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Kritou Terra Villa, Secluded Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool and Free Car

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,237 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, sleeps 4 people

Kritou Terra Villa is a charming traditional stone house with a private swimming-pool located on the outskirts of the village of Kritou Terra, near the holiday beach resort of Polis. Set in a blooming garden full of bougainvillea, jasmine, roses, and geraniums, as well as lemon and almond trees, the villa enjoys complete quietness and privacy. With the nearest house over 250m away, you can really enjoy that away from it all feeling of solitude and country living. With 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside, including Kritou Tera village, the Troodos Mountains, and a glimpse of the Polis to Pomos coastline, the villa's superb secluded situation makes it perfect for family holidays, nature lovers or romantic holidays. Spa Treatments are now available in the comfort of your villa - choose from massage, reflexology, aromatherapy, facials, manicure, reiki or even your own private Yoga lesson. Prices & more details available on request, please book your session prior to arrival.

History of the house: Looking to get away from it all? This quaint hideaway is the place for you. Built in the early 1900’s, Kritou Terra Villa was originally a small granary (“Aloni” in Greek), where the annual harvest of wheat & corn was threshed and then stored every Autumn. The Aloni was converted into a home in 1989, and completely renovated again in 2002, when a swimming pool was added. Built using only traditional building materials of the locality, such as stone, solid wooden beams and bamboo, in 1996 the house was featured on a TV programme by the national broadcaster (RIK) as an example of traditional village architecture, and authentic renovation by local craftsmen. Situated at approx. 300m above sea level, in a fresh green environment, the villa completely escapes the humidity & extreme high temperatures usually found down at the coast in the midst of summer. The pool (8 x 4 m) is surrounded by a spacious patio where you can enjoy spectacular views across Kritou Tera valley.

Kritou Terra Village: Abundant fertile fields of olive and almond trees completely surround the house, and yet the charming village of Kritou Terra is just a few minutes walk away. A plentiful water supply from a natural source means that the village is always green, even in the heat of summer. Set on a hillside, amid fruit & nut trees, the village boasts a Byzantine church dating back to the 7th century (Ayia Ekaterini), and an ancient Roman road which used to connect Paphos with Polis. It is a two minute drive to Droushia village, which has several tavernas and shops. Life in the village is still very much based on agriculture, and follows the clock of the seasons: citrus harvest in Spring, wheat in Summer, and the annual olive, walnut & grape harvest in Autumn. Traditional crafts such as weaving, basket making and baking are still common. Enjoy a Cyprus coffee in one of the two traditional coffee shops, or a meal in the local taverna, there are also two grocery shops.

Activities: Looking for more than peace & relaxation in a tranquil setting? As well as those activities previously mentioned, Kritou Terra is an ideal base for hiking & hill walking (mixed wilderness & agricultural land with a very good track & path network). The whole area has interesting & varied terrain with many spectacular views & an abundance of natural & cultural interest, including forest, gorges, valleys, streams, & vineyards. Excellent hiking territory also exists nearby in the Akamas peninsula (forest and wilderness) & to the east in the mountains of Paphos Forest (Stavros tis Psokas) where wild moufflon can be seen. Birdwatching is also popular, some birds spotted include Scops owl, Bonelli’s eagle, blue roller, golden orioli, beecatcher, falcon, as well as the common Cyprus warbler, sparrow and swallow. A visit to the local environmental centre is also recommended, this centre is a pioneer in environmental education in Cyprus, as well encouraging rural revival & village renewal.

More Details

Frances Higgins
Member since: 2002
Speaks English, French, German, Greek, Arabic
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 2018

About Frances Higgins

My name is Frances and I am from Ireland, and have been living in Cyprus for the past 20 years. I've been living with my husband in Kritou Terra village for the last 10 years now, and simply can't imagine living anywhere else!

Frances Higgins purchased this farmhouse in 2004

Why Frances Higgins chose Poli Crysochous

It took me over 4 years of searching to find this particular house. Most of the traditional Cypriot village houses are built very close to each other with no gardens or at most only a small yard. So this house was unique in that it has no immediate neighbours, and it had plenty of space to add a pool in the garden, while still being an authentic traditional Cypriot village house.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Peace and quiet, no traffic and seclusion are some of the unique features of this property. Surrounded by fields, nature walks are only a step from the garden gate. However I fell in love with the house because of it's charming character - natural stone walls, bamboo and wooden ceilings, Greek-style blue windows and shutters, and quirky little touches such as stable doors and alcoves in the walls.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Fantastic hideaway in Cyprus. Hope we get back soon, Clive & Sam Le Tissier, Guernsey…Frances, thank you for sharing the peace & quiet of Kritou Terra Villa with us, if only for a week. It’s been the ideal place to unwind & relax in a house that feels so homely. Having spent some lazy days at the pool, we ventured on occasions to sample the recommendations in your handbook for places to eat, all excellent! We'll definitely return with our family! Mandy & Steve Larcombe, Cornwall...Beautiful pool & fantastic views. We’ve been on many holidays abroad and this had to be one of the best, Ricketts Family, Wiltshire...The website pictures don't do justice to this beautiful retreat. We've been able to relax completely surrounded by luxury. Pool is fantastic. Hope to return soon with friends. Mike & Ann Gough, Devon...What a beautiful setting! We had the most relaxing & comfortable holiday. With a toss-up between doing nothing or exploring, this place is perfect, Kyffin Jones, Leicester.
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Poli Crysochous in Paphos District

