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This is our own family property; we lived here for over 17years. It's just a typical town dwelling in a quiet block where the children play on the street in the summer. The idea is to mingle in with the locals and enjoy the family atmosphere provided by a typical Cypriot modern day dwelling.

We do not have much water in Cyprus so we encourage preservation of water as much as possible. We advise our guests to take showers instead of baths and to fill the washing machine and do not run it empty. We also ask them to use the dishwasher, extra kitchen utensils are provided to prevent running the dishwasher empty.

When guests wash dishes by hand we encourage them to use the bowl provided and not to leave the tap running. We do not supply a clothes dryer, there is a washing line available and clothes dry very quickly in Cyprus. Water is heated by the sun but we do provide other forms of heating the water. We encourage guests to bathe with the water heated by the sun to save on energy. The apartments rarely require A/C because they are very breezy, which is why we only provide one in the lounge area. We encourage guests to use towels more than once, to save on energy. We use local workmen to decorate and look after the apartments and building.

Apart from all the modern shops nearby, you can still find quite a few small family businesses reminiscent of time gone by. There is a typical Cypriot caffenio (coffee shop) at the corner of the road and there are still a few local corner shop to be found in the back streets of the area, supporting those, means survival of an old town culture.

If you walk up the road to the beautiful Ayios Nicolaos Church you will find a little cobbler on the corner in his little booth, its as if he exists in a time warp; unfortunately men like him are fast disappearing. Also at the back of the church you will find some flower booths, again providing flowers for the locals. Round the corner from the church is the local carpenter, he will make anything you want for you. If you walk to the top of the road you will find a local tailor, local shops like his are fast disappearing for lack of support.

If you go down to the old port area you will find lots of little shops which are run by the locals, some consisting of just one room with occupants and stock that seems to have been there for ever. In the modern cosmopolitan town of Limassol you can experience a typical Cypriot existence. Limassol people have learnt to embrace the new but hold onto what there is of the old.

Visit at Carnival time (usually end Feb / early Mar) and you will see some pretty spectacular floats with some great displays and of course the famous Georgallettos singers, who have been providing music to Limassolians for years. The wine festival is another treat not to be missed, it takes place at the park on the sea front and usually happens the last few days of August into the first week of September. Kataklysmos is also held on the sea front, a unique Cypriot celebration, the Festival of the Flood coincides with Pentecost and is marked by festivities at all seaside towns.

The Anthestiria: Flower festival is also held in Limassol and great fun. For car enthusiasts we have the Cyprus Rally this year; the Cyprus Rally should be during October, it starts at the sea front, at the mollos near the old port. Basically, if you want to be near the hustle and bustle of Limassol and all the various activities that occur in the town, our apartments are a great base.

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The tranquil position of our accommodation at Kontoyiannas House in Kalavasos. Set within a pleasant & friendly village in the valley and only minutes drive from one of the loveliest beaches we discovered in Cyprus.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


To make the most of the self-catering accommodation including the bbq since the variety of menus in the island's taverns & restaurants is generally very limited. Kontoyiannas House would also be great to rent for a group of families - using all 4 apartments & enjoying the shared pretty courtyard. Beware that Cyprus is not a cheap holiday destination. We found it was as expensive as being in the UK.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes more so than if we'd stayed in an all inclusive hotel. We bought groceries from local stores, recycled where we could and ate as much local produce as possible.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good

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