Guestbook – The Forge || Honeymoon Cottages in Turkey

  • David & Karen Moore Return To The Forge

    After a wonderful week in the Forge in September 2014, we committed to return in 2015 for longer, so that we could really make the best of the opportunities for relaxing and visiting the amazing places that a stay at Sakli Vadi affords.

    Needless to say we weren’t disappointed on our return this year and interspersed days relaxing in the garden with local walks, visits to amazing Roman ruins, Sakli Kent Gorge and some lovely beaches; altogether a fabulous 10 day break! During our stay we decided to visit Jon and Sandy at their farm and took a look at the new houses at Nif, which lend themselves to an altogether different holiday experience in the mountains ; As anyone who has stayed at Sakli Vadi would expect the Nif houses are beautifully furnished and occupy a stunning location totally away from ‘Tourist Turkey’ but with good access to Fethye if desired.

    Thanks Jon and Sandy for your hospitality and for once again providing the opportunity for us to have a wonderful holiday in a beautiful part of Turkey.

  • Barb & Bill Harrison

    We have just returned after 2 wonderful weeks at the Forge and are getting stressed out at work already !
    We have been coming to this area for many years and it never fails to give us the peace & quiet that we need – although there is a bit more building going on each year, which is always a worry ! The Forge is perfect – evenings on the balcony are a must, watching the sun go down or stroll out to one of the friendly local restaurants
    Thanks to Jon & Sandy for making it all possible and to Belinda who is at hand if needed.
    As we say each year – we will be back !!!!!

  • Barb & Bill Harrison

    We have just returned to the grey old UK after 2 weeks staying in the Forge.

    We have stayed in Kayakoy at The Forge several times over the years and it still remains very special to us – such a beautiful village and cottage to relax and destress. Everyone in the village that we have met over the years are so welcoming and it is like our “home from home”. Many thanks to Jon and Sandy who arranged everything for us – the wine in the fridge was quickly consumed after our 01.30hrs arrival ! Thanks to Belinda who looked after us – she kept a low profile but was there if needed and thanks to lovely Nevin who popped in to do the housekeeping. We will definitely return.

  • Abi and Justin

    We stayed in the Forge for a couple of days in between a visit up the mountain to Jon and Sandy’s other property and it was a perfect mix! The Forge is just the right size and has a lovely balcony to be able to have breakfast on or evening drinks and enjoy the beautiful view. Jon was able to advise us on where to eat in the village – we had a wonderful meal one evening, even with a free lift offered by the restaurant owner so we could go further on into the village to enjoy drinks at another bar. The local Dolmus bus stop is directly outside the house, which is very convenient, and it was very prompt and cheap! Jon welcomed us and let us know when he would be back around the site on other days, but otherwise he left us to it but we knew we could contact him if needed. We had a lovely couple of days in a beautiful and clean cottage – we will definitely be coming back to try out the other cottages! Thank you for a wonderful Turkish experience!

  • Joyce & John Young Stayed At Incir Evi & The Forge

    Thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Forge in Kinali and the Incir Evi farmhouse in Nif. Jon and Sandy surpassed themselves as hosts and went out of their way to help. Although the farmhouse is very remote it is a great place to unwind and get rid of all the stresses. Nif is an amazing place to stay if you like the peace and quiet. Totally rural, stunning scenery and very, very friendly locals (and dogs).
    It is surprisingly easy to get about if you walk to the village or get the dolmus. The villagers were extremely friendly (and also very nosey, in a neighbourly way !!!).

    The Forge is lovely, within walking distance of Kayakoy and two restaurants on the door step. The cats were not a problem at all and never once pestered us for food.

    We would recommend both places and will definetely be returning. It was a perfect holiday.

  • Renate und Hartmut Stoffer From Germany

    At the beginning of May 2013 we spent 10 marvellous days in “The Forge”. Sakli Vadi is situated near the coast, but really hidden and very nice in the springtime.

    If you need many noisy people around you, you should not go there, but if you like listening to the rural sounds of the valley in the morning and the evening, meet nice helpful peaople and make interesting trips into the surrounding area, you will be happy there.

