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Traditional large detached village house wih private pool and enclosed courtyard



Updated: 10-Sep-2016
Very private with its own courtyard and sole use of swimming pool. Tranquil

A beautiful, fully restored large detached village house divided into two apartment with enclosed courtyard and its own lovely swimming pool. The first apartment sleeps 4 the second apartment sleeps 2. Separate rates. Ideal for taking parents or friends as both are self contained Thirty five minutes scenic drive from Limassol and twenty minutes drive to beaches.

Akapnou is a small village in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains with superb views all round.

About 2kms away is a mountain golf course (Vikla) where all are welcome. Very popular.

All rooms are air conditioned and heated. Each apartment is independent with full kitchen and dining areas. Outside in the large courtyard there are vines, Barbecue areas and outside dining..

Private swimming pool 5 by 10 metres with plenty of tables, chairs and sun beds with large umbrellas. There is a toilet and shower next to the pool. Flowers and palm trees in the floodlit pool area make it quite romantic.

Nestled in the hills of the picturesque village of Vikla, 25kms from Akapnou , is Vikla Golf & Country Club, where you are invited to play a round or two of golf against a backdrop of spectacular beauty.

Quote from the owner.

“Vikla is a family run business that provides a facility unique to Cyprus. At Vikla you will play on quality grass greens, relax in an environment where people don’t take life or themselves too seriously, eat and drink at the bar happy that you’re paying the right price, and only pay 30 euros for your day’s golf!

We have chosen not to spend a fortune on water (which is scarce enough in Cyprus ) to irrigate our fairways throughout the summer. This not only saves the island water, but also saves us money meaning we can pass on these savings to you.

During the rainy months our fairways green up quite nicely. Then, when the hot sun beats down in the summer, we allow the fairways to brown off. This doesn’t cause any problems as - like many clubs subject to our climate - we use artificial grass mats for fairway shots in the summer. The greens and aprons remain lush and green right through the year and we are proud to say are often said to be the best on the island!” - www.vikla4golf.com


During the rainy months our fairways green up quite nicely. Then, when the hot sun beats down in the summer, we allow the fairways to brown off. This doesn’t cause any problems as - like many clubs subject to our climate - we use artificial grass mats for fairway shots in the summer. The greens and aprons remain lush and green right through the year and we are proud to say are often said to be the best on the island!”

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

Both my parents were Greek Cypriot. I was born in London but brought up in the Greek culture.

I am very involved in Cyprus as I own a Greek Bookshop in London, which is unique. Hellenic Bookservice. In addition to stocking books on everything Greek I specialise on Cyprus.

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Speaks English, French, Greek, a little french

Guestbook comments from the owner

Just returned from a fantastic 10 days in Cyprus, staying in Monica's great holiday home. We wanted somewhere quiet, away from the tourist traps but within easy reach of all the sights and attractions that Cyprus has to offer. That's exactly what were got in Akapnou.

July is hot - we had thought that being in the foothills of Troodos might have kept things cool but it was still hitting 35c so the swimming pool was used every day (a must for our 3 year old).

Akapnou is a very sleepy (but charming) village about 30 minutes north of Limassol. We had lots on our To Do list (including heading north over the green line) and it was a great base camp location. The roads, although steep in places, are in really good condition and you certainly don't need a 4x4 unless you plan to head to the Akama or Karpaz Peninsulas.

The house is made of 3 apartments (I think) but we were the only ones staying there and had full use of the pool and courtyard area. The apartment is fully equipped with kitchen, sitting room, indoor and outdoor tables, bathroom (there is a shower in the bathroom but the shower by the pool was even better), and there were plenty of card games and books ready for a rainy day (we never needed them!). Although Akapnou didn't have any shops or restaurants of its own, it is within 5 minutes drive of lots of other little villages that do so we had some really delicious meals. One thing which was missing was a guest comments book which would let guests share their tips, but the owner Monica gave us all the information we could possibly have needed before we arrived so we were all set.

It would not be a complete review without mentioning how exceptionally helpfully Monica was in all aspects of the stay. Monica lives in London but sees Akapnou as her home from home. She answered all emails right away during the booking process, was able to advise us on what to do, where to do it, shopping, cooking, eating, beaches etc etc etc, and was on hand via mobile connection Monica also has a very helpful cleaner, Maria, who comes once a week and also did a quick shop for us before we arrived so we would have some supplies for breakfast.

