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Iassus Suite, in the clouds overlooking the Aegean. A special place

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

The atmosphere is family friendly. If you wish to be alone and read a book you c


Bodrum Retreat is the owners dream come true.

The location is awesome and when you first arrive, it will take your breath away. The views are unparalleled and from the property you can see from Yalikavak Marina to the west, Samos Island in Greece, 45km away north and Gundogan to the east. While we have 3 suites for rental, we are definitely not like a hotel and in no way do we resemble anything else but a very private home.

If you decide to come, without any prompting, you will immediately feel at ease. The location is marked by twenty, 75 year old Italian cypress trees in which the birds sing and rare squirrels have their early morning breakfast.

Days are balmy, generally breezy and at least 5 degrees C. cooler than what you see below.

Evenings are perfect for outside dining and the sunsets are always different and magnificent.

One of the highest points on the Bodrum peninsula, this hand crafted stone house affords magnificent views of the Turkish coast as well as the Greek Islands from Kalimnos to Samos. Interior furnished by noted decorator. One of the most unique and beautiful Aegean properties you will find. Surrounded by mandarin, almond, fruit trees and grapes. Private local herb garden. Extensive natural stone patios. Swimming pool / dining / entertainment area with unobstructed views of the sea and hills. A private setting in a magical part of Bodrum.

The residence is also ideal for Fall, Winter and Spring visits to Bodrum as, in those seasons, heating is included in the pricing and warm bedding duvets provide exceptional comfort. Most restaurants have fireplaces and without crowds of tourists, the cuisine is at it's best. Scores of historical sites are yours for the day. Flights from NY, and European counties are at their lowest and Bodrum is just a 55 minute flight from exciting Istanbul.

We think Bodrum, out of season, is truly the best kept secret in the Aegean region.

A private setting in a magical part of Bodrum.


This cottage was built years ago by master stone builders. 50cm thick walls. The cottage has, in addition, a large natural pine wood and glass room that lets in good natural light for dining or just reading a book. The view from this room is North and West which is the direction of the surrounding countryside, the Aegean and the Greek Islands. On a clear day you can see Samos Island in Greece. Immediately below the cottage is a large field of lavender. The intimate outside dining area hosts a dining table and all around is rose garden.

This house is perfect for a couple, or joined with Herakleia and Labranda, presents an opportunity for a large family reunion. It is the largest of the 3 suites.

The Iassus residence is quite private. One enters the residence via an antique, Bodrum, pine carved door, from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house. Through this door, one enters the pine wood/glass room. This room is made from recycled, accordion style, pine wood doors mounted with clear glass in the upper half of each door. Great light in this room. Antique early 20th C. rosewood dining table with 2 antique rosewood chairs on one side and a 19th C. Rajastani takat lounge bed, fitted with soft billowy pillows on the other side. Overhead antique fan and a large original, trompe l'oeil painting complete the picture.

The north side has an antique, rare kilim chest, stuffed and made into small sitting sofa. All doors open to the North or to the West, which also harbors a small intimate rose garden and a Japanese oak dining table made from a hot tub circa 1850.

At the south end of this all weather room and up 2 stone steps, one enters the loft style stone cottage residence.

To the left of the entry door is the pine wood and tiled kitchen. The kitchen is large when compared to the size of the residence. All necessary tableware and cooking accessories. Fridge, toaster, grill, 4 burner gas stove, electrical oven, etc.

Good lighting and antique food art prints. A delight for food people.

To the right of the entry door is the lounging couch then a queen bed, both of which face the flat screen TV.

DVD, satellite TV, international and local channels and Wi-Fi.

Original artwork throughout.

Lastly, a delightfully modern bathroom equipped with rain shower. Wonderful original 19th C. lithographs of old Istanbul and an old map of Turkey decorate the walls.

House is furnished with top quality furnishings and antiques.

This house is also perfect for a couple or joined with Herakleia and Labranda, presents an opportunity for a large family reunion.

It is the largest of the 3 suite/residences.

The above residences are the perfect family getaway or join many couples who have booked with us for their honeymoon.

When available, all suites can be booked.

Available in all seasons.

