|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Gül Baba House is paradise for those seeking both relaxation and activity. Handcrafted in wood and stone, the three-floor villa was designed and built by a London-based guidebook writer for Lonely Planet and his partner, a financial journalist. Outside living is a major feature of Gül Baba House, named after the 16th-century Ottoman Dervish who introduced the rose to Europe. Keen gardeners themselves, the owners chose lemon, orange and apricot trees along with fragrant jasmine and Thai lime bushes instead of building a swimming pool. Large balconies and verandas give off from each floor, affording breathtaking views of the Mediterranean below and the mountains behind. Room are furnished to a very high standard, with all modern amenities as well as antiques, and each floor has its own bathroom and kitchen. Gül Baba House is the ideal spot to get away from it all, but still be only five minutes by car from Kalkan, with its ample shopping, restaurants, nightlife and village vibe.
Gül Baba House is extra special in another way: we have a grand piano. Guests are welcome to make their own music for a really memorable holiday.
Transfers & Car Rental: Flights to Dalaman airport, 130km to the northwest, are from most UK gateways though Antalya, 200km to the northeast, is also an option, especially useful during off-peak seasons. The journey to Gül Baba House from Dalaman is a scenic drive of about 1 hour and 30 minutes. The spectacular trip from Antalya on the mountain road is about two hours and 30 minutes and somewhat longer via the coast. We usually get a local travel agency to collect us from Dalaman airport and drive us to the house where we keep the car for the rest of our stay. We can recommend agents for both airport transfers and car hire as well as sightseeing and activities.
Driving in Turkey is great fun and a great way to explore this scenic country. Roads aren't very crowded, major roads are in good condition and even backroads are (mostly) ok. Petrol stations are all over the place. Driving at dusk and night is best avoided as tractors often don't have rear lights and pedestrians can wander into road.
Goats and Wells: Like to get off the beaten track yet remain convenient to shops, restaurants and nightlife? Gül Baba House is located at the end of a steep driveway, which is reached by a bumpy lane off the main road that links Kalkan through the mountains with the Black Sea hundreds of kilometres away. Yet we're just a five-minute drive to town. Our property is overlooked by olive groves that are on protected land; thus the view down to the Mediterranean is completely unobstructed. We share an oversize parking area with our neighbours (and good friends!) to one side; olives grow are on the other. The driveway down to the house is easily spotted as it starts at the old draw well - the sole water source for the neighbourhood until three years ago. Traditional life is still very much alive here. Locals bring their goats and sheep down the path near our house in season and watching lambs gambol and kids play is quite a sight! It makes for perfect viewing with a gin and tonic from one of our balconies.
Not in Guidebooks: Because Steve, one of the owners, writes for Lonely Planet (including their guide to Turkey), he's a font of knowledge about all the fascinating sights in the area, including many that never make it to guidebooks. A perfect (and technologically advanced)Roman aqueduct, water-powered mills in mountain villages, signposts in the ancient Lycian tongue lying strewn in a field. And because Mike is a huge foodie, he's happy to tell you where to buy the best honey, which markets have the most amazing cheese to nibble with wine or which restaurants serve the freshest, most imaginative food. For those who get tired of eating out every night, there are three kitchens. The main kitchen, with all mod-cons, is on the main floor where a table seating four affords wonderful views. Upstairs, there are tables for six and for four, both of which can be used inside or taken out to the huge terrace with barbeque. Or you can go down to the lower floor and picnic among the fruit trees.
First time back in 25 years; much has changed but thankfully much is just the same. Thank you for the wonderful place to stay, a house with character in a town that needs more houses with character, but does not want for characters with houses. This time around I have a family with me and we have all loved the place, the exploring, the swimming, the history. We leave for home tomorrow refreshed, a little sad and much wiser about all manner of things from Lycian tombs to Roman aqueducts, from the best way to eat a trout to the best little boat in Kalkan harbour. Thanks to Peter and his help.
Had a fantastic stay in Mike and Steve's home away from home. This is a lovely villa with gorgeous views and all the comforts needed. It is well located in a pleasant and quiet area. The house itself is lovingly and tastefully decorated, it has good cooking facilities, very pleasant and large bedrooms (with very comfortable beds - we slept like a dream) - a choice of lounges and living spaces. We also loved the books and interesting reading materials we found in the house. As for the outdoors, we enjoyed sitting on the shaded balcony on the ground floor, with a good book, or for a chat - or sunning on the gorgeous large sunny terrace upstairs (perfect place to have breakfast). And the major bonus was the grand piano downstairs - I am an amateur pianist and it's not often I've been able to play on holiday - on such a nice piano as well. Just loved it! Can't wait to go back.....
