The Shepherd's House

Akyaka , Turkey

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  • Rural retreat
  • Beautiful forest setting
  • Magnificent views
  • Close to Çinar Beach

Surrounded by an olive grove and wild forests of pine, this painstakingly restored shepherd's home overlooks the magnificent panorama of Gokova Bay and beyond.

Once the childhood haunt of Çağlar, the owner, The Shepherd’s House has been transformed from a simple rural hut to a stylish villa, reflecting Çağlar’s passion for creating quality accommodation in stunning locations.

The interiors are a perfect combination of modern and traditional Turkey; wooden floors and ceilings with contemporary glass doors allowing glimpses of Gokova Bay from the main bedroom. The spacious outside terrace offers ample seating around the swimming pool, with captivating views from every aspect.

With two bedrooms this villa can be enjoyed by either couples or young families.

For those wishing to explore the area around this idyllic spot, the pretty beach of Çinar and the attractions of Akyaka, a traditional Turkish town with its unique Ula-Muğla architecture, are a short drive away.

Looking for 10 nights..? Why not add a 3-night stay in a boutique hotel to your villa holiday. To find out more, view our 10-night holidays in Turkey.


Explore our pre-bookable experiences in Akyaka.



  • 2 bedroom single storey villa (sleeps 2-4)

Ground floor

  • Open plan living/kitchen area with fireplace, TV, DVD player, music system; leads to large terrace (shade in places) with seating areas
  • Small kitchen equipped with oven, hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle
  • Master bedroom with en-suite shower room; glass doors lead out to terrace
  • Twin bedroom with shower room next door
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Washing machine
  • Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool 7m x 3m (depth 1.5m – 1.7m) with ladder
  • Our Covid-19 pledge means your holiday is fully protected. However, there may be special conditions surrounding flexible booking at this property. For further details, please visit: /covid-pledge-flexible-booking.


  • All properties with WiFi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails*

* We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected.


  • Restaurant (Çinar) 5min drive
  • Beach (Çinar) 5min drive
  • Shops (Akyaka) 12min drive
  • Bozburun Peninsula 1hr 30min drive
  • Dalaman Airport 1hr 15min drive

Car hire

Car options

Based on the number of people travelling, the following hire car(s) are included in the package price of your holiday:

  • 2-4 guests – 1 Group B, Renault Fluence or similar*

* All our cars include full comprehensive insurance with zero excess. For this particular destination, the undercarriage, tyres and windscreen are included in the cover.

Car specifications

Group B – 1.6 litre petrol engine, 2 large and 2 medium suitcases*

The following cars are available as alternatives on request (supplements apply). Please call our travel specialists for details.

Group D – Dacia Duster or similar, 1.5 litre diesel engine, 3 large and 2 medium suitcases*

Group E – Dacia Lodgy or similar, 1.5 litre diesel engine, 2 medium suitcases*

Group F – Hyundai Accent automatic or similar, 1.6 litre petrol engine, 2 large and 2 medium suitcases*

* Suitcase sizes are based on a large suitcase being approximately 75cm x 45cm x 23cm and a medium suitcase of approximately 60cm x 40cm x 23cm.

This is a lovely villa and the surrounding area is lovely. We will be back next year!

Helen, Mark and Annie, September 2023

Lovely villa with superb views, making it difficult to drag yourself away to enjoy the local area. We had a really authentic trip to Ula, market day on Friday. It was amazing, with us being the only tourists. If you follow Nihat’s suggestions in his welcoming e-mail, you won’t go far wrong. Nihat was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble.

Linda and Colin, September 2023

We’ve had such a lovely week. Truly relaxing and we were able to switch off. It’s a great villa – one of our Simpson favourites. We’ve really enjoyed so many delicious meals – the homecooked/delivered meal was perfect. Thanks to Nihat for his help and well done Simpson on finding a wonderful place.

Jules and Johnny, August 2023

Beautiful villa, great views. We had the best time and very relaxing. Nihat was extremely helpful and responsive and made our stay that much more relaxing. We adored our stay here. The Shepherd’s House is really special.

