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Historic old stone house in rural village offers comfort & character



Updated: 13-Oct-2016
Stunning, very spacious villa sleeps up to 12. Private but central location

Believed to have once been the home of the village Governor in centuries gone by, Sakin Bahce is a very special house. It was restored from dereliction in 2003 using the finest materials and local craftsmen to create a home that is spacious, comfortable and authentic. It has been called 'the best house in Uzumlu'.

Furnished with hand made furniture and antique, carved wood there are many places from which to enjoy the wonderful views of the garden, pool & mountains.

Sakin Bahce (Tranquil Garden) sits in a large, walled garden offering space & privacy. Fruit trees including fig & pomegranate together with the small kitchen garden supply the freshest of fruit, vegetables and herbs. Numerous roses, shrubs and plants provide colour and scent.

The oval pool is 9.5 x 4.5 metres with water flowing over the edge to provide the soothing sound of a gentle waterfall.

Breathe in the mountain air; soak up the village atmosphere and relax in your own personal retreat.

Things to do: You could just enjoy relaxing in the garden with the occasional swim in the pool. However, there is much to do within the local area including great walks, an abundance of historical sites, sailing, shopping, pampering and eating out.

We have been visiting this area of Turkey since 1991 and know the area well. Based on our experience we'd recommend the following activities:

Charter a boat for the day and really get to appreciate the outstanding coastline of the greater Fethiye Bay.

Vist the ancient site of Pinara, Tlos, Xanthos, Letoon & Patara - all within apprximately one hour of Sakin Bahce

Walk around Kadyanda ( Lycian & Roman ruined city) and vist the rock tombs hidden in the forest above Uzumlu.

Watch the sun go down & the many paragliders at Turkey's most famous beach (Olu Deniz)

Soak up the atmosphere as you walk around the deserted village of Kaya Koy.

Experience a Turkish bath and massage

Enjoy a traditional Turkish breakfast - we have two favourite venues; one in a mountain setting and one closer to the coast - both serve home grown & cooked seasonal food.

If you have any questions about the local area and what it can offer, please get in touch.

More Details
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Originally from Dumfries in Scotland and Saddleworth in England we now live in Cheshire.

When we first visitied Fethiye in 1991 we fell in love with the stunning scenery, archaeological history and culture.We've also come to love the warmth of Turkish hospitality and traditional Turkish cuisine.

We have travelled to many great places in the world, but the Fethiye area of Turkey has a special place in our hearts. Sakin Bahce is not just a holiday rental, it is our home.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Our second holiday in Sakin Bahce, fantastic place, fantastic holiday. It was our dream to come back here and it's everything and more than we could have asked for. We have fallen in love with all the people in the village who are so welcoming giving us fruit and food for our stay here.
Aug 2008
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect family holiday - we'd love to come back!

  • 5 of 5

The beautiful villa lived up to and exceeded our expectations: accommodation was clean, very spacious and suited the needs of our family (including children aged 4 and 1). Beautiful views from the two balconies. The infinity pool was larger than we expected, well-maintained and perfect for cooling off. The well-maintained garden with its multiplicity of loungers in various areas offered a range of options for relaxing in sun or in shade.

The house was very well equipped, particularly the kitchen. Air-con - which was very necessary - worked very well in the ground floor bedrooms, less well in the other bedrooms. It would certainly have been welcome in the main 1st floor living room.

The village of Uzumlu was delightful. We appreciated being only 5 minutes walk from the centre yet in a very quiet location. The local people were very friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoyed the take-away pide salon, the new "Flora and Fauna" café, cocktails at The Grape Garden, the Secret Garden restaurant off the main square, and the Cadianda restauarant which does scrumptious Turkish breakfasts.

The village market on Friday was a highlight, as was the Fethiye Tuesday market and eating at Fethiye Fish Market. Other highlights were the beautiful beach at Patara, the 12-island boat trip (with 4-5 stops for swimming from the boat in delightful coves) and the deserted, atmospheric village of Kayakoy. Olu Deniz offers lovely scenery, watching the paragliders and safe paddling for young children but we found the Blue Lagoon somewhat overcrowded and touristy compared with Patara.

The information provided was accurate and very helpful and Beverley was great at providing additional information and advice on request. She also responded promptly to a couple of technical problems, via the local team who look after the villa.

We would certainly recommend this villa without hesitation and we would definitely like to spend another holiday in Sakin Bahce.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback and recommendation. We are delighted you found the house exceeded your expectation and that you enjoyed the surrounding area. I will investigate the bedroom air-conditioning, it is the same in every room so should in theory work to the same standard. Thank you for bringing that to my attention. We do have plans for installing air-con in the main living room. We hope to see you again at Sakin Bahce.
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Absolute perfection!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this amazing villa as a group of three families (11 of us in total). It is every bit as good as it looks on the website. Spacious, clean and with high quality furnishings and equipment. It is in an ideal quiet location yet only a short walk into the lovely village where there are some really nice and inexpensive restaurants and bars. We have stayed at many holiday villas over the years and this was certainly the best we have ever experienced. Beverley was a wonderful host and went the extra mile at every stage, sending us local information before we arrived and then calling us at the villa to make sure everything was okay. She even sent us a text to let us know of a meteor shower that was taking place one of the evenings, recommending that we view it from the patio in pitch darkness.

