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Bodrum, Turkey  (# 17441)
 Olive Grove Villa
  VacationsFRBO Bodrum Vacation Rentals Property ID 17441 Bodrum Rental  

Major City: Bodrum
Distance: 20-30 km

Type:   Villa
Area: Waterview

Bedrooms: 3
Sleeps: 10
Baths: 3
Size: 300 Sq M

Internet: No
Pets OK: No
Pool: Yes
Spa: Yes

Calendar: No
Exchange: No
For Sale: No
Credit Cards: No

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Olive Grove Villa

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Languages: English

VacationsFRBO Listing Since: 2006-06-01

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Olive Grove Villa is a recently built detached Ottoman style luxury 3
bedroom 3 bathroom villa and is set on a quiet Turkish hillside with
extensive panoramic views over the Bay of Turgutreis and the Aegean
Sea. Situated on the exclusive gated “Zeytin Baĝ Sitesi” the
translation is “Olive Grove Site”. With olive, lemon and lime trees
this tranquil and picturesque setting is perfect for a relaxing
carefree holiday. It is recommended for parties who find pleasure in
a restful setting and long sultry evenings. The glorious red sunsets
over the outlying islands are breathtaking. For those who prefer it a
little bit livelier, Turgutreis, which is a quiet resort with a
golden beach and turquoise waters, is a few minutes drive away where
there is an abundance of seaside restaurants that are very reasonably
priced. Turgutreis doesn't have any clubs but there are plenty of
bars (all welcome children) where you can relax and have a quiet
drink. Taxis are very cheap. You can also catch a dolmus (local mini
buses) which costs literally pennies. Cars are also relatively cheap
to hire for those who want to explore the peninsular at their own



The villa contains 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Downstairs is
an extensive open plan living room, which has a TV , DVD and sound
system and 3 double bed settees. The living room is approached
through the front door via a large open sun terrace. There are a
further 2 sun terraces off the living room, a large terrace at the
front with a cast iron barbecue to enjoy alfresco dining and a
smaller terrace situated on the other side of the villa. There is
also a family bathroom with shower, dining area with 3 metre dining
room table and large antique chandelier which hangs from the ottoman
dome the table has seating for 12 people and a fully fitted kitchen
with all utensils that includes a hob, washing machine, a fan -
assisted oven, micro wave and a large fridge freezer.

A spiral staircase takes you up to the second floor. Upstairs to the
right is an open lounge, which has a double bed settee and 2 single
chairs, 1 of which converts into a small bed settee. The lounge
features a minstrel’s gallery overlooking the living room; this leads
to the master bedroom, which includes a dressing room, large en-suite
with Jacuzzi and shower, and a balcony, which overlooks the Bay of
Turgutreis. The double bed is situated directly opposite the balcony
so, as can be seen from the photograph below, the view over the bay
of Turgutreis when you go to sleep at night with the warm seaside
lights and wake up in the morning with the turquoise Aegean sea is
picture perfect. To the left along another minstrels gallery is the
second bedroom. This is a double bedroom with its own balcony. The
family bathroom follows this and along a third minstrel’s gallery is
the final double bedroom. Above the three minstrel’s galleries is a
large red brick Ottoman Dome that is typical Ottoman architecture,
the dome can be seen from the living room.



Places to visit whilst on holiday in Turgutreis

The second largest town on the Bodrum peninsula, Turgutreis provides
the visitor with a glimpse of real Turkish life combined with
sufficient recreational amenities for everyone. Turgutreis is named
after the great Turkish Admiral of the same name who was born here in
the 16th century. Known in the west as Dragut, Turgutreis is
primarily known for his participation in the Ottoman siege of Malta.
A few kilometers outside of town a waterfront memorial marks the
place where he first set sail. Today the town bearing the great
admiral's name is a centre for commerce on the western side of the
peninsula. Produce from the surrounding villages is collected here
for transport, bakeries, shops and services flourish. For the more
recreational minded, Turgutreis features kilometres of sandy beaches,
waterfront restaurants and bars all with a special Turkish flavour.
There is a market held every Saturday and trips from all over the
peninsular come to probably the cheapest market there is on the
peninsular, it is very popular, so much so they now have a smaller
market on a Wednesday. The beautiful new Marina is now open and
ferries go over to Kos twice a week, Saturday and Wednesday. You can
go on any trip you desire whilst staying in this beautiful resort
from shopping to Turkish baths.

