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Carmichael Cottages Bellapais

Beach village house with 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and private pool in Bellapais, Cyprus

From £1,281 per week

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Bellapais -Traditional Cypriot Village in Northern Cyprus. Our home since 1963. Spectacular views of sea, mountains and Abbey. Terraced shady gardens and pool. 3 villas, sleep 2-14.


Villa consists of 3 cottages, Mountain Villa, The house that Jack built and Riverside Cottage. Mountain house and the House that Jack built are adjoining, Riverside is detached. The private pool garden is central. Villas can be rented together or seperately. Quiet corner of the upper village with no traffic noise and less light polution.

Best views on the Island
The villa sits in an elevated position with spectacular views of the Abbey in the village below, over the olive groves to the sea and up towards the mountains behind.The Abbey is floodlit at night.

Ideal for relaxing beach holiday or historical visits
Should you tire of the shady garden and pool sandy beaches are only 15 minutes away or you can wander into the village for a drink under the Tree of Idleness. Lawrence Durrell's house is 60 meters away. Historic Crusader castles and Roman cities provide memorable visits the mountain hike to Buffavento castle takes under 3 hours.

The roof terrace on The Mountain House has a BBQ and fully equiped kitchen adjoining and a covered all weather dining terrace so entertaining and partying is often enjoyed on the roof. There are also shadey garden eating options beside the pools'


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7 out of 7 people recommend staying here


Family from Suttoncoldfield, United Kingdom Jul 2019

Three generations of our family stayed here July/August 2019
There was ample room for everyone
You can walk to Bellapais there are 100 steps down to negotiate though :)
A cafe is a very close if you don't want to cook breakfast
The contact from the owners was excellent
The houses are old Cypriot style and very comfortable
We hired cars to visit Girne, Nicosia and various other resorts, Acapulco is recommended if you have children
We would love to stay here again


From High Wycombe, United Kingdom Aug 2004

A very good gite, well situated in a village with boulangerie, tabac and restaurant.
Good location for the many delights of the region and with the added bonus of a warm welcome from the resident owners.


Valerio from Terni, Italy

When we arrived at the villa, Yusof, the helpful assistant, showed us all the rooms and we couldnt believe it was so big! There were 14 people in our party, made up of a family with children, married couples and single friends everyone of us had its own space and privacy and, at the same time, we also had comfortable spaces to stay together, like the living room with kitchen in The House that jack built, where we had breakfast, the terrace in the Mountain Villa, where we had dinner and BBQ, and the pool area, where we used to have fresh air after dinner.
The villas have typical cypriot forniture, we liked it so much, and a wonderful view on Bellapais Abbey and Kyrenia seaside.
Good value for money, good stay, helpful assistance for everything, we definitely recommend it to whom is looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday, and as a strategic point to discover all the beauties of Northern Cyprus.

Reply from Carmichael Country Cottages

These were our very first guests from Italy and we are very happy that they enjoyed our unique village and our unique property. Cyprus has changed so much in the 50 years since my father built "The house that Jack built" and yet Cypriot original values and spectacular locations are still hidden away behind the massive new build on the Kyrenia plains below. We are so very pleased to have found another happy family of visitors discerning enough to have spotted the difference. Thanks indeed to Valerio for leading his family group to Carmichael cottages, Bellapais.!


Glen from Torquay

First class property


Gavin from Edinburgh

The Carmichael property commands spectacular views across the village of Bellapais and down to the sea. The three separate "cottages" have been well renovated and have all necessary conveniences to make a stay relaxed and comfortable for groups both large and small. Property ideal for those who like to be in the midst of a traditional Cypriot village while enjoying the opportunity to walk in the hills above the cottage, relax in the many good bars and restaurants in Bellapais, or hit the tourist trail and explore the world of Lawrence Durrell or the more normal attractions such as Bellapais Abbey, Kyrenia Castle (and town), St Hilarion Castle and Lara beach. A fantastic location, a fantastic holiday!


Richard from Worcester

The whole family thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Bellapais and we would thoroughly recommend it to anyone

Reply from Carmichael Country Cottages

Another perfect fit for our Bellapais villas. A multi-generational family group of ten having a great time in high summer with virtually every meal outside and a cool pool to relax in and enough shadey corners , sunny terraces and hideway places for everyone to have their own space and yet big enough family dining and board game playing places for everyone to get together round one table when desired.

2 other reviews

A genuine Cyprus village house complex away from traffic noise

Jeni and Ges write from London on 19th May 2006Dear Richard & PatriciaWell, sadly we are home once more having had one of the best holidays ever in your wonderful Bellapais villa - a little slice of paradise indeed.Kirsty writes from Glasgow in summer 2005I have visited before for the Sunday Herald magazine and loved the village and house so much that I want to return with my family this year.

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Distances to locations

Nearest beach 3km Nearest bar 100m Nearest restaurant 100m Nearest supermarket 4km Ercan airport 45km Larnaca International Airport 86.1km Paphos International Airport 150km Larnaca 90km Nicosia 30km Famagusta 90km Karpas 180km

Local activities

Boat hire 15km Climbing 15km Cycling 15km Fishing 15km Golf 25km Horse riding 15km Sailling 15km Scuba diving 45km Sports center 15km Tennis 45km Water skiing 15km Walking 100m Wind surfing 45km

Sights and attractions

Historic site 100m Local food market 10m Museum 45km Night club 5km Shopping 5km Theatre 15km Zoo 150km Cinema 15km Casino 5km

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Updated 7 October 2022

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Changeover days and minimum stays

  • 29 November 2022 - 3 September 2023: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 4 September - 30 October 2023: bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 31 October 2023 - 3 September 2024: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 4 September - 30 October 2024: bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 31 October 2024 - 1 March 2025: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
  • 4 March - 31 May 2025: the minimum stay is 7 nights.
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  • 4 September - 30 October 2025: bookings must be for whole weeks only and the minimum stay is 7 nights.

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7 bedrooms, Sleeps 14:

  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed and en suite
  • 1 double bed
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds
  • 2 single beds

There is also 1 cot


6 bathrooms including 2 en suites, 6 Separate WC's

Swimming pool

Private pool


CD player, WiFi / WiFi, Radio, Telephone


Living area seats 14, Dining area seats 14, Open fire, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire optional


Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Microwave, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster


Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Sea view


Table tennis

Suitable for

Children, Hen or stag groups, Single gender groups

Extra information

Sea and Mountain views 360 degree from rooftop balcony on Mountain house. There are five balconies with fantastic views. Lots of covered sheltered spots in the gardens. There are many steps on the property which backs onto the mountainside and thus is quite private although still retaining the feel of being within the village. The houses have original Cypriot design and furnishings as this has been our family home since 1963. There are many local paintings on the cottage walls done by the mother of the owner in the 1960's. God's airconditioning = The villas (at 300mASL) are in a river valley from the mountain above and thus get cool breezes in summer in the morning and evening making air conditioning unnecessary. There are fans in every bedroom and mosquito nets if desired.


Average rating from 7 reviews

Private Owner From By Biggar, United Kingdom Member since Mar 2004

Carmichael cottages have been self catering operators in Cyprus and Scotland for nearly 30 years

Past bookings: 15 bookings

Response rate: 100%

Response time: within 3 hours

Last logged in: a month ago

Number of properties: 2

Carmichael cottages have been self catering operators in Cyprus and Scotland for nearly 30 years