Audrey's Studio Apartment - off the beaten track
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.
Audrey purchased this Apartment in 2006
Why Audrey chose Souni-Zanakia
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.
What makes this Apartment unique
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. Flat screen TV with UK & World channels. Beach towels, beach mats and cool bag for picnics on the beach or wherever you care to go. Breakfast welcome pack includes home made bread, butter and marmalade, fresh village eggs, fruit from garden in season. Tea, coffee, milk and sugar.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Excellent holiday home
My wife & I enjoyed an excellent weeks relaxing holiday stay for 1st week May. The semi-rural location may not be for everyone, but for us was perfect. From the large patio / garden space the view down across the valley to the sea is wonderful & in the evening watching the swallows was most relaxing, in the garden were ripe grapefruit we enjoyed for breakfast straight from the tree, then fresh lemons for our drinks, the garden is not pristine groomed, but most enjoyable to use loungers & table/chairs under the large Sail for shade covering part of the patio. The apartment has good size lounge area with sofa seating for 6 + small table & 2 chairs, the bed was comfortable (4 poster style), the kitchenette was functional for 2 persons, bathroom was fair size with good pressure hot water. The TV included all UK + others channels + Netflix + a good selection of DVDs were in the rack, internet speed was fast 20mbps. There is a very friendly small dog who was very happy to lap sit for hours, my wife was keen to bring home, there is a very big Avery housing well looked after different birds , we enjoyed hearing them at feeding time.
Minor negatives, the BBQ has seen better days & the entrance walk way from the road was not very attractive, some steep steps up to the swimming pool, but this in no way effected our excellent stay.
If you are looking for a home from home, this is ideal, but if you are looking for bland 5* big chain accommodation this is not for you.
The drive by car from Paphos airport was easier than expected as Cyprus roads are very good, even the mountain roads, there is no close supermarket it is worth buying some shopping on the way. It was easy to explore the Troudos mountain area by car or to the coastal beach areas
We sampled lots of Cyprus restaurants, in Limassol you pay over the odds for a sea front establishment, but away from the sea front there is much better value food.
Flamingos, I read before hand that they are or not in the salt lakes in summer, but some are there all year, they just need finding, we saw them on 3 days in 3 different lakes but all just inland from Lady's Mile beach & salt flats, this beach is ideal for a safe shallow swim & beach cafe's not to over priced.
Our hosts Andrew & Audery were charming & helpful, being available but not intrusive on our holiday time.
Recommended accommodation for quite relaxing touring base holiday.
Thank you very much for your kind review and we were very pleased that you enjoyed a relaxing stay here, it is such a beautiful setting also glad that you were able to see so much of Cyprus in a week.
Re your observations of the entranceway - the entrance door to the apartment stairway has been repaired and repainted this week, we've refurbished the gas barbecue and moved it down by the new African-themed solar lit pergola for our future guests' enjoyment.
Kind regards, Audrey, Andy & Amber.
Following a week in Coral Bay we wanted our second week to be completely different, more villages and mountains rather than bars and beaches. This garden studio in Zanakia hit the spot. Charming and quirky with a lovely terrace, stunning views, a very polite parrot and a dreamily affectionate dog. What’s not to love? The accommodation was spotlessly clean, simple but functional. This is not a modern holiday villa, but nor does it pretend to be. Hurrah for that, we loved it.
Thank you so much for your positive review, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay here. It's such a lovely area, it's so nice when our guests appreciate it as we do.
Andrew, Audrey, Amber and Keo, the parrot.
Away from it all above the sea
Cosy compact studio, rather small cooker in kitchen, disappointed that no broadband or TV whilst we were there, but understand that this issue is now sorted. Nice cool pool to relax after the heat of the day. Good central location for visiting the coast and the mountains, although the eastern end of the island too crowded for our likes, the exceptions (of the ones we visited) being the beautiful beaches at Ladys Mile, Limassol and Evdimou. The adjacent aviary was not too noisy, but we didn't really like to see free-flying birds cooped up all day.
Very disappointed. Garden area neglected - photographs shown on web site are misleading
Information did not make it clear that air conditioning was metered. Had to sleep with light on to negotiate bathroom in the night because of loose wooden step to reach bathroom. Television could only play DVD - no channels. Had problems with ants and mosquitos and asked for assistance but was told it was to be expected in a hot country thus making eating outside unpleasant. Dead insects remained in the pool - so not very inviting. After the cockroaches arrived on the fifth day we decided to leave and find other accommodation.
Audrey did provide a very pleasing welcome pack which we appreciated. We do understand that both her and her husband are having serious health problems at the moment but if they are unable to present the accommodation as advertised the description should be modified accordingly. We have photographs if required.
John and Pat complained from the moment they arrived, they took the wrong road from Larnaka airport and blamed our directions - they are the only guests who have ever done this.
When I showed them the apartment I told them that the tv only played DVDs of which we have well over a hundred available. (There is now an Android box which gets UK and World tv channels). This is also mentioned in the website apartment description as is the metered air conditioner - TWICE but they didn't read this. There is also an electric fan available if you don't wish to use the airconditioning. The apartment has a sliding flyscreen door, an electric mosquito plug deterrent and a mosquito net around the bed so we don't have mosquitos or flies inside.
John and Pat don't mention that they broke a large bottle of olive oil on the kitchen floor, this was not cleaned up properly, broken glass was found under the kitchen cupboards when we cleaned the apartment. They complained of ants in the garden and we said this was normal for Cyprus but because of the oil two days later there were ants in the kitchen and one cockroach. These insects love food and oil! We have had no insects inside before their arrival and none since. Coffee was also spilled on the floor, bedside rugs and the duvet cover. Also makeup on the duvet cover.
We always get insects in the pool at night, these are scooped out in the morning and then the pool filtration is switched on before they use the pool, they even said the pool was too cold!
We do have weeds in the bottom fruit garden, my husband is recovering from a knee replacement operation and is unable to weed it and our gardener was not available at the time of their stay.
When they sat outside in the evening obviously there were mosquitos, I suggested buying a mosquito repellent locally but was told she had Jungle Formula repellent at home and wasn't going to buy any more! I did provide a citronella candle.
There are two bedside lights and a torch available so there is no need whatsoever to sleep with the light on to use the bathroom at night.
Wonderful owners and the apartment was spotlessly clean, but was very basic
The meet and greet from Audrey and Andrew was very friendly and very helpful with a lot of useful local information. The apartment was comfortable but a bit more basic than we had imagined.
We had come away for some peace and quiet some where to relax and chill, unfortunately we had an aviary right beside the apartment with a lot of squawking birds which put pay to the P&Q
Thank for your review, we were very surprised by your "basic" description of the apartment, it is exactly as shown in our photos. The aviary is mentioned in the description too, the majority of our guests really enjoy the birds and liken it to being in the rain forest. If you had raised the sound issues whilst you were here we could have done something about it.
Pleasant Short Break
Warm welcome from our hosts on arrival.
Apartment located in a quiet village a short drive from beaches, restaurants and supermarkets and contains all the essentials needed for a 'self contained' stay.
Great choice if you wish to escape the hustle & bustle of the popular resorts.
So delighted you enjoyed your stay here and we hope to see you again soon. Audrey & Andrew.
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.