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Carob Villa. A spacious elevated two bedroom, two bathroom villa with infinity pool and spectacular views to the sea and mountains.

Carob Villa. A spacious elevated two bedroom, two bathroom villa with infinity pool and spectacular views to the sea and mountains.

Ref: 9068

Sleeps: 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Rates: £680 - £960 GBP

Carob Villa is a spacious two bedroom villa with an 8 metre by 4 metre infinity pool and spectacular panoramic views across the mountains and to the sea. It has extensive terraces both around the pool and around the villa and mature gardens. Overlooking Etel Winery and its vineyards it is just a few minutes walk to the Wine Bar where you can sit amongst the vines and enjoy a chilled glass of delicious wine. Gillham Vineyard Hotel is also a few minutes walk away and has an excellent restaurant and a wine spa.


Carob Villa is a stunning two bedroom villa with its own infinity pool and panoramic views across the mountains and to the sea. Inside the villa the living areas have high vaulted ceilings ensuring that the villa is cool during the summer months.

Ground Floor

The large airy sittingroom has French windows on two sides opening onto the terrace and windows on the third. The kitchen is fully equipped and has a traditional Cypriot wooden table and four chairs. It has French windows also opening onto the terrace. Also on the ground floor are a large entrance hall and a bathroom with wc, sink and shower.


The upper floor has a mezzanine between the two bedrooms. The master bedroom has a huge 2 metre by 2.2 meter wooden four poster bed with muslin curtains. It has an en-suite bathroom with wc, sink and shower. Please note that there are three steps into the bathroom. The second bedroom has twin beds. Both bedrooms have French windows on two sides leading onto Juliet balconies. Both bedrooms have air conditioning. There is plenty of cupboard space upstairs. 


The infinity pool is 8 metres long and 4 metres wide with built in circular steps at one end and metal steps at the other. A very large terrace surrounds the pool and there are four comfortable wooden sunbeds with cushions. The pool is regularly maintained to ensure that it is in optimum condition during your stay. There are terraces surrounding the villa providing more than 180 degree views around the villa and a large covered terrace with built-in BBQ and seating to provide shade. The kitchen terrace has a very long marble topped table with chairs. The garden is mature and well maintained and includes many flowers along with fruit trees. 


Please be aware that there are steps from the road leading up to the pool terrace and steps from the pool up to the villa level. 


There is a covered area under the pergola to park two cars. This is solely for the use of guests staying in Carob Villa.

Linen and Towels

100% cotton linen along with both bath towels and pool towels will be provided. For longer stays linen and bath towels will be changed weekly or more often by arrangement.

We will provide a generous welcome pack which includes tea, coffee, bread, butter, tomatoes, cheese (homemade helim / halloumi cheese when available), eggs, olives, honey, juice, drinking water, a bottle of wine and a couple of cold local beers.



Local Area

Ilgaz is a small village of 45 houses set on the slopes of the Besparmak mountains with panoramic views of mountains and the sea. It is 3kms up the mountain from the main Kyrenia to Alsancak road. The village is a mixture of old and new properties inhabited by a mix of Turkish Cypriot, Turkish and British residents. It is a quiet and friendly village. Within the village is a Turkish cafe, Ilgaz Koy Firin Cafe where they bake their own bread in traditional style bread ovens and provide a generous Turkish breakfast along with lunch or supper by arrangement. On the edge of the village is Etel Winery with its vineyards. Gillham Vineyard Hotel is a small hotel which has and excellent restaurant and a Wine Bar with stunning views across the vineyards where you can sit and drink from their selection of delicious wines including wines from grapes grown in Ilgaz. There is a tapas menu at the Wine Bar. Also in Ilgaz village is Hoots Bar Restaurant.

Getting Here

From Ercan (sometimes called Lefkosa or Nicosia) Airport in Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. Carob Villa is about an hour's drive from Ercan Airport. Flights to Ercan Airport from UK have to land in Turkey and you will need to change planes. This is fairly straightforward. Carriers include Turkish Airlines and Pegasus Airways. Our local car hire company will collect you from Ercan and bring you direct to the villa by taxi free of charge if you hire a car with them for a week or more.

