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About Hugh Pope
British writer, author of three books on Turkey, the Turkic World and the Middle East, director of communications & outreach at International Crisis Group (based in Brussels). I lived in Istanbul for 28 years. Father of three daughters and married to Dutch writer, coach and consultant Jessica JJ Lutz. We built Olympian Heights ourselves as our dream home and after 15 years we'd like to share it with like-minded spirits.
Hugh Pope purchased this House in 2005
Why Hugh Pope chose
Silence, apart from the frogs croaking in spring or the pulse of cicadas in high summer. Swimming in our unique, soft natural pool. Seclusion, since the nearest paved road is a mile (2km) away. Delicious village food, if you engage our housekeeper to cook for you. Sparkling days out on the water, when you charter a boat or join a group leaving from a nearby beach (Adrasan or Cirali). Classical antiquity, with many ancient and beautiful Lycian cities within range (Olympos 10 minutes, Phaselis 25 minutes, Myra 1 hour, Arykanda 1-1/2 hours, Termessos/Aspendos/Perge 2 hours, not to mention the fine museums in Antalya and Demre). Dinners on the beach. But above all, two acres all to yourself to enjoy in the midst of a lovely mountain park.
What makes this House unique
The natural pool, the seclusion, and being spoiled by our housekeeper with a wide menu of daily meals.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
The atmospheric ruins of ancient Olympos are five km (three miles) away, and you can walk through them to get to an unspoiled pebble beach, very popular in high summer but uncrowded for the rest of the year.
The house is in the midst of the Bey Mountains National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty between the Mediterranean Sea and the coastal peaks that rise to over 2,300m. Experienced trekkers can walk the Lycian Way route to the summit, or you can take a cable car, whose base station is about 30 minutes drive away.
The lovely beach at Adrasan is 20 minutes away. It has good swimming, boat tours, water sports, and some good restaurants and cafés. Don't miss the Sunday market in the town of Cavuskoy, 3km (two miles) before you reach the beach.
It takes slightly over 20 minutes to reach the beach by car at Cirali, which has lovely beachfront restaurants, shops and bars. Behind the unspoiled, green beach is a well-marked, half-horu walk up to the "Chimaera", a natural phenomenon of everlasting flames. These small fires emerge from a patch of hillside visible from the sea, where they have guided sailors since ancient times.
There are many good walks in the area around the house, and day trips to do sections of the 500km Lycian Way trail are easy to arrange.
Another beautiful ancient city is Phaselis, about 25 minutes from our house. Can be combined with a cable car trip up Mt Olympos. Alexander the Great liked it so much he spent a whole winter here on his way to conquer the east.