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Apoikia Villa - Set In Troodos Foothills with Huge Pool & Beautiful Garden

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa in Silikou, Limassol, South Cyprus - Quiet Location With Easy Drive To Limassol

Apoikia is a peaceful and picturesque mountain hideaway set amongst ancient vineyards and olive groves. Situated just below Silikou Village in a secluded location amongst the foothills of the Troodos Mountains, the villa is perfect for family holidays. Enjoy the magnificent views and fresh mountain air while you relax with family and friends. My wife and I built Apoikia Villa and planted its gardens over 30 years ago, and have had a full refurbishment carried out in 2013. We have enjoyed many holidays at the villa with our own two children and more recently our grandchildren. For that reason the villa is fully equipped for all ages and all needs including Free Wi-Fi. It is totally family friendly with everything you require to make it a "home away from home" (the meaning of the ancient Greek word Apoikia) The villa features spacious rooms overlooking the valley, modern bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and plenty of other amenities to enhance your stay. Find out more from our website:

Steven Harris
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French, Greek
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Steven Harris

My wife Sylvia and I have been enjoying holidays in Silikou for 35 years, as have hundreds of other guests, including friends and family as well as many satisfied holidaymakers.

We purposely had the house built on a hill overlooking the valley with its vineyards, and views of the Troodos mountains.

The villa is away from tourists, in a village, yet the beaches and golf are an easy drive.

However, we have built a huge barbecue and pool, so there is no need to actually leave the villa !

Sylvia has Cypriot parentage, and she introduced me to Cyprus many years ago - we both love the people who are very friendly and hospitable and we still have many relatives and friends who live on the Island.

Steven Harris purchased this villa in 1980

Why Steven Harris chose Silikou

The fabulous views of valley and mountains, nearness to mountain resorts, monasteries and wineries. It's great being away from built-up tourist areas, yet still convenient for the beaches and golf when you want it. Many things to do within easy reach - water park, pubs with football, cricket and rugby. Convenient for local villages and their tavernas. Quiet and peaceful. Wonderful starry nights - watch out for shooting stars!

What makes this villa unique

Peace! away from the crowds, yet easy to get to beaches, golf, restaurants - huge pool, great for swimmers, not just a plunge pool - lovely garden with grass - house, garden and pool extremely well maintained by British couple - lots of activities in the house including free wi-fi - it's cool in summer as the house is very airy - refurbished with very stylish kitchen and bathrooms to a standard required for our own holidays.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Comments about Apoikia Villa from some of our many guests:

"It was a joy to visit such a relaxed, friendly & crime-free country -we never found the temperature at Apoikia uncomfortable, as the house was so airy - it was great awakening to blue sunny skies at 6 am

The Browns- date of stay August 2013

"We had a wonderful stay in such a beautiful setting. A fine villa, well furnished with a great pool."

The Hoopers - Date of Stay: Sept 2013

"This is a fantastic villa - it helped that we had amazing weather (26C every day for 10 days at end of October!) Very comfortable bedrooms for all 5 of us and everything was new. Children kept out of mischief with table tennis table, football table and Wii. A great October Half Term - would definitely recommend."

The Boyds - Date of Stay: Oct 2013

"Sublime! We came to Cyprus looking for some winter sun and were not disappointed, but what we did not expect was to be staying in a villa this sublime! Our al fresco luncheons in the exquisite garden overlooking the Troodos foothills will stay with us for a very long time. We cannot recommend this place enough and we're already planning our next visit."

The Alexanders - Date of Stay: Nov 2013

"We have just returned from a fab Easter holiday with the family. The villa is in a gorgeous setting, is well equipped and has a large swimming pool which kept the kids busy. It's really peaceful with incredible views. On a couple of days we drove to Limassol and Paphos which was fun. It really was a lovely relaxing holiday."

The Speddings - Date of Stay: April 2014

"What a great villa! We had a seriously good holiday here. In between lazing

by the pool and cooking on the barbie we did manage a few trips down to Limassol and Kuorion. We even ate sushi at the new Limassol Marina!"

