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What Oliver loves…
- Get a taste of traditional Turkey in this rustic stone-built villa. It’s a short walk from the sleepy village of Selimiye with a horseshoe-shaped bay, shops and restaurants
- The beautiful gardens filled with olive, almond, lemon, walnut, bay leaf and banana trees
- Spectacular views of the surrounding mountainous landscape and village spilling down to the sea
- Selimiye to home to loads of restaurants, a few favourites include Sardunya and Aurora. Both have amazing mezes and daily fresh fish
For a superbly comfortable and authentic Turkish experience, four-bedroomed Villa Selimiye is your go to. The classic cottage-style villa oozes rustic charm. Think stone walls, red terracotta-tiled roofs and pretty natural surrounds. It’s in the sleepy seaside village of Selimiye in southwest Turkey. With its olive vineyards and old harbour and naturally-curved bay dotted with local wooden fishing boats, it’s truly traditional Turkey at its finest. Stop off for lunch at one of the fresh seafood restaurants or browse items in the craft and bohemian shops, all within a short flip-flopped amble of the villa.
The outside space – adorned with old railways sleepers and pebbles – steals the show at this villa. It’s elegantly cut into the hillside and offers fantastic views of the sea and town below. There’s a covered terrace with shade sails and a wooden pergola, or you can find your prime sunbathing spot on one of the cushioned loungers that line the pool. On the terrace, there’s also a large charcoal barbeque – perfect for cooking all of that fresh produce – as well as a dining table for eating it on. A comfortable couch, as well as olive, lemon and banana trees, complete the tranquil setup.
Inside, take your pick from the four stylish bedrooms: three doubles and a twin room which can have a third bed. All bedrooms have balconies overlooking the pool, sea or both and are equipped with linen and bathroom and beach towels, so you’ve got more room in your case for those souvenirs. The lounge boasts vistas of the Aegean and a hand-crafted stone fireplace, while the kitchen is fully equipped with all modern amenities including a microwave, gas cooker and dishwasher. The rooms are all furnished in natural tones using light-coloured linens and feature interesting Ottoman pieces.
Make use of the villa’s fact-packed information book – filled with top tips on the must-see sights and best places to eat – and get exploring. You’re a short walk from the village centre, a 40-45-minute drive from the lively resort of Marmaris. When you get back, calm and cool breezes await!
This villa is no longer available for new bookings.
What you should know…
- For families with young children, sleeping cots and a high chair are available on request
- Set on an incline, it’s slightly easier getting to the village centre and bay than it is getting back
- For your comfort it's recommended to have a transfer from the airport and have your hire car delivered to the villa
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!
- Open plan fully fitted kitchen
- Sitting room with fireplace
- Double bedroom
- Shower room with WC
- Queen sized bedroom with ensuite shower room, balcony with seaviews
- Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room, balcony with mountain view
- Double bedroom with en-suite shower, balcony with seaviews
- Shaded dining table and chairs
- Seating area
- Swimming pool 8m x 5m, 1.6m depth
- Plasma TV
- Docking station
- DVD player
- Board games
- Granite work-tops
- Wall oven & gas hob
- Large fridge/freezer
- Sharp chef knives
- Iron & ironing board
- Kitchen spices
- Board games and puzzles
- Starter of washing powder, dishwashing liquid, toilet paper
Selimiye village is the epitome of traditional rural Turkey. The small fishing village on south-west Turkey's exquisite Bozburun peninsula has a picture-book horseshoe harbour and a laid-back atmosphere. The wooden boardwalk, running along the sweep of the village's waterfront, is lined with cocktail bars, seafood restaurants and bohemian shops. Enjoy an iced coffee while watching the fisherman in the harbour or pick up locally-harvested products like olive oil, oregano and honey.
From the harbour, you can jump on a boat tour to explore the stunning coves that stud the shore, with some stopping for swimming and snorkelling and offering lunch. See if you can spot the monastery on Kamelya island in the distance. You could also head to the ancient city of Hydas in Selimiye. The three castles, lighthouse and monastery remnants are all worth seeing. By night, stroll along the boardwalk under the moonlight, as the sea laps the pebble beach and feel at peace.
The surrounding mountainous Bozburun Peninsula is also the perfect place to explore. For a real off-the-beaten-track adventure, hire a scooter and roll down the winding country roads into quaint villages like Orhaniye (10km away). Marmaris is about a 40-45 minute drive from the villa. There you’ll find a popular pebbly beach and a long seafront promenade – with plenty of opportunities to take part in water sports. The bustling resort town is also known for its lively nightlife and shopping.
|Nearest Ferry Port||
Swan Lake Hotel
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 Selimiye is surrounded by beautiful gardens and features a shaded terrace – perfect for young children to play safely. For family-entertainment evenings, there’s a television and DVD player, as well as an iPod docking station and board games. Kids young and old can use the binoculars to spot the local wildlife, while teens can post those Instagram-worthy snaps online using the free internet. Generally Turks welcome children with open arms.
