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Restored Village House, Ideal Rural Retreat with private pool and stunning views

Bedrooms 3
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Private Pool, Restored Turkish Villa, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Peaceful Valley View

Beautifully restored Turkish Village House which retains its character and charm whilst providing all modern facilities that holidaymakers require. Set in a tranquil village valley location with a forest backdrop. Private infinity pool and sun terrace with stunning views and small sundeck with waterfall feature. Garden Courtyard with Traditional features of a Stone built BBQ and Tandir Oven a turkish lounging area in the shade of Pomegranate trees and alfresco dining area under a grape arbour. Ideal for those that wish to switch off and relax or for those who wish to partake in local activities cycling, walking, kiteboarding, horse riding, hunting and boat trips are all available. Beach Resort of Akyaka 12 mins drive, local shops and restaurants 5 mins drive, Marmaris 30 mins, Dalyan 30 mins and Fethiye 90 mins drive all with varied activity and sightseeing opportunities. Transfer from airport aprox 45 mins.

Mrs Justine Kavak
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, turkish
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Mrs Justine Kavak

We are a Turkish/English couple Melih and Justine Kavak who have been married for 20 years and lived in Akyaka for 11 years. We live in Akyaka and will always be on hand if required to help with local information and anything else you may need. We feel we have the right combination of local knowledge and understanding of what holidaymakers may need to make the most of their holidays in the area. Nothing pleases us more than to see our guests happy and relaxed and enjoying their well deserved break.

Mrs Justine Kavak purchased this villa in 2007

Why Mrs Justine Kavak chose Turkey

We bought Zambak Villa in 2007 and spent the next 2 years restoring the villa to maintain its original character and charm whilst updating it to provide all modern comforts. The location is ideal to chill out and relax with only the sound of birdsong and the breeze in the 200 year old Kavak Tree opposite the villa to savour while floating in the pool.

We also appreciate being near the resort of Akyaka for those that want to sample the local delights of a river or beach side restaurant or bar. This location provides the ideal combination of privacy and tranquility whilst also being within easy reach of a lively Turkish Beach resort. Within 90 mins drive in both directions of Akyaka are some exceptional Turkish natural and ancient wonders just waiting to be discovered.

What makes this villa unique

Zambak Villa is unique as it is partly a restored Turkish Village house with wooden ceilings, internal windows, locally carved cupboard doors and an open fire in the kitchen that can be used to cook in. In this way staying in our villa can give you an insight into the traditional Turkish way of life that still continues in the village.

Of course you can still enjoying all the modern facilities such as a private pool, air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen which will make your holiday more comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Zambak Villa has been a perfect retreat - secluded, full of character, in a wonderful tranquil setting. Everything we needed was provided, we will certainly miss waking up to blue sky, trickling water and the rustle of tortoises... Liz & Simon, Surrey - Sept

We arrived late at night and were very grateful for the welcome pack of food basics. When we awoke the next morning to the beautiful villa and valley location we were thrilled...... Lyn & Nigel, Shropshire, August

Most pleasant stay at the Villa Zambak, where we have chilled out in the beautiful hot weather. The villa has been all we could wish for, with some interesting side shows of the local wildlife. Kate & Jim, Sept

As soon as we pulled up outside we fell in love with the villa and surroundings. Everyone we've met has been so friendly and the food wonderful.......

Thank you Justine and Mel for sharing such a wonderful house with us ...Ginny & Stuart, Somerset, Oct
Dec 2011
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Ula Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Upstairs bathroom with Bath, Shower, WC, sink and vanity unit. Downstairs Bathroom shower cubicle with large Daisy head shower, washing machine, WC and sink. Hot water solar powered with electric water heater for dull days. We do provide 1 Hairdryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom double bed + air-con, second bedroom double bed + air-con, ground floor twin room + air-con. All bedrooms have wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside tables and lamps. 1 Hairdryer provided in Master Bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: As this property has an infinity pool it is not suitable for young children. Please ask owners advice on enquiry. The Pool and garden are maintained every other day. A car is essential for this property, car hire and airport transfers can be arranged on request. Outside: Private infinity pool, 6.5m by 4m, depth of 1.5m, travertine stairs lead into the pool for ease of access and also provide a comfortable seating area within the water. Four Sunbeds, a parasol and large floor cushions are provided for sunbathing. A stone BBQ and Tandir oven, hammocks, low level Turkish Seating area, Dining table which can seat 6 for Al fresco dining. Utility Room: Washing machine is located in the downstairs bathroom. Iron and ironing board, hoover, mop bucket and all cleaning materials available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are included (please provide your own beach towels). The departure clean is included in the rental price. A midstay clean and linen change can be arranged for a small extra charge. We will provide extra towels and linen if requested. Other: Office available with wifi internet access and extensive Library.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

