Enjoy a fantastic 4 or 8 day 'Rustic' Cooking Holiday in Turkey, in the the lovely village of Gokpinar, just twenty minutes from vibrant Bodrum.
Turkish cuisine is varied and delicious, as you will discover on this cookery holiday! Meals include fresh, organic vegetables and crisp salads, breads, soups, meats, wonderful fish, fruit and tasty sweets.
In Turkey, the meals made are quite dependent on the time of year as the freshest seasonal ingredients create a variety of healthy traditional dishes. The Turkish love to eat and cook outdoors and al fresco barbeques are very popular, which suits the local climate perfectly.
Learn to cook unique Turkish food under the guidance of a friendly accomplished local cook. All lessons are translated into English and you are sure to love the homely atmosphere that will set your creative juices running!
You will be cooking and staying in a wonderful Retreat Center in Gokpinar with mountain top views all around. This traditional building is constructed of local stone and the retreat land has many places to sit and relax, and a lovely outside wood burning oven to cook in. You will enjoy shopping at the local markets for not only the freshest of ingredients for your cookery lessons, but for the very best clothing, kitchen goods and many other items used in daily Turkish life.
Some of the dishes you will learn to make are borek, manti (Turkish ravioli), homemade breads, menemen, karniyarik (stuffed aubergine/eggplant), bulgur pilavi (village rice), Tavuklu Sebzeli Guvec (chicken and vegetable stew), dolma, gozleme (turkish pancake), helva (ottoman style desert), and of course turkish coffee !
Many of the vegetables used on your cooking holiday in Turkey are picked daily from our very own vegetable garden. Vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, onions, beans and eggplant. You will learn to cook this ingredients in the traditional Turkish way, sometimes outside in the wood burning oven.
If you visit us in the months of October and November you will also be able to pick olives with us – a traditional and fun time with many locals taking part. On this cookery holiday you may also get the opportunity to visit village weddings to see how the villagers cook in the traditional Turkish way the huge numbers of dishes required at such a blessed event.
Come and join us in Turkey and learn to cook Turkish cuisine the way it has been cooked for centuries!
Dates and Prices
Traditional Turkish Cooking Holiday Dates 2016
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These rustic cooking holidays in Turkey run all year round for individuals and small groups with a duration of 4 or 8 days.
Traditional Turkish Cooking Holiday Prices – 8 days / 7 nights
Price: 1350 USD per person in single room – 200 USD single supplement
- 7 Nights accommodation in a double room
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Unlimited tea and coffee service, drinking water
- Cooking classes everyday (all breakfasts, lunches, dinners will be prepared with hands on cooking classes)
- At least 20 recipes in a week total
- Includes visits to nearby beaches, local markets and to Bodrum city centre
- Visitors are allowed to bring their own drinks to the center
Traditional Turkish Cooking Holiday Prices – 4 days / 3 nights
Price: 850 USD per person in a double room – 100 USD single supplement
- 3 Nights accommodation in a double room
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- All day free tea & coffee service
- Cooking classes everyday – minimum 10 recipes total
Prices for either duration do not include:
- Flights to Milas-Bodrum Airport
- Return transfers from Milas-Bodrum BJV Airport to the Retreat Cookery Center costs €70 Euros for 1-3 people.
Larger groups can also be catered for.
- Optional tours to nearby sites can be arranged at extra cost
Our fantastic Retreat Center is located in Gokpinar, a delightful little village on the Aegean Coast of Turkey.
We are located on a hilltop that is surrounded on all sides by gorgeous views of rolling countryside and a lovely vista down to the traditional Turkish village that you are sure to adore.
The Retreat Center is perfectly located for traveling to, being just twenty minutes’ drive from Bodrum International Airport. We are also only 15 minutes drive from some of the best beaches in the area.
From the Retreat Center in Gokpinar you will never be far from some of the best tourist attractions in Turkey, such as:
EUROMOS (45km) – Located between the city of Milas and lovely Bafa Lake, Euromos Temple, built in the 2nd century A.D., is known to be one of the best-preserved temples in Asia Minor.
BODRUM – Halicarnassus (30 km) – Herodotus, the “Father of History”, was born in Halicarnassus. There is much history and lore to be discovered in Bodrum and today it is one of the most popular destinations in the world. Bodrum is well known for its excellent beaches, history and nightlife.
PRIENE – The name “Priene” is thought to have pre-Grecian origins. Before becoming one of the 12 members of the Ionian Confederation and participating in the “Ionian Rebellion”, Priene had been under Lydian dominion for several centuries.
MILETOS – Miletos, one of the oldest cities of IoniaIt. I was a city full of many great scientists and philosophers, such as Thales, Anaximander, Hekataios, and Isidorus, the architect of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. Miletos’ alphabet was recognized in the Greek world as the official Greek alphabet, and this is the basis of the current Latin alphabet.
DIDYMA (Apollonian Temple) – The temple in Didyma was famous throughout the Greek world for its oracles. It surpassed even the reputation of Delphi. As a result of this, the harbor of Panamos, near Didyma, became very busy as it became frequently visited by scores of wealthy people, military commanders, common folk and visitors who flocked to this area to learn their future from the priests of the temple.
IASOS (35km) – As one of the most important sites in the region of Caria, the history of Iasos dates back to 3000 BC. The city was once situated on an island, but now it is joined to the mainland, creating a peninsula. The people of ancient Iasos made their money from fishing, a tradition that continues to this day.
EPHESUS (180km) – Ephesus was once the most important commercial center of Western Anatolia, and now it is one of the highlights for tourists exploring Turkey. Prized for its strategic location on an Anatolian trade route, the city of Ephesus was one of the world’s foremost cities. Its significance in the history of world religion is greatly known, attracting thousands of travelers yearly.
PAMUKKALE (220km) – Hierapolis, the ancient city at Pamukkale, is famous for its thermal springs. It was originally frequented by people from nearby cities as its waters’ properties were known for curing many illnesses. From the time of 3 BC, the fame of Hierapolis spread, leading to migrations which began locally and increased as its popularity rivaled the city of Laodicea.
Accommodation at our Retreat Center in Gokpinar
You will be staying in comfortable and airy guest rooms that have wonderful views of the surrounding countryside.
The house is newly redecorated, but its life and foundation is as a traditional village house and we provide 6 bright, airy bedrooms, sharing 2 bathrooms with 24-hour hot water.
Each bedroom is decorated in the traditional Turkish style, with kilims created locally beautifully covering the floors and walls. We have both double and single beds available for use.
Our roof is covered with a nomadic style tent for relaxing and sleeping under stars, which are welcome to do on the mild nights that we frequently enjoy here. The land surrounding our hilltop house has spectacular views, and the tree houses and garden rooms are ideal for relaxing in the natural delights of the Turkish countryside.
At our Retreat Center in Gokpinar you will discover a place bursting with vibrancy and one that has the special, warm welcome of Turkish hospitality!
The international Milas-Bodrum BJV airport is 30 minutes drive away from the Center at Gokpinar.
There are charter flights between May / October from Europe & UK, and Turkish and other airlines fly all year around to Bodrum via Istanbul.
Most nationalities need a VISA for entry to Turkey, and these can be purchased on arrival. For British citizens it costs £10, and for US citizens the cost is $20 USD.
“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 as if I were a part of the family. In fact, I forgot that I was on vacation in a new place. Thank you once more.”
Shabber Ahmed, UK
“What a short but sweet, relaxing but informative stay I have had! 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 an other 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.”
“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.”