Simena Pansiyon, Kale, Kekova
Sweet Simplicity. Doubles from £50 B&B
The idyllic waterside village of Kale, though it’s a coveted anchorage for classy yachts and gulets, just doesn’t run to comparable onshore accommodation; the rocky topography and a strict planning regime have combined to make for a strictly frill-free hospitality sector. The exception is local Yasin Can’s cottage pansiyon which, with its shaded verandah and lounging area, is a delightfully convivial and authentically Turkish base.
The pansiyon, home to Yasin’s young family, has four guest rooms, with fireplaces and plain but clean beds. An abundance of natural courtesy makes up for any deficiencies in the facilities on offer. Guests have access to the nearby swimming quay and sunloungers by the water where Yasin’s uncle has a place. A tangle of dirt paths leads up past old stone cottages to the crenellated remains of the village’s Crusader castle, now fronted by the dreaded electronic turnstile, where local whitebeards harvest sackfuls of oregano.