|Minimum Stay||1 night|
|Living space||300 square feet|
Suitable for childrenYes
Suitable for the elderlyAsk
|Theme||Romantic, Away from it all, Rural, Village|
Description from the owner
Grapevine Cottage is a charismatic home with real bucolic charm. It is set in a shady vineyard with views of the sea just a short walk down a quiet lane from the centre of ISLAMLAR village but only 8 km from Kalkan and other tourist attractions.
It has been decorated in a natural, old fashioned Turkish style with colourful kilims and textiles and original art work a feature. The two bedrooms are situated downstairs where it is cooler in summer. One bedroom is made entirely from wood and the other within the original stone building with thick stone walls. . Both bedrooms open out onto their own private patio space. The garden is a cool...Read more
GRAPEVINE COTTAGE Romantic Retreat KALKAN Islamlar
Kalkan, Turkish Mediterranean Coast, Turkey
(Property location is approximate)
Additional Location Information
Islamlar is a cool haven situated 8k North of Kalkan on the Mediterranean coast. It is famous for its natural spring water and trout farms. It has fabulous views of the sea.
There are many interesting anthropological sites to visit and beautiful deserted beaches. Islamlar, or Bodamya as it was once known, is known for its lush green gardens and was previously of mixed Turkish and Greek race. It is famous for its water powered stone mills that are still in use. The village makes its own tahini from locally grown sesame seeds. Every week the local women get together and make yufta, a natural flat bread made on an open fire from the stone milled flour. It is a fascinating area of great natural beauty. The village also has trout farms using the natural water that springs fresh from the mountain. There are several very good local restaurants serving trout, village bread and home made cheese.
Location Type Away from it all, Rural, Village
Rates shown in $ USD (Rental listed originally in GBP) (change)
|Rate Summary||$91||$91||$456 - $607||$0||1 night|
|May. 1 2012 - Oct. 1 2012||-||-||$607||-||1 night|
|Mar. 1 2013 - Nov. 30 2014||-||-||$456||-||1 night|
|All Other Dates||$91||$91||$531||-||1 night|
|Can't find rates for your travel dates? Contact the owner|
- Additional guests - $15 / person - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 2 guest(s)
Additional notes from owner
Discount for longer stay
Discount for two people only.
Short stays have a higher daily rate and I charge extra for 4 people
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 02, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Welcome retreat in traditional village
We spent a week here in 2010 and enjoyed it so much we returned for 2 weeks the following year. Private, relaxing holiday in picturesque area overlooking the Med, surrounded by the sounds of the local mosque and countryside. Within easy reach of ancient sites (Letoon, Patara, Tlos), lovely beaches (Patara and Kaputas), bustling towns (Kalkan and Kas) and Sakklikent Gorge. Having the sleeping area and bathrooms downstairs is a bonus as they are refreshingly cool after a day sunning yourself on the balcony upstairs. Mosquito nets provided. No need for air conditioning as the stone walls keep the downstairs cool. Fan provided upstairs. Main bathroom is wet room style. Plenty of ouside space for eating, drinking and chilling in the established gardens with the tinkling of the stream. The steep road from Kalkan provides stunning views over Kalkan and beyond. A number of very good restaurants in the village itself means you don't need to venture far although Kalkan provides many more dining opportunities but it is more expensive. Excellent sized kitchen / lounge area with plenty of utensils / crockery etc. Cats, hens, chickens and turkeys roam the gardens. Deborah is on hand if you require any info - she lives in her own property on the same plot of land but away from the cottage. TIP: take a torch!
Amazingly idyllic retreat
This was easily one of the most perfect holidays that we could have wished for. The house far exceeded our expectations and the grounds within which it's set are completely stunning with ducks, chickens, turkeys etc pottering around the most charming overgrown lawn. Deborah is lovely and a wealth of knowledge should you want to venture out and about around the local markets or into town. The drive up to the house is a little tricky so try to hire a 4 x 4 if you're not confident at maneuvering around rural rocky roads.. it took us a good 5 days to get used to the drive! This is a perfect retreat if you're looking for somewhere secluded, peaceful and loved. We'll definitely be heading back!
Response from deborah harston - 06/15/2012
So glad you enjoyed Grapevine cottage.
There is a good chance of getting than lane fixed up by next year!
