My mother (73) and I (33) stayed at Cyprus Villages in Tochni (Tok-knee in case you get lost and need to ask for directions!) for a week in July. Absolutely wonderful. It's remote, quiet and unfathomably beautiful - the perfect place to relax if resorts aren't your thing (they're not ours). We hired a car (essential really given the location) from Paphos and explored the coast, Troodos mountains, Aphrodite's Rock, nearby Zigi and Kiti and even Ayia Napa easily from the village.
The accommodation is based in a number of beautifully restored traditional Cypriot houses overlooking the village. One gets a sense of real Cyprus here, away from the resorts. Mother and I shared a twin studio with a mezzanine bedroom. Very spacious, impeccably clean and kitted out with a cooker,hob,kettle,toaster and fridge. There WAS a TV which we switched on once in error trying to put on the air-conditioning! There's also WIFI but the connection is poor.
We shared our charming courtyard pool area with 3 neighboring rooms. It was never loud, busy or crowded.Half way through the week a couple of families arrived with older children (teenagers) who were beautifully well behaved all the time! Each room/villa has its own outside seating area with a table and chairs and two sunloungers; perfect for an early morning cup of tea watching the sun come up, or a relaxing lounge by the pool.
We were half board and ate breakfast and supper at the restaurant. Breakfast was basic suited us perfectly. Cereals, toast, fruit,yoghurt, cold meats & cheeses plus an egg boiled, scrambled or fried.
Supper was always delicious, our favourites included the vegetable moussaka, seabream and grilled prawns.Portions are plentiful! Yannis and Marie, who run the restaurant, are simply charming and give great tips on places to visit.
We loved our stay here and smiled smugly to ourselves everyday that we'd discovered this gem. The staff were wonderful and the Cypriots we met all hugely friendly and welcoming. If you've just booked to stay here, prepare to feel similarly smug!
*For horse lovers the Drapia Riding Centre in neighbouring Kalavasos is a must. Beautiful hacking with fit, healthy,beautifully looked after animals.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nothing can quite compare with a holiday in the wholesome, serene environment of a village tucked in the hills of Cyprus. CYPRUS VILLAGES offers you the unique opportunity to live in a traditional stone-built village home... Stroll along the narrow cobbled paths to the village square.... Have a coffee in the local coffee shop... And settle into an easy-going Mediterranean lifestyle that respects and nurtures timeless traditions. Before you know, you will be a member of the local community, and will enjoy the generous Cypriot hospitality that can be summed up in a single word, "kopiaste"... Come and join us!CYPRUS VILLAGES was established in 1987 by Sofronis Potamitis, in an effort to revive rural communities and preserve the traditional houses of bygone days. With loving care, several abandoned family houses in the villages of Tochni, Kalavasos and Psematismenos were thoroughly renovated to provide comfort without sacrificing their original, rustic character and are all licensed by the Cyprus Tourism Organization. The villages are situated halfway between Larnaca and Lemesos towns and only 7km to the beach.CYPRUS VILLAGES offers you a choice of 1 and 2-bedroom fully furnished apartments with well equipped kitchens living room, bedroom with en-suite shower/wc and private balcony or patio. All our apartments have access to shared pool in the village within walking distance reserved exclusively for our guests and we have also selective villa complexes with pools shared by maximum 4-5 units. Notice the thick walls, small windows, stone or wooden staircases so typical of our island's architecture of yesteryear. On your veranda, in your patio or garden you can relax with a drink or a book any time of the day. Explore the remote corners of our island and discover its hidden beauty through activities that bring you face to face with the heart and soul of Cyprus. Whether on horseback or on a bike, whether you prefer a leisurely walk, a brisk hike or a morning jog, the choice is yours, including a series of activities and many more that are designed to lead you to the core of rural life in Cyprus. • Riding at our Drapia horse farm • Cycling on professional bikes and guided tours possible• Hiking and jogging on specially marked nature trails• Fishing with a local fisherman • Yoga & wellness spa Therapeutic massage/sports massage/relaxation massage• Watching how to make halloumi cheese and olive oil • Picking oranges and olives (December to February)• Visit the local archeological sites 'Tenta" and "Choirokoitia Neolithic site"Our guests have the opportunity to visit goat farms and watch the villagers prepare theisland's traditional 'halloumi' cheese, which is made from goat's milk. The traditional Cypriot breakfast is known to include fresh halloumi, olives, tomatoes, cucumber and homemade bread. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cyprus Villages Tochni