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Kaptan's Cottage, Iztuzu

Cottage with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom in Ortaca, Turkey

From £209 per week

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Cottage to rent in Ortaca, Turkey

Peaceful, cosy retreat for 2 -3 in tranquil countryside overlooking the sea for the discerning nature-lover. Owned by the dedicated environmentalist 'Kaptan' June Haimoff.

  • Cottage
  • Sleeps 3
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Balcony / terrace
  • Private garden
  • BBQ
  • Sea view

Cottage overview - owner's description

Kaptan's Cottage is a newly restored enchanting 2 storey building 400 metres above the sea. A look-out balcony is ideal for a serene breakfast, watching early-bird yachts sailing by or blissful aperitifs with the sunset over a backdrop of mountains. The spacious garden is a panoply of olive trees and grape-vines - pick your own fruit as you will. It is possible for us to provide maid service and also to supply farm produce to guests staying here.

Kisla boasts its own beach. Little frequented and accessible on foot by a dirt road (30 minutes down, 45 minutes back!) or by 4 wheel drive vehicles (5 minutes). Iztuzu beach is a 10 minute drive and Dalyan only 20 minutes. There is also Ashikoy, an almost private deserted beach, 20 minutes away on rough country road.

A hire car or jeep is a necessity for guests unless they are seeking total seclusion.

The Hamlet of Kisla (pronounced Kishla)
Kisla has nothing but a hand of people living off small-holding farms. The village folk are friendly and helpful. It is delightfully peaceful - no sounds but sheep bells, a bird's cry and crickets chirping. There is no shop, no taxi rank, nor bus service, no asphalted road. We do have an open-air bar with breath-taking views which serves beer, cold drinks and the local speciality 'Gozleme' (savoury pancakes). Also a local couple serve meals and drinks (food excellent to order) on their terrace with another stunning view.

Walking, mountain biking and bird-watching are excellent activities for this unspoilt, hilly, forest clad terrain.

Kaptan June
June Haimoff is a well known conservationist who, in 1985, initiated a campaign to ensure protection of Dalyan (Izutzu) Beach. This is an important nesting place of the endangered sea turtles - The Caretta-Caretta. David Bellamy, who contributed to the campaign, wrote of June "The Turtles love her, as do we all". Until today, Iztuzu beach remains under the protection of the Turkish Ministry of Environment. No building or developement of any kind is allowed. June speaks Turkish and is happy to advise and assist her guests if they so wish.


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6 out of 6 people recommend staying here

From Uffington, United Kingdom May 2011

We had an amazing holiday. Weve done self-catering holidays in the (generally smaller, quieter) Greek Islands for the past 20 years. This was our first one to Turkey - and has got to be one of our favourites. The location is fantastic - we did a lot of walking, just following tracks around local farm land and in the hillsides, finding quiet beaches and walking through pine forests and olive trees. People are very friendly and welcoming.
June was in the UK when we arrived receiving her MBE for her work with the turtles, but she had arranged for 2 lovely friends to meet us in Dalyan and guide us to the house - and you sure need to be guided. They also called us the next day to make sure we were OK to see if we needed anything.
All the facilities listed were provided. However we feel people should note that there is no hot water other than the shower (so boiling a kettle to wash up).
There are a few things which need attention, and are the only reasons we havent given the property an excellent rating throughout. A plumber is needed as there is a significantly leaking tap in the bathroom and the kitchen sink often needed a plunger to clear. Also we didnt feel the house had had a good clean for some time - there were mice dro ppings in the cupboard under the sink and a couple of the blankets needed cleaning. On our second day it rained hard, and we had to find something to put up to stop the rain coming in one of the windows (used an old plastic rubble bag found in the tool room, to fix on the outside of the window bay). The (electric) shower needs some attention too. Because the weather was quite chilly in our first few days we needed to set the shower to its hottest setting, to get a decent warm shower. This results in the lights dimming significantly, and also if left running for more than 2-3 mins, results in a rather noxious smell (possibly over-heated insulation). As an electrical engineer, I speculate either a fault in the shower unit, or poor connections and probably under rated cable - it really should be looked at. When the weather warmed up this was not such a problem as we were able to set the shower to a lower heat setting.
None of these ruined our holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to go back again. Hopefully the issues we noted can be fairly readily rectified - and we would then give the property 100% for everything. All in all we had a fantastic time and would love to return next year. Just before we left we had opportunity to meet June and the friendly team at the turtle rehabilitation centre - they invited us to share their breakfast, and we were fascinated to learn about their work. Junes book is a wonderful insight to her life and dedication to the turtles.

