Villa in Yenibogazici, Nr. Salamis, Cyprus - New Villa in 2005 with Sea and Mountain Views
About Colin Horsley
The villa is owned by Colin and Ann - We live in North Yorkshire, and are in our mid 50's. We have two children, Rebecca, who is currently an Overseas Recruitment Officer at University of York; and Dominic, who is a highly qualified cocktail barman in York. We are looking forward to the time when we can finish working and spend more time in our villa in North Cyprus.
Colin Horsley purchased this Villa in 2004
Why Colin Horsley chose Yeni Bogazici
We went out to North Cyprus many years ago, and fell in love with it straight away. The people are so friendly, good food, great beaches near the villa and along the Karpas Peninsula that have to be seen to be believed and a great climate - it was a very memorable holiday. After returning from our first trip we promised ourselves two things, firstly that we would be back soon, and secondly if we ever had the money then we would buy a villa on the island. By good fortune we have done both!!
What makes this Villa unique
Some people prefer the area around Kyrenia, which has been a much stronger area of tourism development in recent years. For ourselves, we prefer the Famagusta/Salamis area, as it is more peaceful, whilst still having plenty to do, as Famagusta is near enough for shopping, whilst Bogaz in the opposite direction is a beautiful small fishing village. Beaches are abundant and of a quality you struggle to find elsewhere.
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Lovely villa in a quiet location
A spacious villa (especially as there were only the two of us!) set close to the main road between Famagusta and Iskele, which feels very much like a home from home. Not quite warm enough in November to use the pool, though it looked very inviting. The villa is a comfortable base for visiting the eastern side of North Cyprus, with both Famagusta and Iskele a short drive away. (A car is definitely recommended for North Cyprus) The more developed northern shore is under an hour away by car. There are a few restaurants within walking distance, and beaches are a 5-10 minute drive. All the restaurants we ate in were great, but if you want a real local experience, we'd recommend Mertekli Meyhane in Mutluyaka, and have the fixed menu (Warning - go when you're VERY hungry!). Also don't miss Petek Patisserie in Famagusta Old Town (and a local branch in Iskele) There are plenty of other recommendations in the visitors book, you won't be short of places to see or eat. Jackie who looks after the villa is also very helpful. A great stay - thank you!
P.S. if you drive out to the Karpas peninsula, you'll need carrots or some other vegetable/fruit to "pay" for access to the road past the monastery - you'll find out why!
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the villa, and as we have found in the past the November weather is still nice enough to be out and about and whilst the pool is a little too cold the sea is still sometimes warm enough. We have not been to the restaurant in Mutluyaka you mention but it is now on the agenda for the next trip. As for the visit to the Karpaz we usually stop at the Lemar in Bogaz on our way to collect the toll fee !! We would be delighted to welcome you back at any point in the future. Colin & Ann
Great time at "Turtles"
Many thanks for letting us stay in your lovely villa. We had a brilliant time and lovely October/November weather. Hope to stay again in the future. Thanks again
Thank you for reviewing our property Tony & Linda and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Regards Colin & Ann
Lovely large Villa, with the use of the swimming pool. Great for a family get together.
We stayed for 3 nights. Good cooking facilities if you want to stay in. Good restaurants if you want to go out. We also found a very good Chinese Takeaway on the outskirts of Famagusta, left a menu at the Villa.
The beaches are not that clean as so much plastic and rubbish, which is a shame but seems to be the norm for Northern Cyprus. We enjoyed the ruins of Silamis and old town Famagusta.
We are delighted that you enjoyed the villa and the amenities in the local area. I am surprised that you found that the beaches were not clean, as we use the beaches around Famagusta Bay, Bogaz and up to the Karpaz Peninsula and have never seen too much of a problem. I am wondering whether it had been windy and brought some debris on shore.
Loved our time at the villa
Relaxing and peaceful time at the villa, the kids have loved the pool. Do hire a car to enjoy the surroundings including releasing the turtles which was amazing. Lots of good eateries in nearby Famagusta. Kyrenia is a good day trip. City Mall in Famagusta worth a visit as is the short drive to Salamis Ruins. The local Famagusta beach is good for snorkelling with a few different fish. We hope future guests enjoy your stay as much as we did.
Many thanks for your review of our villa and we are glad that you and your children thoroughly enjoyed your stay here. You are more than welcome back to the villa any time in the future when you visit North Cyprus.
Best time ever.
We were a group of 7 and we had a lovely time in the villa, we stayed there last summer aswel it's a lovely place and the area and neighbours are also all very lovely.
Colin is so helpful with everything we needed, and responded to any emails instantly.
Will 100% be booking again in the near future. It has become a home away from home for my family. Thank you.
We are really pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay in our villa, and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Regards Colin and Ann
Beautiful villa, beautiful holiday
I came with a group of 6 people and overall our stay at the turtles villa was delightful, very spacious and nicely decorated, air con in all bedrooms was a god send as the outside temperature was in its 30's. Huge pool outside of the villa was perfect for relaxing on the days you cant be bothered to go to the beach!! Also the fruit trees in the garden are a lovely touch :) booking with Colin was swift and easy, will definitely be booking again!
We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the villa and that everything was to your liking and we would be more than happy to welcome you back for your next holiday when you are ready to book.
This area of North Cyprus boasts the best beaches in the entire island including Famagusta Bay just north of Famagusta famed for the ability to swim and see loggerhead turtles. A short drive from the villa and you can be on a quiet sandy beach, or if you take a slightly longer drive towards Bogaz there are also numerous free sandy beaches.
The nearest airport is Ercan, but an alternative option is to use the airports in South Cyprus and cross into North Cyprus. Numerous operators in the North & South can arrange car hire. The service will include the vehicle being delivered to the airport and left at the airport on departure. As an alternative the taxi is moderately priced.
Petrol Filling Station 1 minute drive
Casual Dining (Turkish cuisine) 1 minute drive
Salamis Conti Hotel (Heated pool/sauna/massage etc - open to public) 2 minutes drive
Mini market 3 minutes drive
Lions Garden Night Club/Restaurant/Casino - 5 minute drive
Salamis Ruins 5-10 minutes drive
Karting/Bowling Alley/Paintball/Billiards - 6 minute drive
Bogaz 10-15 minutes drive
Major Supermarket 15 minute drive
Cinema 15 minute drive
Famagusta 15-20 minute drive
A full range of shops, restaurants, supermarkets and banks are available in Famagusta.
There has been a welcome addition of waterfront cafes/bars/eateries adjacent to a newly constructed walkway along the Famagusta Bay beachfront. There is childrens play equipment and exercise machines for adults along the route.
The local Salamis Ruins are a highly popular attraction easily accessible by car and there are a variety of local walks, which enable you to explore the many historical castles, with Kantara Castle in particular being in close proximity to the villa. The island has a rich tapestry of natural beauty including the wild flowers which are particularly colourful, as are the pine clad Besparmak mountains. The wild flowers and herbs are at their best in the winter and spring months.
The approximate temperatures in winter (November to March) can reach 22°C. Central heating is provided throughout the house for use as required. From March to May temperatures can reach 27°C and in the summer months (June to October) temperatures can reach an average high of around 35-40°C. The villa benefits from its coastal location and associated sea breeze.
Mains water is safe to drink, although bottled water is inexpensive.