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What Oliver loves…
- Peaceful and scenic rural location nestled between trees on the outskirts of Akyaka village, away from any hustle and bustle. You’re still within easy reach of shops, markets and restaurants.
- We love to experience a fish and meze dinner at one of the lovely restaurants along the Akmak River. Don't forget a glass of the local Raki is the best accompliment to fish, beware not to drink too many though!
- With Senol Ev as a base you can experience so much 'real' Turkey, maybe even play backgammon and drink tea with the locals.
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Senol Ev is a charming one-bedroom villa in peaceful Akyaka on Turkey’s southwest coast. The villa is built in traditional Mugla style stone and boasts beautifully carved ceilings, along with a terracotta-tiled roof and a wooden balcony. Nestled between the tree-lined forest, you can enjoy listening to the sweet sounds of the local birds, while looking at the panoramic views of the serene landscape.
Built into the hillside and surrounded by local flora and fauna, this villa is an ideal choice for a private and peaceful getaway. There’s an outdoor swimming pool a paved terrace, dotted with cushioned sun loungers and umbrellas, where you can soak up the sun or find your perfect spot to read your holiday book in the shade. There’s also an under-cover table and chairs for alfresco dining while enjoying the quiet ambience and idyllic natural vistas of the mountain and sandy Akyaka Bay below.
Inside this one-storey villa, you’ll find a spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen area that’s decorated modern and minimalist in style with natural-coloured furnishings and whitewashed walls. The kitchen is fully equipped with an oven, dishwasher and washing machine for a hassle-free home-from-home experience, and there’s also a cushioned sofa for those relaxed evenings spent indoors.
The double bedroom has a comfortable and playfully designed round bed, patio doors to a (heated) Jacuzzi pool and shower room for a spa-like feel, alongside plenty of wardrobe space for stashing your belongings. Extra thoughtful features include air conditioning and Wi-Fi throughout the villa. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also an indoor heated pool with a Jacuzzi for use in the winter months.
If you’d like to go exploring, there are local fish and meze restaurants, alongside markets and sandy Akyaka Beach within walking distance of the villa. With plenty to offer foodies, nature lovers and architecture buffs alike, Akyaka is an ideal holiday destination not only for small families but for those who want to explore the rich cultural heritage and natural beauty of this idyllic part of Turkey.
What you should know…
- The villa is nestled into the hillside and you will see and hear lots of wildlife, plus the five times a day call from the mosque.
- There are other properties in the area, however the villa is surrounded by trees and is completely private.
- Double (round) Bedroom with ensuite shower room
- Patio doors to the jacuzzi pool
- Open-plan sitting room with fully equipped kitchen, breakfast bar
- Private Pool 6.5m x 3m x 1.5m
- Small children's pool
- Dining table and chairs
- Washing machine
- Iron & ironing board
- A/C & heating
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Hair Dryer
Senol Evi is in the beautiful Mugla Province of Turkey, a 1-hour drive from Dalyan on the outskirts of Akyaka on the southwest coast. It’s a bohemian town known for its striking natural scenery and peaceful, calming atmosphere. Close to familiar Turkish resorts, but nestled between the trees in a secluded spot, you’ll find like you’re a world away from any hustle and bustle.
Akyaka is renowned for its idyllic rural surrounds where there’s a multitude of wildlife, including fish otter and herons in the wetland conservation area. For outdoor lovers, there is a myriad of walking routes that take you through the pine tree-lined forest and along the Kadin Azmak River, where local fisherman catch fresh fish daily, and there are plenty of fish restaurants for you try. Walking along the banks of the river, you’ll reach the harbour and sandy Akyaka Beach for swimming. A separate beach is very popular for kitesurfing, and there are several kitesurf schools on the beach.
Upper Akyaka is the working part of town, with a small market, fishmonger, butcher and baker and coffee houses. You can wander the streets with traditional 'Ula- Mugla' style Houses in the town or try your hand at haggling for fresh produce or handmade rugs. There is a local market in Akyaka every Wednesday and another on Saturday at nearby Gokova. Aside the Akyaka market place they prepare amazing 'Gozleme', a type of pancake.
To adventure further, Cinar Beach is a short drive from the villa. It’s a secluded cove surrounded by forested mountains, with a small creek and a beach cafe. Further along the coast road is Akbuk, a popular beach with restaurants aside. A breakfast or lunch of toasted sandwich and fresh fruit juice at Akcapinar, along the eucalyptus lined road is a local treat as is the homemade ice cream from the shop at the 'dortyol' crossroads.
