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Restored Village House, Ideal Rural Retreat with private pool and stunning views

Bedrooms 3
Space 914 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Private Pool, Restored Turkish Villa, 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Peaceful Valley View

Beautifully restored Turkish Village House which retains its character and charm whilst providing all modern facilities that holidaymakers require. Set in a tranquil village valley location with a forest backdrop. Private infinity pool and sun terrace with stunning views and small sundeck with waterfall feature. Garden Courtyard with Traditional features of a Stone built BBQ and Tandir Oven a turkish lounging area in the shade of Pomegranate trees and alfresco dining area under a grape arbour. Ideal for those that wish to switch off and relax or for those who wish to partake in local activities cycling, walking, kiteboarding, horse riding, hunting and boat trips are all available. Beach Resort of Akyaka 12 mins drive, local shops and restaurants 5 mins drive, Marmaris 30 mins, Dalyan 30 mins and Fethiye 90 mins drive all with varied activity and sightseeing opportunities. Transfer from airport aprox 45 mins.

Mrs Justine Kavak
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Turkish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 June, 2018

About Mrs Justine Kavak

We are a Turkish/English couple Melih and Justine Kavak who have been married for 20 years and lived in Akyaka for 11 years. We live in Akyaka and will always be on hand if required to help with local information and anything else you may need. We feel we have the right combination of local knowledge and understanding of what holidaymakers may need to make the most of their holidays in the area. Nothing pleases us more than to see our guests happy and relaxed and enjoying their well deserved break.

Mrs Justine Kavak purchased this villa in 2007

Why Mrs Justine Kavak chose Ula

We bought Zambak Villa in 2007 and spent the next 2 years restoring the villa to maintain its original character and charm whilst updating it to provide all modern comforts. The location is ideal to chill out and relax with only the sound of birdsong and the breeze in the 200 year old Kavak Tree opposite the villa to savour while floating in the pool.

We also appreciate being near the resort of Akyaka for those that want to sample the local delights of a river or beach side restaurant or bar. This location provides the ideal combination of privacy and tranquility whilst also being within easy reach of a lively Turkish Beach resort. Within 90 mins drive in both directions of Akyaka are some exceptional Turkish natural and ancient wonders just waiting to be discovered.

What makes this villa unique

Zambak Villa is unique as it is partly a restored Turkish Village house with wooden ceilings, internal windows, locally carved cupboard doors and an open fire in the kitchen that can be used to cook in. In this way staying in our villa can give you an insight into the traditional Turkish way of life that still continues in the village.

Of course you can still enjoying all the modern facilities such as a private pool, air conditioning and a fully equipped kitchen which will make your holiday more comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Zambak Villa has been a perfect retreat - secluded, full of character, in a wonderful tranquil setting. Everything we needed was provided, we will certainly miss waking up to blue sky, trickling water and the rustle of tortoises... Liz & Simon, Surrey - Sept

We arrived late at night and were very grateful for the welcome pack of food basics. When we awoke the next morning to the beautiful villa and valley location we were thrilled...... Lyn & Nigel, Shropshire, August

Most pleasant stay at the Villa Zambak, where we have chilled out in the beautiful hot weather. The villa has been all we could wish for, with some interesting side shows of the local wildlife. Kate & Jim, Sept

As soon as we pulled up outside we fell in love with the villa and surroundings. Everyone we've met has been so friendly and the food wonderful.......

Thank you Justine and Mel for sharing such a wonderful house with us ...Ginny & Stuart, Somerset, Oct
Dec 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Ula in Muğla Province

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 914 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Upstairs bathroom with Bath, Shower, WC, sink and vanity unit. Downstairs Bathroom shower cubicle with large Daisy head shower, washing machine, WC and sink. Hot water solar powered with electric water heater for dull days. We do provide 1 Hairdryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom double bed + air-con, second bedroom double bed + air-con, ground floor twin room + air-con. All bedrooms have wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedside tables and lamps. 1 Hairdryer provided in Master Bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay
  • forests
  • marina
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: As this property has an infinity pool it is not suitable for young children. Please ask owners advice on enquiry. The Pool and garden are maintained every other day. A car is essential for this property, car hire and airport transfers can be arranged on request. Outside: Private infinity pool, 6.5m by 4m, depth of 1.5m, travertine stairs lead into the pool for ease of access and also provide a comfortable seating area within the water. Four Sunbeds, a parasol and large floor cushions are provided for sunbathing. A stone BBQ and Tandir oven, hammocks, low level Turkish Seating area, Dining table which can seat 6 for Al fresco dining. Utility Room: Washing machine is located in the downstairs bathroom. Iron and ironing board, hoover, mop bucket and all cleaning materials available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen are included (please provide your own beach towels). The departure clean is included in the rental price. A midstay clean and linen change can be arranged for a small extra charge. We will provide extra towels and linen if requested. Other: Office available with wifi internet access and extensive Library.


