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“Affordable Luxury” 5 of 5 stars
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Courtyard
Suleyman Yilmaz Cad. No 24 & 26, Kalkan, Turkey   |  
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Ranked #2 of 30 Kalkan B&B and Inns
London
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Affordable Luxury”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

After a wonderful first week in the White House (see separate review) we moved across the garden to the Courtyard for week two. It is seldom you find two treasures in one location. The Courtyard was finally completed in early summer 2012 and when we spent two nights there at the end of last year's annual visit to Kalkan it surpassed all expectations. The renovation of the old building has been carried out meticulously and an exceptionally high standard of comfort has been achieved. The decor is sympathetic for the style of building with Halil and Marion making excellent decisions on the various finishes. Very comfortable beds are adorned with wonderfully soft sheets and a choice of pillows, and furniture has been chosen to complement the room. The ensuite shower room has a highly efficient shower, lovely soft towels and fragrant olive oil soaps. The air conditioning is efficient and very quiet.

Staying at the Courtyard you retain the ambiance and friendliness off a family run business where nothing is too much trouble. You can still enjoy your breakfast on the terrace of the White House overlooking the beautiful Kalkan bay. Alternatively you can choose to have your breakfast 'a deux' on your balcony or terrace. Having visited Kalkan annually for 13 years I was delighted to discover the White House about 8 years ago. The realising of Halil and Marion's dream of renovating the old house opposite has been delight for regular and new guests alike. With guests all treated more like family this could have been diluted with the additional rooms but they have been careful to maintain the ambience by simply bringing more of the family onto the team.

To my knowledge there is no other similar accommodation in Kalkan and we certainly intend to continue having a two centred holiday in the future. For those who haven't visited Kalkan before the Courtyard is situated in the old town which means it is walking distance to the many excellent restaurants and bars the village has to offer. Likewise the harbour is a short walk down the hill and from there you can take a boat to the one of the numerous beach clubs. The Courtyard breakfast taken on the terrace overlooking the bay is a beautifully presented plate of 10 (at the last count) fruits with two types of cheese, tomato, cucmber and olives. Creamy yoghurt, local honey and jam and freshly baked bread (brown and white) are also served. Eggs are always offered. All prepared to order. During the day and in the evening the same roof terrace is open for drinks for both residents and non-residents. The weekly BBQ is also enjoyed on the terrace with proper Turkish food prepared by Hulya and Huseyin. I would not hesitate to recommend the Courtyard to anyone.

Room Tip: All the rooms are different and can be viewed on the web site. We have a room on the first floor ad...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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We are delighted you enjoyed your two centre holiday! Thanks again for spending the time to write some a great review - best wishes from us all at the Courtyard and look forward to seeing you again next year
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English first
London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

My husband and I stayed at The Courtyard for 10 days from 22 June 2013. If you are looking for a peaceful holiday in an architecturally stunning and pristine building, then you will love it here! The owners and staff are delightful. Halil and Marion have left no stone unturned when it comes to furnishings and catering for holiday guest requirements. The rooms are very spacious, clean and the bed was so comfortable (for once my husband was not complaining about back ache). The breakfast is simply outstanding and the views from the terrace are tranquil. We loved the cocktails and drinks served on the terrace whilst watching the sun go down. The Courtyard is a stone's throw from the beach and the bustling Old Town. This was our first trip to Kalkan and we really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely be coming back again to stay at the Courtyard.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

We have been having family holidays at the White House for 3 years now.Over the past year the owners,Halil and Marion renovated the old town house behind the White House and this is CourtyardKalkan. It has been a very sympathetic restoration,using local materials and craftsmen and meticulous detail.The result is outstanding and there is nothing like this in Kalkan at the moment!The rooms are each unique boutique style and it is very clear that a lot of thought and time has been put in to making sure guests will be comfortable.Most rooms have balconies and all have excellent large en suite bathrooms with thoughtful little touches such as local olive oil soaps for guests.We agree entirely with everything the previous posters mention.
The location is right in the heart of the pretty old town within very easy reach of restaurants and shops.We use the beach clubs during the day and a swimming pool is not necessary,the sea is wonderful!
We have already booked for 2 weeks next summer.We keep returning to enjoy the wonderful friendly atmosphere of the White House-the owners Halil and Marion and staff(Hulya,Husseyin,Buse andSinan)make us feel part of the Turkish family,the Huseyin breakfasts are definitely a feature and the views over the bay from the roof terrace are outstanding.This is a place we are so glad we found and couldnt wish for anything better!We wish Halil and Marion all the best and can't wait to see them all next July!Rose and Jim,Emily,Louisa,Rosanna and Esme.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

We stayed at the White House In kalkan from 12 to 16 July 2012. Having stayed in July 2011, we were most impressed to discover the transformation of the outbuildings into 6 new room, "Courtyard Kalkan". The renovation was carried out with great care and the property looks absolutely stunning and in complete keeping with the character of Kalkan. The 6 rooms are all slightly different but are all well proportioned and furnished with good quality, solid wooden furniture and high quality soft furnishing (beautiful linen and towels). The decoration is tasteful but discreet as is the lighting. The spacious bathrooms are in travertine and fitted with high spec suites (good water pressure). Good storage space. Very nice rooms indeed.
We were very lucky to be the first guests in room 3 which is probably the most spacious room and it also benefits from a long balcony (although too hot to sit on in July, even in the evening).
The courtyard which was already pretty is now bigger somehow and most attractive and aesthetically pleasing with beautiful pebble paving, a variety of flowers, plants and trees in beds and pots. There are little square tables and chairs scattered around the courtyard and a lovely green traditional Turkish sofa and armchairs.
The whole place is beautiful and welcoming, the team running the White House friendly and helpful. We wish them all the best and look forward to returning.
Thank you Marion, Halil, Hulya, Hussein and Sinan!
Paul and Solange

Room Tip: all six rooms are beautiful but 1 and 2 probably not so private as they open onto the courtyard
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Suleyman Yilmaz Cad. No 24 & 26, Kalkan, Turkey
Location: Turkey > Turkish Mediterranean Coast > Antalya Province > Kalkan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Kalkan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Courtyard is an intimate exclusive boutique hotel, the first and only restoration hotel in the old town of Kalkan. Originally the site of an underground cistern providing water to passing travellers and later the home of the Yilmaz family, these buildings have been beautifully restored to provide six unique bedrooms, each with their own personality and style. ... more   less 
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