From Larnaca Airport in South Cyprus. The drive from Larnaca Airport to Carob Villa takes about one hour and fifteen minutes. There is a border crossing between South Cyprus and the Turkish Republic of North Cyprus. The crossing is straightforward for holders of EU passports. Whilst you can hire a car at Larnaca Airport and drive yourselves we would suggest that the easiest way to arrive is by taxi transfer. Our local car company will collect you from Larnaca Airport and bring you direct to the villa and deliver your hire car to the villa for a small charge. Please ask for more details.

From Paphos Airport. Paphos is approximately 180kms from Ilgaz and the drive is approximately 2.5 hours. A taxi transfer is therefore expensive.

We can email detailed directions to the villa.



Prices are in UK £ sterling.

Quoted Currency: British £

Rental rates are for the entire property.

Description From To Weekly Monthly Week Night Weekend Night Minimum Stay
Winter 2018 / 19 01 Nov 18 31 Mar 19 £680 - - - 5 Nights
April / May 2019 01 Apr 19 31 May 19 £790 - - - 5 Nights
Summer 2019 01 Jun 19 30 Sep 19 £890 - - - 5 Nights
October 2019 01 Oct 19 31 Oct 19 £790 - - - 5 Nights
Winter 2019 -2020 01 Nov 19 31 Mar 20 £690 - - - 5 Nights
April 2020 01 Apr 20 30 Apr 20 £860 - - - 5 Nights
Summer 2020 01 May 20 30 Sep 20 £960 - - - 5 Nights
October 2020 01 Oct 20 31 Oct 20 £860 - - - 5 Nights

Our rental price includes a generous welcome pack with no extra charges for electricity, water or internet wifi. To secure a booking we ask for a 20% deposit payable into our UK bank account. The balance is due 8 weeks before your arrival. 


Change over day: Flexible



  • Lovely location and villa. Carola was great in her communication and we had a very generous welcome pack on arrival. We would certainly recommend this villa.

    — Miles D, 14 Oct 2019
  • Stunning villa - a home from home! This is a beautiful, cleverly designed villa on split-levels which makes the most of its hillside location. Carola and Oz are delightful and obviously care deeply about giving their guests a wonderful time. The welcome pack was extremely generous and thoughtful - thank you! Some antique pieces of furniture and a well equipped kitchen took Carob Villa to a level above a typical holiday let. Also I was particularly impressed with the standard of cleanliness. The new brick built pergola provided a perfect spot to sit and I spent many hours sitting at the table and drawing / sketching - so for me, Carob Villa felt like an artist's retreat. Thank you Carola and Oz, it was a pleasure to get to know you and David and I hope to visit again in the not too distant future.

    — Janni M, 24 Sep 2019
  • Our fourth visit to Carob Villa and we loved every minute. The weather has been glorious. The villa so comfortable as usual. Sad to be going home. Our heartfelt thanks to Carola and Oz.

    — Robert T, 14 Sep 2019
  • Another wonderful holiday - thank you! We stayed for two weeks this time and all completed our PADI Open Water diving. The boys also had an amazing day rock climbing. Kozan Restaurant on the mountains is a real gem with beautiful views and the turtle release at Akdeniz was brilliant. We had an amazing trip up the Karpaz. We'll be going home for a rest. Another amazing holiday.

    — Jo, 27 Aug 2019
  • We had an absolutely amazing stay. The pool and the views were amazing and so was the house. We couldn't have asked for a better holiday. Carola and Oz are lovely and the most friendly, caring and helpful people. Thanks so much for making our stay so amazing.

    — Chris G, 09 Aug 2019
  • Wonderful holiday in Ilgaz! Property was amazing. Spacious, clean and well laid out. The newly built outside dining / BBQ area was a favourite place of ours. First time to Northern Cyprus and absolutely loved it, gorgeous beaches and friendly people. Villa is perfectly located, tucked high in the hills so there is a cooling breeze but not too far away from the shops and beaches. Carola and Oz were great hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. All in all 5/5 and would thoroughly recommend both the property and North Cyprus. Would also recommend the car hire and transfer option provided by the host. Reasonably priced and very efficient.

