Farmhouse | 6 bedrooms | sleeps 15
Vavla Rustic Retreat is your ideal destination for a quiet, rustic get-away into the countryside of a village steeped in culture, history and traditions. Situated at the very top of the village of Vavla, the panoramic view of the surrounding valley and mountainsides, accompanied by the peace and tranquility that surrounds you will simply take your breath away!
This traditional Cypriot stone house from the 19th century has been restored to its former glory through the Agrotourism subsidy project funded by the Cyprus Government and the European Union. Vavla Rustic Retreat has been recognized by the CTO (Cyprus Tourism Organisation), and is accepting online bookings at www.vavlarusticretreat.com
Come and experience the wonder and authenticity of this traditional stone house, the peaceful surroundings, and maybe even a visit to our family's own fruit orchard to pick your own seasonal fruit! We are sure that your stay will be an unforgettable one!
|Size||Sleeps up to 15, 6 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Zygi 19 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||7 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Larnaca LCA 45 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms of which 5 En suites|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (5), Cots (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
Fully equipped kitchen
o refrigerator w/freezer
o hobs/range top & oven
o coffee maker
o water kettle
* A/C heating and cooling
* digital flat-screen TV with free satellite service
* free Wi-fi internet access (provided by the village of Vavla)
* ironing board and iron
* hair dryer
* private courtyard shared by our guests
* free parking for all guests
* washing machine, dryer and telephone available on the premises through special arrangement
* baby cot and high chair available upon request
|Further details outdoors|
Traditional Cypriot house courtyard with outdoor coffee tables, chairs and dining table with umbrella.
The Larnaca region
Vavla is a rather small, quiet and peaceful village located in the foothills of the Troodos mountain range in the Larnaca district of Cyprus.
The history as well as the name of the village of Vavla disappears in the midst of history. It is not certain when the village was built but according to eyewitness accounts there were archaeological finds in and all around the village. Dwellings were discovered after the earth would cave in. The old people called them "caves" and avoided certain areas because the ground could randomly collapse causing injuries. They often contained amphorae and other clay containers, sometimes jewelry and coins. Occasionally human bones were present as well. Extensive looting took place and finds were sold and ultimately probably lost forever.
According to an anonymous account, Vavla was named after a certain aristocrat by the name of De Vavyla who supposedly owned the territory in the days of the occupation by the Francs in the 14th century. It is uncertain if such a person ever existed and such claims, although very romantic, are totally unfounded and probably erroneous.
Nameless hamlets surrounded Vavla but they did not withstand the test of time and would disappear almost as quickly as they appeared. Anastasis and Eleni Poli recall an olive oil mill in such a hamlet upstream (the Agios Minas river goes by the outskirts of Vavla). Also in the vicinity of "Panayia tis Agapes" (The Madonna of Love) where the small church still stands there used to be a hamlet.
Massive emigration to the UK, USA and Australia at the turn of the century took a toll on the population of Vavla, as many of those who left never returned, and their tracks have been lost. Anastasis D Polis had left Vavla in 1920 and emigrated to the USA in search for a better life. He was one of the few who ultimately returned after almost a decade. The same happened with his son Michael Polis in the 1950s who also returned after almost a decade in the UK. Others didn't, having left behind wives and in many cases children.
Today Vavla is experiencing a new renaissance as it has been declared by the government as a "preserved cultural history location" and many of the dilapidated houses are restored with historical accuracy to their original state, albeit featuring all amenities for comfortable, modern-style living.
The village of Vavla is truly at the heart of the Cyprus countryside. About half an hour drive from the three major cities (Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol), Vavla gives you that laid-back, quiet lifestyle, while still being easily accessible to all that the major cities have to offer.
Vavla is located just 10km off of the Limassol-Nicosia motorway, and is within 15km distance of the sea, a large-scale supermarket and fast-food chain.
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19 Oct 2013
"Real old Cypriot charm in idyllic location"
We stayed for two nights and thoroughly appreciated the beautiful location and the extremely well kitted out apartment. It was spotlessly clean. Although fully booked when we went, all guests were q… More
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