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Stunning Villa, private infinity pool, sea & mountain views, Free Wifi, Ilgaz

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,463 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

Villa in Ilgaz, Kyrenia, North Cyprus - Set On The Edge Of A Peaceful Mountain Village Overlooking Vineyards With Views To The Sea

Beautiful two bedroomed villa set on the edge of the quiet mountainside village of Ilgaz in the Besparmak mountains overlooking the sea. The villa is situated in a mature garden with a private 8m by 4m infinity pool with underwater lighting and has uninterrupted views of the sea and stunning views of the sun setting behind the mountains. The villa is surrounded by terraces accessible directly from the sitting room and fully equipped kitchen. There is a large marble topped table outside, chairs, wooden sunbeds and a built in BBQ. There is a covered area on one terrace for shaded seating. The spacious and airy sitting room has high ceilings and comfortable sofa with French windows and windows on three sides and the large fully equipped open-plan kitchen has a traditional wooden table and chairs. The villa has various pieces of antique Cypriot furniture and the master bedroom has a large four poster bed with muslin curtains.

Carola Gillham
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Greek, Turkish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 September, 2018

About Carola Gillham

I have lived in Ilgaz since 2007 and am married to Öztürk (Oz) who built villas CY1696 and CY3823. I am English and Oz is Turkish Cypriot. Originally from Paphos, Oz fell in love with Ilgaz village in 1974 and achieved his dream of living here about 15 years ago. We have 2 dogs, Zibidi and Maymun. We love the peace and community spirit of the village which has both English and Turkish residents and waking up every morning to spectacular views. We enjoy meeting new guests and hope that they enjoy Ilgaz as much as we do. We have a number of guests who return year after year. As we live in the village we are on hand to help out in any way necessary and we do our best to ensure that you have an enjoyable and memorable holiday in North Cyprus.

Why Carola Gillham chose Ilgaz

Oz built this villa about 12 years ago. It has uninterrupted views down the mountains to the sea and has more than 180 degree views from the terrace. It is situated on the edge of the village and therefore you can have as little or as much interaction with the village as you like. There are mountain walks to be taken from the front door.

What makes this villa unique

Ilgaz is a small mountain village with both Turkish and British residents. It is 3kms up the mountain and has glorious views of both mountains and sea. A couple of minutes walk from the villa takes you past Etel Winery and into the vineyards where you will find the Tasting Room where you can sit and relax, enjoying a selection of delicious wines. A few minutes walk from the villa is Ilgaz Village Café with freshly prepared Turkish meals and bread baked in its own traditional ovens. Also within the village is Hoots Bar / Restaurant with a charming vine-covered courtyard. 1km down the mountain is Green Heights Park, a restaurant in award-winning gardens. Along the main road are many restaurants and beaches to enjoy.

From the front door of the villa are numerous mountain walks ranging from the gentle to more ambitious mountain trails, ideal for bird watching and discovering wild flowers.

You can buy bread in the village baked in traditional ovens and freshly laid eggs.

We hope that we have provided everything you will need in Carob Villa for a marvellous, memorable and relaxing holiday

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The pool is out of this world and the views amazing. We are recommending your villas to everyone and hope to return". Anne and Richard, UK.

"The villa and the pool are gorgeous. The views are outstanding - even better than we had imagined. Thank you Carola and Oz for a wonderful holiday. We look forward to returning." Catherine and James, UK.

"We've had an amazing holiday in this beautiful, well-equipped and well-kept villa. The pool was great and we could never get tired of the views." Sarah, Mark, Clare and Robert. Edinburgh.
Nov 2011
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa around the Ilgaz around the Kyrenia

