Villa Lembos

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Address: Ayfilon Road, Dipkarpaz/Rizokarpaso, Kyrenia, Cyprus

Star rating:

4.5

The most comfortable B&B in this developing area of outstanding beauty

This is almost a farm-stay, what with the village cattle lowing nearby, the marsh-frogs peeping after dark and proprietor Çoskun roto-tilling his lovingly tended vegetable gardens here – and being obliged to keep 100 sheep, because at present he only has significant business in summer. It’s a mystery why – the Karpas region, much of it a naturally protected area, has historic churches, deserted turtle-nesting beaches and the cheapest, freshest fish on Cyprus.

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
4.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

About 1km northwest of Dipkarpaz village centre in the Karpaz peninsula, on the road to the romantically sited ancient church of Ayios Philon (Ayfilon in dialect) and its superb adjacent beach. I fib a bit – the Karpaz actually falls in Famagusta district, but with recent road improvements you can get here comfortably from Kyrenia in two hours.

Bedrooms

At present there are 6 villas scattered on the lawn and gardens of the property, with 3 more to open soon across the road. Two of them interconnect for families. These are large suites with a small corner sitting area, dark-hued furniture, somewhat noisy mini-fridges and tiny flat-screen TVs. I was a bit apprehensive about the dense-foam mattress and pillows on the canopied bed, but they gave a far better sleep than expected. Bathrooms have large stall showers, expensive tiling and shelves in all the right spots.

Public areas

None besides the attractive restaurant-cum-lobby, with its little terrace for fine weather.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is best described as “enhanced Turkish village”, with omelette, hellim cheese and mortadella besides the usual fare. There’s an impressive wine rack, but dinner is probably only available in peak season.

Leisure facilities

None.

Service

At breakfast, excellent. Multilingual Çoskun is very proud of his 2009-opened enterprise and clearly wants it to succeed.

Who stays there

Adventurous British, Germans, Dutch, Italians, and a trickle of Greek-Cypriot weekenders.

Price advice

Price is constant at 50 euros per unit all year.

Amenities

  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • History
  • Nature / wildlife

Pros & Cons

  • Choice of air con or ceiling fan
  • Peace and quiet
  • Nearly new studios
  • No WiFi
  • Mosquitoes in summer
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