Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Located on the South East Coast, Sotira is an endearing traditional Cypriot village where old meets new; ancient churches and lazy coffee houses sit beside interesting shops and individual boutiques. There are a number of bars and places to eat ranging from local tavernas to internationally renowned restaurants. There is a great park next to the town hall for the kids with a kiosk serving refreshments.
The clear blue waters of the Mediterranean are only 5 minutes away, with many fantastic beaches and rugged coves dotted along the coast. Only 10 minutes to the bustling resorts of Ayia Napa and Protaras.
The villa is fully equipped to ensure a hassle and stress free holiday, from travel cots and highchairs for little ones, to cooler boxes and beach towels for days out.
New for 2014 - For added child safety we have installed a gated entrance to the pool.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ayia Thekla 5 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Larnaca 40 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
• The villa has many outstanding features including a private pool with spacious sun terrace, garden, shaded dining area with gas barbecue and large table and chairs for al fresco dining.
• Contemporary open-plan living with fully integrated kitchen, dining table and chairs, breakfast bar.
• Entertainment - LCD TV, DVD, Satellite TV, Play Station, Hi-Fi and IPod docking station.
• Four double bedrooms; All with fitted wardrobes and air conditioning.
Bedroom 1: Double with en-suite bathroom.
Bedroom 2: Double with french doors onto balcony with nice views of pool and surrounding countryside.
Bedroom 3: Twin beds with door leading to balcony with nice views of pool and surrounding countryside.
Bedroom 4: (Downstairs) Twin beds with french doors leading to patio and garden.
• 3 Bathrooms, (1 downstairs for accessibility).
• Cots and Highchairs provided.
• Foldaway bed for extra child.
• Bed linen and towels provided, including beach towels, so you don't have to overload your luggage!
|Further details outdoors|
• Private landscaped garden with palm trees and private 7.5 x 3.5 metre pool and sun terrace. Panoramic rear views of rural countryside scattered with windmills makes for an idyllic backdrop for wonderful sunsets.
• Sun loungers for lazy days around the pool.
• Large table and chairs with parasol for shaded dining.
• Off Road parking.
• Gas Barbecue with grill & hot plate; visit the local butchers next to Square Tavern in the village for delicious fresh produce.
Includes use of air-conditioning/heating. Note: Excess use of the air conditioning will be charged locally.
A refundable breakages deposit of £200 is required with all bookings, payable before arrival and refunded within 14 days of departure, less any deductions for losses, damage or breakages, subject to inspection from our English on-site management team who can assist you during your stay.
A welcome pack is available on request, priced depending on requirements.
The Famagusta region
Sotira is a great location and the perfect base to explore the island. Head South to the nearest blue Flag beach of Ayia Thekla. For a great family day out the famous Ayia Napa water park is a few minutes further. All along the coast lie many splendid beaches such as Konnas Bay, Macronissos, or the famous Nissi beach for the young and the hip.
Those wanting some lively nightlife should head into Ayia Napa or Protaras, where there are plenty of bars, restaurants and nightclubs to keep you entertained.
Parillimini is the largest community in the district, and is named after the seasonal lake which forms between here and Sotira. Parillimini today combines the advantages of a traditional village with the amenities of a contemporary town. There are a number of unspoiled tavernas known for their delicious local cuisine.
Modern shops such as Benetton, Gucci, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Converse and M&S sit aside individual boutiques, excellent homewares and old stores; traditional coffee shops mix it with subtle, cool lounge bars, and the main thoroughfares with traffic lights are crossed by narrow streets towered over by old, venetian-style houses.
Take all this and add beautifully constructed modern churches overlooking the crumbling architecture of the older places of worship, standing proudly beside their mellowed stone and fading mosaics. While you savour this rich mixture of ancient and modern, enjoy your coffee in a modern café while listening to the afternoon church service and the harmony of the church bells as they ring out across the old square.
Continue on past Paralimini and you are soon on the East coast where an abundance of beaches and coves await you, from Firemans Cove to Penera with calm waters that are ideal for toddlers. For days out there are daily boat trips from the neighbouring Paralimini fishing shelter.
