We''re planning to entirely renovate both bathrooms at the beginning of May 2017 and have been spending some enjoyable time over the last two weeks visiting bathroom and tile shops and planning the work.
Obviously, both bathrooms are obviously completely functional now, but they are decorated in a decor that is now 13 years old and we felt they definitely needed freshening up in a more modern, clean and bright style. Anyway, we are really thrilled with what we've been able to source here on the island, and at prices that make B&Q look extortionate. A lot of top quality ceramic ware is produced in Turkey and that makes it cheap here.
We have already taken delivery of the tiles so that they are available immediately at the start of May. The floors will look like aged, golden oak but they are actually ceramic. The walls are a very brilliant white tile with a contoured design in it. Hopefully they will give the bathrooms a very bright look. All the sanitary ware is white. The sinks are mounted onto a golden oak unit that has an undersink cupboard, a large mirror fronting a cabinet and some shelves to the side. The showers are full width of the bathrooms, walk-in style, with both a rain shower and a wand shower.
The shower in the family bathroom replaces a bath with a shower over it. This was quite a difficult decision to make. Most of our guests prefer to shower and would rather have a luxurious, large shower unit. But, some people like or need a bath. So, in order to accommodate small children and older people we have chosen a Turkish style shower tray in there. This incorporates a raised bench-end so that someone could sit and shower or a mum could sit and shower a small child in front of her sitting in the tray like a bath. Its a great idea and we've never seen one in the UK. It stems from the Turkish custom of the hamam, where you sit and either shower or pour water over yourself from a large jug. Rather a relaxing experience.
Anyway, can't wait to get the work started now but we have to...... Will post pics next May as it all begins. Summer guests are going to be in for a treat!
Planning New Bathrooms
Let the Water Flow.....
Soft Furnishings Done!
JA very exciting day because we had a call from Mermaid Fabrics to say that our curtains, chair and cushions were all ready for delivery. That was quick! I couldn't believe it. So we drove out to their showroom to see them and settle up. Really delighted with the work and with the price. They do a fantastic job and even deliver it all free of charge too. I think we had the whole lot done (including 6 cushions for the outside dining chairs which I haven't taken a picture of for some reason!! for what it would have cost to re-upholster the armchair at home. And I can't stress enough what first class work they do. The terrace furniture cushions are not only covered but they have changed the filling in them to be more "full". I must admit they had got a bit "squashed" over the 4 years since we shipped them out. The armchair is covered in a green material that feels like suede but is apparently very hard wearing. And the curtains match the ones in our living room and are all fully lined and weighted. Just hope our guests like everything as much as we do.
After the delivery, we set to hanging the curtains and deploying the cushions. Had to take some pictures. Next spring when we come out I am going to change the blinds in two bedrooms and also the kitchen too.
Soft Furnishings Update
Just because our holiday home is in a holiday location doesn't mean it's not subject to the same update needs as a house back in the UK. In fact it seems to have more needs than our house back in the UK. The standard of Cypriot build, the weather, holiday use all mean that we find ourselves with a host of diy and update jobs waiting for us whenever we visit. This autumn one of our jobs is to update some of the soft furnishings. Our terrace sofa cushions need recovering with new weather resistant fabric, the terrace dining chair cushions also need this, we need new curtains in the formal dining room and our favourite reading armchair in the lounge needs re-upholstering.
So we have had a run out to our favourite fabric and sewing shop, Mermaid Fabrics, in Catalkoy, to get everything chosen and ordered. The shop is an amazing, huge Aladdin's cave of all sorts of fabrics and trims and it is run by a Turkish Cypriot family who hail from London. There are a couple of senior ladies in charge who are just so helpful and know all there is to know about re-upholstery, curtain and blind making. As well as selling the fabric they have a workshop to make everything and it is a fraction of the price it would cost in the UK. Even with the falling pound.
They were their usual helpful selves and we had a great time choosing. They will send their van to pick up the chair and cushions on the 7th November after our last guests have departed and then about 10 days later we should get it all back again, recovered in spanky new fabric. Plus our new curtains of course. Can't wait to see that, so expect pictures. When we come back next May (probably) we'll update curtains and blinds in two bedrooms and also the kitchen and that will mean we've done the whole house in the last couple of years.
Who wants to do laundry when you're on holiday????? Well, you might if you are holidaying with babies, children, sporty types or hikers... So, of course we have a washing machine for you to use. Or not. As you like! But it does give you the choice. It's one of the advantages of staying in a villa rather than a hotel. You have access to a machine and it's free of charge. It also gives you the option of washing all those dirty socks before you travel home rather than face the festering and depressing pile on your first day back.
We don't have a tumble drier because quite frankly for 10 months of the year it would be totally redundant. Instead we have a portable clothes drier and a line under the car port. You have to dry in the shade out here. Drying in the sun would result in faded, board hard clothes. It's not the UK.
So, this week our 14 year old washing machine finally gave up the ghost and we bought a new one. The old one certainly didn't owe us any corn and I hope the new one goes on as long with so little trouble. We are rather excited with the new machine. Quite apart from all the modern features, it comes with an instruction manual in English and also all the buttons and controls are in English. This is just sooooo much better than the old one which was only available in Turkish. We had to translate the controls and then leave a translation for guests. Not terribly convenient.
The nice men from Vestel installed it this morning and it is currently underway with its first load. One of them carried it in strapped to his back in a harness rather reminiscent of a Sherpa climbing Everest. They delivered and installed as all part of the service with no extra charge and even took the old one away FOC. There was no sucking of teeth or veiled hints of tips for any of this. So, we gave them one anyway.
I know it's not as exciting as telling you we have installed a 60 inch curved screen tv. But on the other hand, faced with that suitcase of dirty laundry.... you might just disagree!
Second Day Oop't Karpaz
A Sunset Dinner Cruise
All About Eating
The Boler family love travel, food and drink. Not necessarily in that order! The villa is our home from home which we love to share with our friends, old and new.