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First floor level: Bedroom one with double bed, clothes storage, french doors to balcony, mountain views. Air-con/heating. Bedroom 2 with twin beds, clothes storage, french doors to balcony, mountain views Air-con/heating Fully tiled bathroom with shower cubicle, basin and wc.
Kitchen with gas hob, microwave oven, washing machine, large fridge/freezer, kettle, toaster, etc. Plenty of pots, dishes and crockery etc for families/entertaining.
Hallway store with useful equipment, iron and ironing board, emergency lighting (for the occasional power cut) etc.
Living room with sofa bed (single/small double) side tables, TV (satellite), hifi with CD, tape and radio. French doors to large balcony with tables and seating, BBQ, overlooking garden and pools, mountain views.
Spiral stairway to garden
Ayyildiz Apollon & Melek are set in a lovely large garden of flowers and trees in a quiet residential location in Fethiye, with an easy walk to all facilities, or frequent minibuses; no need to drive. Situated in a newly built traditional style villa, not on a holiday complex, comfortably furnished with Turkish fabrics and rugs throughout. Within the garden are shaded seating areas, a large swimming and children's splash pools.Plenty of beaches to choose from, sandy or pebbly, in the surrounding area. The apartments are suitable for people who want a personal and traditional Turkish experience. The owners and representative are English&Turkish, with extensive experience in Turkey, so language with local knowledge is at hand. They are just 5-7 minutes walk from the sea, located between Calis and Fethiye Town centre, approximately 20-30 minutes walk/5 min bus from both, with weekly local markets selling fresh fruit and vegetables, spices, cheeses, yoghurts, textiles, jewellery etc.
After many years exploring and enjoying the Mediterranean regions of both Greece and Turkey, in 2003 I purchased the first Ayyildiz and began making a special holiday home. As a yoga practitioner, I like to practise regularly and keep equipment at Ayyildiz for my own and my guests' use.
Susan purchased this apartment in 2010
I chose the lovely Akarca area of Fethiye, with mountain views and level walks for its accessibility. Fethiye is convenient for the airport, and also for exploring further into Turkey. Begonia apartments have easy access to both beach and town, by walking, bus or car, whilst being in a quiet residential neighbourhood. I really enjoy the 'taste of Turkey' which I experience here; the people, the food, the music. Being 'off the beaten track' its possible to just relax in the garden or by the pool and forget one's workaday life. However when I want it, there's a lively town in one direction with many delightful restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs, shops, a cultural centre, harbour, tours and more. In the other direction is the beach resort Calis and nearby, traditional village life of Gunlukbasi.
When wondering where to locate, I looked at Central Fethiye and also Calis. I really enjoy being able to walk, but not hike, to most places I like to go. While central Fethiye is great, being in the midst of the lively town, there's no beach. Calis has a super beach with wonderful afternoon breezes and fabulous sunsets, but no 'town'; mainly tourist shops and restaurants. Then I found Akarca, between the two, and an easy walk to both. If I tire of walking, there's a dolmus every few minutes to take me in or back, from early morning til late at night. I also love having views and that usually means being in an upper floor apartment but all apts have super views, from the living rooms and bedrooms, including from the ground floor. I love knowing everything is nearby whilst I can feel 'away'!
We first stayed at the pink Villa Begonia in 2011. Ayyildiz Apt was a super location for our early spring visit to Turkey. We stayed late March-early April. We were thrilled by the beauty and history of the area, with snow capped mountains around us while we enjoyed the warm sun. The wisteria blossom around the villa was stunning and we felt the flowers in the garden welcomed us as we arrived! The apartment was very comfortable with all we needed like home from home and the lovely big pool was open,unlike many others which didn't open until May. There was plenty to do and see, with a good pack of information provided. We love to walk and enjoyed many seaside strolls both to Fethiye centre and nearby Calis. The fresh food in the markets was great and we enjoyed cooking and eating in and also visiting many friendly and economic restaurants.We didn't want to hire a car and didn't need one. The little dolmus buses are great! The owner was very helpful, answering our various questions before we went and her local friend was available to answer more while we were there.
We returned for a late summer visit in 2012, this time staying in the delightful Apollon Apt, with its lovely views, enjoying the large pool and spacious garden between our excursions and explorations of ancient sites and small villages and lovely walks.
This time we came in high summer, staying once again in Apollon. We really appreciated the pool and lovely breeze, when returning from town or beach to the villa during the hottest days. The seaside walk was better than ever with the development of the promenade and new cafe and restaurant just down at the sea end of our road, where we could take a 5 minute stroll to watch the sunset into the sea and enjoy wonderful Turkish cuisine. As before we were welcomed by the friendly Turkish caretaker, who was always available if needed and helped our understanding of Turkish customs and where to find the best bargains, tastiest meals and unadvertised delights.
Apollon apartment is ideal for us: quiet and peaceful in a Turkish neighbourhood with friendly welcoming local people, away from the tourist sights and sounds but with everything we needed or wanted at the villa or nearby. Now there's a 24 hour shop, just 3 minutes walk away and plenty of choices if we want to eat out, or get a take-away or home delivery and just enjoy a quiet meal on the balcony under the stars. Looking forward to returning again soon.