The Pasha's Retreat

Dalyan, Turkey

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  • Outstanding character
  • 300-year-old restored house
  • Wonderful country views
  • Beautifully lawned gardens

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Once in a while we discover a project with huge potential – one that is difficult to turn down.

The Pasha's Retreat is just such a project and is the work and dedication of one man, Omer Irmak, who goes back to our Simply Travel days in the 1990s. Dwarfed by some magnificent cliffs, this 300-year-old house has the most marvellous position just outside Dalyan with beautiful views of the countryside. In summer, hawks hover over the valley and wild goats scramble over the rocky cliffs, laden with pine trees that overlook this glorious spot.

Omer is passionate about architecture and the restoration has been tastefully completed combining two separate buildings making a spacious three bedroom house. The interiors are furnished in sympathy with the building’s old world charm.

The outside areas are a delight as you enter this lovely home via a pathway through your pretty garden. A spacious lawned area complements the private swimming pool with plenty of seating options.

The house is ideal for families in the summer season with its large gardens and close proximity to a local restaurant and Dalyan itself, whilst couples will find the ambience, style and position both romantic and characterful.

No one knows exactly who this house belonged to – perhaps the local governor, a rich merchant or, as we like to think, an Ottoman prince known in Turkish as a Pasha. Whoever it was, we are confident that Omer's dedication and energy has created something quite unique.

Explore our pre-bookable experiences in Dalyan.



  • 3 bedroom villa (sleeps 2-6)

Main house

  • Open plan living/dining/kitchen area with satellite TV with USB plug-in; leads to pool terrace
  • Kitchen includes electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, dishwasher
  • Mezzanine level with Turkish seating area with cushions
  • Double bedroom with en-suite shower-room
  • Shower room
  • Separate WC

Second house

  • Open plan living area with Turkish seating with cushions and bean-bags; leads to barbeque terrace
  • Double bedroom with en-suite wet room
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite wet room


  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Air-conditioned bedrooms
  • Washing machine
  • Iron, ironing board, hairdryer, pool and bath towels provided
  • Built-in barbecue
  • Swimming pool 4.6m x 9.2m (depth 1.30m throughout) with ladder


  • 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.


From 2 March 2020, British nationals travelling to Turkey for tourism or business purposes will no longer need a visa for visits of up to 90 days within any 180-day period.


  • Nearest restaurant 5min walk
  • Nearest bus stop into Dalyan town 5min walk (regular service)
  • Restaurants/shops (Dalyan) 40min walk
  • Beach (Iztuzu) 20min drive
  • Dalaman airport 40min 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*
  • 5 guests – 1 Group D, Dacia Duster or similar*
  • 6 guests – 2 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*

Group D – 1.5 litre diesel engine, 3 large and 2 medium suitcases*

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

Group E – Duster 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.

Customer feedback

Pasha’s Retreat was a peaceful oasis to stay. Dalyan offers so much – shops, restaurants, etc. that we will be back again. Jess – you were so helpful and responsive with your advice. Thank you so much. And, as ever, Simpson has come up with the goods – everything perfectly organised.
Tricia & John – September 2019

A wonderful place to stay and very peaceful as well as being very comfortable. Our third trip to Dalyan and it was great to stay outside the tourist areas whilst being close enough to walk in occasionally. Begonville restaurant remains a favourite as well as Yali Capkim just outside town. At short notice Jessica arranged a boat trip with Captain Hursein on the ‘Favourite’ and he gave us a fantastic day out as well as one of the best meals we have had – fresh sea bream and salads with crab we caught later on. Mixing lazy days by the pool, beer and barbecue with days out made it a great break. Our thanks to Jessica who was a great help.
The Richardson family – September 2019

The Pasha’s Retreat is as its name implies, a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the town of Dalyan. Peaceful except for the sounds of nature and a few farm animals and also beautiful, being surrounded on two sides by lush green forested hills, fields of corn and orchards (a quiet lane and a neighbour's large plot on the other two sides). It sits in its own garden filled with mature trees and shrubs and an inviting pool of a decent size. The interiors of the renovated old buildings are simple but attractively furnished. Dalyan is a town in an unusual situation, being on a river between a lake and the sea with plenty to do and see within a reasonable distance. We especially enjoyed our private boat trip on the ‘Favourite’ arranged for us by Jessica. Friendly people and good food completed the mix for an excellent holiday.
Catherine – August 2019