You could also take a boat trip from Akyaka to Cleopatra's Beach on nearby Sedir island, where it’s said that Mark Antony brought the sand from Egypt (it’s vibrantly golden in colour). Sedir island also has Hellenic and Roman ruins for you to explore, including a beautiful amphitheatre, where olive trees have grown through the stones.
From Akyaka you can take the dolmus (public bus) to Mugla, which has the largest market in the region (every Thursday), drive to the ruined city of Ephesus or the quaint village of Sirince. The ruins from a sculpture school at Aphrodisias are less known but no less impressive. The travertine pools of Pamukkale are also within a day's drive.
Aphrodisias Sculture school ruins
Turkey is an eclectic mix of dramatic scenery, amazing food and a deep history. A visit to Turkey almost always inspires comment about the hospitality, maybe because the Turkish people believe a visitor is a gift from God. A trip to Turkey will almost definitely inspire you to return. You’ll be following in the footsteps of many a famous person from ancient history.
The South West coast of Turkey offers the perfect climate for your holiday, boasting over 280 dry days a year and an average June temperature of 28C in Dalyan and Akyaka, with sea temperatures of 23 degrees Celsius.
The Carian’s once ruled this coast and there are lots of signs of their existence, such as rock tombs and the ancient riverside city of Caunos that sits opposite Dalyan.
Modern Dalyan is a small resort on the river’s edge. Tourists enjoy the small wooden boat trips chugging along to the Iztuzu beach, maybe stopping at one of the sulphur mud baths, for a somewhat rudimentary beauty treatment and some one-off photos for the holiday album. The river has a great view of the rock tombs and has much wildlife along the reedbeds. The Istuzu beach is where the endangered loggerhead turtles come to lay their eggs. The beach caught international interest in the 80’s when David Bellamy and fellow environmentalist stopped a hotel development. Today it’s a conservation area and at the far end of the beach, there is a turtle rescue centre you can visit.
Dalyan has lots of restaurants, bars and a selection of gift shops. Dalyan has a local market on a Saturday, which has an amazing selection of fruit and vegetables. You should take the opportunity to enjoy breakfast at the water’s edge in nearby Gokbel. Slightly further out is the village of Beyobasi, where you can enjoy a trout meal in a restaurant cooled by the fast running waters, just off of the main Dalaman-Akyaka road.
The Koycegiz lake is at the other end of the river. The small town of Koyceyiz is perched on the side of the lake. The small bazaar gives the idea Koycegiz was once more important than Dalyan, thus probably the best day to visit is Monday when the weekly market is in town. Try one of the restaurants on the edge of the lake for lunch. If you’ve driven, don’t forget to stop at one of the fruit stalls on the road side, plying a healthy mix of orange & pomegranate juice. The Sultaniye Hot Springs sit on the south-west shore the lake. The hot mud pools contain mineral waters that are rich in chloride, sodium, hydrogen sulphide and bromide. There are even rudimentary cabins that some braver souls come to stay & take the waters.
Akyaka sits where the Kadın Azmak river joins the sea. Enjoying a Turkish breakfast or fish lunch at one of the many restaurants it is difficult to imagine anything disturbing the peace. Ducks and geese jostle for bread, fish swim past and bright green reeds wave in the slow-moving water, fed by cooler waters from the mountains above. Favoured by local day trippers from nearby Bodrum and Denizli, who gather on Akyaka’s wide sandy beach with shallow water meaning you can go a way out and the water is only up to your waist.
In recent years, Akyaka has become Turkey’s centre for kitesurfing and you’ll see all the kites in the sky, above the beach on the head of the gulf. There are several schools so if you fancy a go. Contact them beforehand, so you can get booked in as it is particularly popular during the holidays and weekends.
Akyaka is a member of the cultural Cittaslow organisation, recognising its connection with tradition. The local architecture of wooden balconies and white walled houses with terracotta roof tiles, bow thanks to 70’s architect Nail Çakırhan. The coast up from here has lots of small bays where you can swim and sunbathe, just drive through the forest and along the coast road to find them. Akyaka has a local market on Wednesday, or visit the huge very Turkish market in Mugla, which is the administrative centre of the area. In recent years Mugla has expanded as it’s university has gained popularity, but the centre still shows architectural signs of its Italian occupation last century.
