|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Habibi House has beautiful gardens and a lovely pool. It was built in 2005 and stands at the eastern edge of the character-full Turkish Cypriot village of Catalkoy. Accommodation for eight/nine people is spacious and light and the house has been tastefully, yet comfortably furnished. All the furnishings are co-ordinated and give the house an easy, relaxed atmosphere and elegance. Every room has windows on two sides with one leading to either a balcony or terrace in nearly every case. Floors are tiled throughout. The sitting room has comfortable sofas and opens out onto a dining terrace overlooking the pool. There is a large landscaped garden area. The house is ideal for a family or two to relax by the pool, enjoy the local surroundings or to explore the area, with Girne (Kyrenia) for night life and the famous cultural monastery village of Bellapais nearby, crusader castles in the mountains and the many quiet little bays along the coast for fishing, bathing, boating and diving. Catalkoy village boasts three excellent restaurants within walking distance from the house and there are many more bars and eating houses if you decide to take a five minute drive.
Flights, taxis and car hire: Flights are available into Ercan airport in the North and Larnaca airport in the South. Ercan is about 20 miles away and Larnaca about 50 miles. If you choose to fly into Larnaca or Ercan, a taxi can easily be arranged on line to bring you to Northern Cyprus. We can recommend a good car hire company also.
More than 80 flights per week arrive at North Cyprus airport Ercan during the summer. There are 15 flights from three UK airports ; Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow. Most of them arrive in the evening.
Turkish Airlines fly to Ercan with stop-overs in Turkey.
Gulf/Cyprus Air, British Airways, Helios and many other airlines fly to Larnaca.
Payment and Cancellation: Payment: 30% is payable on booking with the balance due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
Cancellation charges: 8 weeks or more in advance - Deposit forfeited. 55 to 29 days in advance - 60%. Up to 28 days in advance - 100%. You are advised to insure against cancellation. There is also a 200 pound security deposit against breakages and damage payable in advance and returnable once property is vacated. Other terms and conditions will apply as notified by owners by e mail in course of booking.
This was our second stay at Habibi House, and our party of six people have booked again for next year, I think that says it all. Bidi and Steve (the owners) are perfect hosts and lovely people to deal with. Nothing is too much trouble for them, they gathered together a superb welcome pack for us, even adding items we requested.
The photos of the house and gardens do not do it justice, it is absolutely stunning and really well looked after. It is positioned away from the village of Catalkoy in a small friendly local community and is a perfect base to either relax and do nothing or explore the surroundings.The weather is nearly always perfect at this time of year. A short drive away are the beautiful Kyrenia harbour with its fish retaurants, the beautiful mountain village of Bellapais, both of these are a must see.
If you want a fabulous place to stay in Northern Cyprus don`t look any further.
What is there to say about Habibi House that has not been said before?
We had the most amazing two weeks in July 2014 with Ken & Lindsay who had been to Habibi House twice before and had told us what a wonderful villa this is.
But the photo's did not prepare us for what it would be really like as with some places you visit the photo's look good, but, you arrive the disappointment well....
Habibi House is exactly like the pictures and so much more....
."IT IS JUST STUNNING"
When you arrive and walk up the path to the house the first thing that hits you is the amazing perfume of Jasmine and the well designed garden which wraps around the house.
The house is spacious well equipped, beautiful decor and if you feel you cannot leave this great place to dine out, it has a large BBQ area and well equipped kitchen.
And with wifi been connected very soon what more could anyone want????
The swimming pool is fabulous, large, well maintained if you just want to relax or swim off that meal you have cooked on the BBQ or just float under the stars.
Bidi and Steve are brilliant hosts with a wealth of knowledge of Kyrenia and much more they can advise you on anything you wish especially the most fantastic restaurants. I would recommend "Efendi's" in Kyrenia a little
out of the way but well worth the visit not forgetting "Bella Moons" in Bellapais lovely restaurant in a beautiful courtyard.
Ken and Lindsay are booked in for 2015 there forth year very jealous we are not going with them but this is one place we will definitely revisit.
This is one very special place that you should visit and I know you will have a great holiday.
We had a fantastic three week holiday with four friends at Habibi House, the house, gardens and pool provided a perfect setting for a relaxing holiday , Bridget and Steve were the perfect hosts nothing was too much trouble, we are returning again this year the only downside is that we are only going for two weeks instead of three!
