Beachfront 4 bed Villa, Own Pool, Fab seaviews, Wifi, 2 lounges + 3 shower rooms
- english, turkish
About Patrina Marshall
Having been married for almost 50 years, we have 3 adult children and 1 granddaughter. Always having an interest in houses, we had a desire to build our own house and in 1983 we bought a plot of land and literally built the house ourselves whilst living in a mobile home with our children, the youngest being only 3 years old. Looking back now, it was really quiet a mad thing to do! We weren't builders, had no help from anyone, had no electricity for the first 3 months, but to us it was a great adventure! Living there still to this day, on a track next to National Trust common land, people pass by and ask about our house, assuming it is Tudor in origin. This is, probably due to the style and use of reclaimed materials, as well as the jettied front. In 1989 we bought a cottage by the sea in Normandy. It needed lots of work but we had fun renovating it. We plan to move there very shortly but some of the winter we want to spend time in our villa in Yalikavak as well, as we really love it there! Hopefully this will all be another adventure for us. My husband having always worked in engineering, eventually started up a precision engineering business in 1992. It ran for 22 years before we both retired and I worked with my husband and son, for the latter 17 years of the business enjoying it immensely. Previous to working at our engineering business, I studied for several years and qualified as an addiction counsellor working at a treatment centre for alcohol/drug addiction for many years, a job I also loved. Although supposedly retired, we are still property developing with our son. We especially like improving our villa in Yalikavak. We really do love it there and can stop for a break anytime, relax on our veranda, and look out to the stunning sea views. It's lovely also to have a coffee or meal along the seafront, maybe watch a sunset, perhaps with Turkish background music, or walk along the Marina, with its fantastic shops, bars and yachts. We feel we are really lucky!
Patrina Marshall purchased this Villa in 2007
Why Patrina Marshall chose Bodrum
The first time we holidayed in Yalikavak we immediately fell in love with the place! During the holiday we went to many of the villages and towns on the Bodrum Peninsula. They all had their different attractions, but it was Yalikavak that stole our hearts! We like the old original seaside part of Yalikavak with restaurants and shops, that used to be know for its sponge diving and fishing with lots of old charm, and next to it artists and crafts people display their paintings, jewellery etc. You can buy most things from the main town, set inland a little . Always busy, the cafes and restaurants are cheaper here than on the seafront and often more authentically Turkish. We love the specialist cheese shop! Nearby is a large market held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Along the coast towards Gumusluk, but a short walk from Yalikavak centre is Yalikavak Marina. It has glamorous shops, restaurants, cafes, bars, and the most amazing array of luxurious yachts. Especially liking the Kudur area, we would often have a coffee at a cafe there, then owned by an elderly couple but now owned by a new family. They changed the name to 'Ca Ca' pronouned 'Cha Cha' and its now our nearest Cafe/Restaurant. When we looked at various properties for sale, we straight away saw the potential of our villa and knew it was for us! Although needing much improvement, it had amazing views and we loved the Kudur area. About three years ago, after we retired, we changed the layout and completely renovated the villa. We put in new windows, flooring, doors, architrave, took walls down, put new walls up, had a bespoke kitchen built, put in travertine stairs with wrought iron rails, three new shower rooms, put in a swimming pool, redid the garden, built arches, steps, a veranda and built a garage underneath. We bought all new furniture - in fact everythings new and the villa's renewed throughout! It has been a labour of love, and we feel pleased with it and hope you'll enjoy it as much as we do.
What makes this Villa unique
Our Villa is not part of a complex but an individual villa. The original owner bought our particular plot of land and commisioned a builder to make a unique house on it. One of the best things about the villa is the views. It is not only that you have wonderful views of the sea, bays and islands, it is also that there is often something happening on the waters in front of you to keep your interest. Fishing boats, Turkish Gullets and superyachts sail across the bays and from the villa sometimes it is difficult to realise how big the yachts are until you see people walking around it, looking as small as ants! In the height of summer, especially at the weekends you will see about 10 to 20 small yachts sailing out on their lessons, as locally there is a yachting school. As we have Xuma Village, a beach club, to the right of us, you can see people doing various water sports. They do a sport where a person ends up extremely high on a water spout. While not knowing the name of this sport, it is fascinating to watch! In July and August, at Xuma Village nearby, they have live music most nights which, when we're there, we really love and adds to the holiday atmosphere. The bands playing at Xuma are always of a high quality, with the latest modern music. The music never goes on later than 11 p.m. and normally ends earlier. If you have young children and were concerned about the music, it should be pointed out that all the windows are double glazed, and especially with airconditioning on, they are unlikely to hear anything. We personally know Kamel who owns the beach club and he bends over backwards to make sure he doesn't upset the local residents. There are no properties on one side of the villa, only hills. You frequently see wild goats here. Popular with ramblers, many like walking on the hills. The road goes down to the natural beach we overlook, with Potato Cafe plus toilets there. You can barbeque on this lazy beach or fish on the jetty - very relaxed and laidback!
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An amazing holiday
We’ve just spent 2 weeks in this lovely villa. The views are stunning and the the villa is amazing. We never tired of that view. Everything you could possibly need has been thought of to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. The contact and information supplied prior to our stay on location and places to eat and visit was extremely helpful and the support and help during our stay from the amazing Nuala made our holiday special. Nothing we asked was too much trouble for her. She was always available to help. We would highly recommend this villa and look forward to our next stay.