A National Forest Park is at the south-eastern end of the island. This unique area has its natural beauty but also offers a wide range of interests such as cycling, riding, climbing, air sports, and hiking. There are about 300 plant species in the area. Also observed in the area are foxes, hares and various species of bats, reptiles and butterflies. To date, 9 trails have been constructed in Cavo Greco - Paralimni area.
For most of the visitors it is a thrilling experience to climb to the top, where you can enjoy the magnificent views or even watch a spectacular sunset.
The surrounding Red Soil villages of Avgorou, Liopetri, Vyrasoulles, Frenaros and Dherynia are all full of history, take the open top Red Bus tour which will give you an insight into the history of the Famagusta region, or spend a day on the tour to Famagusta City to explore inside the Venetian Walls.
Further afield, the capital Nicosia is about an hours drive away, or for some fresh cool mountain air, head for the Troodos mountains.
A bus service has recently started, which can take you to Ayia Napa, Protaras, Paralimin and many of the surrounding villages and as far afield as Larnaca.
The village of Sotira is often regarded as one of the prettiest villages in Cyprus. Rich in history, Sotira was named after the Church of Metamorphosis tou Sotiros which is to be found within the village centre. Sotira has an ancient meaning of Saviour in Greek. The church itself hosts wonderful displays of Komninian art (early 13th century), and is dedicated to the transfiguration of Jesus Christ the Saviour.
Sotira village has a thriving community centre offering everything you could need, numerous local coffee shops, restaurants, tavernas where great food can be had or a cold beer or glass of local wine can be enjoyed, bakeries for those fresh morning treats and a local park with the added bonus of table football and a bouncy castle to keep the kids entertained a snack bar for refreshments.
We have florists for seasonal blooms, an efficient pharmacy, an interesting mix of individual clothing boutiques, 4 supermarkets and even a Stanley betting shop should your needs require – all of which we feel offer an adequate and ample distraction to what is a traditional, friendly Cypriot village.
Overall, prices in the village are very reasonable, especially in comparison to the neighboring resorts. A large local beer from 2€, local wines from 10€, mezes from 10€.
For food lovers there are some wonderful restaurants and tavernas.
Head to Old Symos Tavern where the lovely Symo and Andrea will provide the warmest of welcomes serving fantastic food; from traditional Cypriot meals to simple snacks to takeaway food, you will not be disappointed by the quality or the price, or just sit at the bar and chat to the friendly locals. All English and European footballs games are shown here in the bar area.
A minute's stroll from the villa and serving up an authentic, exhaustive meze, which represents excellent value for money is Costas Square Tavern. The bar is self-service, the atmosphere is relaxed and the meze changes from day to day, dependent upon what has been brought in fresh that day. Away from the traditional meze, there is also the option to eat from a menu.
Ploumin Taverna - In the nostalgic setting of a village house, completely restored to its original glory and housing numerous family antiques and local memorabilia, lies this most authentic Cypriot taverna frequented by locals and tourists alike. Here you can enjoy the most genuine of Cypriot homemade dishes, cooked in a most traditional way and served in a most enchanting atmosphere reminiscent of days gone by. Additionally there are over 80 local wines to choose from.
Folkloric nights with live music and dancing, and local artist exhibitions are scheduled regularly and only add to the unique appeal of this truly wonderful place.
If Al-a-carte is your thing, then head to internationally renowned Vasiliskos - an award winning restaurant where pleasant gastronomic surprises await. In contrast to the perception most people have about Greek cuisine, you will discover this it is not just 'moussaka', 'kebabs' and 'village salad'. Instead you will discover it is made up of a large variation of dishes that will satisfy all gastronomic demands, be it vegetarian or meat eating.
Sotira is a true year round destination as it is a village; there are always plenty of people out and about. Come in the winter time and you can enjoy milder temperatures with lots of sun. The tavernas are open and have cosy fires roaring.
For the energetic there are many challenging trekking paths, deep sea fishing is easily arranged, and from January to March you can even head to the Troodos mountains for some alpine skiing.
One of our neighbors runs a local dive shop so Diving trips can be arranged.
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1 Sep 2014
This villa is ideal for a nice relaxing family holiday. Has all you need, Sotira is a nice small village and is a quiet area. Also is a stones throw away from Paralimni, A car is a must though.… More
22 Feb 2014
Great villa, great traditional village, great set up generally......would strongly recommend this location and villa if you want to experience comfort whilst living amongst the locals......some great … More
14 Feb 2014
"Excellent villa in ideal location."
