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Vineyard Cottage - Private Pool - View Hills/Aegean Sea

Bedrooms Studio
Space 376 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, Studio + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

Old, beautiful, carefully renovated, village cottage, located in a private, boutique vineyard. Constructed of stone, 50 cm (20 inch) thick walls and originally built early-20th century. Located in BODRUM hills above the town of Yalikavak. Twenty minutes to Bodrum city.

This cottage is an unusual situation as it is currently landlocked and a road to the property is not expected until 2016 season. Guests drive to their covered parking space above and then walk down the path to the cottage. We have our man, who will always help with baggage and groceries. The 35 sq.meter cottage and 20 sq. mt deck is on a 3000 sq.meter plot of vineyard (Cabernet-Sauvignon/Shiraz/Barbera/ etc. (Note Harvest is generally the last week of Aug) and surrounded by nature, birds, eagles, cows, fields and some newly built stone houses.

Beautiful view of the Aegean Sea and the antique hills nearby,where a Castle stood 3000 years ago. Nice walks to this castle and other beautiful spots nearby.

The location on the North side of the Peninsula affords cool breezes. The house has an extensive veranda/patio where one can relax or have a slow meal while taking in the views. Writing a book or want to chill out? This is it!

Entering the Cottage: One enters the main door to the living room. There is a working antique wood burning kitchen stove and an antique chair and other furniture. An antique, iron and brass queen bed awaits you. With the cottage door open, you see the view from bedside. This room is fitted with Turkish antiques/carpets and a marvelous antique wooden carved ceiling that came from an old village house, elsewhere in the area. Good lighting, shelf space, etc. A Stereo CD/VCD player sits on the shelf.

There is a Bodrum bathroom with sink, shower and toilet. Hot solar water throughout.

Kitchenette with stove top, Mini fridge, toaster, utensils and dishes, glasses, cups. Basically, if you need something, within reason, we will get it for you.

Linens/towels provided, private pool fed by well water. We can arrange for rental of a Gulet sailing boat for a day or more. Ten minutes to supermarkets, restaurants, beaches or beach clubs.

What is outside the cottage?: Traditional Turkish Ottoman water fountain next to the patio as well as extensive seating areas for existing dining table (4) and chaise lounge (2). Most of the large patio is shaded by old trees.

The traditional farming water depot, supplied with water by one of the most beautiful wells in the area has been transformed into a plunge or dipping pool.

Our garden may have seasonal vegetables and herbs available to guests.



Keywords: Cottage

More Details

Berna Yavuzlar
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, turkish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Berna Yavuzlar

International person who has lived, for years, in New York, Europe, Turkey and Southeast Asia.

Berna Yavuzlar purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Berna Yavuzlar chose Bodrum

We choose only properties that have something extra to offer. Privacy, Views, Climate, Comfort, architecture.

What makes this cottage unique

Our five properties are unique, one off, designs, not to be found elsewhere.


Bodrum Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 376 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • sink, shower with curtain and toilet. This is a traditional house so the bathroom is small and the shower and toilet are in the same space.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Antique 4 poster bed for 2. Situated near the entry door, so mornings in bed with breakfast and view.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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Vineyard Cottage - Private Pool - View Hills/Aegean Sea
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 13 reviews

Beautiful little farm house

  • 5 of 5

Frank and Berna have a beautiful place in the hills overlooking the Aegean Sea. The house is very romantic, quiet and furnished with antiques. If you are lucky, you are there for fig or grape harvest.Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vineyard Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved Vineyard Cottage, the location was fabulous. The owner was really friendly and nothing was too much trouble, we loved the two dogs who enjoyed showing us down the path in the evenings and waiting until we were safely inside before going back to the main house.

The cottage was quite basic but in a very interesting way and you had everything you needed there.

We would not hesitate in returning to the cottage for further holidays in Turkey.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2012
  • Stayed: May 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, Oregon, USA

Beautiful, relaxing, and close to everything yet calm and peaceful.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Vineyard Cottage from June 2 through June 9, 2012. We had never been to Turkey, and chose our destination based on the cottage and our emails with Frank, the owner. From there, we planned a roadtrip designed to end up on the Bodrum Peninsula.

From the very beginning our our communication, Frank was always extremely informative, friendly, and accommodating. He provided us with information about nearby attractions and offered to help us find a rental car. We paid a deposit via PayPal and everything went smoothly.

We arrived at the rental to be greeted by Frank's family and were escorted to the cottage. The description of the cottage was just as we'd imagined, and yes, you do need to be prepared for a bit of a hike to get to the house. However, I believe this is part of the magic of the property. Frank left us wine, bread, and a few treats, and we spent our first evening watching the sun go down behind the hills.

The photos of the cottage did a great job of showing us what to expect. The one surprise was that the sofa flips over to turn into a bed, so it's lower to the ground and all in one room, but this worked great for us, especially as our days were spent outside or adventuring. There are lots of beautiful antiques and books to read on the bookshelves, and the kitchen had the utensils we needed. Yes, the kitchen is small, but we were able to cook breakfast and dinner on several occasions with no trouble. The cottage was clean, as was the plunge pool and the patio.

Whenever we saw Frank throughout our stay, he always made sure to check in on how we were doing. His sweet dogs walked down to the cottage with us at night and greeted us at our car in the morning.

The cottage is in a perfect location to explore the Bodrum Peninsula. You can quickly drive to where you want, but you are also removed from busy Bodrum or some of the more resort-like areas. When you fall asleep, the cicadas and the neighborhood dog is all you hear. We spent days in Bodrum, we rented a boat for a day, we went horseback riding, and we had dinner in several of the small towns. I highly recommend a car, as it makes it very easy to get around, although the transit system looked accessible as well. If you don't have a car, you may find the walk from the main road to the house to be a bit long.

