The Gardens are situated high above the old village of Bellapais, close to the house once lived in by Lawrence Durrell. Gardens of Irini was bought by the Guthries in 1952.
The Gardens are situated high above the old village of Bellapais, close to the house once lived in by Lawrence Durrell. Gardens of Irini was bought by the Guthries in 1952. John was a composer and Vivian a painter. As the years passed they built a studio, and a gallery for Vivian's paintings. Lily Cottage was restored as a guesthouse.
Bellapais village, with its gothic Abbey lies approximately 3 miles from Kyrenia, and a thousand feet above sea level. The beauty and history of this ancient village have inspired artists and writers for centuries. The nearby mountains are ideal for walking, bird watching and finding wild flowers.
Lily Cottage (see other listing):
Originally an old peasant house, Lily cottage has been converted into a spacious bed sitting room upstairs. Downstairs the former donkey barn has been changed into a large kitchen and bathroom The cottage is decorated throughout with original paintings by Vivian Guthrie, and other local artists. There is an air-conditioning /heating unit plus a large fireplace to make our visitors comfortable in all seasons. The kitchen opens onto a patio with an orange tree and flowers where you can enjoy your own privacy.
The Studio (this listing):
The Studio was originally built for Vivian in the late fifties, where she created a prolific collection of paintings. Several years ago a fully equipped kitchen and bathroom were added, making The Studio a very attractive retreat for visitors seeking the beauty and peace of Bellapais. From the front door you can step into a small garden, full of orange and tangerine trees and a wild array of pot plants centered around the fishpond. This is a place to sit and dream just listening to the fountain. At the back,the kitchen door leads into the courtyard shaded by a large bay tree and an old rambling grapevine. Here you can lounge comfortably while you read or eat your meals.
This beautiful bed-sitting room is surrounded by windows on three sides, and decorated with Vivian's colourful paintings. There is a large comfortable double bed, and a cushioned banquette in the corner by the fireplace. An air-conditioning/heating unit keeps the room at the required temperature all year round.
From "The Gardens" there is a steep path which leads down to the 13th century Bellapais Abbey. Surrounded by beautiful grounds the Abbey dominates the village square. Visitors can wander through its mystical dark interiors and climb onto the roof for breathtaking views of the mountains and the sea.
There are several delightful restaurants where you can dine overlooking the Abbey. For those who prefer to cater for themselves a local shop provides fresh food daily.
The famous town of Kyrenia, with its Venetian castle and picturesque harbour, is 3 miles away. If you wish to go further afield you can visit the ruined palace of Vouni to the west. To the east lies the ancient city of Salamis.
Our prices include a welcome pack ie; eggs, butter, bread, cheese, tea , milk, beer, a bottle of wine, seasonal fruit and flowers. Bed linen and towels are changed once a week during the course of a full "Maid service.
Interaction with guests
Also on offer:
- Bed & breakfast rates on application
- Transport from Ercan or Larnaca Airport
- Memorable meals in our "Guthrie's Bistro"
- Suggested sites to visit
- Help with booking flights
- Help and advice at all hours
- Next day hire car delivery
Other things to note
We serve breakfast, light lunches and three course dinners on request for an additional fee.
Smoking is only permitted in the garden area.
At Gardens of Irini we have several furry friends. So be aware when you are making your booking.