Two recently refurbished houses located on a private estate, surrounded by olive groves and the blue Aegean sea. Lovely views over the Turkish coast and Greek Islands, a perfect gateway for your summer holidays in Turkey! A great property where to gather with your family and friends, enjoy the nearby islands and why not, explore this part of Turkey!
You will be able to explore not only the colorful fisherman villages, but also interesting places such as the famous archeological sites of Pergamon (Bergama) and Troy which are at only few hours’ drive from our properties.
The houses are located on the untouched peninsula of Hakkibey Yarimadasi, near the lively beach resorts of Ayvalik and Cunda Island (also known as Alibey Adasi) inside of a private estate (about 10 hectares) of Mediterranean native vegetation.
Very quiet and private area, the property can be reached by private boat from Cunda Island (5 minutes) and from Ayvalik (10 minutes) or by car from Ayvalik (18 km – about 30 minutes on a rough road) SEE MAP # 1
On the estate there are 3 houses; one of them belongs to the owner of the estate and it is not available for rent. The other 2 properties sleep 5 and 3.
Cunda 1 Main House: independent stone house for 5 people with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.
Cunda 2 Dependance: a nice dependence for 3 people with 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.
Private swimming pool (90 sqm).
When the properties are rented the client will have exclusive use of the pool. The owner will not be at the estate.
On the same estate, on a different side of the property, there is another large villa which has a separate entrance, but it can be rented together with Cunda 1 and Cunda 2 in case of large group. We call it Cunda 3. See our website for more details.
HOW TO GET THERE
From Istanbul it is possible to fly to Izmir or to Edremit with Turkish Airlines or with other low cost companies such as Pegasus or AtlasJet. Roughly 1 hour flight.
In both airports it is possible to rent a car. On request a transfer with driver can be arranged at extra cost.
Izmir is at 160 km from the property, approximately 2 hrs drive.
Edremit is at 60 km from the property, approximately 1 hour drive.
On the property there is also an helicopter landing field in case clients are interested to travel by helicopter from the nearby main airports.
ABOUT THE AREA
The property is located on the beautiful peninsula of Hakkibey Yarimadasi. The houses are surrounded by olive groves and pine trees. Here the nature is still untouched. The nearest village is in Cunda Island which can be reached by boat in 5 minutes. In Cunda you can find some good fish restaurants, few shops, bars, a post office, an ATM and a pharmacy.
Always by boat ( 10 minutes ) you can reach Ayvalik; here you will be able to find many restaurants and also different shops, banks, supermarkets etc. This town can be reached also by car in about half an hour.
For more info about Ayvalik and Cunda please see at the bottom of this page.
HOUSE AMENITIES AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Cunda 1 Main House – 5 pax 160 SQM
Independent stone house for 5 people. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, fully gated, modern appliances, fully air conditioning, generator backup power, SAT TV, DVD, WI FI.
The property was completely refurbished few years ago and nicely decorated by a team of Italian and Turkish architects. The interior decorations are a perfect combination between Greek, Turkish and Italian Style.
The house has a large front garden and a nice terrace with pergola, overlooking the sea and olive groves.
Entrance and large open space with comfortable living room and kitchen area.
One master double bedroom ( not twin 180x200cm ) with ensuite marble bathroom with large shower.
One double bedroom ( not twin – 160x200cm ) with ensuite marble bathroom with large shower.
One single bedroom ( 90x190cm) with ensuite marble bathroom with large shower.
All the windows have a nice view overlooking the sea or the garden.
5 minutes walk to the private beach.
Amenities: dishwasher, oven, American Coffee maker, kettle, fridge and freezer, toaster; mosquito screens. Microwave. Hairdryer available. Phone available. Washing machine available.
WIFI; Sat TV with International Channels. Air conditioning. Garden and Terrace furniture are available.
Laundry service on request. BBQ available.
GOLF CAR SERVICE IS AVAILABLE to/from pool and deck.
1 Golf car is available for the guests.
Please note that on the basement of this house there is the staff apartment. A very nice and discrete couple lives in this apartment.
Cunda 2 Dependance 60 SQM
Also this lovely independent house for 3 people has been completely refurbished few years ago. It has 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom.
Nice comfortable living room, with TV SAT.
One double bedroom ( not twin – 160x200 cm)
One bathroom with shower
One single bedroom (90x190 cm)
Amenities: dishwasher, oven, American Coffee maker, kettle, fridge and freezer, toaster; mosquito screens. WIFI; Sat TV with International Channels. Air conditioning. Hair dryer available.
Also this house has a nice outdoor patio furnished with table and chairs and it is very close to the beach and to the pool.
A vegetables and herbs garden is available not to far from the dependence.
The pool ground is very comfortable and it has a great view over the sea.
Guests can relax by the pool or just take the boat for a daily excursions to one of the nearby beaches.
Regular gardener and pool keeper are included in the rental price.
