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Traditional House In Authentic Village local walks & cycling

Bedrooms 2
Space 60 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Beautiful, Traditional, Village House - Peaceful Hideaway, Charming Village Square, Cafes, Restaurants


Rate displayed avg/night is on the basis of 4 guests for 7 nights. Nightly rate £90. For 2 guests / 1 bedroom weekly rate is £345 and nightly £60. Minimum 2 night stay.


Elaia is in the Nicosia district, in the village of Lythrodontas, a picturesque village on the eastern edge of Troodos with a backdrop of hills and mountains with pine trees, olive trees and aromatic wild herbs.

The village has a lovely central square with traditional cafes just a minute’s walk from Elaia. There is a well stocked supermarket, several restaurants and bakers. There is a doctor, chemist and petrol station.


Elaia is just a hundred metres from the leafy village square, yet tucked away to offer a secluded, private courtyard with upper and lower patios, quality patio furniture, peaceful, and beautiful with its scented jasmines and other Mediterranean plants. The house is set around the courtyard and comprises:

A large sitting room – a restored room with original features of high ceiling and stone arch. Comfortable lounge suite and cable TV. A selection of toys is available. Open fireplace.

A fully-fitted modern kitchen and spacious dining area.

A utility room with washing machine and ironing facilities; also a hairdryer.

Two spacious air-conditioned bedrooms each with en suite - the Village room is upstairs with balconies and a double bed, the Garden room is also upstairs with balconies and two single beds. Bed linen and towels are provided.

The courtyard has an large upper patio, a smaller lower patio and a shaded entrance lobby where children can play safely. The courtyard, a real sun trap offering absolute privacy has trees and flowers such as citrus, olive and pomegranate and jasmine, bougainvillea, roses, herbs and other plants. Quality garden furniture for relaxing and dining and a large parasol are on the upper patio. Barbeque equipment is available.

The balconies offer another spot to retreat and relax with mountain views.

Accommodation is spacious and is ideal for groups of friends as well as families. Children can have lots of fun with supervision as the house is exciting and so different for them. Please note there are balconies and stairs around the property so children need to be supervised.

Wi Fi is accessible from all rooms.

The bedrooms and kitchen can be heated with 'split units', (which in the summer provide the air conditioning). We do not charge for gas or electricity. Firewood can be provided for the lounge fireplace at 10 euros for a container.


Numerous paths for walks through pine woods and olive groves, hills and valleys are minutes away from the front door. The European path E4 passes by the village and attracts serious walkers/ramblers.

There are also many tracks for cycling outside the village and a new mountain bike trail Vikles has been constructed. The Cyprus Sunshine Cup race, Afxentia stage, takes place in the local area every year in February/March.

Elaia is ideal for friends and family holidays, breaks, weekends and an ideal base for exploring the island from Nicosia’s old city to places of interest and historic sites such as Kourion amphitheatre near Limassol, the Paphos castle and mosaics, the pine-clad mountains with their picturesque villages, the beautiful beaches and other parts of the island.

There is a summer Swimming pool at Ktima Alexiou, within 5km open June, July and August.

Beaches: Larnaca 40mins drive, Governors Beach 50mins, Protaras 60mins.


Welcome grocery pack on arrival. English speaking representative on hand to welcome and answer any questions.

Welcome folder with useful information about the house and the area. Maps, guides and leaflets of places to visit are also provided.


The leafy village square with its traditional cafes is a wonderful feature of the village which many guests enjoy.

The kiosk “periptero”, small shop by the village square sells milk, cans of drink bread and a limited range of food, newspapers and magazines.

The main supermarket is 400 metres from the village square. This stocks a large range of food and household goods, as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Opening hours are: Every day: 5h30 to 21h00 (subject to change). Fresh bread and local pastries are also available at the supermarket. There's also a cake shop and local bread bakery.

There is a vegetable and fruit market on Tuesdays 100m from the village square on the main road.

