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The view at cocktail hour

The view at cocktail hour Stunning seaviews from roof terrace Gül Baba House was designed with nature in mind Relax on a hammock Patara beach is only minutes away Al fresco dining with views from main terrace Welcome to Gül Baba House! Ancient ruins minutes away from Gul Baba House A warm welcome awaits you year round Carpets and antiques throughout the house Flowers galore in every season at Gul Baba House Kalkan old town Four spacious bedrooms Kalkan -Greek church now a mosque Kalkan - making pide Turkish alps only 90 minutes away (that's us! Boats near Kekova sunken city Cozy sitting room Lower verandah and garden Dunes at Patara We make our own olive oil Top floor bedroom Greek Island of Meis is 20 minutes from Kas Gul Baba

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Kalkan villa description

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.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 200 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Included

              Suitability

              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Children Welcome
              • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8

              • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

                Modern design...moreless

              • Back Terrace Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

                Traditioinal pine...moreless

              • Panorama Bedroom: 1 queen

                Huge comfortable room - stunning views...moreless

              • Garden Bedroom: 1 double

                Garden and sea views...moreless

              • 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

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              • Main Floor Bathroom: toilet, shower

                Huge glass-brick shower...moreless

              • Upper Floor Bathroom: toilet, shower

                En suite...moreless

              • Lower Floor Bathroom: toilet, shower

                En suite...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

              Other Amenities

                  • 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

                  Entertainment

                  • Books
                  • Books For Adults
                  • Stereo
                  • CD Player
                  • DVD Player
                  • Radio
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Television

                  Theme

                  • Away From It All
                  • Historic

                  Car

                      • Necessary

                      Attractions

                      • Bay/Sound
                      • Marina
                      • Museums
                      • Nude Beach
                      • Water Parks
                      • Forests
                      • Restaurants
                      • Ruins
                      • Waterfalls
                      • Winery Tours

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Horseback Riding
                      • Walking
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Paddle Boating
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Beachcombing
                      • Bird Watching

                      local services and businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Massage Therapist

                      Location Type

                      • Near The Ocean
                      • Village

                      sports and adventure activities

                      • Swimming
                      • Tennis
                      • Sailing
                      • Fishing
                      • Wind-Surfing
                      • Water Skiing
                      • Mountaineering
                      • Paragliding
                      • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                      • Mountain Climbing
                      • Rafting
                      • Snorkeling
                      • Sound/Bay Fishing
                      • Water Tubing
                      • Hiking
                      • Jet Skiing
                      • Deepsea Fishing

                      Arrival Day

                          • Flexible

                          catering options

                              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                              Dining

                                  • Dining Area

                                  General

                                  • Washing Machine
                                  • Fireplace
                                  • Sofa Bed
                                  • Parking
                                  • Internet
                                  • Wireless Internet
                                  • Iron & Board
                                  • Air Conditioning
                                  • Heating
                                  • Linens Provided
                                  • Sunbed
                                  • Telephone
                                  • Towels Provided
                                  • Alarm Clock
                                  • Bottled Water
                                  • Firewood
                                  • Hair Dryer
                                  • Laundry Soap
                                  • Local Maps
                                  • Local Restaurant Guide
                                  • Basic Soaps
                                  • Toilet Paper

                                  house cleaning

                                      • Housekeeper Included

                                      Kitchen

                                      • Coffee Maker
                                      • Toaster
                                      • Cooking Utensils
                                      • Coffee Grinder
                                      • 4 Ring Stove
                                      • Dishwasher
                                      • Refrigerator
                                      • Grill
                                      • Microwave
                                      • Oven

                                      Outside

                                      • Terrace
                                      • Balcony
                                      • Barbecue
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Beach Chairs
                                      • Beach Towels
                                      • Patio
                                      • Porch / Veranda
                                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda

                                      property descriptor

                                          • Detached
                                           

                                          Reviews

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                                          • Comments from Owner Guestbook

                                            Comments from Owner Guestbook

                                            • Guest HRGuestBook59541 (HR GuestBook)
                                            • Date of stay 12/01/07
                                            • Review Submitted 12/06/07
                                            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

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                                          • Wonderful week at beautiful Gul Baba

                                            Wonderful week at beautiful Gul Baba

                                            • Guest Mariel S.
                                            • Date of stay 09/13/12
                                            • Review Submitted 10/08/12
                                            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!

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                                          • Gorgeous Week at Gul Baba House in Timeless Kalkan

                                            Gorgeous Week at Gul Baba House in Timeless Kalkan

                                            • Guest Amira F.
                                            • Date of stay 08/24/12
                                            • Review Submitted 09/23/12
                                            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.

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                                          • Best views ever - well all loved the house

                                            Best views ever - well all loved the house

                                            • Guest Pauline R.
                                            • Date of stay 04/28/12
                                            • Review Submitted 07/09/12
                                            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!!

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                                          • beautiful house for a perfect vacation

                                            beautiful house for a perfect vacation

                                            • Guest Fanny G.
                                            • Date of stay 03/09/12
                                            • Review Submitted 05/03/12
                                            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!

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                                          • So peaceful, terrific sunsets

                                            So peaceful, terrific sunsets

                                            • Guest Brenda T.
                                            • Date of stay 12/26/10
                                            • Review Submitted 04/05/12
                                            This is a rare place where I can really relax... in an exquisite part of the world. What I love most is "sundowner time" looking over the olive groves ( and Gül Baba's own garden ) to the Mediterranean. As a photographer I appreciate the changing light at different times of day... It's superbly clean, comfortable ... the kitchen is well equipped too ... Besides there's so much to see in ancient Lycia.

