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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.
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....moreless
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....moreless
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....moreless
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (£) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.
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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.
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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
Speaks: english, french, spanish, polish, hungarian, turkish, german