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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
Vavla, Larnaka District

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Patricia...
1 review
“Brilliant!”
Reviewed March 18, 2016 for a stay in March 2016

What a great place to stay! The 'Garden Apartment' was just what we needed... peaceful, tranquil and easy to get to places especially the mountains.

The weather has been everything we hoped for, except perhaps the thunder and lightning and torrential rain of one night... day time temperatures have been great... nights a bit cool.

To be recommended...
...the Artemis nature traill from near Troodos village
...Armes nature trail from Agios Dimitrianos
...Fikardou up to the col towards Lazanais We weren't too keen on the Agia Napa Cape Grecko end of the island... although the Cape was nice.

This has been a good place to stay in Spring... flowers were great, the blossom beautiful and one of our highlights was picking grapefruit from the garden for breakfast.

Thank you Neal and Shane for being such friendly hosts... and the cats!

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Liked best: The peace and tranquility...the blossom....the friendliness of our hosts
Liked least: Our one cloudy day.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Mar 24, 2016
Thanks very much for taking the time to leave a review - it really is much appreciated.

We can get some pretty big storms come through at this time of year and they are amazing to see if you get the chance. As you discovered, day time temperatures are ideal for getting out and about to explore the island although by the time the sun goes down and the evening comes, you will need to be putting on a sweater. Spring is one of my favourite times of the year in Cyprus... everywhere is so green and there are wild flowers all around the island.

We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us and we were able to provide you with a first - picking a grapefruit straight from the tree! If you should ever decide to head over this way another time we would love to see you both again.
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GrumpyBaz
Evesham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“You must go here..................”
Reviewed September 5, 2015 for a stay in August 2015

This was our fourth stay here in five years, that should speak volumes and needless to say we were not disappointed. The setting is truly wonderful, the accommodation first class, five star and the hosts, well what can we say, there are both absolutely great. Over the years they have become wonderful hosts to true friends. You will want for nothing. Peace and tranquillity, place to go and see or a relaxing holiday. It’s your choice. During our previous visits we have done most of the popular places and tourist sites in Cyprus, Pafos. Lefkara, Kourion, Kolissi and Polis. This year we walked into North Nicosia and went shopping in the Turkish held area. We walked up the Caledonian Falls in the Troodos Mountains followed by a meal with our hosts, a great day out and had a Sunday lunch in a small mountain village surrounded by locals, what a privilege. We went to Tasties in Lefkara for a meal with Shane, Neal and fellow guests Lyn and Chris, the food was absolutely amazing.
If you are looking for a quality holiday where you choose what to do, how much to do, this is the place you must go to. Collect fresh eggs each day, pick lemons, oranges or figs depending on the time of year. Listen to the nuns sing at the monastery less than ½ mile away and sit outside at night and be amazed by the stars.
Neal & Shane (and the cats) thank you for yet another great holiday. If Mr Branson and Virgin fly to Cyprus you would be his top location. We will be back, very soon, many thanks to you both and best wishes for a prosperous future.

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Liked best: Absolutely everything
Liked least: leaving to come home
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
Sep 8, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - it is much appreciated.

We are glad you had a great holiday - as you said, you can decide how active (or lazy!) you want to be. There is lots to see and do both locally and further afield but if a 'relax and recharge' holiday is what the doctor ordered then what better place than chilling by the pool with a drink in hand.

If Mr Branson wants to check us out rather than going to the Caribbean, we will make him welcome as long as he behaves - no skinny dipping in the pool!

Look forward to seeing you both if you decide to come and visit Cyprus again
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loulou89
london
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Haven of peace and tranquility”
Reviewed August 10, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We had a wonderful, restful week staying in the Garden Apartment. Neal and Shane are excellent hosts, who made us so welcome. There was a much-appreciated welcome pack of the basics (bread, cheese, milk, freshly laid eggs, wine etc) waiting for us on arrival. The apartment is clean, modern and really well-equipped and in a beautiful, peaceful location. We loved collecting freshly-laid eggs for our breakfast. The pool area is large, with a lovely shaded BBQ area where we enjoyed long, lazy lunches. We dined out most evenings at some very good local restaurants, all within a short drive of the villa. A perfect week of rest and relaxation.

Traveling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 12, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - it is much appreciated. If you can't have a long lazy lunch when you are on holiday, when can you?! The pool side gazebo is ideal for al fresco dining; there is lots of shade with a nice breeze especially in the afternoons. As you discovered, the one thing that gets mentioned time and time again is the peace and tranquility of Vavla. If you want a break away to relax and recharge then we are the place to come to.

