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Stunning Villa, private infinity pool, sea & mountain views, WiFi, Ilgaz village

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
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 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. 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 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 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 Malatya, Cyprus

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
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • 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
  • 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
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(19 traveller reviews)

North Wales

Great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

This was our third stay at the villa - that's how much we love it. A great location with beautiful views of the mountains on one side and the sea on the other. The villa is lovely and has everything you could possibly want, including a fabulous infinity pool for those hot days. Carola and Oz couldn't be more welcoming and helpful, always on hand if you need anything. It really is the perfect location for a relaxing holiday - 10 out of 10!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We have loved seeing you in Ilgaz and hope to see you here again for a fourth stay!
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  • 5 of 5

I don't use the word 'outstanding' lightly but for the hosts, Carola & Oz (for whom nothing was too much trouble), for the Villa (which is an oasis of both peace & luxury) and for the area itself which offers so much, especially for those with a taste for adventure, history & culture.

Carob Villa is accessible via a delightful mountain road from Keryneia. A car is recommended - ours being effectively pre-arranged by Carola through Sevener, who delivered a comfortable, reliable & economical Honda to the convenient parking bay on our first morning. Sevener also collected us from the airport & delivered us to the villa.

The Villa is so comfortable that we were tempted to lounge around the pool with iced drinks reading books and keeping cool, but the delights of places such as the breathtaking Buffavento, St Hilarion & Bellapais Abbey were irresistable; each place adding yet further icing to this wonderful holiday cake!

Venturing further East the built up areas from Keryneia & beyond eventually drop away as you head along the Karpas peninsular. The long drive is well worth it & we visited beautiful, almost deserted beaches such as Yudi Plaji which, despite the peace, had a well-stocked & comfortable restaurant/cafe.

Closer to the Villa, turning left at the bottom of the mountain road, we found restaurants such as the 'Calamari' & the 'Cabin' serving high quality fare & offering safe bathing in crystal waters.

The Villa is beautifully appointed, as is the neighbouring one, close yet completely unobtrusive - all built by Oz, a very able & informed, but modest gentleman who was always happy to be available if we needed him, as was Carola.

We have been extremely fortunate with all our holidays with owners direct but Carob Villa is absolutely delightful & a wrench to leave - always tempered by thoughts of a return in the not too distant future!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Laurence for your lovely review. We very much enjoyed meeting you and your charming family. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Carob Villa and hope that we will see you again sometime soon in Ilgaz.
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Amazing villa

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in North Cyprus 4 times now and this has to be the best villa we've stayed in.

Very spacious and bright, interiors inside are of good taste. Everything inside you could possibly need, washing machine, iron, ironing board etc. All the facilities you would need in the kitchen and a nice welcome pack on arrival.

Lovely grounds outside, nice big pool and BBC. Set in the most peaceful and tranquil surroundings.

Carola and Oz, the owners, two lovely friendly people who wanted to make our stay as memorable as possible. I definitely recommend this villa and we hope to visit again soon.

Jenni and family

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jenni. Thank you for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to you and your delightful family and we are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Carob Villa. We hope to see you all again soon in Ilgaz. .
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Absolutely tranquil

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for just 4 days but I would have loved to stay there for 4 weeks!! Both the Villa and the location were perfect. Situated up in the hills, it felt secluded yet there were plenty of good places to eat nearby including a cafe just around the corner which serve the most amazing Turkish breakfast and another half way up the hill that is set in amazing gardens. The villa was clean and had everything you need including a BBQ and good size pool, and the owners live nearby and were very helpful from start to finish. This is the best Villa I have stayed at in Cyprus.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jamie. Many thanks for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to meet you both and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Carob Villa. We are also sorry that you could only stay for 4 days - it would have been nice to see more of you. We hope that we will see you again in Ilgaz one day and that you will be able to stay for longer next time!
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  • 5 of 5

We had a really wonderful stay in January. From the start Carola was incredibly accommodating, booking us in at short notice on a day that was not at all convenient for her, because another place we had booked had fallen through. When we arrived, despite only returning from England that morning, she had put the best 'welcome package' into the villa that we'd ever had and the place was stunning and spotless. It was very cold, but Oz immediately got us a pile of firewood and so could light a wonderful fire. They gave us excellent ideas about where to eat, and one evening came to our rescue when the road up to the village was blocked by a broken down lorry. All in all, we couldn't have had a better time, or been better looked after. The villa would be stunning in summer too - book it as soon as you can!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Georgia. Thank you for your review. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we loved meeting you all. We were anxious that having arrived back from England in the morning of your arrival at the villa we wouldn't be able to give you the best possible experience but I am pleased that we could accept your booking. However we should have cranked up the heating in the villa earlier for you but we are happy that you enjoyed the log fires. It was our luck that your previous booking fell through - we wouldn't have got to meet you otherwise. We hope to see you in Ilgaz again one day.
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Another wonderful fortnight!

  • 5 of 5

Villa Carob has again proved to be the perfect location for 2 or 4 people to enjoy a villa with all the facilities, a beautiful pool, and set in idyllic surroundings.

Carola and Oz live nearby and are attentive, well informed and helpful hosts who could not have done more to make us welcome. The comprehensive welcome pack gave clear guidance on shopping, sightseeing and eating out, and we found this to be accurate and was much appreciated.

There is nothing we would change and we very much look forward to our next visit and would recommend it unreservedly.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • 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
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 2017/18
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
April 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Summer 2018
1 May 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
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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