Perfect Family Villa
Well what can I say, every little thing from start to finish was just Amazing, loved the location loved the villa, communication and continued supported while we were there from recommendations to translations for taxi drivers. Every little thing was thought of, lots of nice seating areas inside and out, the photos online do not do this place justice one bit, everything was so clean and well kept, walking distance to a lovely beach and restaurant and also the bus literally takes you into town from your front door costing a family of 5 around £2.... will definitely be going back 5*
Thank you so much for your Fantastic review.
We were so pleased to have such lovely people renting our property and that you enjoyed your stay. Of course we would be very delighted if you hope to return in the future! Thank you once again for your very kind comments, it's much appreciated and wish only the best for you all in the future.
Patrina and Family
Beautiful Villa with an amazing view
We have been traveling to Turkey for 25 years and we have seen many beautiful places. Patrina's Villa is one of those!!!
We never had such an optimally equipped kitchen....
But the best thing about this Villa is the amazing view and the big terrace.
We were very surprised about the large roof terrace.
The coast of Bodrum and Yalikavak is very built, but the Villa is still placed in a quiet and natural area.
We have rented a car, so it was very easy for attenting lonely beaches, the local" bazar" and having a meal in a restaurant with local kitchen.
It was wonderful to meet Nuala. She was always there when we needed her.
We definetly recommend the Villa.
From some of the shops in Yalikavak you are able to arrange excursions to places well known such as Ephesus, Pumukkale and Capodecia. Or perhaps you might like to have a Turkish or Mud bath, or even a Turkish evening with belly dancing. Restaurants at the seafront in Yalikavak also offer Turkish entertainment with traditional as well as belly dancing evenings. Several coach excursions may involve staying a night at a Hotel.
From the sea front at Yalikavak there are many boat trips taking you for the day to various bays or islands and sometimes it will pull in to the charming fishing village of Gumusluk. Frequently the captain, but it can depend on the season, will take you wherever you fancy. Mostly you will be in a traditional Turkish gulet, these are attractive boats to look at, and the trips normally include meals, drinks, and snacks. They usually stop at various bays for you to have a swim. They often stop in the large bay near to our villa! Prices are very reasonable.
If you fancy going further afield for the day, you can go either to Turgetries, or Bodrum Harbour, and get a ferry to the Greek island of Kos very nearby. One can see Kos Island from many parts of the Bodrum Peninsula. Very near to where the boat arrives in Kos are very impressive ancient ruins. Nearby are many cafes and restaurants. Or you might like a ferry trip to the popular Island of Rhodes. If diving is what you enjoy it's on offer from Bodrum Harbour. You can also take various organised day trips, or even longer trips to the many ancient sites that Turkey has from Bodrum, similar to the excursions mentioned previously that some Yalikavak shops can arrange.
Locally there are various old abandoned villages to visit. Turkey has countless Roman, Greek, Byzantian and Ottoman ancient sites to see, many are related to Christian as well as Islamic history. If this interests you it would be worth taking advantage of the opportunities here to see them.
There is a large Pirate themed Aquapark in Tilcilik, Yalikavak called Pirates Inn Cactus Aquapark, which is fun, especially for children their website:- http://piratesinn.cactushotels.com. There is another Aquapark named Aquapark Dedeman Bodrum. It is in Ortakent on the way to Bodrum and is one of the biggest in Turkey. Website:- http://bodrumaquapark.net/
Assorted types of water sports are available in the area including diving. In the Kudur area of Yalikavak the exclusive Xuma Village, a Beach Club, is situated to the right and below our villa. People living locally do not pay a charge to enter but I don't know if this applies to guests staying in our villa. Perhaps you could ask. The entry charge might be quite high. Website:- http://www.xuma.com.tr/en/. There is a mixture of water sports offered here and they hire out Jet Skis. The Beach Club includes restaurants and bars and Live music in the height of the season. It is very popular.
Yalıkavak Marina (website:- https://yalikavakmarina.com.tr/ ) is a wonderful place to spend time at and has just been declared “THE BEST SUPERYACHT MARINA OF THE WORLD IN 2018-2019” by the leading global yachting institution The British Yacht Harbour Association (THYA). The award ceremony's to be held on 24 April 2019 in London. It has over 50 exclusive shops, many restaurants, bars and cafes surrounded by beautiful superyachts.
Bodrum is a stylish, cosmopolitan, upmarket area with a myriad of luxurious yachts and numerous gullets sitting around its harbour. It has an abundance of shops, restaurants and bars, notably around the sea front area. By the Marina's entrance there are the more exclusive designer shops. You may have heard of the well known, outdoors night club called Halikinarsos, said to be the largest in the Mediterranean, which is in Bodrum. This is very popular. There are several other night clubs in Bodrum, one of them based on a catamaran moored there. It is quite lively here at night wheras Yalikavak is quieter.
Bodrum is about 20 minutes drive from Yalikavak, but should you choose not to drive, it is easy to hop on a Dolmus - this is a very cheap brightly coloured minibus. There is a bus stop just a few steps from the villa with buses being every hour in winter to about every 15 mins. in June, July and August. There is also a Dolmus Station in the general shopping area in Yalikavak which goes to many places. You may prefer to go into Bodrum by Dolmus as driving along the main road around Bodrum can be a bit hairy!
There is a large taxi rank and office just by the main Mosque in Yalikavak town should you want to go out and leave your car behind. In the villa is their card & phone no.
Would you like to play Golf? There's the Regnum Golf and Country Club. Details on Website:- http://www.regnumgolfcountry.com.tr/en/. Looks great!
An article by Natalie, a freelance travel blogger, tells you lots about Yalikavak. Website:- https://turkishtravelblog.com/5-things-to-do-yalikavak-beach-restaurants-market/Yalikavak. It may be helpful to you.