The Derains - Date of Stay July 2014
Jun 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Silikou in Limassol

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • x3 Ensuite Bathrooms with W/Cs Family Bathroom with Double Shower & W/C Separate Ground Floor Guest Cloakroom with W/C
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 (5 Bedrooms) plus 2 cots for babies/toddlers Notes on bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10 1 Master Suite, ensuite bathroom 1 Large Dbl Bedroom, opens onto veranda 1 Dbl Bedroom, set up as a pretty children's twin 1 Dbl Bedroom, on mezzanine - twin bedroom 1 Dbl Bedroom, on grd floor ideal for older/infirm guests
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Our traditional white-washed Cypriot Villa overlooks the foothills of the Troodos Range. It is surrounded by working vineyards and olive groves - it is ideal as a blissful and relaxing retreat or as a base from which to explore the Island. Being up in the mountains means you avoid the humidity and searing heat that is often found lower down in the main coastal resorts of Cyprus. The air is pure and crystal clear water from the Troodos Mountains flows out of the taps and is also used to fill our swimming pool.Walk up to the centre of Silikou, the oldest of the Commandaria Villages on the Wine Route, for a traditional mezze at the popular taverna. Go wine tasting at the many local vineyards, explore beautiful Monasteries and Greek Orthodox Churches or drive to the wonderful unspoiled coast around Limassol and Paphos. Experience the real Cyprus at Apoikia Villa. Outside: The villa's beautiful garden and grounds helps you relax and enjoy the wonderful Cyprus climate all year round. Large Swimming Pool - 30ftx10ft Tiled Pool area with Shady Cabana & Sun Beds Furnished Terraced Verandas on 2 levels with incredible views across the Troodos foothills Outside W/C and Pool Shower Fully Equipped traditional Cyprus Stone BBQ with chimney Grassed areas shaded by Olive Grove and Palm Trees Gated driveway leading to ample parking Utility Room: Large Sink Washing Machine Opens to Patio with Washing Lines Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide towels (excl beach towels), sheets, blankets, pillows, children and baby equipment — all the amenities you need for a relaxing retreat. For stays longer than 2 weeks we provide a change of towels and linen. Other: Large verandas outside living room and bedrooms


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Apoikia Villa - Set In Troodos Foothills with Huge Pool & Beautiful Garden
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews

A fantastic villa with large pool in peaceful spot 'twixt mountains and the sea

  • 5 of 5

From the get go the owner was very accommodating in answering our questions and flexible in allowing us to rent for 9 days in peak season. A gem of a villa in the purple passage on the high foothills before the steep climb up to the Troodos mountains. There were 9 of us from ages 16 to 82 and it served our needs perfectly. A great pool. One of the largest we have seen in villas of this size and spec. And the views from the upstairs balcony are to die for. The place is clean and well appointed with places to sit and eat ( a bbq and a pizza oven!). The pool is maintained twice a week by a British maintenance guy who was also a useful tour guide. The old men in the village square were also very friendly.

Wifi pleased the youngsters as did the huge collection of DVDs. The library of books and games pleased the oldies. We had lovely trips to beaches, villages, archeology, mountains and tavernas. Highlights were the Captains Cabainat Lady's Mile Beach (Such a friendly staff and great water slides) and early morning walk on Atlanti Trail around Mount Olympus (Peaceful, mostly flat and views of whole island). Car is essential.

Downsides? Not many. No aircon, but fans in every room and cooler than the coast at this elevation. Other reviews say "tired" or "in need of refurb" I disagree - it's a quirky mix of old and new. Signs of continual updating to furniture (e.g lovely newish pool loungers). No British satellite stations on the TV was a good thing in hindsight, but a mild disappointment when we thought we might catch the cricket highlights. But hey, at this price bracket what should you expect? It was very reasonably priced. There were lots of toys for toddlers ( which we didn't use) but not sure if I would recommend for children who can't swim as even the shallow end of the pool is quite deep.

