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Top House. Delightful two bedroom villa in a secluded peaceful position at the top of the village.

Top House. Delightful two bedroom villa in a secluded peaceful position at the top of the village.

Ref: 9071

Sleeps: 4 (2 Bedrooms)

Rates: £690 - £960 GBP

Top House is a charming and spacious villa at the top of Ilgaz village. It is extremely secluded and private and is not overlooked. It has a private pool and terraces surround the villa allowing for a choice of sun or shade throughout the day and stunning views of the mountainsides and down to the sea.


Top House is situated at the top of Ilgaz village. It's position is very secluded and you will not be overlooked. The villa is surrounded by terraces and the pool is on the same level. The villa has two spacious bedrooms. The master bedroom has a wooden four poster superking size bed with french windows opening onto the pool terrace. It has an en-suite bathroom with both shower and a bath. The second bedroom has twin beds. 

The spacious sitting room and dining area are open plan and the large kitchen has a table and chairs and is fully equipped. Every room has french windows opening on to the terraces. The villa has high vaulted ceilings allowing for a feeling of space and keeping it cool during summer months. There is a Bosch radio/ CD player, TV and dvd player. There are plenty of books and dvds.

There is off street parking and either a slope of steps lead up to the villa.

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 where delicious food is served in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.

Getting Here

There are two ways to get to Ilgaz in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).


Ercan Airport is the only airport in the TRNC. Northern Cyprus is predominantly Turkish speaking and the currency is the Turkish Lira. Flights to Ercan airport (sometimes called Lefkosa or Nicosia Airport) have to land in Turkey wherever you are flying from and you will need to change planes. The drive from Ercan airport to Ilgaz is approximately 50 minutes. We can arrange for a taxi to collect you from Ercan or for a hire car to be provided for you at the airport and email you detailed directions.


Larnaca Airport is in South Cyprus. South Cyprus is predominantly Greek speaking and the currency is the Euro. Flights from UK to Larnaca are direct. The drive from the airport to Ilgaz is approximately 75 minutes. PLEASE NOTE There is a border crossing between South and North Cyprus. If you have a UK / EU passport then the border crossing is straightforward. We can arrange for a taxi transfer to collect you from Larnaca airport and bring you straight to Ilgaz. At the border the driver will show your passports to the officials while you sit in the taxi for a few minutes. You can hire a car from Larnaca airport and drive yourselves however many car hire companies in the Greek side (the South) will not allow you to bring their car across the border. Your insurance from the car hire company becomes null and void when you cross the border where you will be required to purchase insurance to cover you whilst you are in TRNC. We would suggest that the most relaxing way to arrive is for a taxi to collect you at the airport and bring you to the villa. The car hire company will bring your hire car to the villa and do the paperwork with you at the villa. We can arrange your transfers and car hire.



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Rental rates are for the entire property.

Description From To Weekly Minimum Stay
Winter 2020-21 01 Nov 20 31 Mar 21 £690 5 Nights
Spring 2021 01 Apr 21 31 May 21 £860 5 Nights
Summer 2021 01 Jun 21 30 Sep 21 £960 5 Nights
October 2021 01 Oct 21 31 Oct 21 £860 5 Nights
Winter 2021-22 01 Nov 21 31 Mar 22 £690 5 Nights
Spring 2022 01 Apr 22 31 May 22 £890 5 Nights
Summer 2022 01 Jun 22 30 Sep 22 £960 5 Nights
October 2022 01 Oct 22 31 Oct 22 £890 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



  • 18/09/2021-02/10/2021
    Another amazing visit to Ilgaz. Our visit was delayed due to Covid but well worth the wait / PCR tests / form filling. Carola and Oz are such wonderful hosts. The villa (a different one from our last visit) was everything we needed after a tough 18 months. We had several visits to Hoots which has been refurbished / new owners since our last visit- thanks to Lydia and Ibrahim- we had a delicious Sunday lunch. Such a chilled, friendly atmosphere. The shortcut was a great find. The Gillham Vineyard Hotel is well worth a visit, both the wine bar and restaurant.
    We will be back again!

    — Ann and Steve , 02 Oct 2021
  • 21/08/2021 - 04/09/2021
    Well worth the trials and tribulations of getting here and of preparing to return home. We sorely missed being able to visit last year thanks to Covid 19! We feel this place is paradise on earth. Carola and Oz are so friendly and so very helpful. Nothing is too much trouble. We are sad to leave but look forward to next year.

    — Eva and Bob , 04 Sep 2021
  • Two weeks in a true paradise! I absolutely loved the solitude, quiet and natural beauty of our stay in Top House. I especially liked being right up against the mountains. Walking on those mountains was such a treat! Very nice meeting and getting to know Carola and Oz. A lovely couple. Highlights: yoga and meditation on the deck while the sounds of birds and the haunting call of the muezzin drift up to us, walking the beautiful deserted road to Karmi, hiking in the hills.