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Restored Village House, Ideal Rural Retreat with private pool and stunning views
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 20 reviews

Top notch villa in a top notch location

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from our second stay at Zambak Villa and yet again we were not disappointed. Zambak Villa offers something for everyone. It's situated in the middle of a forest with lots of walking trails but isn't far from beaches and the sea. Although we were there at the beginning of the season, all the local restaurants were open and the weather was warm enough to swim in the pool. Favourite eateries of ours this time were the Big Blue on the beach (shrimps were to die for!) the Mona Lisa cafe on the lakeside at Köyceğiz and Halil'in Yeri on the D400 on the way to Marmaris. The villa itself is clean and spacious and sleeps 6 very comfortably. It is very peaceful and is the best place to relax and unwind. The pool and courtyard is cleaned every day. Foxy (the resident guard dog 😄?) was always there to give us a big welcome. We enjoyed ourselves so much we hope to visit for a third time later in the year.

  • Review Submitted: 01-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Denise for your Top Notch review! We are so glad you enjoyed your second stay at Zambak Villa and are looking forward to your third. Thanks for all your recommendations in the local area it really helps future guests get a feel for the area. Also for your lovely comments about the villa we are glad you are so comfortable there. We look forward to your return Justine and Mel.
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Peacefull Village Location with all amenities

  • 4 of 5

We booked the villa for a week. Then changed the dates of arrival. Justine was really helpfull in not only accomodating but refunding part payment as it was low season. Very generous and reassuring. The villa is very nice, old village house restored and extended lovingly. It has all the modern features and amenities plus the feel of a village house and location. All bedrooma and main sitting room had Air Conditioners installed and working. It is a must in the summer days. The kitchen is well equipeed and there is a dish washer too, very handy. There were plenty of consumables for the kitchen and toilets. The beds were comfortable and there was plenty of spare linen. The stairs to upper floor are a bit narrow and steep, point for older people. The Swimming pool is located on a height and overlooks the valley towards the sunset. Can be very hot during summer midday sun. Evenings and early mornings were really pleasant. The walkway around the pool is a bit salippery when wet and the access is limited from one side only. The other three sides have a very narrow ledge. It was a really great place to relax with seats and linen etc all in place. There are a few beautiful walks behind the house up the mnountain. The villages all around are very scenic and peacefull. Plenty of good dining on the main D400. Mugla is half an hour away. Airport is a bit farther but as you will need a car, it does not make a difference.

We thank Justine for all the help, and making our time in the villa a very special memory for us to keep.

Dr M U Haider

  • Review Submitted: 16-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at Zambak Villa and will take away lovely memories. As you mention in your review we have restored the villa sympathetically making sure it does not lose its authenticity and rural charm but also providing all modern amenities you could wish for. We are glad you appreciated the homely feel to the villa and all consumables and spare linens. We would just like to point out to future guests that if stairs may be a problem there is a downstairs bedroom and bathroom which you can use. We have taken great care with our outside areas and pool, as mentioned in your review the pool is in an elevated position which makes for a great swimming experience as you are not overlooked and have wide open views. This means that the pool does have three open sides with access from the sun terrace, there are wide marble stairs into the pool which creates real ease of access and a sitting area compared with ladder steps. We are glad you enjoyed the local area and all the local restaurants where you can find authentic Turkish fare at reasonable prices. Thank you for your detailed and informative review it really helps paint a picture of Zambak Villa and the surrounding area. We hope you may chose to visit us again someday, Kind Regards Justine Kavak
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Fabulous villa & location

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to Zambak Villa & we're already thinking about next year's holiday there. For us this is the perfect location, in the beautiful Turkish countryside yet only a few minutes' drive from beaches & all the facilities you could need. It's a wonderful place to switch off & relax but also near many interesting locations for days out. Justine & Mel could not be more friendly & helpful. All the ingredients for a perfect holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rebecca for your lovely review, so glad you returned and will be returning to Zambak Villa. As you describe the villa is in an ideal location to chill out and enjoy the Turkish countryside whilst also being near enough to get lots of different sites in all directions from the villa, there is lots more to discover and explore. Here are to many more perfect holidays at Zambak, Justine and Mel
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  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth villa holiday in Turkey having previously stayed in the Fethiye area, and we absolutely loved it. The villa was clean, comfortable, very well equipped and very calm and peaceful being in a rural location despite being only a couple of km from the main road and 15 minutes' drive to Akyaka. The owners Justine and Mel are lovely and if you need anything at all they are on it straight away even for basics such as bulb replacements!

Lovely evenings spent in the gorgeous courtyard with the trickle of water sounds from the fountain just below the villa, and the very lovely Foxy the dog for company, are some of the most endearing memories we will take from any holiday. Future guests please look after Foxy she is fabulous!

As you can no doubt tell we had a wonderful time and would recommend this villa to anyone thinking of holidaying in this area, is happy to drive given the location away from the shops and restaurants, and seeking a genuine away from it all experience.