Recently become almost a resort unto itself, the sheltered bay of
Gümbet is only two-KM west of Bodrum. So called from the numerous
white-domed rain cisterns in the area, Gümbet features one of the
longest and most popular beaches on the peninsula, the water is warm
and the shallows gradually slope from the shore. A cool breeze blows
in from the mouth of the bay even on the hottest days. As a result
Gümbet is also one of the most popular water sports centers, with
dinghy hire, water-skiing, windsurfing and parasailing available of
the broad, sandy beach. The popularity of Gümbet has also generated
serious nightlife and the streets of Gümbet vibrate 'til dawn with
the music from numerous bars and street side cafes.


A 20-minute dolmus ride from Bodrum takes one through pine forests on
a winding road past whitewashed water catchers (gümbets) to the beach
at Yaliçiftlik. The first bay after the end of Karaada Island and
marking the entrance to the Gulf of Gokova, this shingle beach has
several small restaurants scattered around it. The eastern end of the
beach is sandy and it is also possible to swim and sunbathe in
solitude by the rocks a bit further on. It is in these spectacular
surroundings that you will find. Four kilometres from Yaliciftlik
('Beach Farm') one comes to the farming village of Ciftlikköy. The
stone farmhouses are scattered around the hillside, and the main
crops are pine honey collected from the beehives in the forests and
figs grown in the surrounding orchards. Untouched by tourism, the
village offers an interesting insight into local farming life on the
Bodrum peninsula.


At one time Akyarlar was a popular Greek summer resort as several of
the old houses that line the shore attest. Until recently the main
occupation of Akyarlar was fishing and the small harbour would fill
with the local fleet. Today the Greeks have retreated to the nearby
island of Cos just 5 km. across the straight and the fishing fleets
have been replaced by daily tour boats but Akyarlar still retains its
small intimate atmosphere. The bay consists of the small harbour at
one end and a curving beach flows off in the opposite direction.
Small pensions and restaurants line the shore featuring the catch of
the remaining local fishermen.


This peaceful village is one of the oldest settlements on the
peninsula. It has modest restaurants and several pensions and motels,
but it retains a small-scale atmosphere for the simple reason that
most of the village is designated an official archaeological site so
that no landscaping alterations or new groundbreakings are allowed.
This status is designed to protect the ancient site of Myndos, which
is partially covered by Gümüslük. The original Lelegian city of
Myndos stood a few kilometres southeast of here. In the 4th century
BC King Mausolus decided to build a new Myndos and transplanted the
entire population. A hundred years ago there were ruins worth seeing
(including a theatre and a stadium), but now these have disappeared,
being gradually dismantled for the foundations and walls of new
buildings. If you walk for ten minutes to the bay north east of
Gümüslük you will see a buried wall jutting from a hillside into the
sea. While the area'' archaeological status forbids diving with
tanks, snorklers will find more walls under water here, as well as an
ancient breakwater in the harbour, Those visiting by boat will want
to stay close to the island on the eastern side of the entrance to
avoid hitting underwater structures. The island, known as Rabbit
Island by the locals, separates the two well-sheltered bays of
Gümüslük. If you sit in a shore side restaurant and watch for a while
you will see rabbits on the island. A villager who sells them in
markets elsewhere raises them there. It is possible to wade to the
island through knee-deep water and sunbathe and dive from the many
rock formations. Several restaurants have terraced roof, perfect for
enjoying the tranquil scene or for watching the sunset. The
restaurants supply food of surprisingly good quality in an uncrowded
environment, and the ones by the harbour are typified by their rush
woven umbrellas.


The overland journey from Turgutreis to Yalikavak provides the
visitor with some of the most spectacular scenery on the peninsula.
Slowly climbing through fertile valleys, the road then tops at the
mountain range running down the peninsula centre, at this point
providing unbroken vistas of the north and south coasts before
descending to the seaside village of Yalikavak. For many years
Yalikavak has been one of the most important fishing centers on the
Turkish Aegean, home to fleets of fishermen and sponge divers. Today,
the majority of the local men still fork the sea. Yalikavak remains
the same combining the ambiance of a hard working fishing town and
the recent influence of tourism: cafes, restaurant and bars; the
harbour in Yalikavak, with its fishing boats unloading their catch
and the presence of sleek yachts unloading passengers, has a unique
atmosphere, industrious and relaxed, foreign and friendly.


