KRITOU TERRA VILLA, SECLUDED RESTORED FARMHOUSE WITH PRIVATE POOL & FREE CAR,

Frances Higgins

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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KRITOU TERRA VILLA, SECLUDED RESTORED FARMHOUSE WITH PRIVATE POOL & FREE CAR,

Polis Inland villages Farmhouse Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 people

Kritou Terra Villa is a charming traditional stone house with a private swimming-pool located on the outskirts of the village of Kritou Terra, near the holiday beach resort of Polis. Set in a blooming garden full of bougainvillea, jasmine, roses, and geraniums, as well as lemon and almond trees, the villa enjoys complete quietness and privacy. With the nearest house over 250m away, you can really enjoy that away from it all feeling of solitude and country living. With 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, including Kritou Terra village, the Troodos Mountains, and a glimpse of the Polis to Pomos coastline, the villa's superb secluded situation makes it perfect for family holidays, nature lovers or romantic holidays. Spa Treatments are now available in the comfort of your villa - choose from massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, facials, manicure, reiki or even your own private Yoga lesson. Prices & more details available on request, please book your session prior to arrival.

History of the house: Looking to get away from it all? This quaint hideaway is the place for you. Built in the early 1900’s, Kritou Terra Villa was originally a small granary (“Aloni” in Greek), where the annual harvest of wheat & corn was threshed and then stored every Autumn. The Aloni was converted into a home in 1989, and completely renovated again in 2002, when a swimming pool was added. Built using only traditional building materials of the locality, such as stone, solid wooden beams and bamboo, in 1996 the house was featured on a TV programme by the national broadcaster (RIK) as an example of traditional village architecture, and authentic renovation by local craftsmen. Situated at approx. 300m above sea level, in a fresh green environment, the villa completely escapes the humidity & extreme high temperatures usually found down at the coast in the midst of summer. The pool (8 x 4 m) is surrounded by a spacious patio where you can enjoy spectacular views across Kritou Terra valley.

Kritou Terra Village: Abundant fertile fields of olive and almond trees completely surround the house, and yet the charming village of Kritou Terra is just a few minutes walk away. A plentiful water supply from a natural source means that the village is always green, even in the heat of summer. Set on a hillside, amid fruit & nut trees, the village boasts a Byzantine church dating back to the 7th century (Ayia Ekaterini), and an ancient Roman road which used to connect Paphos with Polis. It is a two minute drive to Droushia village, which has several tavernas and shops. Life in the village is still very much based on agriculture, and follows the clock of the seasons: citrus harvest in Spring, wheat in Summer, and the annual olive, walnut & grape harvest in Autumn. Traditional crafts such as weaving, basket making and baking are still common. Enjoy a Cyprus coffee in one of the two traditional coffee shops, or a meal in the local taverna, there are also two grocery shops.

Activities: Looking for more than peace & relaxation in a tranquil setting? As well as those activities previously mentioned, Kritou Terra is an ideal base for hiking & hill walking (mixed wilderness & agricultural land with a very good track & path network). The whole area has interesting & varied terrain with many spectacular views & an abundance of natural & cultural interest, including forest, gorges, valleys, streams, & vineyards. Excellent hiking territory also exists nearby in the Akamas peninsula (forest and wilderness) & to the east in the mountains of Paphos Forest (Stavros tis Psokas) where wild moufflon can be seen. Birdwatching is also popular, some birds spotted include Scops owl, Bonelli’s eagle, blue roller, golden orioli, beecatcher, falcon, as well as the common Cyprus warbler, sparrow and swallow. A visit to the local environmental centre is also recommended, this centre is a pioneer in environmental education in Cyprus, as well encouraging rural revival & village renewal.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered

Frances Higgins

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My name is Frances and I am from Ireland, but have been living in Cyprus for the past 18 years now. I've been living with my husband in Kritou Terra village for the last 10 years now, and simply can't imagine living anywhere else!

Frances Higgins purchased this farmhouse in 2004

It took me over 4 years of searching to find this particular house. Most of the traditional Cypriot village houses are built very close together with no gardens or at the most only a small yard. So this house was special in that it has no immediate neighbours, and it had plenty of space to add a pool, while still being an authentic village house.

