This ground floor apartment is beautifully furnished. Set on the outskirts of the traditional village of Neo Chorio, with shops and tavernas less than a 5 minute walk away. Located at the edge of the Akamas national park, ideal for exploring
My apartment has a veranda that gets the Sun for most of the day. The rooms are spacious. There is an Olive grove to the side of the apartment, which is frequented by a multitude of birds. In the morning you will awaken to the birdsong, the tinkling of goats' bells or on Sunday the church bells and the singing of the village choir. In the evening you may see the Egyptian Fruit bats that live in a cave in a nearby gorge.
Health & Safety
There are a number of items to which I would draw your attention:
Knives – There are sharp knives in the cutlery draw and barbecue skewers in the cupboard under the sink. Please watch out for your fingers and your childrens'.
Fire – In event of a fire, a fire extinguisher and blanket are located at the side of the cupboard under the kitchen sink.
Roof – At the top of the stairwell there is a door to the roof. There is a great view from up there but no fence or safety rail around the perimeter wall. The door should be locked. If you have children it would be worth checking that it is locked. There is a key to the roof door on a hook above the door and also one on the key ring that has the main entrance key and apartment front entrance key, which is usually kept inserted in the front door.
Floors - The tiled floors can become very slippery when wet, so take care particularly in the bathroom. There should be a bath mat in the bathroom. The bath itself has a non slip surface, this should be rinsed off after use. If you have problems or concerns using the bath for showering, the communal walk-in showers located at the rear of block 4 by the swimming pool are available, the keys for them are located on a hook in the kitchen by the external door.
Water – The hot water heated from the solar panels on the roof will usually be scalding hot, so when showering be sure to be careful using the shower mixer, starting with the cold and adding hot water until you get the temperature you require. Follow the same procedure if taking a bath.
Toilet – According to local rules toilet roll and/or sanitary products, e.g. tampons, should not be flushed down the toilet but placed in a plastic bag in the bin by the side of the toilet. I have found that using a small amount of toilet roll is OK as long as the toilet is well flushed, however sanitary products should in no circumstances be flushed down the toilet.
Swimming Pool – The swimming pool is 2 metres deep at the deep end so please make sure that younger children are closely supervised at all times. Under no circumstances take any glassware to the poolside. If broken glass gets in the pool, the water has to be replaced and it is very expensive.
BBQ - Be careful using the BBQ, keep a vessel filled with water to hand to put out any inadvertent fire, always douse the BBQ after use.
The water supply is pressurised. A pump on the roof keeps the water pressurised. Very occasionally this pump switches off, due to electricity glitches, particularly in thunderstorms. If this happens you will notice that the water pressure is very low. To switch the pump back on you need to go up the stairwell to the roof door, unlock it using the key provided on a hook above the door and access the roof. To switch the pump back on press the green button on the rightmost pump at the end of the roof over the apartment. Remember to take an apartment door key with you as the front door is spring loaded and closes behind you. Don't go on the roof to switch the water pump back on during a thunderstorm!
The water supply meter and main shut off valve are located in a cabinet on the wall at the complex entrance, there should be no need to access this, unless there is a major leak. The sinks and toilet cistern have shut off valves located underneath or to the side, again there should be no need to access these valves unless there is a major leak.
The Minature Circuit Breakers (MCBs) for the power are located in a cabinet above the immersion heater switch in the hall between the bedrooms. The MCBs are labelled according to the supply they provide. On very rare occasions they have been known to trip. If one does trip please consider what might have caused it to trip, e.g. a short circuit or overload on an appliance, (this should be obvious). The MCB can be reset. If a MCB trips repeatly and you can't address what is causing it to trip or are uncertain what is causing it to trip then you should either contact Clive Kennett in apartment 6, or if he is not in residence then contact me.
The Residual Current Breaker-Overload (RCBO) is located in a cabinet by the car park under block 2, opposite the kitchen veranda. Again this has been known to trip on very rare occasions, the same as above applies. The RCBO is reset by pressing the green button.
I don't think any guest has ever had recourse to do any of the above so don't worry unduly, I have a added this section just in case MCB/RCBO does trip so you know what to do and are not unduly inconvenienced or concerned.
