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“Calming”

Review of Villa Vanessa

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Poolside Patio Area Villa Vanessa with spectacular mountain views
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Very good
10 reviews
Pool Terrace
Poolside Patio Area
Villa Vanessa with spectacular mountain views
Lounge
BBQ area & pool
BBQ Roof Terrace with Mountain View
Poolside Patio
Double Bedroom with Patio Door to Pool and View of mountains
Master En-Suite Bedroom with King Size Bed
Twin Bedroom 2 with Patio Door to Pool and view of mountains
Twin Bedroom 1 with Patio Doors to Pool and view of mountains
Pool Patio
Back Garden
Front View of House
Kyrenia Castle
Kitchen
Kyrenia Harbour
Poolside
Front Drive
Front Garden
Pool at Night
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Villa -
4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Alsancak - Karavas, Kyrenia District

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Debbie H
Kent, United Kingdom
1 review
“Calming”
Reviewed September 10, 2014 for a stay in August 2014

Villa Vanessa is absolutely beautiful, it was the 2nd time that we have stayed there and it won't be the last. The villa offers a great location, you are in easy reach of the essentials, supermarket, bank and chemist if needed. We never hire a car as the villa is a short walk away from the main cost road where you can hop on a bus that takes you right into the harbour and past many restaurants. Villa Vanessa feels homely and has a great pool which we all spent lots of time in and the kids really enjoyed having the freedom to run around and jump in and out at their leisure. The best part for us was the on hand support we had from the management company as this made our stay at villa Vanessa, we had someone to advise us if we needed anything. We will also be staying in touch with them as we felt that we came away from our holiday with friends rather than someone just doing their job. We would like to thank Irene and Danny for looking after us so well and will be keeping in touch and seeing you both again when we come back next year.
There really is nothing I can say apart from the fact that we had a wonderful holiday and villa Vanessa is our favourite villa and has a special place in our hearts.

Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Sally_Mc...
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“Fantastic location for a relaxing holiday”
Reviewed August 19, 2014 for a stay in June 2014

Great location, Kyrenia is a lovely old historical town with everything there, whatever your budget from fine dining to reasonable priced traditional cuisine. The villa is a short distance from Kyrenia so you can escape the hustle and bustle there are some great beaches nearby but we only went to the beach once as the pool at the villa is fantastic and the mountain views from the pool are great. The villa itself is really well laid out and is equipped, decorated and furnished to a high standard. Possibly the best self catering accommodation we've stayed in, highly recommended!!

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Liked best: The pool and quiet location
Liked least: Nothing I can think of
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Arissfami...
Hertfordshire
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25 reviews
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“Hope you like cats.”
Reviewed August 17, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

Villa Vanessa is a nice villa in a quiet, private position. The views from the pool to the mountains are spectacular.
The villa is well equipped and all our dealings with Tracey the owner were excellent. There is air conditioning throughout which works on a clever timer.
My problem with the villa started with the cats and the expectations of the locally based manager Irene. If you like cats then you probably won't have a problem but when we arrived one of the first things Irene said was " Do you like cats?" She has adopted two cats who use the villa as thier base. We didnt let them in the building but they were obviously used to coming in and we had to struggle to stop them coming in each day. We were expected to feed the cats twice a day, wash up their bowls etc. Irene said that if we didn't want to then she could come in twice a day to do it. To be honest I thought this was outrageous. I didn't want to have to feed them but I also didn't want a complete stranger letting herself into our holiday home twice a day. Luckily my sister in law is far more animal friendly than me so she agreed to do it. When one of the children stroked one of the cats and came up in an allergic reaction Irene was only interested in the welfare of the cats. I suggested that mentioning the cats in the villa spec might be a good idea but she didn't think so as "most of our business is repeat bookings anyway".She was also pretty uninterested in the wasp nest in one of the aircon units. The kitchen was good but be careful to wipe down surfaces and dont leave any food out as there are very speedy ants who take every opportunity to swarm if they sense food. To be fair though this is just one of those things in a hot climate.
The pool went pretty murky and we were blamed for the greenness even though we followed instructions to shower before swimming. We didn't appreciate the implication that the pool's cloudiness was our fault and I think the fact that the pump wasn't working very well (either blowing air bubbles or not pumping at all) might have had more to do with it. We had to make a few phone calls to get it sorted and then filled up as the level had dropped too.
It was a shame that such a nice villa was marred by things that could have sorted easily, either with prior warning over the cats ( we wouldn't have booked this villa as two of us are allergic to them) or with a smile and a bit of care and customer service.
The bathrooms were ok but a bit jaded and could have been cleaner.
Also the sheets although changed weekly and obviously freshly laundered were very stained (yellow chemical stains) and grey on our bed. Just in need of replacing. I would never have given them to guests and would have thrown them out but I really didn't want to have to complain to Irene so I just put up with them.
I'm not sure how much the owner knows about all this as she seemed lovely but its a shame that a nice villa is somewhat marred by easily solveable problems. I'm sad to be so negative and I can't remember writing a negative review on TripAdvisor before this so please don't think I'm a picky negative person but although we had a nice holiday the management of this villa needs reviewing.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   No.
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Management Response
Aug 18, 2014
We were surprised to read your review and would like to comment on the points made.

