As well as the four boutique coastal cottages in the Kaya Valley, Sandy & Jon have renovated two village houses situated in Nif-Arpacik and Gedere villages, 1,050 metres above sea level and famous for the production of Napolean cherries. These two cottages can truly be described as mountain retreats ; total peace and quiet.
These two cottages in the mountains we keep open all year round. They are ideal for customers wanting to get away in the summer and great for winter breaks in the Turkish Taurus mountains.
Sandy and Jon have always wanted to have enough land to develop a small organic farm and have space for rescue animals. Over the last five years, they have been fortunate enough to be able to buy four plots of land in the Nif-Arpacik and Gedere villages, in the mountains above Fethiye. The Nif-Arpacik valley, 40 minutes drive from Fethiye, is 1,050 metres above sea level and famous for the production of Napolean cherries.
Presently they have four rescue donkeys ! As well as the donkeys they have four rescue dogs, twelve geese, six ducks, seven chickens and six sheep !
One of the fields they bought to give the animals rotating grazing, had two abandoned and derelict village cottages on it. These cottages they have now renovated in two contrasting styles.
One of the cottages they called Incir Evi, the Fig Cottage, which is on one level. Breaking with their traditional renovation style, they decided to make this one ultra modern internally, whilst retaining the village character on the outside. Being on one level, they have constructed the cottage to be wheelchair friendly.
For the other cottage, Tas or Stone Cottage, they reverted to type ! This has been designed on two levels, with the decor very much the Ottoman/Arabic style. There is a balcony that spans the full width of the front of the cottage.
Nif-Arpacik village is 40 minutes drive from Fethiye, on the coast. The village is 1,050 metres above sea level and is located in a bowl of mountains that creates a unique micro climate. The valley grows the world famous Napoleon cherries, which are exported all over Europe.
The cottages are located in a working farming community. The views are stunning and the valley is dominated by the highest mountain in the Mugla region, which is called Cal Dag (pronounced Chal Dar). The mountain soares to 2,300 metres above sea level. Sandy and Jon are the only Europeans in the village. The villagers are very friendly and helpful, especially if you are willing to try a bit of basic Turkish!
The centre of the village is 3 kilometres from the cottage. There are two small market shops that sell basic provisions, one of which sells alcohol. There is a small village restaurant that sells local pide (Turkish pizzas) and has a limited general menu. There is a village bakery which uses a wood fired stone oven. The bread is to die for!!
Ideally located for those who enjoy stunning scenery, the noise of birds, goat bells and who are looking for a peaceful, ‘get away from it all’ rest.
Amenities / Dining
The centre of the village is 3 kilometres from the cottages. There are two small market shops that sell basic provisions, one of which sells alcohol. There is a small village restaurant that sells local pide (Turkish pizzas) and has a limited general menu. There is a village bakery which uses a wood fired stone oven. The bread is to die for !!
Should you prefer a relaxed evening in, Sandy is an excellent cook and she offers our guests a two course, evening meal service, delivered to your cottage, at £10.00 per head.