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1237 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Farm Holidays
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom Downstairs - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom Upstairs - 2 Single Bed
  • Sofa bed available in the living room. Baby cot available on request. Please note the second bedroom upstairs is not suitable for children under 8 years of age to stay on their own, due to the outdoor staircase.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • 5 garden chairs
  • 5 deck chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Car Included
  • Massage
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Twin bedroom: This bedroom with twin beds is located on the first floor, and has its own extensive veranda, with spectacular views to the coast, the Troodos mountain range and the village of Kritou Terra. It is accessed by an outdoor staircase, so not suitable for children under 8 years of age to stay on their own, Double bedroom: This bedroom has a king-size double bed and is on the ground floor with separate access to the swimming-pool. Both bedrooms have air-conditioning. A sofa-bed is also available in the living room area. There is an open plan kitchen and living room area with a fireplace (wood provided), and outdoor dining or barbecues can be enjoyed under the vines on the ground floor veranda, with easy access to the kitchen. All bed linen, bath towels and beach towels are provided. For every stay of two weeks or more, cleaning, bed linen & towel change will take place once a week. Pool maintenance and gardening once a week.


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Kritou Terra Villa, Secluded Restored Farmhouse with Private Pool and Free Car
average rating of 4.8 based on 11 reviews

Un posto dove tornare

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E' stato un soggiorno molto piacevole ... le piante in giardino donano un'ombra molto gradevole e la piscina è davvero impagabile!

La casa è molto accogliente e comoda , non manca nulla, unico piccolo appunto sarebbe da cambiare per usura la cucina a piastre elettriche

I proprietari sono molto gentili e disponibilissimi...


  • Review Submitted: 22-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Second visit, just as good as before!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing villa, well equipped with all you should need. Perfect for unwinding, very quiet and with privacy. Pool was fantastic, as was the car which comes in with the price. You'll find it hard to leave the villa though! Frances and kahlil are very knowledgable of the surrounding area, offering good advice on local villages/restaurants etc. We shall be back again!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Homely hideaway on the hills

  • 5 of 5

This villa is, just as described, a very homely, well-equipped and peaceful place hidden on the bushy hill slopes of the Kritou Terra village. Shops, restaurants and beaches are not available within a walking distance, but the reliable 4x4 included in the rental takes you there in just ten minutes. The house is well maintained and the hosts very helpful and friendly. Marvelous beaches for snorkeling can be found in the Akamas peninsula, and nice restaurants in the nearby villages. We warmly recommend this villa to families and those seeking a peaceful location with opportunities for various kinds of activities.

Huvila on erittäin kodikas ja hyvin varusteltu, rauhallinen paratiisi Kritou Terran kylän rinteellä. Luksusta lomailuun tuo oma uima-allas. Palveluja ei omalta kylältä löydy, mutta vuokraan sisältyvä luotettava nelivetoauto vie kaupoille ja ravintolaan nopeasti. Huvila on hyvin pidetty ja varusteltu ja isäntäväki ystävällistä ja avuliasta. Finnair lentää nykyisin myös Pafokseen, mutta me saimme kohtuuhintaisen kyydin Larnakan lentokentältä ja takaisin suoraan huvilan ovelta, mikä oli todella mukava lisäpalvelu. Lähistöltä löytyy rantoja moneen makuun, hiekkarannoista kallioisiin snorklausparatiiseihin. Päätiet ovat hyväkuntoisia, kaukaisemmille rannoille vievät vuoristotiet vaativia mutta kaikista selvittiin maltilla. Kohde sopii hyvin perheille ja muille rauhaa ja virkistysmahdollisuuksia hakeville.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: June 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Heaven in Cyprus

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is simply perfect in every way. Frances and her lovely husband have worked hard to create and maintain this amazing little piece of Heaven for weary souls to be restored. The cottage is totally equipped with everything you could ever need to make your stay memorable. From binoculars to a lemon squeezer, everything has been thought of. The cottage has a sort of magic about it. It slows you down, strips you back so you merely exist to relax and unwind, one muscle at a time. What a place, what a couple. Brilliant. Thank you both from the bottom of our souls.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect stay in a tiny Cypriot village