In Selimiye itself there are plenty of family-friendly restaurants and cafes, serving both local and international cuisine. There’s also a pebbly beach and harbour with boat trips leaving to explore pristine coves. Get a dose of culture and browse the boutique shops or head to the ancient city of Hydas with ancient ruins of castles, a monastery and lighthouse. For water sports, Marmaris is your go it. There kids (and adults) can go sea kayaking, parasailing and scuba diving.
The twin bedroom has spaced to stand a cot.
Baby and Toddler Equipment
- High Chair(s)
Kids Activities Close-by
- Beach Nearby
- Walk to Restaurant
- Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
- Tourist Towns & Villages
- Maid Service Included
- Maid Service Included
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
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- 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.
|Security deposit||A £250 security deposit is payable on arrival.|
|Arrival time||Checking from 16:00|
|Departure time||Guests are requested to checkout by 11:00|
|Energy costs included?||All energy costs are included in the rental price|
|Linen & towels included?||Linen, towels and pool towels are included in the rental price.|
|Pets welcome?||Guests may not bring pets to he property|
|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.|
|Smoking Allowed?||Sorry, smoking is not allowed inside the villa.|
|End of stay cleaning included?||End of stay clean is included in the price. The property|
|Minimum stay||Minimum stay is 3 nights, except in July and August when it is 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.|
The villa is owned by a Turkish company and it complies with all the Turkish legislation. Esma one of the partners lives in Marmaris which is half an hour away .
How old is the villa?
The villa was built in 2011/12
What is it about the property that you first fell in love with?
We fell in love with the peaceful location and the fantastic views of the surrounding cliffs and forest .
Are there any interesting stories?
The nicest thing that happened is the person who found the land to build on is the local bee keeper. He came to see us with some spring honey and it was delicious.
Do you have a favourite room in the property?
Sitting in the covered shaded terrace on a sunny afternoon with a glass of wine looking across the kidney shape pool at the cliffs across the valley is just amazing .
For anyone coming to stay is there anything in the surrounding area they should...
Picnic in the hills above, also the Saturday market in Orhaniye is amazing with produce from the local region .
Five local restaurants , the choices are endless .
Explore the local villages on the peninsula .
What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?Get a map of the area and really explore the peninsula. Local day boat excursions are also amazing ,they will take you to some of the small islands that were inhabited by the Greeks prior to the 1920s .The scenery is spectacular .
We stayed in Villa Selimiye at the beginning of summer for a week. From the first point of contact Esma was responsive and helped every way he could. We were unfamiliar with this part of Turkey. It was an absolute delight. The bozburun peninsula is a beautiful part of southern Turkey. Traditional, friendly local people. Beautiful scenery, quiet and the makings of a fantastic holiday in a really relaxed environment. The little village of Selimiya was a complete delight. The people in the village were so friendly. The local woman baking fresh Turkish bread down became our routine shopping trip along with the fish shop and the vegetable stand by the beach. The villa itself was simple, quiet and with everything you need to enjoy a lovely time away from home. We cooked in, we enjoy really relaxing on holiday and the bbq was our preferred way to enjoy our evenings. The pool was clean, the views were gorgeous. The running (if you're into it) is challenging but really great for hills......a run to Bozburun village and back is around 11kms and due to those hills works up a good appetite for that Turkish bread at breakfast. All in all, highly recommended. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
A Bit of Real Turkey
The villa was even better than the pics. Very private, quiet and secluded, and yet close to everything.
There were 6 of us, 5 adults and our toddler granddaughter. There was lots of room for down time. The villa well stocked with basics like salt, pepper, sugar, splices and cling wrap etc.. Gary had stocked the fridge with basics to get us started like milk, bread, eggs etc.
The villa was immaculate and a delightful village lady came in daily to do a quick clean of the house and pool. View from the pool is spectacular.
Village has 3 small grocery stores and lots of fresh fruit and veggies can be purchased at stands in the town. All restaurants do take out so we dined alfresco in the back yard most nights.
Let Gary arrange a day on a boat. It was amazing, our toddler granddaughter loved the sea and even jumped into the water.
The only downside, the hill is steep and the driveway is tight. ... rent a small car!! We had a van and could not park or maneuver it in the driveway. We parked at the foot of the hill and walked up.
If you are there on a Wednesday, go to the local farmers market.
Gary is an attentive and reachable, before, during and after.
I'd recommend this villa to anyone who wants to see a bit of real Turkey and chill out.
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