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What Oliver loves…
- Tranquil and rural setting on the outskirts of Akyaka village, away from any hustle and bustle.
- The lovely Cinar beach with a small restaurant is a short drive away.
- The house is built in the traditional Ula Mugla style, and had a natural inner coolness.
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Yuksel Ev is a family-friendly two-bedroom villa in Akyaka, a bohemian town in southwest Turkey. The villa itself is in a tranquil spot, in the forest outskirts, and is surrounded by olive groves and natural pine forests. With magnificent views of the naturally beautiful Gokova Gulf from your private outdoor pool, balcony and sun terrace, you’ll be forgiven for never wanting to leave.
The spacious interior is the perfect blend of modern and traditional; the double and twin bedrooms are adorned with traditional wooden floors and carved ceilings, while cream-coloured walls and soft furnishings are prevalent throughout the villa. There’s an open-plan kitchen and living room with cushioned sofas and a classic working fireplace for relaxing after a day of exploring the charming local area.
As well as the spaciousness of the inviting interior, and the stunning nature views from the glass windows, there’s a balcony which is reached from the double bedroom, alongside an outdoor terrace and swimming pool. On the balcony, you’ll find an al fresco dining table under shade, so you can soak up the Instagram-worthy sunsets over a refreshing glass of your favourite tipple.
Making the most of the serene outdoor setting, the pool area is lined with several sun loungers, along with a chic swinging chair and another dining table.
You can effortlessly find your perfect reading spot under one of the umbrellas or bask in the sun. We especially love the local plants, trees and shrubs that dot the grounds – an extra nod to the lush, rural surrounds and secluded ambience.
With local fish and meze restaurants, along the Azmak River and sandy Akyaka Beach within a short drive, Yuksel Ev is an excellent choice not only for couples and small families but also 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 in the forest, so surrounded by nature.
- Akyaka is a peaceful and small town known for its stunning scenery and natural beauty. There are plenty of things to see and do in the area, but if you’re looking for a livelier resort with bars and clubs then you should choose another location.
This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!
Our great value homes:
- may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
- may have some simple amenities and features
- mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!
- Double Bedroom with ensuite shower room
- Twin room with ensuite shower room
- Open-plan sitting room with fully equipped kitchen
- Private Pool 7m x 3m x 1.6m
- Dining table and chairs
- Large veranda
- Washing machine
- Iron & ironing board
- A/C & heating
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
- Hair Dryer
Located in the Mugla Province of Turkey, a 1-hour drive from Dalaman, Akyaka is a charming coastal town known for its striking natural scenery, large sandy beach and accredited by Cittaslow for its keeping with local culture. With plenty to offer foodies, nature lovers and architecture buffs alike, it’s an ideal holiday location for families with children, friends and couples.
The main attraction is Akyaka’s beautiful rural surrounds where a multitude of wildlife, including fish otter, herons and flamingos inhabit the wetland conservation area. There are walking routes in the pine forest and along the Kadin Azmak River, where fresh fish are caught, there are plenty of fish restaurants. You’ll also find more restaurants, shops and markets between 2-6km from the villa.
Walking along the banks of the river, from the harbour you'll find several restaurants serving a hearty Turkish Breakfast. Protected forests lie to the north and west, with mountains beyond. Upper Akyaka is the working part of town, with a small market, fishmonger, butcher and baker and coffee houses full of men playing traditional tavla (backgammon). You can also explore the traditional Turkish Ottoman Ula Houses in the town, characterised by double staircases, ornate wooden balconies and their white or cream-painted walls.
For outdoor adventuring, Cinar Beach is a short drive away. It’s a secluded cove surrounded by forested mountains, with a small creek and a beach bar. 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 golden sand from Egypt. Sedir island also has Hellenic and Roman ruins for you to see, 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.
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. An area surrounded by pine trees, which are believed by locals to clean the air and increase the oxygen levels. The area is favoured by beekeepers for honeymaking and you will see many of the traditional blue beehives, and a few bees, in the area.
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. The area is surrounded by ine
With a private outdoor pool, enclosed grounds and a natural, rural setting, Yuksel Ev is the ideal villa for a family-friendly holiday. You can explore the mountainous region and pine forests via walking or mountain bikes, try to spot heron, flamingos and otter in the wetland conservation area or taste fresh local fish at one of the restaurants along the majestic Kadin Azmak River.
From Akyaka, you could jump on a boat trip to sandy Cleopatra Beach on Sedir Island, sat in the gulf. Children 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, where you can sit and relax with a cool drink or go for a swim in the sea. In Akyaka town, you can explore the Ottoman wooden traditional houses, Lycian tombs and flower gardens. You can also drive one-hour to vibrant Dalyan with more beaches and ancient sites.
Akyaka is known for kitesurfing and if you fancy a go there are many schools along it’s sandy kitesurf beach.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- <1hr to Airport
- Horse Riding
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Maid Service Available
- Babysitting Available
- Meal delivery service
Travelling to Turkey
All British (and most other nationalities) citizens require a full 10 year passport with at least 6 months validity to enter Turkey. UK passport holders are exempt from visa for tourist visits of up to 90 days within 180 days starting from the first entry date. For all other passports please visit the Turkish Government Website or the Turkish Consulate for details of whether you require a visa or not.
Whilst in Turkey local regulations require you keep your passport and a printed copy of your e-visa with you at all times.
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.|
|Linen & towels 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 4 people:
|Oct 23rd 2021 - Oct 27th 2021||£941|
|Oct 27th 2021 - Mar 17th 2022||£753|
|Mar 17th 2022 - Apr 24th 2022||£725|
|Apr 24th 2022 - Jun 10th 2022||£875|
|Jun 10th 2022 - Sep 11th 2022||£1,411|
|Sep 11th 2022 - Oct 26th 2022||£941|
|Oct 26th 2022 - Apr 26th 2023||£753|
Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:
|Oct 23rd 2021 - Oct 27th 2021||€1,044|
|Oct 27th 2021 - Mar 17th 2022||€835|
|Mar 17th 2022 - Apr 24th 2022||€804|
|Apr 24th 2022 - Jun 10th 2022||€971|
|Jun 10th 2022 - Sep 11th 2022||€1,566|
|Sep 11th 2022 - Oct 26th 2022||€1,044|
|Oct 26th 2022 - Apr 26th 2023||€835|
Prices based on an occupancy of 4 people:
|Oct 23rd 2021 - Oct 27th 2021||$1,216|
|Oct 27th 2021 - Mar 17th 2022||$973|
|Mar 17th 2022 - Apr 24th 2022||$936|
|Apr 24th 2022 - Jun 10th 2022||$1,131|
|Jun 10th 2022 - Sep 11th 2022||$1,823|
|Sep 11th 2022 - Oct 26th 2022||$1,216|
|Oct 26th 2022 - Apr 26th 2023||$973|
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