Peace and quiet, no traffic and seclusion are some of the unique features of this property. Surrounded by fields, nature walks are only a step from the garden gate. However I fell in love with the house because of it's charming character - natural stone walls, bamboo and wooden ceilings, Greek-style blue windows and shutters, and quirky little touches such as stable doors and alcoves in the walls.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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COMMENTS FROM OWNER GUESTBOOK

Fantastic hideaway in Cyprus. Hope we get back soon, Clive & Sam Le Tissier, Guernsey…Frances, thank you for sharing the peace & quiet of Kritou Terra Villa with us, if only for a week. It’s been the ideal place to unwind & relax in a house that feels so homely. Having spent some lazy days at the pool, we ventured on occasions to sample the recommendations in your handbook for places to eat, all excellent! We'll definitely return with our family! Mandy & Steve Larcombe, Cornwall...Beautiful pool & fantastic views. We’ve been on many holidays abroad and this had to be one of the best, Ricketts Family, Wiltshire...The website pictures don't do justice to this beautiful retreat. We've been able to relax completely surrounded by luxury. Pool is fantastic. Hope to return soon with friends. Mike & Ann Gough, Devon...What a beautiful setting! We had the most relaxing & comfortable holiday. With a toss-up between doing nothing or exploring, this place is perfect, Kyffin Jones, Leicester.
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
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2012 HOLIDAY - FAMILY FROM WALES UK

  • 5 of 5
This was a very attractive property and I will echo all of the comments made in previous posts. Frances was an exceptionally pleasant and accommodating host.

One of the first things that is evident is the elevation of the house, around 1500 feet above sea level. We found that this reduces the temperature by one or two degrees and the light breeze was very welcome in the August heat. The drive from Polis in the 4x4 will accomplish this climb in only 15 minutes – an exhilarating drive!

We seemed to be less affected by biting insects as well, with no problems eating outside, either beneath the vine or by the swimming pool.

The property was very well equipped, we have not encountered items like complimentary bath robes and slippers before in any of the vacation rentals properties we have stayed in – this is our 5th Home and Away holiday.
The pool was glorious, appreciated by all the family.

Finally we liked the friendly cat which also came with the rental at no extra charge!
  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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OUR RECENT HOLIDAY AT KRITOU TERRA VILLA

  • 5 of 5
What can we say that we have not already told Frances. The description of the villa does not do it justice once you arrive. The location is what we hoped it would be, quiet but within easy reach of the near by coastal resorts (Latchi & Polis) Having the car gave us the opportunity to get out and about if and when we wanted. The villa was more that what is required to have an enjoyable stay. Clean well maintained and the pool area is to die for. To say that Frances provided good customer sevice would be an understatement. She makes your stay even more enjoyable if that is possible. The covered area at the front of the villa prooved to be excellent when the sun was too hot and you needed a break from lazing around the pool. We spent most mornings and evenings watching the world go by. I would not hesitate to recommend this villa to any of our family and friends, but we are reluctant to do so as we would not want to share it with anyone. Having been on holiday in various countries at villas, this one by far beats them hands down. We could not praise it and our host more than we already have.
  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2008
  • Stayed: Jul 2008
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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WONDERFUL HOST AND VILLA

  • 5 of 5
If you want a beautiful character villa with stunning views in an authentic location, this is the place for you. A well kept clean property, you share the host's home.
We would recommend this delightful place to anyone who doesn't want to be on top of other tourists. Ideal for touring and walking. Close to authentic cypriot tavernas as well as the benefit of a cosmopolitan feel in the nearest beach resorts and towns. The host is always available to offer knowledgeable advice without being intrusive. The pool is wonder!
  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2008
  • Stayed: Jun 2008
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Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Just to clarify a small point which is incorrect: you don't actually "share the host's home". Rest assured that you have the house all to yourself, and will enjoy complete privacy!
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Kritou Terra Villa, Secluded Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool & Free Car,
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Polis Inland villages Paphos region
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ALLES WAS DAS HERZ BEGEHRT...

  • 5 of 5
Alles was das Herz begehrt........