Stephney, Bella, Charlie and Sofia, July 2023

A beautiful villas with a stunning view. Simpson Travel offers a seamless travel experience. Highly recommended

Floriana via Trustpilot, July 2023

Customer Feedback Our stay at the Shepherds House was out of this world. The view is so incredible from the side of the hill out across the bay. The villa is spacious for 4 people and the air conditioning works really well throughout, which mattered when it was so hot outside. The pool and the garden were well kept and were a lovely to place to spend time in. Nihat our concierge was really friendly and so helpful to us. Always on hand so we could ask a question or to book us a restaurant or some boat hire. Akyaka the town nearby is very pretty with traditional architecture and lots of flowers. The people were friendly and there were many restaurants to choose from. We spent lots of time at Cinar beach which is very pretty and close by. My teenage daughter asked if we could come back every year. A great endorsement.

Stephney Dallmann, July 2023

What a lovely little secluded villa, which exceeded all expectations. Nihat was amazing and sorted out taxis and restaurant bookings as well as recommendations. The deli in Akyaka, just up the hill from Migros, is amazing and there is a lovely wine shop just further up. All is all a fabulous week. Thank you.

Ba & Alisa, June 2023

We enjoyed two wonderful weeks, the first in The Shepherd's Hut and the second in Zetyn Evi in Sogut. Both properties were first class and the Simpson rep for both places, Nihat and his team were outstanding. Nihat was knowledgeable, responsive and friendly, advising on places to visit, booking restaurants and boat trips and generally enhancing our experience - we had a great time!

Trevor Watkins, June 2023

Slightly mixed May weather but a relaxing week in a characterful setting. Nihat very welcoming and attentive. Simpson Travel is good as always.

Christine & Adam, May 2023

What a beautiful, tranquil and relaxing setting. An amazing week all round. Nihat, our concierge, has been superb and so responsive. This is another testimony to the quality of Simpson Travel. Sevgi has also been fantastic. Really superb week. Our fourth time with Simpson – looking forward to the next one.

Catherine & Jock, May 2023

Another lovely Simpson stay! We enjoyed the early mornings watching the birds drinking and bathing. Thanks to Nihat and Sevgi who sorted out a few hiccups during our stay and kept the villa clean.

Shirley & Tim, May 2023

Second time back to our slice of Paradise. Still so quiet and calm with only the birds and bees as background sound. Heaven.

Sarah Church, May 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed our fortnight in this lovely and quirky villa! We’ve spent many hours in and around the pool as well as sampling most of the restaurants in Akyaka. All good! Sevgi brought us delicious bread each morning as well as hosing and cleaning the patio area. A big thanks to Nihat who has been extremely helpful and very quick to respond to our needs.

Valerie & Gordon, May 2023

A very well presented villa which had the added benefit of being in a very quiet location with outstanding views. It exceeded expectations and as usual showed Simpson Travel's excellent selection of properties for those who look for seclusion, comfort and a bit of sun!

Christopher Ford, August 2022

This was a lovely spot that was just what we wanted. Quiet, good pool and outdoor space and suited to our young family that loves swimming. Close enough to town for a quick trip in and plenty of day trips and activities to choose from and some great beaches close by. Nothing was too much trouble for Jess, who even helped us out with another car seat even though we didn't book our car via Simpson. With Simpson you get that bit extra with service, quality and local support (but not too much) and it's worth it!

James Edwards, July 2022

A fabulous week spent in Akyaka. First visit to that part of Turkey and would certainly return. Jess and her team were exceptionally helpful and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. We loved the Shepherds House. Amazing location with wonderful views.

Patricia Beer, May 2022

An amazing couple of weeks in this lovely Villa in a beautiful location. This is our second time in Akyaka & we love it’s authenticity. We will definitely be back again soon.Would like to say a massive thank you to Jess for all her help, advice & support. She even checks in with you if she hasn’t heard anything from you for a couple of days. Knowing she is on hand for every eventuality is so reassuring.

Elizabeth Hibbert, May 2022

Another wonderful holiday with Simpson Travel (our 5th in 5 years).

Andy Oakley, September 2019

What a lovely week we have had in this lovely, characterful villa. Sitting outside in the morning looking at the wonderful view has been so relaxing. In the evening, we enjoyed the hooting owl, the darting bats and the fantastic lightening shows. We went out for two Turkish breakfasts and both were unique in their own way and delicious.

The Dennys, October 2018

Lovely week here – a contrast to our first week at the Korsan Suites in Kalkan. Beautiful location and a warm and cosy setting for the house. We did a lot of relaxing but also enjoyed the enormous fruit and vegetable market on Thursday – a must. The winery at Datça – very good tastings and cheap to buy wine. The Bozburun Peninsula and all the stopping off places.

The Barters, October 2018

Another wonderful holiday with Simpson Travel. Two amazing villas in two fabulous locations. We can't wait to book our next holiday! Thank you.

