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Herakleia, magnificent Aegean view
Herakleia, magnificent Aegean view

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While there are beautiful hotels in the area, Bodrum Retreat is a unique experience. Although you are only 5 minutes away from mainstream Bodrum Peninsula, you are in a different world. You find yourself high above the sea looking at life far below.

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IMPRESSIONS
Bodrum Retreat is the owners dream come true.
The location is awesome and when you first arrive, it will take your breath away. The views are unparalleled and from the property you can see from Yalikavak Marina to the west, Samos Island in Greece, 45km away north and Gundogan to the east. While we have 3 suites for rental, we are definitely not like a hotel and in no way do we resemble anything else but a very private home.
If you decide to come, without any prompting, you will immediately feel at ease. The location is marked by twenty, 75 year old Italian cypress trees in which the birds sing and rare squirrels have their early morning breakfast.
Days are balmy, generally breezy and at least 5 degrees C. cooler than what you see below near the sea.
Evenings are perfect for outside dining and the sunsets are always different and magnificent.

One of the highest points on the Bodrum peninsula, this hand crafted stone house affords magnificent views of the Turkish coast as well as the Greek Islands from Kalymnos to Samos. Interior furnished by noted decorator. One of the most unique and beautiful Aegean properties you will find. Surrounded by mandarin, almond, fruit trees and grapes. Private herb and vegetable gardens. Extensive natural stone patios. Swimming pool / dining / entertainment area with unobstructed views of the sea and hills. A private setting in a magical part of Bodrum.

The suites are also ideal for Fall, Winter and Spring visits to Bodrum as, in those seasons, heating is included in the pricing and warm bedding duvets provide exceptional comfort. Most restaurants have fireplaces and without crowds of tourists, the cuisine is at its best. Scores of historical sites are uniquely yours for the day. Flights from NY, and European counties are at their lowest and Bodrum is just a 55 minute flight from exciting Istanbul.
We think Bodrum, out of season, is truly the best kept secret in the Aegean region.

This farm house, consisting of 2 floors, with separate entrances, was built years ago by master stone builders. 50 cm. thick walls. Windows are antique, carved, latticed wood, circa Ottoman Empire 1850. One can rent the top floor, called Labranda, or, the ground floor, called Herakleia, or book the entire house.
The 3rd suite, named Iassus, is located 50 meters away from the farmhouse. It is private and somewhat larger than the other two suites and opens onto a small private rose garden. The views are exceptional.

All of the suites are perfect for couples, or an extended family, if one decides to book more than one suite. Each year, we have several requests to book all three suites for family and/or close friends.

We have 2 suites described below. Herakleia and Labranda. Both make up one stone house but with separate entrances. Since they both have different prices, you simply need to ask me for a quote for the dates you wish to come. I can rent one or two or all three suites. The third suite is Iassus and is located 50 meters from the other two.That is why I have an explanation about all on this page

HERAKLEIA Residence: (Ground floor)

One enters the Herakleia residence via a 19C Ottoman door, from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house.
There is also a three meter wide sliding door (with screen) that opens to the courtyard.
Facing the sliding door, on the patio, is an enchanting small decorative Ottoman marble pool, now transformed into a planter.
Double queen bed in Japanese tatami style, with orthopedic mattress, is tucked into a Roman alcove within the room.
Flat screen TV, DVD, satellite TV, International and local channels and Wi-Fi.
Wood, antique dining table and chairs for eating in the room. Reading sofa and antique lounge chair.
Antique cabinet for clothes storage. Unique, Ottoman style kitchenette includes all necessary tableware and cooking accessories.
Undercounter fridge, electrical grill, Microwave, gas stove, etc.
Bathroom equipped with 19th C. Ottoman marble sink and rain shower.

LABRANDA Residence (second floor)

One enters the loft style residence via stone stairs from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house.
The East facing wall, has small triangle, colored glass windows, that play the effects of the morning sun on the interior walls in a pleasing moving display. Double queen bed.
Flat screen TV, DVD, satellite TV, international and local channels and Wi-Fi.

Antique ebony 19th C.wood dining table and antique coffee shop chairs for eating in the room. Antique lounge chair.
Antique 19th C Korean dressing cabinet for clothes storage.
Traditional antique pine reproduction of an Aegean kitchenette. All necessary tableware and cooking accessories. Under counter fridge, grill, gas stove, etc.
Bathroom equipped with 19th C. Ottoman marble sink and rain shower.

IASSUS residence

This cottage was built years ago by master stone builders. 50 cm thick walls. The cottage has, in addition, a large natural pine wood and glass room that lets in good natural light for dining or just reading a book. The view from this room is North and West which is the direction of the surrounding countryside, the Aegean and the Greek Islands. On a clear day you can see Samos Island in Greece. Immediately below the cottage is a large field of lavender. The intimate outside dining area hosts a dining table and all around, is rose garden.