Aufenthalt vom 4.7.13

Wir (56+50+12) hatten eine traumhafte Zeit (3Wo.) in diesem individuell und persönlich eingerichteten Kleinod, namens Bauernhaus;

Die Lage mit Blick auf den Ort und die Berge ist atemberaubend, genau der perfekte Ausgangspunkt für Aktivitäten zu Wasser (besser noch im Wasser, bei den guten Wasserkonditionen) oder zu Land, oder in den Bergen - Alles, auch kulturelle highlights, ist schnell erreicht; Die unsichtbare Vermieterin (spricht deutsch!) sorgt für komplette Privatsphäre und ein "rundum sorglos Paket"; Geputzt und Poolgereinigt wurde fast immer in unserer Abwesenheit - anderseits ist Frances telefonisch stets erreichbar; Der Pool ist eine Sensation, das Auto ein treuer und notwendiger Begleiter, die Ausstattung des Hauses und der Küche läßt nix vermissen, die Betten sind hervorragend, die Hinweise für Gäste z.B. für`s einkaufen, essen, Freizeit sind super; die Katzen ein herrliches Geschenk zum zusätzlichen Relaxen; essen waren wir am Liebsten in Kathikas (kulinarische Hauptstadt Zypern`s) Lieblingstaverne Petradaki; Wir werden mit Sicherheit erneut unseren Urlaub dort verbringen!
  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
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Map

Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Pafos Airport
Nearest Ferry
130 Kilometres
Limassol
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Pafos
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Polis
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Kathikas Village
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Troodos Mountains
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Minthis HIlls Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Dhrousia Village
Car: necessary

The villa is set in the traditional rural village of Kritou Terra, which is on the Laona plateau within the proposed Akamas National Park at the western tip of the island of Cyprus. It is only a short 10-minute drive to Polis town and the sandy beaches of Polis & Latchi. The famous tourist resort and beaches of Coral Bay are a 20-minute drive away, and Pafos town with its shops and buzzing night life is a 30-minute drive away. An excellent selection of tavernas & pubs can be found both in the nearby villages and in Polis.

The whole Laona area is very beautiful, with a wide variety of landscapes from coastal to hill country. Guests interested in seeing the Spring flowers should visit between the beginning of March and the end of May. The main bird migrations, when a wide variety of species may be seen, take place in Spring and Autumn. The Troodos mountains, which reach to 2000 metres, and Paphos forest (home of the moufflon, the island's indigenous mountain sheep) are close by.

Other Activities: hiking, hillwalking, birdwatching

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Polis Inland villages Farmhouse Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Special Offer July
Jul 1 2014 - Jul 29 2014
5 night minimum stay
€112
€784
 
 
Winter / Spring
Nov 1 2014 - Feb 28 2015
5 night minimum stay
€100
€700
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
€150
€1,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee €0.00
Notes Early Booking Offer: 10% discount for bookings made 6 months in advance of arrival date.

Special Offer: Free Toyota RAV4 car including comprehensive insurance for drivers aged 30-70 years, great value compared to hiring a car separately!

Rates include air-conditioning in both bedrooms & welcome pack.

Please note that the second twin bedroom upstairs is not suitable for children under 8 years.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Polis Inland villages Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 115 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • PC
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Activities Guide
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Computer Available
  • Air Conditioning
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom Downstairs - 1 queen
    Bedroom Upstairs - 2 twin/ single
  • Sofa bed available in the living room. Baby cot available on request. Please note the second bedroom upstairs is not suitable for children under 8 years of age to stay on their own, due to the outdoor staircase.
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • Music Library
  • Audio Tape Player
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Large Cooler
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Car Included
  • Car Available
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • cinemas
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
  • eco tourism
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • pier fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain climbing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • golf privileges optional
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • fishing
  • golf
Notes:
Twin bedroom: This bedroom with twin beds is located on the first floor, and has its own extensive veranda, with spectacular views to the coast, the Troodos mountain range and the village of Kritou Terra. It is accessed by an outdoor staircase, so not suitable for children under 8 years of age to stay on their own, Double bedroom: This bedroom has a king-size double bed and is on the ground floor with separate access to the swimming-pool. Both bedrooms have air-conditioning. A sofa-bed is also available in the living room area. There is an open plan kitchen and living room area with a fireplace (wood provided), and outdoor dining or barbecues can be enjoyed under the vines on the ground floor veranda, with easy access to the kitchen. All bed linen, bath towels and beach towels are provided. For every stay of two weeks or more, cleaning, bed linen & towel change will take place once a week. Pool maintenance and gardening once a week.
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