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Christalla Vassiliou

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Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
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Minimum Stay 2 nights
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ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT

Kalavasos Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom, 1 bathroom - sleeps 2-5 or 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom - sleeps 4-8

Kontoyiannis stone built traditional house, in Kalavasos village, very large family house cantered around a courtyard; renovations on the house were careful to keep the character. Kalavasos, nestled in the King River Valley at the foot of Kalavasos Dam is a lovely village, caring and hospitable to all its visitors, centrally located for the whole of Cyprus. 5mins drive sea, Governors beach and Zigi fishing village. Pick grapes while sitting on your balcony or fruit from our orchard! You can even help us pick our olives if you come during the winter months. Come see how traditional haloumi cheese is made over a wood fire.Suitable for summer or winter holidays with A/C and central heating, the house is great for relaxing and experiencing typical Cypriot living. Each apartment has its own en suite bathroom with bath and is S/C with full kitchen facilities including cooker with oven. All apartments have satellite TV in each bedroom. To enjoy nature at its best, visit in the early spring

Cyprus village life is friendly and relaxing: Kalavasos is a mining town which had its heyday in the late 40's and 50's when it was bustling with workers from all over the island. There were three mines to be exact of Gold, copper and pyrite. The ore was taken down to the Vasiliko factory by train and crushed, washed then shipped worldwide. Nowadays the mine is not is use and work is under way to make it into a museum along with the little train which will be rerun to take visitors up to the mines. The villagers have always been friendly and hospitable. The atmosphere of the village is very relaxed and happy. The village square is always bustling in the afternoons and evening with most of the men of the village congregating for a coffee, a game of Tavli and a chat. Kalavasos has quite a few coffee shops and tavernas for a nice meal. Zigi fishing village is less than 5 minutes drive with its quaint little promenade and fish taverns and Governors beach which is also 5 minutes away, has some lovely beaches and restaurants.

The traditional house: Kontoyiannis House is a family house family run. The house was built in the 1890's by Yiannis who was a wealthy landowner with many workers. The courtyard of the house was filled with trestle tables in the summer to feed the 40+ workers that worked on the land. All nine of the Kontoyiannis children were born and raised in the house and moved away to have their families. The house was left to our mother who also left for some years to live in England. It was renovated in the early 1990’s and again in 2006. There is a wonderful atmosphere of peace and tranquility in the house which is heightened each spring with the return of the swallows. Quite a few swallows nest in the house and it is a beautiful sight to behold. The stone architecture of the house is what keeps it cool. There are a couple of lovely arched alcoves to sit under in the courtyard and the entrance hallway which also opens out onto the courtyard is a great place to sit and meditate.

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Agrotourism the alternative tourist experience: Cyprus Agrotourism aims to preserve the traditional Cypriot environment and way of life and to offer a holiday experience which gives a taste of the old Cyprus. We have a large orchard within walking distance, where fruit is available for picking all year long. Mostly citrus fruit such as oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruit and bread fruit can be found here as well as many varieties of grapes, figs, pomegranates and apricots to name but a few. Olive trees which ripen in the winter time can also be found in the orchard. These are picked and taken to the olive mill where they are pressed to produce olive oil. Visitors are welcome to help pick olives and join us at the mill to see how the oil is made, there is olive oil on tap and you will find fresh toast to dip into the fresh oil; it is a wonderful taste of the good life. Up in the hills of the village there is a lady who keeps goats and makes some traditional haloumi cheese over a wood fire, she is always happy to have visitors

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Details for One bedroom apartment 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5, 1 Bathroom

1 bedroom apartment with spacious lounge, kitchen area. The house has been lovingly restored and was preserved in a way in order to keep the character of the house. There are high beamed ceilings throughout. There is a bathroom with proper bath. The house has a lovely courtyard area where you are free to lounge around or read a book in the cool of one of the corner alcoves, it also has a cool hallway with seating area which opens out onto the courtyard. There are twin beds in the bedroom and there is room to sleep up to 3 extra persons in the lounge area. There is also a cot for a baby if you have one. There are three one bedroom apartments available, one is upstairs and the other two are downstairs. All apartments have either a balcony or a terrace. Its a great place to relax and pass the time of day. We also have a two bedroom apartment available and the possibility to let the house as a villa
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed

Christalla Vassiliou

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Speaks english, greek
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Your hostess at Kontoyiannis House, Christalla Vassiliou was born and brought up in England and decided to move over to Cyprus with her husband when their children were very young. 'We wanted them to grow up in Cyprus where they could enjoy sun, sea and freedom'.

