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Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
In 2008 the Sunset Valley development was awarded the "Best Luxury Development in North Cyprus" price - with good reason. The location is truly fantastic if you like great views and privacy. The city and many activities are a short car drive away. Restaurants and bars are to be found iwithin walking distance.
The villa is situated at the top of the development in an elevated position with uninterrupted views of the sea and the beautiful hilly countryside of this area. The pool area is very private and not overlooked, as are the majority of the terraces. There are six separate seating areas around the villa, so, as the sun moves, you can move round to stay in or out of the sun as you please, whilst enjoying stunning views from each one. In addition, there are comfortable sunbeds available.
From the large upper sun terrace, there is nearly a 360 degree panoramic view of the sea, the mountains and the pine woods nearby. To go walking in the hills and woods, you only have to go out the gate or climb over the wall, and you are there! The stunning Besparmak mountains are right on your doorstep! The distance to the seafront is about 800 m as the crow flies, and roughly 1200 m to walk. There you will find a rocky beach in the Crystal Bay, with a natural pool in the West end, formed by the interesting geological formations in the area. The place is great for floating about on an air matress while enjoying the view, as it is protected from the waves coming in.
The villa has its own 12 x 6 m swimming pool that is very private. Next to the pool, there is a gazebo that allows for staying out of the sun or enjoying the evening outside.
The plot is very spacious (1600 m2), and allows plenty of space for children. It is ideal for small children as all terraces are fully enclosed by railings.
An orchard with many fruit trees, as well as lots of beautiful plants around the entire property, has just been established.
The house has a spacious entrance hall and kitchen area adjacent to the lounge with a separate dining area. The kitchen is very well equipped with everything you need, as well as a breakfast bar. All rooms have direct access to the outside terraces, including a shady pergola area for those hot days.
A modern 3D TV set with blue ray 3D DVD player is installed in the lounge. This allows Internet access via the remote control; and via USB connection or HDMI, music or videos can be played on the TV using smart phones, PC or other such units. In addition a portable I-Phone docking station is available. Wi-Fi is installed. A satellite dish provides access to some English Speaking TV channels.
The lounge has comfortable, purpose-built furniture, with a fireplace and sea views.
In addition on the ground floor, there are two large bedrooms, both with en-suite bathrooms, plus a large separate family bathroom with bath tub. Bedroom 2 is a double and is poolside.
Bedroom 3 can either be configured with 3 single beds or a double plus single bed; or for those who like it wide – a triple bed! If necessary a fourth bed can be located there as we have a spare matress and there is room for one more bed. We normally only have 3 to allow better space by the window.
The top floor comprises one double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom with bath tub. The rest of this floor is occupied by a huge (close to 100 m2) sun terrace wrapped around three sides of the property.
All internal flooring has a marble finish; all outside terraces have non-slip tile finishing. All bathrooms are tiled. All bed rooms and the lounge area have air conditioning, and for the winter season, central heating is available.
The house was built in 2009, is now refurbished in 2013, and appears like new. The interior has been carefully selected to give you a comfortable home feeling.
A garage allows for parking the car out of the sun all day.
How to get there:
1) You can fly to Ercan airport (via Istanbul). About 40 minutes drive from location. No border crossing.
2) You can fly to Larnaca airport. About 1 hour 15 minutes drive from location, including border crossing.
3) You can fly to Paphos airport. About 2 hour 20 minutes drive from location, including border crossing.
If you arrive at Larnaca or Paphos on the Greek side, you will not be able to drive a rental car over the border, but we can help you to book airport transfers and car hire on the North side. Rental cars are delivered directly to the villa. Please contact us for further details and costs. You can assume about GBP 50 each way for airport pick-up at Larnaca, and about 20 GBP per day for a rental car.
More general information is found below (source Wikitravel).
We have a designated estate manager that will ensure you have what you need during your stay, and also can get you help quickly if something goes wrong.
