Exceptional stone villa with panoramic sea views

This gorgeous two-level stone house is burrowed hillside on the Bodrum Peninsula along the Aegean coast of Turkey. The home features staggering views of the surrounding craggy hills, an international yacht marina, beaches and the Aegean Sea with Greek islands visible on a clear day. The rear windows, sliding glass doors and terraces overlook the sea, as do the back garden and pool. The owner built the four bedroom, 5,543 square foot house a couple of years ago with salvaged stones from nearby villages of demolished houses, as well as from the property itself. The home represents the architectural vernacular of the surrounding area while mixing modernism into the design scheme.

The interior walls are comprised of either plaster or stone, whitewashed or natural. Most of the ceilings displace oak beams, while most of the flooring material is cedar except for the hallways, bathrooms and the kitchen, which are travertine. Upon entrance to the home, which is on the upper level, is a grand foyer showcasing an arched stone doorway into an open and airy living room with a polished travertine fireplace. Sliding glass doors spills out onto a stone terrace with a seating area and panoramic sea views. Also on the upper level is the fully equipped kitchen with sleek, custom-designed, dark-gray cupboards.

Both levels host two bedrooms with en-suite baths, with the upper floor suites having walk-in closets and stone terraces. All rooms in the home have been sited to take advantage of the surrounding views, with the master bathroom being no exception, boasting a freestanding contemporary bathtub adjacent to a window. The lower level also has a snug study with built-in bookshelves, a TV room, and several doors that leads out to the meticulously landscaped backyard, which features a 45-foot swimming pool with the Aegean as its backdrop. The 1.85-acre property has a separate 753-square-foot two-bedroom house for household staff as well as parking.

This stunning stone house on the Bodrum Peninsula is on the market for $2.6 million, from here.

The foyer has a double-height window to the left, overlooking the Aegean Sea. Beyond the arched doorway to the right are the master bedroom and a guest bedroom.

The living room has cedar floors, refurbished oak ceiling beams and a travertine fireplace. The foyer and front door are visible through the arched doorway to the right.

There is a terrace off the dining room, seen through the window to the left; the living room is beyond the arched doorway.

The downstairs study has built-in book shelves and cedar flooring.

The kitchen countertops are of marble. The oven, stove and refrigerator are made by Gaggenau.

The master bedroom has an attached bathroom and a walk-in closet.

The master bathroom has a freestanding VitrA bathtub and a floor of untreated travertine tile.

The downstairs hallway connects two guest bedrooms; one is seen to the right through cedar doors.

The upstairs guest bedroom has glass doors opening onto a private terrace with a garden.

The saltwater pool has a view of the surrounding hills.

The covered living area on the terrace outside the living room overlooks the sea. Greek islands are visible on clear days.

A pier extending from Camel Beach.

Photos: Jodi Hilton for The New York Times