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Late afternoon, height of summer, Jacaranda tree in full bloom, rear garden & pool
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Late afternoon, height of summer, Jacaranda tree in full bloom, rear garden & pool
House showing front terrace and lower side terrace, looking from the other side of the ravine. View from twin room and front terrace down to the coast below
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Late afternoon, height of summer, Jacaranda tree in full bloom, rear garden & pool
House showing front terrace and lower side terrace, looking from the other side of the ravine.
View from twin room and front terrace down to the coast below
Pool and orange tree in December
Pool and BBQ in Spring
Living room with French doors to garden and pool
Kyrenia (Girne) Harbour
Stunning beach on the Karpas, not a person in sight
Kyrenia Harbour, 10 mins drive from Villa
Backgammon under pergola by the pool, Jacaranda tree and flowers
New Kitchen Breakfast room May 2017
Relaxed Breakfast sitting with views across the Mediterranean towards Turkey
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3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Bellapais, Kyrenia District

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44Sas30
Burntisland, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“perfect for a family holiday”
Reviewed 21 July 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We have just had a fabulous 2 weeks in Villa Ravine and it was without doubt one of the best holiday rental experience we've ever had. Rod was very helpful and informative from our first contact which helped make the decision to book it. He organised a pick up to and from Larnaca airport and car hire with a local firm for our stay-all very reasonably priced and hassle free. The villa itself was perfect for us-clean and welcoming but very comfortable and homely feeling. The master bed is very comfy and the mosquito nets and air-con make for a good restful night's sleep. The various terraces offer sun and shade to suit everyone at most times of day, with fabulous views to the coast from the front and side terraces. The pool is perfect-and the various trees around it provide welcome shady bits during the day. It has a very small shallow end, quickly becoming quite deep which helped it stay pleasantly cool during the July heat. The town of Bellapais itself has everything you need, various cafés and restaurants, a few gift shops and a small village shop which stocks most things but it is only a few minutes drive to Kyrenia for supermarkets and more restaurants/shops should you want more choice. We rather liked escaping the hubbub of Kyrenia for the peace and quiet of Bellapais. Although there is no wifi in the villa itself, you can pick it up either in the cafes 2 minutes away or even from the benches in front of them-a regular haunt for our 2 teenagers! Although this is not a luxury villa, it is a lovely, comfortable home with spectacular outside spaces and swimming pool and very helpful, friendly owners who work hard to make sure your stay is a good one. We are already hoping to return in the not too distant future..

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Liked best: The swimming pool and terraces
Travelling group: Teenagers
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SWigley20...
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
“Relaxing holiday; great location; superb value for money”
Reviewed 21 October 2013 for a stay in July 2013

A wonderful villa in a convenient location with a beautiful view. This was by far the easiest and best value holiday we have ever booked independently. Rod reassuringly contacted us immediately after our first enquiry, regarding the availability of the villa; supplying us with all the relevant information and more. He was always available and ready to help and advise from that first enquiry through to our time spent in Villa Ravine. Taxi transfers to and from Larnaca airport plus car hire were again initiated by Rod, ensuring no problems and a hassle free holiday! The notes/additional information supplied both prior to leaving home and within the villa on arrival were also invaluable. We had a thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable 2 weeks - no mean feat travelling with a 13 year old son and 16 year old daughter - and would not hesitate to return. We all fell in love with Villa Ravine and Bellapais, as well as Northern Cyprus and its people.