Restored Village House, Ideal Rural Retreat with private pool and stunning views
average rating of 4.866667 based on 16 reviews

Top notch villa in a top notch location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from our second stay at Zambak Villa and yet again we were not disappointed. Zambak Villa offers something for everyone. It's situated in the middle of a forest with lots of walking trails but isn't far from beaches and the sea. Although we were there at the beginning of the season, all the local restaurants were open and the weather was warm enough to swim in the pool. Favourite eateries of ours this time were the Big Blue on the beach (shrimps were to die for!) the Mona Lisa cafe on the lakeside at Köyceğiz and Halil'in Yeri on the D400 on the way to Marmaris. The villa itself is clean and spacious and sleeps 6 very comfortably. It is very peaceful and is the best place to relax and unwind. The pool and courtyard is cleaned every day. Foxy (the resident guard dog 😄) was always there to give us a big welcome. We enjoyed ourselves so much we hope to visit for a third time later in the year.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Denise for your Top Notch review! We are so glad you enjoyed your second stay at Zambak Villa and are looking forward to your third. Thanks for all your recommendations in the local area it really helps future guests get a feel for the area. Also for your lovely comments about the villa we are glad you are so comfortable there. We look forward to your return Justine and Mel.
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Comfortable, tastefully furnished with all amenities you would need. Easy to find rural location.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed Villa Zambak and are already considering a return visit. It was an easy drive from Dalaman with good access to the villa. The whole place was comfortable and it was always possible to find a spot in the shade as the sun moved round. We particularly enjoyed the courtyard where we spent most of our time reading, eating and drinking! It was nice to be in a community hearing daily life going on around us, from the two cows in the field beside us to the chooks at the little farm across the way. The added bonus of the company of Foxy the dog was a pleasure. She's very well behaved and loves a massage and a little treat now and again. We loved it all.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you kind review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and wish to return to Zambak Villa one day. Thanks for your comments about the courtyard we know not everyone wants to sunbathe all day although that is possible by the pool. If you want shade and a book the stone seat with cushions in the courtyard is ideal. We look forward to your return, Justine and Mel
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Charming villa set in a forest near Akyaka

  • 5 of 5

If we were any more relaxed after this holiday we would be horizontal!!! What a perfect piece of tranquility. Zambia Villa is a perfect place to unwind and destress from the normal rigours of city life. Set in a forest but not far from Akyaka, this villa has the best of both worlds. Equidistant from Mugla and Marmaris it is perfectly placed for exploring the area, or on less energetic days, lounge around the pool or the courtyard. Something for everyone. Not forgetting Foxy, the resident JRT, who has a kennel in the lane but waits for you by the gate whenever you leave the villa. We'll definitely be back next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a gem of a holiday villa set in peaceful countryside yet within 15 minutes of the beach. We loved lounging by the pool, listening to the cicadas & enjoying the tranquility - a real escape.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review, we aim to please so are glad you enjoyed our 'gem of a villa' and peacefulness of the setting. We hope you may return in the future to chill out again, Justine
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peace, tranquility and a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

I could go on about this villa all day long, so i am :-). where do i start, our holidays are.... we normally arrive unpack and then just travel around and never rest. Not here, this villa is just purely Empyrean!

We arrived on Saturday and was blown away as soon as we arrived, we then went out for for some provisions and a meal at the Big Blue in Akyaka where we met Justine and Mel who are 2 truly lovely helpful people. from there, we went back to Zambak Villa, this is where we stayed until Tuesday (apart from going out for food in the evenings). we spent many lazy days in and out the pool and on the seating area out the front listening to the birds and wildlife all around us. We saw the tortoise twice in the front garden happily munching away on the flower heads that had dropped on the floor. we went out a few times to nearby places Akyaka which is at the most a 10 minute drive from the villa is a lovely little town with boat trips and wonderful restaurants, but in no shape or form is like your benidorm.

The villa itself is furnished beautifully and tastefully everything you need is there. any problems or info you need Justine and Mel are quick to help you out. the pool is cleaned on a regular basis as is the front the garden done on a daily basis.