We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay and the peace of the villa. As you pointed out although the rural setting is tranquil you are not that far from shops and restaurants 5 minute drive to the local ones or a 15 min drive to Akyaka. Foxy is fast becoming a star think I need to include a photo of her at the villas! She is great company and always gives everyone a an enthusiastic welcome.
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Comfortable, tastefully furnished with all amenities you would need. Easy to find rural location.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed Villa Zambak and are already considering a return visit. It was an easy drive from Dalaman with good access to the villa. The whole place was comfortable and it was always possible to find a spot in the shade as the sun moved round. We particularly enjoyed the courtyard where we spent most of our time reading, eating and drinking! It was nice to be in a community hearing daily life going on around us, from the two cows in the field beside us to the chooks at the little farm across the way. The added bonus of the company of Foxy the dog was a pleasure. She's very well behaved and loves a massage and a little treat now and again. We loved it all.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for you kind review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay and wish to return to Zambak Villa one day. Thanks for your comments about the courtyard we know not everyone wants to sunbathe all day although that is possible by the pool. If you want shade and a book the stone seat with cushions in the courtyard is ideal. We look forward to your return, Justine and Mel
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Charming villa set in a forest near Akyaka

  • 5 of 5

If we were any more relaxed after this holiday we would be horizontal!!! What a perfect piece of tranquility. Zambia Villa is a perfect place to unwind and destress from the normal rigours of city life. Set in a forest but not far from Akyaka, this villa has the best of both worlds. Equidistant from Mugla and Marmaris it is perfectly placed for exploring the area, or on less energetic days, lounge around the pool or the courtyard. Something for everyone. Not forgetting Foxy, the resident JRT, who has a kennel in the lane but waits for you by the gate whenever you leave the villa. We'll definitely be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
66 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
12 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
33 Kilometres
Marmaris to Rhodes
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Kite Boarding is very popular in Gokova Bay which is only a 12 min drive away, lessons for all levels can be arranged. The location of the our Villa also makes it an ideal base for walking and cycling local maps and bike hire can also be arranged. Other activities within a short drive of the Villa include Horse Riding at a superb International Standard Riding Centre (8 mins Drive away in Atakoy Village) and White Water Rafting on the Dalaman River (30 mins away).


Nearest beach Akyaka which is a sand beach with shallow waters 12 mins drive. Cinar Beach which is a pebble beach 15 mins drive. Various secluded coves on the road out from Akyaka to Akbuk 15 to 30 min drive for those that value their privacy.


Dalaman is the nearest airport 45 min drive. Bodrum Airport is also accessible 1 hour 30 min drive. Port in Marmaris 30 min drive has daily ferries to the Island of Rhodes. Car hire is essential and can be arranged on request along with airport transfers.


Beach Resort of Akyaka 12 mins drive, local shops and restaurants 5 mins drive, Marmaris 30 mins, Dalyan 30 mins and Fethiye 90 mins drive all with varied activity and sightseeing opportunities. Transfer from airport approx 45 mins.

Google Map Ref 37.046820, 28.434150 Map

Further Details:

Cash Points are available in Akyaka and most restaurants and larger shops accept credit and debit cards. Foreign currency can be exchanged at the Post Office in Akyaka or Marmaris at Bureau du Change Offices. Nearest local supermarket 5 mins drive for all basic needs in Kizilyaka Village.

The pretty seadside resort of Akyaka, with its ‘Ula-Mugla’ style of architecture, renowned river restaurants, sandy town beach and the stunning pebble beach at Cinar, is only a 12 minutes drive from the villas. Here you will find boat trips to take you to many of the places of interest.

The Dalyan Delta, designated a wildlife sanctuary since the mid 1980’s is a 30 minute drive away. At the head of the delta lies Lake Koycegiz, a large mystical lake that many years ago formed a natural harbour. The conservationist’s main efforts have been focussed on Iztuzu beach, which remains one of the last remaining nesting sites for Loggerhead sea turtles from May to September. Iztuzu beach has six kilometres of glorious golden sands uninterrupted by human intervention. The beach is rarely, if ever crowded. Here can also be found the ancient rock tombs, originally the resting places of the Kings of Caunos and the Sultaniye hot springs with their therapeutic mud baths.

Cleopatra’s Island – soft white sands and crystal clear waters on Roman ruins. The area is surrounded by green hills and is presently protected by a conservation order.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Ula, Europe

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Summer
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early July
1 Jul 2018 - 23 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
1 Sep 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0

Booking Notes:
£200 non refundable deposit is required on booking and balance paid 8 weeks prior to start of holiday. Cancellation Charges; prior to 8 weeks - nil, 6-8 weeks notice 25%, 4-6 weeks notice 50%, 2-4 weeks notice 75%. Please contact owner direct to check availibility.

Changeover Day:
Change over days are flexible expect in July and August when Saturday is preferred.

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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