  • 5 of 5

I echo the comments of the others who have stayed in this lovely villa. You are perched on a hillside overlooking the tiny, friendly village of Kritou Terra. No sounds other than birds chirping, dogs barking from a distance, roosters crowing (also from a distance), children playing on the swingset in the village, and the occasional conversation from villagers wafting up, and the church bells on Sunday. The villa is perfectly situated between the ancient cities of Polis and Paphos, and a 5 minute drive from Kathikas, a village famous for its wines and multitude of tavernas. The pool was great to sit and even take a brief plunge in, in late April. Frances and Kahlil have furnished the home with everything one could need, even stocking the kitchen with a few necessary groceries. Just two heads up: the car that is included in the rental is showing its age and does not like the windy, hilly roads that one must navigate to go anywhere. And you are living a fairly authentic village life, which means conserving solar-heated water and limited availability of food to purchase or eat right in the village.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: April 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deb, Thank you for your lovely comments and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay in Kritou Terra. I am pleased to let you know that since your stay, we have upgraded the car with a new, more powerful engine, so it is now ideal for the local area, all in all it is a very reliable and solid car. Furthermore, in addition to the solar panels for heated water, there is also an electric immersion heater, so there is a plentiful supply of hot water even on the odd cloudy day. Kritou Terra has its own natural source of water from an underground spring, so we are fortunate enough never to experience any water shortages as can happen in other areas of Pafos and Cyprus. And more good news, last year a new restaurant opened in Kritou Terra Village, Erotokritos Taverna, which serves local authentic traditional food. I hope you will have the chance to try it out soon! Best wishes Frances
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“A Perfect Retreat for Calmness & Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

A delightful villa set amongst bougainvillaea and and jasmine in a quiet hamlet set high in the hills above Polis with fantastic views from the pool and patio area that have privacy. The owner provides the little things one does not expect....robes, slippers,bathroom toiletries and a 'get you started' food pack. The supermarket, a short drive away has a wide range of supplies at a reasonable price and we filled up there finding all we required.

We were collected from the airport by the owner and dropped back with the full use of a 4 wheel drive Rav 4 as part of the package. There are plenty of towels with good quality bedlinen also provided. You will find all you need here from a washing machine to the pack light! Internet proved to be excellent and there is a signal was also excellent. There are plenty of areas to sit ...we chose the pool area in the morning most days and outside the kitchen under the vine trellis for evening meals. We ate both at home (a BBQ is provided) and at local Taverna's...although the quality here varied from poor to excellent. The house cat is friendly but does not trouble at all....he stayed outside all the time we were there ....all we did was to ensure he was fed 'on demand' ! The bedrooms are cool, dark when required and comfortable. The bathroom is adequate and proved not to be a problem with four of us sharing with plenty of hot water. The upside here ?......the calm and peace enabling relaxation to be instant......with the the larger towns close by if needed....the downside? ...having to leave so soon....this we found to be the only 'downside'! If you want this type of break... come here and enjoy. We have no hesitation in recommending, other than the fear it will become too popular !!!......A big thank you to Frances.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Latchi Beach
Vacation home WINDMILL VILLA in Polis, Akamas Peninsula - 6 persons, 3 bedrooms
Nearest Airport
43 Kilometres
Pafos Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Kathikas Village
Nearest Ferry
130 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
22 Kilometres
Minthis HIlls Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
35 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Dhrousia Village
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Troodos Mountains
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Car: necessary

The farmhouse lies in the traditional rural village of Kritou Terra, which is on the Laona plateau close to the Akamas National Park at the western tip of the island of Cyprus. It is only a short 10-minute drive to Polis town and the beaches of Polis & Latchi. The famous tourist resort and sandy beaches of Coral Bay are a 20-minute drive away, and Pafos town with its shops and buzzing night life is a 30-minute drive away. An excellent selection of tavernas & pubs can be found in the nearby villages and in Polis.

The Laona plateau boasts a wide variety of landscapes from coastal to hill country, to valleys and open plains. Guests interested in seeing the Spring flowers should visit between the beginning of March and the end of May. The main bird migrations, when a wide variety of species may be seen, take place in Spring and Autumn. The Troodos mountains, which reach to 2000 metres, and Paphos forest (home of the moufflon, the island's indigenous mountain sheep) are about one hour's drive away. The perfect spot for hiking, hillwalking and birdwatching.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

June 2017 Special Offer: Last minute availability for remaining days in June only - €100 instead of €150 per day, valid from 14th June to 2nd July. Minimum stay 5 nights.

Free Toyota RAV4 car including comprehensive insurance for drivers aged 30-70 years, great value compared to hiring a car separately! If you wish to hire your own choice of car, we can assist you with the arrangements.

Rates include airport transfers to/from Paphos Airport, air-conditioning in both bedrooms & welcome pack. Transfers from and to Larnaca Airport can be arranged for €150 return.

Please note that the second twin bedroom upstairs is not suitable for children under 8 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.