car if required. This will be used to collect you from and deliver back to the airport, so there is no need for you to worry about transfers or finding the house first time! Should you wish for a car(s) please let us know in advance, we will need to know your travel details as soon as possible. Transfers are priced separately.
We can also organise bespoke private gulet and boat trips, prices depend on size of boat and length of trip.
Horse Riding and trekking also arranged at local stables, where there is a charming domestic farm popular with smaller children. Sheep, goats, horses, ducks and chickens. Parents with small children should be aware that the pool is not gated. There will be a complimentary welcome pack for our guests on arrival.Cleaning and cooking of Turkish meals can also be arranged on request. Average price is 50TL
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
You can pretty much guarantee blue skies, sunshine and warm water on the Aegean Coast in the summer. In general they have mild winters and good summers, the southern coast hitting the high 30s in June and staying high until well into the autumn. Temperatures of 40 degrees are not unknown in August, although prevailing breezes wafting the Northern part of the peninsula keep it pleasant.
Beautiful long stretches of sand coupled with intricate rocky coves and sharply bright aquamarine water set against a backdrop of deep green pine tree forests make this coastline a strikingly beautiful place, there are still hidden away places where you can enjoy its charm alone. If you are a history buff, then this is the place for you, it's groaning with it!
Close by is the ancient harbour of Gumusluk, where you can still see parts of the old Greek city under the waters. Bodrum town boasts an amphitheatre and St Peter's Castle complete with dungeons dating from the Crusades.The small, but perfectly formed Iassos ancient city lies beyond Gulluk about an hour's drive, you will find a great fish restaurant there too; so make a day of it! Further afield, but only a couple of hours away, is the massive Temple of Apollo in Didim, the ancient amphitheatres at Priene and Milet and the spectacular almost complete ancient city at Ephes although the furthest (3-4 hours) is deemed to be one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Prepare to be amazed!
Yalikavak, about 1.5 kms from Gokcebel, is a charming unspoiled village, nestling amongst lush tangerine and lemon orchards, with a functioning fishing harbour where visiting yachts and fishing boats bob cheerfully together. More relaxed than the busier holiday resorts, it exudes a wonderful mix of laid back local life and Mediterranean chic. Yalikavaks' boundaries stretch in the North from the old marina, right around the bay, to the brand new modern Port Bodrum marina to the south, which hosts numerous world-class sailing events throughout the year. Life in and around the region focuses on the sea and is a mecca for water sport enthusiasts, with kite and windsurfing and scuba diving topping the bill. For those in search of a more languid affair, a private gulet charter around some of the local islands is a must, which can be arranged with us. Between the two marinas are a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and many small sandy beaches, where you can sit with an ice cold drink and watch the best sunsets on the peninsula. The main street in Yalikavak is well served with a variety of shops and supermarkets. Behind the main village is the Bus Station, Municipal offices, bank and the area on which the Yalikavak market is held every Thursday. This market was voted in the TOP Three markets in the whole of Turkey in 2009.
Yalikavak, now known as 'The Saint Tropez of Turkey' truly has the potential to become one of the hotspots of the area.
Bodrum, 15 kms from Yalikavak, is a town of many parts, sophisticated and fun, tranquil and hectic. Set on the harbour with its focal point of the beautiful 12th C. St. Peter’s castle, it boasts hundreds of bars and restaurants and a lively yacht club right on the water’s edge. This is a sophisticated haunt, encompassing different style restaurants great bars and clubs with live music 'till late.
The original town is a maze of little alleys and lanes twisting and turning around its sugar cube houses with their mysterious high-walled gardens. It is an all year round place, which makes it so special for the out of season visitor; no dead streets with nowhere to find a meal whenever November strikes. There is a summer music and film festival in Bodrum every year.
Bitez has beautiful sandy beaches great watersports and the best Sunday brunches I have ever tasted.
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3 Aug 2014
Stunning garden, beautiful house. We were going to check out Bodrum peninsula, but stayed in 4 days out of 7 ! We found everything you need to relax, including great pool and fantastic roof terrace wi… More
31 May 2014
"The best of everything"
We joined a small group of painters in May 2014 and had a delightful week, largely due to the attentions of and service provided by our hostess, Eljay. She could not have been more helpful and is a ma… More
24 Apr 2013
"A superb village property with a traditional yet comfortable ambiance."
We found it absolutely enchanting and loved every minute of our stay – so much so that I will shortly be asking about a similar booking for next year.The location is magical. Gocebel is such a typic… More
21 Jul 2012
"Inspirational setting with exceptional hospitality"
We had a fantastic week long stay in May 2012. The setting is truly magnificent, and a perfect backdrop for an art holiday. Al fresco dining with stunning cooking by Eljay provided a delightful end t… More
7 Jul 2012
"Perfect place to relax"
The house is a perfect place to relax while having easy access to the beautiful Aegean coast. We especially loved the gorgeous outdoor areas ( many options for where to hang out --hammocks, pergolas,… More
5 Jul 2012
"Beautiful location and excellent food"
My husband and I hugely enjoyed both the art course and staying on in Mulberry Cottage for a few days after. The owner Eljay and Jill the art teacher were great fun and very hospitable. Each day was… More
30 Aug 2011
"Paradise in village surroundings"
Cosy home with beautyful garden and well groomed swimming pool - if you are not in the mood you do not feel any need to leave this beautiful home
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