Cottage in Bellapais, Kyrenia, Cyprus - Located In The Peaceful Heart Of Bellapais Village, Walk To The Restaurants And Village Shop
About Mary Simpson
I have known the island of Cyprus since I was 12 years old! I have lived in various parts of the island over the years but decided that Bellapais was the only place for me! I love the history of the village, the people and the relaxed atmosphere.
Why Mary Simpson chose Bellapais
I first visited Bellapais with my parents when I was young and have loved it ever since! The friendly atmosphere and historic Abbey make it a wonderful place to visit.
What makes this Cottage unique
Although the cottage is for 2 people it offers all the conveniences that larger houses have - A private pool Air conditioning (in the bedroom) Overhead fan in the bedroom and one in the living room. Dishwashers. Microwave etc etc. It is just a very short walk in to the village for a meal at one of the restaurants, to get provisions from the village shop or a drink at the village bar.
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My wife and I had the most wonderful holiday here in Bellapais, the bungalow was truly home from home. We absolutely loved the location, the locals made so welcome, the restaurants in the village were fabulous, especially Bellapais Garden and the Kybele, unbelievable views and service. The Abbey was beautiful too.
Our dwellings offered every utensil and catered for every need, being clean and very well presented. The pool was great, used almost daily to cool down, as the weather had been kind 75-85 degrees during the last two weeks of April.
Our overall experience was so good in Bellapais, we actually looked for property, as we could have quite easily made it our home. Mary thank you for everything, we will be back, as this was by far our best holiday destination.
Delightful and characterful Bellapais house
We had a wonderful stay here. The cottage is just for a couple and as such is superb. Very well equipped, filled with comfortable furniture and local finds. There's a lot of room outside. Have to say we didn't use the pool as the weather wasn't hot enough, but the view over the abbey and to the sea drew us to the roof terrace every evening. The day was so clear yesterday we were able to watch the sun set over Turkey! All in all a lovely place to stay.
An amazing holiday experience
This is a fantastic property for a relaxing holiday. Mary is excellent at communications and organising transfers; no query is too much trouble.
The villa and grounds are of a high quality complemented by the fantastic views out to sea.
The village is beautiful and still full of charm and culture. A range of restaurants and bars were enjoyed during our stay and added to the wonderful holiday experience.
The mountains are amazing; tracks were explored and wonderful sights were found.
Both my husband and myself had an amazing time during our week in Bellapais, with lovely memories and thoughts of when we may return
Perfect little paradise
I came to this villa roughly seven years ago, I hadn't ever been to the Northern part of Cyprus, but was going to a wedding. It was very difficult to find a one bedroom villa, until I stumbled over this little gem. After that, I have made sure I kept in contact with Mary, and booked to go this year for two weeks. The property is well stocked, finished with a neutral yet "middle eastern" feel, the air conditioning in the bedroom is a life saver, the kitchen is perfect for those wanting to stay in a couple of nights, but there is a BBQ on the huge sun roof terrace, which is as it sounds a sun trap and a half, housing a large table and areas to sit and enjoy the spectacular views. You will see the sun set over Kyrenia everyday and see the world pass by as you guzzle/sip a gin and tonic. The area of Bellapais is gorgeous and perfect for those like me, who have a rule about driving on holiday, basically I will not do it, so we stayed in the area most nights and had delicious food at all of the restaurants. To name a few, Bella Moon is perfect if you want great service, delicious food and if you are very hungry - they give free mezzes as a starter, so don't go there if you aren't in the mood for a feast.
The other favourite was the Bellapais garden hotel Restaurant, which offers and extensive menus for all budgets, lovely wine menu, stunning views of the Abbey and mountains, and the BEST service. Genuinely, they are wonderful.
Kybele is a great spot, probably the best in terms of its location, but I wasn't impressed with the service. However you may experience something better, so definitely go there.
The Tree of Idleness (I did see the irony when you read my next bit you'll get it), is a good one too, for those after a cheap and cheerful meal, very tasty and great views again but service not great (4 people stood around whilst I was desperate for a bill). I forgive it all though, as genuinely you are in paradise there.
The shop in the village is well stocked, and they are real sweeties in there.
