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Stunning Villa with Private Infinity Pool, Mountain & Sea Views, Ilgaz village

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 5 nights

About the property

Villa in Ilgaz, Northern Cyprus - Set In Peaceful Mountain Village

Beautiful 2 bedroom villa positioned in the quiet residential village of Ilgaz in the Besparmak mountains overlooking the sea. Situated in a mature garden, the villa has an infinity pool, 8m x 4m with underwater lighting and views of the sea and fabulous views of the sunset over the mountains. The spacious sitting room has French doors and windows on 3 aspects and the fully equipped open-plan kitchen has French windows onto its own terrace. The villa is surrounded by terraces with glass and marble topped tables, chairs, sun-loungers and a built-in BBQ.

Carola Gillham
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, Greek, Turkish
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

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 along with long-eared goats and their kids. 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 Kyrenia Region

Oz built the villa about 12 years ago. It is situated at the lower part of the village and has uninterupted views down the mountain to the sea. Being on the edge of the village means that you can have as much or as little interaction with the village as you like. There are numerous mountain walks that you can take straight 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 few minutes walk from the villa are two restaurants / cafes. Ilgaz Village café provides freshly prepared Turkish meals along with fresh bread from their own bread ovens. Hoots Bar / Restaurant has a charming vine covered courtyard. 1km down the mountain is Green Heights Park, a restaurant set in award-winning gardens. Along the main road at the bottom of the mountain there are many restaurants and beaches to enjoy.

From the door of the villa are numerous mountain walks to be taken from gentle walks to more ambitious trails, ideal for bird watchers and looking for wild flowers.

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

We have done our best to ensure that Villa Lisa has everything you will need for a marvellous, memorable and relaxing holiday

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Being in the pool is like being on the edge of the world'. Paul and Moira, Sussex.

'Fabulous villa - the best we have ever stayed in. Beautiful views and great welcome'. Holden family, Kent.

'Had a really relaxing holiday in this superb little village where everyone has been very welcoming. The villa is lovely. The location is fantastic. Carola and Oz are brilliant.' John and Sally, Devon.

"We have stayed in many villas all over Cyprus but this villa has the best views" Karen, UK.
Sep 2008
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveller reviews)


Perfect place to Relax and Unwind

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from one of our best Holidays ever.The Villa has one of the best views in North Cyprus where we have been going for the last 15 years.If you are looking for peace and Tranquility you will not find anywhere better.The Villa has every amenity to make your stay stress free.The generous welcome pack was enough to keep us going until our hire car arrived.The village of Ilgaz was delightful for early morning walks if that is your thing.Carola and Oz were always on hand to answer any queries you might have.We cannot wait to return in the near future.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A comfortable house in a quiet village

  • 4 of 5

The property was very clean and comfortable and as described in the listing. The owners were very pleasant and helpful, responding immediately to a minor hiccup. The welcome pack was the best we have ever had. The location was very good for us, being away from the razzmatazz of the coastal strip in a quiet village ( yet near enough for those who want it). We were there for the wildlife and found plenty. We could walk from the door and other interesting areas were very accessible. I would recommend it for those wanting a quiet location with access to countryside as well as those who want the other attractions of a beach holiday. The pool was excellent although the weather was not quite warm enough for us to make use of it! We will be back. There are plenty of restaurants a short drive away and we enjoyed the village cafe for breakfast and one evening meal, although mostly ate in.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you both and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again in Ilgaz.
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East Sussex

Great location, wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

Firstly this was the best welcome pack we have been greeted with and we have stayed at quite a few O/D villas. We had a very late arrival, past midnight, and to have something in the fridge to await you was just the best. Next day Carola made a point of popping round to give us info on the villa, restaurants and tourist spots etc.

The villa met every criteria, great pool, location, views, spaciousness, cleanliness, faultless save a grumpy a/c unit which was dealt with immediately.

We unfortunately never got to meet Oz, Carola was more than helpful especially on our last day and we thank her for that.

Set up in the mountains this villa is only a few km from the main drag where all manor of restaurants, supermarkets can be found, so within 8-10 minutes you can be sitting in an eatery overlooking the sea from leaving the villa, perfect.

We tried many of the local Restaurants but found Silver Rocks and Severner kept drawing us back, the former is right on the seafront.

St Hilarion, & Kyrenia castles are a must do although St Hilarion is really not for the feint hearted plus there must be nearly a thousand + steps so be prepared for an exhaustive day. Bellapais abbey is charming as is the village.

Sandy beaches are at a premium, Algida "turtle" beach about 20 mins past Girne is locally the nicest the furthest of the 3 bays is recommended. Kervan beach just off the 1st large roundabout towards Girne would be a great little beach but for all the litter and broken sunbeds. Golden Sands at the tip of the pan handle is idyllic but is around two and a bit hours away, worth it though.

