Villa Kehribar is a beautiful villa outside Dalyan. It is spacious and well kept with a lovely pool & beautiful gardens with many shady spots for quiet reading and to relax. It was wonderful to have our morning cuppa out on the roof terrace with nothing but the sound of birds, grasshoppers, a cockerel & a cow every now & then. Beautiful dragonflies hover regularly by the pool. The Gunluk picnic restaraunt 5 minutes down the lane serves great food, we enjoyed several steak & fish dinners there & they even sorted take-away pizzas for hubby & I to take back to the villa for our weary teenagers! The downside is that when we arrived we had 52 degrees and it remained in the forties for first week, this was not the problem but the 15-20 min walk to Dalyan took a good 30-35 mins in such intense heat. We had 3 fit teenagers with us so it wasnt that we were walking slowly but in the heat of the day, the walk is pretty tricky. We did find details of the local taxi service (English speaking) see the info book in the villa. He charged 20 Lira each way but as most nights wed eat in Dalyan & then go to Migros supermarket to stock up on groceries,(the taxi co. is right next door) so the guy would help us load the provisions into the car and then take us home. The rep from Oruc (Dormus) was wonderful & so helpful. We have rented villas serviced by Oruc before wo we knew we were in good hands. We organised lots of trips: jeep safari (our 3rd one in Turkey), Turkish baths, 2 boat trips (& we hired the boat just for the 5 of us), Tlos and Salkikient Gorge and although we have done them before, they didnt disappoint. We have such wonderful memories of Turkey once again. We ate out in the Caretta Caretta right at the end of the town, overlooking the tombs which are lit at night. Food as excellent there as it was 5 yrs ago. We also ate in the Secret Garden, and several other lovely places along the river. We booked a shuttle (free) to Ley Ley & enjoyed another great night there. Dalyan does seem a little busier and more touristy in the twon centre but if you are away from the hustle & bustle, youll see the real side of this wonderful country. A highlight of our trip was to catch the Farmers tractor at 9am on Saturday down the lane to the town & the market and it brought us back via little farm holdings at midday. A real treat & free!! Market still full of bargain genuine fakes & you can haggle to your hearts content. Dont just buy the fake stuff, bring home the Turkish coffee, tea, delight and the wonderful embroidered cloths and linens to have as a keepsake or share with friends and family.
There were 5 of us staying so we didnt use the bicycles in villa as it would have been unfair on the person left walking but also only 2 bikes had locks. The Rep told us it would be safe to take bikes & leave in town as "Turkish people too lazy to steal bikes" but we didnt want to take the risk. Would be good to have had a 5th bike & locks for all. Washing machine great but be warned, even the fast cycle is pretty slow, just like Turkish way of life. It wasnt a problem but allow plenty of time for washing! Villa was cleaned after first week. All good. Hubby & I would like to return to this villa again but our 17 yr olds would want somewhere a bit closer to town. Still, a great place peaceful, tranquil and just lovely. Thank you Yvonne & Stephen for a great holiday.