There are several restaurants which also offer takeaway food within walking distance. They serve the popular local dish “souvlaki” – small cubes of grilled meat / kebab, served in pitta bread with salad as well as a variety of other dishes.

Between Lythrodontas and Mathiatis village is Aliotiko restaurant with an excellent local chef, Giorgos. His speciality is “meze” – a succession of perhaps 15 small dishes so you need to go hungry...

The village of Kapedes is a 15 minute drive north west of Lythrodontas. There's quite a large nice restaurant, the Acropolis, with lovely views towards Nicosia.

Nicosia Old Town (inside the old city walls) is an interesting place to visit. Nicosia is about 30 minutes away but contains a number of good restaurants in the old town. Some of these are on and around Onasagorou Street which runs parallel to the well known shopping Ledra Street.

Activities in and from the village:

Explore the village and meet the friendly local people.

Go for countryside walks, many paths around including on the European long-distance path E4 (eg. the Lefkothea nature trail a couple of miles outside the village on the road to Lefkara.

Visit the old and new church with its hand-painted murals and icons in the village.

Have a drink and watch the world go by in the traditional 'Kaffeneion'(cafe) in the charming village square.

Go horse-riding (by arrangement).

Make day trips to the beach, nearest Larnaca, 35km, for swimming and watersports. Ayia Napa and Protaras are only an hour's drive away.

Visit other places of interest on the island (we have plenty of guides at the house).

Many guests have told us that staying at Lythrodontas is ideal for visits to the whole island.

In summary, Lythrodontas is a busy and authentic Cypriot village with friendly local people – the charming, leafy village square is a truly unhurried and relaxing place to enjoy sun and shade, chatting and gazing, sip a beer, coffee or have an ice-cream. At the side is the small older church, and close by a corner shop, banks, and good takeaways – very good souvlaki! A well stocked supermarket is only 5 minutes walk from the square.The new church with its extensive hand painted wall and ceiling murals a few minutes walk from the square is worth visiting.

We hope you will come and enjoy this beautiful place.

More Details

Thecla Perkins
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Greek
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Thecla Perkins

I’m Thekla, a Greek Cypriot who grew up in Lythrodontas but left about 30 years ago when I married Simon. I knew I would always come back to the village because I love it and the people; fortunately Simon does too! We now live in England but have visited Cyprus at least once every year since and even more now we have our own place, Elaia, to enjoy. We have two adult children, both living and working in England who love our house and the village.

Simon is from the UK and loves the village. He does quite a bit of cycling and we both like walking so we find the local countryside amazing for both. Walk out in any direction from the village and you will lovely country side to walk or ride a bike. Fresh air, sun the smell of mountain herbs and trees.

Thecla Perkins purchased this house in 2003

Why Thecla Perkins chose Cyprus

We wanted to have a place in the middle of the village rather than outside so we would be able to enjoy being part of village life. The property belonged to my grandparents and we bought it from the family when it was abandoned and in great need of repair. We restored and extended it, adding a new bedroom block, but keeping the traditional style, with all the rooms set around a central courtyard. We are delighted with it!

The village itself is tucked away among olive and pine trees with the horizon lined by the hills and mountains of the Troodos range. It’s easily accessible from the motorway network. Many villagers commute to Nicosia, 20 miles away, but are still home every night, which means the village continues to thrive.

What makes this house unique

The property is very spacious, indoors and out and offers complete privacy despite being in the middle of the village. The secluded courtyard with its lovely scented jasmins and citrus trees is ideal for relaxing and outdoor dining.