Coming to Cyprus meant a complete change in lifestyle and trying to earn a living in a country that is completely alien to you is a big undertaking. We found that being a smaller country you are limited in what you can do as a job. Neither my husband or I could carry on with our careers since he was 40 at the time and I was 33, he could not find a job as an Electrical Engineer and I could not find a job as a computer programmer. Its who you know in this country, not what you know. Its really the same whatever country you come from its just that things are more apparent in small countries like Cyprus.

My brother also John decided to join us in Cyprus and he now looks after the orchards at Kontoyiannis where our guests are welcome to pick their own fruit at any time. John also helps with greeting our guests.So you can see that this is a truely family run business.

We decide to convert our house in Kalavasos in the 1990's when we realized that other people might enjoy a holiday unspoiled by the passage of time. Big city holidays are not always indicative of the identity of the country. You have to live how the locals live to experience the real country.

The best part of living in Cyprus for me is being able to spend some time in the winter months olive picking. Whatever other work I have I leave behind and just go out there and pick the olives with the family. We only produce for ourselves and some friends, we never sell it, It's just so satisfying knowing that you are eating your own olive oil.

These are some of the wonderful life experiences of the 'real' Cyprus that we hope to share with our guests.

Christalla Vassiliou purchased this apartment in 1993

Kontoyiannis House

It is not known exactly when Kontoyiannis house was actually built or what it originally looked like. The only thing that is known is that it was first built in the later years of the Turkish occupation and in the north eastern part of the site owned by the father of Kontoyiannis, Christofi and his wife Lambou.

The house known as Kontoyiannis house was the original house of Yiannis Kontoyiannis and was inherited by his younger daughter Polixeni who is the current owner.

At the time when Mr. Kontoyiannis' seven children were growing up, the house was at its glory. The old part of the house which can be seen on the other side of the wall in the courtyard (and was later sold) was used as the stable and for storage. The stables housed poultry, and other animals; including oxen and horses.

There were many servants and workers for the land and at mealtimes the garden was often full of trestle tables with up to 50 or so people. Any VIP or church dignitary visiting the area was always accommodated at the house and was usually given the large top bedroom (in which most of the Kontoyiannis clan was born).

The architecture of the house has the characteristics of houses built in the later years of Turkish rule; that is thick strong stone built walls, large rooms, inner arches, partitions of rooms, courtyard and numerous windows. The extension to the house began between 1870 and 1890 and included the upper floor with two external staircases (none internally) and wooden balconies.

In the period between 1956 - 1986 the house was uninhabited. In 1983 it was renovated but with great care to keep its character and make sure it was representative of a traditional Cyprus village house; this was done with guidance from the Cyprus Tourist Organization. It was decided to convert the building into four spacious self-contained apartments.

Every room was designed and constructed to European specifications, with space and comfort in mind; at the same time insuring the traditional feel is not lost. Kontoyiannis House satisfies all safety and operational specifications required by the Electricity, Health, Fire and town planning Authorities of Cyprus.

The house officially opened its doors in the summer of 1995 and operates under the newly established 'Agrotourism' scheme of the Cyprus tourist organisation.

Visitors to the house and those who have spent their holiday there have been very happy; most have returned and do so whenever they can. They feel a sense of belonging!

Location; Kalavassos is centrally located for easy access to the rest of the Island. It is 5 minutes drive from 'Governors Beach', 20 minutes from Limassol, 35 minutes from Nicosia and 30 minutes from Larnaca and Larnaca Airport. It is now only a one hour drive to Paphos.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Property Reviews

One bedroom apartment
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
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One bedroom apartment
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Comments from Owner Guestbook

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2007
  • Stayed: Dec 2007
We loved the village and its people.

We loved the peaceful atmosphere of the courtyard and eating under the vines in the garden.

Thanks for allowing us to experience the real Cyprus. We loved the village people who were kind and very friendly.

I just wanted to thank you for being hospitable toward us. We had a
good time in Kontoyiannis house and we really enjoyed our vacation,
especially the fruit garden and traditional cheese making ( halumi )
part of our itinerary.

We had a great time on our honeymoon, your house is lovely and the people who stayed there were very nice and friendly. Kalavasos is a very good touring base, even when we got lost in the mountains.

I just wanted to drop you a quick email to say thank you for a very enjoyable stay at Kontoyiannis. We really enjoyed the peace and quiet - a welcome escape from our busy work lives! Hope to see you again at some point in the future
Helpful votes: 25/30
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One bedroom apartment
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Apartment large and comfortable

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
Apartment large and comfortable, equipped. Nice quiet village. friendly people

Overall score 7.9
value: 10.00
staff: 7.50
service: 7.50
clean: 7.50
comfort: 7.50
location: 7.5
business
One bedroom apartment
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Kalavasos Larnaca region
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We enjoyed our stay at Kontoyiannis House

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
Just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay. We found the location to be convenient to everything, while avoiding the ultra-touristy areas. The house itself is great; we loved the courtyard and grape vines and other plants. We also enjoyed meeting the other guests, and walking to the village square.

