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Old village school, refurbished into 2 charming Greek style 'Gites' With Pool - Le Balcon 'Gite' Sleeps 2

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type chalet
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Photos and Description of this Peyia holiday chalet

The 'Old School' refurbished into 2 charming Greek Gites in Peyia, Paphos, Cyprus - A Totally Relaxing Private Retreat Within Walking Distance Of Peyia Village

Not your typical tourist accommodation, the Old Elementary School of Peyia harks back to a bygone age set deep in the heart of the village.

Once derelict, it has been lovingly and painstakingly restored by its owners, David & Annick and now offers 2 separate 'Gite style' apartments.

Full of distinctive old Greek charm and character whilst including all modern conveniences.

The setting and courtyards are often likened to a set in Mama Mia ...this secluded oasis appeals to the discerning traveller who seek privacy and comfort within friendly and attractive surroundings.

Entrance is via the old courtyard, completely enclosed and separate from the street. It is a wash with colour, vivid pinks and red bougainvillea cascading over white walls and complimented beautifully by the Mykonos blue doors and shutters. Lemon trees hang boldly over the swimming pool and gentle breezes carry the gentle scent of Rosemary, Sage and Thyme.

The panoramic views overlook the church, a mishmash of roof tops and out to the coast to the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean.

When you've had enough of relaxing around the pool, Peyia is an excellent base from which to explore the island.

The owners have recently installed a wood burning stove to add a cosier and romantic feel to anyone wishing to stay during the cooler months.

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Details for Le Balcon 'Gite' Sleeps 2 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2

Accessed by a few stone steps is 'Le Balcon'. The traditional Cypriot style double bed is typical of the furnishings throughout. It has an en-suite shower room, a newly fitted kitchen area, comprising of electric combi-style oven/microwave, a 2 ring electric hob, kettle, toaster, fridge, coffee perculator, selection of pans, crockery, cutlery and glassware. A single pine wardrobe, 2 seater sofa, pine dining table and chairs, an open fire, ceiling fans and a/c. Doors open onto the balcony where you can sit and relax day or evening with a glass of wine enjoying the panoramic view, the starriest of skies and the gentle hum of night crickets.

  • not suitable for children
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Malcolm (Property Manager)
Member since: 2013
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Guestbook comments from the manager

Thank you for a wonderful 10 days in your lovely Gite ! The weather has been glorious and your pool and beautiful courtyards have allowed us to fully relax and enjoy it. Your home is beautiful. Thank you Carole for all your help and suggestions, highly recommend Oniro and Sea Caves Tavern for beautiful places to watch the sunset - Oniro also do fabulous food. Also had a simple home cooked meal at Peyia Tavern which was delicious. Take a drive into the mountains - spectacular scenery and views and beautiful villages. We went horse riding with Ride in Cyprus - absolutely amazing trek to the top of one of the mountains, even if you are a complete beginner (James was).

Helen and James - August 2014

Thank you David and Annick, Carole and Malcolm - We had a wonderful time in this beautiful balcony Gite. Perfect for an Autumn break - beautiful outside and by the pool in the sunshine, equally delightful inside and on the balcony with fabulous views. A great base for hikes in the Troodos mountains (late afternoon) on the Atkemis or Atalanta trail is to be recommended and the Aphrodite trail on the Akamas peninsula. This has been the most idyllic retreat and though a week is never enough we will head back home totally refreshed ! Thanks again and to all those coming ....enjoy !!

Jessica & Billy - October 2014

Thank you for a wonderful stay in a beautiful location which has made our honeymoon something special to remember ! We've been very well taken care of, and hope if you are reading this you too will have a lovely stay.

Sam & Noelle - Oct/Nov 2014
Jan 2013
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Le Balcon 'Gite' Sleeps 2
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5

From the outset of booking this property I had been impressed with the service that we received. The instructions to find Le Balcon were excellent and brought us to the door without any of the usual discussion that my wife and I tend to get into when trying to find our accommodation. The property management company were very helpful and the information folder provided was an excellent resource to learn about the local area and what else there was to do in the area. The place was spotless and showed that a great deal of care had been taken to furnish it and make it a home from home for visitors. The owners also live on site.

This apartment provided an excellent base for us to explore the Paphos area and had a lovely balcony with views down to the sea. Plenty of room for the two of us. The beautiful weather meant that we spent little time inside the property as the swimming pool is a lovely place to relax and with only another couple, who had booked the other apartment here, it was a tranquil setting for a swim after a day out and about.

The apartment has minimal cooking facilities but with a number of bars and tavernas within walking distance it is more than enough. The only thing to note is that it is a fairly steep climb back to the property although not more than 200 yards in some cases. The nearest supermarket is even closer. We made use of the local restaurants which provided a modest range of dishes which featured mainly meat in quite large quantities. If you want fish then you need to head to the coast.

