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Villa Lalai is a luxury spacious house set in a large garden, planted out with figs and bougainvillea and has natural stone sculpture. It has an 8 x 4 swimming pool with Roman steps – the views from the private, secluded pool area are spectacular, looking up to the Besparmak mountains. There are sun loungers with parasols, a BBQ and patio dining for eight. Close by are olive groves and the sea is about a 10 minute walk away. At night the pool and garden lights give a magical atmosphere for your evenings sipping wine on the terrace. A herb garden provides rosemary, basil and mint for your mediterranean cooking!
Newly furnished in a tasteful, modern style, the luxurious interior is light and spacious with a marble staircase. Much care has been taken in the interior design and modern art adorns the walls. There is air conditioning in all rooms, plus standing fans. The lounge has patio doors leading onto terraces at the front and back of the house. Ample parking.
We will happily book airport collection and car hire for you and our property manager lives close by for your assistance. We have fast internet connection through our own wifi.
As well as relaxing, swimming and sunbathing, many activities can be enjoyed in the area, including scuba diving, sailing, snorkelling, walking, bird watching (300 species), horse riding, mountaineering and much more. There is a championship golf course nearby. Museums and castles abound. However, if it is relaxation you are after and you want to leave the pool for the day, there are lovely quiet beaches to be found close by. Alagadi is an official Turtle Watch beach (10 minutes from villa). At certain times of the year you can watch the turtles lay their eggs in the soft sand or watch the young as they head for the open sea. Acapulco is a hotel complex (about 20 minutes away) with all facilities including an aqua park bars and restaurants. Travelling east you will find wonderful beaches where you will be totally alone, just get out of the car and swim.
Bellapais Abbey is a magical place – built in the 12th Century it commands views of the whole northern coastline. At night the Abbey is floodlit and enchanting magical, there are classical concerts there at times during the summer season. There is a choice of restaurants in the village, one, ‘The Kybele’ is set in the Abbey grounds, book a seat with a view and be swept away by the panorama. Bellapais is where Lawrence Durrell lived when he wrote ‘Bitter Lemons of Cyprus’.
An excellent day trip would be to Famagusta (Gazimagusa) where the Roman City of Salamis should not be missed. Nicosia (Lefkosa) is about 30 minutes away and boasts the beautiful Selimiye Mosque, built by the Lusignans from 1208. The Great Turkish Bath dates back to the Ottoman period. Walk around the old streets around this area, filled with interesting little shops, then sit in the beautiful square close to the Mosque and enjoy a coffee whilst taking in the historic architecture.
Bahceli village (further up into the mountains) is a very rural village, worth a drive up to see how village life there has remained so unchanged. There are no facilities there – only smiling, curious faces. Esentepe village, approximately 8 minutes drive away, has the nearest mini-mart. Here you can find bars, restaurants, live music and a very naughty patisserie! There are other bars and restaurants close by along the coast, either rustic or more sophisticated. A large supermarket, Lemar, is on the road to Kyrenia where you can find everything you need, they have a great deli. Everywhere is happy to take UK sterling or Euros.
In Kyrenia you will find a bustling town with bars, restaurants and a Wednesday market.
The area is excellent for BIRD WATCHING. Many species can be seen from the patio including hobby, honey buzzard, bee eater, hoopee, roller, black franklin, blue heron and whinchat.
The villa is suitable for the elderly and children.
The bedrooms have been very stylishly furnished with all your comforts considered. The master bedroom has a balcony looking out to the mountains, you can see the sea from here. All other bedrooms look out to the mountains. The beds have crisp white cotton linen, beautiful artworks on the walls and white curtains float in the breeze from the mountains. A cot can be arranged on request. There is a day bed in the snug, if required. All bedrooms have air conditioning and standard fans. The master bedroom has en suite and in addition there is a family bathroom and downstairs loo....moreless
Bathrooms are very modern with white and chrome fittings. Quality white towels are provided....moreless
Electrical goods include washing machine, microwave, cooker hob, large fridge/freezer, toaster, blender, iron, hairdryer, steamer.
There is a separate room for relaxation or children to chill out with CDs, video and DVD.evision. We have provided Cd's and videos for your entertainment. There are games, books and jigsaws, beach and pool toys, snorkeling and picnic gear for your use. Mosquito repellent plug-ins are in all bedrooms. Standard British 3 pin plugs are used for electrical equipment. All linen and towels are provided, including beach towels....moreless
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Golf Privileges Optional
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Lovely glass dining table indoors looking out to mountains and a patio table outside seating 8....moreless
Seating for 8 people
Air con in each bedroom and in lounge and dayroom...moreless
Prices are based on four people staying with a £25 charge for each additional person per week.
Prices are fully inclusive of electricity, cleaning, welcome pack, etc. A deposit of £200 is made on booking and the
balance must be paid 8 weeks prior to departure. If the booking is made within 8 weeks of the holiday, the full amount is payable on booking.
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Ercan, Northern Cyprus or Larnaca, Southern Cyprus
This is one of the most beautiful parts of the Mediterranean which has remained one of the least spoilt by mass tourism. The people of this region are incredibly friendly and welcoming. Kyrenia is an historic town built around a charming harbour, overlooked by a crusader castle. The harbour offers a wide variety of restaurants, some with rooftop views and at night, when the lights are lit, there is no more wonderful place to eat. During the day Roman ruins and Norman castles await exploration. The 200 miles of Northern coastline offers beautiful beaches, hidden coves and turquoise waters, for swimming, sunbathing, snorkelling and sailing. Dramatic mountains provide the backdrop to olive groves and carob orchards, goats roam freely and the smells of wild herbs and Cypress trees intoxicate. The island has a wonderful climate, long hot summers and relatively warm winters.
Our villa is part of a small group of houses on the Eastern coastal road, about 35 minutes from Kyrenia.
Year Purchased: 2005
About the owner: We live in rural Shropshire, Tony is a Chartered Accountant and I am an Art Advisor. We fell in love with Northern Cyprus 12 years ago whilst on holiday. We enjoy the fact that it is still much less developed than other destinations, the scenery is stunning, there are empty beaches and we love the people. We have enjoyed Villa Lalai with friends of our own age, teenagers and young children. There is so much to do and explore in the region, in between making the most of the excellent food and wine!
Why the Owner Chose Kyrenia: We wanted to make our villa a place where guests arrived and were thrilled with their choice rather than that horrid
sinking feeling most of us have experienced. We have tried to think of everything to make holidays enjoyable. We also wanted a particular style of furnishing for the villa which would please people with similar taste. We hope you will enjoy it too.
The Unique Benefits at this Villa: One of the most desirous things about Villa Lalai is the seclusion of the pool area, we are not overlooked and one forgets that there are other properties around. Also the view from the outdoor dining and bathing area still excites us after all these years.