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Liked best: Location & pool
Liked least: No bottled water was available in villa on arrival (hot and late at night)
Travelling group: Teenagers
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Pontypridd
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4 reviews
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“Perfect place for a peaceful holiday”
Reviewed 10 October 2013 for a stay in September 2013
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This was our 2nd stay in Villa Ravine and our 11th in the village of Bellapais. For us, it's the ideal location and we never tire of the place.
The village is steeped in history, and best of all it's a living, working community and not a manufactured tourist confection. The beautiful Augustinian Abbey certainly brings in the day trippers, but for the most part the coffee shops are peopled by the villagers gossiping and playing backgammon. The narrow, curved and (very) steep streets were made for donkey and cart not cars. You can drive up as far as Bitter Lemons, the house owned by writer Lawrence Durrell from 1953-1956, but it takes nerves of steel and practice to get up, turn round and get back down again. The walls on many of the hairpin corners bear the marks of those who tried - and didn't quite judge it right. And yes, some of our paintwork adorns one of them. If you've not read Durrell's book, "Bitter Lemons of Cyprus", it's worth taking a look. His description of Kyrenia's Dome Hotel never fails to make me smile.
For eating out in the village we'd recommend Bella Moon, a small family-run restaurant. Booking ahead is advised. Everything is freshly cooked in front of you by Hassan. He's 70 next year but watching him at work on the giant barbeque is like an orchestral maestro at his peak. His daughter is co-chef and makes the meze that precedes the main course. She also makes fantastic cakes, and if you fancy afternoon tea (or something stronger) with home-made cake in a pretty courtyard under a lemon tree, look no further. At night her husband Adil provides a free taxi service to get you home safely.
Kyrenia harbour is stunning and if you like fish, the Set Fish restaurant in a converted carob house is our favourite. A typical meal for two with a couple of beers and glasses of wine is £30. Yes, you can eat more cheaply in a back street with no view, but if ambience matters this is the place. Also worth a visit for the most magnificent courtyard dating back to Byzantine and Venetian days is the Set Italian (same owner). It's another family-run concern and all the staff in both are delightful.
Villa Ravine is spacious and comfortable, with a big kitchen and all the equipment you need to self-cater if you'd prefer to stay at home. You can cook inside or out, and sit on the front terrace looking down to the sea, or by the swimming pool at the back. Lemar supermarket is about 5 minutes drive and has a good butcher/bakery. For daily bits and pieces, the village supermarket has just about everything and Oscan the owner speaks excellent English. He was Bellapais' first Mukhtar after partition in 1974. Both he and Refet, who owns the coffee shop next to the Abbey, led many to safety across the mountains during those troubled times. He's worth talking to if you're keen to learn more.
Back at the villa: there's a plentiful supply of good quality bed linen and towels and the bed is blissfully comfortable. It's a joy lying back in the morning with a glass of fresh orange juice, the shutters and windows open, looking down to a sparkling blue sea. Fatima who makes up the beds prior to your arrival is a gem. She brought us hot home-baked sesame rolls every Sunday. She doesn't speak English and I don't speak Turkish, but we get by. From her I learned that the barking dog referred to by an earlier reviewer (though it didn't bother us one bit last year) has gone. The couple now have twins. Fatima's mime of twins was far superior to mine of a barking dog but we got there in the end. There's a comprehensive information pack in the house, and if you need anything else, the owners Rod and Joanne couldn't be more helpful. Their description of the house and the photos are 100% accurate.
Arranging a pick-up from Larnaca airport is easy through Bellapais Car Rentals, and we have used them for our hire car for years. They are another local company and the owners live in the village. Their drivers know where Villa Ravine is and they'll take you straight to it. Most of the bookings are handled by Sue who is English and has lived out there for 7 years, so communication is never a problem. Parking (again, an earlier review complained about this) is perfectly simple. You park in the flat, spacious Abbey car park a few yards from Villa Ravine and talk to the attendant. His English, like our Turkish is limited to a couple of words but a smile and hand signals is really all you need. A pencil and paper might help to check that your figures tally, but we managed with a dusty windscreen. We paid 40TL for 21 days which was 60p per day. He always kept us a slot even during the busiest times day or evening. If you learn the Turkish for hello and thank you, you'll have no problem at all.
Finally, please don't request a September 2014 slot for this villa because we want it again. 3 weeks went far too quickly so next year we've decided to go for 4. We can, however, highly recommend April/May/June/October.

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Liked best: It's all good
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Pontypridd
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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Reviewed 16 January 2013 for a stay in September 2012
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Liked best: Location. Very friendly and helpful owners.
Liked least: All good
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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gibson
sheffield UK
Level 6 Contributor
137 reviews
42 hotel reviews
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“Lovely villa. Parking problems can be an issue however!”
Reviewed 5 August 2012 for a stay in June 2012

We enjoyed our stay at this property, it is quite spacious and well equipped. The pool is of decent size and cool enough in June to make swimming always refreshing. Perhaps the taller trees could do with a trim to lessen the amount of debris falling in the pool and allow more sun to hit the sun bathing area. The only drawbacks we could find ( not that we went looking for them ) were the neighbours whose property overlooks the pool; they left their poor dog out on the balcony all day every day and it`s lonely cries were pitiful. The other problem we had was regarding parking the hire car. The lady from Bellapais car rentals agreed ( or so we were lead to believe ) a total price with the attendant at abbey car park for us to park for the duration of our hire period. We paid this at the start of our hire period and for 8 days things were fine. On the final day, however, we returned to the car park in the afternoon to find a different attendant. He asked for more money. We explained about the agreement but he still didn`t seem happy. We parked up and started to walk to the villa and the attendant was waiting ( where a screen was placed due to some repairs to a house ). My partner had walked ahead and I didn`t realise he had again demanded more money from her. I followed a few minutes later carrying several bags and a water container. He demanded money and I again told him of the arrangement the lady from Bellapais Car Rental had made for us. I tried to walk on but he then assaulted me ( very firm prod in the chest ).Deciding this had gone too far I gave him the money and walked to the villa. I reported this to the car hire company and to the owners but so far no satisfactory explanation has been forthcoming. We have been visiting Northern Cyprus and Bellapais for some 15 years and have never encountered anything like this before. I hope this warning may prevent anyone else having the same problem.

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Liked best: Pool and views.
Liked least: 2nd parking attendant at Abbey!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
3 Jan 2016
Walnut, lemon, Orange & Apricot trees have been reduced Autumn 2015, still providing natural shade for those that wish it, plenty of sunshine for the others., Doggy on neighbours property has been re-housed elsewhere 2014. Car parking has never been an issue for any of our other guests in 12 years but it is a good idea to obtain a receipt of poof of payment - or one can park for free around the other side of the Ravine, a 5 minute walk which takes in the view and various cafe's - a perfect excuse to stop for a coffee and pick up some Wi-Fi!!
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