Price June 15-31 August is 150 Euro per night

Truly, a romantic and magic area

The pool, 30 meters from the house, is Balinese in style and is surrounded by a small mandarin orange orchard. Pool is a salt water pool and shared by the 3 suites. Typically, it is not used all the time, as guests tend to travel to markets and historical sites during their stay.

Lounge chairs, stone tables, etc., strategically placed throughout the area.

There a a number of spots for dining outside on this large 8000 meter property (approx. 80, 000 sq ft).

The owners stone house is also on the property.

The view from the villa is north-west, looking over volcanic rock shapes and catacombs in the valley, the new Yalikavak Marina to the west and then 180 degree, unobstructed, views out to the Greek islands. There are many walking trails in the area. The village of Yalikavak offers shops and a large selection of restaurants along the waters edge. There is a good selection of shops and cafes at the international marina. Sailboats and windsurf can be rented. 10 - 20 minutes takes you to neighboring villages and 20-25 minutes to the lively town of Bodrum. Ephesus is less than a two hour drive and the ancient Mausoleum of Halikarnas and Castle of St. Peter are both in Bodrum City. Economical car hire with airport pick up and drop off can be arranged. Blue Cruise trips can also be organized.

Owner has extensive knowledge of the local area, as well as Turkey wide, for sightseeing, gourmet dining, etc.

The harvest from the owners vineyard, below the house, begins around last week of August.

House is furnished with top quality furnishings and antiques.


More Details

Berna Yavuzlar
Member since: 2005
Speaks English, Turkish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 July, 2018

About Berna Yavuzlar

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

Antiques and Art collector

Wine maker

Gourmet and chef

Strong architectural leanings

Berna Yavuzlar purchased this cottage in 1993

Why Berna Yavuzlar chose Bodrum

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

What makes this cottage unique

All our properties are unique and really do not fit into the normal boutique mold, as they are all, one off designs, not to be found elsewhere.

This property is high and above the city. It is a perfect getaway. Even in high season there is tranquility. The suites are furnished with high quality and unusual furnishings and art.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bodrum in Muğla Province

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Iassus Suite, in the clouds overlooking the Aegean. A special place
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews

Beautiful spot off the beaten track at Bodrum peninsula

  • 4 of 5

The atmosphere and the spectacular sea view the Iassus suite offered, indeed took our breath away on arrival, as was promised bij the owners. We were welcomed heartily and throughout our 12 day visit the owners were concerned with our well being and offered good advice on trips, restaurants and the best places to relax on the beach.

Visiting with our three children, we also spent some relaxing days on the premises, swimming and playing in the beautiful decent-sized pool and reading books in the shade of the mandarin trees.

No doubt there are cheaper hotels or more expensive and luxuruous resorts to stay in on the peninsula, but when you enjoy the smaller scale of the Iassus suite and the peacefulness and privacy that comes along with that, this is an excellent choice!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Interesting and stylish property

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful spot high in the hills, a lovely property separate from owner's and two other rental properties. A gorgeous small pool, flanked with orange trees and antique Indian terracotta pots. Lots of great old artefacts throughout making it a characterful and unusual holiday choice. Very quiet except from the welcome of the owner's two dogs and occasional happy shriek from his adorable little daughter. A car a must as need to navigate an uphill and stony road for access as well as for finding the local beaches and restaurants not to mention the fascinating ancient and historical sites which abound . Friendly and knowledgeable American and Turkish owners

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

Frank and Berna have really put together something of a sanctuary up there. With fields of lavender, stunning rock formations and breathtaking views of the sea and sunsets, there is a calming and spiritual feel to this place. Thus it is a perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of the Bodrum peninsula, yet everything is within easy driving distance if you have a car. Some of the sound of the road below echoes up due to an amphitheater effect, but in general the place is a true retreat, tucked away high in the hills after a drive along forested country roads, a place to relax and soak in the surroundings. Excellent optional gourmet meals which can be served on the terrace of the suite overlooking the sea and a rose garden. Highly recommended if the regular loud resort is not your cup of tea!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Bodrum-Milas International
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
17 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Car: recommended


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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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