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Escape from the madding crowd with a stay at Almond Cottage, nestled in the hills of the Yenice Vadi (New Valley) back to nature complex, in the heart of Mugla, near Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. This traditional one storey, one bedroom, one bathroom cottage is built of local stone, and can comfortably accommodate up to three guests, ideal for a couple, a small family, or a honeymoon with a difference.
The house is built into the hillside, surrounded by pine and almond trees, with magnificent views of the valley. Parking is included on site, and the cottage has complimentary Wi-Fi and air-conditioning throughout, with underfloor heating for the cooler months. Almond Cottage has been constructed with natural wood and local stone, furnished with artefacts made by local craftsman, and decorated throughout in a neutral crisp white with splashes of primary colour highlights. The seating area has a comfy wrap around L-shaped sofa (which can be a bed for one), a hand-crafted coffee table, a flat screen television and Bluetooth sound system, all centred around an enclosed log fireplace, perfect for cosying around in the winter months. The adjacent well-equipped wood and white kitchen has everything you will need to cater for your holiday, including a gas hob, fridge and dishwasher, as well as the must-have tea and coffee makers. Walk down the corridor, past the fitted wardrobes, where there is a master bedroom furnished with an impressive round bed, with an ensuite stone bathroom with walk in shower, wash basin and WC. Access the large private terrace via the floor to ceiling windows of the living area. We bet you will be spending most of your time on the well positioned terrace, relaxing on the natural grey cushioned sun loungers whilst admiring the view down the valley to the pool. Cool down on hot summer’s day in the natural stone step-entry jacuzzi, before sitting in the soft seating area enjoying a sundowner at sunset. Enjoy eating alfresco on the shady terrace at the four-seater wooden table and chairs, as you dine on the local hand-picked organic produce as the stars come out to shine.
Almond Cottage is built high on the hillside amongst almond and pine trees on the grounds of Yenice Vadi, with a magnificent view of the valley below. Here you can embrace traditional Turkish village life, a vacation in nature, surrounded by magnificent mountains, pine forests and olive groves. Venice Vadi is centred around a natural lake, with farm animals running free, birds and butterflies fluttering by, and organic fruit and vegetables to hand pick from the branch or vine. When you stay at Almond Cottage you can enjoy all of these bountiful benefits. Starting with breakfast, don’t fancy cooking your own, no problem, enjoy an alfresco Turkish buffet breakfast at the boutique hotel; too far to walk, don’t worry, you can have it served in your room. Lunch and dinner can be taken by the pool or restaurant, but if you’d prefer to cook yourself, then help yourself to the organic fruit and veg grown on site and in the greenhouses.
Yenice Vadi is open all year round, in the cooler months take shelter indoors where there is an open fire to keep you cosy. There’s no need to shop for provisions as everything is available for a healthy holiday, and if you don’t know how to rustle up a dish Turkish style, well they’ll teach you that too with their complimentary by appointment cooking classes. Work off all that healthy eating with a yoga or Pilates class in their specially dedicated studio, there’s nothing better than doing a sun salutation as the sun rises. Fancy a dip, there’s a beautiful natural lake, take a walk around it and absorb the atmosphere, before treading the boards of the wooden pier to an in-built large central swimming area, the perfect place for a few lengths before breakfast, or a cooling afternoon swim.
Almond Cottage can be found in the pine and almond trees of Yenice Vadi, a unique back to nature, village life complex, close to the village of Yenice, in the heart of the province of Mugla, near Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Yenice Vadi is equidistant from two international airports, both Dalaman and Bodrum are a one hour fifteen minute drive through the verdant Turkish countryside to your destination. You can pick your own fruit and veg, and dine in the Yenice Vadi’s restaurant, but if you want more provisions, the small village of Yenice is just a short five minute walk away, with a few mini markets and manavs to cater for your holiday needs.
Locally there’s lots of walks in nature through the indigenous flora and fauna, take a hike up the mountains, or follow trails that will take your through traditional Turkish villages, where you can sample the simple life, sip a glass of apple tea in a shady garden, or sample a gozleme pancake handmade by the ladies of the house. Should you wish to ever leave the idyll that is Yenice Vadi, which many guests don’t, there’s lot to see and do within a comfortable driving radius.
It’s a tale of two destinations when you stay at Yenice Vadi, a thirty minute drive inland will take you to the major town of Mugla for a taste of Turkish commercial life, worth going on a Thursday, when there is a large local market, visit the Graeco-Roman museum full of Ottoman artefacts, before a stroll around the quaint old quarter and get a good scrub at a traditional hammam. Drive thirty minutes south to the coast where you will find the holiday hot spot of Akyaka, where the Azmak River meets the Mediterranean Sea. The pine timbered, fishing village of Akyaka is home to the nearest family friendly white sandy beaches. Famous for its fabulous cuisine, whilst you are there enjoy eating freshly caught seafood by the seashore, admire the old houses with wooden balconies festooned with flowers, or take a boat trip to the Bay of Gokova, with the Sakova Tepe mountains as a beautiful backdrop. The major town of Marmaris is just under an hour’s drive, to what was once a tiny fishing village, now home to a thriving tourist industry, it has a pebbly beach for sunbathing and swimming in the cool clear Mediterranean, a lovely long promenade for a stroll along the sea shore, great scuba diving facilities, brand label shops, bustling markets, a choice of cafes, restaurants and bars, and a very lively nightlife.
Further afield the town of Bodrum is a two hour drive away, situated on the south Bozburun coast, boasting the Museum of Mausolus, one of the original seven wonders of the ancient world, and Bodrum Castle founded by the fifteenth century Knights Hospitallers. Bodrum has a natural harbour full of fishing boats and day trip gulets, a marina mooring some of the world’s biggest and best super yachts, not to mention the Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Dalyan is definitely worth a daytrip, a one hour fifteen minute drive away, take a trip down the Cayi River, past the Lycian tombs, and the ancient city of Kaunos, to Iztuzu Beach, home to the famous hatching Caretta Caretta turtles. No trip to this area of Turkey is complete without a visit to the must-see ancient city of Ephesus, a slightly longer two and a half hour drive, but well worth the journey to see one of the world’s most exceptional historical and fascinating archaeological sites
Excellence Luxury Villas we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. If there is anything you would like to arrange for your stay, please contact the
Excellence Luxury Villas VIP Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can usually put you in touch with the right people arrange any of the following:
Maid service/extra cleaning
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
Babysitting service - Welcome hamper/
pre-stocked fridge This is by no means an exhaustive list, so please just contact Excellence Luxury Villas VIP Concierge Team to help you arrange any of those little extras that can really make the difference.