We can help our guests with airport pick-up and return service as well as rental car. Our estate agent can offer a car rental and airport pickup, and can be reached as follows:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Tel No: +90533 840 00 70 or +90533 825 74 47
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Crystal Bay 1 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||6 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Larnaca 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Kyrenia region
All visitors from the Southern to Northern Cyprus will need to pass through TRNC immigration, which is totally painless. Citizens of the European Union, the US, Japan and most other industrialized countries get a visitor visa issued free of charge at the border or green line crossing point. No pre-application or approval has to be done.
Other passport holders have to apply at "representative offices" (the TRNC has no embassies outside Turkey) in London or Washington.
When passing a Green Line checkpoint between the Republic and TRNC (there are currently 7) or entering via air or sea, TRNC immigration will stamp either a piece of paper (which seems to be the norm at the Green Line) or your passport (which seems to be the norm at air and seaports). You can usually get the officer to stamp the other document if you so wish. As TRNC stamps are no longer a problem for later visits to Greece or Cyprus, at least for EU citizens, you may choose whether to have that souvenir stamp in your passport or not.
As the state is not recognised by any international organisation, its Ercan Airport  is not recognised by the IATA. This means all flights (including charters) must touch down in Turkey before continuing to Ercan. Scheduled flights on Turkish Airlines , Atlasjet  and Pegasus  connect via various destinations in Turkey.
It is also possible to fly to airports in southern Cyprus (Larnaca is the closest) and take a taxi to the north, crossing the Green Line near Nicosia. It is best to have a travel operator arrange for a taxi from the north to collect you, since Greek Cypriot taxi drivers may not be willing to take tourists to the north. See details on crossing the Green Line below.
Alternatively - to avoid paying a "travel operator" - you can walk across the border at Ledra Street. There is a small tourist information "kiosk" on the left as soon as you cross.
Frequent ferry services operated by Fergün Shipping  connect Kyrenia to Alanya and Tasucu in Turkey. The only car ferry service is via Tasucu, and the fast ferry to and from Alanya only operates in the summer. There are occasional ferries to other destinations in Turkey as well.
You can enter northern Cyprus (TRNC) with a rental car from the South at six of the eight(see below) border crossing points. However, you will need to purchase car insurance for the North at the border (€20 for three days €35 for one month); this is due to the fact that the insurance companies and police departments of both sides do not co-operate. See details on crossing the Green Line below.
Since you need to have Turkish Cypriot car insurance to drive in the north (Cypriot (south) car insurance is not acceptable), it is important to know the working hours of insurance people at the border crossing points. Being the busiest crossing point, Agios Dometios/Kermia/Metehan crossing point in Nicosia offers the most extended hours. Here, the insurance people work 7 days a week from 08:00 to late at night usually till 24:00. At the rest of the crossing points, insurance people work from 08:00 to 17:00 7 days a week. On the other hand, immigration officers of the north and south work 24 hours a day all year long. So as long as you have Turkish Cypriot car insurance and your passports (IDs are acceptable for EU countries, Schengen Area countries, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Turkey) with you, you can enter north Cyprus (TRNC) any time.
It should be noted, though, a few of the Cypriot (south) car rental companies can refuse to hire a car if they know that it will be driven to the north. In one reported case (admittedly in 2005 or 2006), a rental company refused to release a pre-booked car because the tourists had a hotel address in north Cyprus.
While driving in North Cyprus, one should also be very careful about stationary speed cameras. The cameras work both ways on single lanes and work only one way on double lanes. There are 4 blue camera signs warning you before each camera and the signs are 100 metres apart. The fines range from €50 to €150 depending on excessive speed.
You can cross by foot at Ledra Street in the old town, and at the Ledra Palace crossing point to the west of the old town. Both crossings are for pedestrians only, so if you are travelling by car, you will need to use one of the other crossing points. See below for details on crossing the Green Line.
