The Kaya Cottages are two rustic cottages restored in Turkish Mediterranean style with pool in the idyllic rural village of Kayakoy. A beautiful and relaxing rural retreat on the "Turquoise Coast".
The Stables is a lovely one bedroom stone cottage with tiled floors throughout, whitewashed walls and wooden beamed ceilings. This Cottage is where the owner always stays and she loves its charm and character and strongly recommends it for couples to stay.
There is a large terrace area at the front of the Cottage with gardens surrounding and large umbrella for shade. There is seating for dining and relaxing. A wall provides privacy but does not affect the stunning views of opposite mountains.
As you enter the Stables you have a small but well equipped galley style kitchen. To the left is an open plan cosy sitting room with dining table, and day bed with lots of cushions. There is a fireplace similar to those still used for cooking in the villages houses although it is purely for decoration. We have a stereo and a large collection of books for guest's use.
The double bedroom has built in wooden cupboard and traditional style fireplace. It is Air-conditioned for comfort during the summer months and a fan is also provided.
The decent sized bathroom is finished with pretty hand painted blue and white tiles and has shower, basin and WC.
The Kaya Cottages
Each cottage has a private area and the property is surrounded by gardens and a rustic stone wall.
Come to experience panoramic views of rolling hills and sweet scented pine forests with a mountainous backdrop. From the viewpoints above the Valley you can see the sea twinkling between the hills behind the abandoned Greek Village that forms the heart of Kayakoy.
At dusk you can relax in the Cottage grounds listening to the call to prayer echo around the Valley, the hum of the cicadas from the treetops or owls calling to each other.
The beautifully tiled pool area is raised above the property and overlooks the picturesque Kayakoy Valley. The pool area is flooded with sunshine all day then is lit up at night time for relaxing and star gazing or a midnight dip during balmy summer evenings.
Kayakoy is one place where you will find an unspoilt side of Turkey and experience Turkish culture and Village life. It is the perfect place to relax or to explore the forest trails, ruins and beaches and bays of the Turquoise Coast.
Neighbours can been seen tending to their animals and bustling about with domestic chores or collecting wood and herbs from the hillsides. A must is to sample their delicious home made yoghurt, cheese, honey, fresh Village eggs, olives, oils, jams and vinegars as well as a wonderful range of sun ripened fresh fruits and vegetables.
Visitors can find the hidden Monastery overlooking the Mediterranean, sample Turkish Cuisine and hospitality at nearby family owned restaurants or swim and chat with Turkish locals at Gemiler Beach amongst the many activities the area has to offer.
Kaya Village remains unspoilt by the mass tourism yet is easily accessible from Dalaman Airport (1 and 1/4 hr by transfer) and Fethiye Town (8km).
Kaya Village is located around the historic ruins of Levissi. Approx. 400 ruins of lie nestled against the hillside, forming a unique open-air museum. Levissi (or Karmylassos) was abandoned as part of a forced population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923. Exploring the site via worn pathways weaving between houses and churches is a wonderful experience.
The ruins of Levissi were the inspiration for the Louis De Berniere’s novel Birds Without Wings. Make sure you catch a glimpse from the pool area at Kaya Cottages.
Wonderful!! We have spent 2 fortnight holidays there and we hope these will not be our last. Claire is incredibly helpful and really enables you to get exactly what you want out of your stay. The locals are all very friendly and it feels like a home from home. The Stables are cosy, beautifully and sympathetically converted, and with so much private space! The local beaches are beautiful and there are just so many fantastic sights within easy reach. We hope very much that it will not be TOO long before we can return.
We had a very relaxing and lazy time at The Stable Cottage, just what we were look for!
The cottage had everything we needed, comfortable and clean with a spacious patio for dining and relaxing. The view from the pool area must be one of the best, with views to the Levissi Ruins and Babadag, especially with the evening sun illuminating the landscape.
Clare was there every morning, tending to the garden, watering the pots, cleaning the pool and offering ideas for a day out.
Although not far from the bustling resort of Hisaronu and Oludeniz the quiet area arround Kayakoy couldnt be more different. Although the Dolmus stops at the bottom of the drive, I would reccommend a hire car to see all the sights.
Certainly a place we would go again.
We had a fantastic time at The Stables Cottage. Everything was there that we needed and it felt very cosy and comfortable. We absolutely loved the patio/terrace area in front of the cottage, with the breathtaking views of the mountains. The weather was also great, around 26 degrees celcius each day and that ofcourse made our holiday even better. We thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful country life. Away from the hustle and bustle of the main touristy areas, although the lovely town of Fethiye with its great Tuesday market was not too far away. The ruins of Levissi or The Gost Town, is absolutley a must to see and the Afe Kule Monastery is well worth a visit too. Clare, the owner of the Cottages, came to see us every morning and pointed us in the right direction of things to do. We also enjoyed eating out at the local restaurants. Especially the Kinali restaurant owned by Erkin and Fatma. We shall definitely come and stay at The Stables again as we really enjoyed the area and the hospitality of the local people. Thanks Clare, for the lifts and the friendship!
Kaya Cottages are amazing if you want to escape the rat race, and just need to relax. My fiancé and I booked a week's holiday there recently and couldn't believe how beautiful the cottage and the surrounding areas were.
Claire the owner of the cottage was incredibly helpful answering any question we had and also helping us out by pointing us in the direction of some really lovely walks in the area.
These cottages represent excellent value for money. They are simple, yet beautifully decorated with everything you need to have a quiet day lounging by the pool, or an evening meal cooking a Turkish BBQ. Alternatively if you fancy going out for a meal, there are plenty of restaurants in Kaya that can cook for you instead - including one at the bottom of the driveway!
The cottages are incredibly well connected to Fethiye with a dolmus literally on your doorstep that departed every hour while we were there (low season), stopping at Hisaranou and Ovacik (where you could change to go to Oludeniz). We didn't struggle for transport at all during our stay, enjoying the convenience of the bus on the door step, but also the peace of the village. Travelling 10 mins down the road by bus was not a big problem! I really can't say enough how much we enjoyed our time there - we only wish we had longer.
2 other reviews
A really lovely holiday in a beautiful cottage - we have had a wonderfully relaxing and valued time. Too much to see all in a week. We would love to come back.Julia and John, Newcastle
The Cottages are all delightful and make it pleasant to do nothing but take in it's atmosphere but its region is abundant in history and natureBest beach is Patara - a paradise on a calm day and wonderful ruins. The lack of development is refreshing - long may it last. More locally Gemiler Beach takes some beating.Peter and Lis Lawrence
The Cottages have have booklets provided for information about the Cottages and the local area.
Good sized plunge pool approx 6m x 4m. Depth 1.2m. Furniture provided for relaxing. Pool is shared only between the two Cottages and it is raised above the property for privacy and to make the most of the wonderful view of the Valley.
Laundry service is provided for a reasonable fee.
Mosquito nets are provided.
Wireless internet has been recently installed.
Around Kaya Village there are many walk trails leading to historic sites and stunning beaches.
A wide range of restaurants are located in the Village so guests have a good choice.