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Traditional large detached village house wih private pool and enclosed courtyard

Bedrooms 3
Space 10,763 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Very private with its own courtyard and sole use of swimming pool. WI-FI

A beautiful, fully restored large detached village house divided into two apartments with enclosed courtyard and its own lovely swimming pool. The first apartment sleeps 4 the second apartment sleeps 2. There are also 2 chairs which can be made into beds in the lounge/TV room in the downstairs apartment . Separate rates. Ideal for taking parents or friends as both are self contained Thirty minutes scenic drive from Limassol and twenty minutes drive to beaches.

Akapnou is a small village in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains with superb views all round.

About 2kms away is a mountain golf course (Vikla) where all are welcome. Very popular.

All rooms are air conditioned and heated. Each apartment is independent with full kitchen and dining areas. Outside in the large courtyard there are vines, Barbecue areas and outside dining..

Private swimming pool 5 by 10 metres with plenty of tables, chairs and sun beds with large umbrellas. There is a toilet and shower next to the pool. Flowers and palm trees in the floodlit pool area make it quite romantic.

The garden has palm trees, flowers, grapevines and a mandarin tree. Superb views all round.

Nestled in the hills of the picturesque village of Vikla, 2 kms from Akapnou , is Vikla Golf & Country Club, where you are invited to play a round or two of golf against a backdrop of spectacular beauty.

Wheel chair access to the courtyard can be made via a ramp The ground floor apartment has large doors through which a wheelchair can go through.

However there are steps with a rail to get to the swimming pool

I can now also offer evening meals of your choice to be served in the house or in the courtyard .Cypriot style. Arrangements can be made whenever it suits you

More Details

monica williams
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, greek, a little french
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 21, 2018

About monica williams

Both my parents were Greek Cypriot. I was born in London but brought up in the Greek culture.

I am very involved in Cyprus as I own a Greek Bookshop in London, which is unique. Hellenic Bookservice. In addition to stocking books on everything Greek I specialise on Cyprus.

monica williams purchased this house in 2001

Why monica williams chose Akapnou

My husband and myself wanted to purchase a house, in a village, which we could restore. It had to be close to Limassol with its fine beaches and also close to the cosmopolitan life of Limassol and Larnaca. We opened the doors to the courtyard and got no further. We were completely overwhelmed. Little did we know that it would take us fifteen years to fully restore.

We later bought the land next to it so that we could build the swimming pool.

It is unique . Beautiful views. Because of the size of the property we were able to built a complete outside eating area .. We have let it out to some local Cypriots who the same as us love it to escape from the bustling towns of Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia.

It is very traditional but at the same time very comfortable. Somewhere to escape to.

Although it is in the lower Troodos mountains it has a wonderful climate .

We now have a lovely swimming pool it was very important to us that we could still get to the sea to swim. We now have the best of both worlds as you can spend a few hours or just the day in either.

It also helps that it is such a lovely journey to the beach wherever it is.

What makes this house unique

To me there is no place like it. It has everything, peace and quiet with the bustling towns of Limassol and Larnaca within easy reach.

There are so many places that you can get to from Akapnou.

The swimming pool is wonderful with a very powerful shower and night-time lighting.

It is a place to get rid of stress. We can completely unwind the moment we enter the courtyard.

Every time we leave we are planning our next trip. Unfortunately being a bookseller specialising in Greece and Cyprus as well as Latin and Ancient Greek we cannot get away very easily in the summer because it is our busy period.

However Cyprus has such a long season that even at the beginning of Deember it is still warm.

There are now cheap flights from many places in Europe.

We are known in all the local village tavernas - restuarants - who really take care of us and all our guests.

Because of where it is situated there is something for everyone from the sea to the mountains. For guests that like a quiet life and those who like to live it up in the lively towns of Limassol and Larnaca.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just returned from a fantastic 10 days in Cyprus, staying in Monica's great holiday home. We wanted somewhere quiet, away from the tourist traps but within easy reach of all the sights and attractions that Cyprus has to offer. That's exactly what were got in Akapnou.

July is hot - we had thought that being in the foothills of Troodos might have kept things cool but it was still hitting 35c so the swimming pool was used every day (a must for our 3 year old).

Akapnou is a very sleepy (but charming) village about 30 minutes north of Limassol. We had lots on our To Do list (including heading north over the green line) and it was a great base camp location. The roads, although steep in places, are in really good condition and you certainly don't need a 4x4 unless you plan to head to the Akama or Karpaz Peninsulas.