ABOUT THE AREA
Ayvalık is a seaside town facing the Greek island of Lesbos on the northwestern Aegean coast of Turkey. It is a district of the Balıkesir Province.
It was alternatively called Κυδωνίες, Kydonies by the town's former Greek population, although the use of the name Ayvalık was widespread for centuries among both the Turks and the Greeks.
It is situated on a narrow coastal plain surrounded by low hills to the east which are covered with pine and olive trees. Ayvalık is also surrounded by the archipelago of the Ayvalık Islands (the largest of which is Cunda Island) on the sea and by a narrow peninsula in the south named the Hakkıbey Peninsula.
Ayvalık is the district of Balıkesir.
Gömeç, Burhaniye and Edremit are other districts of the Balıkesir Province which are situated on the Aegean shores and they are lined up respectively to the north. The region is under the influence of a typical Mediterranean climate with mild and rainy winters and hot, dry summers.
Today, Ayvalık and the numerous islets encircling the bay area are popular holiday resorts. The most important and the biggest of these islets is Cunda Island (Alibey Island) that is connected to Lale Adasi, and thence to the mainland, by a bridge built in the late 1960s. This is the first and currently the oldest surviving bridge in Turkey that connects lands separated by a strait.
Ayvalık also has two of the longest sandy beaches of Turkey which extend as far as the Dikili district of İzmir nearly 30 km (19 mi) in the south. These are the Sarımsaklı and Altınova beaches.
In recent years Ayvalık has also become an important point of attraction for scuba divers with its underwater fauna.
Ayvalık and its environs are famous for the highly appreciated quality of olive oil production.
Today, the population of Ayvalık is close to 30,000, which significantly increases during the summer due to tourism.
Ayvalık is also close to Bergama (ancient Pergamon) which is another important attraction for tourists with its ruins, dating back to antiquity.
With its rich architectural heritage, Ayvalık is a member of the Norwich-based European Association of Historic Towns and Regions (EAHTR)
Waterfront of Cunda Island from the sea Alibey (Cunda) Island A small road bridge connects Lale Island which in turn is connected by a causeway to the mainland (Ayvalik).
There are frequent dolmuses (shared taxis) and half hourly buses (line #3 Hastane-Alibey Adası, they also stop at otogar) throughout the year, in addition, in summer, there are also small ferries carrying passengers From Ayvalik to Alibey Island, on the hour.
Many churches and monasteries are located on the island, the most famous being the Taksiyarhis Church. The bell of the church stays at the Bergama Museum.
The island is also famous for its fish; you can see fish restaurants located next to each other by the seaside.
Old Ayvalik Houses
The old Ayvalik houses, many of which are beautiful examples of neo-classical architecture, located on Alibey Island and in the town of Ayvalik should carefully be examined for the art of wood and stone.
They can be seen on the back alleys of town centre, on Alibey/Cunda island, and in Çamlık.
Çamlık is the southern suburb of the town with some magnicifent neo-classical manors located amidst pine woods (which translates as çamlık in Turkish, the origin of the name of the place). On a nearby hilltop is the Devil's Table (Şeytan Sofrası), a rock on which has a large footprint-like hollow, which is said, according to the local folklore, to be Devil's footprint he left when he was "jumping" over to Lesvos. It has a wonderful view of the coves and islands below.
Saatli Camii — In the town centre, built by Greeks as a church -named Agios Iannis, it was converted to a mosque after 1928. However, other than the plaster on the frescoes on the inner walls, and the thin and somewhat picknicky-looking minaret, no further additions made to the building. Its name translates "mosque with clock" in Turkish literally, referring to the clock located on one of its towers.
Çınarlı Camii (Çınarlı Mosque), (close to Saatli Camii). Former Agios Giorgis, this is another neo-classical-Greek-church-turned-mosque in town centre. Its pink outside is even more finely decorated with ornaments than Saatli Mosque.
Taksiyarhis Church Built in 1873, Taksiyarhis Church is the center of attention with its reliefs picturing the life of Jesus Christ, the portraits os the Saints and its interior marble design.
Saint Nicola Church is on Alibey Island.
Moonlight Monastery (on Alibey/Cunda Island)
Leka Monastery can be observed on the left side of Dalyan Channel when entering the bay, amongst olive trees. Its architecture closely follows traditional monastery architecture as monks themselves built it stone by stone.
Sarimsakli Beach 8 km. south of the town, Sarimsakli beach is 7 km. long and widens up to 100 metres. Along the beach, there are a number of restaurants and hotels.
Altinova Beach 13 km. south of the town, Altinova is famous for its beach as well as picnic areas and its forest.
Around the outlying islands in the bay, especially in the area off Güneş Island, Yuvarlak Island and Kerbela Rocks offers some diving opportunities. The most popular area is the waters off Kiz Island with interesting underwater fauna at a depth of 19 mt.