Thanks for coming to stay - if you should ever return to Cyprus we would love to see you all again.
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Anna C
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“The perfect peaceful mini paradise for for rest and refreshment on all levels.”
Reviewed August 10, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

First tip is "Go there!". it was really important that our holiday brought us rest this year and we got it. Here we found a beautiful view over the biblical looking hills, a beautifully designed and maintained property. The self catering apartment is thoughtfully equipped and tastefully decorated. There is air con and a good fan that operates at different speeds. Outside, terraces on many levels have planted pots of flowers shrubs and trees large and small including palms carefully watered every day. More than one gazebo provide shade on comfortable chairs with cushions. The area is generously furnished all around the pool which is also carefully maintained and cleaned daily.

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Liked best: The thoughtfulness and friendliness of the staff. They couldn't have been more welcoming
Liked least: Having to leave.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Aug 10, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - it is much appreciated.

We are glad you felt rested after your break away. We think it is important to offer a home from home experience so that means having enough pots, pans, cups, chairs etc. without having to continually wash up. During the summer people spend a lot of time outside enjoying the sun shine. Shade during the day is very important especially when you first arrive.

Looking forward to seeing you again the next time you want to have some Cyprus sun.
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Miggster
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic, peaceful getaway”
Reviewed July 7, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We stayed at the garden apartment for peace and quiet away from all of the main resorts and thoroughly enjoyed the tranquility although still being able to do plenty of sightseeing.

The garden apartment was extremely well furnished, having a superb kitchen area and lounge area and was a real home from home. It had been decorated to a high standard and certainly met with our extremely high standards.

We loved the fact that there were an endless supply of lemons for our gin and tonics and also fresh eggs and salad straight from the grounds. We had the pool area and grounds to ourselves for the week but the owners were also on hand to offer advice and any assistance without being intrusive and supplied a much appreciated welcome pack of food

Would thoroughly recommend to those who want to experience the real Cyprus away from the major resorts without being too remote

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Liked best: The apartment, pool area and peaceful location
Liked least: Would have been good to have a taverna within walking distance but can't have everything!!
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
Jul 8, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - it is much appreciated.

The one thing that comes up time and time again from visitors is how much they enjoy the peace and quiet at Vavla... glad you were able to enjoy it too.

The chickens are certainly earning their keep at the moment! We are getting around 18 eggs a day so it's eggs for breakfast, lunch and dinner just lately. Having a fresh egg is so different from what you normally get in a supermarket - they just taste and look so much better.

If you should ever come out our way again we would love to welcome you back to enjoy a bit more peace and quiet.
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Andrea E
Greater London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“A haven of peace and tranquillity”
Reviewed July 4, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Set in the foothills of the Troodos mountains this little gem gives you a taste of the 'real' Cyprus.Located away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy hot spots yet within easy reach of them if you want via the good road network. A drive up into the cool of the hills affords views of stunning scenery and picturesque little villages that have changed little over time. The two apartments are furnished to an extremely high standard and the owners Neal and Shane are on hand, in a low key way, to offer any help and advice you may need. There are fresh eggs from the chickens, lemons from the trees and a lovely pool, we love it here!

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Liked best: The beautiful setting
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jul 5, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - it is much appreciated.

You are right when you say we are away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist strips - thank goodness! :-) But with the motorway just 15 minutes drive away down the hill (10 if you drive like a local!) you can get to most places in Cyprus fairly easily.

Thanks for the positive comments about the apartments - it is a continual process to keep them up to standard.

Finally, thanks for visiting and we hope to have your company again soon.
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wiggy234
berkshire, england
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lovely apartment in out of way location”
Reviewed June 26, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

The apartment itself is lovely - it has everything you need for a self catering holiday.
We travelled with our 2 year old - I don't think that many families have come here before but we were made to feel very welcome and the apartment worked well for our needs.
It is fairly isolated, which didn't bother us but if you are looking for somewhere where you can walk to local restaurants/ pubs then you should look elsewhere. That said it was easy enough to drive to lots of different places - beaches were less than 30 mins drive away.
The freshly laid eggs from the hens were great and the pool is kept clean and looked after. We would go back.

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
Jun 27, 2015
Thanks for taking the time to leave a review - it is much appreciated. You are right when you say we don't have that many children staying with us but I am glad you took the plunge and came to visit.

Lots of people love the fact that we are out of the way from the hustle and bustle of the main stream resorts. With easy access to the motorway no where is very far away from us in Cyprus... so hanging out with the in crowd at Nissi beach in Ayia Napa or trekking along the Akamas peninsular is all possible from Vavla.

Very happy that you had a good time with us and look forward to seeing you sometime in the future if you should visit Cyprus again.
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