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Believed to have once been the home of the village Governor in centuries gone by, Sakin Bahce is a very special house. It was restored from dereliction in 2003 using the finest materials and local craftsmen to create a home that is spacious, comfortable and authentic. It has been called 'the best house in Uzumlu'.
Furnished with hand made furniture and antique, carved wood there are many places from which to enjoy the wonderful views of the garden, pool & mountains.
Sakin Bahce (Tranquil Garden) sits in a large, walled garden offering space & privacy. Fruit trees including fig & pomegranate together with the small kitchen garden supply the freshest of fruit, vegetables and herbs. Numerous roses, shrubs and plants provide colour and scent.
The oval pool is 9.5 x 4.5 metres with water flowing over the edge to provide the soothing sound of a gentle waterfall. Breathe in the mountain air; soak up the village atmosphere and relax in your own personal retreat.
Things to do: You could just enjoy relaxing in the garden with the occasional swim in the pool. However, there is much to do within the local area including great walks, an abundance of historical sites, sailing, shopping, pampering and eating out.
We have been visiting this area of Turkey since 1991 and know the area well. Based on our experience we'd recommend the following activities:
Charter a boat for the day and really get to appreciate the outstanding coastline of the greater Fethiye Bay. Vist the ancient site of Pinara, Tlos, Xanthos, Letoon & Patara - all within apprximately one hour of Sakin Bahce Walk around Kadyanda ( Lycian & Roman ruined city) and vist the rock tombs hidden in the forest above Uzumlu. Watch the sun go down & the many paragliders at Turkey's most famous beach (Olu Deniz) Soak up the atmosphere as you walk around the deserted village of Kaya Koy. Experience a Turkish bath and massage Enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast - we have two favourite venues; one in a mountain setting and one closer to the coast - both serve home grown & cooked seasonal food.
If you have any questions about the local area and what it can offer, please get in touch.
Bedroom 1 is on the first floor. It opens onto its own balcony and also to a large covered terrace with comfortable seating.
Bedroom 2 is located on the ground floor and has French doors opening onto a sunny, private courtyard.
Bedroom 3 has dual aspect views and is also on the ground floor.
Bedroom 4 had a traditional wooden 'Cumba' a kind of walk in bay window.
Bedroom 5 has dual aspect views of the mountains.
Bedrooms 6 & 7 are in the apartment and have ceilings that reduce in height towards the outside edge.
All bedrooms have furniture handmade by local craftsmen from chestnut or cedar wood.
All bedrooms are air-conditioned.
A cot is available....moreless
5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
Bathroom 1: toilet, shower
Luxury fittings, large walk in shower & 2 wahbasins....moreless
Accessed from the outside patio. WC and washbasin...moreless
Towels are provided and all bathrooms have a hair dryer.
The walls of the house are half a metre thick stone (more in places) and as such enable the interior of the house to stay a little cooler in the heat of the summer.
The entrance hall has hand made 2 seater sofa & 2 chairs. It offers a quiet, shady place to sit.
The living room is located on the first floor and contains several antique, carved wooden doors and furniture hand made in reclaimed oak. There is a television, DVD player & Ipod docking station.
The living room opens onto a large covered terrace with rugs & cushions forming a relaxed area. It's a good place to sit and have a morning coffee, a quiet place to read a book out of the sun or to lie & have a snooze. The large dining table is normally located on the ground floor covered terrace providing shade for more comfortable eating. In cooler months the table is moved inside to the entrance hall/ dining room.
The apartment has its own small kitchenette and an open terrace with panoramic views.
A high chair is available....moreless
Books on Turkey and a small library of fiction for adults....moreless
Books For Adults
A selection of board games with something for most ages....moreless
Guests often comment on how well equipped the kitchen is. There is ample crockery/ cutlery for up to 14 guests. Pans, cooking utensils, a hand blender, plastic storage containers, etc. are provided....moreless
4 gas rings. 2 ring electric hob also available....moreless
There are several balconies. On the 1st floor is a Turkish seating area with colourful cushions for lounging. On the ground floor is the main dining table seating up to 12....moreless
Deck / Patio:
The second floor terrace has wide reaching views across the village to the mountains.
The ground floor terrace lies bewteen the house & the pool steps. There is space for tables & chairs in both....moreless
Lawn / Garden:
A well stocked, walled garden containing an abundance of plants, fruit trees & a small vegetable plot. There are decked sun bathing areas with loungers & a lawn....moreless
Unscreened Porch / Veranda
Pool / Spa
9.5 metre x 4.5 metre oval pool with Infinity edge....moreless
A deposit of 25% is required to confirm the booking. The balance must be received 6 weeks prior to arrival or immediately if the period of time to arrival is less than this.
The fees include exclusive use of the house and garden, twice weekly cleaning, all linen & towels.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Located close to the centre of Uzumlu and just 20 minutes from the pretty town of Fethiye, this is a great location for exploring the Turquoise coast and the many natural & historical sites in this region of South West Turkey. It's also a place to experience life in a traditional, authentic Turkish village. Local women weave cloth on wooden looms; goatherds move their flocks through the narrow streets, families come together to pick the olive crop and men sit in the tea house playing backgammon over a glass of tea.
The house itself is one of the old village houses now protected by a conservation zone.Only 5 minutes on foot to the village square, the house is situated within a walled garden hidden at the end of a small street. It has its own gated parking area and offers a great deal of privacy.
The nearest beach is less than 20 minutes by car and Olu Deniz only 40 minutes. Fethiye offers a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants, a cinema and plenty of water sports.
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: Originally from Dumfries in Scotland and Saddleworth in England we now live in Cheshire.
When we first visitied Fethiye in 1991 we fell in love with the stunning scenery, archaeological history and culture.We've also come to love the warmth of Turkish hospitality and traditional Turkish cuisine.
We have travelled to many great places in the world, but the Fethiye area of Turkey has a special place in our hearts. Sakin Bahce is not just a holiday rental, it is our home.
Why the Owner Chose Fethiye: We were staying with Turkish friends in Kaya Koy when we decided to spend an afternoon looking at property. We wanted to live alongside local people in a village community. We went to Uzumlu ( about 20 kms) from Fethiye and saw two old houses which had just been restored / extended. We were immediately drawn to the idea of giving new life to an old village house. Our architect showed us the derelict building and together we spent a year creating what is now our much loved home. It's also a very special place. The villagers tell us it was once the home of the village Governer. It is the largest, renovated house in the area.
From all aspects there are fabulous views of the surrounding mountains.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: To stay here is to enjoy a little piece of Turkish history combined with modern comforts.
Situated within a conservation zone, the house has a great location tucked away at the end of a cul de sac. It is private yet less than 5 minutes on foot from the centre of the village.
Recent guests descibed the garden as an 'Edenic paradise'.
The renovation combines many traditional features and materials with some of the necessities of modern life such as air conditioned bedrooms.