BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE SEA FROM HANDCRAFTED TURKISH-STYLE VILLA

Steve Fallon

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Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
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BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE SEA FROM HANDCRAFTED TURKISH-STYLE VILLA

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Indepent travellers' dream rental villa. Something different!

Gül Baba House is paradise for those seeking both relaxation and activity. Handcrafted in wood and stone, the three-floor villa was designed and built by a London-based guidebook writer for Lonely Planet and his partner, a financial journalist. Outside living is a major feature of Gül Baba House, named after the 16th-century Ottoman Dervish who introduced the rose to Europe. Keen gardeners themselves, the owners chose lemon, orange and apricot trees along with fragrant jasmine and Thai lime bushes instead of building a swimming pool. Large balconies and verandas give off from each floor, affording breathtaking views of the Mediterranean below and the mountains behind. Room are furnished to a very high standard, with all modern amenities as well as antiques, and each floor has its own bathroom and kitchen. Gül Baba House is the ideal spot to get away from it all, but still be only five minutes by car from Kalkan, with its ample shopping, restaurants, nightlife and village vibe.

Transfers & Car Rental: Flights to Dalaman airport, 130km to the northwest, are from most UK gateways though Antalya, 200km to the northeast, is also an option, especially useful during off-peak seasons. The journey to Gül Baba House from Dalaman is a scenic drive of about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The spectacular trip from Antalya on the mountain road is about two hours and 30 minutes and somewhat longer via the coast. We usually get a local travel agency to collect us from Dalaman airport and drive us to the house where we keep the car for the rest of our stay. We can recommend agents for both airport transfers and car hire as well as sightseeing and activities.

Driving in Turkey is great fun and a great way to explore this scenic country. Roads aren't very crowded, major roads are in good condition and even backroads are (mostly) ok. Petrol stations are all over the place. Driving at dusk and night is best avoided as tractors often don't have rear lights and pedestrians can wander into road.

Goats and Wells: Like to get off the beaten track yet remain convenient to shops, restaurants and nightlife? Gül Baba House is located at the end of a steep driveway, which is reached by a bumpy lane off the main road that links Kalkan through the mountains with the Black Sea hundreds of kilometres away. Yet we're just a five-minute drive to town. Our property is overlooked by olive groves that are on protected land; thus the view down to the Mediterranean is completely unobstructed. We share an oversize parking area with our neighbours (and good friends!) to one side; olives grow are on the other. The driveway down to the house is easily spotted as it starts at the old draw well - the sole water source for the neighbourhood until three years ago. Traditional life is still very much alive here. Locals bring their goats and sheep down the path near our house in season and watching lambs gambol and kids play is quite a sight! It makes for perfect viewing with a gin and tonic from one of our balconies.

Not in Guidebooks: Because Steve, one of the owners, writes for Lonely Planet (including their guide to Turkey), he's a font of knowledge about all the fascinating sights in the area, including many that never make it to guidebooks. A perfect (and technologically advanced)Roman aqueduct, water-powered mills in mountain villages, signposts in the ancient Lycian tongue lying strewn in a field. And because Mike is a huge foodie, he's happy to tell you where to buy the best honey, which markets have the most amazing cheese to nibble with wine or which restaurants serve the freshest, most imaginative food. For those who get tired of eating out every night, there are three kitchens. The main kitchen, with all mod-cons, is on the main floor where a table seating four affords wonderful views. Upstairs, there are tables for six and for four, both of which can be used inside or taken out to the huge terrace with barbeque. Or you can go down to the lower floor and picnic among the fruit trees.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Steve Fallon (Owner)
Advertiser since 2006
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Speaks french, hungarian, german, polish, spanish, turkish, english

