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Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 7
A Zamani, meaning “from a long time ago”is a truly magnificent villa in a quiet location in the picturesque village of Karmi. The local pub, café and restaurant are within a 2 minute walk.. The villa offers spectacular views to the seas and mountain range.
This spacious property has 3 beautiful sea facing bedrooms with a total of 6 balconies, 4 bathrooms, large study/TV room, fully equipped bar and fabulous kitchen. The secluded pool are has an additional shower room while the large roof terrace offers unrivalled 360° panoramic views
The house has stunning views of the Mediterranean below and the mountains behind, and one can see the Karpas stretching to the east and occasionally the mountains of Turkey from its numerous balconies and extensive roof terrace.
This architecturally designed villa has recently been completed with no expense spared and tastefully furnished and decorated with many pieces collected by the owners from their international travels.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kervansaray 2 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ercan 30 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms, 2 En suites and 1 Shower rooms, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
The impressive entrance, through the carved Zanzibari door, leads to an elegant and spacious hall, with curved staircase and chandelier, and yellow stone arches to living room, bar, dining room and fabulous, fully-equipped kitchen with adjoining utility room. The TV room/study and 4th bathroom are all accessed from the hall. All living/bedroom areas enjoy direct access onto the spacious balconies that surround the house.
The open-plan interior maximises natural light and cross-ventilation. Additionally, the house boasts no less than 10 large ceiling fans in living, dining, kitchen, study/TV room bedrooms and dressing room, plus air-conditioners in the 3 bedrooms and TV room. All windows and balcony doors are fitted with easily adjustable louvered shutters to keep the house cool in summer.
The upstairs landing leads to 3 double bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (2 en suite) and access to the southern veranda and outside steps up to the enormous roof terrace.
The master bedroom has a magnificent super-king Swahili four-poster bed and a choice of three balconies with views to the sea and mountains. Through an archway, the dressing room includes a 6ft x 3ft Swahili day bed (also suitable to sleep a child), mirrored wardrobes and dressing table. The large en suite bathroom, comprising of separate bath, glass shower cubicle, toilet, bidet and vanity unit with wash basin, has an open plan option with louvered shutters to the bedroom area.
The second bedroom has twin 3ft beds, two French windows to a large "Mediterranean" balcony and "sunset" picture window, fitted wardrobes with dressing table. The separate bathroom (also convenient for communal use from roof terrace) has a glass shower cubicle, vanity unit with wash basin and toilet.
Bedroom 3 has a 5 ft double bed, fitted wardrobes incorporating dressing table and two balconies facing Mediterranean and sunset. The en suite bathroom has a similar open-plan option to the master bedroom and comprises a large shower, vanity unit with wash basin, toilet, bidet and a mini bath.
All floor levels, including the pool terrace, enjoy uninterrupted views and, in summer months, you can watch the sun rise out of and set into the sea.
|Further details outdoors|
The private garden includes a large undeveloped ravine, a small walled orchard of lemon, orange, fig and almond trees and well maintained areas of Palms, Cacti and Bougainvillea among the giant rocks.
Steps from the living room veranda lead down to the pool area, facing the sea, and the 5th bathroom. The 1st floor landing opens onto the Southern veranda with views of the mountain and village with stairs to the roof terrace – an alternative sunbathing location, dramatic sundowner venue and spectacular for stargazing by night.
The property is not suitable for children aged 5 years and under.
No more than 6 adults per party.
Beach / pool towels are not supplied.
Check in: Not before 4pm (unless otherwise agreed)
Check out: 10 am (unless otherwise agreed)
About this location
The Kyrenia District
Overlooked by the Gothic St. Hilarion Castle and set deep in the mountainside is the picturesque village of Karmi inhabited mostly by British and German expatriates. Cooled in summer by a light breeze, this lovingly restored village is a refuge of peace and genuine charm.
With lovely views of the northern coastline from every corner, the relaxed and informal style of Karmi will not fail to enchant the visitor. With its own village pub, a small selection of local bistros, and a nearby handicraft shop, this region will appeal to anyone seeking tranquillity.
Karmi is 15 mins from Kyrenia resort centre.
Karmi is 45 mins from Ercan Airport.
Karmi is 1 hr and 25 mins from Larnaca Airport.
Karmi Centre few minutes walk
Nearest Restaurant few minutes walk
Nearest Bar few minutes walk
Nearest Beach 7 minutes drive
Nearest Mini/Supermarket 5 minutes drive
Northern Cyprus is still relatively undeveloped for a Mediterranean island and there are many beautiful and historic places to see and explore. There are ancient ruins at Salamis, Soli and Vouni, mountain top crusader castles at St. Hilarion, Buffavento and Kantara, the old town and boat museum in Girne (Kyrenia) as well as the old towns of Lefkosa (Nicosia) and Gazi Magusa (Famagusta). Belapais Abbey, a 14th century monastery, sits fabulously on the cliff edge overlooking Karaman and is also a must on any visit.
The beaches and scenery along the Karpaz, or "panhandle" are spectacular and the drive all the way to St. Andreas' monastery, almost at the tip of the island, is well worth it. Many of the beaches are for turtles and early risers can join volunteer groups who clean the beaches, ensure the eggs hatch and the baby turtles make it to the sea. The sea is crystal clear and offers excellent swimming and snorkelling.
From Karaman, several walks are possible. For the more energetic, Ilgaz is about 5 kilometers away to the west and Zeytinlik is about the same to the east. There are also tough trails up the mountains and along to St. Hilarion Castle, through the pine forest. For the less adventurous there is always the option of a walk around the village with a stop at the local pub!