  • Haqverdiyev

    Just back from a fantastic one week stay at The Forge ! We have been to the area before in May 2011 (did not stay at the Forge then though), so already knew how pretty the Kaya Valley is and how friendly everyone is.

    The Forge is even better than it looks on the website, with great outdoor space with a total feeling of seclusion and fantastic views. The only thing we did not like was the cats pestering us but they soon stopped coming to our door when they realised we would not feed them, someone in one of the other cottages fed them. The walk down to Gemiler beach is well worth it but I would advise to get the Dolmus back as it is a bit of steep walk back up. The Gemiler Beach Reastraunt is very resonable but beware of the sandwiches ; you get half a loaf, so make sure you are hungary berofe ordering. All the reastaraunt’s in the village are very good and we did not feel that we needed to go into Hisaronu apart from a few basic supplies.

    We also enjoyed walking to Kaya Village to the Tea House where you will get a true feel of local life. They will serve you a beer if you ask them or try one of the different flavoured teas, it’s a great place to sit and watch the slow pace of life. We also bought some local produce off the old man selling his goods at the side of the road ; some of the best honey and olive oil we have ever tasted and great fresh eggs worth every penny just for the smile you get off him. Depending on what you want to do a car is not essential as you can get the dolmus to quite a lot of local areas but if you want to go furter a field then a car would be useful.

  • Barbara & Bill Harrison Et Famille

    Have just returned from Turkey after a wonderful 2 week stay with our family in The Forge, The Granary & The Byre. All 3 cottages have their own fabulous characters. The Forge has the wonderful balcony to watch the sun go down with a glass of wine – total relaxation.

    The holiday was perfect ! Peace & quiet if you want it or a short drive to the more touristy places. The villagers of Kaya are so helpful & friendly and everything that was needed was sorted out by Jon, Sandy & their team. Couldnt have asked for a more perfect holiday. Back to work to save up to come again – and we will !!!

  • Linds & Will Stayed At The Forge

    We stayed at the Forge for a week in July and it was perfect. Arriving late, the welcome pack was just lovely and much needed !

    We enjoyed breakfasts on the balcony before a day of exploring, then G&T’s by the plunge pool followed by a lovely dinner somewhere. Kidrak beach, just beyond Olu Deniz was our favourite beach, and Patara was well worth the drive. Good black bream for lunch there.

    Saklikent Gorge is a good day out, the rafting is a must. Also, don’t miss the food market in Fethiye on a Tuesday… plus the fish market for a relaxing lunch.
    The old man by the road on the way through the valley does excellent olive oil and honey and is a real sweetie. If you go to the local shop be sure to ask for the village cheese which they keep in a bucket… sure to raise a smile, and it is delicious!

    Favourite restaurant was Cinbal for dinner (we went twice to try the slow roast lamb and the DIY BBQ so popular with locals). The Sarnic in Kaya Village was also lovely. Jazibe for brunch on a Sunday morning is a must, huge and delicious with relaxing live music.

    You can hire bikes from Izmet who will drop them to the cottage and pick them up, very useful for cycling to and from restaurants in the evening… His number is 00905389528122, and they are 15TL per day, or a deal for a week.
    A fantastic week, the scenery was beautiful, the food delicious, and locals so friendly… we hope to be back !

  • Mike and Sue Bumcombe Stayed At The Forge In July 2012

    The Forge is a gem and a perfect base for this area of Turkey. Apart from all the other attractions on offer, if you have a car, nerves of steel and dont suffer from vertigo take the drive from Oludeniz east to Kabak for the best coastal scenery Turkey has to offer!

    The local restaurants are very varied and we tried a few. Recommend you go on instinct not appearance!

    There are two men at the side of the road selling basics – avoid the one who waves like a manic robot at every car – the old mans produce is much fresher!

  • Rob & Julie Owen, Honeymooners At The Forge, June2012

    We’ve just stayed at the Forge from the 11th to 24th June 2012. Absolute heaven !!

