Just when you think you’ve seen it all, Cyprus manages to surprise you, again and again. This time, our team was on the look out for gorgeous countryside stays for the perfect break; an idyllic under-the-radar spot where you can practically disappear for a few days and forget that real life exists as you get back to basics and embrace the very essence of mindful living! As luck will have it, we discovered three gems on Airbnb hidden away in the most gorgeous locations where the only thing you’ll hear is the blissful sound of birds chirping!


1. Log house, Gourri

This two-bed house (ideal for four guests) will make you feel like you’re in another country altogether, imported directly from Finland to offer the perfect retreat from busy city life. Surrounded by countryside outside the village of Gourri – just 36 km from Nicosia – this is the perfect spot from which to explore the surrounding Machairas forest and mountains.



You may, however, not wish to veer too far from the log house once you arrive: the roaring fireplace will soothe the senses and the peacefulness of the area will lull you into a dream like state! You’ll need to take a dirt road to get here, as it’s a few hundred metres off the main road, but one of the hosts will be on hand to greet you and show you the way! Find out more here.



2. Forest View Cottage, Platres

Want to enjoy a peaceful weekend getaway with a group of friends? This fully renovated and well-furnished three-bedroom home is more like a villa than a cottage, built over two floors and featuring a spacious open-plan living room area with a modern fully equipped kitchen, complete with dining table, log fire and a spacious covered balcony.



The lower floor houses two double bedrooms, a twin bedroom and the family bathroom. But the best part of it all is the back of the house, where guests can enjoy a large yard with scented pine trees and a covered patio area that’s perfect for a morning or lunchtime feast. And when you do want to explore, the village of Platres is at your doorstep! What’s more, the property is managed by BMA Cyprus Holiday Group who can assist you with any transport needs or excursions. Find out more here.


3. Nuuna log house, Limassol countryside

Another gorgeous three-bedroom house, this one has been built in the mountain village of Phini. Kids will go mad over the tree house here, while adults can soak up the sunshine in a pretty garden filled with fruit trees and vegetables grown by the owners.



The gorgeous all- wood house is set in a secluded spot with plenty of hiking trails to enjoy in the vicinity, while it’s easy to drive to the nearby Troodos peaks for an adrenaline filled adventure. Come late afternoon, just curl up with a good book in the open plan living room/kitchen, with gorgeous views across the undulating countryside as the sun sets. Find out more here.



All photos from airbnb.com