All in all, a great holiday home which made for a hugely enjoyable 10 days.
Jul 2015
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An excellent, very peaceful place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, large villa, situated in the foothills of the Troodos range of mountains of Cyprus. Nicely furnished with a fabulous swimming pool, the environs are perfect for those who like to walk; and for those who prefer to "ruin" one, there's a golf course close by. The village of Akapnou is charming, and its residents equally so. Highly recommended, though car-hire is essential.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private, Spacious, Comfortable, and Elegant

  • 5 of 5

This is the place and people to vacation by!

I highly recommend staying here. Monica was a pleasure to deal with, and the price was very affordable.

It's such a beautifully and homey villa- it's traditional, which we LOVED- and it's so tastefully furnished with beautiful wood ceilings and wood trim everywhere. Imagine a very fancy cabin in the heat of summer. The house is very airy as it as doors and windows everywhere. The air conditioning in every room helps!

We especially loved the grapes outside hanging- they were DELICIOUS!

Monica and Fred left us with tons of tourist books, maps, games, CDS, and novels.

The pool was clear and clean, and came with everything Monica says and more.

The house is located in the most traditional, charming village- we absolutely fell in love with the villagers, who were so warm and inviting.

It was such a pleasant getaway with out the hustle bustle of city life where we were able to just sit back and enjoy- AND IT'S SUCH A CLOSE DRIVE TO EVERYTHING!

Monica and Fred- thank you for a lovely vacation- We'll let you know when we can afford to come visit again!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Am so delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Akapnou. As you know I tried to be as helpful as I could by telling you what was open where to go and what to sees. You really responded as you said in your email of the 4th August 2013 "Dear Monica, Thank you so much for everything!!!! We had an amazing time. You have a beautiful villa. It is furnished so beautifully. We loved the classic look with all the wood finish. We loved eating outside it was quite relaxing. We played the millionaire game that you have. (I won) The pool was stunning we had so much fun!!! I used your goggles I don't like water in my eyes. We listened to your blues cds. It was the first time I ever heard blues. I liked the Robert Cray cd the best. The village was traditional, quaint, and homey. The towns people were super friendly, welcoming and inviting. The coffee shop was really really cute. We went to Omodos village, a Cyprus fruit market, horseback riding, speed boating and snorkeling, atving, archery, climbing adventure course, Limmasol castle, Kollosi castle, Kourion ruins, the Turkish side of the border, the venetian bridge and more... We had a blast." You really got around. Thank you so much for your lovely review. It was very much appreciated. At the same time you were a pleasure to talk to and also I loved receiving all your emails. You were so looking forward to going and it looks as if it met with all your expectations. Best regards Monica
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A very good holiday in a quiet village

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this villa. It has very flexible accommodation according to the make up of the party. It is ideal for an away from it all holiday in a very quiet mountain village. It is very well equipped and the owner has been very helpful to ensure that people's needs are accommodated. The pool and courtyard make a very pleasant place to relax. A car is essential to enjoy the varied landscapes in the surrounding area. The owner was very welcoming and someone who it is a pleasure to do business with.

The local restaurants were very welcoming too, but with such a well equipped kitchen and the courtyard it was a pleasure to eat in also.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 2, 2010
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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jolie maison traditionnelle de village

  • 5 of 5

maison rénovée dans un charmant village, au calme. maison de caractère "ayant une âme" . position centrale proche de tous les axes importants et des curiosités. grande piscine régulièrement entretenue. parfaite pour des couples, des enfants, des seniors grâce a ses accès commodes a des appartements séparés. Monica la propriétaire a donné tous les renseignements utiles et a répondu aux divers mails avec une grande gentillesse et disponibilité. nous avons adoré notre séjour et la gentillesse des chypriotes du village et de l'île toute entière.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the review. You were a pleasure to deal with. It has made me so happy that you enjoyed your stay so much. It is a unique propertry and very difficult to explain until you go there. It seems to suit all ages . I have tried to make it as comfortable as possible so that anyone that visits can relax and not feel that they are in a hotel with rules. Monica
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  • 5 of 5

This place is a piece of heaven : comfortable, cosy, quiet and safe.Fully equiped. The pool is great with lots of pieces of furniture and equipment. In the middle of a cute little village wih its church square and all the cats running around... Very handy too : it is equally distant from all the sites. Right in the moutains, it is not far from the sea. It is the ideal place to spend nice and relaxing holidays.

