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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
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


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:
24 June, 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 in Ilgaz in 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 ...
  • 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 4.923077 based on 27 reviews

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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Perfect holiday retreat

  • 5 of 5

Villa Carob was perfect for us. Spacious, comfortable, well-equipped, clean and in a super, quiet and private location. The beds were SO comfy, the kitchen was as well equipped as your own, the pool was clean and a good size (and comes with pool toys) and the terraces lovely for sunbathing and dining outside. There are virtually no neighbours and the dining terrace is on the far side of the villa so nobody to disturb when we sat out into the early hours. The villa comes with a multitude of cats which you can encourage or ignore -

we went out for cat food on the first day and they were very content to be fed, cuddled and become our holiday pets.

Carola was fantastic and so helpful with suggestions for where to go and what to do as well as assistance when we got into scrapes! She was the perfect host - close by and happy to take calls when we needed help.

The area is beautiful and being away from the hustle and bustle of the beach road was ideal - close enough for ease of access to supermarkets and beaches but far enough away for it to feel like a village retreat.

We would highly recommend the villa and would love to visit it again. Thank you Carola for your hospitality and for making our stay in northern Cyprus so magical.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you all and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Carob Villa in Ilgaz. We hope to see you here again.
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It is always a privilege to stay in this wonderful villa with our lovely hosts, Carola and Oz.

  • 5 of 5

This is a truly special place which will always have a place in my heart.

The villa is beautiful as are the surroundings, and the owners couldn't be more friendly and helpful.

The villa is beautifully built and decorated. The furniture, some of which is handmade, complements the house perfectly and there are all the utilities that you might need. The welcome pack prepared was also very helpful and kind.

The views from every angle are stunning - preparing the bbq as the sun sets was such a pleasure. Swimming in the pool surrounded by some of best views in Cyprus was a super experience.

The peace of the mountains was a welcome break from the usual pace of life and to wake every morning to such extraordinary beauty was fabulous - wildlife, valleys, mountains, and the sea at the bottom.

I will never tire of coming here and thank Carola and Oz for giving us the opportunity again of staying in their beautiful villa. My heart is still very much at the villa and without doubt, we will definitely be returning for a third stay.

If there were 10 stars available, I would gladly award them!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We were delighted to see you and your charming wife and daughter again in Carob Villa and we look forward very much to seeing you all again on your next stay in Ilgaz.
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Wonderful villa

  • 5 of 5

We much enjoyed our 2 week stay and Carola and Oz were kind and helpful hosts. Carola arranged our pick up from the airport, our hire car and return to Larnaca so everything was smooth ,easy & hassle free. Thanks to the notes in the house we knew where to eat and where to shop. Carola greeted us with an amazing welcome pack of food and wine. So thoughtful.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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 in Ilgaz, Cyprus

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
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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