Guestbook comments from the owner

First time back in 25 years; much has changed but thankfully much is just the same. Thank you for the wonderful place to stay, a house with character in a town that needs more houses with character, but does not want for characters with houses. This time around I have a family with me and we have all loved the place, the exploring, the swimming, the history. We leave for home tomorrow refreshed, a little sad and much wiser about all manner of things from Lycian tombs to Roman aqueducts, from the best way to eat a trout to the best little boat in Kalkan harbour. Thanks to Peter and his help.
Jul 2011
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Gül Baba House was serene and beautiful in the spring: think waist-high wildflowers and baby animals. Its location in Kalkan is perfect for exploring breathtaking countryside, ancient ruins and meeting friendly locals. Gül Baba was super cozy and luxurious returning from a full day of exploring. Can't wait to go back!
T F, Detroit USA;
We - 2 adults and 2 children - found the place extremely comfortable and relaxing with stunning views across the bay. The facilities are excellent including a safe garden for the boys to play in. We had a fantastic stay.
CD, London;
Before me, the blue, blue sea, above me the most brilliant stars and surrounding me in any direction the echoes of the ancient world of Lycia. Gül Baba House - I’m coming back for more. ML, Hong Kong;
Sit on the deck and watch the sun go down with a bottle of wine, while cooking a BBQ on the big terrace; explore the Lycian Way; contemplate the olive trees; just give yourself a rest! EM, London
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5
Gul Baba house turned out to be exactly as we had hoped-spacious, very clean and confortable and set on a hill overlooking the lovely Kalkan bay. We loved the roosters and hens next door and their morning "conversations"! Peter, the manager was a real help especially when he took care of having our car, stuck on the hillside at 11 at night, towed the next morning. After spending the day on a cruise, we came back to the house and there was our car parked in the driveway!
I would definitely recommend Gul Baba to friends and family for the house itself and for the sites, archeological ruins, beaches and villages in the vicinity. Not to mention all the delicious restaurants in Kalkan to discover, especially next to the water where there is a lovely breeze! As far as beaches, we had a preference for the two places built on the rocks near Kalkan harbour-Yali and Caretta Caretta which had restaurant bars and shade-very important!!!!
  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
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Wonderful week at beautiful Gul Baba

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed at Gul Baba for a week during our honeymoon. We could not have found a more relaxing and picturesque place to stay.

Mike was so helpful before we arrived giving us advice on how to rent a car and what to see and do once we arrived. We were also looked after by a British gentleman who lives in Kalkan full time. It was nice to have help when we first arrived.

The house it self is just as beautiful as the pictures, we just couldn't believe how amazing the house was. The view from the terraces are so breathtaking that we were taking pictures every time we walked outside. The terraces and hammock are great places to nap, read, get some sun and take in the scenery. The house has so much space to feel at home and the kitchen has everything we needed when we chose to cook.

The house is located just a short drive to town. It's a close drive, but far enough up the hill that it feels romantically secluded and private. It was a great location to go to the beach, visit historic sites, or even just stay in. Can't wait to go back!
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2012
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Gorgeous Week at Gul Baba House in Timeless Kalkan

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Our family had the most special week at Gul Baba house- in fact it was the highlight of our entire time in Turkey. The home is absolutely gorgeous and makes you right feel at home at once. The views of the sea are breathtaking and the town is just perfect. The house is perfectly stocked and well equipped. We enjoyed grilling out on the rooftop grill every night under the bright Turkish moon. The town of Kalkan is exactly what you would hope for- authentic and welcoming. We would recommend a car for getting down to town and the nearby attractions.

We can't wait to return.

Thank you Mike and Steve for opening your beautiful home to us.
  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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Best views ever - well all loved the house