Would I recommend this property for anyone, definitely. There is no television but the wifi worked well if you do need to keep in touch with the outside world. We spent a very relaxing time here and found it a delight. If you want a quiet base to explore the west side of Cyprus from then this is definitely one place to consider.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much that you've bothered to take the time to write about it .. ! We hope you'll come back and stay with us again in the not too distant future. Carole and Malcolm
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Balcon Gite

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for making the whole experience easy.

After missing the initial flight, I thought, Oh crikey, the most important trip of the year - my son's wedding - and this has happened - what next?

Carole, thank you for being so 'easy' about it all.

We arrived on the Tuesday, Michael met us at the airport - he was smiling, polite and chatty. I began to relax. On arriving at the gite, he showed us in and quickly and efficiently, thankfully, (as it was very late) showed us the car and its workings. I was very grateful.

The welcome pack was a blessing - much needed tea and toast.

The gite was beautifully clean and tidy - we loved it from the outset and found it very easy to relax in such beautiful surroundings.

The pool is lovely, private and peaceful. I will hold dear the fond memories of sitting by the pool, in the shade as we painted our nails for the wedding that evening - much more fun than a beauty salon in Oxford!!

It took me a few goes to navigate my way up to the gite - missed the left hand turn a few times. The in roads past the gite are almost vertical. I took a walk early one morning - some workout!!

Jason's wedding at Athena Beach hotel was beautiful. There was a lovely sea breeze in the early evening - which helped. It was lovely to be with close family and friends. Special forever memories. Thank Goddo for waterproof mascara!

The day after the wedding I had a beach day with my 3 children and new daughter-in-law (They're not children - the youngest is 23!). Knowing there was no one staying in the other gite I brought them back for tea and to show them where we were staying. they were truly in awe, they thought it was beautiful and took pics to show their friends. My daughter said it was like being in a scene from the movie, Mama Mia!! I thought you'd like to know that.

We found 'Clean Beach', the chap who has the kiosk was so, so kind. We had lots of lovely fruit cocktails, followed by lots of complimentary shots! He makes great halloumi and salad pitta bread sandwiches. Everyone we met was kind and welcoming.

On leaving, we arrived at the airport and a man was waiting for us on the corner of the road. I 'stupidly' missed the petrol station and was going to go back but the man offered to top up the tank. I gave him some money and he promised he would sort it. Again, he didn't make a fuss. He got the bags out and we said our goodbyes.

We had a fab time and would love to come back and explore more of the island X

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well what can we say to such a wonderful review !!! Thank you so much for your kind words. We've spent a long time growing and improving our business and really love what we do .... which is why we like to think that we always go 'that extra mile' for our guests..... many of whom eventually become great friends ! We believe it's down to the fine detail and quality that we offer which has helped to make our business so successful ... but equally in return .... when we have genuine, lovely people staying in our properties, it makes everything we do an absolute pleasure ! We're so glad that your son's wedding will hold special memories for you and we're so happy to have played a small part in that. I have passed on your comments to our partners in Car Hire who we've worked so successfully with during these last few years ! Michalis is just as you said, helpful, friendly and very efficient ... and working with them as part of a team has totally enriched our business, particularly with the way they cheerfully meet and collect our guests from the airport. They always make it such a relaxing experience ! We hope that you will come back to see us again in the not too distant future - you will always be most welcome !! Carole & Malcolm x
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Beautiful accommodation

  • 4 of 5

This beautiful gite tucked away in the village of Pegia was exactly what we were looking for.

It was quiet and relaxing , apart from one night when the locals were celebrating Easter, but we had been warned about that.

The gite had everything you could possibly need, including a large balcony with stunning views of the coast line. And no T.V which was great.

Our only negative comment was on the size of the bed, it is a smallish double iron bed which creaked with every movement.

It would not stop us from returning as so much else was perfect, for us.

We loved the swimming pool and gardens surrounding it.

The walk into town is steep but managable, even for someone who is in need of two knee replacements!!!

We would never have found the gite late at night without the excellent comprehensive directions from the property managers, thank you.

I would recommend this gite to any couple looking for rest, relaxation and some time to spend with each other without the distractions of work/home life.

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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September getaway

  • 5 of 5

What a gem! Lovely Gite. Beautifully furnished. Attention to detail and every little thing carefully thought through.

Definitely going back!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This lovely gite ticks all the boxes - beautifully decorated, well equipped, right in the centre of the old town yet totally secluded, peaceful, a short stroll to a good supermarket, shops and restaurants, and only a short drive to the beach!!

David and Annick are friendly owners who live on site, and Carole & Malcolm manage the lettings very efficiently (and they're friendly, too!)

If, like us, you want to unwind by the pool, Le Gite d'ete is the best as it is next to the pool (which has quality loungers and parasols). If you prefer privacy, Le Balcon would be for you (and has the views!)

The beach at Coral Bay is hardly sophisticated or quaint, but you don't get many forested coves in Cyprus if that's what you're looking for. There are lots of tourist attractions all within travelling distance, and the Troodos Mountains offer a change of climate.

Whilst we what to recommend it, we don't want to find they're fully booked when we want to return!