    As we’ve just married, it was great to sit and chill after all the running around we’d done. The Forge was amazing with breakfasts on the balcony, listening to the crickets and goats. We made full use of the BBQ and bought fresh fruit and veg from the Tuesday market in Fethiye, (a must to visit), along with honey and olive oil from the old man on the side of the road.

    We visited Kadyanda and Tlos ; both worth the trip. The locals in Kinali Village where the cottages are were really friendly. We ate at Billy’s ( Skyline) round the corner, which was great, if not a bit expensive. Eser and Michelle’s place, Caspers Bar, by the little roundabout in Kaya Viallage does amazing Meze. Eser speaks good English, and will happily sit and drink raki with you !!

    We didn’t want to leave The Forge….. a peaceful haven in this noisy world. We certainly will be back as soon as possible, we would recommend Sakli Vadi and the Kaya Valley to anyone. A big thank you to Jon and Sandy for making us feel welcome, see you again…… soon we hope !

  • Kate & Jon from London stayed for 10 lovely days in early April 2012

    Where to start.. Our first holiday away together really couldn’t have been any better!

    We arrived in pitch darkness after the interesting drive, from Dalaman Airport, to a chorus of frogs and the various other wildlife in the village. We woke the next morning to find ourselves in a truly stunning location that was the definition of tranquillity. Beautiful mountains surround the cottage and a scattering of houses and farms. We started off by walking the 5km or so to Gemiler Beach which was well worth it as the walk is fabulous and gives you a good thirst for the first Efes of the day! The beach is secluded and a real sun trap as we both came back burnt to a crisp!

    There are a number of restaurants in the village, we enjoyed the Skyline bar – 50 yrds from the house, Istanbul opposite the Ghost town and Cinbal (pronounced Ginbal) was excellent with bbq’d meats and excellent salads.

    One of the highlights of staying in the cottage was having our breakfast on the balcony every morning, which really was lovely to see the valley waking up around you and see the sun rising over the mountains.

    Other highlights we enjoyed were the Mudbath’s at Sultanye near Dalayan, Tlos en route to Patara Beach which is a beautiful unspoilt beach and well worth the drive.

    We really couldn’t recommend a trip to Turkey and especially Kaya Valley enough! The locals were very friendly and welcoming, the weather great and Jon and Sandy were fantastic hosts and made us feel welcome during our stay.

  • Chris and Aisling Hoy Stayed In The Forge For Their Honeymoon Nov 2011

    Finally writing about the wonderful week we spent in The Forge, in November 2011. The quiet of the village that late in the season was the perfect way to start our honeymoon and we can’t say enough for Sakli Vadi. The weather was beautiful for us and we enjoyed a ritual of having our breakfasts on the deck, listening to the roosters and goats around the valley. In the evening, we curled up outside by the fire with a bottle of wine and it was perfect!

    Gemiler Bay is truly beautiful and we had no trouble finding someone to ferry us out to the island to explore the ruins. Even negotiated a ride back to the village in the bargain!

    The dolmus were very easy to navigate to access Fethiye, though we rented a car through Jon and Sandy for half the week to provide a little more freedom. There are many sights listed on the Sakli Vadi website worth seeing and a car does make this much easier. We even ventured as far as Denizli for a day at Pamukkale, which was beautiful. The scenery throughout the whole region was truly breathtaking.

    The people in the village were all extremely friendly and Jon and Sandy are such gracious hosts! Before we’d even left, we were thinking about our next visit! Thank you so much to Jon and Sandy for helping us start our honeymoon off right!

  • Mary & Stephen Stayed At The Forge 14/10/11 to 21/10/11

    Just back from a fantastic one week stay at The Forge. We have been to the area before in May 2011 (did not stay at the Forge then though), so already knew how pretty the Kaya valley is and how friendly everyone is.

    The Forge is even better than it looks on the website with great outdoor space with a total feeling of seclusion and fantastic views. The only thing we did not like was the cats pestering us but they soon stopped coming to our door when they realised we would not feed them, someone in one of the other cottages fed them.

