Villa Elmali

Fethiye, Turkey
Sleeps 6 / 3 bedrooms
€5,500 - €9,000 per week

Elmalı could well be described as a secluded cottage in the woods, like in a fairy tale, but if so it is one built on a very impressive scale. Throughout the house, seasoned cedar, chestnut and oak, wrought iron and stone, have been imaginatively used to reflect the natural surroundings and highlight the exquisite skills of the traditional craftsmanship.

Looking up at the house, it is clear just how comfortably the cedar wood eaves sit atop the honey-coloured stone façade. Indeed, it was the stones, carefully gathered from the mountain village of Elmalı, which gave this villa its name. We like to imagine that these stones brought their own unique history to Gökçe Gemile, adding to its already remarkable story.

The natural harmony of the building creates a timeless feel to the house; an impression that continues when passing through the solid, beautifully carved, wooden door, complete with its rustic traditionally forged hinges. Once inside the house opens up into a spacious open-planned living, dining area with a generous galley kitchen that together with the high, beamed ceilings, aesthetically combines Anatolian Ottoman style with cottage-chic touches and airy modern elegance.

In Elmalı, everything has a story to tell; even the the charmingly understated white walls. As a matter of fact, they have all been rendered with a traditional Turkish "wattle-and-daub" mixture; that is, lime mixed with straw. This completely natural wall covering contains no modern additives whatsoever and, as well as providing an extra layer of insulation, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter, they also let the house breathe.
Among the other numerous original natural features in Elmalı, perhaps the most impressive are the massive dining table created from a huge slab of chestnut and the coffee table carved from a single pieces of oak. The warm tones of the wood and the subtle, natural of the soft furnishings contrast with the darker hues of the stone floor, which has been created from slabs of gneiss (kayrak gnays in Turkish) fitted together like a complex jigsaw puzzle. The name for this rock comes from the German word gneist, which in English means "spark," because this rock actually sparkles!

Then there are the shower rooms. Each is unique and the masterful use of stone (some sourced from the Dalaman River), such as the basins made from single pieces of skilfully hewn from metamorphic rock and the walls, pebbles collected from Dalaman River, or lined with slabs of fossiliferous limestone, from Elmali and Gaziantep, means that these rooms perfect are for luxuriating.

Downstairs, adjacent to the living area, there is a twin-bedded room, delightfully decorated with Ottoman touches. This adjoining shower room, which serves as a guest cloakroom, has some highly original features. Upstairs there are two exquisitely furnished master bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms. The beauty of these rooms celebrates the skills of the stonemasons and carpenters who have worked on the Gökçe Gemile project.

Outside, the main feature of the totally private landscaped gardens with its mature trees and wealth of vibrant shrubbery, is the massive swimming pool and water features, all of which have been ingeniously constructed to great effect, using natural stone and rocks. With the calming sound of the wall falls, this is a dreamy and peaceful environment in which to relax, whatever the time of day.
  • Living/dining area: The front door opens onto the spacious living/dining area, sensitively decorated using natural locally sourced fabrics and materials in neutral tones. The beautiful oak table and bench seating, the fireplace of creamy Elmalı stone and a floor of exquisitely laid with slabs of sparkling gneiss are just a few of the impressive features in this living area. The room has double aspect windows with views over the garden. A hand-crafted open-tread timber staircase leads to the first floor.
  • Kitchen: The fully fitted, well-equipped kitchen with bespoke wooden cabinets and "absolute black" granite work surfaces backed with a huge slab of creamy, polished Elmalı stone, leads off the living area and has sliding doors leading onto the garden, perfect for al fresco dining.
  • Master suite (north): With its vaulted, cedar and oak beamed ceiling, rustic wood and iron chandelier, polished timber floors and traditional Turkish rugs made using natural dyes, this master bedroom combines Elmali's original cottage-style design with many modern touches, providing high levels of style and comfort. One of the many creative features is a suspended king-size (2m x 180 cm) bed and two bedside tables, all crafted from single pieces of polished Elmalı stone, backed by a wall feature of textured Elmalı stones. This room leads onto a dressing area and in turn into a generous and gloriously original shower room that features pebbled walls, a massive double basin hewn from a single piece of polished metamorphic gneiss over a wooden base and a monsoon shower. The windows of this suite face onto the gardens, pool and forest. There is access to a first-floor terrace with seating, which is shared with the south facing suite, a perfect place from which to admire the views. The room has a wall mounted Smart TV.
  • Master suite (south): With its vaulted, beamed ceiling and characterful chandelier, this suite is an imaginative blend of time-honoured Turkish style and contemporary design. There is a spacious bedroom with a king-size handcrafted (200cm x 180 cm) wooden bed, a feature wall of natural, seasoned chestnut timbers and bespoke fitted wardrobes. The large separate shower room features two basins, each carved from single pieces of metamorphic gneiss above a wooden base, the honey tones of which beautifully complement the pebbled splashback, floor and the interior of the luxurious shower. The windows of this suite overlook the gardens, pool and forest. There is also a first floor terrace to the side and access to the main terrace which is shared with the adjoining north master suite. The room has a wall mounted Smart TV.
  • Twin bedded room: Downstairs, leading off the living area, this room makes the most of vibrant Ottoman deigns. it has two generous single beds, hand carved bedside tables and fitted bespoke wardrobes. The side window has views of the forest and there are sliding doors that open onto the garden.
  • Shower room and guest cloakroom: This shower room is adjacent to the twin-bedded room and also serves as a guest cloakroom. A masterpiece of original design, as well as a monsoon shower, it features a quirky asymmetric mirror crafted from a piece of oak in its natural form, and an extraordinary, hand basin made from a carved piece of metamorphic Gneiss, which in turn sits atop a tree trunk, lending an almost fairy-tale quality to the room!

