Villa Gulseren

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 2
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Beach Nearby Ideal for Kids Walk to Village

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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.

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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!

Property Features

Private Pool Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath

Ground Floor
- Village kitchen
- Large sitting room
- Dining area
- Twin bedroom
- Shower/WC
- Door to Terrace

First Floor
- 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
- Sunbeds
- Hammocks
- Free form pool 3x 10m, 1.4m deep

- Washing Machine
- Dishwasher
- Hob
- Kettle
- Iron and ironing board
- Airconditioning
- Small Oven
- Coffee Machine
- Iron & ironing board
- Barbecue
- Mosquito plugs


About the surrounding area of Villa Gulseren
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites Boat Trips
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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.

Local Amenities
Nearest Beach Delik & Ciftlik


Nearest Village Selimiye, waterside, restaurants, shops


Nearest Village Bozburun


Sightseeing Sogut

(Boutique fish restaurants)

Nearest Village Bayir (small market,


Sightseeing Orhaniye - Kizkumu beach and restaurants


Sightseeing Turgut waterfall


Nearest Town/City Marmaris


Nearest Airport Dalaman Airport


Marmaris & Bozburun

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.


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

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

  • Cot(s)
  • High Chair(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

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

Services Available

  • Maid Service Available
  • Meal delivery service

Terms & Conditions

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.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 31st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 £1,720
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 2nd 2021 £1,505
Sep 2nd 2021 - Sep 17th 2021 £1,290
Sep 17th 2021 - Oct 1st 2021 £968
Oct 1st 2021 - Apr 9th 2022 £592
Apr 9th 2022 - Apr 30th 2022 £592
Apr 30th 2022 - May 12th 2022 £592
May 12th 2022 - May 19th 2022 £1,280
May 19th 2022 - Jun 30th 2022 £1,183
Jun 30th 2022 - Jul 7th 2022 £1,290
Jul 7th 2022 - Jul 16th 2022 £1,505
Jul 16th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 £1,720
Aug 27th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 £1,505
Sep 1st 2022 - Sep 16th 2022 £1,290
Sep 16th 2022 - Sep 30th 2022 £968
Sep 30th 2022 - Feb 1st 2023 £592

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 31st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 €1,893
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 2nd 2021 €1,656
Sep 2nd 2021 - Sep 17th 2021 €1,420
Sep 17th 2021 - Oct 1st 2021 €1,065
Oct 1st 2021 - Apr 9th 2022 €651
Apr 9th 2022 - Apr 30th 2022 €651
Apr 30th 2022 - May 12th 2022 €651
May 12th 2022 - May 19th 2022 €1,408
May 19th 2022 - Jun 30th 2022 €1,302
Jun 30th 2022 - Jul 7th 2022 €1,420
Jul 7th 2022 - Jul 16th 2022 €1,656
Jul 16th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 €1,893
Aug 27th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 €1,656
Sep 1st 2022 - Sep 16th 2022 €1,420
Sep 16th 2022 - Sep 30th 2022 €1,065
Sep 30th 2022 - Feb 1st 2023 €651

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period Weekly
Jul 31st 2021 - Aug 28th 2021 $2,246
Aug 28th 2021 - Sep 2nd 2021 $1,965
Sep 2nd 2021 - Sep 17th 2021 $1,685
Sep 17th 2021 - Oct 1st 2021 $1,264
Oct 1st 2021 - Apr 9th 2022 $772
Apr 9th 2022 - Apr 30th 2022 $772
Apr 30th 2022 - May 12th 2022 $772
May 12th 2022 - May 19th 2022 $1,671
May 19th 2022 - Jun 30th 2022 $1,544
Jun 30th 2022 - Jul 7th 2022 $1,685
Jul 7th 2022 - Jul 16th 2022 $1,965
Jul 16th 2022 - Aug 27th 2022 $2,246
Aug 27th 2022 - Sep 1st 2022 $1,965
Sep 1st 2022 - Sep 16th 2022 $1,685
Sep 16th 2022 - Sep 30th 2022 $1,264
Sep 30th 2022 - Feb 1st 2023 $772

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.


  • Excellent

    Posted by RH on 29/08/2020

    Villa Excellent!

  • Real Turkey

    Posted by AS on 19/06/2018

    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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