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Very good
13 reviews
The Olive Tree
The Olive Tree
The Lounge
Kitchen
Patio
View from the Patio
Twin bedroom downstairs
Twin bedroom downstairs
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Master bedroom
Patio off the master bedroom
Downstairs twin bedroom
twin bedroom downstairs
Gundogan Bay
Gundogan Beach
Gundogan Harbour
Evening Beach front, Gundogan
Beach Front, Gundogan
Sunset over Yalikavak
Sail away, why not do a boat trip from Gundigan
Its hard work!
New Patio Area for 2012/13
Gundogan Beach
Fish Restaurant, Gundogan
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Gundogan, Bodrum, Mugla Province, Turkish Aegean Coast

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Robert P
Darlington, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Never book without research”
Reviewed 3 September 2014 for a stay in April 2013
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My Wife and I booked this property for 2 weeks, but stayed only 3 nights - you can draw your own conclusions.

The property, on entry was dirty, insect ridden, untidy and uninviting. We believe the cleanliness issue (managed by Simply Villa Management) has been subsequently dealt with but we've noticed other issues that caused us to write this delayed review.

The property is advertised among other places by Holiday Lettings/Trip Advisor and contains a number of out and out lies as well as a couple of very notable omissions which we attempt to balance with some truthful, simple observations.

(1). Lakeside relaxation is mentioned as key info - the nearest lake is approx 1 hours drive away!
(2). It claims that Gundogan Beach has a "blue flag" - False, they have applied for one but until they do something about the stray dogs doing their business on the Beach, this is unlikely. Plus recent local government changes in the area make it unlikely that this application will be pursued.
(3). It states that the Olive tree is "surrounded by Mandarin, fig and Olive trees" - Not true, there is a Mandarin grove on the adjacent land to the left of the property (facing) and to the right is "scrubland" that is for most of the year overgrown and consists of piles of garden waste and in Mid-June becomes the home of a cow, which introduces the sounds and smells of the farmyard right into your Holiday Villa. NB All 3 bedrooms and the lounge overlook this scrubland and with temperatures in the mid 30's at this time of year the smells are not pleasant. We know this because we've also stayed in the villa next door to the Olive Tree which has the same problems.
(4). It states, nearest railway, Bodrum 15km - Not true, the nearest railway is in fact in Izmir a 4 hour drive North of Bodrum.
(5). Great for children of all ages - Not true, there are no facilities on site. The beach is obviously close by and there is a play area in the village - that's it.
(6). The write up doesn't mention the nearness of the Mosque (less than 100m) which is famous (see review in Rough Guide to Turkey) for the level of amplification used. If you like being woke as early as 04:45 by the call to prayer sounding as if it's in your living room this is for you.
(7). As we know Gundogan very well (we've previously lived there), we must point out that any claims regarding quiet relaxation do not hold water during the period from Mid- June to end of August as the number of visiting Turks from Istanbul and Ankara is huge and the village becomes a bit of a mad house, if you must go, avoid these times!

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Liked best: Nothing
Liked least: Leaving
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Samantha...
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing time, fabulous apartment, can't recommend it enough”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
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This is my 4th trip to the Olive Tree, but 1st with my little girl. The Olive Tree is in the perfect location, spitting distance to the beach and ammenities (shops, ATMs, cafes/restuarants and the bakers is a must for fresh bread all day), it is a home away from home.

The villa has everything you need, and the rooms remain cool even in the heat of the day, and at night, the rooms have seperate AC units if required.

The beach is stunning, plenty of sunloungers and crystal clear water. The dolmus is a short ride into Bodrum if you want somewhere slightly more bustling!

Nothng is too much trouble for Jackie (the owner) and Dawn (who manages the place). I cannot recommend this place enough!

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Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Young Children
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FATMAANKA...
Ankara, Turkey
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing Experience, Highly Recommended”
Reviewed 30 August 2013 for a stay in August 2013

We had a great time in Olive Tree. Jackie, the owner was really helpful with her emails and Dawn and Marshall from the agency were very friendly and reliable.
The house was beautiful and cosy with lovely surroundings and in a perfect location being within a short walking distance to the beach, ATMs, supermarkets etc.
We loved everything about our stay in Olive Tree and we are hoping to come back again:)

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Liked best: The location and the house itself
Liked least: Lack of wi-fi
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
22 Sep 2013
Thank you, I am so glad you and your family had a great time and I look forward to welcoming you back next year
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Istanbul
Reviewed 21 September 2012 for a stay in August 2012
2
people found this review helpful

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Liked best: The location, spacious area
Liked least: Kitchen sink
Travelling group: Extended Family
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Reading, United Kingdom
Reviewed 3 September 2012 for a stay in July 2012

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Travelling group: Other
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