Reply from Yabanci Services

Of course we would like to keep the mice away from the house but it's not about failure of the cleaning, as you know this is territory there and countryside wild life exsist,we have never use chemicks to kill them and we always try not to invite them in.Blankets could easily had been changed for other blankets to be contacted to me or to my reperesentative in the village, for the future we are going to be more carefullabout this.Tap and the window have been repaired and had an attention on electric shower.I was very happy to have this guests as they said enjoyed their visit in all other respects, I would be very happ to welcome again, why not to share a glass of wine at my expence to celebrate.

From London, United Kingdom Sep 2009

The cottage, the host and the location cant be faulted. The cottage sits on the side of a hill looking west down a valley to the sea and spectacular sunsets are almost guaranteed. It is only a 25-minute drive to Dalyan (a beautiful drive, at that) but feels as peaceful and remote as if it is on another planet. For much of the day the only sounds are birds, insects and breezes. Its a challenging walk or drive through the pine forests down to the nearest beach but worth it as you can often get the place to yourself. The main beach of Iztuzu (Turtle Beach) is just a 10-minute drive away.
Its a great hideaway. Facilities within the property, which is full of character, are excellent, right down to a powerful torch for the occasional power cut, and books, guides and maps of the area.
A large bedroom/dining room/kitchen takes up the whole of the top floor. Breakfast on the balcony and barbecues on the patio. And when youre too lazy to cook, there is the Sunset restaurant/bar five minutes away (accessible by road or ladder!) where we had two fantastic meals (sea bream and cheese pie highly recommended) and a few beers in the company of the owners who couldnt do enough for us.
Lastly, a word of thanks to the cottage owner, June. Shes warm, charming, helpful and easy-going. A lovely lady I almost wanted to take her home. Shell make sure everythings alright but give you plenty of space for privacy. And shes led a fascinating life.
Were going back.


From Harrogate

This property is ideal for anyone wanting to be away from the main tourist area in a beautiful and unspoilt location. The cottage is relatively small and the facilities fairly basic but that is all part of its charm. The view from the balcony is stunning and the quiet surroundings make it the ideal spot to relax and wind down.
Dalyan is 20 minutes away by car and once you get used to the windy roads the journey is pretty straightforward. Dalyan itself is a great spot with plenty of nice restaurants and bars although the constant touting for business can get a bit tiresome.
Kaptan June came round on the second day to make sure that we had everythjing we needed and was the perfect host. She is a fascinating lady and took the time to share many stories with us then and also later in the week when we shared dinner in her bungalow. June also invited us for breakfast at the nearby Turtle Sanctuary which was a real treat.
All in all this was a great experience and we would recommend it to anyone looking for something a bit different.


From London

We love Kaptans Cottage. A beautiful location with wonderful views and a lovely mature garden. the accoommodation is very simple (one gas burner, slightly erratic water supply) but comfortable bed and just lovely to be there.

Nat &...

From London

WOW!!!!!! We really landed on our feet. Met at the aiprport by the hirecar rep who drove us to Dalaman to pick up our car....(you will need one unless you are happy to stay up in the hills for your holiday.We hoped that we would have a chance to meet the amazing character that is Kaptan June and we did..Not only did she meet us in Dalyan, she already had food ready for us as wed got in a little later than expected and the drive up to the cottage is up a very windy mountain road, which for beginners, a little daunting in the dark....So we arrived to the sound of the crickets and ate food and drank cold beer on Junes beautiful terrace overlooking her Mastik tree and the sea. The next morning she invited us to the Turtle Rehab centre for a monthly breakfast that she holds. We met some lovely people there who are big fans of Dalyan and the surrounding area and its people. The cottage itself felt like home straight away, Basic and traditional but very could you ever be disappointed with the view during the day and the milkyway at night. We ate at the sunset REstaurant and climbed up a ladder to get there 9an alternative to walking the long way round) We were shown pictures of the Full moon by Bikir the owner as he has a telescope and although we had missed the full moon by a couple of weeks the photos through the telescope were phenomenal. You are surrounded by wildlife in Dalyan and up in Kisla we soaw tortoises ambling by the roadside, goats, sheep, woodpeckers, kingfishers on the lake. October is a beautiful time of year to go...we often had the beach to ourselves before 10am and even when it got late there was so much space to feel like you were still the only people there......
June made our stay here very special and we intend to return and help her with her never ending journey to preserving this a,mazing place!!