A mature shady carob tree under which to sit, a beautiful pergola that is perfect for dining, a wealth of vibrant Bougainvillea, local plants and shrubs and sun-drenched lawns; all this makes the gardens surrounding Elmalı a delightful place in which to sit and relax, while enjoying the the soothing sights and sounds of nature.

If that isn't enough, there is a also the beautiful 125 sq. metre infinity salt water swimming pool, entered via stone steps incorporated into the water feature rockery, and a spa pool/hot tub lined with pebbles, big enough for all the family. While the water features are ingeniously constructed to great effect, using the natural stone and rocks of Gökçe Gemile, the paths, terraces and pool are laid with ochre and grey slabs of Bodrum Ayrak stone.

Bordered by pine forests and with the calming sound of cascading water to complement the gentle thrumming of the cicadas and the breeze rustling the leaves of the trees, this garden is the perfect peaceful environment in which to relax at any time of day or night.


Prices and availability

Services included:
  • Concierge Service
  • Linen and towel change every other day
  • Daily housekeeping services
  • Parking
  • 24-hour security
  • Water sport instructor
  • Grounds keeping and security team
  • Private skippered luxury day at sea, including lunch (once a week)
  • Evening in the harbour town of Fethiye (by chauffeured minibus)
  • Well-provisioned welcome hamper
  • Water & bread delivery service
  • Welcome Breakfast served on the first morning at the beach clubhouse
  • Beach Clubhouse (with services)
  • Non-motorized water sport equipment (Kayaks, paddleboards, snorkels, flippers and basic fishing equipment)
  • Beach towel service
  • Beach Pestemal
  • Separate jacuzzi (hot tub for winter period)
  • Board Basis: Bed & Breakfast
Available at extra cost
  • Waterside breakfast
  • Waterside lunch
  • Private BBQ dinner on the beach
  • Private seafood dinner on the beach
  • Private fish dinner
  • All-inclusive meals and drinks
  • Heating for private swimming pool during winter season
  • House Helper (weekly)
  • Scuba Diving (beginners & certified divers)
  • Private luxury yacht return transfer airports
  • Turkish cooking classes
  • Private group yoga sessions: Hatha, Ashtanga & Yin Yoga
  • Car rental
  • Babysitting/childcare service
  • Speed boats (crewed)
  • Sailing course with Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 42.2ft Sailboat (crewed)
  • Additional charter of the Gökçe Gemile private skippered boat
  • Private helicopter transfers
  • Trekking (private guide)
  • Villa pre-stocking
  • Hair stylist
  • Additional boat/bus fuel charge for longer cruises
  • Sea fishing (safari and deep-sea)
  • Sea kayaking or paddleboard safari
  • Laundry services (no dry cleaning)
  • Villa pre-stocking
  • VIP airport transfer
  • Baby equipment rental
  • Activities and excursions
  • Privately guided cultural experiences
  • In-villa or Beachside Dining: Private chef or 'home-delivery' services from some restaurants
  • Spa Services: specialty massage & treatments
  • Home-delivery shopping (pre & post arrival)
  • To protect the environment and maintain the peaceful atmosphere motorised water sports are not available at this place. But, they are available at various locations within a 10-30 minutes' drive
Dalaman Airport – 61.5 km (1.00 hr)
Antalya Airport – 222 km (3.30 hrs)
Bodrum(Bodrum airport) – 248 km (3.50 hrs)
Izmir (Adnan Menderes Airport) – 333 km (4.30 hrs)
Fethiye – 11.5 km (20 mins)
Göcek – 44 km (45 mins)
Kalkan – 96 km (1.30 hrs)
Marmaris – 142 km (2.00 hrs)

Private VIP Transfers by Road
The majority of highways and roads in the area are excellent and the experienced chauffeurs ensure a comfortable hassle-free journey in a VIP luxury car or people carrier, according to the number of guests.
All our VIP transfer vehicles are Mercedes but on request BMW X5 vehicles are also available.

Private VIP Helicopter Transfer
As well as being an ideal option for guests with busy lives and tight schedules, travelling by helicopter is this ultimate way to see Turkey's breath-taking scenery. The helicopter will land at the Kayaköy Helipad, which is just minutes away from the villas.
A chauffeured VIP vehicle will meet you on arrival.

Arrival by Yacht
There are few more perfect ways to spend time than sailing or motoring in the idyllic Aegean and Mediterranean waters of the Turquoise Coast. As a consequence this part of Southwest Turkey has many exclusive marinas, including those in Fethiye, Göcek, Kaş, Kalkan, Datça, Bozburun, Marmaris, Bodrum and Yalıkavak. We have our own private jetty and lazy lines, for the sheltered mooring of yachts, motor launches and gulets.