Our stay at Pasha’s Retreat was delightful. There was something to do almost every day. We loved the pool and the tranquil background of the mountains was divine. Jessica was very helpful and replied almost immediately to any texts with any issues we had. She knew exactly what we needed and what information would help us. We had the best time in the villa and would love to come back.
The Gaani family – August 2019

We thought our rep, Jessica, was outstanding. Knowledgeable, kind, approachable – nothing was too much trouble for her. She really is a star.
Dr Guyton – July 2019

We have had a wonderful two-week holiday at Pasha’s Retreat. We have enjoyed the quietness of the villa and beautiful views. Our walks every morning were lovely – meeting the locals, chickens, dogs, snakes, turkeys and owls. A trip to Kaunos was a highlight, but go early as it gets very hot. There are lots of tortoises there too! The market on a Sunday in Dalyan is a must for fresh fruit and veg. Fresh fish cooked on the barbecue was delicious too. The turtle hospital was very interesting and the staff are doing a wonderful job. Thank you Jessica for all your help and guidance.
Sally, Mike & Patricia – June 2019

Our second visit and we still love this place – so relaxing and a nice walk to the local restaurant. The neighbour sold us a bag of oranges from his trees and it’s the first time I’ve eaten an orange within a minute of it being picked. Delicious. Thank you Jessica – you are a total asset to Simpson Travel.
Jan & Jim – June 2019

A beautiful, tranquil setting in which to base a week! We visited Dalyan many, many times in the past and it was great to return to our favourite haunts! Wandering through the reed beds to the beach is still magical – if you are lucky you will see turtles, terrapins, kingfishers, eagles, egrets and many more! Take a small boat and let the boatman guide you. Meander around Kojes Lake and end up at the market in Kojes on Monday for local colour and an amazing variety of goods. Visit the restaurant Saki and enjoy their amazing choices of mezes and smiling staff. Visit the Kingfisher restaurant reached either by road on the way to Iztuzu beach or ask a boatman to take you there. Thank you again to Simpson Travel for choosing such independent accommodation. We will be back! P.S. Excellent beds!
The Wyatts – October 2018

We have enjoyed a fabulous week here at the Pasha’s Retreat. We all loved the villa and its facilities – all very comfortable. Jess’s recommendations for restaurants were great. We ate at Gunluklu – good basic food and easy to walk to, Saki’s for lunch was lovely too. We also enjoyed the Lime restaurant in Dalyan. Breakfast at Golbasi was amazing. The food was great and we saw kingfishers in the reeds and on the river. Iztuzu beach was a good place for a walk and it was interesting to find out about the turtles. Kaunos was worth a visit too. Most of all we enjoyed the sunshine, relaxing and swimming in the pool. The tranquil surroundings are just lovely. Thank you Jess for all your advice. We shall definitely return one day as there is so much else to explore.
Jenny, Ross, Nicci & Mark – October 2018

We enjoyed our second visit to Pasha's Retreat just as much as our first. The setting is idyllic, near enough to Dalyan if you want to experience the river trips, restaurants, etc. but set in a beautiful tranquil garden. A very short stroll to a restaurant, which is as good as any in Dalyan, followed by a glass of wine whilst sitting on the rocking chairs listening to the sheep, goats, owl and crickets – wonderful. Jessica is an outstanding rep, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. We are already planning our next Simpson holiday to Turkey.
Sally Robinson – September 2018



A wonderful stay in peaceful Pasha’s Retreat! Loved the boat trips with Captain Turguy – ask Jessica for details. We had a day trip to the sea and Ekincik Bay, on a lovely large boat with sunbathing on the roof and a great freshly cooked lunch. Enjoyed it so much we went on a moonlit trip to the lake too – well worth it. Enjoyed the trip to Bybassos and the mountain waterfall. Swim into the icy waters after a lovely lunch! Great meals at Saki, Losh and very good food down the road at Gunluklu – brilliant kebabs under the trees. Saw eagles flying over the hill in the garden, and fresh water turtles, kingfishers and herons on the boat trips. Loved the Saturday market – fabulous pancakes and good for presents for the house. Loved the villa and pool and gardens. We’ll come back. Thanks to Jessica for all her help.
The Phillips Family – August 2018