We have had no complaints in the 8 years we have been letting our villa, our property managers are an English couple who are well establised in Cyprus and have a vast experience in property management, they are quick
to respond to any issues and are very approachable and are always happy to help.

Firstly with regards to the 2 cats, previous guests started to feed 2 small cats, which has put us in the predicament of having to continue to feed them and keep them checked over by the vet whilst we try to rehome them, they have never been let inside the property. Our property manager offered to feed the cats outside the boundary wall for the duration of your stay at no time did Irene state that she would be entering the property to feed them.

We use a professional pool company that clean the pool twice a week that use correct chemicals as required. If 8 people use the pool without using the outside shower to remove the excess oil/cream off, and with the extreme heat, it will turn the pool cloudy and this takes time to treat the water, this is clearly stated in the house book. This is only the second time in 8 years that this has happened. The pump is new and is working correctly, it is on a time clock and therefore not meant to be on continuosly and this has nothing to do with the pool clouding, excess use of oil is the main cause.

I understand that Irene offered to send someone over to sort out the wasps, but you told her that there was only a couple and you had sprayed them, so not to worry.

We supply freshly laundered linen for every guest that stays and we buy new linen every year, if any problems were encoutered,and had been raised with Irene at the time and they would have been changed immediately.

Our selves and our property managers take great pride in our villa, pool and gardens and go the extra mile to ensure everything is maintained,fully equipped and ready for guests to enjoy.

We have many familes that return year after year,that enjoy the house and Northern Cyprus as much as we do.
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Totton, England, United Kingdom
Reviewed July 25, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

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Liked best: The pool
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Large groups
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 26, 2012 for a stay in October 2012
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Liked best: Everything , just perfect
Liked least: Noyhing, unfaultable
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Luke D
Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
“Fantastic holiday, undiscovered destination, great value, great weather”
Reviewed August 27, 2012 for a stay in July 2012

Villa Vanessa is a genuinely lovely place to stay, the villa is much larger than the photos show and very clean, with a good decor, however, the real gem is the pool, its huge and crystal clear, and given the temperatures its a real must to lay in the sun then get into the pool.
The area is one of the undiscovered areas of the world, the Turkish people were very friendly and always willing to help, the area is quiet but with lots of restaurants and supermarkets etc. so living is easy. The journey from the airport to the villa is best left to the owners to arrange and is no hassle approx. 1hr 20mins from Larnica airport to Villa Vanessa, as a direct flight from the UK, a car is a "good to have" as you are out of the main areas of town, the beaches are good although the best one's tend to be private beaches that charge for the use, but they are cheap and you get a sun bed and parasol thrown in. The snorkelling is fantastic with lots of bright coloured fish and coral to explore. Villa Vanessa is very close to a local Cypriot family hotel (Almond Holiday Village) with all the amenities of the hotel available, great restaurant with Sky TV sports lounge and Wi Fi in the hotel, as long as you spend some money with them they are happy to let you join in. We took the hire car and toured the mountain regions behind the village, they are spectacular and well worth a visit - we all loved the 2 weeks we spent in Villa Vanessa and would recommend it.

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Liked best: Swimming Pool
Liked least: Morning temperatures ( hot )
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 9, 2011 for a stay in October 2011
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person found this review helpful

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Liked best: Location of the Villa and the area around the villa.
Liked least: Absolutely nothing.
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
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