For Turks, breakfast is a key meal, and you see family groups enjoying a feast late morning. Other than the riverside restaurants who serve a hearty feast, go to Sakartepe, at the top the mountain has the most amazing panoramic views.
With a private outdoor pool, a tiny children's pool, and the indoor heated jacuzzi pool there are so many options for waterbabies. With enclosed grounds and a natural, rural setting, Senol Ev is the ideal villa for a family-friendly holiday, just be aware of the natural drops. You can have fun exploring the pine forests and getting the youngsters to try and spot heron, flamingos and otter in the wetland conservation area.
From Akyaka, you could jump on a boat to sandy Cleopatra Beach on Sedir Island, 18km north of Marmaris. Children of any age can go swimming or snorkelling in the crystal-clear and calm waters and then explore the ancient city of Cedrae with the remnants of the city walls and theatre ruins.
There’s also sandy Cinar Beach, a short drive from Senol Ev, where you can relax with a cool drink or go for a swim in the sea. In Akyaka town, you can explore the traditional houses, Lycian tombs and flower gardens. You can also drive one-hour to vibrant Dalyan with more beaches and ancient sites.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Beach Nearby
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Child-Safe Pool
- Heated Pool
- Babysitting Available
- Babysitting Available
At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:
- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Food delivered /catering
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.
Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfill your requests!
Travelling to Turkey
All British (and most other nationalities) citizens over the age of 16 require a full 10 year passport with at least 6 months validity to enter Turkey. You must obtain a visa prior to departure via the following Turkish Government Website. Please refer to the Electronic Visa Application System or the Turkish Consulate if you do not hold a British passport.
These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.
|Security deposit||Credit cards details may be requested as guarantee|
|Arrival time||Guests are invited to check in from 16:00|
|Departure time||Guests are asked to check out by 10:00|
|Energy costs included?||Yes all energy costs are included in the rental price.|
|Linen & towels included?||Linen and towels are included in the price of the villa.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||End of stay cleaning is included.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Internet access?||The property has complimentary Wifi connection. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Sorry, smoking is not allowed inside the villa.|
|Other Ts and Cs||Please note that on occasions, in Turkey, extremes in weather can cause water and/ or electric supply to be cut or reduced. Services are normally restored as soon as possible.|
|Other 2||In Turkey the plumbing system is not designed to have paper and sanitary items flushed down the lavatory. In these cases a bathroom bin is provided.|
|Insurance||It is recommended that all guests take out insurance to cover against potential cancellation, personal accidents and any accidental damage caused during your stay at the property.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:
|Feb 15th 2019 - Mar 21st 2019||£715|
|Mar 21st 2019 - Apr 28th 2019||£659|
|Apr 28th 2019 - Jun 14th 2019||£809|
|Jun 14th 2019 - Sep 15th 2019||£1,223|
|Sep 15th 2019 - Oct 30th 2019||£847|
|Oct 30th 2019 - Mar 19th 2020||£715|
|Mar 19th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020||£659|
|Apr 26th 2020 - Jun 12th 2020||£809|
|Jun 12th 2020 - Aug 18th 2020||£1,223|
Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:
|Feb 15th 2019 - Mar 21st 2019||€776|
|Mar 21st 2019 - Apr 28th 2019||€714|
|Apr 28th 2019 - Jun 14th 2019||€878|
|Jun 14th 2019 - Sep 15th 2019||€1,326|
|Sep 15th 2019 - Oct 30th 2019||€918|
|Oct 30th 2019 - Mar 19th 2020||€776|
|Mar 19th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020||€714|
|Apr 26th 2020 - Jun 12th 2020||€878|
|Jun 12th 2020 - Aug 18th 2020||€1,326|
Prices based on an occupancy of 2 people:
|Feb 15th 2019 - Mar 21st 2019||$876|
|Mar 21st 2019 - Apr 28th 2019||$807|
|Apr 28th 2019 - Jun 14th 2019||$991|
|Jun 14th 2019 - Sep 15th 2019||$1,498|
|Sep 15th 2019 - Oct 30th 2019||$1,037|
|Oct 30th 2019 - Mar 19th 2020||$876|
|Mar 19th 2020 - Apr 26th 2020||$807|
|Apr 26th 2020 - Jun 12th 2020||$991|
|Jun 12th 2020 - Aug 18th 2020||$1,498|
Please note that prices may not be 100% accurate for dates outside of the current calendar year. For an accurate quote, please enquire.
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