I would highly recommend the cottage to anyone heading to Turkey, and if we ever manage to make it back, we will certainly stay again. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2012
  • Stayed: June 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ankara, Turkey

Perfect for Solo Stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the cottage in mid-September. There was plenty of sun on the terrace for most of the day. Actually, the cottage was so peaceful that I had a hard time leaving, even to get groceries. I did make it one day to tour Bodrum and another day to a beach. Besides that , I pretty much spent a week enjoying the views and tranquility.

I had read the review before booking, so I knew to expect a small kitchenette and shower/bathroom combo, neither of which were a problem for me. I cooked full meals in the kitchenette with little difficulty - everything I needed was within reach.

The best part of my stay was the tranquility. The second best was Frank and his staff, including two awesome dogs who escorted me up and down from the cottage, through the olive grove. The caretaker family brought me fresh-picked grapes and walnuts and were eager to speak Turkish with me, even though my vocabulary is somewhat limited. Everything I asked for was accommodated.

You can't help but feel warm and friendly here. The vineyard cottage is truly a special place.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Indian Hills, Colorado, USA

The Novel Takes Shape

  • 5 of 5

Vineyard cottage lived up to my expectations. Others have described the amenities, i will focus on the atmosphere. I sat on the patio, looking out over the sea (not wine-dark) and thought, wrote and then edited. When the sun was too much for me I wandered down to the pool to cool off. Then, sitting again with olives and wine at the ready, I wrote some more. Wandering overland down along the path to the town below I would meet meandering tortoises, a cow and a friendly dog. After stocking up at Migros I would return to my shepherd's hut (nicely appointed) and sigh as the sun set over the sea. Frank, the owner and host, lives a five minute walk through the trees up a winding path from the cottage. He is more of a Zorba figure than The Magus (albeit actually american) and we had an excellent time together competing over who was the more vigorous septuagenarian. With his 18 month old daughter Amber I guess he wins. He is a mine of information and together with his wife very helpfulI. If you want to retreat into solitude for writing this is a fine spot, but there are also wonderful sights to see and places to visit. I will probably only get back there in my memory, but I do visit often. The complaints about the power pole and the view are of course laughable; this is a charming spot where I enjoyed three weeks of peace, writing and playing the guitar for the patio lizards.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Review - Part 2 - Vineyard Cottage

  • 4 of 5

The terrace has beautiful views out to the Aegean. Yes the pylon is right in the middle of it but it doesn’t matter. The terrace is very pretty but never in the sun sadly. This might have been something to do with the time of year we were there, and that the tree was quite large. If you don’t like the sun or burn easily then this terrace would be perfect. Because of the shade we never used the plunge pool. We never got hot enough! Which was a shame because it did look inviting after Osman had cleaned it so nicely every morning. Maybe in the mid summer when it’s properly hot this shade is welcome. For us this meant we spent very little time at the house and went to the beaches and villages nearby. Sitting on the terrace having breakfast was a real joy. Especially when you spread one of franks locally made jams onto your toast!

The location is remote which makes for a very peaceful nights sleep. You definitely need a car unless you’re happy to sit in the shade all day. The supermarkets nearby are great and all the bakeries and markets Frank recommended in his guest book are brilliant.

For those of you that need internet you can use Franks wi fi where you park your car by the house. The passwords are in the guest book. Down at the vineyard cottage there isn’t any signal, making it even easier to switch off from work!

It really wouldn’t take much to make it amazing. Here are our suggestions:

Get rid of the wood weevils that munch all night long

Get a new cooker in the kitchen and put up some shelves so you don’t have to chop on the floor in the bedroom!

Equip the kitchen with better cooking utensils and a chopping board

Clear away some of the stuff in the main bedroom/living room to makes space for some cupboards or wardrobes to put your stuff.

Buy new sunloungers - The ones that were there were very old and one was broken so you couldn’t

Better pillows to make the bed comfier

Cut the tree back a bit to let in some sun.

A table lamp would give an alternative to the overhead lighting

Saying all this though, there was something wonderfully refreshing about staying somewhere so authentic and rustic, in a peninsula awash with identical white cubed apartments. At least the stuff we’re moaning are the local wood weevils rather than loud drunken neighbors!

Frank’s local knowledge was amazing. He recommended some amazing beaches with crystal clear waters and black sand. So definitely pick his brains when you arrive.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2012
  • Stayed: September 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The second part of a thorough review: The terrace is full of sun from April through some of October then the direction of the sun changes as it gets ready for winter. Some folks like the sun on the patio and others don't and escape under the oak tree that covers half the patio. This winter we trimmed the big olive tree that shaded the plunge pool. This winter we had an exterminator come in and we have eliminated the wood weevils that unfortunately, were already in the old crossbeams we used during the cottage renovation. Harmless to humans but damaging to wood and now they are all dead. Kitchen: new shelf extends the counter space. Have replaced any malfunctioning utensils and the chopping block is still there. Will check and replace anything else that needs to be replaced. Very helpful review.
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended

private or shared yacht trips can be organized


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $30

Terms for payments made.
Cancellation before 60 days of reservation: Total funds paid will be refunded, less $100 service charge.
Cancellation less than 60 days before arrival: Total funds, or partial funds paid, will be refunded, only if owner is able to re-book all, or a portion, of the cancelled dates. A $100 service charge will also apply.
Refunds will be made through Paypal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.