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Review submitted by Shakila from Swansea (Submitted: 18 Oct 2012)
Yildiz Evi, what can I say? It was the most peaceful and tranquil setting weve ever stayed. Lots of balconies and open plan downstairs, a very convenient downstairs bedroom and bathroom for my elderly parents, plus an airconditioned teenage pad in the roof, a beautiful veranda for the evenings and of course swimming in the pool against a mountain backdro p, what more could you want? We found the villa very bright and airy had everything we needed to make us feel at home. As keen cooks the kitchen was well equipped, the local Uzumlu Friday market was well worth a visit, particularly fresh trout, fruit and exotic veg at the most fab prices.
The caretaker Mr. Iskender Bey was absolutely wonderful, my sons and husband went scuba diving one day so Iskender took us into Fethiye and haggled at the butchers, told us the places to go and places to avoid, a very friendly and most helpful chap.
The villa appears at first to be tucked away, however wihin a few hours we were used to driving around the local road and into Fethiye. There is even a footpath (not suitable for the elderly though) which makes it merely a 10 minute walk to the village. The village iteslf is well equipped, we were there practically every day for fresh supplies as 7 of us were there together food ran out pretty quick but it was never a problem!
There is so much to see and do, even or 10 day stay wasnt enough, we managed to visit Cadianda, the most amazing pre-roman ruins just past Uzumlu, go scuba diving, go on a Sunday boat trip to the very fancy Gocek and a must visit place.. the fantastic Saklikent Gorge and ad Kayakoy (deserted Greek village) as well as Fethiye itself and vast Tuesday market Some of the good restaurants include Mazaik Bahce near the fish market in Fethiye and Cin Bal in Kayakoy (read tripadvisor reviews) but if you want proper hearty turkish food, visit the local Lokantas before you get into Fethiye which are better value for money and the food is fantastic. Contrary to many peoples belief, we were actually amazed with Uzumlu, it has several petrol stations, baker, butcher, main post office, several groceries, cafes, restaurants and burger joints (try the frsh orange juice at Lup Lup cafe) as well as estate agents!
We all wish we could have stayed longer. We will defintely rent this particular villa again purely for its secluded, non overlooked aspect suitable for a private family break.
Review submitted by Bev from Pillaton, Cornwall (Submitted: 21 Aug 2011)
It’s always a bit of a gamble when you book and pay for accommodation online, but we were not disappointed with Yildiz Evi! It was wonderful. The villa is set on the hillside and surrounded by the countryside. There are neighbouring villas but they do not overlook Yildiz Evi or spoil it in any way. The villa is spacious, light and airy and had everything we needed. The verandas on the terrace were welcome in the 40degree heat as was the air con in the bedrooms. The bedroom windows also had mossie screens which we were glad of. We used the barbecue several nights and enjoyed sitting at the outside table to eat. Excellent value for money as was the whole Turkey experience. A great surprise were the tortoises that visited the garden, we had no idea they were ‘wildlife’ in Turkey and saw many of them when we were out and about. Iskendar Bey was great – my husband had an ear infection and needed medical treatment. Iskendar was brilliant and sorted out a visit to the doctor – can’t praise him enough – a really lovely chap. He is very discreet and is only there if you want him though, he doesn’t get in the way. The villagers are lovely and friendly too. We used the Candianda store for provisions. There was also a very lovely small restaurant called The Vintage which served good food and Erdal, his wife and son speak excellent English and helped us with our Turkish! There was also The Wine House restaurant and Alya at the bottom of the road into the village but we preferred the less formal atmosphere of The Vintage. There was a market in the village on Fridays which is worth a visit. We would highly recommend staying at this beautifully located property and would definitely use it again. One of the best holidays we’ve ever had!
Review submitted by Jerome from London (Submitted: 1 Nov 2010)
We had a great time in Yildiz Villa. The location of the villa is great, in the mountains nearby a beautiful and amazing archeological site. I would like to thank again Iskander who was very welcoming and helpful and 300% trustworthy. I would like to recommend this villa to whoever wants a break from the intense tourism of the coast.
Review submitted by Chris from Halesowen (Submitted: 5 Sep 2010)
The villa met our expectation in every way. It was extremely clean and had all the facilities required for a truly relaxing holiday. If you want a holiday away from crowds and noise you could not ask for a better location as it is set at the end of a pine forest road over looking a mature olive grove with superb views of the valley and surrounding mountains. The views of the sunsets from the veranda are outstanding. The local village still retains its charm and has all the amenities you need including a traditional bakery and several reasonably priced restaurants catering for a range of tastes. A hire car is essential and forward planning for your groceries is required. An excellent villa for a holiday away from it all and we would certainly use it again.
Review submitted by neil from swayfield (Submitted: 17 Aug 2010)
This villa was in an excellent location close to the village of uzumlu. It was located on the edge of a pine forest with excellent views over the valley.
the villa itself was large enough for 2 families with all required amenities.
We had a wonderful holiday and would go back to the same villa in the future.
Review submitted by Philip from Wootton Bassett (Submitted: 21 Sep 2009)
We had a wonderful stay at Yildiz Evi, thoroughly enjoying the peace, tranquility and stunning scenery. The villa itself is very well appointed and comfortable. Mr Bey, who looks after the property is the epitome of Turkish hospitality and is full of useful information about the area.
The villa is some distance from the village, we did not find this too much of a problem, indeed it added to our experience, but a little forward planning in terms of groceries would not go amiss. The electricity supply, at least in the evenings, is relatively low at times.
All in all, this is a lovely property and location. Fethiye retains its Turkishness (and its mad drivers) and ancient Kadyanda up the road from the villa is a must - go in a small 4 x 4 though!
Dear Mr. Hammond, Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your stay, found the villa peaceful, comfortable and surrounded by stunning scenery. We are also glad that you enjoyed the hospitality of our caretaker, Iskender Bey. He is indeed a wonderful guy!. We do apologize for the low electricity in the evenings. This is due to not enough loa d supplied by the electricity company during peek usage times. Uzumlu council is aware of the issue and is going to replace the transformer feeding villas in our neighbourhood with a larger one to ensure adequate loa d. Further, I am not sure if you had the opportunity to explore it but there is a foot path behind the villa (the ancient route to Kadyanda) that takes you to the village in 10 minutes. Or, as you are aware, you can drive to the village in 5 minutes. Thank you again for choosing Yildiz Evi and we look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Best regards, Sam
Review submitted by Jane from Henley on Thames (Submitted: 10 Aug 2009)
We all really enjoyed our stay at Yildiz Evi. It was in a perfect location, near to Uzumlu yet in a peaceful and beautiful part of the countryside. A trip to ruins at Kadyanda - 20 mins away - were fantastic. We also canoed down the Xanthos river out into the sea at Patara and explored the area at Oren where there are many trout farms. Other days spent relaxing at the villa at the pool in lovely surroundings in the company of the cicadas! We enjoyed excellent food both locally and in Fethiye, a 15 min drive. Also a mention to Iskender (Alex) who was more than helpful, a good source of information and very good company! This was our second visit to this area of Turkey and probably not our last!