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Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 11
Villa Serendipity is ideally situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the spectacular Besparmark Mountains. It is set in a tranquil location in the outskirts of Lapta Village, yet just 5 mins drive from beaches, shops, restaurants and a popular water park.
The villa is split into two levels. Upstairs there is a large fully fitted kitchen / dining area which leads out on to a terrace with further dining facilities, overlooking the swimming pool, with the mountains in the background There are three double bedrooms (two double and one twin) all with built in wardrobes and air conditioning. The master bedroom has an en suite shower room and there is a family bathroom with shower. Doors from the master bedroom open on to the back terrace over looking the pool. The sitting room leads out to a further terrace at the front of the house, with sea views.
Downstairs is a large dining area with a table that will seat ten, another fully equipped kitchen, shower room and a family suite comprising an air conditioned double bedded room with a connecting room with twin beds and a cot.
The villa is set in a beautiful established garden hosting a profuse variety of Mediterranean flora with various seating areas around the swimming pool, including a furnished summer house. A large shady BBQ area with a bar and stone table provide a perfect setting for al fresco eating. Lights in and around the pool create a wonderful relaxing ambiance at night.
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lapta beach 1 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ercan 29 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|Pool||Private outdoor pool (unheated)|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (3), Single beds (4), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
Two mobile telephones to enable easy communication between group members.
Two Portable Floor Standing Fans.
IPod/IPhone Docking Station.
USB Internet Access Dongle for use with clients P.C
Travel Cot in addition to the two cots.
In addition to the normal kitchen utilities there is an American style fridge/freezer with ICE making facility and an integral electric griddle for those of you who enjoy their food cooked " a la planche".
|Further details outdoors|
The gardens around the villa are fully landscaped with an array of trees, plants, flowers and shrubs.
The gated access and fully enclosed garden makes the villa safe for children.
First floor living area and terraces are gated for the safety of young children.
Pool side loungers, sun umbrellas, drinks tables and dining table and chairs
Garden and pool lighting for evening ambiance.
The access to the upper level of the Villa is by a number of steps and consequently may not be suitable for some people with restricted mobility.
The rental includes electricity up to 250 units per week [in the unlikely event that this level is exceeded any excess will be charged at unit cost and deducted from the security deposit], gas, water, all bed linen and bath towels, but we do ask you to provide your own beach towels. The deposit to secure the booking is one third of the rental and the balance is due 8 weeks before departure plus a security deposit of £250 held against damage or breakages.
Bed linen and towels are changed weekly
The villa is looked after locally by a Management Agency who will provide a welcome pack and visit you on either the day or day after your arrival to make sure you have settled in. Further visits can be arranged if you wish, or they can be contacted by phone.
Air conditioning units should only be used when inside the villa and when all doors and windows are closed. It only takes a few minutes for the air conditioning to take effect.
About this location
The Kyrenia District
North Cyprus enjoys a typical Eastern Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and short mild winters. The Northern coastline, which borders the Girne (Kyrenia) mountain range, is accepted as one of the most beautiful areas in the world in which to live also host to the Caretta-Caretta and the Green Turtles.
The natural beauty of the island, the lovely climate, the warmth and generosity of the Turkish Cypriot peoples and the abundant selection of fresh foods make North Cyprus an unspoilt and non-commercialised haven. There is virtually no crime to speak of, and this country is reminiscent of UK standards long lost, where hospitality, politeness and the general enjoyment of life are the daily norm.
The Turkish Republic of North Cyprus comprises an area of 3,355 square miles and encompasses the Northern part of the island, which is the third largest in the Mediterranean. It is situated at the cross-roads of east-west and North-south navigational routes, is only 70 kilometres south of Turkey and 385 kilometres North of Egypt.
BELLAPAIS ABBEY: The present day name is the corrupt form of the Abbaye de la Paix' or the Abbey of Peace. The building is regarded as a masterpiece of Gothic art, and the most beautiful Gothic building in the Near East . The first monks who were known to have settled here were Augustinians who had to flee from Jerusalem when the city fell to Selahaddin Eyyubi in 1187. It is known that the original construction was built between 1198-1205, and a large part of the present day complex was constructed during the rule of French King Hugh III (1267-1284). The cloisters and the refectory were built during the reign of Hugh IV (1324-1359). Following the Ottoman conquest the monks were turned out and the building was given to the Greek Orthodox Church. The monastery begins with a gate, whose tower is a kater addition, and a forecourt. The church which is situated on one side of the courtyard is the best preserved part of the monument and dates from the 13th century.
