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Beautiful Traditional House In Authentic Village local walks and great base

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms3
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

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

PRICING

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 £395 and nightly £75. Minimum 2 night stay.

LYTHRODONTAS

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.

THE HOUSE

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.

LOCAL AMENITIES

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.

FURTHER DETAILS

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.

VILLAGE AMENITIES

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: 6h00 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

Owner
Thecla Perkins
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, Greek
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 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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Location

Nearest Airport
40 Kilometres
Larnaca
Nearest Barpub
In village
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nicosia/Larnaca/Limassol intersection
Nearest Restaurant
In village
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Larnaca
Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The closest beaches are either side of Larnaca, around 40 minutes' drive. We like Fig Tree Bay at Paralimni/Protaras, which is around an hour's drive in the south east corner of the island. It is a beautiful beach so don't miss it! Governors Beach is under an hour on the way to Limassol with many traditional fish restaurants.

There's a swimming pool within 5 miles of the village, between Mathiatis and Analiontas (summer months only) and also at Latsia (20 minutes) and Nicosia (30 minutes), these two all year round.

Travel:

Larnaca airport is nearest, around 40 minutes' drive. If you wish to explore the island during your stay, we recommend hiring a car. There are several buses daily between Lythrodontas and Nicosia and also a rural taxi service.

Distances:

Nicosia - 20 miles / half hour drive

Larnaca - 25 miles / 40 minutes drive

Protaras - 50 miles / about one hour drive

Limassol - 50 miles / about an hour drive

Paphos - 90 miles / about one and half hour drive

Lefkara, picturesque village in the mountains is about half hour drive

Macheras monastery, winding road, about 40 minutes drive

Further Details:

Local amenities include:

- the village square with its traditional cafes

- well-stocked supermarket offering local cheese, meat, fruit, drinks, bread and Cypriot patisserie and much more.

- weekly (Tuesdays) vegetable and fruit market

- two takeaways, four restaurants, all within walking distance

- a garage, two banks, doctor, dentist and chemist

Activities in and around the village:

- Explore the village and meet the friendly local people

- Go for countryside walks, including on the European long-distance path E4 (Lefkothea trail on the way to Lefkara is part of the E4)

- Visit the new church with its hand-painted murals and icons

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

- Go horse-riding or cycling (by arrangement)

And further afield:

- Swimming: outdoor pool (June, July, August) at 5km (Ktima Alexiou); year-round pool at 15km (Latsia). Beaches at Larnaka (40 minutes) and Protaras (60 minutes).

- Visit other places of interest on the island (we have plenty of guides at the house). Several guests have told us that staying at Lythrodontas is ideal for visits to the whole island.

- Explore old Nicosia - only 30 minutes’ easy drive

Additional information

- The kiosk (“periptero”) by the village square sells milk, cans of drink and a limited range of food, newspapers and magazines.

Between Lythrodontas and Mathiatis village

- The Millennium Futbal sports area, between the two villages, opened a restaurant in November 2013 with an excellent local chef, Giorgos. His speciality is “meze” – a succession of perhaps 15 small dishes so you need to go hungry... check latest status with Chris in case Giorgos moves elsewhere!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Nicosia District in Cyprus

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Village room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin; shaving point
    Living area - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin
    Garden room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Basin; shaving point
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • 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:
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.

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average rating of 4.8 based on 14 reviews
5

Perfect location for a relaxed week away - superb accommodation with friendly owners.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week here. The home has an interesting history and it's located within easy access of local amenities. It was great to be able to take breakfast in the courtyard and also to sit out there reading or chatting over a bottle of wine late into the evening.

The central location in the island is ideal for sightseeing by car.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review Chris. You were excellent friendly guests and enjoyed meeting you. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes
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5

Rest and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

The property is spacious and quite grand in the large arched living room. A delightful courtyard gives a very country, yet private feel to the property. Decorated and furnished to a high standard, it is a very comfortable property to stay in. Situated in a working non-tourist location it gives an appreciation of an authentic Cypriot town. A hire car is essential and you are central to visit the beaches or hills, and there are some great walks nearby.

The owners Thekla and Simon make you feel very welcome and give helpful advice on the area. its history and where to visit. We found the breakfast a particular treat which was a great start to the day. There are a number of restaurants in the town or you an use the facilities at the place. A large supermarket nearby as well as local shops provide all you need.

We stayed for a week with our twenty year old daughter and really enjoyed the peace, tranquillity, and sedate pace of life at the house, which was why we chose it and we were not disappointed (and the sun shone all week). We all really enjoyed it and left feeling relaxed and refreshed. A tribute to Thekla and Simon and their lovely home.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you staying at Elaia. Best wishes, Simon and Thecla
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5

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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5

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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5

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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