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Beautiful detached villa in Catalkoy with private swimming pool, free Internet



Updated: 25-Oct-2016
Villa in Catalkoy, Nr. Kyrenia, Northern Cyprus - Peaceful Location with Stunning Mountain and Sea Views

Situated in a peaceful location on the outskirts of the traditional village of Catalkoy lies the stunning Villa Carob. Its name originates from the Carob tree, which lies in the colourful landscaped gardens. This villa is of a unique modern design and is considered to be in one of the most desirable areas of Northern Cyprus. Uninterrupted views of the Besparmak mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea make this a special location. Watch the sunset whilst enjoying a brandy sour from the roof terrace, or enjoy a quiet time hidden away from everyone else. Enjoy long lazy days in the Mediterranean sunshine. Choose between the pool or the local Turtle beach. Dine al fresco or choose to eat at one of the excellent local restaurants.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are the Garner family, Janet and John and our two grown up daughters, Catherine and Rebecca. We were visiting friends in northern Cyprus and arrived on a snowy February night. Having been collected from Gecitkale airport in an ageing charabanc, we were relayed to the Pia Bella Hotel over a dangerous and unmade mountain road, by an elderly driver who had never driven in the snow before! Fearing for our lives, we thought the end was nigh. However, we fell in love with the area and love it even more now that we have discovered more about it.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Having visited South Cyprus we hoped that Villa Carob would be more quiet, more peaceful and relaxing than the busy town of Paphos where our first package tour landed us. The taxi which Janet and John had organised to pick us up was there on time and drove us over the border to our holiday Villa. We continued on small, quiet roads and finally reached our destination, Villa Carob with its lovely garden and illuminated swimming pool, beneath the spreading Carob tree. The villa is beautifully crafted with marble floors and staircase keeping the spacious rooms bright, clean and cool. The morning dawned bright and beautiful and with the shops nearby the fridge and wine rack were soon filled. We would thoroughly recommend Villa Carob. Children only need a bar-b-q and a pool, I am told and if they need a TV, then it is all there. Children are, of course, welcomed to all the restaurants in Kyrenia . Book and enjoy! Janet and Colin Cooper April 2014

Just a quick message to say we had a wonderful time. The villa is the best accommodation we've had in Cyprus to date, excellent location, very comfortable, well equipped, spotlessly clean - a real home-from-home. We would have no hesitation in recommending your villa to others. We would love to stay there again in the future, perhaps two weeks next time! Missing that lovely veranda and pool!

Lots of love and best wishes

Allyson and Anton de Rijk
May 2006
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7 Reviews

based on 7 holidaymaker reviews


Villa Carob is a perfect holiday home

  • 5 of 5

We have been to Villa Carob before so felt instantly comfortable and at home. Travel to the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus is easy with stress free taxi transfers from the airports available at a very reasonable cost. The accommodation is excellent for a family or for a party of adults. The private pool, set in spacious villa grounds in a quiet, rural neighbourhood, is so relaxing and makes it a pleasure to spend time here. The property is well maintained, well equipped, clean and very comfortable. Driving is easy (on the same side of the road as in the UK) and there are so many different places to see and things to do, it is an advantage to hire a car. There are shops, beaches, restaurants and places of interest very close at hand. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and took the oppotunity to travel a bit further afield to see the beautiful more remote parts of this beautiful part of the world. We hope to return again some day soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5* Delight

  • 5 of 5

This was our first visit to Cyprus and arriving at Villa Carob at nightfall made it all very exciting! We’d had a smooth journey with Easyjet to Larnaca followed by a taxi ride with a chatty driver who drove us deftly over the mountains, after navigating us smoothly across the border from the Greek Cypriot area into the Turkish region.

The scent of wisteria at Villa Carob’s gate was heady and beautiful. The garden looked intriguing by moonlight. Once inside the villa, we were highly impressed with its spaciousness and very tasteful décor. The furniture blended the contemporary with some antique Mediterranean pieces and was complemented by soft furnishings and wall hangings picked out in jewel colours. Restful yet vibrant, homely yet tantalisingly exotic!

We slept soundly in very comfy beds with snugly duvets. There was always plenty of hot water for baths and showers with lots of soft absorbent bath towels - and the plumbing never let us down.

Mornings dawned bright and sunny. The kitchen appliances and gadgets all worked easily and the water cooler was an unexpected bonus. We had our pick of 3 patios to eat breakfast on – the south-facing one was a real suntrap at that time of day. The garden was delightful with its mixture of Mediterranean flowering plants, citrus trees and shrubs. The owners’ love for their garden definitely shone through. The orange blossom was in full bloom as were bougainvillea and roses. The aloe vera plant stood proud as did the mighty carob tree.

Then there was the swimming pool…so blue and clean and inviting…beautifully relaxing in the water and around the pool on the sun loungers….heavenly.

The roof terrace was the perfect place for sundowner G & Ts every evening with its backdrop of the mountains to the south and the blue Mediterranean sea to the north. (Bombay Sapphire gin was a third of the UK price and local brandy was very cheap and very drinkable!).

