Villa in Ozankoy, Nr. Kyrenia, Cyprus - Excelent Location with restaurants, beaches and supermarkets nearby
About Mrs Hudson
I was brought up in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. My father worked for the British Government when Cyprus was a British Colony. My husband and I now live in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands. We have 2 children, a son and a daughter and 4 grandchildren. My husband is retired, but I still tutor Mathematics. We are both keen tennis and golf players and I play at two bridge clubs. We have had both cats and dogs over the years, but as we travel quite a lot we have decided not to have any more just now.
Why Mrs Hudson chose Ozankoy
When we decided to buy a property abroad it was always going to be in Cyprus. As I lived for much of my childhood in Cyprus I have a great affection for it. We chose Ozankoy which is just outside Kyrenia as I remember as a child going over the mountains to Kyrenia and the sea most weekends. In those days it took an hour and a half , but now with the new road it just takes 25 mins. The particular location for Villa Joanna was chosen for its views of the sea and mountains and its location near Kyrenia and the sea with it's beaches. Villa Joanna was named after my daughter.
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A lovely villa
We were delighted with Villa Joanna, it was exactly as advertised and what we hoped for;it is clean, airy & spacious.
We were a group of 6 across 3 generations and everybody loved the villa.
It has a very well equipped kitchen (not that we used it, the restaurants in the area are great and such good value). The pool and outdoor area we also clean with good furnishings. Pool a bit nippy in mid October though! There are lovely views to the sea from the back and we were able to sit on the veranda and watch a spectacular lightning storm roll in one evening.
Barbara put us in touch with a local car hire company who also did our airport transfers, a seven seater arrived with 45 minutes of us getting to the villa at that was about 8pm.
Do use the car hire company she recommends.
Do use Mustafa to pick you up and run you around in the evening, he is a lovely guys and very reasonable. As others have said his English isn't great but I Whatsapped Tahir from the car hire company who arranged our pick ups with Mustafa after that the restaurant will call him if you give him your number when you need picking up.
Do eat out; Errols, Eminem locally were excellent & authentic & Niazi's in Kyrenia for a full kebab shouldn't be missed.
Do pay the little extra for wifi, Northern Cyprus is not in the EU & Roaming charges will kill you.
Do go to St Helarion Castle the views are spectacular.
No don't's really. We had a great time and if we return to this part of the world would definitely book Villa Joanna.
Thank you for your kind review. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Villa Joanna and able to use Mustafa to take you out and about when you opted not to drive. I have only ever had good comments made about him.
Stunning views and tranquility
We had a lovely peaceful stay. Communication and advice was excellent. A technical issue with the fresh water pump was quickly resolved. We hope to return next year.
We're so pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Villa Joanna. We would be delighted to welcome you again next year.
Excellent holiday could not fault it in any way
We all loved this property it is well looked after any problems were dealt with within hours great location great property would highly recommend
Perfect place for friends to spend Quality Time Together
Six of us Friends have recently returned from 2 weeks at Villa Joanna.It is the perfect place to unwind and spend Quality Time together.The Villa has everything to make your stay stress free and has all the comforts of home.We did very little apart from eating drinking and relaxing,but you are near Many place of interest.( Bellapais Abbey,Kyrenia,with the Medieval Castle,Turtle Beach,Golf Course at Esentepe ) to name just a Few.You are just a 10 minute car ride from shops and restaurants.Our favourites were Errols and Five Finger Restaurants in Ozankoy Village.And The Kitchen on the Main Coast Road. You do need a Car and it takes a while to get your bearings and find your way back to the Villa.On the first night it took us over 35 minutes to find our way back to Villa.We had visions of having to sleep in the car,but it was all good fun.The pool was a focal point of our holiday,it was kept very clean by the pool man who came several times during our stay .The Garden and orchard were beautiful and they were cared for to perfection by the same pool man.We would have no hesitation in recommending to everyone and would love to return.
Perfect villa in a perfect location
This is the second time we have stayed at villa Joanna.
Everything about the villa and it's location is perfect.
Close to restaurants, supermarkets and beaches.