SAINT HILARION CASTLE: The castle is named after St. Hilarion, a hermit monk who fled from persecution in the Holy Land and lived and died in a cave on the mountain. Later in the 10th century the Byzantines built a church and monastery here. Along with Kantara and Buffavento, St. Hilarion Castle was originally built as a watch tower to give warning of approaching Arab pirates who launched a continuous series of raids on Cyprus and the coasts of Anatolia from the 7th to the 10th centuries. Some 400 years after it was first built, the castle became a place of refuge and also a summer residence for the Lusignans. When the Venetians captured Cyprus 1489, they relied on Kyrenia, Nicosia and Famagusta for the defense of the island and St. Hilarion was neglected and fell into oblivion. However, the ruins have survived to the present day.
Lapta is a beautiful sprawling village that has several restaurants, bars and tavernas to suit all tastes. The coast road is approx a 10 minute walking distance of the villa and gives access to many beaches, local Cypriot shops and supermarkets.
Just a five minute drive from the villa is Sunset Beach which offers a range of water sport activities.
There is also an Aquapark in Lapta, which is ideal for children of all ages, and has good facilities.
ESCAPE BEACH is located about 1 mile to the east of Lapta, just before the sloping concrete monument towards Kyrenia. It is adjacent to the Altinkaya fish restaurant. The sandy beach is well protected and ideal for tiny tots. Toilets and showers are available, and there is a bar and restaurant.
Water sports are available on some beaches, in particular at Deniz Kizi, where they offer a wide range of water sports with professional tuition and supervision.
In general, the beaches associated with hotels are kept clean and provide facilities such as toilets, deck chairs, parasols, bars and restaurants. Entrance fees vary.
Local buses (Dolmus) run from Karsiyaka to Kyrenia and are very reasonably priced. They will pick you up and drop you off anywhere along the coast road. But, if you wish to see more of the delights of Northern Cyprus, hiring a car is recommended, and can be arranged. This will enable you to go further afield to visit some of the most beautiful monuments, castles and other historical sites, all within half a day's drive or less from the villa.
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10 Aug 2014
"Sun, peace and relaxation"
A week of complete relaxation.
Breakfast in the cool shade of the pool side dining area. The day spent lying in the sun around the pool. Evening meals prepared at the built in barbecue or taken at one of several friendly local restaurants. It doesn't get any better. Property is like a home away from home and has plenty of space for each couple to choose their own secluded shady spot or terrace, all with lovely flowers and planting. Outdoors and pool romantically lit in the evening -Bliss!
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28 Jul 2014
"Excellent accommodation, gardens and pool in quiet location."
Need a car for shopping and eating out but good facilities for eating at home, particularly b-b-q for al fresco dining in really peaceful and attractive surroundings.
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9 May 2014
"A lovely family villa - with fantastic outdoor pool, BBQ, summer house and dining areas"
We stayed at Serendipity for a fortnight - it is a spacious, very well equipped family villa - absolutely perfect for our party of two families. The outdoor space is absolutely wonderful, we ate break… More
12 Apr 2014
We (extended family of six – four adults, two kids 8 and 12) had a fantastic stay in the villa which is large, comfortable, well equipped and air conditioned. The outside area and pool are gorgeous. The pool is well maintained and very clean. We spent most of every day lounging beside the pool with a beer in hand which was very relaxing.
There's not a lot (nothing basically) within walking distance but if you haven't got a hire car then taxis are easy to get and there are local buses (generally plain transit vans) buzzing around – just waive them down.
Evenings were either spent in the local restaurants (Silver Rocks, Punjab, Veni Vici and The Cabin which was particularly good) or at Kyrenia Harbour. Kyrenia is well worth the effort as the harbour area is very pleasant. There are loads of great restaurants and plenty of things to see and do. Ibo taxis +90 (533) 851 4936 is reliable and reasonably cheap.
The water park in Lapta was a hit with the kids and the food on the Sunday market cooked by local women was surprisingly good.
All in all, a great holiday in a lovely location at an excellent villa. What more could you want.
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