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Property Restoration in the Village of Poets

Property Restoration in the Village of PoetsFor one couple a home in North Cyprus has been a real labour of love. Rod and Helen Milnes have been full time residents in North Cyprus for many years and have had the pleasure of buying and restoring an old Cypriot property. As Helen explains, “14 years ago you only had the option of either buying a piece of land and building on it or taking on a renovation”.

The couple, from the North of England had holidayed in North Cyprus for some years and loved it so much that they decided to do their research, looking at both options, before finally committing to a renovation project. They both remember seeing the property, located in Ozankoy (meaning The Village of Poets) and recall, “Having found this house, we loved its character, saw its potential with its sea views and the fact that its living space is not something you would get with a new build, and that was it, we went for it!”

There were however some huge tasks to take on such as underpinning, complete re-wiring and re-plastering. This kind of job was given to a local builder, but the rest of the project solely rested on Rod and Helens shoulders. The main work was completed in stages over the next 3 years and the property slowly came back to life with a lot of TLC from the couple.

As they wanted to retain its character, Helen says, “We kept all the original features and found along the way that a lot had been covered up over the years, such as beautiful olive beams. We replaced old stone flags with like for like from antique shops and so on”.

The couple have lived in North Cyprus for 14 years but are now choosing to split their time between the island and England due to Rods ill health, so are looking to downsize, still keeping a property in North Cyprus. Helen has a very positive outlook on the restoration project saying, “We have truly loved working on such a wonderful old house and taking the time to keep its original character, but its now time to move onto something new here”.

The property is marketed through Ian Smith Estate Agents and if you would like more information, you can find the property details by clicking this link:

Property Details - OZ182


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