This is my 7th year in this area and will be heading back again next year.
I'm delighted you and your family enjoyed your second stay in Villa Joanna. Hopefully we will be able to welcome you all again in the not too distant future.
We loved Villa Joanna! Wonderfully appointed and comfortable - a real home from home feeling. Dramatic location when the storms rolled in from the mountains behind but the view of the sea remained sunny. A car is essential and Karapasha looked after us well. Would recommend the house without reservation.
I'm so glad that you, your children and grandchild had an enjoyable stay in Villa Joanna. When an occasional electric storm gets up it is great watching the lightning flashes out at sea from the safety of the villa!
Special interest holidays:
Northern Cyprus with its plethora of flora and fauna is incredibly beautiful and ideal for walking in the mountains and relaxing in the sun. This part of Cyprus is unspoilt in terms of development and Kyrenia itself has a long and interesting history. During the slightly cooler months organised walking trips are available.
The Kyrenia mountains form an impressive backdrop to the fertile plains and coastal districts and old fashioned methods of farming have ensured that wild flowers flourish, whilst the under developed beaches are a sanctuary for Loggerhead and green turtles.
Northern Cyprus is a hotspot for bird migration in the spring, within the 2 peninsulas of Korukam in the west and karpaz, known as 'the panhandle' in the east, providing welcome land for tired migrants.
The history and heritage of northern Cyprus with its share of outstanding archaeological sites is well known but the real advantage is being able to enjoy yourselves without queues of visitors.
The whole coastline provides a variety of beaches, and multitude of activities including water skiing, wind surfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, fishing and banana boat rides. Many of the beaches are within 10 minutes drive of Villa Joanna, where you can hire sunbeds and parasols. Restaurant and bar facilities are also available. The Beach Club at Malpas Hotel is open to non-residents as is the Acapulco hotel which boasts lovely sandy beaches and a large pool with water slides
Flights from Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham.
It is 25 minutes from the nearest airport of Ercan in northern Cyprus but if transferring from Larnaca in the south the journey is 90 min (cost about £80 return per vehicle). We can arrange both hire car and transfer taxi to meet you at the airport. Car hire is essential.
Ferry distance to Turkey is 40km. Kyrenia is 4km. Ozankoy is the nearest village to the villa, approx 2km. Ergin airport is 20km from the villa and it takes 25 mins to get there. Larnaca Airport in the south is 65km, 90 mins by car.
Kyrenia town's key attraction is the wonderful harbour which many claim is the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Lively tavernas line the harbour and colourful fishing boats and yachts bob on the water. Behind the harbour is a maize of small streets with an array of discrete restaurants. This is very atmospheric and well worth a visit.
Ozankoy, a very pretty Cypriot village has a number of good restaurants, some of which are run by local English families which offer extremely good value. There is a curry house and a small family run pizzeria attached to the Five Fingers restaurant which has an English bookshop and craft centre. There are a number of fresh fish restaurants also in the village.
Walking in the Kyrenia mountains is extremely popular, especially in the spring when there is an abundance of wild flowers and birds. Guided tours are available, many of which are organised by local British Residents.
Endangered Loggerhead and green turtles come back to northern Cyprus to lay their eggs. The turtle conservation project is a short drive away, where during the summer season you can join organised groups to watch them lay and hatch their eggs. Wild donkeys roam free on the Karpaz peninsula 2 hours away. Here you will find extensive sandy beeches and a wonderful day out.
Take time out to visit Bellapise abbey, St. Hilarion Castle, the Shipwreck Museum in Kyrenia and the fantastic ruins of Salamis. The coast of Turkey can be seen on good days about 40km from Kyrenia. Banks are accessible in Kyrenia 4km from the villa such as HSBC and Garanti and there are plenty of ATM machines. Large supermarket 5 mins drive away. Food and craft markets on different days of the week.
Go carting: international standard circuit. Horse riding: 5 mins by car. Tennis: at local hotels. Concerts: mainly classical at Bellapaise abbey and Kyrenia castle. Also available are paragliding, mountain biking and clay pigeon shooting.