2 bed secluded villa in Ilgaz, Kyrenia, North Cyprus - Peaceful Location.
- english, greek, turkish
About Carola Gillham
I have lived in Ilgaz since 2007 and am married to Öztürk (Oz). 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 12 years ago. We have 3 dogs, Zibidi, Maymun (Monkey) and Yandancakli. Maymun and Yandancakli were strays who have adopted us. 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. We have been running holiday villas since 2008. 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
The property is at the top of Ilgaz village and is in a very peaceful and secluded position. The terraces afford views to the sea and up to the mountains. The property was built by my parents some years ago with the idea that they would live in the property. They had previously built another villa in the village and used their knowledge about what would be an improvement to built this villa. The terraces and pool area are not visible to anyone else. The only house above this villa is the house that we live in. It is very separate from this villa and separated by gardens and hedges.
What makes this Villa unique
The villa has wonderful views down to the sea and up to the mountains. It is very secluded and peaceful. The is a long columned terrace in front of the villa - perfect for watching amazing sunsets over the mountains. Set at the top of the village, the villa is surrounded by beautiful mountains walks. Neither the villa, the overflow pool or the terraces are overlooked. The only house above this villa is where we live so we are nearby in case there is anything you need.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Please discuss with us in advance.
We ask guests to smoke on the outside terraces.
Smoking is permitted on the terraces but not inside the villa.
Please be aware that noise carries and that Ilgaz is a peaceful quiet village. We would ask that guests keep music to a reasonable level.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
a little bit of heaven
We stayed for 10 days beginning of October 2019
We are not in the first flush of youth and therefore have a fairly good experience of travelling and are reasonably hard to impress. I can honestly say that Carola is one of the kindest nicest most helpful owner we have met to date. Nothing was too much trouble and she really went the extra mile with the welcome pack and provisions that were in the villa.
The villa itself is in a quiet small village up in the hills with views of the coast and with the mountains behind. Simply beautiful. However you have to be prepared to drive to get anywhere and if you like walking definately take the walk from Ilgas to Karaman - its spectacular.
The villa was spacious and very well equipped with a lovely pool and complete seclusion. I cannot recommend it highly enough if you want seclusion, peace and quiet and a wonderful holiday. Having said that the main town of Kyrenia is only a 15 minute drive.
Our thanks to Carola we had a wonderful time.
5 Star Magic
Our 6 day late August stay (myself, my wife and teenage daughter) at Top House proved to be one of our most enjoyable, relaxing and tranquil holidays to date. A real find.
Situated in the mountain village of Ilgaz, Top House offers superb views down to the coast and sea, and, with mountain and trees as surrounding back drop, has the added attraction of not being overlooked. All in all, a private oasis of sunshine and tranquillity.
The villa itself is spacious, excellently maintained, comfortable and welcoming. Well-appointed kitchen, large lounge and two bedrooms (one en suite and both with AC). Wi-Fi, lots of books and local info, TV and Bose sound system all to hand. The 8-metre swimming pool, again excellently maintained, was a delight, as were the loungers and big fluffy beach towels! The long, shaded veranda proved a great place for breakfast and long, lazy lunches or for simply gazing at the view.
Carola, the owner, provided detailed info prior to our trip, a welcome pack on arrival (including a bottle of her own wine), arranged taxi transfers from Larnaca airport and local car hire (though local taxis are reasonably cheap, a car is essential if, like ourselves, you want to explore further afield). In short, thank you Carola for being such a perfect host.
Great villa, great location, lovely hosts
Lovely clean and spacious villa with great pool and terrace. Sun all day long but with shady spots to retreat to and a lovely spot on the terrace for eating and drinking while watching the sun set over the valley. Lovely comfortable beds and great facilities all round. We were within walking distance of the village ‘eateries ‘ ranging from good to gourmet. The pool is really well positioned, a great size, really well maintained and not overlooked. Lots of wee ‘extras’ that made the stay even better - poolside/beach towels, yoga mat, mosquito repellants (spray and plug in). Local supermarkets just a short drive down hill from the village and same road to head out on day trips pretty much anywhere. We had a few trips out covering most of northern Cyprus. Would highly recommend. Carola and Oz are lovely hosts - even organising our transfers from Larnaca and our hire car. Transfer each way was seamless and comfortable.
