|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Tulip Cottage is a traditional local stone, Mediterranean Musandra style cottage built 15 years ago. The cottage, with its own personality, provides total privacy and has incredible views over Kalkan Bay and Patara Beach. The cottage is equipped with a log fire, making for an ideal couples retreat any time of year. Tulip Cottage is set in the middle of many olive groves and vineyards producing a beautiful, serene setting. Throughout the cottage there are traditional features such as, cedar wood floors, beams and furniture as well as exposed stone, creating a cosy and full of character, traditional cottage feel. The stone walls help to keep the cottage cool, although there is the modern comfort of air-conditioning and Wi-Fi internet access.
I am Lale (tulip in Turkish). An artist/painter, chef, stylist originally from Istanbul. We have built Tulip's 20 years ago and stayed there happily for many years.We have restored and moved to old vinery. Now we live and work there fulltime.
We are happy to let Tulip's Cottage to guests from abroad and to suprise them sometimes with my culinary delights...
Wonderful setting away from the crowds. Beautiful views and pool and there is everything you need - both in doors and out. Although we spent very little time indoors apart from sleeping! Turgut & Lale are so warm and kind - really delightful hosts. Helpful but respectful of privacy.Suggest a small car to go down mountain to shop and visit sunken city and Saklikent Gorge. Coastal drive is wonderful. We should have booked for longer! This is a great rural escape for a couple.
We have been always looking for a traditional cottage at the Turkish coast with a nice sea view, but it was really hard to find.
Then we discovered Tulip Cottage!
A small and charming house at 600 meters above sea level (very nice in the long and hot south-turkish summer) with an extraordinary view of the coast and the beach of Patara. Quiet and peaceful situated on a magnificent, natural, piece of ground with many old trees.
The cottage is tenderly and individually arranged and you feel on entering the special atmosphere of the house that is equipped by the owners artworks. From the swimming pool you can see directly the sea and the islands. Turtles are walking through the garden and in the air bee-eaters are twittering.
Lale and Turgut the owners living in the neighbourhood welcomed us warmly. They have been always there for us when we had some questions or needed some advice. We felt at home at once.
İslamlar a small village around, has some shopping facilities for the bare necessities. Kalkan with a lot of small and big shops is just 15 minutes away by car.
The homely and well equipped kitchen invites you to do your own cooking. If you don‘t like to cook there a some nice restaurants with trout farms a few minutes away and at Kalkan you will find any restaurant you like. At least by time our hosts surprised us with some small deliciousness.
In the surrounding area there are many things to do. The impressing canyon of Saklıkent is 40 minutes away near to the ruins of Tlos. You can paraglide from the mountain Baba Dağı 1 and 1/2 hours away or see the ghost town of Kayaköy. The sunken city on the island Kekova is one hour away you can go there by boat or take a hike. The long and lonely beach of Pataras and the lycian hiking trail are not far away (30 minutes).
We have met two endearing, interesting, helpful and entertaining hosts which we hopefully will visit soon again.
Lale and Turgut, thank you for your hospitality!
In a word, Tulip cottage can be described simply as paradise. I was looking for a holiday home that was secluded, authentic, loved, discreet, beautiful but not 'styled', fragrant, set in nature with access to water or a pool, close to charming eateries and preferably near a beach with 20km of unspoilt perfectly preserved golden sands with more turtles than humans. Impossible, I thought. I found it.
The house is approached up a winding drive through pines and rocky outcrops. On your way you pass through small roadside hamlets with chickens and occasional wild boars lazily crossing as well as the local Sunday 'farmer's market' which sells delicious produce, local honey, freshly pressed olive oil in reused water bottles, fresh bread, and creamy haloumi cheese. The locals are extremely friendly, little English is spoken, but you get by with gestures and smiles.
You arrive at the house through vine groves and old stone buildings. The first thing that strikes you is the view - mountains and agricultural lands descending towards the coast and sea, little islands surrounded by blue waters.
Locally and ten minute walk away, you can buy freshly farmed mountain trout for the grill, local eggs and bread, and 15 minutes is Kalkan with supermarkets. If you like to grill outside, as we did, the barbecue was miraculously arranged for us (by secret elves?) overnight. The kitchen is beautifully equipped and housed within an indoor-outdoor glass pavilion structure that was obviously partly hand made but lacked no charm and, yes, was absolutely functional (for the Germans among you). The cottage itself is quaint and cosy - the bathroom is small and basic, but again with DVD player, aircon and a good bed. I slept well. Our hosts were superlative - every question and wish we had was immediately answered and their presence a few hundred meters away was a warmly welcomed and never intrusive. We loved arriving to a fridge stocked with homemade treats, stuffed vines and pasta sauces - so thoughtful. Everything about Tulip Cottage is done with ease and the instinct of generosity and natural hospitality, from the way buildings are oriented in the shade of tall, bowing pines to the paintings by the artist couple who own it. This is how I imagine the Mediterranean used to be. It is certainly how it should be. The only downside is that you will want to tell your friends about it and then it will be booked out forever.
Special interest holidays:
There are many Lycian archaeological sites set all around the cottage. Guided tours can be arranged by the owner, a professional photographer.
The nearest beach is Kalkan Beach and is 7km away
Patara beach is 10km away
Kaputas beach is 12km away
130 km. to Dalaman Airport,
200 km. to Antalya Airport
car rental is recommended.
Tulip Cottage is located 7km from Kalkan, around a 10 minute drive. Although, is a 15 minute walk (1.5km) from the nearest shops and restaurants, of which there are plenty. Due to the location of Tulip Cottage, being further up in the mountains, water is plentiful and is often full of trout, this makes for plenty of trout farms who run restaurants serving fresh trout as well as other dishes.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
1 Oct 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Please contact owner
Please contact owner
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.