We’d have had a wonderful time if we’d have stayed the whole time at Villa Carob but we do like to get out and explore so, with a rental from A1Car Hire, we visited Kyrenia and loved its harbourside bars and cafes with its relaxed atmosphere. The mountain-top St Hilarion Castle was super-impressive but you’ve got to be prepared to climb and climb – but it was definitely worth it for the terrific views you get of the northern coastline. Bellapais Monastery was a tranquil and spiritual place and we can certainly recommend eating at the courtyard restaurant of Bella Moon in

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. You too have obviously fallen under the spell of this beautiful Mediterranean island. We are always thrilled when we hear such positive comments, and are pleased that you enjoyed staying in our home. We look forward to welcoming you again. Janet and John
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Lovely Villa ideal for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely villa which is ideal for a relaxing holiday. It is very well furnished and equipped with a lovely pool and gardens. The owners were extremely helpful and arranged car hire and transfers from the airport for us. There are restaurants and supermarkets nearby and the nearest beach club is only a 5 minute drive away. A great base for a holiday in Northern Cyprus.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and glad that you enjoyed your stay in the Villa Carob. We always try to think of what we would like if we were holidaying in a private villa, which is also someone's home, so we have tried to make it very comfortable. Booking taxis and car hire is just part of the service which we try to offer, and we are always available to help your holiday run smoothly. We always enjoy having guests who look after our home as if it were their own. Thank you.
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A wonderful Villa for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We cannot recommend this villa highly enough. We have been coming to Cyprus for many years and while this was our first stay at Villa Carob, this is sure to become a favourite for us and our friends.

The owners were wonderfully helpful and communicative, and always made themselves available for questions about the house or the island itself.

In addition, the representative on the island, who came to introduce himself and to clean the pool, was really helpful, and provided us with a great welcome shopping pack to get us up and running on our first morning.

The villa is situated in a quiet area just above the main village of Catalkoy, with the mountains behind and the sea below.

While Catalkoy has some amenities, it is about a 15 minute drive to the main town of Kyrenia. As with anywhere in Cyprus we would recommend a car to make the most of the island. There are great supermarkets only 5 minutes drive away.

The villa has everything you will require during your stay. It is clear from the décor and furniture that the villa has been used extensively by the owners as a family holiday home as it has a really homely feel. It was also immaculately clean.

There is a lovely through breeze in the lounge/diner downstairs throughout the day, even when the August heat was at it's peak. This meant that for once we didn't need to put on the air conditioning unit downstairs in the house at all. Upstairs the rooms are spacious with plenty of storage and all have air conditioning units to ensure a good night's sleep in Cyprus in August! The roof terrace (complete with glitter ball!!) is a nice addition though we didn't use it.

The gardens are really nicely laid out, which is unusual for newer villas in Cyprus. There is also a BBQ, and all of the necessary tools, and there is a good degree of shade where required. Although the house is on a small estate of villas, you do not feel overlooked. The pool is a great size with graduating depth and our young boys spent most of their time in there until late at night.

Overall, we recommend Villa Carob highly. We only hope it is available again for us next year as it is sure to become a popular property.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your wonderful review. It's good to know that our hardwork is appreciated and that you enjoyed the villa as much as we do. We would love to welcome you and your family back in the future. Janet and John
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A stylish home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Villa Carob has been lovingly designed and tastefully furnished to reflect all the charm that this part of northern Cyprus has to offer. Set as it is in immaculately maintained and sensitively landscaped gardens, you really do feel as if you have stepped into your own piece of paradise. We stayed with our sons and their partners and it was three days before we made any attempt to explore further afield: the villa and gardens provided everything we needed! The pool & sunbathing deck were fantastic whilst the fabulous carob tree and lots of other special corners, provided ample shade for the times when you wanted to retreat in isolated splendour! Inside, the owners have bestowed love, care and attention on every facet of the decor. Beautiful fabrics and artwork - reflecting the Turkish culture, reinforced the sense of place and really did help us to connect with this wonderful part of the world. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review of Villa Carob. We have worked hard to ensure that the villa reflects the Mediterranean atmosphere, yet still feels comfortable and homely. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back again. Janet and John
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Villa Carob

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the villa September 2014. We had a really relaxing holiday. The villa is situated in a lovely peaceful location, but within easy reach of some good restaurants and beaches if you can tear yourself away from the enticing pool. The pool area is within a well maintained garden giving some shaded areas should you need it.

The villa was spotlessly clean and extremely well presented, with everything we needed to make it feel like home from home. Upon our arrival late at night the welcome pack was more than adequate to see us through until the next day when we could get to the near by supermarket.

Also thank you to Janet & John for their invaluable help by arranging the taxi transfer from Larnaca airport and car hire.

