|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Kathikas sits amongst the peaceful vineyards of the Laona Plateau, yet is only a short drive from wonderful beaches, including the famous Coral Beach and the cosmopolitan resort of Paphos. It still retains all the charm of a true Cypriot village, with its old stone buildings, narrow streets, ancient church and well renowned local tavernas, where you can sample both authentic, Greek food and local wines, alongside a more international menu. The villa itself is situated on the outskirts of the village, overlooking peaceful views, but is only a 5 minute walk from the heart of the village. There are three good-sized double or twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a large, bright & airy L-shaped open-plan living room and kitchen which open onto a wide, covered veranda and outdoor eating area, overlooking the garden, vineyards and distant mountains beyond. It's a perfect holiday base, whether you like to explore the island or just relax by the pool.
Zanna and John are currently living in Hong Kong, with their two young sons, where they are teachers. We are currently enjoying teaching internationally and exploring the world. One day we hope to head to Cyprus to live but in the meantime we love going there for holidays.
Zanna & John Psillides purchased this villa in 2005
Though we were both brought up in the UK, generations of John's family have lived in Kathikas and, in fact, Kathikas Palm Villa is built on the site of John's old family house. The current house was built by John's parents and has been in the family for years. We bought it in 2005 to keep it in the family. We love it here and have many memories of childhood, as well as holidays as newly-weds, and so we wanted our children to experience this wonderful village. One day in the future we intend to live here permanently but in the meantime, knowing what a marvellous place it is to spend a holiday, we are pleased to be able to share our comfortable home with other holiday makers.
The property's gardens are large compared to most holiday homes in Cyprus, with seating areas as well as a fenced-off pool area. The large verandahs are also fenced off and make it a safe place for young children, as well as for older visitors. The house is also the only one on the street, making it a perfect location for a private holiday. Beautiful walks through the vineyards and down to the beach (for the more adventurous) can begin at the door. The villa also benefits from several restaurants within easy walking distance.
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We chose this house in a village for our holiday so we could experience 'real' Cyprus living & we were not disappointed! The villa was very comfortable & had everything we wanted - and being near the edge of the village it was a peaceful spot with lovely views over the neighbouring vineyards. We loved walking through the old streets to one of the tavernas in the evening (good not to have to drive!) but equally it was nice to stay home & have sundowners by the pool or on the lovely wide verandah. It didn't take long to drive to the beach or Paphos town for a change and one day we explored further afield up into the Troodos Mountains - a fabulous drive visiting an historic monestry & several fascinating villages. All in all we really enjoyed our stay!
Our first trip to the villa was in 2013 and it was so ideal for our purposes we came back in 2014. The villa itself is great; open, airy and well equipped, its very nice without being quite as modern and stylish as some other places we've stayed. However it isn't for the inside we particularly like it. We like it mostly for the outside with its wide, spacious terrace which is ideal to contain playing kids while reading or chatting with a glass of something cold. The kids loved it too. The pool area is lovely, a nice short walk through the scenic gardens away and, crucially is fenced off (although a means of locking the gate would help).
The characterful local chapel which is adjacent attracts the occasional characterful local, all of whom are friendly and some stop to chat or even bring fruit. Lovely.
Kathikas itself is relaxed and only a slow 5 minute stroll to the centre. Although we generally prefer to cook for ourselves there are plenty of places to eat and we found the bar on the corner which is up some steps and facing the church to be a nice place for a drink or two.
Overall ths is a great villa at a very reasonable price in a lovely place. You have the more lively Coral Bay 15 minutes away but if you want to be a bit away from the crowds most of the time this is for you. However, unless you want to take a peaceful place as far as being a recluse you must get a car.
If you go I hope you enjoy it as much as we have our two visits
5 out of 5! This was our second visit to Kathikas, a quiet, friendly and interesting village in the hills above Paphos. Set in a beautiful garden, the scent of Jasmine hits you as you walk through the front gate; the villa well prepared for our arrival with beds made, milk in the fridge and even a welcoming bottle of wine.
Well equipped, with lovely pool, well maintained. We met several villagers, ate in 4 of the 6 tavernas/restaurants, all within easy walking distance and bought our supplies, including Kathikas' own delicious Vasilikon wine from the village store.
Although hot during our stay, the deep verandah surrounding two sides of the villa always provided a cooler spot to relax, and how wonderful, coming from hot, dusty Dubai to enjoy pure, cool mountain air in the evenings. We walked throughout the village, but did not see a single other holiday cottage amongst the many that looked better- for charm, location, sun, pool and shade.
Whilst we have visited Cyprus many times and love Kathikas we have never actually stayed in the village - so we took a chance on Kathikas Palm. What a great choice it turned out to be.
The villa is spacious, light, and cool and very well equipped and comfortable. The large, covered, veranda around two sides of the house is ideal for dining or for just sitting in the shade enjoying the peace and quiet and the gardens. The pool area is particularly attractive, with views of vineyards and the distant mountains, and we spent hours just reading in the sun with a refreshing dip when the sun got a little too much.
The villa is situated on a quiet lane, but only minutes walk away from the restaurants, coffee houses and shop. Only a few visitors to the tiny Church next door came by though the neighbours generously gave us some of the fruit and vegetables from their allotment.
Whilst not an issue for us the villa is particularly child safe with a railed, gated veranda, and a fenced pool area.
A lovely, restful week in Kathikas and we hope to return next year.
We can highly recommend Kathikas Palm Villa for a very peacfeful, private and relaxing holiday.
The villa is set in beautiful gardens where we found lemon, orange trees, grapes growing on vines and views of the mountains.
The pool and area was very clean and a pleasure to swim in everyday.
Inside the villa it was very spacious and clean where we felt very comfortable there. In fact we did not want to leave we could of stayed another couple of weeks!
We miss sitting out on the balcony eating our breakfast every morning listening to the birds tweeting in the lovely gardens.
Excellent location for visiting Troodos Mountains and only 20 minutes to the beach. Good restaurants in village too.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£250|
We require a 30% deposit to secure your booking with the balance paid in full 6 weeks before the start date of your holiday. We also require a returnable £250 breakages deposit, payable with the second payment. On payment of the final instalment you will receive details for arrival and departure arrangements.
In the peak months of July & August the changeover day is Saturday or Wednesday only but at other times of the year we are able to be more flexible and will do our best to fit in with what is most suitable for you.
Notes on prices:
Our prices are quoted in Sterling and we offer discounts for longer stays.
Pay 30% up front to confirm the booking and then 6 weeks before the holiday begins the balance of the cost is paid in full plus the refundable breakages (security) deposit.