Really enjoyed our second stay at Gul Baba house. The house is terrific and the views are amazing, just far enough away from bustling Kalkan. The town is great fun, with amazing restaurants and bars. Margaritas at The Lighthouse were a must.
Turkey is not the cheap holiday it was twenty years ago but the country retains it's charm and exotic atmosphere. Economically in the west but culturally you are definitely in Asia. The villa stands on the hill overlooking Kalkan bay and out to sea, dotted with islands. Lush shady gardens to cool down in or top floor patio to roast in the full sun, this place has it all, even a professional standard grand piano in the lower of 3 floors. There is plenty of well informed literature for those interested in studying the local ancient architecture in the small library and a good selection of quality films on DVD to watch in the evening. I have absolutely no hesitation in declaring this villa to be the best holiday accommodation I have ever been in. In fact head and shoulders above the best of the rest.
This was a very fabulous place to say in a fascinating part of Turkey. The house exceeded our expectations by far. The whole property was clean and beautifully furnished. The view from the the balcony and the roof terrace were amazing. The owners were very helpful, both before we traveled and while we were there.
Kalkan is a beautiful town and there are so many wonderful things near to see and experience. Every restaurant we visited was truly first class. I would definitely recommend this to my friends.
Gül Baba House is every bit as gorgeous as the description and photos here lead you to expect. Surrounded by a terraced garden full of fruit trees and colourful flowering plants, the three storey house is a gem. Perched high above the bustling town of Kalkan, Mike and Steve have created their own special haven of peace and tranquility – and luckily one that they are prepared to share with guests.
The clever use of thick stone walls and deep double-glazed windows keep the house manageably cool even in the heat of late summer. By early evening, a gentle breeze makes sipping wine on either of the terraces and drinking in the fabulous view a delight. Everything is beautifully designed and furnished; the beds are comfortable, the kitchen well kitted out, the wifi speedy and reliable. We found the whole experience is truly memorable.
Whatever you want from a holiday, Gül Baba House is the perfect base. Good food shops, restaurants, boats and bathing platforms are just down the hill in Kalkan with sandy beaches and mountain villages a few kilometres away. There are magnificent Lycian sites all over the place – Xanthos, Pinara, Cadyanda, Patara, Letoon and Kekova – no more than an hour or two’s drive away. Just watch out for the ubiquitous speed traps!
Thank you Steve and Mike for letting us stay in your little piece of heaven.
Gul Baba house turned out to be exactly as we had hoped-spacious, very clean and confortable and set on a hill overlooking the lovely Kalkan bay. We loved the roosters and hens next door and their morning "conversations"! Peter, the manager was a real help especially when he took care of having our car, stuck on the hillside at 11 at night, towed the next morning. After spending the day on a cruise, we came back to the house and there was our car parked in the driveway!
I would definitely recommend Gul Baba to friends and family for the house itself and for the sites, archeological ruins, beaches and villages in the vicinity. Not to mention all the delicious restaurants in Kalkan to discover, especially next to the water where there is a lovely breeze! As far as beaches, we had a preference for the two places built on the rocks near Kalkan harbour-Yali and Caretta Caretta which had restaurant bars and shade-very important!!!!
Gül Baba House is perched above the charming village of Kalkan, easily reached by car or taxi. A traditional goat path running alongside the property will lead more robust travellers through olive groves to the village in 15 minutes. Many of the region's most celebrated Lycian and ancient Greek sites are just a short drive away; some are also at the end of well-marked hiking trails. Close by is the wonderful alpine village of Islamlar, celebrated both for its traditional water-powered flour mills and excellent (and cheap!) trout restaurants. Patara, at 20km the longest sand beach in Turkey, is 15 minutes away by car. For those who prefer the crystal clear water of the Mediterranean without the sand, bathing platforms are dotted around Kalkan harbour, and some are attached to restaurants where you can enjoy lunch or just a drink. Larger settlements with even more activities and dining options are Kas, 27km to the east, and Fethiye, 80km to the northwest and the closest city to Kalkan.
Other Activities: Archaeological tours, birdwatching, canoeing & kayaking
Gül Baba House is the ideal getaway for all seasons. In spring wildflowers carpet the fields and mountain valleys above the house while summer days can be lazily spent at the beach or aboard a rental boat. Autumn is the ideal time for rambles and hikes while the water is warm until November. In winter snuggle by a roaring fire after a sunny lunch outside.