Come and join us to learn traditional way turkish weaving and experience the real turkish life of villagers! The local women and villagers will show you step by step how to weave. They will also teach you how to cook Turkish cuisine for all your meals. Turkish food is delicious, and meals include fresh, organic vegetables or salads, soups, fruit, meats, fish, breads, and sweets. Seasonal ingredients create a variety of healthy traditional dishes. Al fresco barbeques are very popular and suit the Turkish love of feasting outdoors. All classes are translated to English.
Our house is newly redecorated, but its life and foundation is as a traditional village house. Here, we provide 6 bright, airy bedrooms, sharing 2 bathrooms, providing 24-hour hot water service. Our roof is covered with a nomadic style tent for relaxing and sleeping under stars. The land surrounding our hilltop house has spectacular views, and the treehouses and garden rooms are ideal for a great sleep in the natural delights of the Turkish countryside.
Our comfortable, airy guest rooms have great views of the countryside. We decorated in Turkish style, with kilims created locally covering our floors and walls. Double and single beds are available. We invite you to stay with us at Gokpinar Retreat Center, a place with the special, warm welcome of Turkish hospitality!
Gokpinar Retreat Center is located on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. We are located on a hilltop, surrounded by gorgeous views of rolling countryside and a traditional Turkish village. The center is twenty minutes drive from Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV), and we are only 15 minutes drive from some of the best beaches of the area.
Everyone will enjoy the many kinds of organic vegetables we grow in our own garden. Some of our guests choose to relax by gardening with us! Afterwards, there is always the chance to pick fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, corn, beans, squash, melons, and other fruits. We have several kinds of fruit trees, and watermelon is a refreshing treat for us all summer!
Olive trees are the main source of income in our village. Every October, we collect olives and use the traditional ways to make pure, delicious olive oil. Green olives are also prepared here for eating. We use beef, chicken, fish and lamb in our wonderful Turkish cuisine. Vegetarians are not the only ones happy here!
Because Gokpinar is surrounded by scented pine woods, our village produces honey that is naturally dark and richly flavoured. Perfect for breakfast or as a snack with cay, delicious, traditional Turkish tea. Gokpinar does not produce its own wine, but there is very nice regional wines available from nearby Aegean villages. Turkey is also famous for Raki, an anise-flavored liquor that will give you another taste of our culture.
Gokpinar translates in English as sky and spring. We are fortunate to live above a mountain valley refreshed by clean, natural springs. Take a lovely walk through the village to visit the spring, where many of our village neighbours make their gardens. Gokpinar is a little corner of the real Turkey that ordinary tourists never see - a beautiful, ancient and peaceful land. If you are looking for peace and tranquillity in natural, unspoilt surroundings, Gokpinar is the perfect place for you.
Enjoy the lovely and relaxing view from our treehouse. Exercise in peaceful quiet place, enjoy live traditional music, enjoy a day on a gulet in nearby bays, enjoy the occasional party with villagers or go to village weddings. Take a walk, ride a horse, we enjoy bringing our books and music to the spring, to sit under the ancient cinar trees. Dance when you feel like it. Find peaceful areas to relax and be with yourself. Visit nearby beaches, enjoy open air Jacuzzi, enjoy adventurous rides to nearby sites and Nomadic life experience.
Boat trip: Included are lunch on board, afternoon tea and fruit service. The tour starts at 11:00. We visit 5 different bays through the day and the Black Island, famous for its hot springs. In the bays, you will also have chance to swim in the azure waters of the Aegean. We will be back to Bodrum at 18:00. The cost is 25 EUR / 35 USD.
Ferryboat to Cos (Greek Island): The tour includes return ferry ticket plus port tax. Departures everyday. Back to Bodrum at 17:00. The cost is 30 EUR / 40 USD.
Ephesus tour: Includes professional, English-speaking guide, air-conditioned luxury coach, all entrance fees, and open buffet lunch. The tour starts 7:00 , for a 2-hour bus drive to Ephesus and the house of the Virgin Mary. We will be back to Bodrum in the evening. The cost is 35 EUR / 50 USD.
Arrive at Milas-Bodrum Airport (BJV).
Turkish airlines and other airlines fly all year around to Bodrum via Istanbul. There are charter flights between May and October from Europe and the United Kingdom.
"We've stayed at Gokpinar Retreat Center a few times for cooking classes, carpet weaving, and belly dancing. It's the kind of place that keeps us coming back for more of the traditional way of life in Turkiye. Bulent and family are kind and generous...always very inviting. We also were invited to a village wedding celebration. This was one of my favorite experiences as the local women hugged me and invited me to join them dancing. Whether you have only a day excursion, or a whole week to "feel" authentic Turkey, Gokpinar is the place."
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"I have spent two years exploring what I could of this wonderful world, but nothing I have done so far compares to my experience at your paradise away from the crowds. Thank you for everything. Thank you to your beautiful wife and kids for showing me such hospitality, plus allowing me to rest before returning to my chaotic life. "
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"Merhaba Bulent Bey, thank you so much for making my cooking retreat one to remember. I initially came to Turkey to escape from London winter for a few days, and secondly obviously acquire some culinary skills so to become self-sufficient. I have felt so relaxed here with no desire to see city life, just chilling out with you, Derya, Nesibe as if I were a part of the family-in fact I forgot I was on vacation in a new place. Thank you once more. Keep in touch and see you again. Best wishes!"
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"I have had a short but sweet, relaxing, and informative stay. I have loved being here in the beautiful Turkish mountains; the smell of the pine trees is not something I will forget in a hurry. I have had time to recharge my batteries unwind and feel like I have just been another member of the family. The recipes, cooking and eating have been out of this world. Thank you so much for a wonderful time and for a truly real insight into life and reality of a Turkish family. I am sure I will be back again one day. Good Luck"
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"Bulent, your rustic retreat in the mountains is a traveler's haven; relaxing, hospitable and a place to kick back and soak up some quiet. Your mother's cooking lessons are indescribably brilliant, as are her wit, charm and joyous attitude to food and life. I love the outdoor cushions and bean bags and rugs scattered in the tree house, on the rooftop, by the lounge room and outside the house which just beg to be reclined in. The Sunday market is awesome, all the meals great, the beds are comfortable, and the hospitality is incredible. Your place is amazing and I will tell all my friends to visit you. "
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"This has been the most amazing week. Thank you Bulent for introducing me to this special place full of dance, music, family and friends. I will cherish every memory and hope someday to find my way to Gokpinar again. Thank you for the gorgeous cuisine. Your mum is fabulous."
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