Unbeatable – rolling down the slope just below Bellapais Abbey, with uninterrupted views over the coastal plain towards Turkey.
17 hillside units are mostly two-storey, with a few on single level. Bathrooms, redone in 2010, are state-of-the-art, with wall-mounted shower in a large cubicle, granite sink counters, attractive stone or tile facing, complimentary robes/slippers and shelving in all the right places. In the sleeping/sitting areas, dark-wood trim and furniture contrasts with mostly white soft furnishings and pale marble or veneer flooring A fridge (not a “minibar”) is yours to stock; WiFi signal reaches all units.
The fireplace lounge, strewn with Turkish carpets and antiques, is a popular venue for a pre-dinner drink. The restaurant enjoys180° views over ravine greenery to the horizon. There is ample parking – sometimes right next to the cottages; a major bugbear in Bellapais.
Eating and drinking
The main restaurant ranks among northern Cyprus’s best – you have to book as there’s a substantial non-resident clientele, especially at weekends. Breakfast features omelettes or bacon-and-eggs cooked to order, proper cafetière coffee, and a wide variety of fruits extending to strawberries or pineapples in season. Supper comprises nouvelle Cypriot or continental dishes matched with products of the single north Cypriot microwinery; allow 50TL (about 23 euros) a head, plus drink.
A large, spring-fed (and unheated) swimming pool, with a bar serving snacks, huddles at the base of the abbey rock.
Multilingual partner-proprietors Steve (Sabri) Abit, his brother and nephew have a knack for picking and retaining good staff, for whom nothing is too much trouble, and who are soon on first-name basis with guests. Hassle-free pickups from Larnaca or Ercan airport arranged, also early breakfast available for early departures.
Who stays there
Mostly middle-aged English and Germans, often in special interest groups (Steve does good tours across the island), often repeat clientele. No under-16s accepted.
Rates hover in the 130–160 euro range for most of the year. The place tends not to show up on booking engines.
- High-Speed Internet
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Mature travellers
- Great views / scenery
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Quality decor
- Serene surroundings
- Gourmet dining
- First-rate service
- Sharp climbs from bottom to top of complex
- No views for 2 highest cottages