Villa Senator and its private pool

Villa Senator and its private pool

Villa Senator and its private pool Traditional living room One of the bedrooms The large shaded terrace Akyaka beach Villa Senator stands in mature gardens Akyaka beach

Villa Senator

TurkeyThe Datca and Loryma Peninsulas and Gulf of Gokova › Akyaka

Designed in the traditional local style, this spacious villa enjoys a peaceful yet convenient location in the charming resort of Akyaka.

Scenically nestling against the pine-clad slopes overlooking the stunning Gulf of Gokova, Akyaka has long been a favourite amongst Turkish holidaymakers, making this an ideal choice for couples and families seeking a resort-based holiday with a decent range of facilities, coupled with an authentic Turkish atmosphere. If this beautiful setting wasn't enough, Akyaka's appeal is further enhanced by the strict planning regulations that have been enforced here, so that all buildings follow the traditional Mugla style, with its distinctive octagonal shapes, pan-tiled roofs and elaborately carved woodwork.

Villa Senator itself is a fine example of this style, its elegant proportions, graceful symmetry and varnished woodwork lending the house immense curb appeal. Standing in a residential cul-de-sac at the western end of Akyaka, right on the edge of the extensive pine forest, the villa enjoys a peaceful yet convenient setting just a few minutes' walk from the resort centre with its shops and restaurants and from the seafront (although naturally, the uphill walk back from the beach may take a little bit longer). Entering the villa's mature, fenced-in garden through the rather impressive front gate, you pass the private swimming pool (approximately 7 x 4 metres) to reach the stairs leading up to the entrance level (the building's lower ground floor is used for storage only). The house is accessed via a large south-facing terrace shaded by a beautifully carved wooden overhang.

The interiors are equally traditional in style, with gleaming pine ceilings and typical kilims adding colour and warmth to the whitewashed walls and embroidered cream fabrics. But whilst the décor may not suit those who prefer streamlined contemporary design, the accommodation is very spacious, and benefits from air-conditioning throughout. From the entrance hall, doors lead off to the living room, the kitchen/dining room (with four-ring hob, mini-oven, dishwasher and large fridge-freezer) and a large downstairs shower room/WC. Wooden stairs lead up to the sleeping accommodation, which comprises two double bedrooms (each with an additional divan bed), another bedroom with two single divans, and another large shower room.

When you can drag yourself away from your private swimming pool, Akyaka offers several options for sea swimming. The gently shelving main beach is quite compact and therefore can get very busy in the high season, but just along from there is an extensive park and woodland area, which incorporates a camp site, several shaded picnic spots, a selection of waterside cafés and bars as well as a number of swimming platforms. Another must in Akyaka is to follow the local river away from the stream, a lovely short walk that will take you to a couple of prettily sited restaurants, adding further to your range of dining options that can be reached on foot. Should you feel like exploring further afield, there are regular buses to both the bustling beach resort of Marmaris and the altogether less touristy provincial town of Mugla, as well as a range of organised coach excursions and boat trips, so that car hire is by no means essential here.

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