Going to and from the Republic of Cyprus
After the accession of Cyprus to the European Union, the restrictions on travel to the north from the Republic have been lifted. From the EU's point of view, the entire island is a part of its territory and thus, there can be no restrictions on EU citizens (including Cypriots) traveling across the Green Line.
EU citizens may thus now cross the Green Line provided that they have entered Cyprus from a legal point of entry (airport or port declared open by the Republic of Cyprus) Other nationalities may be arrested and deported by Greek-Cypriot authorities if they entered the island via the north.
The main crossings between the south and north are:
Astromerits/Zodhia (by car only) - the westernmost crossing near the town of Morphou/Güzelyurt
Agios Dometios/Kermia/Metehan - major road and pedestrian crossing near Nicosia
Ledra Palace (pedestrians only) - the oldest crossing, just outside the walls of old Nicosia to the west of the city
Ledra Street (pedestrians only) - newest crossing opened on 3 April 2008 along Nicosia's old shopping street, making it the most central of all crossings.
Strovilia near Agios Nikolaos - located at the eastern part of the island near Famagusta
The most efficient way of travel throughout Northern Cyprus besides rental cars are taxis. For budget travelers who are not willing to pay for taxis everywhere, "dolmu?" or "kombos" are excellent options. These are shared taxis that stop for people who wave them down. The price of travelling between major cities and towns via dolmus are much lower than taxis, however, there are no schedules. A taxi from Nicosia (Lefko?a) to Kyrenia (Girne) may cost 70-90 Turkish Lira, but a dolmus costs only 3-4 TL. Dolmus run often, and backpackers should be able to locate them in a few minutes. In city centers, there are usually plenty of dolmus options going to many cities. You can also hire a car at a reasonable cost and hiring a car will enable you to visit most of North Cyprus in one day.
The official language in North Cyprus is Turkish although a distinct Turkish Cypriot dialect is used in conversation. English is also widely used, especially in the resort town of Kyrenia. However, the entire island is somewhat of a cultural melting pot and in villages off the beaten track, some elderly locals who lived among Greek Cypriots before 1974 still use the Greek Cypriot dialect as their first language.
See and visit:
Bellapais Village in Kyrenia
St. Hilarion Castle in Fivefinger Mountains
Kyrenia Harbour and Castle
Salamis Ruins in Famagusta
Great Han (Büyük Han) in Nicosia
Do Scuba diving.
Play golf at the Korineum course http://www.korineumgolf.com/
Heaven for hikers, a treat for wildlife spotters, a hiker's paradise; those words are used about North Cyprus, but the 143-mile trail through the Kyrenia mountains of North Cyprus is still one of the Med's best-kept secrets. The trail runs along the top of the knobbled spine that divides the country's extensive coast from its harsh, dry interior. The rugged coastline stretches for more than a hundred miles, unspoilt by the Med's usual high-rise international hotels and sprawling tourist villas.
Formed by earthquakes centuries ago, the ridge has kept the rain that sweeps across the Mediterranean from falling any further south. Consequently, the landscape on one side is considerably more verdant than that on the other, and as the trail dips down each side it offers two strikingly different landscapes, both harbouring a wide variety of wildlife. Hares and foxes are common on the trail, as are partridges (at least in the spring, before shooting season begins). Pigeons are very common too.
Its walking credentials are still relatively unknown, but 600 km of trails are now marked.
Although the Turkish Lira is the official currency in the North, Euros and UK pounds are widely accepted in the bigger cities. Credit cards are also accepted in larger shops and supermarkets.
Turkish-Cypriot cuisine is a fine blend of Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern cuisines featuring mouth watering seafood to kebabs, numerous mezes to delicious home made fruit preserves called macun (pronounced ma-joon).
