Audrey's Studio Apartment - off the beaten track
Welcome to our home in the quiet rural village of Souni Zanakia, off the beaten track yet close enough for you to be on the beach at Curium in ten minutes or on top of the Troodos Mountains in 55 minutes. We offer our completely self contained air conditioned studio apartment with its own patio, garden and private entrance so you can come and go as you please.
Many of our guests describe this studio as a "home from home" but if you don't feel like self catering or grilling on your gas barbecue there are plenty of nearby tavernas to eat in or take away (even fish and chips within one mile). Included is a day one breakfast pack with my own freshly baked bread, home made marmalade, free range village eggs and seasonal fruit.We have provided a list of recommended places to visit and places to eat in, and are on hand to help with any enquiries, free WiFi and free parking included.
So sit and watch the swallows and bee-eaters swoop over the wooded valley with its awesome views to the sea at Akrotiri Bay or listen to the nightingales and nightjars in the warm dusky evening. It can be a heavenly experience for bird watchers to sit and spot the numerous birds migrating over the island. Pick your own breakfast grapefruit, the lemon for your G & T from the garden or savour the succulent figs in summer. You are also welcome to use our swimming pool in the garden above. The Studio is equipped with a generous king sized bed but there is also space for a single bed if required. Just let us know.
Top Traveller Review
We're so pleased that you had a wonderful holiday and thank you for you lovely review, it's so nice when guests take time to tell us what they enjoyed about their stay. We look forward to welcoming you again whenever you return to Cyprus.
Audrey, Andy & Amber.
About the Owner
We retired to Cyprus in 2006 and found this beautiful renovated stone village house in wonderful countryside surroundings. It came with a very attractive studio apartment situated on the lower terrace adjoining the garden.
Our village is a quiet and friendly place but close to the amenities of Epskopi and Erimi, Courium Beach and Museum is just 6 minutes away and you can be in Limassol in 15-20 minutes. Paphos airport in 30 minutes and Larnaca airport in 55 minutes.
We're ideally centrally placed for access to the coast, the Troodos mountains and the golf courses at Aphrodite Hills and Secret Valley.
We do our best to ensure our guests really enjoy their stay and are on hand if you want any advice on places to visit, the best places to eat that help you to experience the real Cyprus that we love.
Guestbook comments from the owner
Review from Liz Wells (Stayed in Zanakia 30.9.15 - 7.10.15)
I spent one week in Zanakia with hosts, Audrey and Andrew. I had a wonderful time. They have lived in Cyprus for about 10 years and in consequence know all the best places to visit. The accommodation was immaculately clean and well equipped for self catering and I was made to feel very welcome and enjoyed a couple of evenings with them chatting over a bottle of wine. There is a swimming pool which I never used so I can't really comment on that as I always prefer to swim in the sea especially in October when the water temperature is perfect. The location is rural, peaceful and set in a Cypriot village away from tourism which is exactly the type of place that I love. You need a car to stay here. Within a 5-10 minute drive you can be in Episkopi and Erimi where shops, restaurants, bars and garages can easily be found. The beach is also very near and has a choice of three restaurants to choose from.
If you are looking for nightlife on the doorstep, I wouldn't choose this accommodation, if you are looking for peace, countryside and a taste of real Cyprus you won't be disappointed.
4.6 based on 20 holidaymaker reviews
We had a wonderful holiday staying in Audrey & Andy's garden apartment, which was exactly as described. The location was perfect, with fantastic views over the countryside towards the sea. The apartment had its own private patio with two very comfortable sun loungers plus a table and chairs, perfect for a relaxing breakfast or glass of wine in the evening. The apartment itself was well furnished, very clean, and obviously well maintained. Audrey & Andy even provide beach towels, beach mats and a cool bag for the beach. The apartment is located within a 15 minute drive to the beach, with easy access to good local tavernas. Audrey & Andy made us feel very welcome, providing us with tea and biscuits on our arrival, and gave us local knowledge as to eating places, supermarkets etc. Audrey & Andy have a gorgeous little dog called Amber who is adorable and very friendly. They have a parrot and other beautiful exotic birds, which reminded us of the rainforest. We would have no hesitation in recommending Audrey & Andy's apartment to friends and relatives, and would like to return for a holiday there ourselves in the future. Lorna & Bill
Compact little studio - tastefully decorated
Compact little studio - tastefully decorated.
The property is compact and tastefully decorated and appeared to be well maintained. Clean, tidy and a lovely welcome package of home made bread, jam, fruit, milk , tea and coffee.
The owners were very accommodating and welcoming upon our arrival. Items to note are that the TV only works with the dvd's and does not pick up UK tv and that the air conditioning unit is an additional charge per hour. This was not in the property description.
It should also be noted that the owners have a large aviary next to the studio apartment, lovely to see the variety of different birds they keep.