We had a wonderful stay at Habibi House as our summer vacation with our 2 teenage children. Our hosts Bidi and Steve gave us good advice and help with their local knowledge. The house is spacious, clean and comfortable and well supplied with appliances and equipment. The garden is full of amazing colour and clever design by the owners. We spent hours in and around the pool which was great fun as its such a good size. There are many places of all types to eat and all of them are very welcoming. The sea generally was as warm as a bath. We liked the relaxing evenings at Kyrenia and the abbey was stunning at Bellapais. The whole experience of Northern Cyprus was so interesting and if i return then i hope it will be to Habibi House
We returned to Habibi House this year for a one-week stay, having previously visited in 2010.
We absolutely love Habibi House, beautiful mature gardens with a fantastic pool we just spent hours just relaxing in, although it’s certainly big enough for a serious swim if you’re so inclined.
The house has everything we could wish for, spacious air conditioned bedrooms, well appointed modern kitchen, although it has to be said we didn’t use the cooking facilities much as there are so may great restaurants within just a few miles radius. Also a barbecue where we enjoyed food from the local stores.
If we’re being really picky we would suggest a light directed over the barbecue area to make cooking a little easier. But that’s about the only thing we think the property needs to improve it.
The pool area is completely private and not “overlooked” and really sets Habibi House apart from many of the villas we have stayed at over the years, it’s just so warm and inviting as is the rest of the house.
We love going to new places and have stayed in some great properties, but this is the only Villa we have returned to, so impressed are we with it.
In fact a week after our return we contacted Bidi & Steve to book again for next year and we’re really looking forward to our next stay in July 2014, this time for two weeks with some friends who we know will thoroughly enjoy this beautiful house, gardens and pool as well as Northern Cyprus.
We have recently returned from a wonderful holiday in the TRNC. Key to this was having Habibi House as our base. It is cleverly positioned within its generous plot on the outskirts of the village and feels very secluded - there are only a few neighbours anyway!
The house is spacious, well-equipped & beautifully decorated, but the outdoor space is what really sets this villa apart. The gardens are beautiful, and there are two separate areas for sitting & dining out. The pool is large & well maintained and was an absolute delight in the August heat (& the lights meant we could stay in it watching the stars well into the evening!).
Catalkoy is a great location. It is far away from the hustle & bustle of the nearest town (Kyrenia) but close enough to easily pop in for dinner, shopping or sightseeing (there are also many local shops & restaurants). Habibi House is also close to all the major sights (Bellapais, Buffavento, Turtle beach etc) but the roads are good too so we found it easy to travel further afield. It was always a delight to return to Habibi House at the end of the day.
Bridget & Steve were excellent hosts; welcoming, informative & unobtrusive!
Highly recommended by the Owen family!
Habibi House is situated on the edge of the village of Catalkoy. It offers uninterrupted views of the mountains to the south and views to the sea to the north. It is very private and not overlooked by any other property, being tucked away. It overlooks and ancient olive grove just next to the pool.
In Catalkoy village there are three restaurants and bars and local facilities such as small shops. A few miles away is the famous town of Kyrenia (Girne in Turkish).
There are many supermarkets within 5 minutes of the house, also hairdressers, chemists, vegetable market, off license, ATMs and banks. So getting your provisions for the house is very easy.
A must do is to drive the stunning road which takes you to the Panhandle and the Karpaz region which is a protected nature reserve. This is a lovely trip which you can do in a day. There are lots of little restaurants and guest houses in and around Dipkarpaz which are worth trying. Our personal favorite is Oasis at Ayios Phylon, have a look at it on the internet.
There is a local beach 5 minutes drive away at Catalkoy and other beaches further along the coast within easy reach. The house is well-positioned to explore the north and north east sides of the island generally. Google Earth co-ordinates are 35 19'10'N, 33 23'37'E.
Other Activities: Nature area on Panhandle (or Karpaz). Turtle beach at Alagadi, only 10 minutes from Habibi House, is famous as a nesting place for both Loggerhead and Greenback Turtles. There is a summer research center in the village and you can get involved in baby turtle releases and also guided night watches when the turtles come to lay their eggs.
Golf: There is a very good Golf course, The Korineum Golf and Country Club at Esentepe, which is only 15 minutes drive from Habibi House.
Boat day trips from Kyrenia Harbour are also very popular. There are many different gullets to chose from, some run fishing trips and some do day trips along the north coast.
All of North Cyprus is very beautiful indeed. It is worth coming in the Springtime too as the Island has an abundance of fabulous flora, including many species of orchid.
There are some wonderful walks in the mountains which boast three Crusader Castles, St Hillarion, Buffavento, and Kantara, all of which are worth a visit.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Winter 2014 / Spring 2015
Nov 1 2014 - Mar 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2015 - Sep 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2015 / Spring 2016
Oct 1 2015 - Mar 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||£200|
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.