En français : la maison est confortable et intime. Bien équipée et très agréable. La piscine est belle avec équipement et jeux. Le village typque est adorable avec tous ces chats sur la place de l'église. Pratique : le village est équidistant de tous les sites touristiques. Dans la montagne, il est près de la mer. Un endroit pour passer de belles vacances.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2011
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2011
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

My husband and myself wanted to purchase a house, in a village,which we could restore. It had to be close to Limassol with its fine beaches and also close to the cosmopolitan life of Limassol. This was the first property we looked at. We opened the doors to the courtyard and got no further. We were completely overwhelmed. Little did we know that it would take us ten years to fully restore. We later bought the land next to it so that we could build the swimming pool. It is unique . Beautiful views. Because of the size of the property we were able to built a complete outside eating area .. We have let it out to some local Cypriots who the same as us love it to escape from the bustling towns of Limassol, Larnaca and Nicosia. It is very traditional but at the same time very comfortable. Somewhere to escape to. Although it is in the lower Troodos mountains it has a wonderful climate .

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Larnaca . Paphos is further but only takes an hour at 55 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Kafenion in village at 30 Metres Nearest Ferry : Limassol at 29 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Vikla at 2 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Pareklissia at 15 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Akapnou at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ski : Troodos at 25 Kilometres Nearest Beach : several on the seaside front at 15 Kilometres Car: necessary

Akapnou has everything.

Ideally placed for mountain and sea and the towns of Larnaca and Paphos. There is a mountain route to the capital -Nicosia. Visits to Archaeological sites, vineyards, famous churches, beach resorts with their many restaurants including Governors Beach famous for its fish restaurants and safe swimming. The main towns have cinemas theatres and museums. Superb shopping in Limassol where there is a new 'Mall' with a vast array of stores. Akapnou is the perfect place for walking with all round fantastic scenery. Limassol has now completed a 16 km, sea walk with cafes all along at intervals. Should you need more information about Cyprus the owners own a Greek Bookshop in London called 'The Hellenic Bookservice'. The specialist bookshop in everything Greek including Cyprus

Vikla golf course is 2 kms away. All are welcome.


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18 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
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7 Jan 2017 - 3 Mar 2017
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4 Mar 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

The apartment downstairs sleeps 4. The rates are as on the site.
The apartment upstairs sleeps 2. If this is needed in addition to the downstairs apartment an extra payment is required
The two apartments together sleep 6. Sole use of pool and outside facilties.
Both are accessible from inside the house by a spiral staircase and also by the balcony.
Please contact me for any more information. The additional payment is very reasonable.
Monica Williams. monicawilliams@blueyonder.co.uk. . 0044 7887537858

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From the Owner

To me there is no place like it. It has everything, peace and quiet with the bustling towns of Limassol and Larnaca within easy reach. There are so many places that you can get to from Akapnou. The swimming pool is wonderful with a very powerful shower and night-time lighting. It is a place get rid of stress. We can completely unwind the moment we enter the courtyard. Every time we leave we are planning our next trip. Unfortunately being a bookseller specialising in Greece and Cyprus as well as Latin and Ancient Greek we cannot get away very easily in the summer because it is our busy period. However Cyprus has such a long season that even at the beginning of Deember it is still warm. There are now cheap flights from many places in Europe.I We are known in all the local village tavernas - restuarants - who really take care of us and all our guests. Because of where it there is something for everyone from the sea to the mountains. For guests that like a quiet life and those who like to live it up in the lively towns of Limassol and Larnaca.

Property Type

  • house


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1000 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2
  • The bathroom is en-suite. There is a bath and two showers. One shower above the bath and a separate shower. Shaver point. Solar heating and immersion if needed. There is also an outside shower near the pool which is brilliant as it is solar heated. Also a separate toilet near the pool which is very useful . The apartment which is separate upstairs has its own shower room.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Two Bedrooms. One en-suite (third bedroom see below). First bedroom has a queen size bed. Fully fitted wardrobes with cupboard space. Door with shutters to courtyard. Plenty of space. Free standing mirror. Air-conditioning/heating. Bedside cabinets. Very comfortable. It is a very traditional village style bedroom but very comfortable. Bedroom 2 has two single beds with a wardrobe and a dressing table. Air conditioning/heating. There are two large chairs in the lounge which can be used as single beds. Suitable for children We have an additional self contained apartment upstairs. This has another double bedroom en-suite when used with the other apartment this makes three bedrooms in total sleeping 6/8. Can only be booked with the first apartment to give complete privacy. Cost on request.


  • There is complete outside living. Three barbecues, one of them gas. A cooking area with a sink. One large table with chairs in courtyard. Three tables round the pool with at least 16 chairs, sun loungers etc. Plenty of umbrellas. The pool has underwater lighting in addition to lights round the pool. There is a large garden to sit in round the pool. In addition there is another table on the balcony.

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