I thoroughly recommend this property and can guarantee that you will not find anything better anywhere!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your feedback. We do our best to ensure Sakin Bahce is as comfortable and welcoming as possible so we really appreciate hearing that your group all enjoyed the house and had a wonderful stay. Best wishes. Beverley
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Sakin Bache - a lovely traditional Turkish retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic property tucked away in a delightful village. The house as been beautifully restored retaining many original features and provides high quality and extremely comfortable accomodation. it is set amongst other houses in the village and is not overlooked.

The house itself is very well equiped and maintained and is set in an established garden with several fruit trees and a vegetables to pick.

The village itself has a number of restaurants / shops and cafes close at hand and the square is a great place to sit and watch village life, or you can have a shave in the local barbers. Umzulu still retains its charm with a number of houses selling fabrics made by the locals who are always so friendly and welcoming.

The village is within easy distance of the main town of Fethiye, beaches and other attractions.

Overall we wouldn't hesitate in recommending this property to anyone who wanted to experience life in a traditional Turkish setting.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We're so pleased you enjoyed your holiday and hope you will return.
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From the Owner

We were staying with Turkish friends in Kaya Koy when we decided to spend an afternoon looking at property. We wanted to live alongside local people in a village community. We went to Uzumlu ( about 20 kms) from Fethiye and saw two old houses which had just been restored / extended. We were immediately drawn to the idea of giving new life to an old village house. Our architect showed us the derelict building and together we spent a year creating what is now our much loved home. It's also a very special place. The villagers tell us it was once the home of the village Governer. It is the largest, renovated house in the area. From all aspects there are fabulous views of the surrounding mountains.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Dalaman at 50 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Grape Garden, Uzumlu at 300 Metres Nearest Ferry : Fethiye at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : D400 at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Wine Bar, Uzumlu at 400 Metres Nearest Beach : Sat Beach Club at 17 Kilometres Car: recommended

Located close to the centre of Uzumlu and just 20 minutes from the pretty town of Fethiye, this is a great location for exploring the Turquoise coast and the many natural & historical sites in this region of South West Turkey. It's also a place to experience life in a traditional, authentic Turkish village. Local women weave cloth on wooden looms; goatherds move their flocks through the narrow streets, families come together to pick the olive crop and men sit in the tea house playing backgammon over a glass of tea.

The house itself is one of the old village houses now protected by a conservation zone.Only 5 minutes on foot to the village square, the house is situated within a walled garden hidden at the end of a small street. It has its own gated parking area and offers a great deal of privacy.

The nearest beach is less than 20 minutes by car and Olu Deniz only 40 minutes. Fethiye offers a wide range of shops, bars, restaurants, a cinema and plenty of water sports.


Rental rates

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27 May 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
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Summer 2017
24 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
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Early Autumn
9 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

A deposit of 25% is required to confirm the booking. The balance must be received 6 weeks prior to arrival or immediately if the period of time to arrival is less than this.

The fees include exclusive use of the house and garden, twice weekly cleaning, all linen & towels.

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From the Owner

To stay here is to enjoy a little piece of Turkish history combined with modern comforts. Situated within a conservation zone, the house has a great location tucked away at the end of a cul de sac. It is private yet less than 5 minutes on foot from the centre of the village. Recent guests described the garden as an 'Edenic paradise'. The renovation combines many traditional features and materials with some of the necessities of modern life such as air conditioned bedrooms. We love our home and continue to invest in it. In autumn 2015 we had the sitting room furniture re-upholstered and new curtains and blinds made.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 500 m²


  • Outside WC - Toilet, Accessed from the outside patio. WC and washbasin
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Luxury fittings, large walk in shower & 2 wahbasins.
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Also contains a 2nd washing machine
  • Outdoor shower - Outdoor Shower, By the pool
  • Towels are provided and all bathrooms have a hair dryer.


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed, Share bathroom 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, En suite
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed, En suite
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed, En suite
  • Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed, Share bathroom 4
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed, Share bathroom 4
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Single Bed, Share bathroom 5
  • Bedroom 1 is on the first floor. It opens onto its own balcony and also to a large covered terrace with comfortable seating. Bedroom 2 is located on the ground floor and has French doors opening onto a sunny, private courtyard. Bedroom 3 has dual aspect views and is also on the ground floor. Bedroom 4 had a traditional wooden 'Cumba' a kind of walk in bay window. Bedroom 5 has dual aspect views of the mountains. Bedrooms 6 & 7 are in the apartment and have ceilings that reduce in height towards the outside edge. All bedrooms have furniture handmade by local craftsmen from chestnut or cedar wood. All bedrooms are air-conditioned. A cot is available.


  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 10 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • The walls of the house are half a metre thick stone (more in places) and as such enable the interior of the house to stay a little cooler in the heat of the summer. The entrance hall has hand made 2 seater sofa & 2 chairs. It offers a quiet, shady place to sit. The living room is located on the first floor and contains several antique, carved wooden doors and furniture hand made in reclaimed oak. There is a television, DVD player & Ipod docking station. The living room opens onto a large covered terrace with rugs & cushions forming a relaxed area. It's a good place to sit and have a morning coffee, a quiet place to read a book out of the sun or to lie & have a snooze. The large dining table is normally located on the ground floor covered terrace providing shade for more comfortable eating. In cooler months the table is moved inside to the entrance hall/ dining room. The apartment has its own small kitchenette and an open terrace with panoramic views. A high chair and cot are available.

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