This house is perfect for a couple (we have had families of 3 and 4 stay here) or joined with Herakleia and Labranda, presents an opportunity for a large family reunion. It is the largest of the 3 suites.

The Iassus residence is quite private. One enters the residence via an antique, Bodrum, pine carved door, from the extensive stone patio surrounding the house. Through this door, one enters the pine wood/glass room. This room is made from recycled, accordion style, pine wood doors mounted with clear glass in the upper half of each door. There is good light in this room. Antique early 20th C. rosewood dining table with 2 antique rosewood chairs on one side and a 19th C. Rajastani takat lounge bed, fitted with soft billowy pillows on the other side. Overhead fan and a large original, trompe l'oeil painting from Goa, complete the picture.
The north side, has an antique lounge chair and reading lamp. All doors open to the North or to the West, which also harbors a small intimate rose garden and a Japanese oak dining table made from a hot tub circa 1850.

At the south end of this, all weather, room and up 2 stone steps, one enters the loft style stone cottage residence.

To the left of the entry door is the pine wood and tiled kitchen. The kitchen is large when compared to the size of the residence. All necessary tableware and cooking accessories are in place. Midsize fridge, toaster, grill, 4 burner gas stove, electrical oven, etc.
Good lighting and antique food art prints. A delight for food people.
To the right of the entry door, is the lounging couch then a queen bed, both of which face the flat screen TV.
DVD, satellite TV, international and local channels and Wi-Fi.
Original artwork throughout.
Lastly, a delightfully modern bathroom equipped with rain shower. Wonderful original 19th C. lithographs of old Istanbul and an old map of Turkey decorate the walls.
House is furnished with top quality furnishings and antiques.

All of the above residences are the perfect family getaway, or join many couples who have booked with us for their honeymoon.

We can host small wedding parties or reunions, complete with catering, for up to 50 persons.

When available, all suites can be booked.

Truly, a romantic and magic area

The pool, 30 meters from the house, is Balinese in style and is surrounded by a small mandarin orange orchard. Pool is a salt water pool and shared by the 3 suites. Typically, it is not used all the time, as guests tend to travel to markets and historical sites during their stay.

Quality teak chaise lounge, stone tables, etc., strategically placed throughout the area.

There are a number of spots for dining outside on this large 5000 meter property (approx. 50, 000 sq. ft.).

The owner’s stone house is also on the property.

The view from the villa is north-west, looking over volcanic rock shapes and catacombs in the valley, the new, spectacular, Yalikavak Marina to the west and then 180 degree, unobstructed, views out to the Greek islands. There are many walking trails in the area. The village of Yalikavak offers shops and a large selection of restaurants along the water’s edge. There is a fantastic selection of shops and cafes at the international marina. Sailboats and windsurf can be rented. 10 - 20 minutes takes you to neighboring villages and 20 minutes to the lively town of Bodrum. Ephesus is a two hour drive and the ancient Mausoleum of Halikarnas and Castle of St. Peter are both in Bodrum City.

SPECIAL FOOD OPTIONS- for discussion
Breakfast
Dinner

CAR HIRE- Economical car hire with airport pick up can be arranged.

BOAT TRIPS- We also associate with exceptionally honest and trustworthy wooden boat gulet owners. We can help you organize one day or week long trips with confidence.

Owner has extensive knowledge of the local area, as well as Turkey wide, for sightseeing, gourmet dining, etc.

The harvest from the owner’s vineyard, 300 meters below the house, begins around last week of August.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SMALL COTTAGE ON OUR VINEYARD AND OUR LOVELY VILLAGE HOUSE, BOTH ECONOMICAL OPTIONS, VERY NEAR THIS PROPERTY.

If you have any questions or would like to receive additional photographs, we have established a number for you to call from USA. ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)).
Emails will be answered promptly.

Keywords: Farm House residence, summer, fall, winter, spring, blue cruise, boat, car rental, gourmet, retreat, cool,

Guest access

Guests have access to the property. The pool, gardens, flowers, hiking treks, numerous areas to hide away and meditate.

Interaction with guests

The atmosphere is family friendly. If you wish to be alone and read a book you can do that and if you wish to search the hosts mind for things to do, places to visit and great places to eat, you can do that.

Other things to note

SPECIAL FOOD OPTIONS- for discussion
Breakfast
Dinner

CAR HIRE- Economical car hire with airport pick up can be arranged.

BOAT TRIPS- We also associate with exceptionally honest and trustworthy wooden boat gulet owners. We can help you organize one day or week long trips with confidence.

Owner has extensive knowledge of the local area, as well as Turkey wide, for sightseeing, gourmet dining, etc.

