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Beautiful villa, Northern Cyprus close to beaches with mountain views. Free WIFI

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 6, lovely gardens, mountain views, close to golf course.

Villa Lalai is a luxury spacious house set in a large garden, planted out with figs and bougainvillea and has natural stone sculpture. It has an 8 x 4 swimming pool with Roman steps – the views from the private, secluded pool area are spectacular, looking up to the Besparmak mountains. There are sun loungers with parasols, a BBQ and patio dining for eight. Close by are olive groves and the sea is about a 10 minute walk away. At night the pool and garden lights give a magical atmosphere for your evenings sipping wine on the terrace. A herb garden provides rosemary, basil and mint for your mediterranean cooking!

Newly furnished in a tasteful, modern style, the luxurious interior is light and spacious with a marble staircase. Much care has been taken in the interior design and modern art adorns the walls. There is air conditioning in all rooms, plus standing fans. The lounge has patio doors leading onto terraces at the front and back of the house. Ample parking.

We will happily book airport collection and car hire for you and our property manager lives close by for your assistance. We have fast internet connection through our own wifi.

As well as relaxing, swimming and sunbathing, many activities can be enjoyed in the area, including scuba diving, sailing, snorkelling, walking, bird watching (300 species), horse riding, mountaineering and much more. There is a championship golf course nearby. Museums and castles abound. However, if it is relaxation you are after and you want to leave the pool for the day, there are lovely quiet beaches to be found close by. Alagadi is an official Turtle Watch beach (10 minutes from villa). At certain times of the year you can watch the turtles lay their eggs in the soft sand or watch the young as they head for the open sea. Acapulco is a hotel complex (about 20 minutes away) with all facilities including an aqua park bars and restaurants. Travelling east you will find wonderful beaches where you will be totally alone, just get out of the car and swim.

Bellapais Abbey is a magical place – built in the 12th Century it commands views of the whole northern coastline. At night the Abbey is floodlit and enchanting magical, there are classical concerts there at times during the summer season. There is a choice of restaurants in the village, one, ‘The Kybele’ is set in the Abbey grounds, book a seat with a view and be swept away by the panorama. Bellapais is where Lawrence Durrell lived when he wrote ‘Bitter Lemons of Cyprus’.

An excellent day trip would be to Famagusta (Gazimagusa) where the Roman City of Salamis should not be missed. Nicosia (Lefkosa) is about 30 minutes away and boasts the beautiful Selimiye Mosque, built by the Lusignans from 1208. The Great Turkish Bath dates back to the Ottoman period. Walk around the old streets around this area, filled with interesting little shops, then sit in the beautiful square close to the Mosque and enjoy a coffee whilst taking in the historic architecture.

Bahceli village (further up into the mountains) is a very rural village, worth a drive up to see how village life there has remained so unchanged. There are no facilities there – only smiling, curious faces. Esentepe village, approximately 8 minutes drive away, has the nearest mini-mart. Here you can find bars, restaurants, live music and a very naughty patisserie! There are other bars and restaurants close by along the coast, either rustic or more sophisticated. A large supermarket, Lemar, is on the road to Kyrenia where you can find everything you need, they have a great deli. Everywhere is happy to take UK sterling or Euros.

In Kyrenia you will find a bustling town with bars, restaurants and a Wednesday market.

The area is excellent for BIRD WATCHING. Many species can be seen from the patio including hobby, honey buzzard, bee eater, hoopee, roller, black franklin, blue heron and whinchat.

The villa is suitable for the elderly and children.

More Details

Carol Overs
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
29 April, 2017

About Carol Overs

We live in rural Shropshire, Tony is a Chartered Accountant and I am an Art Advisor. We fell in love with Northern Cyprus 12 years ago whilst on holiday. We enjoy the fact that it is still much less developed than other destinations, the scenery is stunning, there are empty beaches and we love the people. We have enjoyed Villa Lalai with friends of our own age, teenagers and young children. There is so much to do and explore in the region, in between making the most of the excellent food and wine!

Carol Overs purchased this villa in 2005

Why Carol Overs chose Kyrenia Region

We wanted to make our villa a place where guests arrived and were thrilled with their choice rather than that horrid sinking feeling most of us have experienced at some time. We have tried to think of everything to make holidays enjoyable. We also wanted a particular style of furnishing for the villa which would please people with similar taste. We hope you will enjoy it too.