Thank you, Jessica for all your help – this is a very special house, so peaceful. We feel totally relaxed and the restaurant down the road is traditional food, just what we enjoy, maybe a bit too much!
Jan & Jim – July 2018

We do not want to go home! We have had the most marvellous two weeks here. Our highlights were two boat trips – private boat captained by Mesut Ertekin. The first trip was the classic trip up river to the lake and also to the beach (Iztuzu) back down. It included an on-board barbecue and home grown vegetable mezes as well as a session crabbing – with our catch cooked on board by Mesut’s mum. Lots of sea and lake swimming – saw turtles – it was magical. Nor forgetting the mud bath in a smelly thermal spring. The second trip was by moonlight on Lake Köyceğiz. After watching the sunset and swimming in the freshwater, we had a delicious dinner on board. Mesut’s rates are in TL (don’t get ripped off by people charging (or over charging) you in £s) and are very reasonable. 650TL for the trip for six of us plus any alcoholic drinks extra. In really busy times he charges 800TL per trip plus alcohol. His boat is moored outside BC Spa hotel in Dalyan and near the new hamam where we all spent a morning being pampered, scrubbed, pummelled and massaged. Other highlights: the turtle rehab centre at the road end of Iztuzu beach, Sarigerme beach for watersports, Asi beach (in spite of a long, bumpy, scary drive to reach it) is great for little people but has a zip wire for the adventurous. We went to Kaunos to see the ruins – taking a boat over and walking 10 minutes up hill in the heat to find the place to ourselves. Very impressive. Best to go early (by 9 am if possible) to escape the intense July heat. We ate out quite a bit – mainly at Gunluklu restaurant as it is so close and the food is good and good value.
The Carslaw Family – July 2018

We’ve enjoyed a wonderful stay at Pasha’s Retreat. Such a peaceful and rural setting. We loved the beautiful gardens and the space around us. There are plenty of places to eat in Dalyan, but our favourite was sitting in the garden watching the sunset and the bats flying overhead! There are lots of local tracks to walk from the villa and plenty of wildlife to spot – tortoises, terrapins, squirrels, frogs, hedgehogs and plenty of birds. It was very good to see the stork nests and the young nearly ready to fly. Jess is always at hand if you have any questions or problems. Thanks yet again Simpson Travel for finding a perfect retreat!
Sue & Andy –June 2018

The Pasha's Retreat is a little piece of paradise.
C Matthews – June 2018

We have just spent a wonderful relaxing week at The Pasha's Retreat. If you like peace and quiet this is for you. Far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Dalyan but just a short drive into town for groceries, eateries, etc. It truly is an idyllic location with everything provided by Simpson Travel to make your holiday stress-free. Highly recommended.
Mrs Gollar – September 2017

The Pasha's Retreat was amazing. It has a very tranquil and beautiful location. Lovely property and swimming pool... a really nice family holiday.
Mr Hilmi – August 2017

You guys and gals have it pretty much nailed. Well done, and thank you. Good job. Will be back for more!
Mr Sherry – July 2017

Simpson Travel made the whole experience easy, straightforward and stress free. Highly recommended.
Mrs Condie – August 2016

The overall experience was just 'seamless', everything flowed so well, everything was as shown on the website. A holiday company should ensure we have to think about as little as possible, making everything easy....Simpson Travel did just that so thank you.
Mr Morrison – September 2015

What a great place! We feel somewhat privileged to have been the first guests to stay here.
Mr Raine – June 2015

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Imbued with the spirit of the water, the landscape around the Dalyan Delta makes for an unforgettable holiday. Dalyan itself is a bright, bustling community and numerous canopied river taxis and small fishing boats bob along its quayside, with a cluster of restaurants, small shops and cafés nearby. The waterways are also a haven for wildlife, including the rare loggerhead turtle and, further along the river, you’ll find ancient Lycian rock tombs and idyllic Köyceğiz Lake, with beautiful Iztuzu beach also within easy reach.

And to complete the experience, we found The Pasha’s Retreat – a peaceful hideaway with lovely country views.

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