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3 Sep 2013
"A wonderful holiday experienc"
We have just returned home after two weeks at Villa Zamani. The villa is spacious and has everything you need for an enjoyable stay. The kitchen was well equipped and the welcome pack very generous. A… More
2 Sep 2013
"Peace in a White Castle"
We know previous reviews have said how big this villa is , but it was like arriving at a gleaming White Castle. The villa is huge, incredibly well stocked, fabulous welcome pack, incredibly clean with… More
1 Aug 2013
"A luxury home with all you need for a great holiday."
We stayed for two weeks. All the contacts with the owner were handled quickly. When we arrived we were extremely pleased with what we found. The decoration and upkeep was of a very high standard. The 'welcome pack' was excellent, several bottles of beer, some cans and two bottles of wine plus milk, bread, butter etc, all you'd need for the first breakfast. Plus there were lots of condiments , sauces, herbs and spices. This meant the shopping and cooking was easy.
The rooms are airy and spacious and very well kept and furnished. The huge living area was great plus the kitchen was large. The outside areas were also great. Every room had balcony access. The pool area was good and, most importantly there were fantastic views northwards over Kyrenia and east and west along the coast and the Kyrenia hills which formed the backdrop to the village.
There poolside loungers were good, only four though, and there was one parasol. The pool was in the sun all day and shade might be a consideration for some visitors.
No buildings overlooked the property to any extent, except at the front, so there was privacy and the views over the tree tops and a few rooftops.
The low level negatives are 1) the illumination in the lounge was rather dim. We found it difficult to read in there in the evenings and 2) if there were more towels it would match what is provided in many Florida rentals.
We had a great time and would thoroughly recommend the villa for people who do not want to be right in town with all the noise and bustle. It is not a basic rental which cuts corners to make money.
11 Jul 2013
"The loveliest villa in Karmi"
We have stayed in Karmi for a number of years but this was our first time in Villa Zamani, what a treasure it is. From the first minute of pulling up outside the villa looked fantastic just like a castle. When we stepped in the well chosen furnishings and pictures were shown off by the streaming light from the windows it was like a top class hotel but with real homely feel. Everything had been thought of and the villa is well equipped with all the necessary kitchen equipment, there were even spices and herbs to use and a wonderful welcome pack of wine, bread, butter cheese and cooked meats. Then we stepped out onto one of the many balconies and the view was breathtaking the pool, the mountains and the sea, we spent many hours sitting drinking wine watching that view. We loved it and will be booking again for next year. The pool was a great benefit in the heat of mid june and there are not many in the village of Karmi, it was also a safe depth for us as not great swimmers. Karmi is a pretty village and has a real community feel and strangers are welcomed as new friends in the bars and restaurant.
23 Jun 2013
"Zamani, perfect in every way."
We arrived late at night but knew before we even entered the villa that we had made the right choice. Zamani is not your average holiday let but a very beautiful home which we were so happy to have had the chance to stay in. Your every need has been taken care of and more, and we spent many hours just sitting on the terrace and never tiring of the amazing views, most evenings we had the company of "Olly" the owl (as we named him) The smell of melissa was heavenly, such a peaceful haven for us and if that's what you need then Zamani and Karmi are for you. Even though the villa is so spacious we never felt lost in it as it is beautifully furnished and is really homely. We were very sad to leave and hope to return, our best holiday yet,
A special thanks for all your help in making this a very special holiday.
5 Mar 2013
"Wonderful accommodation with Superb Views"
Beautifully appointed with lovely swimming pool. You need transport and there are plenty of beaches and places of interest to visit. Not suitable for small children.
29 Aug 2012
"Breathtaking views in superb location"
The perfect villa to unwind after a busy year. The village of Karmi is beautiful - quiet, quaint, picturesque and extremely interesting. The views from the villa are spectacular - difficult to read with the surrounding visual feast to distract you! The villa is well appointed and we appreciated the comfort and quality of the beds. Lots of space for everyone - we had everything we needed. The pool was used daily and a great hit. with us all Karmi may not be for everyone but if you want stunning countryside, fabulous wildlife, walks from the door and a slow pace of life, it's the perfect place. We hope to return and would not hesitate to recommend Zamani to friends and colleagues.
10 Aug 2012
"Villa Zamani - splendoured thing !"
We were pleasantly surprised that this villa is far grander than the photos online suggest. It is enormous- we even had a large dressing room with our main bedroom. Fixtures and fitting were of a very high standard. The views surpass those in any of the multitude of villas we have previously rented. They are truly amazing and 360 degrees!! Being so high near the mountain there were extra breezes which were welcome. It was also cloudier than the coast, though we really enjoyed this respite from the relentless July sun. There was a village shop, pub ( Crow's Nest) and an excellent restaurant (Levant) within two mins walk . Any further selection of services would require a car. The village is beautiful and reputedly one of the prettiest in Northern Cyprus.
5 Jul 2012
Zamani is a beautifully designed and thoughtfully furnished villa that we enjoyed immensely. It is also very welcoming and homely - we felt as if we were staying in a friend's house rather than a holiday home. The accommodation is very spacious and well appointed and the views just stunning. We didn't want to leave and hope very much that we will be able to stay again. Thank you for sharing such a gem of a place. We would certainly recommend it to anyone who will treat it with respect.
29 Jun 2012
"Fantastic place, wow"
We arrived and thought the taxi driver had brought us to the wrong place the villa looks so grand from the outside the photographs on the internet dont do it justice.We were not disappointed when we opened the door,we had are breath taken away.The villa is very well equipped with breathtaking views.We fell in love with Karmi we always visit the village when on holiday but never stayed there before we've found are piece of heaven in Zamani and Karmi so much so we have booked again for September.Cant wait to go back.
Kevin & Michelle Bristol
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