Would we stay here again......... well we have already booked for next year A truly amazing villa which has given us some equally truly amazing relaxation, while away the hours and some very special happy memories.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review we are truly glad you enjoyed your stay at Zambak Villa. We designed the villa to give that authentic Turkish feel whilst providing for every comfort. It is exactly a villa to chill out and relax at and we are so glad you have booked again for next year see you then Justine x
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Lovely villa in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

We've just returned from a wonderful week in Turkey and would highly recommend Villa Zambak. Its in an idyllic spot amidst the Turkish countryside, but Akyaka with its many restaurants, shops and beach is within easy reach. We loved sitting on the veranda in the mornings enjoying a leisurely breakfast and watching lizards, tortoises and swallows. The pool was a big hit, especially after a hard days sightseeing, and we spent many lazy hours reading in the hammocks. The villa is very well equipped and the tandir oven was great to barbecue fresh fish. We sampled quite a few of the restaurants in Akyaka and had delicious meals at Big Blue, Mev's, Cennet and Olive Farm. The waffle bar on the beach front is also worth a try! There is a beach at Akyaka but we preferred Cinar which was very quiet, excellent for swimming and has a great beach cafe. There is lots to do in the area and plenty of activities within easy reach. Dalyan is worth a visit and we took a boat trip along the river to Iztuzu beach, passing amazing Lycian tombs and meeting a couple of turtles along the way! Other trips to recommend are the boat tour round Gokova bay and to Cleopatra Beach, the Sultaniye hot springs and ancient Kaunos. Many thanks to Justine and Mel for the warm welcome and being on hand to answer all our questions and queries. And not forgetting dear little Foxy the dog who greeted us every morning and was a delight to have around!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
66 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
12 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
33 Kilometres
Marmaris to Rhodes
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Kite Boarding is very popular in Gokova Bay which is only a 12 min drive away, lessons for all levels can be arranged. The location of the our Villa also makes it an ideal base for walking and cycling local maps and bike hire can also be arranged. Other activities within a short drive of the Villa include Horse Riding at a superb International Standard Riding Centre (8 mins Drive away in Atakoy Village) and White Water Rafting on the Dalaman River (30 mins away).


Nearest beach Akyaka which is a sand beach with shallow waters 12 mins drive. Cinar Beach which is a pebble beach 15 mins drive. Various secluded coves on the road out from Akyaka to Akbuk 15 to 30 min drive for those that value their privacy.


Dalaman is the nearest airport 45 min drive. Bodrum Airport is also accessible 1 hour 30 min drive. Port in Marmaris 30 min drive has daily ferries to the Island of Rhodes. Car hire is essential and can be arranged on request along with airport transfers.


Beach Resort of Akyaka 12 mins drive, local shops and restaurants 5 mins drive, Marmaris 30 mins, Dalyan 30 mins and Fethiye 90 mins drive all with varied activity and sightseeing opportunities. Transfer from airport approx 45 mins.

Google Map Ref 37.046820, 28.434150 Map

Further Details:

Cash Points are available in Akyaka and most restaurants and larger shops accept credit and debit cards. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the Post Office in Akyaka or Marmaris at Bureau du Change Offices. Nearest local supermarket 5 mins drive for all basic needs in Kizilyaka Village.

The pretty seadside resort of Akyaka, with its ‘Ula-Mugla’ style of architecture, renowned river restaurants, sandy town beach and the stunning pebble beach at Cinar, is only a 12 minutes drive from the villas. Here you will find boat trips to take you to many of the places of interest.

The Dalyan Delta, designated a wildlife sanctuary since the mid 1980’s is a 30 minute drive away. At the head of the delta lies Lake Koycegiz, a large mystical lake that many years ago formed a natural harbour. The conservationist’s main efforts have been focussed on Iztuzu beach, which remains one of the last remaining nesting sites for Loggerhead sea turtles from May to September. Iztuzu beach has six kilometres of glorious golden sands uninterrupted by human intervention. The beach is rarely, if ever crowded. Here can also be found the ancient rock tombs, originally the resting places of the Kings of Caunos and the Sultaniye hot springs with their therapeutic mud baths.

Cleopatra’s Island – soft white sands and crystal clear waters on Roman ruins. The area is surrounded by green hills and is presently protected by a conservation order.


Rates & Availability

Ula Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Summer 2017
May 1 2017 - Jun 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sept 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Oct 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $0

Booking Notes:
£200 non refundable deposit is required on booking and balance paid 8 weeks prior to start of holiday. Cancellation Charges; prior to 8 weeks - nil, 6-8 weeks notice 25%, 4-6 weeks notice 50%, 2-4 weeks notice 75%. Please contact owner direct to check availibility.

Changeover Day:
Change over days are flexible expect in July and August when Saturday is preferred.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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