From Newcastle Upon Tyne

What a wonderfull place to relax and chillout. We spent some gorgeous evenings around the homestead with lovely gardens and views. Some excellent walks around the area and down to the beach ( which was a little steep on the way back up, but good excercise all the same)
We did yoga and meditation under the big tree outside June's cottage every morning which was just blissfull.
The cottage itself affords enough comfort and is cosy with basic cooking facilities. We got the barbie going outside one night with loads of candles for a very romantic evening!!! You'll need a car for this place but its definately worth it for somewhere to escape to. Dalyan is only 20 mins away by car and that place is just beautifull. Thankyou June for your hospitallity.
Jamie and Christine xxxx

1 other review

We had a lovely time here. We were facinated by the mating habits of the noisy frog under the window. The view from the balcony and BBQ area is lovely and most of the time we relaxed to the sounds of the country. We enjoyed our walk to the beach and around the village. Climbing up the ladder to have a delicious cheese pancake appealed to our sence of the unusual. The road from Dalyan to Kisla is very straight forward, wide and a bit twisty (Im from Devon), but avoid squashing the tortoise. There are many interesting eateries on the way. We breakfasted at the back of the house as it was too cold on the balcony in May. It would be perfect in the summer, though. The humming of the next door swimming pool pump and hammering of the finishing off of a new build down the valley was our only reminder of city life. The 1st floor had double bed, table , sitting and kitchen area and gives onto the balcony. It is simply and attractively done. Bath room and single bed are down stairs. Note that there is no hot water in sink and basin but there is a hot shower. Cooking is by two electric elements and BBQ. Utensils are limited for complicated cooking, but we found all this perfectly satisfactory and made some good meals. The sleeping accom is better for 2 rather than 3 people. June was very kind in meeting us in Dalyan and providing us with our first meal. Sadly we missed her subsequent visit. If we ever return to Dalyan, we hope June will let us stay here again. We loved it.

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This cottage is:

15km from the nearest beach 5km from the nearest bar 15km from the nearest restaurant 15km from the nearest supermarket 30km from Dalaman airport 15km from Dalyan 7km from Iztuzu Turtle Beach 20km from Sarigerme Golf Course 20km from Kaunos ancient ruins

Local activities

Boat hire 45km Cycling 15km Fishing 15km Flying 15km Golf 15km Horse riding 15km Sailling 45km Scuba diving 45km Swimming 15km Tennis 15km Wind surfing 45km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 15km Shopping 15km

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Outside this cottage in Ortaca, Turkey
This cottage is in a quiet area near the mountains. It has a balcony, a barbecue, outside lighting, a garden and a sea view. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is not available.

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 7 March - 14 March 2019: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 17 March - 10 November 2019: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 7 March - 14 March 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 17 March - 10 November 2020: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 7 March - 14 March 2021: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 17 March - 10 November 2021: the minimum stay is 7 nights.

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2 bedrooms, Sleeps 3:

  • 1 double bed
  • 1 single bed


1 bathroom, 1 Separate WC


Living area seats 2, Dining area seats 3, Towels / linen, Car hire essential


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Fridge, Glassware, Kettle, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Private garden, Sea view

Suitable for

Children, Smoking

Extra information

No entertainment needed - the view is enough!


Average rating from 6 reviews

Private Owner From Christchurch, United Kingdom Member since Feb 2007

The house is owned by an English woman and Turkish woman who have been working together in this area for 20 years.

Past bookings: 55 bookings

Last logged in: a year ago

Number of properties: 1

The house is owned by an English woman and Turkish woman who have been working together in this area for 20 years.

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