Thank you for a really lovely stay.

Terry & Karen

  • Review Submitted: Oct 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Relaxing Break

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at le Balcon for a week at the start of April, with the intention of last chance get-away "Babymoon" break. We wanted a relaxing trip away from the busy nightlife and tourism of Paphos and the Gite in Peyia didn't disappoint.

Although close enough to visit the attractions of Pahos, Peyia has everything to offer in terms of local amenities, nice restaurants and bars/pubs. Plus, with Coral Bay down the road you can't go wrong.

The Gite is absolutely stunning and caters for all your home from home needs. We alternated cooking/going out and found the kitchen had everything you'd want to cook and serve a range of meals, as well as an idyllic BBQ area. We had breakfast every day on the balcony which overlooks the coastline, such an amazing start to the day. And if you're not planning on going out much (and like us), like to stay in touch with home, the free wifi is a real help for emails, skype and internet TV. The pool area is just stunning, pool crystal clean and with padded beds and parasols, it's 5* facilities.

The owners live onsite with their two dogs and are a lovely, very friendly couple.

If you hire a car and are a nervous driver I would maybe suggest parking in the village and walking up the hill. Or if you have any issues in general with walking up/down steep hills it might not be the best place for you, but it's a good way of working off the extra food you'll eat! We wanted to visit Cyprus in general so we hired a car, I would say that you could get away without one if you're not planning on leaving the village/Coral Bay much, but with great rental deals, it's nice to have the option. You'd spend the same in rental as you would on taxis.

We can't wait to come again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended


Coral Bay Beach and Corallia Beach is approximately 5 minutes drive with

Water sports and beach bars available.


Nearest airport is Paphos approx 30kms - 45 minute drive.

Larnaca airport is 130kms - approx 2 hour drive.

We can also pre-book a Taxis transfer for you from the airport or if you prefer, we can organise competitive rates on Car Hire who will also meet you at the airport FREE of CHARGE and take you to your accommodation which is great when arriving on a late flight and no need to worry about directions.


Peyia village is within walking distance of a bakery, banks, pharmacy, supermarket, as well as numerous tavernas bars etc.,

Coral Bay is 5 minutes by car offering tavernas, restaurants, bars, beaches and nightlife.

Paphos is approx 20 mins drive (also on a bus route) with it's charming harbour, castle, historical sites, numerous shops, bars, restaurants and boat trips.

Further Details:

There are a variety of tours available to the Troodos Mountains, Farmagusta, Nicosia etc., Jeep safaris (some 'off road'), Akamas, Nature trails, Wine routes and wineries, museums, working Monasteries and galleries, archeological finds, ancient ruins and villages.

There is also a Zoo, horse riding, bowling, karting, water parks, paint balling, cycling, walking - all within easy reach, and if that's not to your taste, there is always spa pampering pleasures!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday chalet in Peyia, Cyprus

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early/End season
1 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
High summer
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
Early/late season
1 Oct 2017 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit A$160

Booking Notes:
All prices are in GBP.
Once availability is confirmed, a booking form will be emailed which must be completed and returned.
A 25% deposit will secure the booking.
The final balance is due 60 days prior to arrival (late bookings will require immediate payment in full).
£100 GBP Damage deposit required - to be returned within 2 weeks of departure subject to satisfactory inspection of accommodation by agent.
Payment to be made by UK bank transfer.

Changeover Day:
Flexible changeover day.
Arrival times are flexible (please liaise with the agent)
Departure by 10.30am (unless agreed different with agent)
We will do whatever we can to accommodate your arrival and departure schedule

Notes on prices:
Bookings of 3 Weeks or more attract a 50 GBP reduction on listed price.
Contact agent for clarification if required.
Booking both Gites together for the same dates also attracts a reduction - please discuss with the agent.
Please refer to our Terms and Conditions on our web site:

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chalet rental in Peyia, Cyprus

Property Type:
  • chalet
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • not suitable for children
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes on accommodation: We offer competitive rates on car hire who will meet you at Paphos airport FREE of CHARGE and take you to the accommodation - which is peace of mind if arriving on a late flight - no need to worry about driving directions ! If you prefer a taxi transfer this can also be arranged from the airport. Because of the village location, car hire is not essential but is definitely recommended in order to benefit from the beauty and splendour Cyprus has to offer ! Parking is free and available on the lane adjacent to the property by the main gates off the courtyard Air conditioning is available but the thick stone walls insulate the properties well and most people find the ceiling fans are sufficient and much healthier ! A basic complimentary welcome pack is provided. Free unlimited Wi-Fi, hairdryer and a pool towel per person is provided free of charge. Strictly no smoking within the Gites - outside only - ashtrays are provided. Outside: A medley of corners, courtyards and shaded sitting areas, manicured trees, plants and shrubs, 8m x 4m privately situated swimming pool (not over looked), selection of good quality teak sun beds, cushions and parasols. A Cypriot oven (forno) and BBQ with seating area available for guest use (or with the owners who love traditional Greek forno cooking).

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