our history of holiday villa rentals in bodrum, turkey
SOME CALL US BRAVE, SOME CALL US CRAZY …
Having holidayed in other areas of Turkey previously, in 2005 we chose Yalikavak, Bodrum as a holiday destination. Completely impressed by the area and what the resort had to offer we quickly realised there was a gap in the market for a professional and dedicated villa rental company. We then did something utterly out of our corporate lives and comfort zones. Some call it brave, some call us crazy, but we saw a good business opportunity and quit our jobs in the UK, sold our house, shipped our cats out to Bodrum, and set out on our drive to Bodrum for the adventure of our lives!
We gradually grew our rental business to what it is today, a small, independent villa rental company providing a very personal service, safe and secure booking and payment systems. A boutique company offering high quality rentals with a large percentage of loyal and repeat guests.
Now based in the UK, and with 2017 our 12th season of rentals, it is time for a new, fresh website www.peninsulavillacare.com known as Peninsula Villa Bodrum. Enjoy the portfolio and pick up the phone if you want to chat, or email or Whatsapp, we are here to help.
WE MAKE HOLIDAYS SO YOU HAVE FUN!
Holidays should be fun, laid back and relaxed. That is just how we see ourselves! At Peninsula Villas we are a small, elite team who enjoy what we do, are passionate about ensuring holidaymakers get the right holiday villa or apartment to suit their needs and are happy knowing our guests are happy.
WE ARE IN THE KNOW
How many times do you want to know that little bit more about your holiday home and area?
Most agents have not even visited the area and have little knowledge about the holidays they are ‘selling’. Often guests come to us enquiring about a villa we are advertising for rent which, after speaking with them, doesn’t actually suit their needs. This is where our knowledge and expertise is invaluable. We have lived in the Bodrum area, we know the properties we rent, their locations and their owners.
about the bodrum area of turkey
The peaceful village of Gumusluk is one of the oldest settlements on the Bodrum peninsula standing on the site of the ancient Carian city of Myndus. Because of this, Gumusluk is protected against developments, which means it has not been over developed.
Today Gumusluk retains a small-scale, relaxed and magical atmosphere thanks to strictly enforced building prohibitions, designed to protect the ancient site. Gumusluk is the perfect antidote for modern-day living, it’s a great place to unwind in an idyllic setting. Bars & Restaurants are also forbidden from playing music too loud!
The wonderful shelter of the bay provides a natural harbour for yachts and local fishing boats, and the waterfront restaurants enjoy a reputation for excellent fresh fish amongst the Turks as far away as Istanbul. Gumusluk is famed amongst many famous Turkish actors, artists and musicians who frequent the bay during the summer months.
Rabbit Island, famous for its rabbits scurrying around, offers a magnificent panorama of the bay, and separates the two well-sheltered bays of Gumusluk. It is easily accessible by a partially sunken causeway.
Yalikavak is on the western side of the Bodrum Peninsula only a 20 minute drive from Bodrum. Formerly a fishing village for the Bodrum area, Yalikavak is now one of the most elite towns on the Peninsula.
The new and trendy Palmarina Bodrum (Yalikavak's improved and enlarged yacht marina) is now one of the most striking marinas along the Turkish coast. It accommodates some of the most luxurious yachts along the entire Mediterranean as well as trendy cafes, restaurants and many branded shops.
Yalikavak is home to some of Turkey’s best waterfront restaurants, bars, and cafes with a vibrant town centre. Despite undergoing significant infrastructure improvements, Yalikavak still preserves its natural charm. Thursday is market day and a great opportunity to experience authentic Turkey. There are also many little beaches, including two blue flag beach clubs.
Yalikavak is surrounded by hills which give some spectacular views of the town and nearby Aegean coastline. There are a number islands large and small off the coast of Yalikavak as well as several secluded bays forming different districts of Yalikavak
20 km from Bodrum, Turgutreis is the second largest town on the Bodrum Peninsula. Turgutreis has several settlements outside the town center with the coastal villages of Kadikalesi, Akcabuk, Akyarlar, Bagla and Aspat falling within its boundaries.
Although it goes back only ten years as a popular resort, Turgutreis has a five-hundred-year history as a settlement.
Gundogan is situated between Yalikavak and Turkbuku on the Northern side of the Bodrum Peninsula. It is 25km from Bodrum and 7km from Yalikavak. Gundogan is a small traditional town on the Bodrum Peninsula. Historically, it was known as Farilya, today it is referred to as Gundogan, meaning “sunrise”. The ancient Lelegian city of Madnasa is nearby, and ancient rock formations to the east of the town are still visible.
It is still an important town for sponge diving, fishing, olive and tangerine growing. The old and also new settlers have protected the character of the town.
The town is named after the Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis, who was born here five hundred years ago in the present-day village of Karabag. But the history of Turgutreis, pre-dates ancient Greece, going back to the Leglegians, as is evidenced by the rock-cut tombs on the Turgutreis hills.