We enjoyed our holiday so much we have already booked it again for 2015.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

We bought the villa in 2004, having searched the whole of northern Cyprus before deciding upon the village of Catalkoy. We loved the proximity to the mountains, the stunning sea views and a clean and tidy village bursting with charm, and local people who were eager to get to know friendly visitors, and keen to tell their stories. Knowing that we are a short distance away from bustling Kyrenia town, yet still have our own peaceful haven in Catalkoy, makes returning to the villa quite special. The villa is our second home and it has been furnished so that we have everything, and more besides, to make our holidays comfortable and enjoyable.

Activity and Interests


The sea and mountains can be viewed from the front terraces.The nearest beaches are 1km away, and can be reached by walking or car. The local beach, the Shayna Beach club, has been completely refurbished to a high standard.Turtle beaches and other unspoilt beaches are easily accessible by car or boat trips. There is also an outdoor fitness trail in the village. Exercise whilst gazing at the spectacular mountain views.


Flights are available from all major UK airports to Ercan and Larnaca. Flights into Ercan have one stop in Turkey There are many charter and scheduled flights into Larnaca from nearly all UK airports. Please ring or email for more details. Villa Carob is 30 mins drive from Ercan and 1.5h drive from Larnaca. Car Hire can be arranged for collection from Ercan or taxi transfer is available and car delivered to villa. If flying into Larnaca, taxi transfer can be arranged. Ring or email for details.


The centre of Catalkoy village is a 5 min walk where local shops sell basic goods and fresh produce. Larger supermarkets are a 5 minute drive. There is a large open air stall selling a wide range of fresh fruit and vegetables at very reasonable prices. Kyrenia is 3km and Nicosia is a 30 min drive. There are many historical attractions: Roman ruins, Neolithic caves and Crusader castles are all within a short distance of Catalkoy. The local beaches are 5 minutes by car - all just waiting to be enjoyed.

Further Details:

There are too many lovely restaurants in the area to describe them all, but the nearest one is about 1km and then you can find them where ever you go. There is a local bank in Catalkoy with a cash machine (English menus) and several in Kyrenia. Leisure activities include scuba diving, go-karting, quad biking, horse-riding, jeep safari, tandem gliding and turtle and bird watching.

Fourteen days could be spent just in the garden and pool, but there are many archaeological sites to visit and many deserted beaches to explore. Shopping is easy and there are many fruit and vegetable stalls on the roadsides, piled high with every vegetable imaginable, plus oranges and lemons galore. And, of course, at a fraction of the price we would pay in the UK!


Rental rates

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Rate 4
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please book by e mail, letter or telephone. Payments by cheque. Deposit of 20% with booking, and balance 2 months before departure. Returnable deposit of £200 to cover damage or breakages.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day.

Notes on prices:
During the high season ( 1st July-30th September) a discount will be given for underoccupancy where the 3 bedrooms are not required. Please contact the owners for details.

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  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

We wanted the villa to reflect the sunny Mediterranean, and have used both antique and modern furniture designed and made by highly skilled local craftsmen. Jewel colours in the interior furnishings and a spectacular Turkish light fitting reflect this. We love the modern design, the clean lines and the large plot, which has enabled John to pursue his passion for gardening. He has spent many happy hours nurturing the varied plants and fruit trees and getting to know the Mediterranean way of gardening. Crusader castles, turtle beaches, secret Roman harbours and the friendliest of people. Come and share a little of what we enjoy.

Property Type

  • villa


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • beach
  • village


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1,fully tiled with washbasin, shower and WC. Family bathroom, fully tiled with bath/shower over, washbasin and WC. Downstairs cloakroom, fully tiled with washbasin and WC.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - spacious double with fitted wardrobes with en-suite. Bedroom 2 - spacious twin with fitted wardrobes. Bedroom 3-double room with fitted wardrobes. Mosquito plug-ins (own refill needed), hairdryers and air con in all rooms.


  • Notes on accommodation: Villa Carob is suitable for families, couples and those whose interests include walking, dining out, historical ruins and a slower pace of life. It is is a beautiful modern villa which is decorated to a high standard both inside and out. We take considerable pride in the appearance and on going maintenance and improvement of the property. There is a door on the landing leading to the roof terrace which offers an alternative sun bathing, seating area or fantastic star gazing platform in the evenings. A mobile telephone is provided for your convenience (for internal North Cyprus calls only) but we would ask that you top this up at the local supermarket during or at the end of your stay. Free internet is included in the rental price.There is an information file at the villa with all the local contact numbers for restaurants, doctors and chemists. Outside: The garden has been perfectly landscaped to enjoy those lazy mornings and afternoons in the Mediterranean sun. Extensive terraces with ample garden furniture - 2 tables, chairs and parasols. Private 5m x 10m swimming pool, pool games and outside shower, sun loungers and cushions are provided for your enjoyment. Outdoor lighting and lanterns to enhance your evening entertainment. BBQ. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board, iron, clothes airer, torch, hot and cold water dispenser Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: A welcome pack is provided on arrival and, whilst all high quality towels are provided, we would ask that you bring your own towels for the pool. Other: Large roof terrace with original hand made marble table and elegant seating, amazing mountain and sea views.

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