Our Mediterranean Village Home in Kaş, Turkey

Wild Irises bloom all through March and April

Wild Irises bloom all through March and April

Our Mediterranean Village Home is located in a quiet village called Çukurbağ (Choo-ker-bah) in the southern region of Turkey close to Kas, a popular tourist destination.

Here is some information about Kaş on the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey.

Additional photos can be seen on this Photo Album and here are some old photos of the house under construction.

This article in the Guardian listed Kaş as no. 7 of its Top 10 autumn sunshine holidays


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Our Mediterranean village home is an old, two-story, professionally restored, fully furnished, natural stone village home completely renovated with a spacious new stone terrace. It overlooks a beautiful valley, has a view of the Mediterranean in the distance, and enjoys spectacular sunrises and sunsets. On the front of our house we enjoy a stone covered outdoor terrace and above it is a beautiful cedar wood full balcony overlooking the valley.

Village people are very friendly and make no exception to foreigners who are friendly and courteous back to them.

We are surrounded by 2,100 square meters (over 22,600 square feet) of almond, olive and çinar (a type of oak) trees, bougainvillea, lemon and orange trees, pines and a variety of natural vegetation, flowers and other plants.

The fountain immediately next to the Lycian Trail.

The fountain immediately next to the Lycian Trail.

Mediterranean village home is within an hour’s walk to ancient Phellos, a 2500 year old Lycian ruin on the Lycian way long distance trekking route from Fethiye to Antalya. The village is less than 15 minutes drive from the Mediterranean sea and Kaş, a tourist resort. Turkey is a tourist destination for many Europeans and especially adventure tourism. There is an old village spring immediately adjacent to the property which is on the famous Lycian Way Trail where foreign and Turkish trekkers and local people and their goats are frequently seen drinking or washing.

Kaş enjoys a classical Mediterranean climate, warm or cool and rainy in winter and hot in the summer. The weather is delightful year round with an average of 300 sunny days each year.

The Lycian Way sign directly below the entrance to the home.

The Lycian Way sign directly below the entrance to the home.

Çukurbağ village climate is similar to Kaş but because of its 600 meter (1970 feet) elevation above Kaş, Çukurbağ is usually cooler in the summer with gentle, delightful breezes. In the winter, Kaş, on the sea, can be quite windy and the rain can fall in almost horizontal sheets. Çukurbağ village receives equal amounts of winter rain but without the severity of the sea-borne winds.

November 2011 had 25 sunny days with 22 C (71 F) average temperature, December had 18 sunny days with 17 C (63 F) temperatures and January 2012 had 17 sunny days with 15 C (60 F) average temperature. Here is a chart showing Kaş weather and sea temperature averages.

65 cm thick (25 inch) natural stone walls keep our home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The plumbing, sewage, phone and electric system are new and modern.

The balcony, many door and window frames, ceiling rafters and other wooden pieces that we made are all built with high quality cedar wood, cut from a nearby forest. All of the original cedar wood beams, floors and other wood was kept as was determined to be appropriate and safe. Most of the windows and doors are new, a few were restored and all the glass is new.

The restoration of our Mediterranean village home was headed by an architect under our supervision. Modern engineering techniques and materials were used to reinforce the building and a double steel belt around the entire house was installed for earthquake protection.

Ground floor:

The terrace in summer where we spend most of our time

The terrace in summer where we spend most of our time

Terrace: 20 sq. metres.(215 sq. ft.) Our two-story village home overlooks a beautiful valley, has a view of the Mediterranean in the distance, and enjoys spectacular sunrises and sunsets. The building is all natural stone completely renovated with a spacious new stone terrace. On the front of our home we enjoy a beautiful cedar wood full balcony overlooking the valley.

Fireplace room: 14 sq. metres.(150 sq. ft.) A modern, energy-efficient, central wooden stove system is the primary heat source and is located in the downstairs living room. The building is designed to be heated using this system which also heats the upstairs. Due to the mild climate this is more than sufficient during the rainy season. Firewood is in easily available. Air-conditioning is not necessary in Çukurbağ due to the cool summer breezes and stone masonry.

The limonluk or sun room. (The cats are not for sale.)

The limonluk or sun room. (The cats are not for sale.)

Sitting room: 20 sq. metres.(215 sq. ft.) Downstairs there is a the “limonluk,” a combined sitting, sun and occasional dining room as well as a small toilet and wash sink, and living/sleeping room. Our home is approximately 130 square meters (1,400 sq ft) of inside floor space not including the balcony.

Kitchen: 13 sq. metres. Has a natural stone floor and all cabinets are hand-made cedar.

Upstairs:

Stairs and corridor: 9 sq. metres.(140 sq. ft.) These lead to the upstairs bedroom and bathroom. All flooring is natural stone.

The openness of the upstairs bedroom

The openness of the upstairs bedroom

Bathroom: 8 sq. metres.(86 sq. ft.) All new tub, toilet, sink and shower. Cabinets and window frames are all cedar wood.

Bedroom: 25 sq. metres.(270 sq. ft.) Upstairs we have one very large bedroom which we may eventually convert into two rooms.

Balcony: 22 sq. metres.(236 sq. ft.) Made completely from forest cut cedar wood.

Grounds: 2100 sq. metres.(22,604 sq. ft.) Several terraces made by ancient villagers, stone wall terracing the property from the road. Many almond trees are in our garden which usually bear almonds every year. We try to have them cared for and pruned.

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