Gumruk Evi

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3


Pool Villa/House
Wow Factor
Quirky Walk to Beach Walk to Village

Stay in a slice of history when you holiday in the unutterably charming Gumruk Evi, in the heart of Kalkan old town, on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. This unique property was once part of the 1854 Kalkan Customs House, a landmark building with sweeping panoramic views overlooking the harbour, the islands, and beyond. Originally constructed as a pension and pub, the villa has been exceptionally refurbished over three spacious floors to offer all the mod cons, including complimentary air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and a rooftop plunge pool. Gumruk Evi boasts three ensuite bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate up to six guests, ideal for a family holiday or a group of friends sharing. The exterior is classic Ottoman-style architecture, with wooden shutters and French doors that open out onto sea-view terraces and balconies. The interiors are divine, a clever combination of rustic charm with exquisite taste, a scattering of traditional authentic artefacts, and decorated in a calming colour palette of neutral earth tones and cool blues.

Enter the villa at ground floor level, with a light and airy open plan living space, with doors that give access to a stunning sea view terrace. The seating area has a club-style brown leather sofa, matching armchairs and a pouffe around a coffee table, a flat-screen satellite television, and a wood-burning fire for those cooler months and evenings. A modern monochrome kitchen is fully equipped with all the appliances you will need to cater for your holiday, including that must-have water cooler moment. The adjacent country-style, six-seater dining set is perfect for indoor entertaining. Take the stairs to the first floor, where you will find two beautifully dressed bedrooms. One bedroom has a double bed, bedside tables, wardrobes, a new ensuite marble bathroom with a walk-in shower, hand basin, WC, and a sea view balcony. The second bedroom has the same with twin beds. On the upper floor is the Master Suite, with a double bed, an ensuite shower room, and a sea-view balcony furnished with a patio set just for two.

Gumruk Evi has the most delightful outside space, with a harbour view paved terrace that is home to a sizeable plunge pool. Sun loungers, swing chairs, and cushioned soft seating are hot spots for relaxing, catching up with this summer’s best-seller, and watching the yachts sail by. As dusk falls, meet for cocktails on the terrace, and enjoy dining under the twinkling stars at the alfresco seating set, with dishes freshly grilled on the barbecue.

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What you should know…

  • Gumruk Evi has lovely sea-view balconies, which may not be suitable for younger children.
  • The villa is in the heart of the old town, with lots of steep hills there and back wherever you want to go, which may be challenging for those with mobility issues.
  • There is no parking in the old town, if you hire a car, you can park it on the perimeter, but it is a steep walk up and down with your luggage, great exercise though!
  • The old town can be noisy in high season, there is a 1 am curfew for playing music. 
  • The house is close to the mosque so you will hear the call to prayer, it's called 5 times a day and is a deeply poetic and evocative expression calling it’s followers to the mosque to worship

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Washing Machine Dishwasher Microwave Safety Deposit Box Hairdryer Satellite TV DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Seaview

The Villa

Gumruk Evi boasts a position in Kalkan's old tow and has three ensuite bedrooms, comfortably accommodating up to six guests, ideal for a family holiday or a group of friends sharing:

- Open plan kitchen, dining area 
- Living area with French doors leading to terrace
- Bedroom 1 - Double bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, sea view (first floor)
- Bedroom 2 - 2 single beds, ensuite bathroom with shower, sea view (first floor)
- Bedroom 3 - Double bed, ensuite bathroom with shower, Juliette balcony, sea view (second floor)

- Terrace with dining area 
- Roof terrace with seating 
- Plunge pool with sea and harbour views 
- Sunbeds 

Additional Facilities
- Internet/Wi-Fi 
- Air conditioning 
- DVD player 
- Dishwasher 
- Microwave 
- Fridge/Freezer 
- Washing machine 
- Iron
- Hairdryer 
- Beach towels 
- Safe
- Water cooler 
- Barbecue 
- Travel cot*  
- Highchair*

*Please see T's & C's 


About the surrounding area of Gumruk Evi
Walk to Beach Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Scuba Diving Paragliding Boat Trips
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The delightful Gumruk Evi can be found in the landmark 1854 Customs House, in the heart of the old town of the exclusive holiday resort of Kalkan, on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. It’s a one hundred and twenty-five kilometre drive through the Turkish countryside from Dalaman International Airport to your unique holiday home. The villa is within sight of the sea, the nearest public beach is a short walk away, beach clubs populate the coastline, and boats leave the harbour daily for fabulous fun days on the ocean waves.

The charming old town of Kalkan has cobbled streets, traditional whitewashed houses festooned in colourful bougainvillaea, and home to a reputed one hundred and fifty restaurants, cafes, and bars, enticing souvenir shops, and designer brand stores stuffed with objects of desire. After dark, dine in one of the famous rooftop restaurants with stunning harbour and sea views, sampling traditional Turkish delights and international cuisine. A five-minute walk into Kalkan’s new town will take you to supermarkets, banks, and a local Thursday market.

