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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 1 - 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
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

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 Esentepe

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:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Safety gate between patio and pool area. Travel cot and high chair available. Car seats can be arranged. Roman steps into the pool make access easy.
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.


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Beautiful villa, Northern Cyprus close to beaches with mountain views. Free WIFI
average rating of 4.909091 based on 34 reviews

So impressed!!

  • 5 of 5

A great villa with the WOW factor in a peaceful location with views of the mountains. We stayed for 10 days in the Easter holidays and had a great holiday. Carol the owner was so helpful & professional with lots of information about the villa, surrounding area & things to do.

Carol arranged the taxi from Ercan airport; driver was waiting outside, arranged the hire car which was waiting at the villa and everything ran smoothly thanks to her efforts.

The villa was beautifully clean, spacious, had all mod cons, large pool and WiFi.

Kyrenia is about a 30 minute drive and the harbour and castle are a must to experience. A car is a must for discovering this little gem of an island.

I would definitely return to Northern Cyprus again and highly recommend the ‘Villa Lalai’.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your comments, I am really glad that you enjoyed Villa Lalai and the beautiful Northern Cyprus.
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Lovely villa in fantastic private location with everthing we needed.

  • 5 of 5

Great communication from Carol from start to finish, including organising airport transfers and hire car. Wonderfully positioned and equiped villa. Would thoroughly recommend. Did walk to Coconut restaurant but preferred to drive a few minutes to lots of other great local restaurants. New beach at Esentepe great. Alagadi beach lovely too. Passed PADI open water scuba course with Cengis and team from North Cyprus Scuba centre - office in Catalkoy, diving from Alagadi beach. Great dive team. Would definitely return to area and Villa Lalai - brilliant holiday in a delightfully 'less discovered' area. English breakfasts and football screenings thankfully uncommon. Kyrenia worth a trip, as is Kantara castle (amazing views). A cabana at Bella Marin at Lords Palace hotel served as a great luxury birthday treat outing too.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Toby, for your lovely review. I am so glad you enjoyed our wonderful Northern Cyprus, we too think it is a very special place. Great you were able to achieve so much in the water sports. We would love to welcome you back in the future.
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couldn't be better

  • 5 of 5

Simply nothing negative to say, a really lovely villa in the perfect position, total privacy at the back around the pool, everything you need and more. Really good, clean, modern facilities and a warm welcome, Everything was arranged by Carol for us including Taxis to and from the airport and a hire car waiting at the villa. This is the perfect location to explore the north of the island, plenty of information about the villa, the surrounding area and places to visit eat and drink were provided by Carole, this was invaluable and we found the suggestions spot on . We felt perfectly at home from the moment we arrived and didn't want to leave. We will no doubt be going back.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review Sharon, I am so glad you enjoyed everything so much. We would love to welcome you back again to Villa Lalai.
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Great villa in a great location

  • 5 of 5

Spent a fantastic two weeks here. The location is great. Mountains are the backdrop to days in the pool. The facilities in the villa are all you need but the surrounding area offers lots of places to explore and beaches to relax on. Would thoroughly recommend Coconut for a meal. All in all a memorable holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beatiful proprty and location

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we loved the villa and its location!

Everything we needed was supplied and the pool was fantastic and clean.

Loved the fact that we were not overlooked and had a fabulous backdrop of the mountain range.

If you want quietness look no further.

The help provided by the owner was also excellent.Airport transfers were taken care of and a hire car was waiting at the villa as promised.

In short.....

One of the best holidays we have experienced !! (and have been on many)

Our thanks to carol for making this possible

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Frank, thank you so much for your compliments about the villa and service. I am so pleased that you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed wonderful Northern Cyprus.
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Relaxing, peaceful holiday

  • 5 of 5

A very relaxing, peaceful holiday in this comfortable, well equipped villa. Everything re the organisation of the holiday worked like clockwork. The pool was a good size and the barbecue worked really well. Enjoyed some evening walks up in the hills through the forests.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review Sarah, we are glad you enjoyed your holiday at Villa Lalai. Kind regards Carol
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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:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Apr 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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