Elaia is only 100 metres from the leafy village square, an excellent restaurant and other shops. Guests are always made to feel welcome with the opportunity to meet friendly local people. There are walking paths nearby and villages and mountains to explose. Exploring the meandering streets of the old city of Nicosia is one of our favourite pastimes, and many of our guests have used Elaia as a base for exploring further afield – Whatever your plans Elaia is a delight to come back from a day out, a true oasis, a hideaway to relax and be refreshed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

For those who want the real thing, i.e. to be amongst the people of Cyprus and not the tourist masses along the coast, it is hard to find a better place than Thecla's lovingly restored ancestral village house. We stayed here for a week in October. It is a beautiful season. Not too hot and still lots of sunshine. Everything breathes welcome, peace and quiet. The house is well equipped. The village square is where one meets for a coffee. A local restaurant serves local food and more (if you like). One can explore the nearby Toodros mountains with endless tracks and trails. But you do need a car. Rental cars are not expensive. Highly recommended.
Oct 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Nicosia in Europe

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 60 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Village room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin; shaving point
    Living area - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
    Orchard room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin; shaving point
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Village bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Balconies with village and mountain views
    Garden bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Balconies with mountains views and citrus garden below.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Village bedroom, first floor, with double bed, modern en-suite and balcony. Garden bedroom, first floor, with 2 single beds, modern en-suite and balcony.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation. Our accommodation is very spacious. Each room is large and airy and well furnished. It is a delight to be in any of the rooms or at any spot in the courtyard or balconies. All bedrooms have split units which can easily be switched between air-conditioning and heating. Extra electric radiators are provided in colder months. Families are welcome and children do enjoy the property; but the number of stairs and balconies mean young children would need close supervision. Note: For security reasons, on enquiring for Elaia, we would ask that you give us with other details your telephone number. Many thanks. Outside: The house is set around a secluded split level courtyard, with two patios. The upper has dining outdoor furniture and a large parasol can be used in the hot months. Meals here are a wonderful experience. The lower patio has a wooden bench but a white table and chairs can be used there if you prefer your meals there. There is a simple barbecue and a large sheltered entrance area/lobby. The courtyard, with its local scented trees and flowers, is an integral part of outdoor living at Elaia offering privacy, peace and relaxation day and night. Utility Room: Washing machine, ironing board and iron, hair dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Beds are ready on arrival and bedlinen and towels are provided weekly.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


A beautiful and tranquil home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Great location for hiking in the mountains on the easily accessible trails, or point from which to visit different beaches.

Lovely village with great weekly market for fresh produce and a fully stocked supermarket.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you dear guests for you review. We are very happy you found in our home all those good things. Thank you for choosing to stay at Elaia a unique home in a apecial place in Cyprus. We hope you will come again. Very best wishes.
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Wonderful traditional house, with all mod cons

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for a week in late May, parents and two adult children.

We found everything we needed at the house and more besides. We all enjoyed lazy breakfasts in the courtyard and the wifi was absolutely reliable. Being within a few minutes walk of a very well stocked supermarket meant we never had to worry about forgetting something we needed for dinner.

We didn't spend any time in the village itself as we had always intended to explore the wider island from the base of the house.

We were welcomed in very friendly fashion and have nothing negative to say at all about the house.

A really lovely week.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Most beautiful, authentic village house

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with children and grandchildren at beautiful Elaia for 4 days. Everything was there for us, even toys for the small ones, and being warmly welcomed by mail from Thecla, and in person by Chris, we felt immediately at home. Lemon for the salad was waiting just outside on the tree in the garden, and the bells from the nearby church accompanied as while sitting in the spacious yard. The house is beautifully renovated, and very well equipped with everything needed for a relaxing holiday. It's not just a holiday rental, it is a real home, full of atmosphere, and we would be very happy to come again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy Elaia has been such a perfect stay for our guests. It was a pleasure to welcome you to enjoy this lovely home! Thank you for giving us this review. Best wishes, Thecla
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Restored house restores the spirit

  • 5 of 5

The olive is presumably the hook on which the economy hangs in this rural village in the foothills of Troodos. The house is a triumph: a lovingly restored family home with huge rooms, high ceilings and décor sourced from traditional craftspeople. The experience starts when you turn the key in the big arched front doors into the wide courtyard: the sense of nurture that you feel with your whole being in this building is a far cry from the frenetic construction of tourist villas on the coast.

