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What Oliver loves…
- Surrounded by tranquil trees and lush greenery, the views from this villa are fantastic – you’ll feel like you’re the only person within miles.
- Turkish owner, Ayhan lives nearby and is on-hand to attend to you. Ayhan is also a qualified guide, and offers private, guided adventures – on foot, or by car – from your doorstep, through the wilds of the unspoilt Bozburun Peninsula and beyond.
- The gardens, pool and terraces are maintained daily, there’s also a daily maid service for light cleaning, and towels and bed linen are changed mid week
Rustic three-bedroomed Villa Gulseren offers a relaxing family-friendly retreat in a rural, unspoilt part of the Turkish Lycian Coast. Located above the village of Bayir on the Bozburun Peninsula; surrounded by a thicket of pine trees. The villa boasts romantic views of the canyon which elegantly slopes down to meet the sparkling Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.
Along forest track, the villa is entirely private and exudes a traditional, farmhouse feel. There are extensive mature gardens, with established shrubs and fruit trees and beds lined with thyme, mint and rosemary, surrounding the property. You can go on serene walks or book a private trekking experience through the villa’s owners to explore the area.
The main feature outside – aside from the tranquil vistas – is the freshwater pool, set beneath a wooden pergola and bordered by intricate stonework. It’s slightly separated from the villa by a myriad of beautiful paths and steps leading down from the alfresco dining terrace. On lazy days, you can pour yourself a cooling drink, pick up your favourite book, and curl up in a prime sunbathing spot or under the shade on one of the several outdoor seating options.
Inside the villa, the marriage of stone and wood continues to a charming effect. The comfortable sitting room has hardwood floors with a feature fireplace and scattered with Turkish artefacts and elegant soft furnishings. There’s also a twin bedroom with a separate shower and toilet on this floor, alongside a fully-equipped kitchen with an oven, washing machine and dishwasher.
Taking the stone steps up onto the first floor, you’ll find a master double and the second twin bedroom. Both are equally seductive and stylish and share a bathroom with a bath, handheld shower and toilet. The master bedroom opens onto a fantastic terrace furnished with tree-stump table and chairs — the perfect spot for taking your breakfast while enjoying the magnificent views across the valley and sea below.
For smaller groups or families travelling together Villa Syrna, also in Bayir village is close by.
What you should know…
- This villa is located on two floors, however there’s a twin bedroom on the ground floor for those who find it difficult navigating upstairs.
- Villa Gulseren enjoys a wonderfully remote location, but is ideally positioned to explore the villages and beaches of the Bozburun Peninsula. It’s 3km from Bayir with mini markets and restaurants.
- Village life comes with many sounds such as the 5 times daily call from the mosque and the cockeral calling. A benefit of the latter is amazing fresh eggs; which, if requested, the owner can deliver for you!
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!
- Village kitchen
- Large sitting room
- Dining area
- Twin bedroom
- Door to Terrace
- Double bedroom with door to terrace
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with hand held shower as well as bath
- Various Terrace and Paths
- Rural garden, with various paths and terraces
- Free form pool 3x 10m, 1.4m deep
- Washing Machine
- Iron and ironing board
- Small Oven
- Coffee Machine
- Iron & ironing board
- Mosquito plugs
Located above the sleepy village of Bayir in the centre of the Bozburun Peninsula in Turkey. Villa Gulseren boasts a wonderfully remote location but is still ideally positioned for exploring the towns and beaches below. The house has a rustic path into the villa centre, great for a morning stroll. Surrounded by gardens and pine tree-lined forests, you can go on scenic walks under the shade of the canopy or take advantage of the Owner's horse trekking service.
In Bayir itself, 3km from the villa, there are a handful of mini-markets for picking up your daily essentials, alongside a few friendly local restaurants for trying traditional Turkish cuisine. The nearest sandy beach is at Delik or Ciftlik, just 10 minutes' drive. More unspoilt beaches, harbours and fishing villages of Hisaronu, Selimiye and Sogut are a 25-30 minute drive away. All these spots boast fabulous restaurants where you can experience traditional Turkish fayre and the freshest catch of the day. There's a cooling waterfall and also The Carpet Weaver's Association at Turgutkoy. Osmaniye has a Bee Museum showing the local methods of an age-old trade, still practised by the villagers in Bayir.
For a fun day trip, you could head to the small seaside town of Bozburun, known for building the traditional wooden gulets. There you'll find a quaint yacht-lined harbour and pristine swimming spots and coves. Slightly further afield is also the port town of Datca where the traditional Saturday market is worth a visit as well as the ruins of Knidos. There, the cultures of Lydia, Persia, and the Byzantine and Ottoman empires stud the landscape, and there are church ruins, ancient cisterns and tombstones for exploring.