What makes this villa unique

One of the most desirous things about Villa Lalai is the seclusion of the pool area, we are not overlooked and one forgets that there are other properties around. Also the view from the outdoor dining and bathing area still excites us after all these years. Whilst the villa is in a very peaceful location, it is only a few minutes from the sea, restaurants, bars and shops. The coast road nearby makes easy access to all the locations you would want to visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had the most wonderful holiday. The villa has beautiful interiors and the views from the pool area were breathtaking. We found lots to do, both for us and the children, from watching baby turtles return to the sea, enjoying bathing in the safe waters, to visiting sites such as Salamis. The area is so unspoilt, which made a refreshing change. The owners have thought of everything, we felt very spoilt.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Esentepe in Kyrenia

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , on ground floor
  • Bathrooms are very modern with white and chrome fittings. Quality white towels are provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • The bedrooms have been very stylishly furnished with all your comforts considered. The master bedroom has a balcony looking out to the mountains, you can see the sea from here. All other bedrooms look out to the mountains. The beds have crisp white cotton linen, beautiful artworks on the walls and white curtains float in the breeze from the mountains. A travel cot is available. A safe is provided.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Electrical goods include washing machine, microwave, cooker hob, large fridge/freezer, toaster, blender, iron, hairdryer, steamer. There is a separate room for relaxation or children to chill out with CDs, video and DVD.evision. We have provided Cd's and videos for your entertainment. There are games, books and jigsaws, toys, snorkelling and picnic gear for your use. Mosquito repellent plug-ins are in all bedrooms. Standard British 3 pin plugs are used for electrical equipment. All linen and towels are provided, including beach towels. There is a safe for your valuables.

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website:


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(26 traveller reviews)

Beautiful villa, Northern Cyprus close to beaches with mountain views. Free WIFI
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 27 reviews

Sehr ruhig und erholsam

  • 5 of 5

Wir wurden herzlich in Empfang genommen und erhielten viele gute Tipps bezüglich Ausflugsmöglichkeiten, Restaurants usw. Auch die Autovermietung war ein guter Tipp von Carol! Das Haus war sauber und alle Zimmer sind freundlich eingerichtet. Der Blick von der Terrasse der Villa Lalai ist wunderbar, schöner als auf dem Foto!

Das Haus liegt sehr ruhig und für erholungssuchende ideal.

Wir haben uns die Woche mit unseren Freunden rundum wohl gefühlt!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments. It was a pleasure having you as our guests and we are so pleased you had a lovely holiday. Also, thank you for leaving the villa in such good condition. Kind regards Carol
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Villa Lalai for a month,and thoroughly enjoyed every day.

When we first arrived at Ercan Airport we were picked up by a taxi which had been arranged together with our hire car,both from Cyprus Pines by Carol the villa owner.We were very impressed with Cyprus Pines,who helped us in any way they could,during our month stay.We can only say good things about theVilla.Everything we needed was there at our disposal,it was very clean and well maintained,with plenty of linen,towels,crockery glassware and utensils. The swimming pool which was cleaned so often,was a delight,my grandchildren who had never experienced their own pool were hardly ever out of it.

There are so many places to visit in Northern Cyprus,you could not possibly get bored,and shopping in Kyrenia is a terrific day out,with so much to buy at reasonable prices,and a lot of the supermarkets were better stocked than where I live in Ireland. We found one of the best fish restaurants there, if you like fish.Which was The Lagoon, But there are also many other good quality restaurants.

If you have never been to Northern Cyprus,its well worth the visit,also you will not get much better than staying at the Villa Lalai.

Thank you Carol for a Lovely holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind comments, we are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay at Villa Lalai so much. We do hope that you visit Northern Cyprus again.
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Delightful villa

  • 4 of 5

We spent a wonderful 2 weeks at Villa Lalai. It's spacious, comfortable, quiet and private. The swimming pool is delightful and the views are lovely.

The only minor issue is the air conditioning - it struggles to keep the place cool (at least in July) and we were made very conscious of the expense involved. The pool does help though!

Overall a great experience and thoroughly recommended.


  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Simply Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Villa Lalai was the location for our (2 adults & 3 kids) two week holiday this August (2016). Carol had kindly organised our taxi pick up from Larnaca airport (and our car hire) which was very helpful. In fact all our communications with Carol where very helpful, her replies to questions are very swift and the entire process of booking and receiving information was super efficient, totally stress free.

We arrived at the villa location in the early hours, it was pitch black and as we pulled off the main road onto the gravel track which leads upto the villa neighbourhood I have to admit there where a few glances exchanged around the taxi, 'where on earth are we?!'

Come the morning, walking out onto the rear patio overlooking the beautiful pool and gazing up at the mountain back drop of the garden we all realised we had come to a little slice of heaven.

The villa is well maintained, spacious and with all the necessities you could ever want or need. The rear garden and pool is wonderful and we spent part of everyday just relaxing and playing in and around the fantastic pool.

