Just a stone’s throw from the famous ancient Lycian Way trekking route, this 200 year old traditional stone farmhouse and 10 individual holiday cottages offer a unique alternative overnight stay for walkers as well as the perfect location for wildlife, botany, or archaeology lovers and adventure seekers. Others come just to relax and do nothing for a week or two in uncompromising peace and quiet, close to the stunning Turkish Turquoise coast. Guests return year after year to rediscover the ideal balance of nature, good food, beach life and rural activites.
Set on 20 acres of beautiful farmland, Black Tree’s swimming pool overlooks stunning rural views and offers sun loungers, plenty of cool shade and drinks and snacks by the bar. There is also a tennis court free for guests’ use; we have rackets and balls but experts may like to bring their own kit. There are some excellent cycling routes along the forest tracks in the surrounding area and we have a selection of mountain bikes available to ride any time. Donkey and pony riding on the farmland can also be arranged.
The health benefits of a detoxing, invigorating and cleansing Turkish hamam have been celebrated since the days of Ancient Rome and luckily we have a wonderful solar-heated Turkish bath on site. If you’ve got through all your holiday books, the library at Black Tree has a lot to offer including a reference section. This is also where you’ll find a telescope here for guests’ use day or night. If you’re inspired to try your creative hand, our pottery studio with a Turkish wheel, clay and a small kiln is also open to guests. We also have a billiard table.
Black Tree is a simply great for children of all ages. As well as the 20 acres of farmland the property also offers plenty of space for kids to run around and explore, plus a playground area, and of course the pool where pool games and activities for kids are organised once a week. We also have a cushioned indoor playroom equipped with TV and DVD player so children can have some down time while adults enjoy relaxing nearby at the bar. Our kitchen also caters for special dietary requirements so parents can relax about kids’ tastes in terms of menu knowing there is something for everyone. Donkey and pony riding on the farm for kids can also be arranged.
By balmy day or starlit night, the large terrace restaurant and bar at Black Tree is the perfect spot to sit and relax with a book, or be sociable overlooking gorgeous views of the valley and hills. A buffet of continental and Turkish village breakfast is served until lunchtime, while our general menu consisting of a variety of snacks, sandwiches and traditional Turkish dishes is available throughout the day. We also cater to special dietary requirements on request. In the evenings the charcoal grill is lit and we serve lamb-spit and seafood feasts regularly.
Much of the food served at Black Tree comes from our own (IMO/ Organic certified) Farm and local village produce, and all produce is obtained from sustainable resources and grown using traditional methods. In addition to the restaurant, there is a small food store at Black Tree where you can buy a selection of goods for self-catering.
Many of our guests enjoy walking to the nearest beaches, some of the Mediterranean’s most idyllic spots for swimming and snorkelling; Kabak is a 2-hour and Balatli Beach a 3-hour walk from Black Tree. Black Tree is perfect for walkers and a great base from which to discover the area on foot along old mule and goat paths, marked trails, foresters’ routes and tracks which more of ten than not lead you to a magnificent view. Longer treks take you to further unspoiled beaches and bays and some of the many ancient sites in the region, while the route to the peak of Mt Babadag is for the most adventurous at heart.
The Lycian Way really takes you away from the tourist trail, revealing a truly sensational Turkey where one moment you are stumbling across an ancient sarcophagus, the next an ox-ploughed field, and all the way discovering local village communities living totally sustainably with the same hospitality that Homer spoke of. The 400 Km trek starts near to Black Tree in Fethiye and ends near Antalya further southwest mainly following footpaths and mule trails. This diverse and extraordinarily beautiful walk is well marked although sometimes overgrown which just adds to its charm. There is a great choice of Lycian Way walks to do while based at Black Tree; you can pick up the trail 2 km from the farm, and take advantage of our guides or vehicle drop-off or pick-up service on request. Or just take off on your own!
Situated 1000 metres above sea level, the area around Black Tree has an ideal climate and the perfect terrain for cycling and mountain biking. With breath-taking views, stunning scenery and inspiration for photographers, wildlife and nature lovers, and archaeologists alike, taking in the area by bike is a great way to go. For groups, Black Tree can arrange cycling trips for a day or more along the coast.
While kids have heaps of fun riding the ponies and donkeys on Black Tree land, we also arrange guided riding excursions at historic Patara for riders of all ages and abilities; a truly unforgettable experience to ride on this beautiful 18 km of sandy beach.
Driving distances from Black Tree
Walks within a few hours from Black Tree
Things to do on the Farm
A fantastic place to chill, Anthea and Bob(Owners) make you feel at home!! The organic homemade food is superb!
The views and natural surroundings also superb, with Donkeys, horses, turkeys, rabbits, chickens etc everywhere not to mention numerous wild tortoises!! Accommodation is basic but adequate and comfortable. We will definitely be back.
We started our first Turkish holiday here and we’re delighted. Anthea was extremely helpful, encouraging us to go straight there from Dalaman airport after a late flight and consequently cheerfully greeting us and showing us our cottage in the small hours, providing a welcome picnic. We loved the setting, just off the tarmac road leading to further adventures up the mountain and down to Olodeniz on the dirt roads, tortoises, flowers and cedar trees. Food was brilliant with daily specials and lovely bread, pool lovely. Anthea not only sent us to all the best local archaological sites (Pinara was our favourite) and walks but sent us on our way with very good advice to visit Cirali and Kekova which made for a Turkish adventure which exceeded all our expectations.
Fantastic food, a perfect hamman, swimming pool, home grown food, perfectly clean and sweet cottages with fresh flowers from the fields, a hot wood fire burning in the rooms… The hostess is extremely knowledgeable and welcoming about Turkey and all sights… She has seen almost everything in Turkey and knows the history, art, literature extremely well. The location is remote but so beautiful at the top of the cliffs overlooking the sea. Everything is perfect!!!
On the map, Blacktree Farm is just a brief dash from the beach and the coast. It’s not — the windy mountain road never seems to stop, but the prize at the end — a fantastic farm in a highly remote area — is well worth the distance. The vastness of stars at night attested to that. Looking up at night, I felt I was seeing the very same sky observed by the Greek astronomers who craned their necks the same way 2,000 years ago…
We spent (unfortunately) just 1 day, but what a day it was! We guided our kids on donkeys down to the sea overlook a mile away, shared tea with the (very poor) villagers, met with a retired sea captain building his new house up the road, and most importantly, we spent great time talking with Anthea (the owner of the farm) about the farm, the village, Turkey, and countless other subjects. We even enjoyed a lovely game of Risk (from the well-supplied farm library), which Anthea handily won 🙂
Oh, yes, we also enjoyed delicious eggs for breakfast that our kids had so much fun collecting from the hens! A short, but deeply memorable stay. We will surely be back!