Only thing Bellapais needs desperately is an ATM machine, for those wanting cash you will have to go to Kyrenia, so its a bit of a pain (especially if you live by my no driving on holiday rule!)
Thoroughly recommend this wonderful home from home cottage - I have already sent it to my cousin for consideration and if Mary will allow it we would love to return!
thanks again Mary
Fantastic Stay at Bellapais
We had a fabulous week at Mary`s cottage .
We have visited North Cyprus numerous times , but this is the first time that we have not stayed at a hotel , it was really great to have the cottage to ourselves , its a really beautiful building with heaps of character and a lovely pool to cool down in when it gets too hot.
Some lovely restaurants nearby , a special mention to Kybele which is in the grounds of the old monastery , great service and food at a reasonable price with the additional benefit of some breathtaking views .
If you want the hustle and bustle of Kyrenia its easy to get a cab which costs 30 TL (about £6.50 at time of writing) there you will find a greater choice for places to eat .
Mary was extremely helpful in sorting out airport transfers and car hire and very swift when answering the few questions that we had .
Already looking forward to another stay at the cottage when time and funds allow.
Don't be fooled......
This is no cottage; it's a little palace! The website fails to do it justice. The front door opens onto stone flagged sitting room floor, suite/curtains in cream and white, with "antique" Turkish lamps, carved wood doors. Kitchen has everything you could ever need plus water cooler and juicer (oranges 12 for 2 euros).Bedroom also cream/white with extra sofa, desk, carved wardrobe and loadsa hangers. Real delight is sunken hippy cushioned courtyard with blue led lights at night, flower-surrounded pool, and roof terrace looking out over 13th century abbey - a must visit. We travelled the country every byway - this is the best village and with 3 outdoor areas to the property, just great. Do water the lovely plants. Great restaurants and bars in village, including terrific cocktail bar right outside abbey. Open air restaurant there have great waiters who became good pals over our 2 weeks.
"Must sees," whatever your other interests, are ancient ruins of Salamis, our abbey of course, Golden Beach (dunes and endless sand) at end of peninsula (with beach bar), Famagusta old city, Nicosia bit disappointing but some interesting buildings. Do keep eyes peeled for beach restaurants right on water along Kyrenia ("Girne") outskirts. Really romantic, down tiny lanes/tracks, you have to really look - food great and wine cheap. Do not stay any length of time in Kyrenia, the dust and noise will drive you bonkers.
In Bellapais do try the dried fruit opposite abbey - ask for mixture at 6 euros and you'll get a big treat in a carton, last you all holiday. Turtle season was upon us but bit early to see anything. Better luck in June/July. Loadsa hiking trails if you can cope with the heat. We had 30degrees for 2 weeks solid. Get tourist map, free at tourist info. Mosques and monasteries and castles galore. Do see Kantara castle at least (there are two more, growing straight out of the rock, amazing). You will gasp at 12th century engineering, and the views will make you dizzy.
This holiday is perfect for couples wanting rest and privacy but travel and stimulation as well. A fascinating country with a rich history and great mountain scenery if you are willing to explore.
There are many sandy coves along the coast. The nearest beach area is approximately 4 miles away. There are some beautiful beaches in North Cyprus.
When flying to North Cyprus there is the choice of two airports.
Larnaca or Ercan (Nicosia)
Larnaca is on the south coast and takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.
Flights to Larnaca are generally direct.
Ercan,east of Nicosia, is approximately 30-40 minutes away.
Flying in to Ercan is via Turkey.Flights generally touchdown at one of the airports in Turkey.Passengers remain on board.
We can arrange all airport transfers from either airports and car hire if required.
The cottage is in Bellapais village so walking to the village square, the Abbey and restaurants is very easy – no need to worry about drinking and driving!!
The village shop is about 3 minutes’ walk away and is very well stocked.
The town of Kyrenia, with its beautiful and historic harbour, is 5 minutes or so away by car.
It takes a similar time to get to the nearest supermarket.
Cyprus is covered with many historic sights of great interest which can be easily visited by car.
Bellapais Abbey plays host to many musical events. Generally these take place around May/June and again September/October time.
The village is very well served for restaurants which are open during the day and, of course, evening.