    The walk down to Gemiler beach is well worth it but I would advise to get the Dolmus back as it is a bit of steep walk back up. The Gemiler Beach Reastraunt is very resonable but beware of the sandwiches you get half a loaf so make sure you are hungary before ordering.

    All the reastaraunt’s in the village are very good and we did not feel that we needed to go into Hisaronu apart from a few basic supplies. We also enjoyed walking to Kaya Village to the Tea House where you will get a true feel of local life. They will serve you a beer if you ask them or try one of the different flavoured teas, it’s a great place to sit and watch the slow pace of life.

    We also bought some local produce off the old man selling his goods at the side of the road some of the best honey and olive oil we have ever tasted and great fresh eggs worth every penny just for the smile you get off him.

    Depending on what you want to do a car is not essential as you can get the dolmus to quite a lot of local areas but if you want to go furter a field then a car would be useful.

  • Geoff Plant & Helen Johnson Stayed At The Forge In June/July 2011

    This was our first stay in Sakli Vadi. We stayed in The Forge for a fortnight from 26 June to 10 July 2011. The Forge looked lovely on the Sakli Vadi website, but it exceeded our expectations. The location, tucked away in a rural valley well away form the bustling tourist centres, was perfect. There are lovely views from the balcony, and we spent many hours there sipping drinks, particularly during the evening. The plunge pool ( which is fitted with full filtration equipment) was very welcome after hot days out.

    Turkish food is great and we had some delicious meals. We toured around a lot and covered over 1,000 kilometers. We travelled as far east as Klos. Car rental is essential.

    To sum up – a wonderful oasis of peace and tranquility in a beautiful peaceful valley largely (but not wholly) untouched by tourism.

  • Peter & Jayne Harris

    The first fortnight in July 2010 was sunny, very hot and dry. We had stayed in Sakli Vadi before but not in The Forge. We loved the view to the west from the balcony which was a lovely place to have breakfast watching the hens with their growing chicks. It was a bit too sunny and hot for one of us in the evening until the sun had set. But later, after dinner, it was the place to watch Venus setting to the beautiful sound of the scops owls and a glass of iced Raki. Then, shortly before we left we watched the beautiful slim new moon setting – perfectly magical!!

    The plunge pool and the air conditioning in the bedroom both worked very well at cooling us down when the need arose. Gonul was round within minutes on the couple of occasions when we needed help and Nevin kept us neat and tidy at all times.

    We ate out every evening for a fortnight and particularly liked the local Village Garden and Levissi, and further afield the Indian Restaurant “Shine” in Hisarönü and the “King’s Garden” under the rock tombs overlooking Fethiye.

    We visited Gocek, Kadyanda and Tlos all of which were easy drives, well worth visiting and provided pleasant places to have lunch. We also went on a boat trip provided by Natalie and Ertan which was a lovely day out on one of our 65th birthdays. One small quibble – the boat went from Oludeniz beach, and it was a bit tricky for us pensioners (the birthday girl having one metal knee already) to get to and fro across the beach to the boat. Any similarly stiff oldies might consider a boat trip from Fethiye instead !

  • Carol & Paul Visitors In June 2010

    Beatifully simple and simply beautiful. The Forge is a slice of peace and tranquility set in wonderful surroundings and blessed with a superb climate. Our time there is filled with treasured memories of early morning breakfasts on the balcony and late evening meals accompanied by colourful sunsets. Frequent dips in the pool just added to the magic of the holiday. As we’ve found before the Turks are a very friendly people and if you learn a little Turkish you will be treated like a long lost brother. Can’t help it but we are envious of all who have or will experience the Forge.

  • Julie & Darren Tedder Stayed In The Forge In April 2010

    What a wonderful little corner of Turkey, and an excellent little cottage to stay in. The weather in April was warm and sunny almost all the time, and the balcony and garden were very relaxing and peaceful (unless you count the chicken/goat noises from over the wall!)
    The surrounding views are mountainous, and the local beach is just an hour’s walk, or a quick bus/drive away. Resturants in the nearest village are plentiful and all the locals very friendly, particularly Gonul, the cottages’ manager. Supermarket and other amenities can be found in the nearby town, and for real Turkish markets Fethiye is also accessable by car or local bus. But most of the time we just stayed put and enjoyed the slow pace of life.
    This place is simply a little oasis from busy life, with a sky very full of stars.

