If you would like to experience a fast disappearing way of life, then this is the place to stay. The traditional village of Kritou Tera, tucked away from the usual tourist trail, yet with easy access to mountains and beaches, can provide an insight into traditional Cypriot culture. The property is located on the edge of this compact village close to the Akamas National Park, with delightful views over sea and mountains. Situated at 500 metres above sea level, the climate is perfect in the hot summer months. The Cyprus Environment Centre is housed in the old village school indicating the value of this location for anyone interested in the natural environment and the habitat of the flora and fauna. Many organised walking and bird watching holidays are based in the Akamas, with it's variety of coastal paths or high level walks, all with spectacular views. Excellent base for mountain biking in Akamas or the Troodos Mountains. The recently refurbished Droushia Heights Hotel in the neighbouring village, provides an amazing infinity pool which is open to the public all day if guests purchase drinks, snacks or meals there. So, a perfect location for either an energetic or restful break.
Old Village House in Peaceful Location But with Easy Acess to Mountains, and Beaches,
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- Jan 4, 2019
About Ellen Casson
My husband and I and our family lived and worked for many years in Cyprus, so we know the island very well. We eventually decided to buy a small holiday property and realised it would have to be in the Akamas area, as it's the most beautiful and unspoilt part of the island. We purchased the house in 2002 and used it extensively as a bolt-hole for weekends, as well as for longer holidays. Although we are now retired and living in France, we regularly revisit Cyprus as we have friends in the village and miss the friendliness of the local people.
Ellen Casson purchased this House in 2002
Why Ellen Casson chose Kritou Tera
Having discovered this part of the island many years earlier, we returned two or three times a year from our home near Larnaca, in order to camp by the beach in Polis Chrysochou. There was no contest about location once we had decided to buy a property of our own. We love the simple lifestyle and quiet location well away from the tourist areas and concrete jungle that is now Pahos; not to mention some wonderful restaurants in the area. A traditional village house with it's quirky features was more attractive to us than a modern villa with a pool. The beaches are near at hand! It provided sheer escapism from our busy lifestyle!
What makes this House unique
Our village of Kritou Tera is located in a stunning position overlooking Polis, with easy access to Polis, Latchi and Paphos, as well as the beaches and mountains. We love visiting the beaches but didn't want to live near them and their inherent bustle, potential development and traffic. Kritou Tera is a perfect location in which to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside, observe (and even get involved in) the local way of life and be surrounded by wonderful walking and cycling country with fabulous views. The panoramic views from our terrace are simply outstanding, as you will gather when reading our reveiws.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Sep 18, away from it all !!
We had a lovely three week stay and can not thank Mark and Agnes who live opposite enough for all their help, support and wonderful company. Our thanks to Ellen, and to John and his team who were available on site when needed. Kind regards, Danny & Anne
Away from it all above the sea
Very pleasant stay despite the noisy dogs in the house opposite. We much preferred the western side of the island (and the mountain interior) to the over-developed eastern end.
Jacaranda more than came up to our expectations.It was exactly what it said on the label.
We were more than happy and very comfortable in Jacaranda. The position and views were wonderful. Eating out on the patios in complete privacy in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere made for a very relaxing holiday. There are so many places of interest within a short driving distance. A car is an absolute must as the village is isolated and I never noticed a bus service.
Everything we needed was available in the house. We liked it so much that we hope to make a return visit next year.
We had such a great time last year that we booked again. The house is as quirky and lovely as we remembered, a great base to enjoy a lovely peaceful and relaxing holiday. I'm sure we will return !!
Relaxing stay in a traditional Cypriot village
The property has all the facilities we needed. The neighbours across the road were very welcoming and made some good suggestions about places to visit. We came mainly for the wild flowers and the area is certainly a hot spot for orchids.
A comfortable house with character, tucked out of the way in a small village with great views.
