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The Turkey Trot

During our French affair we changed our mind about converting the old barn into gites and decided to look for an investment a bit further afield.

As we were currently living inland in France we decided that we would do our best to find something with a sea view, preferably in the Mediterranean. We had a good look around at what money could buy and we chose to look in Turkey. We went off to Olu Deniz and stayed at a very nice hotel.  We were going to travel around the Turquoise Coast and see what we could find.

After a couple of days we found Kalkan, our work was done! This was 11 years ago, Kalkan was so unspoilt it was perfect. Kalkan is the most beautiful place, an old Ottoman fishing village with narrow streets and gorgeous buildings all leading down to a marina and the beach.

Plenty of restaurants from the exclusive to cafe bars serving delicious and traditional Turkish fayre. Food was excellent value for money but alcohol is about the same price as the UK. We didn’t hunt for long before we found the perfet villa, the views were incredible …

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Our Villa

View over Kalamar Bay

We were on quite a tight budget when we started out and the villa clearly needed some work doing.  Over the years we did it up and it was beautiful.  We loved it.

We were impressed with Turkey, the people are really friendly and very genuine.  The food is amazing.  Life is fabulous and the best months for us were April – June and September.

We loved it so much we decided that we would go and live there.  There seemed to be many expat Brits doing the same thing.  However, you need to have something to do.  As winter draws in, the weather becomes very cool and windy you can no longer sit in the sun all day.  We noticed that quite a few of the expats had formed clubs and spent time in bars but that was not really someting we wanted to get involved in.  The Mediterranean winds were so bad in February that we could barely go out of the house some days, it wasn’t the paradise that it is in the Spring.  John made a great comment “It is not where you live it is what you do that matters”.  So true, we decided that full time life in Turkey was not for us.

I still stand by the fact that Kalkan is one of the best holiday destinations I have ever been to and the history and beauty of the Turquoise coast is unrivalled.

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We kept our villa for 7 years, during which time we rented it out to holidaymakers.  We were fully booked and I have to say again it was a great investment.  We sold it in 2011 and reinvested in a house in the UK.

If I had the money would I buy in Turkey again?  Yes I would, definitely.  I miss it lots and Kalkan will always hold special memories for me.

If you are thinking of buying in Kalkan, speak to Bridget and Sakir at Black Lion estate agents – they are great! http://2blacklions.com/

Our Terrace

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A lovely holiday in Fethiye

View from the breakfast terrace at Ece Saray Hotel
View from the breakfast terrace

We had a great week in Turkey last week mainly because the hotel was so fab.  It was listed as a five star on the website and it certainly was.  The service was great but not intrusive and the views of the marina and my future 100ft yacht (pending lottery win!) were a site to behold especially from the rooftop breakfast terrace. The hotel is called Ece Saray and is on the marina in Fethiye. I wouldn’t normally advertise on my blog but the service was amazing, you didn’t need to lift a finger and the facilities were great.  We ate in the restaurant a couple of times in the evening, which we enjoyed.  We had a suite, so plenty of space to lounge about also with fantastic views of the marina. We had a jacuzzi bath, a new thing for me, into which I poured bubble bath and wished I hadn’t in seconds!

Ece Saray Hotel Fethiye Turkey
Ece Saray Hotel Fethiye Turkey
Hotel pool
Hotel Pool

Fethiye is a working town and so outside of the marina and the traditional Ottoman squares can seem down to earth to say the least.  It does have it’s charms though and the Turkish people are very friendly.  Bartering is mandatory and the traders expect it, in fact almost disappointed when people accept the first price they give. The old town can be a bit touristy but once you get past the fake designer gear and find a cafe to take a seat and watch the world go by it becomes more than a bit interesting.  There is incredible history in this area going back beyond Ottoman to Byzantine times, rock tombs and ancient monuments provide plenty to wonder at.

For me the only bit that ruins it is the fact that I have to fly there.  Some people actually seem to enjoy it but I cannot see the attraction of sitting in something for 4 hours that defies gravity and prevents me from moving my legs.  I have to say that was probably the tightest legroom I have ever known but what can you expect for £300 return?