By Margaret Sheard …..
We had heard about a new venture by Paul and Kay Frost who are setting up a camping site on the outskirts of the village of Sipahi which is located near to Yeni Erenkoy in the Karpaz Peninsula. With the importance of tourism in the TRNC this sounded like a very worthwhile alternative for holidays as there is very little on offer for this type of holiday, so we went along to find out more.
We met up with Paul and Kay and looked at their progress so far, there is still a great deal to be done but they have in fact already had visitors, who really enjoyed their camping holiday and will be returning.
There will eventually be facility for 50 tents in a very quiet area which is just off the road leading into the village of Sipahi. The communal area is a very large solid base which was originally intended for the building of a house. Here there are toilet and shower facilities, with hot and cold water, and a cooking area with BBQs and picnic style seating for the campers to utilise.
There are to be large bell tents on site which have mattresses and comfortably sleep 4 adults, or 2 adults and 3 children, and sheets, towels and cooking utensils etc. will be available for those campers who need everything provided. Also people who would like to bring their own tents to erect on the campsite will be very welcome. Kay told me that currently they are providing air beds for their guests but next week they will be taking delivery of proper mattresses which will be a lot more comfortable.
It is very appropriately called “The Enchanted Campsite” and although there is still much to be done Paul and Kay are working hard to make this a reality and a back to nature campsite which people will want to return to again and again.
There is plenty to see and do in this beautiful unspoilt area. Within walking distance of the campsite there are the ruins of the Ayia Trias Basilica where well preserved floor mosaics can be seen. The Karpaz area of North Cyprus boasts beautiful sandy beaches and there are many historical areas to visit such as the Salamis ruins which cover a large area and is still being excavated, Famagusta, Kantara Castle and for those who want to travel further afield there is Lefkoşa (Nicosia) and Girne (Kyrenia) where there are many historical places of interest. For those without transport, there is a bus service close to the campsite with connections to Famagusta and Nicosia.
We received a review from one very happy camper who had stayed at The Enchanted Campsite which is shown below:
Comment: A review of The Enchanted Campsite at Yeni Erenkoy
Hidden away just off the beaten track up in Yeni Erenkoy. Beautiful views over the meadows to the sea, overlooking the Hemingway marina. Fab and roomy erected tents. Really comfy beds. Spotless showers and loos. Plenty of nearby parking. The BBQ’ s are great, so convenient.
Where the Enchanted Campsite is positioned I experienced a well appreciated breeze, the owner of the Campsite, Paul Frost, assured me this is generally the case. My husband and 12 year old twin boys Peter and Mark loved every moment of our adventure and will return for many more.
Nearby we discovered beautiful unspoilt beaches totally deserted…. safe for swimming, the boys loved every moment, roll on the school summer holidays, we are returning for 2 weeks.
I did mention to Mr Frost the signposting was a little unclear, within the hour he rectified that problem.
Jacqui Choules – Larnaca
The campsite is very close to the Karpaz Gate Marina which has its own beach club which is open to the public and a lovely restaurant. Kay said they are hoping to be able to arrange something with the Marina for their camping guests to perhaps be able to have a meal there and have an overnight stay as another added aspect of their camping holiday.
Paul and Kay have done a lot of research into camping holidays and they believe they are achieving the type of campsite people want. They have sought advice and help from environmentalists, local government and the tourism board and are implementing their recommendations. They are striving to achieve the highest safety standards and rules expected.
While I was talking to Kay, Chris was having a long conversation with Paul who told him he has a passion for archaeology so with the knowledge he is gaining about the area, he will be able to pass on a lot of information to those guests who have an interest in the archaeological history of Cyprus.
Paul and Kay hail from Guildford, Surrey in the UK, they lived in North Cyprus from 2002 to 2007 at which time they had to return to the UK for personal reasons but they returned in 2013 and now live in the Iskele area. After an unsuccessful attempt to start a campsite in another area, they acquired the current site in December 2016 following which the necessary permissions etc. had to be applied for and they were able to welcome their first visitors from April 2017. It is envisaged that the campsite will be open from February to November each year and it will be looked after by Paul, Kay, Jennifer and Sam who will have various tasks to ensure their visitors are happy and enjoy their holiday.
This is a major project but Paul and Kay are determined to offer a wonderful environment for those who like camping to be able to enjoy the great outdoors whilst exploring the many pursuits which are available in North Cyprus. We wish them well in their wonderful venture.
If you are interested in a camping holiday, we give below contact details:
Email: – firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: – 00 90 533 854 3677