Some of the key foods featured in the Turkish-Cypriot cuisine, and some of whom do not exist in mainland Turkish and Greek cuisines, include Molehiya, Enginar Dolmasi, Kolokas, Bullez, Çiçek Dolmasi, Magarina-Bulli, Pilav, Bulgur Köftesi, Mucendra, Hummus Çorbasi, Hellimli and Pirohu, etc..
Of course, traditional European restaurants exist too, from the basic fish and chips providers up to expensive haute cuisine. More recently, Indian curry houses have been opening and there are some good Chinese and Thai restaurants also.
For those self-catering, food of many types and nationalities can be found in the many supermarkets. Even pork cuts can now be found from specialist retailers.
Locally produced Raki, which is the national drink of the Turks (similar to Ouzo which is the national drink of the Greeks, as they both have a strong aniseed flavor, but with different proportions) and all internationally imported varieties. Imported wines from South Africa, Chile, Australia and Argentina are widely available and are fairly reliable and good value. A local lager brand named Efes is ubiquitous, as are some bland European brands such as Carling and Heineken. English ales and Guinness are rare but can sometimes be found.
All universities in Northern Cyprus are private.
There are five Northern Cypriot universities holding over 40,000 students:
Near East University (Yakin Dogu Üniversitesi)
Eastern Mediterranean University (Dogu Akdeniz Üniversitesi)
Cyprus International University (Uluslararasi Kibns Üniversitesi)
European University of Lefke (Lefke Avrupa Üniversitesi)
Girne American University (Girne Amerikan Üniversitesi)
There is also a campus of Middle East Technical University. Istanbul Technical University is also planning to open a campus in Northern Cyprus.
Atatürk Teacher Academy and Police Academy provide vocational education in related subjects.
Working is forbidden to anybody not in possession of a permit, which is not easily obtainable for visitors.
The electricity is 240volt and the UK style 3 rectangular pinned plugs and sockets are used. Be warned that power cuts are fairly frequent and that the proper voltage is frequently over- or under-shot, which can be damaging to anything plugged in.
There are many Gymnasiums situated in in the main cities such as Nicosia, Famagusta and Kyrenia. Only drink bottled water. The tap water is ok if boiled.
Northern Cyprus is a relatively safe place, as tourists do not have to worry much about crime. In Kyrenia, British retirees often speak of how safe they feel there, and that they can walk down dark streets at any time of night and feel safe.
Although 99% Turkish Cypriots are Sunni Muslims, the vast majority of Turkish Cypriots are overwhelmingly secular. Unlike mainland Turks and Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots are not conservative and many do not actually practice the religion. For example, alcohol is frequently consumed by Turkish Cypriots and women dress casually (Headscarves and veils are very rare and are limited to very few deeply religious women and some elderly women). Religion only plays a limited role within the community, for example, with the circumcision of Turkish Cypriot boys at a young age due to religious reasons, as well as with funerals, and occasionally religious weddings by an imam, which is symbolic, as only civil weddings are recognized by the strictly secular Turkish Cypriot state.
However secular and liberal the Turkish Cypriots are on religion, it is extremely rude to insult or mock some of its traditions, and ensure that you do not speak badly of the Islamic religion. In regard to the Call to Prayer, which is read 3 times a day from the speakers of mosques throughout North Cyprus. Do not mock or mimic these calls, as Turkish Cypriots will be very offended.
It is best to avoid discussion of the various merits of the Greek-Turkish divide and the violent events beginning in 1963 to 1974, with the end result being the partition of the northern and eastern 40% of the island, as the vast majority of Turkish Cypriots are very nationalistic and sensitive on this issue. The North Cypriots generally feel they have been misunderstood and that the global public has bought into the Greek version of the story without listening to the other party.
Openly denigrating or insulting symbols of the state, especially the flag or Kemal Atatürk are liable to cause deep offense and possibly result in charges.
One should also show respect in approaching people of the opposite sex or be mindful of any gestures which are regarded as very offensive, such as staring and addressing the locals in a loud voice (because it is regarded as condescending).