If you're a keen walker or want to discover more of this beautiful part of Turkey, you can walk some of the Carian Trail, Turkey's 500-mile long-distance path. It winds through the peninsula, with many places where you can enter it for a short stroll. The tracks on the hillsides around Bozburun have a red and white flash painted on stones every 50 metres, so you shouldn't get lost.
Delik & Ciftlik
Selimiye, waterside, restaurants, shops
(Boutique fish restaurants)
Bayir (small market,
Orhaniye - Kizkumu beach and restaurants
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 28 degrees Celsius in this area, with sea temperatures of 23 deegress celsius. For keen walkers the paths of the Carian way will take you around the area.
Sat on the site of the Carian city of Physkos, Marmaris started welcoming European tourists in the 1980’s. At the time big hotels were what the travel agents were selling. The surrounding areas remained unspoilt and in recent years villas have popped up in less touristic areas. Marmaris still has a picturesque vista and the areas around the harbour, Netsel Marina and the castle are worth a visit. The castle was reconstructed by Suleyman the Magnificent during his expedition against Rhodes and houses a small museum. You couldn’t find better places to try an authentic Doner Kebab than some of the restaurants behind the bazaar, or for a more sophisticated version go to the Baris Ustu Kebabci in the Netsel Marina.
The Bozburun Peninsula represents the real hidden Turkey. In recent years wealthier Turks have headed to these parts to enjoy the thyme-scented air that is said to be ultra-healthy due to being high in oxygen as a result of the trees and proximity to the sea Throughout the peninsula villagers live as their ancestors did a century ago, tilling the land of a small holding, keeping bees or working in ancient trades handed down through generations. The women work hard to keep house and land. Every village has a teahouse where you’ll see the men making business over a game of Tavla (backgammon), slowly drinking endless cups of crystal clear black Cay (tea), drunk out of tulip-shaped glasses. The peninsula has loads of lovely restaurants, simple but delicious food. Enjoy fish in Selimiye; choose mezes from the kitchen and wash it all down with a glass of Lion’s Milk, the slang for Turkish Raki, an aniseed spirit that becomes white when water is added.
Travelling around the peninsula, there’s Orhaniye where you can walk the sand spit, Turgut where you can see the ancient trade of carpet weaving and visit the waterfall to cool off, especially if you purchased a carpet. Sogut is a hidden gem, and where a long seafood lunch is the way to go. There is a bee ‘museum’ in Osmaniye which pays homage to the local production of pine honey. Turunc, Amos and Kumlubuk sit on the southeastern coast of the peninsula. Kumlubuk has a sweeping beach, and a sandy shingle, water-sports and a few restaurants. Amos has a smaller pebble beach and a popular restaurant selling a range of Turkish favourites. Turunc is more of a resort, with a few streets behind the beach, plenty of eateries, shops and bars. Give it a little time as it is somewhere people fall in love with. Further around is Icmeler, which merges into the bigger Marmaris.
Villa Gulseren is surrounded by gardens and trees – ideal for children (and adults) to play a game of, 'hide and seek' – and has plenty of shaded spots. The villa has a TV with DVD player for those entertainment evenings in and a private swimming pool for kids to splash about in. You can go on scenic walks around the local area, and the owner offers fun trekking.
The nearest village, Bayir, is a short 3km from the villa. There you’ll find mini-markets for picking up essentials, alongside family-friendly restaurants. There are also sandy beaches just 10 minutes’ drive from the villa, with calm waters that are ideal for swimming. Delik or Ciftlik are popular choices.
From Villa Gulseren, you’re a 25-30 minute drive from the unspoilt beaches, harbour and fishing villages of Hisaronu, Selimiye and Sogut. Hisaronu even has a horse riding ranch. You could also head to Datca town with ancient ruins and cultural sites, alongside coves, bays, and beaches in abundance. Often the water remains shallow for some distance offshore, making it safe for young children to paddle or swim.
For some holiday learning there is a local beekeeping museum, the Carpet Weavers Association where they can learn about the same process that's been around for years, and lots of farm animals the villagers keep in their smallholdings. There are many Carian sites within a 2-hour drive which is another insight into the history of the area.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Beach Nearby
- Walk to Village
- Walk to Restaurant
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Historical Sites
- Maid Service Available
- Meal delivery service
- Maid Service Available
- Meal delivery service
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 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.
