About Us

Villa Kore was born more than forty years ago when the land in Yıldızburnu Ilıca Çeşme was bought as a symbol of a strong friendship and partnership between our father/grandfather Hasan Ertenü and our great uncle Ferda Kahraman.

Hasan and Ferda were exporting tobacco from the Aegean region of Turkey to South Korea. They were the only tobacco exporters in the market at the time, thus a considerable amount of money was earned, enabling them to afford the land for Villa Kore.

The first house was built in 1975 by Sadi Tugay, a reputable architect of the era. The single-family home was two feet from the coast and large enough to accommodate two sisters, one brother, their children, grandparents and grandchildren during the relaxing summer season.

In 2015, we finished renovating the original family home. This was the third time that the original home was updated since 1975. In 2015, we also refined the private beachfront area and expanded the property to include a new, modern residence on the land where our olive and fig tree garden used to stand. The trees were transported to a garden in Alacati. This major renovation was managed by our oldest grandchild Onur Coskun.

Villa Kore has been a family tradition for more than forty years. We thank our friends, staff, cats and many supporters who have stood by us as we worked to open this amazing seaside getaway. But most of all, we wish to thank you, our valued guests. We look forward to serving you for more than another forty years.