Mrs D, October 2018

A wonderful ‘quirky’ villa. Have had a very relaxing two weeks here. Mehmet has been brilliant and has driven us into the town in the evening and Kadriye’s meals are delicious!

David & Mags, September 2018

We’ve had a relaxing week at Shepherd’s House. Thank you to Jessica for her brilliant recommendations and efficiency and professionalism. Mehmet for the daily bread and driving us to town to eat out. Kadriye for the meal on Wednesday – so much food and so delicious. Enjoy your holiday!

Tricia & John, September 2018

We loved our stay in this peaceful house. Highlights have been lots of gözleme at roadside cafés, kayaking down the river and kitesurfing. Thanks so much to Jessica – a real star, super helpful, very efficient, organised and very interesting company.

Sue & Sebastian, July 2018

Superb location, as one could best describe as ‘organic Turkey’. We have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here and the views are fantastic. Best beach Çinar which is literally a 10-minute drive down the hill and a little beyond. Best restaurant Café West down by the river. Eating out is so reasonable and excellent (and friendly staff!). The butcher is great for getting chicken for the barbecue should you wish to eat in. Must thank Mehmet for all his help and the early bread delivery every day. Thank you also to Kadriye and her team for doing a great job of cleaning the villa. We think the villa is quirky and unlike anything we have stayed in over the several years we have been with Simpson Travel. You do get used to it! Would also like to give Jessica a big thank you for everything, which she does professionally and efficiently.

Liz & Ken, June 2018

We love combining beach, walking and visiting historical sites whilst on holiday. This is something that the Simpson Travel reps will always advise us on and, together with the comfort and flexibility of a Simpson villa, leads to a relaxing and interesting holiday. From boat trips to mud-baths, our time in Turkey was thoroughly enjoyable and I still had time to read four books!

Ms Sims, September 2015

We are two old fogies who have very much enjoyed our week here. At our age we haven't wanted to visit beaches and rush around too much, but we've loved the pool, the peace, the views and the mountain backdrop. The welcome hamper was excellent and the number of things provided...more than we expected, and the lovely fresh bread provided by Mehmet when he came to do the pool in the mornings was a real bonus!

Mr & Mrs Jenkin, September 2014

This is our third Simpson Travel villa and they just keep getting better! The atmosphere makes you very lazy and we loved relaxing by the pool looking at the view. Thank you to Anthony and Mehmet.

Onash, September 2014

We've loved The Shepherd's House. Stunning mountain backdrop, fabulous views and sunsets and lovely, friendly and welcoming people everywhere we've been. Thank you to Mehmet and the whole team for making our stay so comfortable, and thanks to Anthony for all your tips and advice.

The Diffey's, August 2014

We have had a relaxing week here following our stay at a villa on the Bozburun Peninsula. Thank you to Anthony for all your help and advice!

Jenkins Family, July 2014

Very many thanks to the Simpson Travel staff for making our stay so comfortable. The Shepherd's House is so peaceful and grounded, the views are spectacular and the backdrop really dramatic. We encountered many forms of wildlife! Thanks to all for making our stay very memorable. We will be back!

Gunning, June 2014

A great couple of weeks spent at The Shepherd's House. Nice mix of weather, hotter as the month progressed. Thanks to Memet for the daily bread delivery and looking after the pool!

Mrs Lambert, May 2014

Beautiful villa with amazing views. Everything you could want in a holiday.

Dr Swindles, June 2013

A super holiday with a very good company. We stayed in The Shepherds House in Akyaka which was so peaceful and beautiful. The house itself was perfect, both inside and out, constructed by a local man, much attention being given to the tiny touches. Pool lovely, outside area large with panoramic views over the mountains, sea to the Bozburun Peninsula. We were very well looked after, especially at the house and the weather hot and sunny. Wildlife around including tortoise, birds, lizards, fireflies and a visit by a wild boar.

Mrs Cole, April 2013

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Sheltered in the furthermost corner of Gökova Bay in Turkey with a sweeping backdrop of pine forests, Akyaka is a destination long favoured by discerning travellers for its location far from the madding crowds.

A perfect example of the attractive Ula-Muğla architecture and part of the Cittaslow movement, this small coastal town offers a real opportunity to take time out: your chance to sunbathe on the beach, sip tea in one of the local tea houses or explore the meandering river by boat or kayak.

And after an exhilarating day outside, we have a carefully chosen selection of villas in Akyaka to welcome you home.

Explore our pre-bookable experiences in Akyaka.

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