Washing machine, hob/oven, dishwasher, fridge/freezer, telephone, satellite TV, DVD, i-pod docking station, wi-fi internet access. Iron & ironing board, safe and hairdryer. All bedrooms have air conditioning. Portable barbecue.
Private swimming pool. 9 x 4.5 metres, depth ranging from 1.4 to 1.8 metres. Pool towels supplied.
Nearest beaches - The beaches and coves around Yalikavak and Gundoğan are within a 10 minute drive from the property. The larger sandy beaches on the south side of the Peninsula are all within a 25 minute drive. Gümüşlük with lagoon like swimming and great snorkelling is a 30 minute drive.
There is a small village shop just minutes from the property stocked with everyday items including fresh bread, fresh eggs and ice creams; once weekly there is a fruit and vegetable market.
The nearest large supermarkets are on the main road to Yalikavak (15 minutes walk/3 minutes drive) and Yalikavak town also has a weekly fruit and vegetable market. There are many restaurants in Yalikavak town centre. (5 minutes drive).
Bodrum/Milas Airport is 45 minutes by car; Dalaman 2 hrs 45 mins
Car hire is recommended although taxis can be called to the house.
Almond Tree House is an imposing stone private villa on the Bodrum Peninsula, located in the village of Gökçebel and its’ country farmhouse style, spaciousness and comfort coupled with a large swimming pool make it an excellent holiday choice.
Almond Tree House has been built with thick stone walls, stone tiled floors and has been traditionally finished with dark wood doors and windows yet this is an immensely light and airy house. Every room in the house has French doors, each opening onto a different area with its own characteristics. The entrance terrace is cool and shady and with comfortable rattan seating is an ideal place to take a little respite from the sun. The covered dining terrace overlooks the pool and garden and the upper bedroom terrace provides lovely views over the village, both benefit from glorious evening sun. However, it’s the roof terrace with fantastic cushioned seating areas that provides the perfect place for early evening drinks with a magnificent sunset and sea views.
The villa has been immaculately finished and furnished and with great attention to detail. The kitchen area with brightly painted cupboards and dresser is cheerful and inviting, the sitting room with big squashy sofas is comfortable and appealing, all the bedrooms are spacious and cool and the bathrooms with their mosaic travertine tiles are both practical and pretty!
Outside, the pool (9 metres x 4.5 metres, depth ranging from 1.40 metres to 1.80 metres) is surrounded by sunbathing terraces and there is a lawned area. At night the pool and the garden can be floodlit and up on the roof terrace the lanterns are lit and with the star filled sky it creates a truly magical setting
This is a perfect family villa but also recommended for 2 couples holidaying together due to the bedroom/bathroom configuration.
A little information about Gökçebel and Yalikavak
Upper Gökçebel village is delightful, hidden from all but the most curious, this is a charming, traditional village looking towards the sea and is where we have a great selection of our Turkish holiday villas; in the centre of the village we offer The Cream House and Almond Tree House and on the edge of the village KBellanna. Small flower covered whitewashed houses line the crooked little streets and there is a backdrop of green hills dotted with a number of very stylish villas and houses. The villas Cheedem and Sakina Konak offer splendid reaching views over the valley to the sea.
Many of the villagers seem to own a donkey or a cow and it’s no surprise to see them out walking their animals! The single village shop sells day to day requirements and there’s a small weekly market in the village centre, additionally there are a number of large supermarkets on the road to Yalikavak. Gökçebel’s main claim to fame has to be the unique garden restaurant in the village centre – “Havva Hanim” – a gem of a place serving a traditional Turkish breakfast with ingredients provided by Havva’s chickens and cows and flourishing garden! It’s just 3 kilometres drive to the nearby town of Yalikavak where there are plenty of shops and restaurants a very popular weekly market and the very glamorous Palmarina. There are a number of beaches in the area which can be visited by car. Pasha is located in Lower Gökçebel directly at the sea.
The thriving town of Yalikavak is situated just a 5 minute drive from Gökçebel and is a favourite destination; in the months of July and August visiting celebrities emerging from super elegant yachts cause a certain sophistication to descend on the town. Ali Baba, situated on the bay but within walking distance of the town centre is one of our most stunning properties. The town has a small harbour with a handsome 300 year old windmill to one side. Restaurants line the sea front and in the streets running back from the sea, grocery shops and fresh fruit and vegetable shops nestle alongside an art gallery housed in an old water cistern and a kilim showroom in a former olive oil press. The striking mosque with its two minarets stands on the hillside and watches over the village. Thursday is market day and locals from nearby villages throng to town to stock up with fresh fruit and vegetables. Enjoy hand-picked citrus from local orchards and pass the time of day over a few cups of strong Turkish coffee sitting under the shady plane trees after which the area is named.
There is a beach in town but there is a plentiful selection of public beaches and beach clubs in the area. On the coast road towards Gümüşlük is the smart new yacht marina, Palmarina with elegant shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and yachts to match! A little further on there is a great selection of seaside fish restaurants.
There are numerous walks in the area; one of the best with spectacular views must be from the small settlement of Geris perched at the top of a mountain and only a few kilometres from Yalikavak centre. With spectacular views and cooling breezes our favourite property in Geris is Karma. A local hike may find you stumbling across derelict windmills, the deserted Greek village of Sandima, Lycian rock tombs and even a temple dedicated to Zeus, a perfect picnic spot. Whilst Geris is high on the hill, down at sea level the area is known as Geris Altisi – Under Geris – and this area is very famous for the fabulous choice of restaurants built directly on the sea, our sea front property Sarp is within a short walk of these restaurants. Zada Tash offers views over a hidden valley to the Palmarina and the bays of Yalikavak.
The Room Details
Ground Floor: Open plan living areas, kitchen with large dining table and French doors to dining terrace. Steps down to sitting room with fireplace and French doors to dining terrace. Large air conditioned twin bedroom (90 cm x 2 - can be made to king size) and French doors to entrance terrace with rattan seating. Bathroom with shower/wc and French doors to pool area.
First Floor: Large air conditioned master double bedroom with king size bed (180cm), second bedroom with double bed (150cm) and air conditioning, both bedrooms have French doors opening onto the upper terrace. Bathroom with shower/wc. Steps to roof terrace with cushioned seating.
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