    — Arun G, 20 Jul 2019
  • Unbelievable! Lovely well equipped villa in a great location set in a small village. Nice infinity pool to cool off in during sunny days. Very helpful and welcoming owners. Would definitely recommend.

    — Paul M, 08 Jul 2019
  • The villa is located in a quiet mountain village with mountain and sea views. We particularly enjoyed the new covered BBQ area and the pool. Great location for exploring Cyprus (including lovely mountain walks from the door), very convenient for making the most of local facilities at the stunning Gillham Vineyard Hotel, and an easy drive into Kyrenia. We met some local people all around the country, and Carola and Oz went beyond the call of duty to make sure that our stay was comfortable.

    — Jane M, 16 Jun 2019
  • Beautiful villa. This lovely villa was big, very clean and had everything we needed. The views were to die for. We were well impressed. The owners Carola and Oz made us extremely welcome. We will come back again.

    — Sally C, 30 May 2019
  • We had an amazing two weeks at Carob Villa. The villa is lovely and in a fabulous position in the village. Carola and Oz are so kind and helpful - even arranging some "take away" food to be ready for us on our late arrival. The mountain views are incredible as are the walks directly from the villa. Everything was spotlessly clean. The lovely cotton sheets were crisp and fresh and just so nice to sleep in and the towels were fluffy and soft. It's a great place. We would love to return!

    — Helen S, 29 Apr 2019
  • A beautiful villa with stunning views. We have had a truly amazing stay at Carob Villa in the hillside village of Ilgaz. The villa is very tastefully presented and is comfortable and spacious. It has everything we needed and more. We had a very relaxing stay with lots of swimming and reading by the pool and on the terrace. Carola and Oz were extremely welcoming and helpful throughout our stay and provided us with everything we needed to enjoy our stay. They have been the perfect hosts. Thank you.

    — Sally D, 11 Nov 2018
  • Thank you for being such excellent hosts - a lovely spacious villa.

    — Peter & Julia, 02 Nov 2018
  • Oz and Carola are brilliant hosts, going above and beyond. A big plug also for the Gillham Vineyard Hotel restaurant and the tapas bar, both exceptional. Liz also had a great massage at the spa. We enjoyed a walk to Karmi. the ruins at Salamis and Soli, Kyrenia harbour and castle, also beautiful Bellapais. First time in Northern Cyprus, suspect it won't be our last.

    — Jackie, Liz & Chris, 16 Oct 2018
  • Stayed 15/09/2018 - 29/09/2018
    Lovely property and wonderful hosts.
    Communication from Carola before arrival was prompt, efficient and included very helpful advice. We really appreciated the generous welcome pack. The house is attractive and really well designed. It is also very well equipped, which doesn't always happen in our experience.
    The outside space is generous and the gorgeous pool is in full sun all day. There is also a choice of two barbecues, and both work well.
    The winery with its excellent restaurant and bar are just a few minutes walk away. We recommend the wine tour (and tasting of course).
    It was delightful to meet Carola and Oz, who were attentive but never intrusive. What more can we add to the remarkable testimony on previous comments. This is our third visit to North Cyprus, a total of six weeks, and our first this side of Girne. The changes in TRNC since 2005, our last visit, have been enormous but although some previously peaceful and unspoilt areas have disappeared, there is still so much here to enjoy. Above all Carola and Oz have been perfect hosts and we took every advantage of the new hotel, restaurant and wine bar. Rather too much Etel Aura and Terra not to mention the white wines but a marvellous way of relaxing before returning to London.
    It was a lovely holiday and we look forward to returning.

    — Lynne H, 13 Oct 2018
  • Our third wonderful stay here. Already booked for next year!