  • Steve Wickham Who Stayed In December

    I’m not sure that I really want to write a review if it means that the secret of Sakli Vadi, the hidden valley and the cottages get’s “discovered” !

    I and two friends arrived at the cottages on an unseasonally wet and windy December night and were greeted by Gonul, Sandy and Jon’s manager, who showed us to our individual accommodation ; I was in The Forge. The cottage was warm and cosy and a welcome hamper of foodstuffs was provided, including a rather good bottle of the local red wine (so good I brought six bottles back with me !).

    The accommodation was very thoughtfully laid out and all the cottages were cleverly finished to provide all modern comforts and conveniences, within a rustic framework which nestled happily into the surrounding environment.

    After a very deep sleep, I was woken the next day by the sound of cockerels from the valley below and as I wandered out onto the first floor balcony for breakfast I thought that I must have been teleported to a make believe world ! The views, sounds and smells belonged to an age long gone, and if at that moment Mustafa Kemal himself had ridden into the valley, I should not have been surprised.

    The location is as perfect as the surroundings, sitting high in a hidden valley between bustling Fethiye and some of the most stunning beaches in Turkey such as Oludeniz. There are masses of historic places to visit in the area, many of them UNESCO world heritage sites.

    My favourite cottage was The Forge. They are all unique and special but mine was totally home from home. I will undoubtedly be going back to The Forge later this year to enjoy full use of the outside facilities, like the plunge pool and bbq, during the warmer weather.

  • Derek & Jo

    Had a wonderful time early September. Had sheep, tortoise, kittens, chickens and a cockerel as neighbours ; 2 weeks of bliss. We will be going back to see Sandy & Jon again and not to forget Gonul their manager, who was a mine of information and most helpful. The cottage was peacefully situated in the village with great views from the balcony ; this place is not to be missed. Most eating places in the village highly recommended.

  • Hassan & Ayse Huseyin

    Myself and my daughter Ayse had a great time at the cottage. The peace, calmeness and tranquilty was just amazing. I’ve been abroad on many occasions and I must say being at the cottage with the peace that was needed from work and life stresses was one that will not be forgotten. The sites and restaraunts are 100% class, with friendly people and great weather and stars in the night just was bliss. I’m gonna be going again very soon. The sea is very close, there is night life if wanted, bars, entertaiment, or just peace with a good book and serenity is on the cards.

  • Jacqui and Steve Banwell, who have stayed at The Forge three times !

    A bit nervous to write about this paradise…it’s been our ‘secret’ and do we really want to share it?!!!!!
    We absolutely love this cottage and have had 3 fabulous holidays there! It is just so comfortable and unusual, and we had such a surprise to find a plunge pool there this year! The cottages are in an idyllic location…. quiet and secluded, but within easy access of great beaches, interesting historical sites and many great places to eat too…. in short a perfect holiday!!! And we too have already booked for 2010….

  • Jenny Who Stayed Late May & Early June 2009

    Very comfortable cottage, lovely surroundings, friendly and helpful owners and staff. Actually, all the cottages look fab – difficult to choose! Lots to see and do within easy distance. Good variety of restaurants in the valley and more in Fethiye.

  • Merilyn Holme, Bristol

    My partner and I couldn’t fault this property – beautiful setting, very well equipped including a plunge pool to cool off in and daily maid service, peace and quiet away from the main tourist spots. but within easy drive of a lovely beach and fascinating sites, owners very friendly and helpful, local people charming. We enjoyed every minute of our two week stay there.

  • Sarah Carter, Who Stayed At The Forge In August

    We had a wonderful stay in the Forge in August 2009, it was perfect! Superb accomodation, great local food and wonderful countryside. A big thank you for our early morning breakfast! We have already booked for 2010 !


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