Spent 10 fabulous days at the villa with another couple. We spent half of our days lazing round the pool and the others exploring the local beaches or cities of Larnaca, Nicosia and Famagusta which are all full of history. The villa was perfect for us as it is spacious so we both had our own double rooms and bathrooms. The pool is ideal particularly for my wife who is scared of water, but as it was a nice depth she felt confident enough to venture in and cool off. The village was lovely and had everything you need, a large CO-OP supermarket and an abundance of bakeries for fresh breads and cakes which we indulged in each day. We ate out at 3 of the local tavernas Ploumin, Vasilikos and Simos where his family made us very welcome and the food was excellent, huge portions and value for money. All in all a perfect holiday!
2 Jul 2013
"Top Quality - Value for money"
The property has it all. A close proximity to the main residential areas and tourist spot is what should put this property and the town of Sotira on the map. The map on this website will mislead you into thinking its quite far off from the hot spots of Protaras and Ayia Napa. Being Cypriots we knew the distances are very small. One would nevertheless need a car to get around so renting one for your stay is advisable. However this isn't a downside since you would be unable to enjoy the beauty of our island if you only see the area around the tourist spots (I would personally advise against that). A sat-nav is also advisable unless you have driven in the region before.
The Villa sits in a small holiday development at the edge of Sotira close to the Paralimni lake. This means its a very serene location with the benefit of having shops very close by in Sotira. The Villa is complete with top of the range amenities and equipment to facilitate a large group on a long stay. We particularly enjoyed our time in the pool and bbq while we also made use of the amazing entertainment suite that comes with the package. The property is maintained on a daily basis by a maintenance company run by a UK family staying in Sotira. They were very friendly and helpful with all and the villa was kept at an excellent state - very clean, very tidy. The owner was also very helpful and responded promptly to all our questions.
13 Nov 2012
"A home from home"
On arrival the villa was immaculate and like a home away from home, boasting all the mod-cons everything has been thought of & catered for. The villa is spacious with a nice patio area perfect for alfresco dining & a private pool with loungers which was great on the days we didn't fancy doing anything.
The location is great and offered the best of both worlds. Sotira where the villa is located is a charming Cypriot village, laidback with traditional taverns offering amazing local food, enough bars and shops to keep you busy but not overrun. Ayia Nappa is within easy reach for the livelier days/nights out & a trip out around the historical sights of nearby Larnaca is worthwhile. The beach is a short 5 minute drive, it's not surrounded by hotels so is fairly quite in comparison to some of the crowded beaches further down the cost. With a little Tavern for snacks, supplies and cheeky mid-day beers! Its very easy to relax and lose the day there.
Overall I was very pleased with the what the holiday had to offer and would highly recommend a stay here.
14 Aug 2012
"Wow Fantastic Villa in Great location A*****************"
My Wife, 2 children (7 & 9) and I have stayed in this villa on two separate occasions, once in August 2010 and the other in May 2011 we cannot rate this villa high enough. From the communication with the owner which he is highly efficient on any contact to the fabulous villa. The villa itself is new with very high quality fixtures and fittings and it is really is better than home from home! There is not one thing we could say we did not like everything is top class and we would move there with no issue!! The private pool is so clean and inviting. The management couple who live onsite are from the UK and they are the most nicest people you could meet, they are there to make everything perfect from start to finish and they work so hard to keep the little estate clean and tidy it sparkles! Sotira is a lovely little cypriot village with everything you could possible want, you must try the croissants in the Euro Bakery which is a leisurely 5-10 minute stroll (there is a closer bakery around the corner but we prefer the Euro Bakery), there are many nice places to eat also our favourite being Old Simos, fantastic food, large portions and cheap and the welcome you get from Simo and his family are second to none! If you want to venture out in the car Ayia Napa is just 10 minutes away. Overall we love the villa and will be back in the near future.
16 Aug 2010
"Fantastic holiday with everything to offer."
Have just come back from a fantastic weeks holiday with my four teenage children. The villa and location was perfect for all the different age groups.The villa had its own pool plus TV, playstation a… More
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