Gay and lesbian travelers:
Homosexuality, long officially banned, was legalized in 2009, but same-sex relationships are not recognized by the government and open displays of affection are very likely to draw stares and whispers. Nevertheless North Cyprus is considered to be safe for gay and lesbian travelers, and violence against homosexuals is unheard of.
International calls are routed to Northern Cyprus via the Turkish area code 392. When dialing from Turkey, the usual domestic format of 0 + 392 + 7-digit local number is used. When calling from other countries +90 + 392 + 7-digit local number is used.
On the other hand, calls from (southern Greek part of) Cyprus can be made by dialing the 0 + 139 + 7-digit local number format which charges at local rates as well as the international +90 + 392 + 7-digit local number format which charges at international rates.
The two local mobile phone networks will allow you to make and accept international and local calls on your mobile phones, however the connections are expensive. Far better to buy a local pay-as-you-go SIM-card from either TelSim (Vodafone) or Turkcell which offer the usual facilities at much cheaper rates. Be aware that mobile phones with Greek Cypriot SIM cards will not work in Northern Cyprus as there is no agreement between the companies (CYTA and MTN) and the Turkish operators. Similarly, your SIM card purchased for use in North Cyprus will not work south of the border.
Old Kyrenia Harbour:
It is undoubtedly one of the most enchanting sites of the oriental Mediterranean. The marina is surrounded by old Venetian houses, restaurants and taverns. It attracts numerous colourful fishing boats as well as elegant yachts. Girne was founded by the Myceneans towards 1600 BC.
Places to visit include Kyrenia Castle, Panagia Chrysopolitissa Church, The Shipwrick Museum and there are three Magnificent Castles. Bellapais ancient monastery, which consists of picturesque ruins with great Gothic arches and towering stone walls.
More information can be found at this web site: http://www.todaytourism.com/travel-guides/Northern_Cyprus-travel-guide.html
The village of Esentepe, has shops, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, a petrol station and a patisserie and a very friendly, village feel. The area surrounding Esentepe has also been marked by the Government as an area of development which means that a lot of public and private money has been invested into the area to improve infrastructure, such as roads, water pipes, electricity cables, etc.
Combined with the natural beauty of the surrounding pine and Cypress tree forests, olive groves and carob trees, and its close proximity to stunning beaches, is helping to rate the area as one of the most soughtafter in North Cyprus.
Korineum Golf and Country Club
Just a 10 minute drive from the villa is the Korineum Golf and Country Club - an 18 hole, international standard golf course designed by Arne Van Amerongen which also features an additional 3 training holes. The Golf and Country Club has a private club house, public restaurant, bar and hotel facilities. The golf course, is without doubt, one of the most stunning courses in the entire Mediterranean region because it offers both dramatic views of the coastline as well as the Besparmak mountain range. On Sundays, they offer a buffet brunch from 11:30 - 15:00 that is worthwhile trying. The charge is about 15 GBP per person, and the good value for the money is evident from the presence of the local population going there for celebrations and such with the whole family.
A 10 minute drive away is the famous Alagadi (turtle) beach where Loggerhead and Green turtles lay their nests, which is the location of the Marine Turtle Conservation Project, a group of volunteers who monitor and assist with nesting. It is possible to watch nest excavations that may be taking place and also to find out about overnight camping on the beach to monitor the turtles as they come in to lay their eggs. Our website has more details. The beach is a popular bathing spot and has a restaurant, showers and is also a base for the North Cyprus Scuba Diving club.
With its great dive sites, lack of tide and one of the longest dive seasons in the world (April until Christmas), scuba diving in North Cyprus is a 'must do, activity. There are a number of places to learn or hire equipment, but the one we recommend is the North Cyprus Scuba Centre based at Alagadi Beach.
There are many boats in Kyrenia harbour offering daily boat trips and evening sunset sails. They all essentially offer the same service, either a days sailing with stops for swimming and snorkelling and lunch, or an evening cruise to watch the sunset over dinner.