The house is made of 3 apartments (I think) but we were the only ones staying there and had full use of the pool and courtyard area. The apartment is fully equipped with kitchen, sitting room, indoor and outdoor tables, bathroom (there is a shower in the bathroom but the shower by the pool was even better), and there were plenty of card games and books ready for a rainy day (we never needed them!). Although Akapnou didn't have any shops or restaurants of its own, it is within 5 minutes drive of lots of other little villages that do so we had some really delicious meals. One thing which was missing was a guest comments book which would let guests share their tips, but the owner Monica gave us all the information we could possibly have needed before we arrived so we were all set.

It would not be a complete review without mentioning how exceptionally helpfully Monica was in all aspects of the stay. Monica lives in London but sees Akapnou as her home from home. She answered all emails right away during the booking process, was able to advise us on what to do, where to do it, shopping, cooking, eating, beaches etc etc etc, and was on hand via mobile connection Monica also has a very helpful cleaner, Maria, who comes once a week and also did a quick shop for us before we arrived so we would have some supplies for breakfast.

All in all, a great holiday home which made for a hugely enjoyable 10 days.
Jul 2015
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Akapnou House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 10763 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 -
  • The bathroom is en-suite. There is a bath and two showers. One shower above the bath and a separate shower. Shaver point. Solar heating and immersion if needed. There is also an outside shower near the pool which is brilliant as it is solar heated. Also a separate toilet near the pool which is very useful . The apartment which is separate upstairs has its own shower room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Two Bedrooms. One en-suite (third bedroom see below). First bedroom has a queen size bed. Fully fitted wardrobes with cupboard space. Door with shutters to courtyard. Plenty of space. Free standing mirror. Air-conditioning/heating. Bedside cabinets. Very comfortable. It is a very traditional village style bedroom but very comfortable. Bedroom 2 has two single beds with a wardrobe and a dressing table. Air conditioning/heating. There are two large chairs in the lounge which can be used as single beds. Suitable for children We have an additional self contained apartment upstairs. This has another double bedroom en-suite when used with the other apartment this makes three bedrooms in total sleeping 6/8. Can only be booked with the first apartment to give complete privacy. Cost on request.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • 9 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
There is complete outside living. Three barbecues, one of them gas. A cooking area with a sink. One large table with chairs in courtyard. Three tables round the pool with at least 16 chairs, sun loungers etc. Plenty of umbrellas. The pool has underwater lighting in addition to lights round the pool. There is a large garden to sit in round the pool. In addition there is another table on the balcony.


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Traditional large detached village house wih private pool and enclosed courtyard
average rating of 4.875 based on 12 reviews

Easter vacations at a picturesque village

  • 5 of 5

Everything was simply perfect!! The house is traditional with all the amenities offered ,very well-maintained and the owner more than willing to provide us the best customer service, every time we stay at this house for our vacations.(we choose this house every Easter for the last 4 years and for the last 5 summers)

I would undoubtly recommend this property to my friends!!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Artemis It has always been a pleasure having you stay at my property . I know that you enjoy staying there because of the number of times you have returned . Very much appreciate what you have said. Thank you Monica
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highly recommended !

  • 5 of 5

Were supposed to stay in the house with another couple, but at the end had it all to ourselves...The house is great,the pool is amazing and beautiful beaches are 35-40 minutes away !Very quiet and detached location and the only sound in the air came from the crickets... Monica was very friendly and helpful.We had a wonderful time.

Ayala and Avi


  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Ayala and Avi I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay in my house in Akapnou. My husband and myself enjoy staying there as much as you did for the same reasons. The beaches behind the hotels are nearer than the beach resorts. All the locals use them as unlike some countries anyone can have access to the beach. Thank you for your review and hope you might want to visit again next time the four of you or even six. Best Monica
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Loved it - will be back.

  • 5 of 5

We loved it here, had the place to ourselves and couldn't have been happier.

The pool is amazing swimming by the moonlight with the water just perfect, so romantic.

The beds were comfortable even with my back!

Air conditioning worked well and is a must if you come from a cooler climate as Cyprus is luxuriously warm.

Getting to the coast is easy, Cyprus does have amazing beaches.

Although land locked the capital Nicosia is amazing to visit too at especially in the evening when everyone seems to come out. Then being able to go back to Monica’s amazing house and have a sleep in.