Watch the sunset at the Devil’s Table (Şeytan Sofrası) on the top of the hill (south of the town) overlooking the town, bay, coves, and the islands.
Ayvalık was located in the ancient region named Aeolis in antiquity. The ruins of three important ancient cities are within a short drivingdistance away from Ayvalık: Assos and Troy are to the north, while Pergamon is to the east. Mount Ida (Turkish: Kaz Dağı) which plays an important role in ancient Greek mythology and folk tales (such as the cult of Cybele; the Sibylline books; the Trojan War and the epic poem Iliad of Homer; the nymph Idaea (wife of the river god Scamander); Ganymede (the son of Tros); Paris (the son of Priam); Aeneas (the son of Anchises and the goddess Aphrodite) who is the protagonist of the ancient Roman epic poem Aeneid of Virgil) is also near Ayvalık (to the north) and can be seen from numerous areas in and around the town center.
Various archeological studies in the region prove that Ayvalık and its environs were inhabited as early as the prehistoric ages. Joseph Thacher Clarke believed that he had identified it as the site of Kisthene, mentioned by Strabo as a place in ruins at a harbour beyond Cape Pyrrha Kisthene was further identified by Engin Beksac of Trakya University, as Kiz Ciftlik, near the centre of Gomeç.
The Ayvalık Region was studied by Beksac in his survey of the Prehistoric and Protohistoric settlements on the Southern Side of the Gulf Of Adramytteion. The survey showed different settlements near the centre of Ayvalık which appear generally to relate to the Early Classical Periods. However, some settlements near the centre of Altınova were related to the Prehistoric Period, especially the Bronze and Iron Ages. Kortukaya, identified by Beksac, in his survey project in the 1990s and early 2000s, aids understanding of the interaction between the peoples of the interior and of the coast. Kortukaya is one of the most important settlements, along with another settlement, Yeniyeldeginmeni, near the centre of Altınova.
Traces of a hillfort were identified by Beksac on Ciplak Ada or Chalkys. Some Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Pottery fragments related to the Aeolians were found on the same island. Two tiny settlements, near the centre of Ayvalık were settlements in the Peraia of Mytillini.
Pordoselene, near the centre of Ayvalık, was also an important settlement ın Antiquity. The remnants were on the eastern part of the Island of Cunda or Alibey, near the sea. All the archaeological data was related to the Classical and Medieval Ages.
The constant threat posed by piracy in the region during the previous ages did not allow the islet settlements to grow larger and only Cunda Island (alternatively known as Alibey Island, known among the Greeks as Moschonisia, literally "The Perfumed Island") could maintain a higher level of habitation as it is the largest and the closest islet to the mainland.
After the Byzantine period, the region came under the rule of the Anatolian Beylik of Karasi in the 13th century and was later annexed to the territory of the Ottoman beylik (principality), which was to become the Ottoman Empire in the following centuries. The locals contributed with their economies to the Greek struggle for Independence, including the famous Psorokostaina.
As of 1920, the population was estimated at 60,000. It had a small port, exporting soap, olive oil, animal hides and flour. The British described Aivali and nearby Edremit as having the finest olive oil in Asia Minor. They reported large exportations of olive oil to France and Italy. However, the oil industry in Ayvalık suffered due to the deportation of Christian populations in the area, who were the primary makers of olive oil. During this time, the Turkish government relocated 4,500 Greek families to the area in order to produce olive oil. Olive oil producing Greeks were kept under government watch, in what the British described as olive oil labor camps.
Until 1922, Ayvalık was almost entirely populated by Greeks. Anecdotal evidence indicates that, immediately after the defeat in the naval Battle of Chesma (Çeşme), the Ottoman admiral (later grand vizier) Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha and his men from the ships who survived the disaster were lodged on their way back to the capital by a local priest in Ayvalık who did not know who they were. Hasan Pasha did not forget the kindness shown to his sailors in the hour of need, and when he became Grand Vizier, he accorded virtual autonomy to the Greeks of Ayvalık, paving the way for it to become an important cultural center for that community in the Ottoman Empire during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The town was controlled by the Greek Army on 29 May 1919 and consequently taken again three years later by Turkish forces under the command of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk on 15 September 1922. A part of the population managed to depart to Greece. However, a significant part of the local males were seized by the Turkish Army and died during death marches in the interior of Anatolia. Among the victims was the Christian clergy and the local metropolitan bishop, Gregory Orologas.
Following the Turkish War of Independence, The Greek population and their properties in the town were exchanged by a Muslim population from Greece and other formerly held Ottoman Turk lands under the 1923 agreement for the Exchange of Greek and Turkish Populations. Most of the new population that replaced the former Greek community was Muslim Turks from Mytilene, Crete and Macedonia. One could still hear Greek spoken in the streets until recently. Many of the town's mosques are Greek Orthodox churches that have been converted into Muslim mosques.