The house is great, comfortable and quirky. Even in October we still spent most mornings on one of the two patios in the hot sun admiring the incredible views and reading. The house catches the breeze which is a huge advantage. We like to be a away from the tourist traps at the coast but if you want to be able to walk out to a selection of bars and restaurants this isn't the place for you. Polis is not very far away and it has a good range of supermarkets, bars and restaurants but you can't walk to it. There are restaurants nearer than Polis and Ellen recommends some in the information provided. We would recommend the Vasilikon vineyard at Kathikas were we had an excellent lunch and some great wine.
It's an old house that has been renovated well In a historic village, it is relatively easy to find if you follow the excellent directions provided (complete with pictures), it was clean, and had everything you needed. great holiday
There are many excellent beaches around Polis and Latchi within 15-20 minutes drive. Our favourite is the Polis Campsite Beach and the Anassa Beach to the west of Latchi. Famous Coral Bay, on the west coast is about 30 mins drive.
Then there is Lara...imagine a long sandy beach shore with nothing populating it but turtle eggs and a handful of people ... with inviting clear blue waters. No sun beds, no umbrellas, no beach games! This is the Cyprus Turtle Sanctuary - well worth a visit.
Paphos airport:40 minutes drive. Larnaca airport: 1 1/2 hours. Detailed directions from the airports to the house are provided to all our guests.
A car is essential for this property.
A small shop, post office and coffee shop in village. 5 minutes drive to village of Droushia (restaurants, shops and basket weaving museum). 5 minutes drive to Kathikas (several excellent restaurants, our favourite winery Vasilikon, cafés and cultural centre). 10 minutes drive to Polis town (restaurants, cafés, bars, discos, museums, shopping, supermarkets, petrol stations, banks, post office, doctor and hospital)
10 minutes to Latchi harbour and Marina with fabulous sea food restaurants
This area of western Cyprus regularly enjoys an amazing 340 days of sunshine a year. With daytime winter temperatures rarely dipping below 18C, it is regarded as an all season, sunshine location. In the summer months, the cooling sea breezes and 500m elevation keep the heat and humidity to a pleasant level, unlike some other areas of the island. Kritou Tera is surrounded by countryside ideal for walking, cycling, bird watching & horse riding. A wine trail can be found in the neighbouring village of Kathikas and an excellent wine (both red and white) can be bought direct from the winery there. Latchi is the watersports centre of this area with kite surfing, snorkelling and Padi Diving courses. Boat trips along the coast to small bays inaccessible by car are available from Latchi. These usually include a meal and opportunities to swim and snorkel.
The baths of Aphrodite, where she is reputed to have met her lover Adonis, are a few miles west of Latchi. This is also the gateway to the Akamas National Park. Marked walking or mountain biking trails, can be followed from here with suitable shady picnic sites en route to viewpoints overlooking the whole of the Akamas Peninsula. The forest to the east of Polis also has nature trails, as well as a Mouflon enclosure where these shy, native creatures can be seen in their natural environment. (1 hour). Paphos Town, about 45 minutes drive is well worth a visit. The old town and market provide a fascinating variety of quaint streets and little shops. The newer resort area on the coast overlooks the famous harbour with Paphos fort. Paphos boasts many archaeological sites, notably the world famous mosaics and the Tombs of the Kings.
There are many excellent local restaurants in the neighbouring village of Kathikas and in Polis and Latchi (fish is the local speciality in those around Latchi Harbour.) Between Latchi and Polis is a Chinese restaurant, which also provides takeaways with other takeaway possibilities in Polis.
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: 30% deposit required to secure your booking. Balance payable 6 weeks before arrival. Payment by bank transfer.or online Changeover Day: Flexible Notes on prices: Prices include a meet and greet service provided by our local agent, which will ensure you know where things are and how they work! You will also be able to contact him in an emergency. Bedlinen and towels, as well as beach towels, are provided Long term rental (over 4 weeks) by negotiaition