Villa | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Perched above the unspoilt Turkish coastal town of Kas, Villa Isinda has spectacular unimpeded views over sea, islands and mountains. It's a short walk to Kas harbour square – slow and soporific during the day, buzzing with lively bars, restaurants and funky shops through the evening.
The villa is architect-designed and echoes the bygone classical and Ottoman building styles of the region, and has been finished, furnished and equipped to exacting modern standards both inside and out.
Villa Isinda is ideally placed for the rich and varied cultural, relaxation and adventure activities offered by Lycian Turkey .
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kas Town 600 m|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dalaman 160 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 2 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (4), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
Villa Isinda has been fitted and finished with premium-quality traditional materials. There is extensive use of Turkish marble, granite and travertine, and solid wood has been used for all internal carpentry. The ironwork was produced at local forges.
A skilful combination of contemporary, classical and traditional styling provoke a sense of understated luxury and relaxation.
The best local craftsmen were employed to achieve the finishes and decorative detailing required by the owners and their architects. Much of the furniture has been custom-made, and the fresh white interior provides a backdrop to eye-catching original artworks and locally acquired Turkish antiques.
At 240m2 with five bedrooms Isinda is internally spacious, comfortably sleeping 9-10, so is suitable for family groups and parties of sharing adults.
On the ground floor there is a large 48m2 open-plan living/dining room/kitchen with all-round access to the terraces. The attic floor has a large TV lounge with 32"TFT TV plus DVD and access to roof terrace.
|Further details outdoors|
Villa Isinda is a stand-out classically proportioned building, featuring a striking portico with double height pillars. This is harmonised with Ottoman-style solid timber shuttered windows, understated wrought ironwork and liberal provision of covered terraces and balconies. Warm red Turkish roof tiles add a welcoming feel to an imposing house.
The villa is detached and surrounded by private terraces and garden, and has its own private 32m2 "infinity" pool and children's splash pool.
There is a 60m2 south-facing terrace with outstanding views of the sea, forested hillside, Greek islands and Kas peninsula; there are hardwood sun-loungers and sunshades; a pergola-shaded "Ottoman" corner with low divans, kilims and cushions; pool bar with high stools; a 20m2 breakfast/dining covered terrace with hardwood outdoor furniture; a garden planted with palms, screening evergreens, citrus, tropical fruit trees, and mediterranean flowering shrubs; private parking area and secure garage.
The Turquoise Coast/Lycia region
Lycia ("Likya" if you're Turkish) is the ancient name for the rugged coastal region of south west Turkey. It is bound by an imaginary line between Antalya to the east and Dalaman to the west.
This region is blessed with a superb climate, stunning scenery, intriguing history, and a distinctive ambience and rhythm of life.
The sun shines for ten months of the year in Lycian Turkey illuminating a landscape of towering mountains, aromatic pine forests, lush groves of citrus, and age-old olive terraces. This "coast-of-light", where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet is outstandingly beautiful. Scrub-oak covers mountainsides sloping steeply down to the rocky shoreline. The expanse of vivid aquamarine and turquoise sea is broken by wooded bays and creeks, and is punctuated with peninsulas and islands.
The Lycian federation was a pre-Greco/Roman civilisation of city-states, mentioned in ancient Greek writings by Homer and Herodotus as well as by the Roman historian Pliny.
An extraordinary number of these settlements are still evident; city walls visible, temple columns erect and amphitheatres even now in occasional use. Some, like Patara, are on the coast; most like Xanthos and Pinara are in the verdant valleys of the hinterland. St Nicolas (Santa Claus) was born in Patara and became bishop of Myra in 4th century Byzantine Lycia.
Everywhere you stumble across the unique gothic-looking Lycian tombs. Visitors with a taste for history and ancient artefacts will go home intoxicated.
At intervals along the Lycian shore are sweeping beaches of pristine sand backed by wild dunes and salt marshes. Carreta carreta sea-turtles come at night to nest in season, and are protected by the Turkish government who forbid entry after dusk.
For these reasons and others, the recently waymarked Lycian Way www.lycianway.com has recently been included in the "World's Top Ten Walks" by the Sunday Times, and is rapidly becoming a magnet for trekkers, birders and botany enthusiasts.
Sailing and cruising folk also love this coast, for the "meltem" afternoon breeze and for the many isolated and atmospheric anchorages.
For those wishing to learn more about Lycia before visiting, the following links books and resources are recommended: www.lycianturkey.com/index.htm
Kas is a pretty harbour town steeped in ancient history and oozing contemporary Turkish ambience.
Since the early 1960s it's become the vacation destination of choice for artists, writers and bright young things from Istanbul and Ankara. Many have become permanent residents, so the town has retained its authentic Turkish flavour despite the arrival in recent years of international visitors and settlers. The airport transfer times are just far enough to deter the package hordes.
In Kas you can mix culture, relaxation and activity in whatever proportion suits your mood, because Kas has it all: history, natural beauty, eating, nightlife, shopping, local colour, and plenty of adventure and outdoor pursuits. And virtually uninterrupted sunshine from mid-May to mid-October!
You can shop for jewellery, ceramics, spices and Turkish curios in narrow streets and secret squares bedecked with bougainvillea. Or tramp through mountain passes to the spooky remains of deserted ancient cities.
A well-preserved Greek amphitheatre is still used by the local populace for cultural events. On the main shopping street local salesmen lounge in the niches of the ancient Lycian "Lion" tomb, gesturing passers-by to view their carpets, antiques and jewellery.
There are three thousand years of history to bathe in: from Lycian to Ottoman eras calling at Byzantine on the way.
Alternatively, submerge yourself in the crystal-blue underwater with barracuda, turtles, and grouper, as you experience the best scuba diving in the Med.
Or survey the harbour, town and ocean below as you paraglide down from the mountains 2000m above.
If culture and adventure hold few charms, gaze up from your sunlounger at the crags and clear blue sky as you nurture your tan.
When evening falls, sample the local restaurants for fresh authentic Turkish cuisine bursting with flavour. Later, sway to the rhythm of the jasmine-scented Kas night in a funky little dance-bar.
For a supremely relaxing and stimulating holiday in a restorative climate, Kas is hard to beat. And when you experience the friendliness and hospitality of the local Turks, you will wonder why you didn't come sooner!
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1 Aug 2013
We returned home yesterday after a lovely stay at your Villa Isinda. I just want to let you know we enjoyed ourselves tremendously, the villa met our expectations completely. The thing we liked most is that is situated among some normal Turkish people, and is not just some tourist reserve. We were in Kas 20 years ago, and it still has the laid back atmosphere we like. We went on a boat trip with your neighbour Captain Ibo, went paragliding with Bougainville, and were very happy with the services of Ogun, your poolman and gardener (his English really isn't that bad!), who helped us with repair of a broken wheelchair. Thanks again, and we certainly don't exclude a visit again in the future!
29 Aug 2012
"Magnificent Villa in a Magnificent Place"
We had a marvellous time at Villa Isinda. The house is spacious and beautifully decorated and appointed. The pool area is marvellous, and the views are really spectacular. We spent a lot of time just soaking up the beautiful ambience of the villa and looking at the wonderful view. We also loved Kas. It's a lovely little place which is very beautiful and there is plenty to see and do in the area. Boat trips are especially recommended - try the Ilkim with Captain Onur. His wife makes the best food in Kas.
We didn't hire a car, and got into town by walking down the very steep hill in the heat of August, and getting cabs back up with our shopping. If we return I might be tempted to hire a car, as driving around the area seems really straightforward with good well-sign posted roads and there is a lot to see in the region.
We love the house, and would definitely love to return.
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