The electricity meter is located in the cupboard adjacent to the RCBO cupboard. You can monitor this to see how much electricity you are using.
The water is heated using the solar panels on the roof. There is an immersion heater but there should be no need to use it as the water will be boiling hot even on a cloudy day, the water stays hot late into the night, if not all night and will be boiling hot again soon after the sun rises in the morning. Should you need to use the immersion heater, (this is very unlikely), then please only switch it on for half an hour, using the timer switch located outside the bathroom, as the element is liable to burn out and it is expensive to replace.
The TV is controlled using the Samsung remote control. The terrestrial TV is not connected. To select the DVD/Satellite TV you need to select the external source (ext) press it once for the DVD and again for the Satellite TV.
The DVD is controlled using the Rolls remote control, it can also be controlled manually using the buttons on the DVD player. There are a selection of DVDs and CDs in the TV stand shelf.
The Satellite TV is controlled using the Homecast remote control. The favourites button on the Homecast remote control (fav) can be used to cycle between all the available channels and the different favourite selections.
I have put the News channels on one selection, the Sports channels in the middle and the Music and Movie channels on the last one, pressing the favourites button again returns to all the channels. The News channels are in English. The Sports channels are not generally in English but you can follow the action. The Music and Movie channels have a mixture of English and Foreign language programmes. Sadly, apart from the news channels, there appear to be fewer and fewer functioning channels in English each time I visit. I find the most interesting programmes are on DW-TV and RT-DOC. You are welcome to search through the channel list to find channels in your language
The kitchen appliances are all straightforward to operate, the instruction manuals are in the bottom draw of the draw unit in the kitchen
The washing machine has a Push and Wash button or you can use special or standard programmes. With the standard programmes you can select the water temperature and spin speed. Please use a low spin speed to prolong the life of the washing machine, as your clothes will dry very quickly outside. Please don't use too much washing powder if you are only doing a small load.
There should be an iron, ironing board and clothes airing frame in the cupboard in the rear bedroom. There should be a hair dryer in the top draw of the chest of draws in the front bedroom.
If you request the conditioning my agent will have unlocked the unit(s) in the bedroom(s ) please keep the unit(s) on an economic setting and ensue that doors are kept closed when the air conditioning is on. Please remember to turn the air conditioning off when you leave.
Internet Connection and Wi-Fi Encryption Code
There is an internet connection and a wireless router. The wireless router is located on the glass table.
The Wi-Fi connection is a WEP the Wi-Fi Encryption Code is (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)A. The service provider has a general network as well as the apartment specific one. This network may be picked up by your computer before you enter the encryption key. If you are not prompted by your computer software to enter the encryption key and you are confronted by a login page when you try to access the internet then you are trying to access the wrong network. You will need to select the correct network, holitec-2, from the list of available networks and then enter the encryption key. You should then be able to access the network. If all else fails try switching the wi-fi router and/or the power to the microwave antenna on the roof off and on again. The contact number for the service provider is +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) and their internet address is (EMAIL HIDDEN) If you do need to contact them give them my name as the apartment owner.
UK TV, (together with some international channels, e.g. DW-TV, RT news can be streamed over the internet using (URL HIDDEN)
Communal Swimming Pool
The communal swimming pool is located in front of block 4. It is not heated but is cleaned frequently. There is a cold shower located by the pool, this should be used for rinsing off sun tan lotion before entering the pool. There are also male and female walk-in hot showers and toilets located at the rear of block 4, these are kept locked and need a key for access. The keys are kept on a hook by the kitchen door.
The combination for the gate lock is 3579. The opening times given on the notice don't need to be adhered to.
The big no no is taking glass or crockery to the pool area. We had to have the pool water replaced due to broken glass entering the pool and it was very expensive. If you are seen with glass or crockery by the pool you are likely to be told in no uncertain terms to remove it.