If you want mountain hikes on your doorstep and good road links to Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol, with scenic, second-gear routes straight into the mountains (hire a four-wheel-drive if you want to divert along non-metalled roads), then this place is perfect.

There’s no shiny nightlife or manicured backstreets in Lythrodontas; things happen in slow time in the village and the more closely you explore the more insight you gain. The 92-year-old white-bearded village priest rides around on his vintage tractors (has eight children, I’m told). Like others, the village has two churches, one vast new one dominating the landscape and one historic basilica, and the week is demarcated by the bells (hand-rung in the old church and electronic in the new). Peer inside the old church for the spiritual beating heart of the village.

A short drive along the road to Lefkara is the nearest of the way-marked walking/mountain-biking trails. Large-scale maps are elusive but you can work out your own route (the summit of a hill and back, say). I’d recommend as much drinking water as you can carry, and good hiking boots as there’s loose shingle on the inclines. I found the heat punishing on the upward journeys, but the views and sights and scents are well worth it.

We returned several evenings to I-Food Café, just off the village square (opening a new taverna soon opposite, I’m told), for souvlakia, where the proprietor spoiled us with extra dishes of village cheese, yogurt and preserved fruit/walnuts. You can sit outside and watch the various minor goings-on.

My last tip is, in the morning when you are making yourself beautiful, spend a moment also making yourself repellent: to mosquitoes. I saw hardly any little beasts at the house and, thanks to Boots body spray, I was bite-free.

Final note: the house is clean and organised and the kitchen well equipped (decent-sized sharp vegetable knife and even grease-proof paper).

Very many thanks to Thekla and Simon and their family.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A private haven

  • 4 of 5

Lovely property with gorgeous secluded courtyard,the ideal place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of the major tourist towns. Ideally situated for visiting North Cyprus and the southern coastal resorts. Definately the ideal hideaway, we thoroughly enjoyed our week at this well equipped property.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks to our guests for this great review! I suppose the four instead of five stars is because of the absence of sun loungers which we will soon purchase for Elaia! All our guests do find Elaia in good position for visiting the whole of Cyprus. Thanks again and please recommend Elaia for us. Very best wishes.
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Cyprus's best kept secret

  • 5 of 5

I wanted to rest. Its an old fashioned concept but one I believe is more relevant in 2015 than it has ever been. I had read the reviews, looked at the photos and the price was good. I received excellent directions/instructions about the house from the owner before I left. I arrived late at night to be met by the owner. My first impressions that night was that the whole place was so much bigger than I had expected. The living room in the house has a very high ceiling and is so spacious too. My next impression was of how clean and well kept everything was. The next morning revealed the true extent of this remarkable house. Opening the shutters from my bedroom on the first floor (there is another bedroom on the ground floor and another bedroom also on the first floor) was the view across the hills. I love the Troodos hills and the view was almost like a 3D picture. Then I looked at the garden/patio area. Full of terracotta pots holding colourful blooms, herbs and small trees. The oversized parasol above the rustic garden table was already providing shade so that I could enjoy with my first breakfast. As I walked around the house and garden I was delighted to find that my first impressions were correct - big, big rooms, beautifully filled with family antique furniture, and local artwork. There are photographs around the house of family members back across the generations, which I found truly interesting and I did manage to find out the stories behind some of them. Another fascination for me was the construction of the original house, which although some of the "brickwork" has now been strengthened and rendered, is still very visible. The house was built in or around 1914 using a sort of dry wall method. I've attached a couple of photos to illustrate the painstaking and back breaking work it must have been. The owners have extended the house sympathetically by re-creating the same brick patchwork on the new building. I spent two glorious weeks enjoying the house, the garden, the village, the locals, the hills, the food and the wine. I was invited to a typical Cypriot Sunday lunch by the family who own the house and it was something to behold and which I will always remember. The house is about 30-40 minutes drive from the seaside so its very well located for a day at the beach. Nicosia is also an easy drive away. I intend to return - this place is too much of a hidden gem not to.

  • Review Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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