    — Aaron W, 25 Nov 2019
  • A little bit of heaven! We stayed for ten days at the beginning of October. We are not in the first flush of youth and therefore have a fairly good experience of travelling and are reasonably hard to impress. I can honestly say that Carola is one of the kindest and most helpful owners we have met to date. Nothing was too much trouble and she really went the extra mile with the welcome pack and the provisions that were in the villa. The villa itself is in a quiet small village up in the hills with views of the coast and with the mountain behind. Simply beautiful. However you have to be prepared to drive anywhere and if you like walking definitely take the walk from Ilgaz to Karaman (Karmi) - it's spectacular. The villa was spacious and very well equipped with a lovely pool and complete seclusion. I cannot recommend it highly enough if you want seclusion, peace and quiet and a wonderful holiday. Having said that the main town of Kyrenia is only a 15 minute drive. Our thanks to Carola - we had a wonderful time.

    — Malcolm S, 19 Oct 2019
  • Our third visit to Ilgaz and our first stay in Top House. As usual great hospitality from Carola and Oz. The villa exceeded all expectations as we were celebrating our ruby anniversary. Thank you Oz and Carola.

    — Phil and Di A, 21 Sep 2019
  • 5 Star Magic! Our 6 day late August stay (myself, my wife and teenage daughter) at Top house proved to be the one of our most enjoyable. relaxing and tranquil holidays to date. A real find. Situated in the mountain village of Ilgaz, Top House offers superb views down to the coast and sea, and, with mountain and trees as surrounding back drop, has the added attraction of not being overlooked. All in all, a private oasis of sunshine and tranquility. The villa itself is spacious, excellently maintained, comfortable and welcoming. Well appointed kitchen, large lounge and two bedrooms (one en suite and both with AC), Wi-Fi, lots of books and local info, TV and Bose sound system all to hand. The 8 metre swimming pool, again excellently maintained, was a delight, as were the loungers and big fluffy beach towels! The long, shaded veranda proved a great place for breakfast and long, lazy lunches or for simply gazing at the view. Carola, the owner, provided detailed info prior to our trip, a welcome pack on arrival, arranged taxi transfers from Larnaca airport and local car hire (though local taxis are reasonably cheap, a car is essential if, like ourselves, you want to explore further afield). In short, thank you Carola for being such a perfect host.

    — Christopher P, 06 Sep 2019
  • This has been the most relaxing and peaceful holiday that we have had. The location is perfect, the property beautiful, and Oz and Carola are the most delightful hosts. It has been a complete privilege to have stayed in Top house - we will return without doubt. Thank you Oz and Carola - this place has a special place in our hearts.

    — Richard B, 25 Aug 2019
  • The villa was lovely to stay in and had a great look to it. We were very happy with the pool and the lounge spots were placed perfectly. Beds were very comfortable and enjoyable to sleep in and waking up was so peaceful, as it was all day round. Sunsets were amazing to watch while eating and Carola and Oz were outstanding hosts. I would rate this villa 100 stars if I could!

    — Jessica B, 25 Aug 2019
  • Great villa, great location, lovely hosts! Lovely clean and spacious villa with great pool and terrace. Sun all day long but with shady spots to retreat to and a lovely spot on the terrace for eating and drinking while watching the sun set over the valley. Lovely comfortable beds and great facilities all round. We were within walking distance of the village "eateries" ranging from good to gourmet. The pool is really well positioned, a great size, really well maintained and not overlooked. Lots of wee "extras" that made the stay even better - poolside / beach towels, yoga mat, mosquito repellents (spray and plug-in). Local supermarkets just a short drive down from the village and same road to head out on day trips pretty much anywhere. We had a few trips out covering most of Northern Cyprus. Would highly recommend. Carola and Oz are lovely hosts - even organising our transfers from Larnaca and our car hire. Transfer each way was seamless and comfortable.

    — Lynn M, 30 Jul 2019
  • "We really enjoyed our week in Top House which is a beautifully well equipped villa with lovely views. Everything was spotless and the bed was very comfortable. Always lovely to get back to the peace and quiet of Top House after a day of sightseeing. We liked Escape Beach which is ten minutes by car and good restaurants nearby. Carola and Oz couldn't have been more helpful. Thank you!

    — Vivien T, 28 Oct 2018
  • 5 stars! Top House is a lovely traditional villa with beautiful views, well equipped kitchen, wifi and private pool. The owners could not be more helpful, from the initial booking to the end of the holiday, arranging taxi transfers to and from the airport and car hire, providing a generous welcome pack, advice on trips and local amenities, providing a great information pack (the recommended restaurants are well worth a visit), regular pool cleaning and much more. Thank you to Carola and Oz for a relaxing family holiday.