We loved it - being amongst real village life, delicious restaurants, and most of all having chickens ducks and turkeys in the lovely garden. The balcony was perfect, and we enjoyed the visits from Roxy and GinGin the cats. A beautiful place.
Away from it all
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in beautiful surroundings, with marvellous countryside, archaeological sites and a beautiful beach within easy reach, this is it!
We spent two weeks in Grapevine Cottage and reality surpassed our expectations. We loved the cottage with its slight quirkiness and many individual touches, the space and light of the upstairs room and the coolness of the bedrooms downstairs. Outside, you are spoilt for choice: the spacious shady balcony with its marvellous views towards Kalkan, the comfortable couch and chairs under the vines in front of the house, another dining table by the barbecue or the hammock. All of this set in a mature garden with the sound of water from the irrigation channels adding to the feeling of coolness and relaxation, as do the muezzin's calls from the mosque in the village above.
Islamlar is about 20 minutes from Kalkan, though with practice, the distance seems to get shorter. It is a small village with quite a few restaurants offering simple meals, all featuring local trout. Kalkan has everything you could want, though we spent little time there as we felt it was a little too touristy. There is plenty to see in the area with many, often deserted, Lycian sites nearby, stunning countryside and, once you get away from the coast, villages that are untouched by tourism. The beautiful, completely unspoilt Patara beach is just 30 minutes from Islamlar and even in august not at all crowded.
It was great to have Deborah nearby who was very hospitable and provided us not only with local knowledge but also with marvellously fresh eggs from her hens and ducks. Various other friendly animals wander about in the garden, all adding to what, for us, was an ideal holiday.
perfect hill retreat
i booked and had no idea where i was going,and felt quite at home as soon as Deborah collected me from the bus.I was made very welcome by deborah and all pets in her wanderful hillside traditional Turkish home.I walked,relaxed,pottered around kalkan and soaked up the tranquility of the village.Deborah was very generous in her hospitality,rides down the hill and to neighbouring towns,I will definately return with friends but also realy did enjoy travelling on my own.
Debra from northumberland.
Philippa & Cyril Kavanagh
A Secluded Property
If you want to enjoy seclusion, lovely scenery and views as well as the company of some charming ducks, a couple of turkeys, a 'cheeky' chicken, and two friendly dogs,then this is for you.
Located high above Kalkan in a rambling Turkish village with some highly eccentric local restaurants, the whole experience reeks of authentic Turkey. We fear that this is fast disappearing so grab an opportunity to experience something that may not be around for very long.
Deborah is a wonderful host, non intrusive and ensures that you have a healthy supply of eggs as often as they are available.
Grapevine cottage is a haven of coolness and calmness to return to during the heatwave we experienced in September.
tranquility right in the middle of green beauty
Deborah's place is a charming, beautiful and quiet nest far from the hustle and bustle of the town, which is however reachable easily if you have a car. The cottage is decorated and organized with taste and love, which really makes it a place you feel home in. It is clean, comfortable, cosy. The upper floor is large and full of light, with a delightful terrace wherefrom you can sit hours looking at the sea in the background, and the trees and grape yards around. Furthermore, Deborah is a kind and helpful lady, who will do her best to make your stay a lovely one. Definitely one our best stays ever! Definitely recommended for couples: a real honeymoon cocoon!
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Wonderful location, charming property.
We stayed for just a week and loved every minute. It's not the easiest of places to get to but that just adds to the exclusivity. Set amoungst the shade of the vines, it's a cool retreat from the blazing sunshine if you want to give your burning skin a rest! On your arrival, you are likely to be welcomed by ducks, chickens, cats and pet dogs, all of whom are very friendly and affectionate.
Deborah, the owner, is always on hand without being obtrusive to give advice or to answer any questions you may have. She stays in the property next door but you can't see it as there is enough foliage to give the impression you really are in the middle of nowhere!
There are enough restaurants within walking distance and although they all have a similar menu each one has it's own paticular charm. Due to the existence of a huge natural spring at the top of the mountain, there is a constant stream of fresh water which the locals use to their advantage to supply the trout farms attached to their restaurants. you can't get fresher than that!
We had a hire car so we could drive into Kalkan town, the old town is overflowing with restaurants shops and bars for every taste and pocket. There's even a small but stoney beach at the far end of the waterfront. Can't wait to go back.
Response from deborah harston - 09/30/2011
this review is not for Casa Rosada! Needs to be moved tomy poperty in Turkey!!