The old coastal main road
The new main road was opened in the 90ties, and since then the old main road is left pretty much unused for transportation. It runs along the shore past the Esentepe area, and is perfect for biking or walking. You can drive on it if necessary, but biking or walking is more fun. It will take you past many nice locations and interesting geological formations. It can be accessed from the new main road on many locations. From Sunset Valley the closest access point is just across the new main road by going through the developments located there.
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30 Oct 2013
"Great value for the money - no need to look further - spoil yourself for a fair price!"
Renting in TRNC generally gives us good value for the money compared to other places in the Mediterranean area. We knew that. But this place is something else. In fact the Sunset Valley development is something else. And this villa is top notch in this development, with almost certainly the best placement, the largest plot, the biggest pool, the best view, the most privacy.
If you are looking for an urban vacation, this is not the place to go. This is the good life in the countryside.
We wanted piece and quite, privacy and proximity to the nature. That we did get plentiful! Nature is just over the wall, so you are in hiking mode in less than 30 meters from the doorstep. Walking paths and little roads are there in sufficient amounts to last a few weeks without needing the car at all.
For a cooler walk along the seaside, or biking for that matter, the old coastal main road is right there by the beach, extending miles and miles in each direction. Perfect for biking along the shore to explore and find those nice bays. The sea temperature was just right for bading, like the Mediterranean is in the fall. Water is very clear, so the visibility is great. We found a great place to bath in the West end of the Crystal Bay. It can be seen from the terrace, a natural sea water pool is protected from the waves coming in and is warmed by the sun during the day.
The garden is new, but coming along great. Very soon it will allow for wandering about enjoying all the pretty plants and flowers, pick some fruit from the trees and generally enjoy life. I counted at least 10 or 12 different fruit trees. The oranges were not quite ripe yet, but we were there just in time for the harvest of the carob fruits. Imagine picking chocolate right off the tree, cool!
This time of year the pool is a bit cool for spending those lazy times in it, but it is large enough to exercise with its 12 m length. I enjoyed the fact that no chlorine smell could be noticed, an indication of water being held very clean.
Inside the owners have managed to create a friendly atmosphere with their good taste and color choice. So you instantly feel at home. It has everything you need for house appliances; with a chef it would be perfect! We came after several improvements had been done to optimize the experience of the guests, these were based on feedback collected during the summer. It is obvious that the owners go a long way to make sure the guests are comfortable during their stay.
I started getting up at sunrise to watch the break of dawn, very pretty. And the sunset - how beautiful! Every evening. Often we could see the Turkey mainland in the horizon.
So I recon we will be back next year. No need to look further and there is plenty to explore in this rather unspoiled area. And the owners give you that special care and support, like it.
25 Oct 2013
"14 days in the sun"
Very sunny and temperatures up to 30C, very nice stay. A very nice view and terrain. Wonderful swimmingpool.
4 Sep 2013
"Fantastic villa which highly exceeded our expectation - highly recommended."
We have visited Sunset Valley before, and were a little concerned that our return visit wouldn't be as good. How wrong we were! This villa is very large and airy with everything you need for a … More
16 Jul 2013
"Excellent! Beautiful surrounding, fantastic villa, amazing pool. Loved it."
We stayed in early to mid July and the villa was more than we had expected despite staying at Sunset Valley for the last 6 years - so these villas are not new to us. However, this one has the edge as it is set in 2 plots. The villa sits in one and the pool sits in another. It is just beautiful. The villa has everything you could possibly want and need. The bedrooms are quite large which in that heat allows for more circulation of the air. The pool is fantastic and even though there were 5 of us there - all adults - there was plenty of room to float about on a lilo while the others swam and messed about. The pictures on the website don't do this villa any justice. We will be back and we will bring some more of our family and friends. We would strongly recommend for anyone to stay here.
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