Sakina Konak, superb private villa with pool
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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
As you climb the hill above the village there stands Sakina Konak – an imposing white and pale stone private villa in Gökcebel, with a sparkling turquoise infinity swimming pool and totally unrestricted views to the sea and to the surrounding green hills. It's a very private villa and it has generous proportions and the design allows natural light to flood in through the central atrium and mini sky-lights; at the same time you can always be assured of cool breezes throughout the house.
The grounds are extensive and the villa is approached from the gated and private parking area. The crisp white architecture of the villa is set off by the feature solid pale blonde stone walls, cool beige travertine tiled floors and light wooden interior shutters and doors. This pale palette is enlivened by colourful paintings; Turkish kilims, mosaics set into the walls and Eastern style wood carvings. The villa has a central atrium on the ground floor open to the sky and with all the open plan living areas radiating from this atrium, there is no shortage of space with two sitting rooms, one cosy and comfy for television viewing, it's equipped with Sky TV, and one more formal room where the owner's art collection is shown is to its best advantage. A inside dining area opens to the terrace where there is an outdoor dining area. The kitchen is spacious, well fitted and close to the outdoor dining space.
Upstairs there are just two bedroom suites, both with fabulous contemporary styled en suite bathrooms and both opening onto the large upper terrace with comfortable seating, space for sun beds and dining table and chairs.
The lower ground floor offers a further 2 bedrooms, again each with en suite facilities and the added advantage of kitchen facilities and a private sitting room, there is a superbly furnished and shaded terrace, perfect if you are a large family or a group of friends travelling together.
However comfortable and pleasing the interior of the villa we are sure that you will spend plenty of time outside. The pool with it's infinity edge and cascading overflow is surrounded by a sun terrace with plenty of sun beds. Elsewhere in the grounds you will find little corners where you can relax with a cool drink and just take in the magnificent scenery.
Emre and his delightful wife Gonja, are the young housekeeping couple at Sakina Konak and they have a house in the grounds; alongside cleaning duties they are always happy to assist with shopping, laundry and food preparation. Their routine will be tailored to your requirements.
Main entrance to hallway with stairs overlooking atrium. All downstairs area are accessible from one another: Kitchen with breakfast bar to dining room with double doors opening onto the pool terrace; through to main sitting room with fireplace; through to second sitting room with double doors opening onto the garden; cloakroom with wc and laundry room. Central atrium with table and chairs.
2 bedroom suites each with large double bed (180cm), dressing area with wardrobes and en suite bathrooms; one with shower/wc and one with bath/over bath shower/ shower/wc. Both bedrooms have double doors to a Juliet balcony and also open onto the upper terrace with great views. Both bedrooms have air conditioning.
Independent access from main house. Entrance from terrace to open plan sitting room with kitchen area. 2 bedrooms both with large double bed (180cm) and en suite bathrooms with shower/wc.
Washing machine, hob/oven, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/ freezers, telephone, SKY TV with Sky Sports in TV room and in master bedroom, CD, wi-fi internet access, laptop and printer, safe. Hairdryer. All bedrooms have air conditioning. Portable barbecue. All doors are alarmed.
Private swimming pool 8.20 x 5.50 metres, constant depth of 1.20m and infinity edge. Pool towels are supplied.
Nearest beaches - The beaches and coves around Yalikavak and Gündogan are within a 15 minute drive from the property. The larger sandy beaches on the south side of the Peninsula are all within a 30 minute drive. Gümüslük with lagoon like swimming and great snorkelling is a 30 minute drive.
Nearest shops - There is a small village shop in the centre of Gökcebel village (5 minute drive down the track) stocked with everyday items including fresh bread, fresh eggs and ice creams; once weekly there is a fruit and vegetable market. The nearest large supermarkets are on the main road to Yalikavak (8 minutes drive) and Yalikavak town also has a weekly fruit and vegetable market. There are many restaurants in Yalikavak town centre. (8 minutes drive).
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||5 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 40 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Staffed property, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 4 Family bathrooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Double beds (4), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Corum Province region
Bodrum Peninsula's northern coast
Upper Gökçebel village is delightful, hidden from all but the most curious, this is a charming, traditional village looking towards the sea. 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 a number of large supermarkets on the road to Yalikavak. Gökçebel main claim to fame has to be the unique garden restaurant in the village centre – “Havva Hanim” - a gem of a place serving a traditional Turkish breakfast with ingredients provided by Havva's chickens and cows and flourishing garden!
It's just 3 kilometres drive to the nearby town of Yalikavak 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 town. The town has a 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. 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 after which the area is named.
There is a beach in town but there is a plentiful selection of public beaches and beach clubs in the area. On the coast road towards Gümüşlük is the smart new yacht marina, Palmarina with elegant shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and yachts to match! A little further on there is a great selection of seaside fish restaurants. 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, the deserted Greek village of Sandima, Lycian rock tombs and even a temple dedicated to Zeus, a perfect picnic spot.
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, fabulous leather clothing and bags, 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 Fish Market, buy your fish direct from the fish stalls and have it cooked in the nearby restaurants. It's great fun with 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. Jade Jagger has opened a restaurant inside the world famous Halikarnas Discotheque; set right on the sea's edge and landscaped like a Greek amphitheatre. 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, said to have been built in honour of a visit by Hadrian, 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.
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