Torba tucks into a protected bay at the extreme north east corner of
the peninsula. A popular residential area for those looking for peace
and quiet yet easily accessible to Bodrum, Torba features a long
coastline dotted with small pensions and bars and isolated stretches
for private sunbathing and swimming. Torba is also a popular haven
for local fishermen and yachtsmen seeking to unload their catch or
the quiet haven of the well-protected harbour. In addition a
ferryboat makes daily runs across the unspoiled Gulf of Gulluk to
Didim, a wonderful opportunity to view the magnificent Temple of
Apollo and combine a pleasant boat trip at the same time. On addition
to the above, numerous small villages abound in the peninsula centre
and although lacking the obvious benefits of sea and beaches all
offer special attractions all their own. Villages like Yahsi, Dereköy
and Dagbelen hide such treasures as the ruins of deserted villages,
monasteries and ancient rock tombs. These seldom visited sites
combined with the opportunity to meet and enjoy traditional Turkish
hospitality and witness village life much unchanged as it was
hundreds of years ago make a visit to the interior perhaps the most
rewarding experience to be found on the peninsula.


Bodrum's Aegean location offers the opportunity to see some of the
best. From the spectacular ancient city of Ephesus or the unique
Temple of Apollo at Didyma to quaint and secluded Iasus, a two
thousand-year trip into the past is only a few hours away. Travelling
by organized tour, rent-a-car or public bus, numerous spectacular
sites are close enough to be visited easily in a day. Bodrum's own
history is second to none. Birth place of Heredotus (the "Father of
History"); home of Mausolus, entombed in one of the Seven Wonders of
the Ancient World; and visited by Alexander The Great (who enjoyed a
lengthy stay), Bodrum is a unique combination of ancient and modern.
Sites not to be missed in Bodrum itself include the Mausoleum, the
amphitheater on the hill above town and the early fifteenth century
Castle of St. Peter. Spectacular in its own right with its lush
gardens, massive stone works and diverse towers, the Castle also
houses a world famous museum of underwater archaeology. If you like
to shop then Bodrum is for you. Leather is abundant, in the latest
fashions and at excellent prices. Turkey is one of the world's
largest carpet producers and traditional hand made carpets is priced
considerably less than abroad. Hand made jewellery, brass, copper,
woodcrafts and gifts are plentiful and sales are usually conducted
over a friendly glass of tea and a serious discussion about price.
Turkey is also a large textile producer and modern sportswear can be
had at significant savings. The local tailors are perfectly willing
to custom make clothing to size, be it traditional Turkish
trousers "shalvar" or a copy of the latest casual evening wear.
Market day in Bodrum presents an opportunity to experience a real
Turkish bazaar. Ever Thursday and Friday farmers and tradesman from
surrounding villages bring their produce and wares to the Bodrum
bazaar. Worth a visit for the atmosphere alone, fantastic bargains
can be found on everything from fresh fruit, cheeses and aromatic
herbs and spices, to carpets, clothing and shoes. Bodrum has become
more popular over the past few years services have steadily improved,
creating in Bodrum a complete self contained community for visitors
and residents alike. Doctors, dentists, laundries, car repair, shops
and utilities now cater for almost every need. Visiting yachtsmen are
now provided with the services of the Karada Bodrum Marina, whether
staying for a night or a season. The new three hundred and fifty-
berth marina offers every service a yachtsman could ask for,
resulting in many boat owners berthing here permanently. Bodrum is
definitely growing, with Turks and foreigners alike attracted to its
warm, relaxing atmosphere. Growth inevitably brings change, but
fortunately some things will always stay the same. In Bodrum you can
always count on the sunny weather, the warm hospitality of its
residents, the sight of a fully laden camel wending its way through
the back streets and from the top of the minarets, the wailing cry of
the muezzin, calling the faithful to prayer.



If the booking is made within six weeks of departure full payment is required with the completed booking form. In all other cases a deposit of 25% of the total holiday price is required at the time of booking and the balance of 75% is due not less than six weeks prior to departure. In the event of full payment not being made by the due date the Owner reserves the right to cancel the booking. Any deposits will be forfeited and the Customer will be required to pay cancellation charges in accordance with the details at paragraph 5. In addition to the final holiday payment a security deposit of £250 is also required. This deposit will be refunded within three working days of your return, less any costs incurred, including but not limited to accidental damage to the property and any contents, excess cleaning, loss/non return of keys.


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