I have two sun loungers which are kept chained up on the rear veranda, the key to the padlock is kept on a hook by the kitchen door. The sun loungers already by the swimming pool can be used or my sun loungers can be taken down to the swimming pool or to the front garden. It is probably easier to move the sun loungers around the outside to the front garden than taking them through the apartment. Please ensure that my sun loungers are not left at the swimming pool and are chained and padlocked after use and when you leave. They can be chained to the railings of the front veranda for your convenience during your stay but should be chained to the railings of the rear veranda before you leave. I lost a set of sun loungers and they are expensive to replace.
The BBQ is a rudimentary one, although there are plenty of grills and skewers from the previous BBQs I have had that have gone missing! The BBQ should be used on the hard standing in front of the front veranda. You can purchase fire lighters and charcoal from the village shop or elsewhere. Be careful using the BBQ, keep a vessel filled with water to hand to put out any inadvertent fire, always douse the BBQ after use.
There are sundry garden chairs and a table on the front veranda. Two fold-able chairs are stored in the cupboard in the rear bedroom and can be moved around as required.
Windows and Patio Doors
The windows and patio doors have standard catches for opening and closing and also a central locking bolt. While you are resident the windows can be left on the catches for ease of opening and closing. Please can you ensure that the central locking bolts are engaged when you leave.
Interakcija s gostima
I won't be there myself but the other owners on the complex, in particular the owners in apartment 6, next to the swimming pool may be able to help you with any issues or problems that you have. My housekeeper runs the village shop so can be easily contacted, however please don't overuse her because she is accessible as she is very busy.
The Cyprus Sun is very fierce especially in Summer, it is important to use Sun block and/or cover your head, neck arms and legs particularly if you are fair skinned. It is also easy to become dehydrated when out walking so remember to take plenty of water if you are planning to walk any distance.
The local medical services are very good. There is a hospital, with an accident and emergency unit, in Polis on the road towards the camp site and several Doctors. Doctor Georges who is located in the office complex at the far end of the main street, near the main Church is frequented by the owners on the complex. He can give you a thorough health check for a very reasonable price.
Emergency services - medical, fire or police Tel: 112
RCC Rescue Coordination Centre (air/sea rescue) Tel: 1441
There are a variety of books located in a bookcase in the lounge. If you haven't finished reading a particular fiction paperback book before the end of you holiday you are welcome to take it with you, however please don't take the non fiction or hard backed books. You are also welcome to leave books that you have read. There is a charity bookshop on the main street in Polis
Neo Chorio Village 3 – Complex Rules
For the benefit and enjoyment of everybody staying at Neo Chorio Village 3, would owners and guests please have regard to the following points:
Always keep communal doors to hallways locked to maintain security.
Do not store items under stairs in the communal hallways because this is a potential fire hazard, hinders the cleaners and looks unsightly and cluttered.
Avoid marking/damaging walls in hallways when moving/carrying furniture e.g. sunbeds.
Be respectful to other residents and keep noise levels down e.g. when entering the Village Complex late at night as voices and foot steps on the tiled floors carry throughout the buildings.
Avoid dragging furniture across floors – particularly late at night.
Keep access doors to the roof areas locked at all times.
Keep roof areas free of debris to avoid puncturing the roofing felt.
Do not take glassware, crockery etc to the swimming pool area where they could accidentally be broken and cause injury to people e.g. to those in bare feet.
Always lock the communal toilets for the swimming pool after use.
Shower before entering the swimming pool and ensure that sun cream is washed off to minimise staining of the pool liner.
Keep the swimming pool area tidy by putting toys and sunbeds away after use or at the end of the day.
Beware of pedestrians and other vehicles when driving in and out of the Village Complex and keep speed to a maximum of 5 mph.
Park cars in the designated/allocated car space for your apartment or use a common use space. Please do not park in spaces allocated to other residents/apartments without their prior approval.
Do not kick/throw balls against external walls and in garage/parking areas. This avoids unnecessary cleaning/re-painting/damage to cars.
Do not adjust timers e.g. for garden watering, pool lights etc. without reference to a Committee member or Artha Estates.
Do not pour fat or oil down sinks or toilets.
Discuss any problems with an on-site Committee member or Block representative (if available).
Neo Chorio Village 3 Owners’ AssociationApproved at AGM 1.10.10