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Old 19th October 2019, 14:12   #1 (permalink)
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Year round living in Kalkan

Hello, what is Kalkan like to live through the winter months? Has anyone any knowledge of living all year at the Patara prince resort?
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Old 19th October 2019, 15:05   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Year round living in Kalkan

We spend most of the year in Kalkan. We’re going back to the UK on Friday but will be back in early January.
Last winter was very wet and miserable but previous years have had weather good enough to sunbathe.
Nights are cold but we have a wood burner which is very cosy, with the added bonus of being able to cook casseroles on top and have hot water on the go for tea and coffee.
Not many restaurants are open but enough and I like cooking anyway, so we don’t go out much to eat, even in summer, unless we have guests.
There are good walks to go on without it being too hot as it is in the summer.
Very different from summer, obviously, but quite nice to sit by the wood burner in a track suit before going to bed and getting under the duvet!
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Re: Year round living in Kalkan

Thank you for your reply, we really liked Kalkan and were thinking of purchasing a villa at the Patara Prince...we like the greenery and the authentic villas rather than a modern new build! What concerns me was the rattling of the windows and doors when experiencing a short storm a few weeks ago, not sure if they were only built for summer months and then to put the shutters on throughout the winter! Need to find someone who lives there all year round.
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Thank you for your reply, we really liked Kalkan and were thinking of purchasing a villa at the Patara Prince...we like the greenery and the authentic villas rather than a modern new build! What concerns me was the rattling of the windows and doors when experiencing a short storm a few weeks ago, not sure if they were only built for summer months and then to put the shutters on throughout the winter! Need to find someone who lives there all year round.
You will find quite a few villas no matter where you live will get rattling windows and doors, and leaks when it rains heavily, maybe the best thing to do is rent there for a year and then decide. xx
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Re: Year round living in Kalkan

Hi Kym and welcome to the forum.

We live in Kalkan year round and love it. We actually prefer the 'shoulder' months as it can get a bit too crowded with tourists in the summer.

The weather now (3rd week in October) is like a summers day in the UK. We have solar heating in the pool, so swim until after New Year and the sea is usually warm till Jan. 2 years ago we swam in the sea on Boxing day & New Years day - and we were not the only ones.

From Autumn to Spring there are a variety of different things to do from Arts & crafts classes to regular quiz evening and for those a little fitter than me there are a couple of walking/rambling groups. The bars & restaurants that stay open provide a range of additional things such as wine tasting events, music evenings, cheese tasting (usually from Tangala - yum, yum), then there is donut mornings at the 'old Town Cafe', we have a Thai night at Indio next weekend. Sunday lunches start at Mimosa next week and the regular Indian nights will be on at Zimbads - and not for the fainthearted but there is a shortish skiing season near Antalya - so there is always something going on.

In our experience the wettest month is usually February - when it can rain flippin stair-rods!! we also get high winds, sometimes twisters (great to see if they are out at sea - not so much fun if they hit land like they did on the Kas peninsula 2 years ago).

One has to remember that, like most Med building - they rarely have DPC's and most have draughty windows and doors. We just get the log fire on and snuggle on really cold days.

Hope this has been some help to you, but if we can help further, please feel free to PM me.

All the best

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Re the drafts, We put foam strips round all our sliding windows, without actually sticking them down, just wedging them in
It means you can't open the windows but does keep the drafts out

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Thank you so much Leo and Ted ... that was really informative! We have been in Kalkan in May and October and found the water a little cold but I’m sure you get used to it! Also in October we experienced a short storm where I thought the windows were going to fly off their hinges!! But after traveling to most parts of Turkey over 12 years Kalkan has been the only place I’ve felt I could live.... so we will see!
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Re: Year round living in Kalkan

Getting one of those villas at Patara Prince is probably a good idea, and now is probably the best time ...I'd be very curious about the prices now... if you need a perspective on valuations you could always check out the mytapu page on valuations... ust be aware that Patara Prince is on the otherside of the Bay from the village so a bit of a walk around but nothing strenuous... another place you should check out if you havent is Dalyan... the lifestyle there is probably better than Kalkan and the villla selction is also better but you wont find one on the quality of a resort like Patara Prince...
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Thank you for your message..Patara prices vary very much!! We just loved the greenery and quiet! We also really liked Dalyan but my husband wants to be near to the sea and I had real mosquito issues there!! Probably due to the river and tombs! Might check out Kas before deciding but at the moment Kalkan wins!
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I like Dalyan but couldn't live there.We have visited
many areas but still Love Davutlar more than anywhere.
Miles of flat sandy beach to walk or cycle along.
The house we purchased is a rare thing dripping in insulation underneath .Likewise roof and walls all fully insulated
and not built with hollow brick. Our last home we had PLASTER issues but here nothing and the house is now 3 years old.There is a identical one for sale currently.Absolulutely superb.All legal.5 bedrooms semi with own garden.
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