The people of Cyprus are kind hearted and generous take time to talk to them and you’ll be making plans to come back before you even left.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and want to return I have always done everything possible to make my guests welcome and it seems to be working.. Thank you so much for being so positive. It is so difficult to describe my property as it is so unusual with its own swimming pool and courtyard and the flexibility of the accommodation makes it suitable for small and large parties. Look forward to welcoming you again. Best regards Monica
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An excellent, very peaceful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, large villa, situated in the foothills of the Troodos range of mountains of Cyprus. Nicely furnished with a fabulous swimming pool, the environs are perfect for those who like to walk; and for those who prefer to "ruin" one, there's a golf course close by. The village of Akapnou is charming, and its residents equally so. Highly recommended, though car-hire is essential.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private, Spacious, Comfortable, and Elegant

  • 5 of 5

This is the place and people to vacation by!

I highly recommend staying here. Monica was a pleasure to deal with, and the price was very affordable.

It's such a beautifully and homey villa- it's traditional, which we LOVED- and it's so tastefully furnished with beautiful wood ceilings and wood trim everywhere. Imagine a very fancy cabin in the heat of summer. The house is very airy as it as doors and windows everywhere. The air conditioning in every room helps!

We especially loved the grapes outside hanging- they were DELICIOUS!

Monica and Fred left us with tons of tourist books, maps, games, CDS, and novels.

The pool was clear and clean, and came with everything Monica says and more.

The house is located in the most traditional, charming village- we absolutely fell in love with the villagers, who were so warm and inviting.

It was such a pleasant getaway with out the hustle bustle of city life where we were able to just sit back and enjoy- AND IT'S SUCH A CLOSE DRIVE TO EVERYTHING!

Monica and Fred- thank you for a lovely vacation- We'll let you know when we can afford to come visit again!

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Am so delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Akapnou. As you know I tried to be as helpful as I could by telling you what was open where to go and what to sees. You really responded as you said in your email of the 4th August 2013 "Dear Monica, Thank you so much for everything!!!! We had an amazing time. You have a beautiful villa. It is furnished so beautifully. We loved the classic look with all the wood finish. We loved eating outside it was quite relaxing. We played the millionaire game that you have. (I won) The pool was stunning we had so much fun!!! I used your goggles I don't like water in my eyes. We listened to your blues cds. It was the first time I ever heard blues. I liked the Robert Cray cd the best. The village was traditional, quaint, and homey. The towns people were super friendly, welcoming and inviting. The coffee shop was really really cute. We went to Omodos village, a Cyprus fruit market, horseback riding, speed boating and snorkeling, atving, archery, climbing adventure course, Limmasol castle, Kollosi castle, Kourion ruins, the Turkish side of the border, the venetian bridge and more... We had a blast." You really got around. Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was very much appreciated. At the same time you were a pleasure to talk to and also I loved receiving all your emails. You were so looking forward to going and it looks as if it met with all your expectations. Best regards Monica
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A very good holiday in a quiet village

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this villa. It has very flexible accommodation according to the make up of the party. It is ideal for an away from it all holiday in a very quiet mountain village. It is very well equipped and the owner has been very helpful to ensure that people's needs are accommodated. The pool and courtyard make a very pleasant place to relax. A car is essential to enjoy the varied landscapes in the surrounding area. The owner was very welcoming and someone who it is a pleasure to do business with.

The local restaurants were very welcoming too, but with such a well equipped kitchen and the courtyard it was a pleasure to eat in also.

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2010
  • Stayed: October 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Larnaca . followed by Paphos
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Kafenion in village
Nearest Ferry
29 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
25 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
15 Kilometres
several on the seaside front
Car: necessary

Akapnou has everything.

Ideally placed for mountain and sea and the towns of Limassol Larnaca and Paphos.

The roads are superb with wonderful views in all directions.

There is a mountain route to the capital -Nicosia. Visits to Archaeological sites, vineyards, famous churches, beach resorts with their many restaurants including Governors Beach famous for its fish restaurants and safe swimming.

The main towns have cinemas theatres and museums. Superb shopping in Limassol where there is a new 'Mall' with a vast array of stores. Akapnou is the perfect place for walking with all round fantastic scenery. Limassol has now completed a 16 km sea walk with cafes all along at intervals. You can hire bicycles on the front.

Should you need more information about Cyprus the owners own a Greek Bookshop in London called 'The Hellenic Bookservice'. The specialist bookshop in everything Greek including Cyprus

Vikla golf course is 2 kms away. All are welcome.

We now have a new bakery and take away 2 kms away from the house. Also a restaurant and a small supermarket


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The apartment downstairs sleeps 4. The rates are as on the site.
The apartment upstairs sleeps 2. If this is needed in addition to the downstairs apartment an extra payment is required
The two apartments together sleep 6. Sole use of pool and outside facilties.
Both are accessible from inside the house by a spiral staircase and also by the balcony.
Please contact me for any more information. The additional payment is very reasonable.
Monica Williams. . 0044 7887537858

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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