Kritou Terra Villa
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Farmhouse | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
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. The villa enjoys complete quietness and privacy, and with the nearest house over 250m away, you can really enjoy that away from it all feeling of solitude and country living.
A restored farmhouse with lots of character, it is set in a blooming garden full of bougainvillea, jasmine, roses, and geraniums, as well as lemon and almond trees. With amazing views of the surrounding countryside, including Kritou Terra village, the green valley Troodos Mountains, and , 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.
Free Car Offer: Free Toyota RAV4 car including comprehensive insurance included in above rates - great value compared to renting a car separately! This comfortable car has air-conditioning and seats 5 people. Free airport transfers to/from
Pafos Airport also provided.
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.
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.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Polis and Latchi 12 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Paphos 43 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
The Paphos region
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.
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.
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 in the vicinity are hiking, hillwalking and birdwatching.
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19 Jul 2014
"The most beautiful retreat anyone could wish for."
Kritou Terra is a truly traditional Cypriot Home ,we are so happy we found this idyllic villa. For anyone who wants complete peace and privacy - this is the place. We stayed for one week and for the f… More
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