All in all I would thoroughly recommend for an extended family or pair of families that like to get away from it all yet are a short drive from Cyprus' delightful highlights.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased to hear that you all had a fantastic time up at Silikou and did some enjoyable trips during your stay. Thanks for the recommendation, we will definitely try that taverna on Lady's Mile as we haven't been there for years. Really appreciate all of your very kind comments - we hope to have the chance to host you and your family again.
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Great villa for families

  • 4 of 5

Great villa if a little tired but ideal for families with lots of games, toys, books, wifi, tv, etc; well situated between Limassol and the mountains; excellent pool and gardens; good support from the owner and local manager. The bakery in Saittas is excellent, open 24x7, has a deli and cafe and is next to the supermarket and garage; with another three restaurants nearby. We went for a walk most mornings around the village before it got too hot, visited the local wineries, drove into Limassol or the mountains or just lounged around the pool. A car is essential, about eighty minutes from Larnaca airport.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I’m really glad that you and your family had an enjoyable stay at Apoikia and found it convenient for the many local activities, trips and restaurants – your comments are very much appreciated.
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The perfect holiday villa

  • 5 of 5

A superb holiday house at the footsteps of the Trodos mountain range, avoiding the maddening crowds. A great swimming pool for both kids and adults, and all possible screen entertainment . Ample space in a lovely village and a perfect manager to top it all. Our family of 6 adults, 4 children and 2 babies had the vacation of their life. We shall return!!!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was delighted to read your comments - and really happy that you enjoyed your holiday
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Perfection !

  • 5 of 5

This villa did not disappoint infact it exceeded all our expectations !! The location was breathtaking, and so peaceful. The villa itself so well equipped for our 2 families, a home from home! Wonderful pool and outside areas for kids to play or to sit quietly with a book. The neighbours were lovely bringing us grapes and happy to chat :) and we found local tavernas offering delicious food and friendly welcomes :) the owners of the villa were also so helpful to us, even during our stay when we required a bit of knowledge on things, on hand and happy to help. We hope to be able to go back again maybe next year! A real gem !! Sorry to leave :(

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really appreciate your review of your holiday. We love spending time in Silikou at Apoikia Villa with our 3 grandchildren for all the reasons you have listed in your review. So glad that you and your family all had a good time - we hope to have the opportunity to host you again in the future.
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Great house and garden with a large pool in a quiet mountain village location.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a fortnight with another family. We had 4 adults and 4 children and there was plenty of room for us all. The pool and gardens are large & very kid friendly with lots of shade & toys/slides etc. Steven - the owner is very helpful and nothing is too much trouble. I will look to book this place again! Thanks for a fab holiday!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your very kind comments - I am delighted that you all had a great holiday. I look forward to hosting you and your family again.
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Villa tres agreable

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un tres bon sejour , la maison est confortable, moderne , bien équipée avec une belle piscine !

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci beaucoup pour vos commentaires sur notre villa. Je suis très heureux que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour à Chypre et espérons vous accueillir à vous et à votre famille dans le futur.
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Paphos / Larnaca
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Pera Pedi
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Secret Valley / Aphrodite Hills
Nearest Motorway
12 Miles
Larnaca to Paphos
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Pera Pedi
Nearest Beach
17 Miles
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach Limassol Beach 30 mins

Paphos / Larnaca 1hr

It is essential that you hire a car for your stay at the villa


Silikou Village 400m to centre of village

Further Details:

Silikou is the oldest village on the Commandaria Wine Route (Commandaria is a dessert wine that has been popular for 800 years and brought back to England by Richard the Lionheart) ; ithere are many wineries within easy travelling distance where you can sample and buy good quality red and white wines; there are many tavernas in close by villages with traditional Cypriot food; there are many monasteries within easy travelling distance.

July and August can be very hot on the coast, yet Apoikia is never uncomfortable as there is generally a breeze.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Silikou, Cyprus

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Spring/Summer 2018
8 Apr 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
16 Sep 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £300

Booking Notes:
Prices and availability may be subject to change at the owner's discretion.

Minimum stay is 7 nights.

Cancellation policy: The 25% Deposit is non-refundable. However, in the event that we can rent the villa to someone else for the period of the original booking then any deposit paid will be refunded. For cancellations after the remaining balance has been paid there is no refund unless we can re-rent the property for the same value. Any shortfall will be deducted from the monies held on account. We urge you to check that your holiday insurance includes late cancellation cover as historically the majority of our bookings are made well in advance and we have very few enquiries and bookings once the holiday season has begun.

Check-in days and times are flexible. Subject to agreement with our local agents.

Rates for longer lets (3 weeks or more) are negotiable

A £300 security deposit is required with the balance and will be refunded in full at the end of your stay providing villa is in the same condition as found on arrival. Checkout will be carried out by our local agents.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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