Bodrum Retreat consists of 5 properties in the Gokcebel area of Yalikavak on the peninsula of Bodrum. There are Three Suites, high in the hills, with magnificent views across the Aegean and on clear days, one can easily see the Island of Samos in Greece. All of the suites are perfect for couples, or an extended family. Each year, we have several requests to book all three suites for family and/or close friends. The suites are all furnished with comfortable furniture, art and bedding, as well as kitchenettes and all have access to large courtyards. There are several tables strategically placed outside. The pool is salt water and Balinese in style and although shared by the 3 suites, it is seldom so busy because there is so much to see and do in the area. Local breakfast or dinners can be arranged with advanced notice.
Our Village House, is right in the village, although, high above other houses with great sea views and our Vineyard Cottage, located below the suites, is also available for rental. This property also includes a view of the sea and the momentous archaic stone hills nearby.
Yalikavak is becoming more popular than elsewhere on the peninsula. Its small harbor is surrounded by restaurants and bars, but the atmosphere is quiet, unhurried and relaxed. Within walking distance of the old harbor, is the new sophisticated and luxurious Palmarina. The Marina is home to many large yachts and is visited by yachts from all over the world in summer. It has upmarket shops and many restaurants and cafes and a seaside 2,500 seat Amphitheatre, during summer months, used for fashion shows, open air concerts, etc.
Only 18 km away from Bodrum Town center on the north western tip of the Bodrum Peninsula, Yalikavak has grown in size over recent years, but remains still very much a place where the permanent inhabitants, numbering around 7000, welcome holiday makers.
From a base at Bodrum Retreat, one can see scores of archaeological sites during day trips. Restaurants abound on the peninsula and we have not only Aegean Cuisine, but also tastes from the exotic east of Turkey as well as many well known local and international western restaurants. Bodrum peninsula is home to many 5 star international hotels.
Although, Bodrum is known worldwide as a summer resort, the peninsula is also ideal for Fall, Winter, and Spring visits as, in those seasons, heating is included in the pricing and warm bedding duvets provide exceptional comfort. Many restaurants have fireplaces and without crowds of tourists, the cuisine is at its best. Scores of historical sites are uniquely yours for the day. Jazz , theater, festivals including the famous and medieval camel wrestling matches within the Aegean area will keep you busy. Flights to Turkey from North America, Asia and European countries are at their lowest price and Bodrum is just a 55 minute flight from exciting Istanbul. There are now several flights from UK to Bodrum direct during the year.
We think Bodrum, out of season, is truly the best kept secret in the Aegean region.
One enters the Herakleia residence via a 19C Ottoman door, from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house. A three meter wide sliding door (with screen) also opens to the courtyard.
Double queen bed in Japanese tatami style, with orthopedic mattress, is tucked into a Roman alcove within the room. Flat screen TV, DVD, satellite TV, International and local channels and Wi-Fi. Wood, antique dining table and chairs for eating in the room. Reading sofa and antique lounge chair.
Antique cabinet for clothes storage. Unique, Ottoman style kitchenette includes all necessary tableware and cooking accessories. Undercounter fridge, electrical grill, Microwave, gas stove, etc.
Bathroom equipped with 19th C. Ottoman marble sink and rain shower.
One enters the loft style residence via stone stairs from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house. The East facing wall, has small triangle, colored glass windows, that play the effects of the morning sun on the interior walls in a pleasing moving display. Double queen bed. Flat screen TV, DVD, satellite TV, international and local channels and Wi-Fi. Antique ebony 19th C.wood dining table and antique coffee shop chairs for eating in the room. Antique lounge chair. Antique 19th C Korean dressing cabinet for clothes storage. Traditional antique pine reproduction of an Aegean kitchenette. All necessary tableware and cooking accessories. Under counter fridge, grill, gas stove, etc. Bathroom equipped with 19th C. Ottoman marble sink and rain shower.
The Iassus residence is quite private. One enters the residence via an antique, Bodrum, pine carved door, from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house. Through this door, one enters the pine wood/glass room. This room is made from recycled, accordion style, pine wood doors mounted with clear glass in the upper half of each door. There is good light in this room. Antique rosewood dining table with 2 (or more) antique chairs and a sofa bed. Overhead fan and a large original, trompe l'oeil painting from Goa, complete the picture. The other living space is two steps up on the far side of this room. To the left is a great kitchen and to the right is an antique Indian day bed for viewing TV, then a double bed, clothes storage then finally, though a passage, the bathroom. The view from this room is North and West which is the direction of the surrounding countryside, the Aegean and the Greek Islands. On a clear day you can see Samos Island, in Greece. Immediately below the cottage is a large field of lavender. The intimate outside dining area hosts a dining table and all around, is rose garden. This house is perfect for a couple (we have had families of 3 and 4 stay here) or joined with Herakleia and Labranda, presents an opportunity for a large family reunion. It is the largest of the 3 suites.
Private, classic Bodrum village house & private pool. View of hills and Aegean Sea. This village house is of traditional stone, with 50 cm (20 inch) thick walls and built mid-20th century. It is located in Gokcebel village. Standing high and above the other houses in the village allows views of the mountains, the sea. The sunset is unobstructed and superb. The location on the North side of the Peninsula affords cool breezes. The house has an extensive veranda/patio where one can relax or have a slow meal while taking in the views. Entering the house, to the left, is the Living Room with 'L' shaped traditional, 60cm, padded, village seating. A small child can sleep here. The kitchenette adjoins. To the right, is the master bedroom. then you enter a small dressing room leading to the bathroom. We have accommodated more than 2 persons. Original artwork and antiques throughout. This is a house to use as a base for exploring the area around Bodrum or for simply relaxing. Major supermarkets (6) are within a few hundred meters walk from the house. There is a private road to the property with a private entrance to the house. This is a stand-alone property and not part of any apartment type complex.
Old, beautiful, carefully renovated, village cottage, located in Gokcebel village on a private, boutique vineyard. Constructed of stone, 50 cm (20 inch) walls. Originally built early-20th century.
Beautiful view of the Aegean Sea and the antique hills nearby where a Castle stood 3000 years ago. Nice walks to this castle and other beautiful spots nearby. The location on the North side of the Peninsula affords cool breezes. The house has an extensive veranda/patio where one can relax or have a slow meal while taking in the views. Writing a book or want to chill out? This is it!
Entering the Cottage: One enters the main door to the living room. There is an antique bed, antique chair and other furniture. With the cottage door open, you see the view from bedside. This room is fitted with Turkish antiques/carpets, CD/VCD player and a marvelous antique wooden carved ceiling. Good lighting, shelf space, etc. There is a Bodrum bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. Kitchenette with stove top, Mini fridge, toaster, utensils and dishes, glasses, cups. Linens/towels provided, private pool fed by well water. Traditional Turkish Ottoman water fountain, next to the patio as well as extensive seating areas for existing dining table (4) and chaise lounge (2). Most of the large patio is shaded by old trees.