Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
- English, Turkish
About Berna Yavuzlar
Expat who retired to Bodrum. Loves wine and food, travel and art
Berna Yavuzlar purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why Berna Yavuzlar chose Yalıkavak
could not help buying this 20 years ago. Good view, private and a real home.
What makes this Cottage unique
If you are looking to stay in a "real" village house then you have found it.
Pool / Spa
Children allowed - Need to be supervisedNeed to be supervised
Smoking allowed - Please smoke outside on the patioPlease smoke outside on the patio
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 22 - 22 years22 years
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Live Like A Local Without Compromising On Your Comfort
My wife & I were planning our visit to Turkey, my home-country, after 7 years. We wanted somewhere that is not too crowded, not within an apartment/hometown complex and within our budget. We found a property that we liked, yet we never heard back from the owner, and I have to tell you, I was very happy that they did not get us back as it led us to Berna & Frank's village house.
From the get go, Frank has been incredibly open to communication and eager to help. He also stopped by to say hi.
The location is absolutely amazing. We stayed there for two weeks. It is within the village of Gökçebel, only a few minutes of drive from Yalıkavak. If you are not familiar with the traditional stone house, it is relatively cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Despite the 90F+ heat during the day, we slept comfortably with the two fans available in the house.
The main bed is very comfortable. Our daughter slept on one of the little padded village seating area. We even hosted my brother for a couple of nights without any problem, so a family of 4 can easily stay there.
The dip-in pool is great for a quick cool down & to have your kid(s) stay occupied when needed
A car is a plus but the public transportation is very organized and reliable in and around Bodrum.
There is a nice supermarket in less than 5 minutes walk away, there is also a fluff and fold service a few minutes from that market. There are also a few local restaurants walking distance away.
We prepared our breakfast most of the mornings using the local produce and farm product we purchased from both the cute Gökçebel market on Thursdays (3 minutes walk) and the great Yalıkavak market on Tuesdays (8 mn drive). We were out on the beach most days and had dinner with family and friends most of the nights, but we had one day at home where we took it easy, napped and enjoyed a very slow day, and this little cottage is perfect for that.
We made sure to use the grill and bbq a few nights at home as we sipped our rakı and take in the amazing sunset.
This location is not for people who are accustomed to hotels and room service. This is for people who are seeking an authentic experience, enjoying the morning rooster, hearing the neighbor's horse neighing and mingling with the locals.
If you belong to the latter category, I'd highly recommend this property. We also took the liberty to add two large shells we found in the lovely Aegean sea to the house unique decor.
Thanks for everything Frank!
Fantastic villa, wonderful view, overall excellent experience
Stayed at this lovely little villa for a few days and wished I’d have been able to stay a few more. No Wi-Fi is available so you must either use data roaming or get a local SIM with data at the local Vodafone store for about $40. Plunge pool is small but comes with the most amazing sunset view! We spent hours in this little pool just enjoying the tranquility of this area. Frank was a great host and I will definitely recommend you view and consider his properties. He does a great job. He even made dinner reservations for us our first night at a local seafront restaurant which was excellent. During summer it does get warm in the house but the two fans he provided help a great deal. I love A/C, but this was not a big deal as the wind kept the place mostly comfortable during our stay. This property is a very good value for the area. I will definitely return to chill with that amazing view!
Rustic village setting with a sunset view
We booked in for six nights and really enjoyed our stay. The place is a gem for a reasonable price and our hosts, Frank and Berna were very responsive to any of our requests. We even got home baked cookies and cake dropped off by our hosts while there and Frank has a wealth of local info on the best sights and marina restaurants. The small village house has a great setting, it’s generally pretty quiet and comes with a large outdoor patio that is covered. Don’t just stay for one nights as it just gets better each day as you check out the area. Only two challenges we experienced to share-the house location can get warm in these hot summer months and there isn’t A/C available. Frank brought us an extra larger fan after our first night which really helped out and made our stay much more comfortable. Internet was also advertised as available so we had expected to have WiFi access at the house but we found out upon arrival that it required us to have our own local SIM card and a mobile cash card account for Turkey. No worries since WiFi is generally available elsewhere in the area but service can be quite inconsistent so you should have your own mobile data plan just in case. If you are looking for a quiet place to relax that’s close to the Bodrum beach vibe and the nearby Bodrum peninsula area hot spots with a lovey dipping pool and sunset view to die for, this is it! Enjoy it as we did...
The perfect holiday house! Nicely decorated, authentic atmosphere and the perdect location for unforgettable sunsets. Time stops when you arrive there. You forget everything and you just have to enjoy the view, the swimming pool, silence...
A retreat place highly recommended for travelers looking for authentic spots
Thank you so much for this great review. You are right, of course, that we have tried to keep this house as authentic as possible but with all basic comforts. We realize that not everyone is looking for a true cultural experience and that is why most modern hotels with their MacDonald style rooms do so well. Those that do not seek such accomodation, will love the atmosphere and views of our Village House. Thank you for staying with us.
Tranquil village retreat
My husband and I stayed at the Village Cottage for two weeks this summer. We were looking for something authentic that wasn't part of a condo complex or resort, and the Village Cottage met our needs. The cottage is a short drive from Yalikavak, which has a terrific Thursday market and a number of shops and restaurants, and is walking distance from a Migros supermarket. There is a rustic kitchen with a hot plate and a small hibachi grill, and we made most of our meals at the house, on the lovely wraparound porch with sunset views. Frank was a generous host who helped with making some restaurant reservations and answering questions about the area. All in all, we loved this quiet, laid-back part of the Northern Peninsula and look forward to coming back.
Thanks for the lovely review. I am really happy you enjoyed your stay. We decide that we are going to revamp the kitchen for 2014. Still rustic style, but a kitchen that will work better with a larger fridge and perhaps a stove with oven and better storage spaces. Of course it will continue to have a toaster, coffee maker, sandwidge grill and I will see if I can add a microwave unit.
Again, thanks for coming and hope to see you again one day.