Quiet well equipped villa on hillside
Review Submitted: 15 May 2013
Date of Stay: May 2013
Our family stayed at this villa on the Rosmarin estate in May 2013, just at the start of the tourist season. The villa is located on a steep hillside, with the tranquilty of pine trees all around, with other villas nearby, but very private. The swimming pool is a short, but steep walk downhill, which was always very quiet and we had it to ourselves! The pool is great, with a large (approx 1.6m deep) pool and a shallower childs pool with slide and some inflatables to play with. There are no facilities around the pool (although it appears in the past there was a poolside bar).
The villa was well furnished and equipped and was very homely and clean. There was lots of space in the interior areas and nice shady terrace for eating meals. Issues arising inside the villa were sorted out promptly by the owner (the DVD player not working) and any issues for the exterior areas can be sorted out with the management office on site. The villa has a resident cat, Poppy, who was the most gentle and loving cat, who kept us company during our stay and out little boy loved her.
The villa is approx 25-30 mins walk to the town of Gocek, which is downhill. There are two routes down, but the most direct is very steep and across a main road, but we did the walk every day with our toddler (mostly on shoulders!) and caught a taxi back home (approx £5). Although in May it was fine during the day to walk down, I'm not sure it would be ok in the heat of the summer months with little shade along the way.
The Turkish people were so friendly and great to talk to in the town shops and cafes. Gocek is a great little town, with lots of marinas on the seafront and boats to watch. There are lots of lovely restaurants to chose from, wtih great food and shops to browse in, with a laid back relaxed feel. The weekly Sunday market was great to browse, with fruit and veg and household/clothing goods too.
There is no public beach in the town/area. A private beach at D-Marin hotel was due to open (for a charge to non-residents) in mid-May 2013, with imported sand from Egypt ! The nearest public beach was Inlice, quite remote (a 15 mins taxi ride, cost £10 each way). There is a travel agency in town to arrange day trips in the area.
I would recommend the villa, and a transfer each way to the airport is easy to arrange, but a car might be handy. If you don't mind walking downhill it is an easy place to stay and get to see the real Turkey as you pass by the houses in the town.
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