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... must be like in rural Turkey (with the added comforts of en-suite bathrooms and running hot water!). The guest rooms are in a...
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... rooms, but the rooms are lovely. We had the upstairs double room, which has two windows looking out over the fields and the...
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... farmhouse restored as a hotel. It's very small, just 3 bedrooms, really well done, cosy, comfortable, and very clean....
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papa-rupe wrote a review Sept 2013
Central England146 contributions
This is the place to stay if you want to experience what life must be like in rural Turkey (with the added comforts of en-suite bathrooms and running hot water!). The guest rooms are in a converted village house surrounded by grape vines, fig trees and the orchard. Erol's elderly Mum lives next door and there are various neighbours coming and going to work the fields.
Erol and Pauline are great hosts, making sure you are comfortable and helping with tips about the area, walking directions and local gossip. The village itself is well worth an explore.
As others have said, Erol is a great cook which is probably just as well because eating in is really the only option - it's a good 20 minute drive down the mountain to Kalkan if you want a wider choice of food. Having said that, the full-board option is not particularly cheap. We certainly found better value on our travels.
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Date of stay: September 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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ladyfrombrighton wrote a review Oct 2006
Brighton, England4 contributions
We chose Owlsland for our honeymoon because we wanted somewhere secluded and romantic, and a bit special, away from the main "touristy" places, but not so far away that we couldn't get to the beach (a tall order, we know!)
And we have to say that Owlsland did fulfil all these requirements - the guesthouse isn't big, with just 3 rooms, but the rooms are lovely. We had the upstairs double room, which has two windows looking out over the fields and the mountains. If we left the windows open at night, there was a lovely gentle soft breeze blew through the room, nice and cool and pleasant, and we didn't find any mosquitoes, like we would have on the coast.

The room was very big, spotlessly clean, and decorated in traditional style, certainly quite simple, but well in keeping with it's having been a traditional farmhouse. There was a cedarwood double bed, comfortable mattress, and a nicely done, (almost Swedish, we thought) shower-room, lots of hot water.

We loved the balcony with its places to lie and watch the village go past, a cool shady place to read or drowse in the heat of the day or after dinner, and there was a nice platform with lots of cushions in the garden too, where you could lie and relax if you wanted.

The food was superb, freshly cooked by Erol. We went down to Kalkan a couple of times for dinner, which we enjoyed, though we did have a bit of a wait for the meals to come. Not a big problem though, we weren't going anywhere!
Also we walked to Islamlar, the next village, over the mountains one day, leaving early (well, early-ish!) morning and having lunch at the Degirman Trout Farm. That was really enjoyable, a great day, though I have to say for anyone not really fit the walk in the mountains in the heat might be a bit too much. Also, the paths aren't marked, and it would be easy to get lost. Still, you could drive there.
The meals at Owlsland were something else - as others have remarked on earlier posts here, I don't think a dish was repeated once in the 5 nights we had our dinner. Erol went out of his way to make us traditional Turkish food, lots of the dishes seemed to be things we didn't see in the restaurants, possibly because they need to be cooked and served fresh, and he did 5 or 6 different things every single night, yummy!

All told, a great honeymoon, loved the place, loved the village, everybody was so friendly and pleasant, smiling faces every time we went out. Good company in the hotel, good hosts, between Erol's cooking and Pauline's local knowledge/advice which she's very willing to share, great hospitality. And as a last word, the friendliest, soppiest, most laid-back cats and dogs we've ever come across!
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Date of stay: June 2006Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Curious16959 wrote a review Feb 2005
Brighton, England1 contribution
We have been to Kalkan before, but wanted to see a bit of Turkey outside the tourist resorts - and we really landed lucky finding Owlsland!
Bezirgan is the "summer village" for Kalkan, it's 17 km away in the mountains, about 20 minutes' drive, but it's a whole different world.

Owlsland is an old village farmhouse restored as a hotel. It's very small, just 3 bedrooms, really well done, cosy, comfortable, and very clean. There's a huge balcony running the whole length of the building, and it was just paradise to lie there on piles of cushions and chill out. The local people in the village were very welcoming - we got asked in for tea and offered apples and grapes every time we went out for a walk.

And we have to mention Erol's cooking - each meal had dishes we've never seen in the restaurants, such a variety, and all delicious. We must have put on a stone each in the week we stayed.

For sighseeing it was great - we hired a car at the airport, and that gave us the freedom to go all round the area. It was fine and handy for the caost, we went to Kas, Kalkan and Patara, and it's not far from Xanthos either. Don't miss Elmali, an hour or so away in the mountains.
And there were no mozzies either - what more can you ask??
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Date of stay: October 2004
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citygurl wrote a review Jun 2006
Cambridge, MA48 contributions
We recently returned from a 2-week trip across Turkey and feel compelled to let people know that our *only* negative experience was at the hands of a Scottish woman, Pauline, who runs Owlsland. It’s NOT worth the trip (25 minute drive north of Kalkan along treacherous, winding roads) or the cost (112 TRL or $75 US per adult, per night) only to arrive at a remote location devoid of any interest unless your idea of a good time is animal husbandry or goat-beating. We experienced more interesting meals at every other stop on our itinerary (pan-fried chicken….hardly a Turkish specialty) where we didn’t have to deal with growling dogs or cats sitting on the dining table hovering over our food.

We reserved a double room and she put us in a room with 2 twin beds - even after we pointed out every other room was empty and we were on our honeymoon (she apparently didn’t take it well when we called earlier in the week to change our reservation from 2 nights to 1 night)! She barely greeted us and answered our questions in one-syllable grumbles leaving us feeling extremely uncomfortable. There was no soap in the bathroom, but she did leave out exciting reading materials like Scottish SPCA and old issues of Organic Seed Catalog. And forget plush Turkish towels – we were handed towels that felt like they’d been used to dry her goats!

We fled as soon as we paid her in the morning and hoped she didn’t take her frustrations out on anyone else! This was NOT the experience we went out of our way for!!!
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GoldenBean wrote a review Apr 2012
Victoria, Canada52 contributions
We stayed at Owlsland for three nights in late September 2011. This small and delightful B&B is a wonderful spot to either relax, use as a base for touring in the area or getting away from the heat of the coast. While there, you must take an extended stroll through the two sections of the village to see how Turkey used to be. This place is truly an antidote to the package tourism offerings on the coast. Visitors wishing their pubs and fish and chips should stay away and leave this place for travelers who are looking for a unique experience in a comfortable setting. The rooms are in a re-purposed farm house that belonged to Erol's grandparents and his elderly parents still live just behind the house. Erol and Pauline provide delicious meals in their own home steps away from the rooms - we had both breakfast and dinner there for all three days of our stay. We met two different couples around the communal dinner table set in Pauline and Erol's lovely kitchen as the evenings were too cool to sit outside. The room itself was very spacious and decorated in a simple rural style (we had the large upper room in the house) and I especially enjoyed the lounge area outside the room for a peaceful afternoon read and nap. About 5km drive away is a village that has several fish restaurants - we visited for lunch one day and had fresh trout, excellent fried potatoes and a lovely salad for a very reasonable price. The view from these restaurants is stunning as the village is on the side of a mountain. We also drove to several ruins and one of the best beaches in the southern coast next to an interesting ruin (Panterra??) is 20 minutes away. This B&B and Hoyan Wedre (reviewed separately) were the highlights of our trip in southern Turkey. Pauline is a font of information on gardening for those interested and they both take enormous and much deserved pride in the quality of food they provide their guests. You will not be disappointed.
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Date of stay: September 2011Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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