|Arrival time||Check in is 16:00 or later|
|Departure time||Checkout is 11:00 or earlier.|
|Energy costs included?||All energy costs are included in the villa rental price|
|Linen & towels included?||Linen and towels are provided and included in the villa cost.|
|Security deposit||There is no security deposit. Guest will obviously be liable for any lose or damage caused during their stay.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||End of stay cleaning is included. There is also a midweek clean.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Guests are requested not to smoke in the villa.|
|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.|
|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 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.|
|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.|
|Minimum stay||7 nights|
|Other 3||The garden is a natural haven and hasn't been designed with children in mind. We therefore suggest you to be aware there may be drops and uneven ground and young children should be supervised.|
Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:
|Oct 7th 2022 - Apr 8th 2023||£685|
|Apr 8th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023||£788|
|Apr 29th 2023 - May 7th 2023||£1,575|
|May 7th 2023 - May 18th 2023||£1,289|
|May 18th 2023 - Jun 4th 2023||£1,289|
|Jun 4th 2023 - Jun 29th 2023||£2,005|
|Jun 29th 2023 - Jul 6th 2023||£1,718|
|Jul 6th 2023 - Jul 15th 2023||£2,278|
|Jul 15th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023||£2,278|
|Aug 26th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023||£2,005|
|Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 15th 2023||£1,718|
|Sep 15th 2023 - Sep 29th 2023||£1,289|
|Sep 29th 2023 - Oct 6th 2023||£788|
|Oct 6th 2023 - Apr 9th 2024||£788|
Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:
|Oct 7th 2022 - Apr 8th 2023||€732|
|Apr 8th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023||€842|
|Apr 29th 2023 - May 7th 2023||€1,684|
|May 7th 2023 - May 18th 2023||€1,378|
|May 18th 2023 - Jun 4th 2023||€1,378|
|Jun 4th 2023 - Jun 29th 2023||€2,143|
|Jun 29th 2023 - Jul 6th 2023||€1,837|
|Jul 6th 2023 - Jul 15th 2023||€2,435|
|Jul 15th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023||€2,435|
|Aug 26th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023||€2,143|
|Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 15th 2023||€1,837|
|Sep 15th 2023 - Sep 29th 2023||€1,378|
|Sep 29th 2023 - Oct 6th 2023||€842|
|Oct 6th 2023 - Apr 9th 2024||€842|
Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:
|Oct 7th 2022 - Apr 8th 2023||$717|
|Apr 8th 2023 - Apr 29th 2023||$825|
|Apr 29th 2023 - May 7th 2023||$1,649|
|May 7th 2023 - May 18th 2023||$1,349|
|May 18th 2023 - Jun 4th 2023||$1,349|
|Jun 4th 2023 - Jun 29th 2023||$2,098|
|Jun 29th 2023 - Jul 6th 2023||$1,799|
|Jul 6th 2023 - Jul 15th 2023||$2,384|
|Jul 15th 2023 - Aug 26th 2023||$2,384|
|Aug 26th 2023 - Aug 31st 2023||$2,098|
|Aug 31st 2023 - Sep 15th 2023||$1,799|
|Sep 15th 2023 - Sep 29th 2023||$1,349|
|Sep 29th 2023 - Oct 6th 2023||$825|
|Oct 6th 2023 - Apr 9th 2024||$825|
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.
Ayhan, who is a license Turkish Tour Guide
How long have you owned the property?
20 years, I built it having discussed the plans with an architect.
What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?
My vision, was a stone house looking at the valley between mountains. I love the quietness, Bayir is a traditional village and most of the locals are working the land as their ancestors did 100 years ago.
Are there any interesting stories in its history?
The stone walls are super thick, so give a natural insulation, keeping the house cool in the summer. The position enjoys a breeze in high season between two bays, Ciftlik and Bayir, because of this the temperature here is a few degrees cooler than Marmaris
Do you have a favourite room in the property?
Living room, but I like the house in general as it has a chalet style.
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Visit old Datca, Knidos ancient site and modern Datca, it’s such a contrast . As a qualified guide I can always guide you there if you want all the history and local tips
Turkish tea and Gozleme (Turkish Savoury Pancakes)
You have to see one of the Lycian sites whilst you are in Turkey, all part of our facinating history
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?
Night time, I’ve now added some lighting so you can really enjoy the garden at night and it makes it cosy. However, if you turn the lights off the night sky and stars are amazing. Sometimes you see shooting stars too.
We've visited Turkey many times but this was quite an adventure as we'd never stayed somewhere so rural.
The owner and his aunt are such good hosts and made us very comfortable. They showed us local paths, he came with us as our guide to visit Ephesus (he is so knowledgable). One evening we had a home cooked Turkish meal they arranged. We collected fresh eggs from the chickens and fruit from the garden. The pool and garden were so natural and we loved sitting out at night and watching shooting stars.
For days out we visited Sogut and Selimiye for fish lunches. The teenagers insisted on a day in Marmaris. local restaurants in Bayir and Ciftlik served simple faye but delicious all the same. This may be one of our last holidays as a family as they move away but certainly a holiday to remember.
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