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Peaceful villa with panoramic sea views over olive groves in traditional village

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,937 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Quiet, detached 3 bedroom villa with swimming pool for up to 6 adults and 1 baby

Watch the sun rise over unspoilt countryside and the glistening waters of the Mediterranean before taking an early-morning dip in the pool surrounded by the colours and scents of an indigenous flower and herb garden. Situated at the edge of a traditional Cypriot community, this comfortable family home on a large plot offers peace and complete privacy, yet is only 250 metres from the centre of the village and the taverna!

Villa Katerina is fully air-conditioned and equipped throughout to the highest standards, including gas central heating for the short winter season. Upstairs, there are 2 bedrooms (1 double and 2 single beds plus space for a baby’s cot) and a full bathroom, as well as access to a roof garden with ample space to sunbathe and relax. Downstairs, there is a further double bedroom, a shower room with WC and a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living room. Full-length, sliding windows with sun-reflecting, insect protection screens lead onto a South-facing patio with varied possibilities for al-fresco dining, a shaded wooden deck with pergola and a barbecue grill.

More Details

John and Cathy
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, german, dutch
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

About John and Cathy

Cathy and John are Scottish and English born, respectively, but have lived most of their adult lives abroad including over 30 years in continental Europe, mainly in Southern Germany. Villa Katerina was their Cypriot home until John's retirement from technical consulting (on corrosion issues in power stations) at the end of 2012. They now split their time between Cyprus, Norfolk (UK) and grandparenting duties (or rather pleasures) in Franconia (northern Bavaria).

John and Cathy purchased this villa in 2007

Guestbook comments from the owner

Villa Katerina: A modern house on the edge of an old village. Built not for rental, but for the owners themselves.

Location: Within sight of the sea, but with the fresh air of the Troodos Mountains. Lots of sun, but also sufficient shade. Far away from the madding crowd.

Neighbourhood: The neighbours are native Greek Cypriots, so you'll have the opportunity to learn a few words of Greek. You may also be asked to help with the olive or grape harvest.

Shops & Taverna: Local produce in local shops at village prices. You may be the only visitors in the Taverna, the coffee and the food are great.

Activities: Ideal base for excursions in all directions. Space, peace and quiet to relax, swim and read.

Efharisto for a lovely holiday. Judy & Dieter
Oct 2010
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Limassol Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1937 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please shower to remove sunscreen before entering the pool. Do not change the settings of pump and valves. Peter (our pool guy) will visit 2x a week.
  • Please close all sun umbrellas before going out from the property to avoid damage from sudden gusts of wind, as can occur unexpectedly on Cyprus.
  • Please take great care when using the barbecue or any other potential source of flames as the fire risk on the island is always high.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Patio - outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib , Cot outside room
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
A washing machine is available in a small hut outside the house next to the open-air drying area. A safe is present in the house for guest use.


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Peaceful villa with panoramic sea views over olive groves in traditional village
average rating of 4.857143 based on 10 reviews

A wonderful holiday

  • 5 of 5

A lovely and spacious villa in a peaceful place with nice views. Great beaches are quickly reachable by car in the nearby towns Avdimou and Pissouri. This is the place especially for nature lovers who like to get away from cities and traffic noise. The house and kitchen are very well equipped and the children loved to splash in the pool. No wifi though but who needs it as there is so much to see and do. We spent a lot of time driving up in the hills in Troodos and walked in the forests, nature trails and pretty villages.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you to our first guests from Finland for such a good summary of what makes Villa Katerina in Prastio such a special place, both for us and all our guests. We recommend purchasing a local data SIM card (available for only around 20 Euros as a "holiday package" from MTN) to get fast WiFi at the house and will leave a spare phone there in future to act as a mobile hotspot. That certainly works for us! John and Cathy
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Peaceful location superb villa, a great place to get away from it all.

  • 5 of 5

Lovely villa hidden away with superb views. A quiet village with a friendly local taverna. The villa caters for all your needs and is well equipped. The children loved the pool, we loved the fact there was no wifi for a real get away. Pissori in easy reach for beach restaurants and supermarket. We will hopefully go back again soon as this was a great get away from it all!

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kate, we are so glad that you and your family enjoyed the special atmosphere at Villa Katerina and look forward to having you as our guests again. Best wishes, John and Cathy.
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Perfect huis voor een rustige vakantie

  • 5 of 5

We hebben 11 heerlijke dagen gehad in dit mooie huis. Ligt in een dorpje, waar helaas niets te doen is (hopelijk gaat de taverna weer open) maar je bent zo bij de kust (15 min) en in de bergen (40 min). Lekker zwembad, mooi terras met een mooi uitzicht en een heerlijk huis met een geweldige keuken. Alles wat je in en rond een huis nodig hebt, is aanwezig. Alleen heb je wel een auto nodig. Een prima lokatie voor rust, zonnen, bergen, strand en uitstapjes. Prettig is ook het directe contact met de eigenaren, John en Cathy.