Travel further afield to the stunning Kaputas Beach, set in a natural gorge, or take a trip to Patara, where you will find twenty kilometres of unspoilt golden sands and a protected area for the hatching Caretta Caretta turtles. Patara also boasts an archaeological site over two thousand years old, with two ancient amphitheatres and the most stunning sunsets, best seen from the ever-changing sand dunes.

The Lycian Way cuts through Kalkan, trek the trail taking you through major archaeological sites, local villages, dramatic coastlines, and the areas’ flora and fauna. Whilst the Ottoman town of Kas is a twenty-five minute drive along one of the world’s most stunning coastlines.

Read more about Kalkan

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Dalaman Airport

(125 km )

Nearest Ferry Port Kas Ferry Port

(28 km )

Nearest Town Kalkan

(Walking distance )

Nearest Supermarket Carrefour SA

(500 m )

Nearest Bar/Pub Botanik Garden Bar

(190 m )

Nearest Beach Kalkan Public Beach

(100m )


Kalkan has become boutique resorts, with cobbled streets and converted Greek houses, which belonged to the Greek merchants before the exchange of population in the 1920’s. Once quiet fishing harbours these days you are more likely to see traditional wooden gulets taking tourists to soak up rays on the sparkling turquoise Mediterranean. A boat trip is a must do, from the boat you can snorkel and usually a delicious lunch is prepared on board. Keen walkers should check out the Lycian way for designated walking paths in the area.

You cannot come to this area without spending  some time exploring the many Lycian sights, such as Xanthos, Patara, Myra or the sunken city of Kekova.

Patara is said to be where democracy started (they excavated stone voting block) and is also said to be the birthplace of St Nicholas, who became bishop at nearby Myra. The ruins here include an ancient theatre, city walls, government build and agora. The lighthouse on the site is said to be the earliest of its kind. Visit Patara in the late afternoon and finish the trip with a drink on the sandy beach watching the amazing sunset.

The Salikent Gorge is a great place to visit, especially if you want to cool off in the fresh waters whilst walking up the gorge. For the more energetic there are rafts and rings to ride the flowing waters. Further down you can enjoy a day canoeing toward the beach.

Islamlar sits 8 km above Kalkan. Once the place Kalkan folk went to cool off at one of the trout farms built to make use of the mountain’s springs. Today Islamlar houses many a villa, enjoyed by Istanbul Turks who prefer a holiday in slightly cooler and cleaner air. Here the locals grow grapes and pomegranates, but you’ll mainly see the men sat gossiping next to the local teahouse. The trout farms remain a place to come for a wonderful fresh meal, or a breakfast consisting of fresh local fare. The rocket will be the freshest & most tasty you’ve ever had; and the fresh chips cooked in olive oil take some beating.

By night both Kalkan and Kas come alive. Kas has more of a bohemian feel, people ambling through the cobbled streets, passing the ancient tomb in the street, haggling for textiles, carpets and other goodies, maybe stopping for the traditional Turkish ‘maras’ ice cream, a tulip-shaped glass of tea or a wonderful kebab in the shadow of the mosque. Most of the villas in Kas are just out of town on the Cukurbag Peninsula. A reasonable (5km) taxi or Dolmus (local bus) ride into town. Be sure to try the Piyaz, a white bean salad with tahini sauce.

Travelling along the coast, towards Kalkan you pass the modern marina, the children’s beach park (run by the local hotel school) and halfway to Kalkan the stunning Kaputas Beach, cut in a gorge with all different shades of turquoise in the sea.

Kalkan is a more sophisticated resort, with the villas built onto the mountainside. Evening are spent enjoying the rooftop restaurants, perched on the top of the old ‘konak’ houses. Then wandering to a seaside bar for a cocktail, after shopping for glass lanterns, Iznik pottery, handbags or pestemel towel. Do visit the ‘pastane’, local patisseries which do the most delicious morning pastries and you must try the ‘Gozleme’ pancakes at the Thursday market.

Other things to do in the area include scuba diving as the visibility is excellent, paragliding, horseriding on Patara Beach or kayaking around the sunken ruins at Kekova.


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Teens

Kalkan is the perfect holiday hot spot for kids of all ages. Starting with the villa’s private plunge pool, as there are no set hours, your children can play and splash all day. The family-friendly Kalkan public beach is within walking distance, with easy entry, crystal clear shallow waters, sun loungers and parasols, and a cute café too.