Thanks for everything,
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One bedroom apartment
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Holiday 2007

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2007
Dear Chris and John,

It's now nearly two weeks since our return to the UK, and we are still basking in the warm glow of the memory of our wonderful stay at Kontoyiannis House, and wishing we were still there amidst the vines, plants and flowers.

We can't thank you enough for your truly lovely accommodation. It is the most perfect base for a holiday in glorious Cyprus, and added so much to our happy time. Comfortable, well equipped, clean and beautifully maintained, it is a real home from home,
and is a reflection of your care and concern (special thanks to John for all his friendly visits!).

The village is simply perfect and the villagers so friendly and welcoming. We so enjoyed just 'being there', as well as the location being ideal as a base for exploring the glories of the island.

Thank you for making our holiday one to remember and treasure, and we are looking forward to coming back to Kalavasos in the future. With our sincere thanks, and warmest best wishes.
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One bedroom apartment
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Business stay

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
This was our third time there on business. Very friendly and courteous contact. If you arrive everything is always well prepared. The house is quiet, clean and fully equipped. Every time again!

9.6 overal score
value: 10.00
staff: 10.00
service: 10.00
clean: 10.00
comfort: 7.50
location: 10.00
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Map

Nearest Airport
33 Kilometres
Larnaca
Nearest Ferry
35 Kilometres
Limassol
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Junction 15
Nearest Beach
6 Kilometres
Governors
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Village
Nearest Ski
120 Kilometres
Troodos Olympus - Chionistra
Nearest Golf
120 Kilometres
Secret Valley or Aphrodite Hills
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Village
Car: recommended

We are centrally located for the whole island. About 20 mins Limassol, 30mins Larnaca and Larnaca airport. 1 hour to the mountains and Paphos.If you are coming from the airport you need to take Junction 15 for Kalavasos.

Coming from Larnaca once you turn off the motorway, you will reach a crossroads turn left pass the petrol station then turn left under the bridge. You just have to be careful you do not miss the sign to Kalavassos on your right or you will end up on the motorway again. From Paphos you take the 1st left as soon as you get onto the slip road, you will know you are there because you will see the valley below you! At the bottom of the valley road you will find a bridge. You can go either through the village to get to the house or take the road that says to ‘Kalavassos dam' f you take the road to the dam the house is left at the 2nd bridge. Full directions and map will be given on request

Other Activities: Kalavasos Dam for fishing

Golf: There are some lovely new golf courses on the island, about 40 mins drive from Limassol

Ski: Ski at mount olympus in the troodos mountains skiing resort. Approx 45mins drive from Limassol. December - February or March. We have friends who have a villa there and you can do some days at Kalavasos and some in the mountains if you wish

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Availability & Rates

Kalavasos Apartment Rental Rates

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Mar 16 2014 - Nov 15 2014
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Notes Prices quoted are for 2 persons, extra persons are charged 10 euros per day per extra per person. A/C is charged at 5 euros per unit per day. If all units are required in the apartment then we will do a special price.

Special rates for longer rental periods, please ask. Esp Nov - Mar 15th
We also have upstairs single apartment available and an upstairs two bedroom
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Amenities

Kalavasos Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Linens Provided
  • Hair Dryer
  • fax
  • Heating
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Toilet Paper
  • Broadband Access
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Wireless Internet
  • Telephone
  • Sunbed
  • Air Conditioning
Kitchen:
  • Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Oven
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib , 3 sleep sofa /futon
  • 1 single, 2 children's beds, 1 cot
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Radio
  • Television
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio
  • Balcony
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Events Allowed
Attractions:
  • water parks
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • playground
  • library
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • mountain biking
  • water skiing
  • cycling
  • paragliding
  • freshwater fishing
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
Notes:
Kalavassos is a quiet friendly village and welcomes its visitors. There are quite a few cafes,restaurants, shops and a bank. Governors beach is only a short drive away as is Zigy fishing village.We have our own orchard nearby where you can pick your own fruit all year round and if you visit at olive picking time you can help us pick the olives then join us on a trip to the local olilve mill to see how olive oil is made. There is also a local lady who has her own goats and makes local haloumi over a traditional wood fire. She is very happy to show how the cheese is made. There is Central Heating and air conditioning throughout, so ideal for summer or winter holidays. We offer special rates for longer bookings, just ask. There is a washing machine available to all residents and all apartments have iron and ironing board provided. A cleaner comes in every few days to clean and change the sheets.
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