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Stunning Villa, private infinity pool, sea and mountain views, Ilgaz village

Bedrooms 2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


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:
February 18, 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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Stunning Villa, private infinity pool, sea and mountain views, Ilgaz village
average rating of 4.857143 based on 15 reviews

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Second visit to this fab villa, just love it, beautiful scenery, quiet setting, walking distance to Ilgaz with a restaurant and cafe, easy to get to Girne and the coast, perfect. This time my son and his girlfriend (ages 31 & 27) came with us and loved it just as much as we do. Villa has everything you need, really good accommodation, air con in the bedrooms and warm pool. BBQ is great and we just wish we had stayed longer than one week. The photos on the website are 100% accurate as to how the villa is, very clean and well furnished, with everything you could possibly need. Carola is so helpful with excellent customer service and the welcome pack is very gratefully received (including wine!) after travelling from the UK, we will be back. Favourite places to eat this time: Silver Rocks, The Cabin and meze at The Archway. B&M June 2016.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It was lovely to see you both again and a pleasure to meet your son and his girlfriend on this visit. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you in Ilgaz again.
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Lovely Villa with views of the sea and mountains

  • 5 of 5

We were made very welcome at the delightful villa in a superb location with stunning views of the Mediterranean from the front, and the mountains behind.

The owners had prepared a welcome pack and made us feel immediately at home. The villas location was a short drive from shops and restaurants. We look forward to returning and would highly recommend it to friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you all. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again in Ilgaz.
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Taunton, Somerset, UK

A Haven of Tranquility in the Kyrenia Range

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Carob Villa was simply wonderful in every respect made all the more enjoyable with the advice and help given by the nearby owners, Carola and Oz, both before and during our holiday. As we had decided to catch a British Airways flight to Larnaca, Carola recommended a Turkish Cypriot company (Sevener) to provide a private transfer service from Larnaca airport direct to Carob Villa. Everything went to plan: Mehmet was awaiting our flight holding up a board with our names on it and took us in a modern, air-conditioned minibus to the crossing point at Nicosia (Lefkosha) where there was a brief stop to check our passports and then on to our destination, all in little over an hour.

We arrived at Carob Villa late a night and were immediately struck by the serenity of the surroundings and the magnificent display of stars. Carola had left us a most generous get-you-in pack of food and drinks which we made use of on our arrival and for breakfast next morning. The villa itself is located in a splendid position high in the Kyrenia (Beshparmak) range with the sea in the distance and about a 10 minute drive from the busy town of Kyrenia (Girne) with many nearby beaches and restaurants. The villa itself is spacious, attractive in its design and laid out on several levels and possesses a beautifully private, full-size, infinity pool and is equipped with all the facilities needed for a short or long stay at any time of year. Carola has provided a very comprehensive and helpful book for those using the villa which also contains many suggestions on places to eat out. We especially enoyed the tranquility of using the terrace leading off the kitchen to have breakfast and a drink before dinner during the cooler parts of the day. With its easy access to the main road at the foot of the range, the villa is perfectly situated to explore Northern Cyprus by hire car. The main routes have good quality surfaces and many new and improved roads have been constructed since we were here last in the early 90s. My wife and I both had pre-exisiting minor medical issues which required teatment during our stay. Carola and Oz were most helpful is suggesting a suitable medical centre in Kyrenia which we used to our great satisfaction. Northern Cyprus is a very enjoyable place to spend a holiday with its splendid weather, highly competitive prices and friendly people. That we stayed in Carob Villa made it doubly special though and we highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • 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. We hope to see you again in Ilgaz.
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Beautiful, peaceful, comfortable property

  • 5 of 5

Villa Carob exceeded our expectations with plenty of room for 4 and every convenience. It is in a stunning location with views to sea and mountains and situated in a picturesque village. Carola and Oz were very helpful and attentive and full of good advice re the local area, restaurants etc. They also enabled car hire and transfers. We had a wonderful and peaceful holiday and are looking forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
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Wonderful holiday

  • 4 of 5

Villa Carob is a charming Cypriot home. It is well equipped, its in a beautiful location in the mountains offering brilliant views and it is so peaceful. Carola and Oz are very welcoming and ensured our needs were met.The pool is heavenly just to look up to the mountains and sky was sheer bliss. A car is needed for shopping etc. there is one restaurant in walking istance and some just 5 mins drive. We really enjoyed our time here and have already booked next year as its a popular place and we need another 2 weeks of all that Villa Carob offers.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we are delighted that we will see you again in Carob Villa next year. Actually there are two restaurants within walking distance of the villa although the one you didn't make it to this year is a bit uphill (easy to walk home downhill after your meal!). Both have been enjoyed by our guests this year so perhaps you have an extra treat in store for next year!
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Nearest Airport
54 Kilometres
Ercan 50 mins drive / Larnaca 75 mins drive
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Kilometres
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


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.


Rates & Availability

Malatya Villa Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter 2016/7
Nov 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
April 17
Apr 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 17
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
October 17
Oct 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017/18
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Malatya Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 136 m²
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • 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
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Huge handmade four poster bed 2m x 2.2m.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • 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 ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • 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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