  • 5 of 5
This beautiful house has the best view ever: from the slope of the mountain you look down at the sea and the harbour. The house has everything a (spoiled) traveller needs, including a nice garden ( + roof top balcony), a cosy interior and a well equipped kitchen.
With the beautiful beach of Patara in the neighbourhood, you don't need a pool (with small children, that is even an advantage). Kalkan is a nice harbour town with lots of restaurants and shops. Relatively close by there are lots of other nice towns and archeological sites you can visit.
We 7 Dutch people stayed there with 4 adults and 3 children, and we all loved it!!
  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2012
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beautiful house for a perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5
We had a very calm and nice stay in the Gul Baba house. It is an extremely nice place with a beautiful view and great for vacations with a lot of people. We were two couples and a family with three children and really liked the possibilities to be in one house but to have two seperate entrances and kitchens. thanl you very much for a great week in Turkey!
  • Submitted: May 3, 2012
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Dalaman
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
1 Kilometres
beach
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Gül Baba House is perched above the charming village of Kalkan, easily reached by car or taxi. A traditional goat path running alongside the property will lead more robust travellers through olive groves to the village in 15 minutes. Many of the region's most celebrated Lycian and ancient Greek sites are just a short drive away; some are also at the end of well-marked hiking trails. Close by is the wonderful alpine village of Islamlar, celebrated both for its traditional water-powered flour mills and excellent (and cheap!) trout restaurants. Patara, at 20km the longest sand beach in Turkey, is 15 minutes away by car. For those who prefer the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean without the sand, bathing platforms are dotted around Kalkan harbour, and some are attached to restaurants where you can enjoy lunch or just a drink. Larger settlements with even more activities and dining options are Kas, 27km to the east, and Fethiye, 80km to the northwest and the closest city to Kalkan.

Other Activities: Archaeological tours, birdwatching, canoeing & kayaking

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Notes

  • As of May 2012 we've had to put on a surcharge for groups of more than five guests due to rising cost of expenses. Please contact us for details.

    Gül Baba House is the ideal getaway for all seasons. In spring wildflowers carpet the fields and mountain valleys above the house while summer days can be lazily spent at the beach or aboard a rental boat. Autumn is the ideal time for rambles and hikes to Lycian and ancient Greek ruins and winter is the time for snuggling by the fire with a good book and/or friend. Let us know your requirements; depending on availability and season there might be a special offer in store.

Amenities

Amenities

Kalkan Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
General:
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Grinder
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , Huge glass-brick shower
    Upper Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , En suite
    Lower Floor Bathroom - toilet , shower , En suite
  • The bathroom on the main floor is shared between two bedrooms. It includes a very large walk-in shower enclosure of glass bricks and a wood and marble sink unit from a traditional Ottoman design. The bathrooms on the upper and lower floors are ensuite and contain generous-sized glass shower cubicles and washbasins.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Modern design
    Back Terrace Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Traditioinal pine
    Panorama Bedroom - 1 queen , Huge comfortable room - stunning views
    Garden Bedroom - 1 double , Garden and sea views
  • The main floor at Gül Baba House has two bedrooms. The larger (or master) bedroom is furnished with an attractive modern black and white suite built by young designers in Ankara and includes an extra large double bed, a double wardrobe and cupboard, a tall chest of drawers and bedside tables. On the same floor is a bedroom with 2 single beds giving way to a private balcony, furnished with a modern bespoke pine suite. These two bedrooms share an extra large bathroom equipped with a huge walk-in glass-brick shower and Ottoman-inspired sink unit. The double bedroom on the upper floor, equipped with antiques and an en suite bathroom, forms part of self-contained apartment with independent external access and a panoramic rooftop terrace. It's truly a spectacular set-up. The bedroom on the lower floor can be reached either by internal staircase from the main floor or independently via the garden. It contains a double bed as well as an en suite bathroom. This room is very private and cozy.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • marina
  • nude beach
  • water parks
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water tubing
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • fishing
Notes:
Gül Baba House has delightfully shaded eating areas, open verandas and an enormous rooftop terrace with outdoor dining table for six, chairs, large sun umbrella, sun beds and barbecue. We'll get you ready with a guest packet containing tea, coffee, eggs, bread, butter and juice or anything else you might want - just let us know. Our local English agent will be on hand to offer advice and knowledge about the area, including car hire and day trips. The house will be cleaned and bedding changed once a week. All towels are provided. Each floor of the house has its own kitchen, with stove, sink and fridge, as well as a sitting room. The kitchen on the main floor is fully equipped with a four-hob cooker and oven, microwave, dishwasher and appliances such as a toaster, juicer and coffeemaker. There's a full range of crockery, glasses, cutlery, pots, pans and cooking utensils.

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