Turgutreis is a fast-growing coastal town. A tiny village on a narrow, dirt road just over ten years ago, today it is a hub of tourism, with its endless beaches, its own unique street of bars, the D. Marina, an enormous open air market, giant supermarkets, and a covered bazaar, Turgutreis is fast becoming an alternative to Bodrum itself.
New developments have not touched the older houses surrounded with trees of mandarins, olive, pomegranates, bananas and oak. The scent of orange trees welcoming visitors along the sea-side still remains.
Hillsides in this area of the Peninsula are shrouded in pine trees, and give Gundogan a different vibe than some of the more barren looking parts of the Peninsula. These hillsides are perfect for hiking and to explore the area for Leleg ruins. Gundogan is where many Turkish families from Istanbul, Ankara, etc have holiday homes which they visit each year which gives the town more ‘Turkish in feel compared with some other neighbouring towns.
Gundogan has become come popular with developers investing in the area, building smart hotels and holiday homes inhabited and frequented by tourists from other countries. It is now a very smart, cosmopolitan area but retains its traditional charm.
Restaurants, cafes and boutique hotels line the horseshoe shaped beach. There are wooden jetties stretching out from the beach over the water with large colourful cushions and loungers provided for sunbathing and dining. Boutique hotels mix with traditional eating places, giving the area a traditional and chilled out atmosphere. A great place to take easy and relax!
travelling to turkey and getting around bodrum
We can arrange car hire for you. The car can either be waiting at Bodrum Airport when you arrive, or you can have it delivered direct to your holiday villa/apartment. A 4 door basic model which can take 5 passengers, is around £30 a day including all insurances. Cars in Turkey are very expensive therefore most hire cars in the area are more basic than those we may be used to at home, but they do the job!
TAXIS ON THE BODRUM PENINSULA
Once at your holiday home, you can find taxi ranks in the centre of most villages and towns to take you to/from your chosen destination.
Again, the drivers may not speak English or know the locations
TOURIST VISA FOR TURKEY
Some tourists travelling to Turkey, including those from the UK, require a tourist visa before entering. This can be done quickly and easily online and costs around GBP10 for each person. The visa lasts for 3 months with visitors allowed entry/exit as many times as they like within the 3 month period.
For further information, please visit: www.evisa.gov.tr/en/
ROADS & DRIVING AROUND
The main road from the Airport to Bodrum town is the D330, a dual carriageway. All of the towns and villages are approximately 10 to 15 minutes from each other, therefore easy to reach.
Once off the D330 and heading towards Yalikavak, and Gundogan for example, the connecting roads become minor roads which can be ‘interesting’ in places if small pot holes have not been repaired. Bodrum life is laid back and relaxed, the ‘village’ road terrain often is evidence of the relaxed way of life
Bodrum Milas International Airport is the nearest airport and is a quick 45 minute drive to most of the Peninsula towns.
Flights from the UK, Europe and other countries fly direct to Bodrum whereas some international carriers fly into Istanbul’s main airport, Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Istanbul also has a second airport, Sabiha Goken, both airports have regular internal/domestic flights down to Bodrum which take approximately 1 hour.
PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER
We can arrange private airport transfer for you. We have worked with a professional and fully licenced tour company since 2008 who transfer many of our guests to their holiday villas. Drivers know the location of the villas we rent which means no delays trying to find holiday homes.
A Bodrum airport taxi will cost similar but, the driver possibly will not speak English, neither will they know the villa locations … guests have been known to be driving around for hours because taxi drivers do not know how to find villas
PETROL & DIESEL
The Bodrum area is awash with petrol filling stations as you will see as you leave the Airport and head for the coast.
Most hire cars are empty when collected but a short distance after the airport is a filling station, these are usually manned and not self-service.
No matter which Peninsula town you stay at, there will always be a petrol station nearby
PUBLIC TRANSPORT - DOLMUS
This is the best and cheapest way to get around the Peninsula, fun too!
For a few TL (Turkish Lira) you can hop on a dolmus anywhere (hail them like a cab) and they will have you at your chosen destination in minutes.
They run from town to town frequently so ‘when in Rome’ … or Bodrum!
our bodrum based guest management services
PEACE OF MIND
All properties we manage have an English and Turkish speaking property/guest manager. This person will be your point of contact during your stay and will meet you on arrival, hand over keys or show you around the villa/apartment (depending on the type of property). This will give you peace of mind knowing there is someone locally you can call on if you need to.
We work closely with villa/guest managers and provide both guests and managers with information for your arrival and departure.
Property owners select these people and are therefore in regular contact with them too which means, should anything malfunction, your locally based property/guest manager is able to quickly resolve issues or will contact the owner for advice and authorisation if required.
GUEST MANAGER SERVICES
Property/guest manager services include:-
Meet and greet on arrival (for villas only)
Key hand over
Providing welcome pack and any additional shopping
Cleaning and laundry
Hiring additional baby beds and high chairs if more than one is required
Property maintenance and resolving issues which could arise locally during your stay
Some managers can recommend and arrange daily boat trips for personal hire with a captain