Mike and Lynn who look after the villa for Carol came to say hello and make sure everything was as required. They where very welcoming and very informative and responded to any requests very effectively. There are many local eateries, Mike had given us a 'what's on' guide that was really useful and we just choose places to eat from there and cross referenced with trip advisor / Google reviews. We pretty much tried every supermarket and our favourite was SAH on the road to Kyrenia, it's relatively new and reasonably priced, our kids referred to it's look & feel as Waitrose!

Car hire is essential whether it be simply for shopping trips or getting out and about and exploring what this gorgeous area of Cyprus has to offer.

If you are after a 'get away from it all' type holiday in beautiful surroundings in a lovely villa with a fantastic pool while dealing with a very helpful and informative owner then I would without hesitation recommend Villa Lalai.

Our holiday was excellent and we where so very sad to have to leave.

Thank you Carol for the rental of your wonderful villa.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Escape from the everyday

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Villa Lalai for 10 days in June 2016.

The booking process was straightforward and Carol provided useful information on the villa and the surrounding area which was sent in advance. She also was very helpful in organising the booking of the airport taxi service and rental of a hire car (the service from Cyprus Pines was faultless!). This meant everything was sorted before we arrived at Larnaca airport and we could relax from day one. Mike and Lyn, who came over to introduce themselves on the first day, were very helpful. They gave us lots of useful information on local supermarkets etc, and it was comforting to know that if we needed some advice or help they were nearby (fortunately we didn’t have to trouble them!).

The villa is just as described on the HomeAway site, well equipped with everything you could possibly need. It was around 40C while we were at the villa so it was great to have air conditioning in the bedrooms and a water cooler in the kitchen! It’s worth mentioning the outlook onto the Besparmak mountains which was really lovely. Sitting on the terrace watching the wildlife was one of the highlights of our time at the villa.

The villa is situated in a small development which was very quiet (just what we wanted), but at the same time is not far from the main road, with easy access to all parts of northern Cyprus for those that want to explore. We made good use of the hire car and visited a lot of places. Outside the big conurbations (Kyrenia and Famagusta) the roads were really quiet and a pleasure to drive on.

Overall we had a very peaceful and relaxing break - which was just what we wanted. Normally we're ready to go home when we get to the end of the holiday but we both wished we could have stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Holiday in heaven

  • 5 of 5

We arrived in the middle of the night in a taxi from Larnaca airport and were very tired so it was a quick cuppa and bed. But next morning, oh the delight in waking up and exploring this beautiful villa. Thanks for the eggs, milk and bacon, really needed that first morning, and the water butt in the kitchen was great, our breakfasts were spent on the front patio. After delivery of the hired car we went off to Tempo the local supermarket, giving my husband a heart attack by spending nearly 400 Turkish lira, not very much in stg!!! Then back to that glorious pool, which I admit I spent most of my time in.

The villa itself is immaculate, everything you need, all you need to buy is your food and wine of course!

My favourite part of the day was sitting on the patio glass of wine in my hand looking up at the village in the mountains and every four hours hearing the call for prayer.

Mike and Lyn are there if needed but thankfully everything was fine. My only regret was having to come home. Fingers crossed for next year.

Only one point the beautiful stairs are a bit of a struggle if you have difficulty climbing. I managed them just so anyone with any major problems would not get up them. Other than that, just enjoy the beautiful villa and especially the wonderful sights, sounds and people of Northern Cyprus, we will be back!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Kilometres
Ercan, Northern Cyprus or Larnaca, Southern Cyprus
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
5 minutes
Car: necessary

This is one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean which has remained one of the least spoilt by mass tourism. The people of this region are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Kyrenia is an historic town built around a charming harbour, overlooked by a crusader castle. The harbour offers a wide variety of restaurants, some with rooftop views and at night, when the lights are lit, there is no more wonderful place to eat. During the day Roman ruins and Norman castles await exploration. The 200 miles of Northern coastline offers beautiful beaches, hidden coves and turquoise waters, for swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling and sailing. Dramatic mountains provide the backdrop to olive groves and carob orchards, goats roam freely and the smells of wild herbs and Cypress trees intoxicate. The island has a wonderful climate, long hot summers and relatively warm winters.

Our villa is one of 9 villas on a private drive just off the Eastern coastal road, about 35 minutes from Kyrenia and 5 minutes from the sea.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Esentepe, Cyprus

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Prices are based on four people staying with a £25 charge for each additional person per week.
Prices are fully inclusive of electricity, cleaning, welcome pack, etc. A deposit of £200 is made on booking and the
balance must be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. If the booking is made within 8 weeks of the holiday, the full amount is payable on booking. A damage deposit of £200 is paid and returned after the holiday if everything is in good order.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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