We did not use the pool during our stay, but did occasionally sit round it enjoying the sunshine and the view - always accompanied by their very lovely little dog.
Whilst we had a few issues during our stay, Audrey and Andrew did their upmost to resolve them as quick as they could.
The location of the studio apartment is quite remote and so a car is essential if staying at this location.
This was the 3rd time we visited this little gem and it was perfect again! You really make us feel at home everytime we come! Thanks a lot for that! We're so glad we found ourselves a place where we can escape to during the winter months...
The location is perfect! In the apartment you find everything you need! Beaches, restaurants, and shops are all reachable in less than 15 minutes. Limassol town centre is about a 25 min drive! So there is plenty to do, but you can always stay home and relax on the huge terrace, enjoy the stunning view, listen to the birds, and get addicted to their grapefruits. I wish I had a tree like that in my garden...
On top of that, the hospitality we receive from both of you is priceless! We cannot thank you enough for that!
Too bad we only could stay for one week this time. Next time we'll stay longer, because there will definitely be a fourth, fifth, ...
Thank you Audrey and Andrew! See you next time!
Hidden gem in peaceful village!
Lovely studio apartment in a peaceful village. Fits perfectly for two! It is well-maintained, has a little kitchen, a TV and DvD-player (with huge dvd collection) and the terrace is very large (with bbq)! The view is absolutely stunning! We really would recommend this to friends or relatives, also because of its location. The most interesting placing are reachable in less than an hour (Paphos, Lefkara, Limassol, Troodos mountains, Omodos, ...). Nicosia, Larnaca and Latchi are 1h30 away. In the nearby villages (Kantou, Episkopi and Erimi) you can find supermarkets, some restaurants, pharmacy, ATM, ... and they're only 10 minute away. The nearest beach is Kourion beach, only a 15 minute drive. Lovely beach, and nice to snorkel as well! The nearest city is Limassol, a 25 minute drive. Beautiful city with many shop and restaurants! The new marina is great for a drink and not far away you can find the best restaurants near the Old Castle!
On top of that, you can always rely on the warm hospitality of the owners and the good advice about what to see and where to eat. They really made us feel at home.
It was the second time we stayed here and we are sure there will be a third time soon!!!
Thanks a lot for those wonderful two weeks!
See you soon!!!
Bruno and Elke
Antwerp - Belgium
A most comfortable stay in a rural location
Delightful village location ; the apartment is more than adequate for two people and well furnished. Added bonus is the exotic bird aviary -a chance to persuade the African Grey parrot - Keo - to repeat new phrases!
The swimming pool was most appreciated and necessary with temperatures in the mid thirties.
The owners , Andrew & Audrey, were always available to answer queries regarding locations and places to visit.
Idyllic setting simply marvellous!
I do pride myself on finding little budget gems like these through " owner property related Web site" & this one didn't disappoint!
Tired after a 5 hr flight & getting up at the crack of dawn we no problem finding the property tucked nicely away from the main hub of Limassol at the beginning of mountenous area. The location firstly gave it easy access to authentic Cypriot villages like: Vassa, Omodos, Platres that we visited & enjoyed stunning food. Not only that the Troodos mountains are too an easy short drive for the day to take on the hot spot trail of "Kaledonia" to be met by a stunning water fall after a rigorous but enjoyable hike.
Your local beach is "Curium" & is considered one of the better beaches in the area. Chris Blue beach with its restaurant offers superb large servings in all food types. Lady mile beach too is easy reach from the accommodation.
So we greeted feeling weary by perky Audrey & her gorgeous dog Amber with a pot of tea & biscuits. It may be 35+ plus but this is the British way! (Lol).
Nothing was any trouble for Audrey & Andrew they are very easy going & sociable. They have great tips on every aspect of the area that you maybe interested in.
This felt like home away from home. We loved the peaceful setting & our own large private garden over looking the landscape off to the sea.
The pool is up on the upper level of the property were they both live. To be honest this incredibly kind to allow access here because this there area. Please note: it's your pool & you don't share it with anyone. There was a previous review that I found unkind that Audrey & Andrew deviated the pool pics to be very private. It's private enough! You go to a resort & share a pool with hundreds of strangers gorking at you. I rest my case to that review.
You are also greeted with a lovely complementary breakfast pack. This is necessary sometimes as time doesn't permit to get to a supermarket after your flight. By the way local supermarket is close as well.
We stayed 10 days & did 2 loads of washing only. Audrey is happy for these for a small charge.
We found it more interesting as Andrew is a exotic bird enthusist. He keeps some African birds in an Avery next to the Villa. We absolutely loved this. Just use ear plugs for their morning singing. Slept beautifully!
If you are miserable, phobic of exotic birds & a small cute dog; don't book because you want be welcome!