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1463 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with shower, wc. Bathroom downstairs with shower and wc. During most months water is more than adequately heated by solar power.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Huge handmade four poster bed 2m x 2.2m.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with huge (2m x 2.20m) four poster bed with semi- orthopaedic mattress and muslin curtains. En-suite. French windows with balconies. Bedroom 2 with twin beds. Both have French windows and balconies on two sides, air-conditioning and hair dryers.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The villa has its own garage and is situated on a very quiet road tarmacced until just beyond the villa. After the tarmac it becomes a track road leading across the mountains to the picturesque village of Karmi / Karaman. As a result there is very little traffic but walkers may pass. As the villa is set well above the road the pool area and other terraces are not overlooked by walkers or drivers. We have tried to make the villa as comfortable as possible and have a high proportion of guests returning. We provide a welcome pack. Where possible we try to use local products such as bread baked in traditional ovens in Ilgaz village, eggs from the village and locally grown and produced olives and olive oil. Outside: The villa is surrounded by terraces and by a well tended mature garden. The pool is 8m by 4m and is an infinity pool overflowing over tiles on one side allowing you to look straight across the water to the views beyond. there is a large pool terrace with wooden sunbeds and a large parasol. The pool has underwater lighting should you wish to swim in the evenings. The pool is on a lower level to the villa. The terrace above has a large marble topped table and a built in BBQ. Part of the terrace has a bamboo covering to provide shade in summer. For the more adventurous (and patient) chef there are also three kleftico ovens. The gardens have numerous and varied plants including bougainvillea, jasmines, roses, an almond tree and a carob tree. The view from the main terrace goes down to the sea and up to the mountains more than 180 degrees. Utility Room: Washing machine situated in a cupboard in the hallway. Washing powder provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 100% cotton sheets and towels provided, changed weekly or more frequently by request. Property cleaned thoroughly between guests. Pool towels provided. Gardens and pool maintained throughout the year.


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Stunning Villa, private infinity pool, sea & mountain views, Free Wifi, Ilgaz
average rating of 4.9 based on 31 reviews
United Kingdom

Wonderful relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we popped over to the winery for a fantastic lunch (the food and service were top class). We felt very relaxed in the villa as soon as we arrived. Carola & Oz provided one of the best welcome packs, which was very much appreciated. The villa really has everything you need, including beach towels - so one less thing to pack!.We enjoyed a lovely walk to Karaman village and can recommend the lovely cafe for a vanilla iced coffee! We recommend Karsiyaka Turtle Watch (can be followed on Facebook) to experience turtle nest excavations and releases. The discover scuba diving with Cyprus Underwater Explorers was great for adding a little excitement and we enjoyed climbing Hilarion Castle with it's amazing views, exploring Kyrenia Harbour and Bellapais Abbey. We can't forget to mention the fantastic Turkish breakfast and fresh bread from Koy Firini Restaurant just up the road!

This was our first holiday to Cyprus, we can recommend the efficient taxi service by Sevener to and from Larnaca Airport directly to the villa where they also provided us with a hire car All in all, great communication from our first contact and a truly wonderful and relaxing holiday - Thank you. We can thoroughly recommend this villa and Carola & Oz's hospitality. We will be back next year!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write your review. It was lovely to meet you all and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you all in Ilgaz again next year.
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  • 5 of 5

Absolutely stunning. So relaxing, peaceful, secluded, so private. We didn't want to leave. We will definately be back.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you all. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you in Ilgaz again soon.
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A great villa in a beautiful location supported by caring owners

  • 5 of 5

Our first trip to TRNC so found the help and guidance (and plentiful welcome pack) from Carola and Oz very comforting. The villa itself was ideal for our family. Large for a two bedroomed villa with a great pool - being part of Ilgaz we were not isolated but it still felt private. The location is ideal with views over the coast and mountains. We also benefited from being close to the coast, to the town of Girne (Kyrenia) and being fairly central for exploring other parts of the region.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. It was great to meet you and your charming family and we hope to see you again in Ilgaz one day.
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Everything we wanted

  • 5 of 5

Can’t recommend this villa enough. A real home from home with everything we needed. Quiet and relaxing with a fantastic infinity pool with views down to the sea. Definitely need a car as we enjoyed evening meals out at different restaurants nearby every night. Went into Kyrenia Harbpur and did an evening cruise and visited the local beach a couple of days. However there was no need to leave the villa as really enjoyed lazy days around the private pool, bbq and sampling wine from the vineyard opposite. Carola and Oz great hosts who couldn’t be more welcoming and popped in to make sure all was ok, left a lovely welcome hamper and they also arranged our car hire, taxi transfers and great communication before our holiday. We can’t wait to return

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Carob Villa. It was lovely to meet you both and we look forward to seeing you again in Ilgaz.
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Wonderful villa with great views