The harvest from the owner’s vineyard, 300 meters below the house, begins around last week of August.

PLEASE CONTACT US FOR INFORMATION ABOUT OUR SMALL COTTAGE ON OUR VINEYARD AND OUR LOVELY VILLAGE HOUSE, BOTH ECONOMICAL OPTIONS, VERY NEAR THIS PROPERTY.

If you have any questions or would like to receive additional photographs, we have established a number for you to call from USA. (phone number hidden)).
Emails will be answered promptly.


The space
Accommodates: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/flat

Amenities
Kitchen
Free parking on premise
Internet
Wireless Internet

Prices
Extra people £8 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 25%
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed, 1 couch

House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

The 2 suites are vacation rentals and are clean when you arrive. If you need cleaning during your stay we can offer this at extra cost. We charge no deposit but if something is broken we would expect you to replace it or ask for our assistance. We prefer if there is no smoking in any of the inside rooms but outside, convenient areas are available just inches from your door. There is a garbage bin behind the house and a car park at the entrance to the property. We supply drinking water, coffee, tea, a bottle of wine and a wonderful snack plate, as a greeting gift, for your arrival but you need to purchase regular supplies for your stay. There is a new air conditioner in each suite and we would expect nominal use on very hot days. Don't worry, we are not monitoring this.
We are high in the hills and our weather is generally much cooler than most of Bodrum, If your anticipation is leaving the air conditioners on day and night, please inform us in advance, as there is a supplemental charge for this.


Cancellations

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

10 Reviews

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Canan User Profile
August 2017
Frank and Berna had been the best host ever. Can't wait for my next visit to their piece of heaven in Bodrum with authentic interiors, delicious breakfasts and warm hospitality.

Serdar User Profile
May 2017
We spent a pleasant 3-day holiday in Herakleia suite. First of all, Berna and Frank were very welcoming and always ready to help. The place is one of its kind and has a magical atmosphere. It is hard to put into words, some clues are present in the photos of the house. Hidden in the wood and yet close to the surrounding amenities of Yalıkavak area. We fell in love with this place, definitely recommended.

Jenny User Profile
July 2016
Beautiful setting - the views are stunning! Frank and Berna made us feel very welcome. Would definitely recommend.

Omer User Profile
February 2016
We had an amazing weekend in February at Herakleia thanks to our great hosts Frank & Berna. The place is away from the busy parts of Bodrum but still easy to reach. It has an amazing view in a very peaceful setting among the trees and very nicely detailed decoration. Our room was very comfortable and we liked every detail in decoration. Our breakfast and dinner with Frank and Berna was amazing. We enjoyed both the food and their conversation a lot. Frank lived in many different countries for years, so we were very interested to hear his stories. I recommend this place for everyone who wants a peaceful escape.

Marissa User Profile
January 2016
We were so happy we booked a stay at Bodrum Retreat. We are normally budget travelers and rarely feel like spending more is worth it. That was not the case here. We felt like it was totally worth it and we're so glad we did. The listing description was accurate. The experience was high above our expectations. There was a lot of information that was good to know before hand. This property is in the country and having a car is essential. It is about 20 minutes outside of Bodrum with gorgeous views. A property this remote may be troublesome in regards to food/services. That was not the case here. The owners are on sight and happy to help in any way. We paid extra to get breakfast and it was amazing. That being said, we were given all the privacy we desired. The room and structures in general are beautiful with exquisite attention to detail and eclectic collectors items everywhere. Our hosts were fantastic, we really enjoyed chatting with them. They went out of their way to make my baby comfortable, as well as the rest of us. GREAT experience. I recommend it to those looking for a unique Turkish country experience.
Berna User Profile
Response from Berna:
Thanks for the lovely comments. We just run this little business the way we run our own lives and we were sincerely happy to have been able to make your stay comfortable. You and family are well travelled, so thank you for choosing us and thank you for your kindness. Come back soon Frank and Berna
January 2016

Robert User Profile
October 2015
This was an awesome place to stay!!! Frank was a pleasant and generous host. It is a peaceful, picturesque location and close to Yalikavak and Gundogan where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. Wished we could have stayed here longer, just amazing!!!

Riley User Profile
September 2015
What a spectacular place. Frank, and his home, are absolutely wonderful. We'd go back a a minute! The towns nearby are great too.
Berna User Profile
Response from Berna:
Riley is just the guest you want to have. Don't miss a beat and accept him as your guest.
September 2015

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Berna User Profile

Worked in the hospitality industry for many years as well as partner in a fine dining restaurant in Bodrum and enjoy life with my partner who has lived all his life as an expat and finally retired to Bodrum 20 years ago.
We have a 5 year old daughter.
We love wine, food and travel and meeting interesting people

Languages: English, Türkçe
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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