Wij hebben met ons gezin met 3 kinderen genoten.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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A true 5 Star experience

  • 5 of 5

Villa Katerina is just 30 minutes car drive from Paphos airport. Offers delightful unobstructed views to the sea from its commanding position in the sleepy rural village of Prastio. Excellent modern facilities, heated and serviced pool and sun baked patio and roof terrace. The perfect retreat for 'sunseekers.' Historic sites and mountain walking are within easy drive. A true 5 Star experience.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

La maison est parfaite pour des vacances reposantes et dépaysantes ( pas de touristes dans le village) .La vue est superbe.Nous avons passé de très bonnes vacances.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We much appreciate these comments from our first French guests, which correspond very closely to what we have also heard from various German visitors and from our British friends who have stayed at Villa Katherina. The emphasis on peace and quiet, a superb view and a genuine Cypriot village, unspoilt by over-development, correspond to our own decisive impressions when we first made this our home some years ago. Together with the excellent accessibility of coast, mountains and larger towns it really makes for a unique holiday location on Cyprus!
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Unser Urlaub vom 1.5.-10.5.2013 in Villa Katerina

  • 4 of 5

Die Organisation und die Betreuung vor Ort waren wirklich vorbildlich.

Die Villa ist, wie beschrieben, sehr großzügig und auch für 4 Erwachsene + 2 Kinder gut geeignet.

Die Außenanlage und der Pool (leider etwas zu kalt, aber das ist halt so Anfang Mai) wurden sehr gut gepflegt.

Die Ausstattung der Villa war vorbildlich. Die Küche war bis aufs I-Tüpfelchen ausgestattet und es gab nichts an Küchengeräten, was wir vermisst haben.

Auch die liebevolle "Erstbefüllung" des Kühlschrankes war klasse, da wir erst in der Nacht anreisen konnten.

Es gab lediglich 2 Mankos:

1. Die Klimaanlagen sind alle einzeln zeitgesteuert, und müssen nach 2h neu gestartet werden. Dies ist, vor allem in den ersten Tagen, sehr lästig. Hier sollte man lieber die Kosten umlegen, da dies den Komfort stark reduziert.

2. Wahrscheinlich aufgrund der geringen Buchung ist die Villa nicht dauerhaft und gut gekühlt worden. Daher kam es während unseres Besuches zu starkem Insektenbefall in den Räumen (Tausendfüssler). Diese mussten stündlich mit dem Staubsauger beseitigt werden. Unser Tipp: Klimaanlage voll aufdrehen, dann verschwinden die Plagegeister. :-)

Ansonsten lag die Villa, wie versprochen, sehr ruhig und war trotzdem gut zu erreichen.

Sofern die beiden oben genannten Punkte behoben werden, önnen wir die Villa uneingeschränkt empfehlen.

Wir haben unsere zeit, auch trotz der kleinen Unannehmlichkeiten, sehr genossen.

Danke für die tolle Zeit auf Zypern!


Jürgen & Dagmar

  • Submitted: May 21, 2013
  • Stayed: April 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Kilometres
Paphos international airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Kilometres
Prastio Taverna
Nearest Ferry
28 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
Aphrodite Hills and Secret Valley
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Kilometres
Prastio Taverna
Nearest Beach
6.5 Kilometres
Avdimou bay
Car: necessary

The small rural community of Prastio-Avdimou is located midway between the cosmopolitan cities of Limassol and Paphos (2017 European Capital of Culture), about 5 kilometres above the coastal motorway which allows easy access to both Paphos and Larnaca international airports (about 25 and 65 minutes drive, respectively). Its location at a height of around 350m provides an escape from the heat and humidity present directly at the coast in Summer, as well as a quick route through the neighbouring winegrowing villages up into the Troodos mountains. Prastio was recently officially declared to be among the top ten most attractive villages on Cyprus!

The unspoilt, local beach at Avdimou bay offers 2 waterside dining possibilities and further restaurants, shops and entertainment can be easily reached in the nearby small town of Pissouri. This also has a local pharmacy and a good supermarket, as well as medical services. Watersports and diving are available at Pissouri Bay and four golf courses are also within easy reach (20-50 minutes). For more details see the following links:


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $419.99

Ask for a separate quote if < 4 people in group. Credit cards can be used and payment of equivalent amounts is possible by bank transfer in €. A refundable security deposit of £300 and 25% of the rental fee is required within 7 days to secure the booking, the remainder 30 days before arrival. The rates shown above cover water, electricity (inc. air-conditioning), final cleaning & laundry.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.