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                                          • First time back in 25 years

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                                            First time back in 25 years

                                            • Guest Paul Clemenson
                                            • Date of stay 07/27/11
                                            • Review Submitted 04/05/12
                                            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.

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                                          • Gul Baba Kalkan, Turkey

                                            Gul Baba Kalkan, Turkey

                                            • Guest Rosalie L.
                                            • Date of stay 09/30/11
                                            • Review Submitted 12/27/11
                                            Gul Baba was quite the most comfortable holiday house we have ever had. It has a superb position in the hills above the jolly little town of Kalkan. We watched the sea in many moods from our advantageous position - brilliant sun to glowering autumn storms - all wonderful and dramatic. Gul Baba is marvelously situated to explore the many ancient sites which litter this corner of Turkey. This was probably one of the best holidays we have ever had and we usually enjoy our holidays!! Thank you Mike and Steve we shall certainly return.

                                            Owner response: Thank you so much for your review. We like to think that Gul Baba House is special and attracts people who appreciate its unique position and hospitality.

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                                          • Traumurlaub im Traumhaus

                                            Traumurlaub im Traumhaus

                                            • Guest Susanne G. (Bornheim)
                                            • Date of stay 09/27/13
                                            • Review Submitted 01/05/14
                                            Wir haben Ende September 2013 einen wunderschönen 10-tägigen Urlaub zu zweit im Gül Baba Haus verbracht. Das Haus ist sehr schön und liebevoll von den Besitzern eingerichtet, die Ausstattung (vor allem auch die der Küche) lässt absolut keine Wünsche offen und der unverbaute Ausblick von der Terrasse über Kalkan und das Meer ist einfach traumhaft. Die Kommunikation mit den beiden sehr netten und hilfsbereiten englischen Besitzern Mike und Steve im Vorfeld der Reise war sehr unkompliziert und hilfreich; auch mit der unaufdringlichen Betreuung vor Ort durch Peter (ebenfalls ein Brite) waren wir sehr zufrieden. Die Villa befindet sich etwas oberhalb von Kalkan, sodass man einen wunderschönen Ausblick und absolute Ruhe hat (aufgrund der Lage würden wir allerdings ein Auto empfehlen - nicht zuletzt, um die tollen Restaurants in Kalkan, die vielen tollen Sehenswürdigkeiten in der Umgebung und den faszinierenden Patara-Strand (10-15 Minuten Fahrzeit) einfach und problemlos erreichen zu können). Wir können das Haus uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlen - allerdings sollte man keine Angst oder Abneigung vor Hunden haben, da sich zeitweise die Hunde der netten britischen Nachbarn (die sich dem Tierschutz verschrieben haben) auf dem gemeinsamen Grundstück aufhalten. Fazit: Gül Baba Haus ist ein kleines Paradies!!!

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                                          Rental rates quoted in: £
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                                          Low Season
                                          Mar 1 - Jun 30, 2014
                                          7 night min stay

                                          £600

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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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                                          Location

                                          • Nearest Airport: Dalaman at 130 Kilometres
                                          • Nearest Beach: beach at 1 Kilometres
                                           

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                                          Speaks: english, french, spanish, polish, hungarian, turkish, german

                                           

                                          Photos

                                          • The view at cocktail hour

                                            The view at cocktail hour

                                          • Gül Baba House was designed with nature in mind

                                            Gül Baba House was designed with nature in mind

                                          • Patara beach is only minutes away

                                            Patara beach is only minutes away

                                          • Welcome to Gül Baba House!

                                            Welcome to Gül Baba House!

                                          • A warm welcome awaits you year round

                                            A warm welcome awaits you year round

                                          • Flowers galore in every season at Gul Baba House

                                            Flowers galore in every season at Gul Baba House

                                          • Four spacious bedrooms

                                            Four spacious bedrooms

                                          • Kalkan - making pide

                                            Kalkan - making pide

                                          • Boats near Kekova sunken city

                                            Boats near Kekova sunken city

                                          • Lower verandah and garden

                                            Lower verandah and garden

                                          • We make our own olive oil

                                            We make our own olive oil

                                          • Greek Island of Meis is 20 minutes from Kas

                                            Greek Island of Meis is 20 minutes from Kas

                                          • Stunning seaviews from roof terrace

                                            Stunning seaviews from roof terrace

                                          • Relax on a hammock

                                            Relax on a hammock

                                          • Al fresco dining with views from main terrace

                                            Al fresco dining with views from main terrace

                                          • Ancient ruins minutes away from Gul Baba House

                                            Ancient ruins minutes away from Gul Baba House

                                          • Carpets and antiques throughout the house

                                            Carpets and antiques throughout the house

                                          • Kalkan old town

                                            Kalkan old town

                                          • Kalkan -Greek church now a mosque

                                            Kalkan -Greek church now a mosque

                                          • Turkish alps only 90 minutes away (that's us!

                                            Turkish alps only 90 minutes away (that's us!

                                          • Cozy sitting room

                                            Cozy sitting room

                                          • Dunes at Patara

                                            Dunes at Patara

                                          • Top floor bedroom

                                            Top floor bedroom

                                          • Gul Baba

                                            Gul Baba

                                          £600 per week (GBP)
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                                          4 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                                          Sleeps 8

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