Top House a lovely villa in Ilgaz village
We really enjoyed our week in Top House which is a beautiful well equipped villa with lovely views. Everything was spotless and the bed was very comfortable. Always lovely to get back to the peace and quiet of Top House after a day of sight seeing. We liked Escape beach which is 10 minutes away by car and good restaurants near by. Carola and Oz couldn’t have been more helpful. Thank you!
Thank you. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Top House and we enjoyed meeting you both. You mentioned the possibility of returning next year - we very much hope to see you then.
Fantastic villa with beautiful views
'Top House', is a lovely traditional villa with beautiful views. The villa has everything you need; spacious clean rooms, well equipped kitchen, wifi and a private pool.
The owners could not be more helpful, from the initial booking to the end of our holiday; arranging taxi’s to/from the airport and car hire, providing a generous welcome pack, advice on trips and local amenities, providing a great information pack (the recommended restaurants are really worth a visit), regular pool cleaning and much more.
I would highly recommend Top House, I know we will be returning.
Thank you to Carola and Oz for a relaxing family holiday.
It was lovely to meet you all and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Top House. We look forward to seeing you again in Ilgaz.
A lovely property in a beautiful peaceful setting
Carola and Oz were extremely warm and welcoming hosts, and they really put themselves out to help us whenever we needed it. The villa is really lovely and clean and the views and pool area are fantastic. We would thoroughly recommend a stay here!
It was lovely to meet you both and the boys. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Top House and hope to see you all in Ilgaz again one day.
Etel Winery: The winery is a short walk from the villa. Next to the winery is the Tasting Room. Set amongst the vines, you can sit and enjoy a selection of delicious wines in a beautiful, peaceful setting.
The closest beach is 3 km down the mountain however there are many beaches nearby, some with watersports such as diving, snorkelling and a few with jet-skis. Some have restaurants and cafes on or near the beaches. Boat trips along the coast can be arranged in day-time or at sunset, usually with various stops along the way for swimming and with food provided.
Ercan Airport (sometimes called Lefkosa or Nicosia Airport) in the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus is the closest airport, approx 50 mins drive from Ilgaz. Airlines that fly from UK to Ercan include Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airlines. You have to change planes in Turkey. Larnaca Airport in South Cyprus is about 75 mins drive from the villa. Many airlines fly direct from UK eg British Airways, Easyjet, Blue Air, Cobalt and Hahn Air. A taxi can be arranged to collect you from Larnaca airport and bring you across the border direct to the villa. Car hire strongly recommended and your hire car can be brought to the villa for you. We can arrange car hire/airport transfers.
The villa is at the top of Ilgaz village in the Besparmak (Five Finger) mountains. There is only one house above which is where we live. Ilgaz village is perched up in the mountains 3km above the main road near Alsancak and Karaoglanuglu and above Yesiltepe village. Ilgaz is a quiet residential village with vineyards, olive groves and many almond trees.
The village of Karmi/Karaman is about 40 mins walk across the mountain. Kyrenia harbour is 20mins drive away and St Hilarion castle and Bellapais Abbey about 30 mins drive. The Korineum Golf and Country Club in Esentepe is about 40 mins drive.
There are many beautiful mountain walks around Ilgaz with mushrooms in winter, orchids in spring and plenty of birds to be spotted. Walks can start straight from the villa. Other activities in the area include horse-riding, mountain biking, jeep safaris, paragliding, snorkelling, diving and boat trips along the coast. Ilgaz has a friendly pub/restaurant "Hoots" in the village which serves very good food, Ilgaz Koy Firin Cafe also in the village serves Turkish meals and fresh bread baked in their own traditional style ovens and 2 km down the hill is a restaurant set in award-winning gardens with large pool and jacuzzi for customers' use. Many of the restaurants nearby have pool and cater for most tastes such as Turkish Cypriot, Chines, Indian, Italian, French and a number of excellent fish restaurants. There are plenty of supermarkets nearby selling fresh produce such as bread, fruit, vegetables and meat. Some sell freshly prepared meals.
The cost of eating out in North Cyprus is very reasonable. Fresh eggs and bread can be purchased in the village daily.