Thanks again for making feel at home!
From the Owner
“Central island location and beautiful surroundings, cooler up here in summer but near to all big city amenities of Limassol, quiet rural village location only six minutes from main motorway access.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
This quiet and peaceful area is extremely interesting to any keen bird watchers, many migratory birds visiting Cyprus are seen in the garden and reserve. Bird watching trips can be arranged. The area is very suitable for kite and wind surfers at Kourion Beach, walkers and mountain bikers would also enjoy the wild game reserve. We are keen bird watchers and naturalists and keep exotic birds in a large aviary in the garden which can be viewed by guests.
It takes about six minutes to drive to Courion beach and ten minutes to Melanda beach. Courion is safe for swimming, has 3 tavernas for lunch or refreshments. Melanda beach is further around the bay, slightly rocky but very peaceful. Lady's Mile beach is 20 minutes away but has a long sandy beach and safe, shallow swimming as well as several tavernas on the beach.
We are 25 minutes from Paphos Airport and 55 minutes from Larnaca Airport. A hire car would add considerably to the enjoyment of your stay, we can recommend a very reliable local firm who can arrange for your car to be at the airport.
Distance to Souni - 2kms, to Episkopi and Erimi - 8 kms. Kolossi - 12kms, Limassol - 18kms, Paphos - 58kms.
There is a coffee shop in the village and a kebab shop on the crossroads, a taverna/pub/shop at Souni also a tearoom and small supermarket. There are supermarkets, bakeries, bank, pharmacies, filling stations, restaurants, pubs and take aways in Episkopi and Erimi - 5 minutes by car. Major supermarkets and shops are available in Limassol 20 minutes by car. There are several historical sites in the area including the mosaics, amphitheatre and museum at Courion or a visit to Kolossi Castle. Leisure activities include horse riding and wind surfing at Kourion, go-carts at Episkopi, the water park at Fasouri, bird watching at the Salt Lakes, walking and mountain biking in the reserve. Visits to the various wineries on the Cyprus Wine Trail and the Wine Museum at Erimi and a new micro brewery, Aphrodite's Rock at Paphos.The Monastery and attractive village of Omodos are also well worth a visit.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Additional pricing information
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£50|
To book please contact the owner by phone or email to discuss any details. A deposit of 50% required on booking and the full balance plus a refundable £50 breakage/damage deposit is payable four weeks before arrival. If you cancel your booking up to four weeks before the arrival date, your deposit will be refunded if the apartment is able to be rebooked. If you cancel after the four weeks your deposit and balance will be forfeited if the apartment is not able to be rebooked.
Changeover day is flexible.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Euros also accepted at current exchange rate. Price for a third person staying in the apartment is £100 extra per week. Water, electricity and gas are included in apartment price but air-conditioning and winter heating are a small metered charge of €1 for one hour. For long winter lets there is a 5% discount.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“Large, cool studio apartment - 5m x 8m with own entrance stairway and large sunny patio terrace with the most fabulous views to the sea, use of private pool, ample free parking space and free WiFi.”
- Away From It All
- Tourist Attractions
- Air Conditioning ...
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Private Pool
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- near the sea
- Ocean View
- botanical garden
- water parks
- winery tours
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- fitness centre
- laundrette - serviced
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- bay fishing
- water skiing
- 40 m²
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- En-suite tiled bathroom with walk in shower, wash basin and wc, mirror and small chest of drawers.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
- Bedroom 1
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom area with king size bed, memory foam mattress, duvet, decorative net canopy, two storage units, fitted wardrobes, bedside tables and lamps. (1 single bed if needed). Iron, ironing board, hair dryer, extra blankets, beach towels, beach mats.
- Outside: There is a large, sunny patio terrace outside of the apartment adjoining the fruit tree garden which is very private, it has a table and four chairs, parasol, new sun loungers and cushions and a gas barbecue for guests' use. There is another table and four chairs and lantern in the fruit garden area - perfect for alfresco dining. There is an 8 x 4m swimming pool on the upper level which is shared only with the owners of the property. Last year the apartment was completely refurbished and redecorated, including new double glazed patio doors with fly screen, new storage units provided in bedroom and kitchen, breakfast area inside.This year we have had new loose covers and cushions for the sitting area. We provide our guests with a breakfast welcome pack consisting of : home baked brown or white bread, grapefruit or figs or juice, free range eggs, butter, marmalade, coffee, tea, sugar and milk, this is included in the apartment price. Utility Room: Utility area- broom, vacuum cleaner, mop and bucket, dustpan and brush. Pegs for outside washing line. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bed linen are provided. Beach towels now available to save luggage space, also cool bag for your picnic and drinks. The apartment is cleaned before your arrival.For stays of longer than a week there is a small charge of 5 euros for linens and towels change