    — G and J from Sweden, 31 Aug 2018
  • Fantastic villa with beautiful views. Top House is a lovely traditional villa with beautiful views, well equipped kitchen, wifi and private pool. The owners could not be more helpful, from the initial booking to the end of the holiday, arranging taxi transfers to and from the airport and car hire, providing a generous welcome pack, advice on trips and local amenities, providing a great information pack (the recommended restaurants are well worth a visit), regular pool cleaning and much more. Thank you to Carola and Oz for a relaxing family holiday.

    — Fiona V, 18 Aug 2018
  • The true essence of the Top House all begins with its wonderful owners Carola and Oz and this starts well before you even arrive at the villa. Carola is very generous with her time giving invaluable advice and assistance, all to make sure your arrival is a smooth one.
    We travelled from Ireland and even though we arrived late in the evening and were very tired, a warm welcome awaited us and we were made comfortable and felt at home straight away. Carola and Oz are two lovely, lovely people. They work very hard to provide an excellent service making sure you have a stress free and pleasant stay. They are fantastic ambassadors for tourism in TRNC promoting local and regional services and amenities.
    The quirky and very picturesque village of Ilgaz and the villa is set high up in the hills so a car is highly recommended. This can easily be arranged with the help of Carola with Sevener, a local car hire. The most hassle free interaction we have ever had when dealing with a car hire company.
    The Top House itself is a beautiful looking house with admirable craftsmanship in the stone and wood work throughout. For a two bedroom property it is very spacious, both inside and outside. Inside all of the rooms are large and airy and are tastefully decorated. There is endless storage which is helpful for hiding away any traces of luggage making you feel more at home. The bedrooms are lovely and big with comfortable beds. The kitchen is large and fully equipped and you would need for nothing when staying at the villa including perfectly uninterrupted wifi which is essential for keeping a teenager happy.
    Outside the villa is in a private setting surrounded by a huge variety of foliage, anything from shrubs, plants, flowers to almond and fruit trees, a nature lovers delight. A veranda wraps around the house, it's decorated with a variety of tables and chairs on three sides for you to take full advantage of the spectacular views on offer. The side view sweeps down the mountain and rests on the glistening coastline and out to a navy blue sea. The back of the villa offers a large and refreshing swimming pool, perfectly maintained by Oz. It is surrounded by loungers and a cosy canopy seating area. From here the impressive view is of the towering summit of the mountain. Because of the villas elevated position there was no sweltering discomfort from the heat even though the temperatures hit 38 degrees at times. The front of the villa faces two hills, the nearest is covered with woodland which takes on different characteristics as the day goes by and the second has hiking trails leading off into the distance. From this spot the breath-taking sunset stops you in your tracks and commands you to witness its beauty, which you could never become tired of. And it doesn't stop there. Once night falls you are transported into becoming a star gazer with the vastness of the black night sky packed with millions of stars.
    You could easily fill the large fridge and happily not leave the villa for the duration of your stay but we decided to eat out each evening. This was the only time we faced a dilemma, once we reached the coast road we had to decide whether to turn left or right. In either direction there is a multitude of restaurants to choose from. Three great places had us return several times. Words and feelings that come to mind from our experience at Top House would be Mindfullness, relishing every moment in time. Wellbeing as we had a great sense of being carefree an very content with life.
    We highly enjoyed meeting Carola and Oz. We missed the villa the moment we left and very much hope to return again and again. Even if it was for a moment to hear the glorious sound of the goat bell hanging on the front gate.
    TRNC is definitely a hidden gem in the Mediterranean and Top House Villa is its diamond.

    — Lynda B., 02 Aug 2018
  • Beautiful mountain oasis of calm. A short visit to an amazing property. The house is set in the mountains of Ilgaz and has lovely traditional interiors and the most amazing outside space. Gorgeous terraces for sun or shade and mountain views. All on one level the villa has a great kitchen in traditional wood style and loads of space. The master bedroom was my favourite room with doors onto the pool and terrace area. A canopy over the four poster bed added to the loveliness of this room. Tons of wardrobe space for clothes etc. We have stayed in a few of Carola and Oz's properties and over ten years they have become good friends. They are always helpful when we stay and this property like all of theirs is well maintained and lovely and clean. The villa is literally on the mountain side with amazing walks on your doorstep. The newly opened winery in the village was the reason for our visit and that is a great place to enjoy a glass or two. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this property and have told loads of friends about the villas. We can't wait to go back for a longer stay.

    — Nicky G., 28 Apr 2018
  • Classic style villa in stunning peaceful surroundings. From beginning to end we enjoyed a fabulous experience. The extremely helpful owners, Oz and Carola, assisted us with transfers, car hire and valuable local knowledge. On arrival there was a welcome pack which included wine and various food items which was gratefully received. The villa was larger than expected and spotlessly clean with a lovely pool and bespoke outside seating. The local people were very welcoming and fresh bread from the local cafe, only two minutes walk from the villa, is not to be missed! Overall our holiday to Ilgaz exceeded our expectations in every way and we look forward to returning as soon as possible.

    — Andrea N., 18 Sep 2017


Carola Gillham Yildirimbora

English, Turkish, Greek