In the pretty town of Kalkan, you will find an original authentic Turkish village full of winding streets of white-washed houses, family-friendly restaurants and cafes, and shops galore selling souvenirs. The coastline is populated with family-friendly beach clubs, wander down to the harbour and board a water taxi to your favourite. For your older daredevils, Aristos Water Sports will take them on exhilarating sea rides, tandem parasailing, jet skis, and racing speed boats.

All aboard a traditional gulet for a day at sea, swim and snorkel in beautiful bays, wallow in mud bath inlets, and return home to watch the sunset. In the evening, dine on traditional Turkish dishes in the famous rooftop restaurants, and enjoy a homemade ice cream on the way home. In season watch a family film under the stars at Indigo Beach Club.

Enjoy an adventurous jeep safari through the local villages, see the natural flora and fauna, and ride the famous Patara sand dunes. Go further afield to Sakilkent Gorge, where you can walk through a flowing river to a magnificent waterfall. Around the corner is the sister waterfall of Gizlikent, ramble down a stepped wood to cool waters, and take a refreshing natural shower in the sunshine. Take a trip to Kekova and see a sunken city through a glass-bottomed boat. 

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD

Services Available

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Meal delivery service


Oliver's Extras

  • Catering Available
  • Chef/Cook Available
  • Meal delivery service

At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, 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
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

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 fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

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 card details are required 2 weeks prior to departure for pre-authorisation.
Arrival time 2.00 p.m.
Departure time 11.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Pool towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Internet access? Complimentary Wi-Fi internet access is included in rental price. It is good to note that the speed is dependent on the local provider and technical issues may cause reduced speed or cut of service.
Minimum stay 7 nights.
Changeover day Flexible.
Pets welcome? Not allowed.
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted.
Tax Turkey Tourist Tax of 2% of accommodation fee is not included in the price and will need to be paid locally in cash on arrival.
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.
Other 3 There is an additional price of £15 per week for high chair hire and £50 per week for travel cot hire including linen.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 25th 2023 - May 1st 2024 £2,180
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £1,980
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £2,080
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 £2,180
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 £2,080
Oct 1st 2024 - Mar 28th 2025 £1,980

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 25th 2023 - May 1st 2024 €2,354
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €2,138
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €2,246
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 €2,354
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 €2,246
Oct 1st 2024 - Mar 28th 2025 €2,138

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Sep 25th 2023 - May 1st 2024 $2,508
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $2,278
Jun 1st 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $2,393
Jul 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 $2,508
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 $2,393
Oct 1st 2024 - Mar 28th 2025 $2,278

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

How long have you owned the property?
I bought Guvruk Evi in 2005.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
When we walked in to the property for viewing, my late mum was with me and said, the
building reminds her uncle’s place in Old town in Antalya . She used to enjoy swimming so I
decided to buy it for her to enjoy as I have been living overseas .
I am also interested in historical buildings and it was built in 1854 .

Are there any interesting stories in its history?
At the end of the 19th Century , Kalkan was an important trade centre thanks to its big harbour.
Sailors stayed in town at different pensions and could drink at in various 'pubs'. Gumruk Evi was one of them and constructed as a pension by a Greek Entrepreneur
in 1854. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Ottomans used the building as a Customs
House due to its super location over the harbour. Trading continued after the 1923 population
exchange and The Customs House was in full use until sea trade faded away in the 1950’s due
to improvement of the Turkish Road infrastructure and adoption of overland transport.
Strict building and preservation codes are enforced as it is a listed building.
The building occupies such a prominent place in Kalkan’s history that the authorities insist the
modern owners keep it traditional pink colour, as well.
As maintain its architectural integrity and the Ottoman flag is engraved on the decorative front “
pediment “ overlooking the sea .
The house is perhaps the most well known , treasured landmark in the town.
The building, like its surroundings, is steeped in history.

Have you ever had any famous guest staying?
Due to our privacy policy, we cannot disclose such an information.


For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...

Really do? You are only ‘a stone’s throw ‘ to the Kalkan Beach, so an early morning swim is a must

Really eat? Take a taxi to Islamlar, it's cooler up there, and enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast or a Trout lunch / dinner at one of the many trout restaurants

Really see? If you look closely you may see dolphins or turtles in the sea

What insider tip would you pass on about the property and the area ?
If you stay at Gumruk Evi you stay in historic and landmark building which was constructed in1 854 as one of
the few listed properties.
We have been maintaining it for decades and refurbished in 2020 to modernize the
bathrooms and the roof while keeping the Ottoman style.
Bars , Restaurants, Harbour ,Town Beach Clubs , Shops are all in walking distance. You do
not need to queue up for taxis or walk up a steep hill, especially after dinner .
Due to global warming , The temperatures rise but you would be feeling cooler inside the
house than other places as it was constructed with rocks and stones . As the first building on the
beach front , there is always cool breeze which is very nice and pleasant.



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