All in all we had a great time made all the better thanks to our hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic pool and views!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this villa last minute since the original villa we rented through Carrington Group in Esentepe (avoid them like the plague) had a hornet infestation around the swimming pool so we couldn't even use it. After settling that fiasco, I got in touch with Carola and the poor lady was up there cleaning all by herself for a few hours before we arrived. I felt bad and told her not to worry about it as we didn't need anything immaculate. But she graciously got everything ready for us and we did some shopping in the meantime. After dealing with some rather cold and unhelpful Brits previously, Carola was a refreshing change and seemed like a genuinely nice and down to earth lady.

The villa is situated in a lovely area overlooking the mountains and the sea in the distance, and the infinity pool is spectacular. It's very scenic to say the least. The pool was very clean and clear and lucky for us there were only a few occasional hornets that flew by the pool now and then to drink some water, but that's normal this time of year. It's very peaceful and relaxing and the villa has all the amenities that you could need. We also enjoyed the a/c in the master bedroom as it worked very efficiently, unlike the previous villa we were at. We made friends with one of the stray cats, an orange tabby, who is quite well-mannered and would come to the patio door and never even try to cross the threshold even with the door open! I was impressed. My fiancee is not a cat person but even she warmed up to it a little bit.

It takes about 7-8 minutes to drive down the mountain and get back to sea level and from there, it's only about 15-20 minutes to most of the main areas near Girne. We went to Jashan's Indian restaurant twice, which we highly recommend (tell Riaz (the owner) that Josh Kramer sent you, maybe he'll give me a free brandy next time, haha). Avoid the Chinese House as it's overpriced and the food was terrible. If you want good fish and chips, it seems that Whiskey Joe's near the harbor is the best option for that. We didn't find Salty's to be anything special, although we didn't try the newer one in Alsancak. We missed out on Efendi this time as they were booked, but the previous time we were there, we enjoyed the food immensely. Book early though, they're busy.

Overall, if you're looking for a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, this is the place for you. Plan to spend half the day in the pool. Once you see it, you'll want to!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you and your charming fiancé. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in our villa and hope to see you both again soon. As you said when you arrived, there were only dragon flies around the pool. It don't think the hornets (or "donkey bees" as they call them here) at your first villa would have stung you however I too would far rather have dragon flies around!
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Wonderfully relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderfully relaxing holiday at Villa Lisa, Peaceful village location with stunning views down to the sea. The villa was lovely, with everything you could need, including the best welcome pack we've ever had. Carola & Oz were so friendly & welcoming & always around to offer advice on places to visit & restaurants. We'd definitely recommend it to others - can't wait to go back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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United Kingdom

Excellent views with all amenities

  • 5 of 5

To reiterate above title, a beautifully positioned house with great sea views from hillside with all amenities for a lovely stay. Well recommended for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday break with easily got to shopping facilities close at hand at the bottom of the hill and within 12/15 minutes by car to Kyrenia with it's coastal/harbour setting. Delightful and very helpful hosts in both Carola and Oz.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Winter 2016/7
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
April 17
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 17
1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
October 17
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Winter 2017/8
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
A 20% deposit is required to secure your booking with the balance of payment 8 weeks prior to arrival.
If you find that this villa is already booked for your desired dates we have a second two bedroom villa with pool also in Ilgaz ref CY3823 "Carob Villa" which may be available for your chosen dates. We now taken on a 3 bedroomed villa ref CY6064 in Ilgaz, again with a private pool.

Changeover Day:
We are flexible with changeover days dependent on other bookings. Check-out time 10am. Check-in time 4pm. (unless by prior arrangement). We try to be as flexible as possible with check-in and out times dependent on other bookings.

Notes on prices:
Prices shown are per week in UK Pounds (sterling).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Malatya, Cyprus

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 136 m²
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • En-suite to bedroom 1 with shower, wc and basin. Bathroom with shower, wc and basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1-large master bedroom with double bed. En-suite bathroom. Bedroom 2-twin beds. Both bedrooms have double aspect French windows, Juliet balconies and views to mountains and to sea. Both bedrooms have airconditioning and hairdriers.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
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
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Welcome pack provided. Car hire and airport transfers can be arranged. The Cypriot owner (who built the villa) and his English wife live nearby and are happy to provide assistance or advice if needed. Languages spoken fluently -English, Turkish and Greek. Whenever possible we try to use local products in the welcome pack such as bread baked in traditional style ovens in Ilgaz village, eggs laid in the village, locally produced olives and olive oil. Outside: The villa is set in its own mature garden and has its own private infinity pool 8m x 4m with underwater lighting. The terraces have 2 tables (1 glass top, 1 marble top) with chairs and sunbeds. Built in BBQ. There is a canvas covered shaded seating area with views to the sea. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 100% cotton bedlinen and towels provided. Villa cleaned before guests arrive. For longer stays linen and towels changed weekly or more often by arrangement. Pool towels provided. Pool and garden professionally maintained. Other: Mezzanine floor between the bedrooms.

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