Zeytin Evi is a child-friendly three-bedroom villa that doesn't compromise on style or space. Set in-between pine tree-lined forests near Turkey's southwest coast, it's serene and peaceful and boasts breath-taking views of the green valley below. It's only 6km from Marmaris city where you'll find boutique shops and restaurants, idyllic sandy beaches and a colourful boat-lined harbour.
From the outside, the villa looks like a traditional Mediterranean cottage with terracotta tile roofs, wooden window shutters and whitewashed walls, but within, it's filled with contemporary furnishings and modern facilities. You can self-cater using your kitchen – fully-equipped with a washing machine, dishwasher and oven – or simply head into Marmaris for locally sourced food.
There's a welcoming living room with a traditional fireplace made from white marble, comfortable sofas, a television and a CD and DVD player for those relaxed evenings in. You can dine inside on the charming wooden table and chairs or use the outdoor electric barbecue and al fresco dining area for enjoying your homecooked breakfast or evening drinks with panoramic natural vistas.
The three bedrooms are equally welcoming with the master having a double bed and an en-suite, and the other two bedrooms having two single beds. There's also a separate shower and toilet. From the bedding to the carpets, all the fabrics used in Zeytin Evi are locally sourced from Turkish artisans. Extra ‘luxe' features include air-conditioning, Wi-Fi and a sofa bed to sleep an additional person.
Outside, a fabulous pool stretches along the terrace, surrounded by inviting chairs and sun loungers. Pick your prime sunbathing spot or curl up in the shade with your favourite book. Oh, and did we mention there's a private Jacuzzi too? With only one more cottage and the owner's two other villas in the local area and the town a short walk or drive away, Zeytin Evi boasts the best of both worlds.
Double, with ensuite bathroom with shower & bath
Fully equipped kitchen
Living room with sofabed & dining table
Pool, ladder and Roman steps (5mx8m)
Filter coffee maker
Iron and ironing board
Large 'fridge with separate freezer
Safe deposit box
Zeytin Evi is in a peaceful and secluded natural area, surrounded by pine trees and greenery. It's a short 6km walk or drive from the port city of Marmaris on the southwest coast of Turkey. There you'll find plenty of things to see and do, including cultural sites and sports activities.
To get to Marmaris centre, there's a minibus service which passes just 250 metres from the villa and runs between 8 am and 10 pm. Taxis cost around £15 one way, and drivers are reachable by texting or phoning. If you prefer, the owners at the villa can arrange car hire for you, so you visit more of the charming part of Turkey. They can also arrange mountain bike hire.
In Marmaris, the 16th-century castle is worth a visit. It's perched on a hilltop and draped in vibrant bougainvillaea flowers. There's also an archaeology museum with underwater excavated treasures, a charming harbour lined with colourful yachts, alongside restaurants, cafes and bars serving everything from fresh seafood to meaty kebabs (the country's speciality).
You can stroll along the streets taking in the beautiful Mediterranean architecture or head to the boutique shops to pick up everything from local honey to handmade rugs and clothes. For days spent relaxing on the beach, there are plenty of options. Kumlubuk Beach on the Bozburun Peninsula is an ideal choice. Once you've finished unwinding on the sandy shore and swimming in the calm, turquoise waters, you can visit Turunc village or get a massage at a traditional Turkish bath.
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