Beautiful, relaxing, and close to everything yet calm and peaceful.
Submitted: October 29, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
My husband and I stayed at the Vineyard Cottage from June 2 through June 9, 2012. We had never been to Turkey, and chose our destination based on the cottage and our emails with Frank, the owner. From there, we planned a roadtrip designed to end up on the Bodrum Peninsula.
From the very beginning our our communication, Frank was always extremely informative, friendly, and accommodating. He provided us with information about nearby attractions and offered to help us find a rental car. We paid a deposit via PayPal and everything went smoothly.
We arrived at the rental to be greeted by Frank's family and were escorted to the cottage. The description of the cottage was just as we'd imagined, and yes, you do need to be prepared for a bit of a hike to get to the house. However, I believe this is part of the magic of the property. Frank left us wine, bread, and a few treats, and we spent our first evening watching the sun go down behind the hills.
The photos of the cottage did a great job of showing us what to expect. The one surprise was that the sofa flips over to turn into a bed, so it's lower to the ground and all in one room, but this worked great for us, especially as our days were spent outside or adventuring. There are lots of beautiful antiques and books to read on the bookshelves, and the kitchen had the utensils we needed. Yes, the kitchen is small, but we were able to cook breakfast and dinner on several occasions with no trouble. The cottage was clean, as was the plunge pool and the patio.
Whenever we saw Frank throughout our stay, he always made sure to check in on how we were doing. His sweet dogs walked down to the cottage with us at night and greeted us at our car in the morning.
The cottage is in a perfect location to explore the Bodrum Peninsula. You can quickly drive to where you want, but you are also removed from busy Bodrum or some of the more resort-like areas. When you fall asleep, the cicadas and the neighborhood dog is all you hear. We spent days in Bodrum, we rented a boat for a day, we went horseback riding, and we had dinner in several of the small towns. I highly recommend a car, as it makes it very easy to get around, although the transit system looked accessible as well. If you don't have a car, you may find the walk from the main road to the house to be a bit long.
I would highly recommend the cottage to anyone heading to Turkey, and if we ever manage to make it back, we will certainly stay again. Thanks!
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