    — Bob & Eva, 15 Sep 2018
  • We have had a very relaxing week here in this lovely villa. Our stay started and finished with lunch at the winery. We enjoyed the lovely walk to Karaman and spotted a chameleon on the way. We tried diving with Cyprus Underwater Explorers - thoroughly recommended - and saw turtle releases and excavations - fantastic! We've had great meals at Calamari, Hanimeller and Azure in Girne. St Hilarion Castle was great to explore and we've really enjoyed the pool.

    — Jo & family, 29 Aug 2018
  • Five absolutely re;axing days. Fantastic sight of Mars and Jupiter. Good music at oasis Beach (live!). Fresh fish from Red Lobster. Dear Carola and Oz, thanks for your hospitality.

    — Helena & Jorg from Germany, 22 Aug 2018
  • Dear Carola and Oz. Thank you very much for a fantastic holiday. Everything was perfect especially your hospitality and help, the welcome package, the beautiful villa with its tasteful furniture and pictures, the pool and the view. Our trips to St Hilarion Castle, the Karpaz peninsula with lunch at Ay Philon Oasis, Kozan restaurant with kleftico and Girne have been wonderful. The two concerts (guitar and vocal) together with distinguished dinner at Gillham Vineyard Hotel had been great events, just as much as the turtle hatching. A hiking tour to the mountains early in the morning resulted in wonderful sunrise pictures (thanks for the hint Oz). We hope to see you again soon.

    — Eva & family from Germany, 17 Aug 2018
  • Wow! What a fantastic place. Beautiful villa, amazing pool where we've spent most of our time. Carola and Oz are a lovely couple, so kind, welcoming and helpful. We are very sad and reluctant to leave but we know that we will be back! Perfect peaceful spot for a summer getaway. Thank you so much.

    — Alison & family, 01 Aug 2018
  • We had a lovely 11 night stay. The amazing pool was greatly appreciated. We've had some great meals out and would highly recommend Cafe Chimera in Girne which is right at the far side of the picturesque harbour and Blue Song restaurant in Lapta where the food was lovely and all the staff were extremely welcoming. We spent several fab days at Deniz Kizi Beach which was not too busy but still had good facilities (beach bars, cafes, sun loungers, toilets etc) and in addition you can take part in a variety of watersports from this beach.
    Thank you Carola and Oz for being such good hosts. This is a beautiful villa and so well equipped. Even down to the beach towels.

    — Andrew & family, 27 Jul 2018
  • Wonderful relaxing stay at the villa. Great walks from the villa and the walk to Karmi village is a must. Loved St Hilarion Castle despite the height! Carola and Oz are excellent hosts and the villa is lovely - the views are great. Some nice restaurants around, Sevener, The Ambiance and Levant. It felt like home from home but with more sun! Thank you for a wonderful holiday!

    — Rhona & Alex, 04 Nov 2017
  • A beautiful position and great villa and facilities. We spent nearly all our days exploring and thoroughly enjoyed the sights. We managed to walk or climb many steps to see as much as possible.

    — Aileen & Brian, 14 Oct 2017
  • The end of a holiday is always glum making. It is especially so when the last two weeks have been spent in such a heavenly place. We said we would come back and we did. We shall do so again. Our thanks to Carola and Oz for being so helpful and welcoming.

    — Robert & Eva, 16 Sep 2017
  • This is such a lovely place with lovely views. The pool is amazing, the kitchen lovely and the bedrooms amazing. I would love to stay here again. I rate this villa 10 stars.

    — Jessica age 10, 30 Aug 2017
  • A huge privilege to stay again in your beautiful villa. Thank you Carola and Oz.

    — Richard, 30 Aug 2017
  • Wonderful hosts, fabulous villa, great sunsets, brilliant weather.

    — Simon, 07 Aug 2017
  • Really lovely house to stay in.

    — Ailsa, 13 Jul 2017
  • Thank you so much for letting us stay in Carob Villa at the last moment in the depth of winter. You saved our bacon and provided a fabulous, elegant base from which to discover North Cyprus. It is the best equipped house of many that we have stayed in and you couldn't have been more helpful.

    — Georgia, 08 Jan 2017


Carola Gillham Yildirimbora

English, Turkish, Greek