  • 5 of 5

We loved the villa with its wonderful views to the sea and also to the mountains. The villa is lovely and very clean and well equipped. Lovely pool area and the barbecue is situated in a covered area which was great if it was a bit wet or windy. Terraces all round the villa. Lots of great walks from the villa. The walk to Karmi village is lovely and the little pub bistro at the end of it was very welcome! Carola and Oz are wonderful hosts, always there to help. Some good restaurants close by. We would recommend Sevener which is not far from the villa, The Ambiance in Kyrenia and Levant in Karmi. We had a really relaxing holiday, came home refreshed. Thank you Carola and Oz.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you both and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Carob Villa and had a relaxing holiday. We hope to see you both in Ilgaz again.
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  • 5 of 5

This is the second year running we have stayed at this amazing place. it s a really well appointed property, in a glorious location. The owners are charming and extremely helpful. We shall return.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to see you both again at Carob Villa. We look forward to your return.
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Nearest Airport
54 Kilometres
Ercan 50 mins drive / Larnaca 75 mins drive
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Kilometres
Etel Winery Tasting Room, Hoots Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Kilometres
Ilgaz Firin Cafe / Green Heights Park Restaurant
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Various beaches nearby / Escape Beach 8 mins

Etel Winery. A couple of minutes walk from the villa takes you past Etel Winery and through the vineyards to the Tasting Room where you can sit and relax and enjoy a selection of delicious wines.


The coast is 3 kms down the mountain from the villa, about 7 mins drive and 20-40 mins walk. There are numerous beaches nearby, some with restaurants or cafes and water sports activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, parasending and jet-skiing and others where there are simply warm seas, sand and peace and quiet. Boat trips can be taken Kyrenia harbour along the coast either in the daytime with an excellent lunch provided or evening sunset cruises with dinner.


Most guests fly to Larnaca Airport in South Cyprus. Transfer time is around 1hr 15mins by taxi. Carriers include British Airways, Monarch, Easyjet, Cyprus Airways, ThompsonFly.

Alternatively Ercan (or Lefkosa) Airport in Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is approx 50 mins drive away from Ilgaz. Flights to Ercan have to land en-route in Turkey so total flight time is around 6 hrs. Carriers include Turkish Airlines, Atlasjet and Pegasus Airlines.

Car hire is strongly recommended. We can advise.


The villa is situated on the lower edge of the village of Ilgaz. The picturesque and historic Kyrenia harbour is about 15mins drive from Ilgaz and Bellapais Monastery and St Hilarion Castle about 20mins drive away. The village of Karmi / Karaman which is entirely made up of traditional houses is across the mountains from Ilgaz, about 40-60mins walk away.

Further Details:

There are two good restaurants / cafes in Ilgaz within a few minutes walk from the villa.A few minutes walk from the villa is Ilgaz Village Café with freshly prepared Turkish meals and bread baked in their traditional ovens. Also in the village is Hoots Bar / Restaurant with a harming vine-covered courtyard. 1km down the road is another restaurant with award-winning gardens and large pool. On the main road 3 kms down the hill from Ilgaz there are a number of shops, many restaurants, supermarkets, a petrol station and a bank with an ATM machine which accepts UK bank cards. Most if not all of the shops, restaurants, petrol stations will accept UK cash or debit/credit cards.

Other activities in the area include horse riding, jeep safaris, organised walks, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing and paragliding.

The nearby supermarkets sell a wide variety of goods including fresh fruit and vegetables and many have their own butchers counter with a wide range of meat. Some sell ready cooked meals. The price of eating out in North Cyprus is very reasonable.

The town of Lefkosa / Nicosia with its historic streets and buildings is 30-40 mins drive away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa around the Ilgaz,

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer 2018
1 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
October 2018
1 Oct 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2018/19
1 Nov 2018 - 31 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
April / May 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 31 May 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 30 Sep 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
October 2019
1 Oct 2019 - 31 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2019 / 20
1 Nov 2019 - 31 Mar 2020
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
April / May 2020
1 Apr 2020 - 31 May 2020
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 2020
1 Jun 2020 - 30 Sep 2020
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We ask for a 20% deposit payable on booking and for the balance to be paid 8 weeks before arrival into a UK bank account.
If you find that "Carob Villa" is already booked for your chosen dates we have a second two bedroom villa with private pool in Ilgaz village, "Villa Lisa" ref CY1696. We have now taken on a three bedroom villa, again in Ilgaz and with private pool ref CY6064.

Changeover Day:
We will be as flexible as possible on changeover day. Unless previously arranged, check-in time is after 4pm and check-out time is 11am. If we can, depending on other guests, we will be flexible with check-in / out times.

Notes on prices:
Prices per week in UK £ sterling.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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