Pembe, a charming little 1-bedroom apartment, is situated in the iconic pink Customs House - enjoying an unrivalled location in Kalkan's Old Town, just a stone's throw from the harbour and beach!
Without doubt, this is the best location in Kalkan!
Pembe Apartment is cute, quaint, quirky and unique. Above all, you simply cannot get any self-catering accommodation closer to the Old Town than this!
Only a stone's throw from Kalkan's beach front, harbour restaurants and chic boutiques, this property provides the perfect base to enjoy everything that Kalkan has to offer: from sunbathing on the beach, or visiting the nearby beach clubs, to strolling around the boutiques and eating in a wide choice of superb harbour-side and rooftop restaurants.
As part of Kalkan's listed Customs House (Pembe is Turkish for pink, the traditional colour for the Customs House) and featuring distinctive Ottoman Greek architecture, the apartment has been tastefully furnished to offer everything needed for today's guests - but still in keeping with the special ambience of the location.
On a pretty, bougainvillea-clad Old Town street, Pembe apartment is a tranquil place, basking in the scent of the jasmine and hibiscus growing nearby.
This bright and airy bedroom is furnished with twin beds, complete with ample wardrobe and storage space. Air-conditioning is also provided. The room has a door that opens out on to the bedroom's little Juliette-style balcony.
Fully equipped with shower cubicle, sink, mirror and toilet.
The property's recently-fitted kitchenette is fully equipped with electric cooker, hob, microwave, mini bar fridge, toaster, crockery, cutlery and range of glass ware. Pots and pans. A washing machine is also provided.
A dining table and two chairs, plus a sofa. Air conditioning is also provided.
Fresh towels & clean linen provided on check-in. Cleaning service & change of bed linen provided once per weekly stay. Additional cleaning service and change of bed linen can be arranged on request (additional charge may apply)
Fridge, Hob/Stove, Washing Machine, Air Conditioning, Wi-fi internet Access, Room Fan, Iron/ironing board. Hairdryer.
You get access to the whole apartment - bedroom, bathroom, kitchen/diner. The only off-limit areas are the other apartments in the building (unless you are invited in by those guests, obviously).
Interaction with guests
Samet, the local manager, will be available 24/7 in the event of emergencies. He and his family have looked after the Customs House apartments for years... he speaks good English, is really helpful and friendly and knows the area like the back of his hand.
Samet will meet and greet you and give you the keys, but does not live on site. This is a self-catering apartment; you will be left to your own devices unless you require any help (which is only ever an SMS message away).
Other things to note
A full information manual will be provided by email.
Look after the property, respect local customs and be considerate to other people staying in the adjacent apartments and nearby.
Fiona and I came to Kalkan on honeymoon in 2004; we loved the place so much we came back the next year and bought an apartment!
We now own five of the six apartments in the block and have been renting them out to holidaymakers very successfully under the business name Kalkan Secrets; we use our own website and various other proprietary sites that promote self-catering holidays. You know - the usual suspects!
I thought we should give AirBnB a try as well, in order to fill some of the gaps that occur between larger bookings. We initially listed our "Moonlight" studio and our "Dusk" ground floor apartment and are now adding the others.
Fiona and I now live in Kalkan part of the year - but we don't actually live on-site at the apartments. In 2013, we were living in what is now "Dusk" apartment, but we moved off-site in 2014, and our view is that guests should be left to cater for themselves. We (or our manager Howard) generally visit the apartments briefly each day and we are more than happy to help guests with recommendations for restaurants, excursions, beach clubs, boat trips etc.
We supply an information pack by email and there's a hard copy in the accommodation too.
I am a musician (guitarist) and play regularly in one of the bars in the town with a Turkish singer. I also travel back to the UK on a regular basis to do my "day job" of financial adviser. Fiona tends to run the apartment business... attending to housekeeping , organising cleaners, liaising with guests etc. We are also extending the rental management service to other owners who don't have the time or inclination to manage it for themselves
With all that going on we don't have much spare time but when we do, we like simple things... a boat trip around the bay; maybe a barbeque; reading, relaxing by the pool at our villa or catching up on some old TV series that we never had time to watch first time around...like Dexter, Breaking Bad... and most of all just listening to music - the universal language!