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3 Superb Villas of Genuine Luxury and Elegance, 1.5km from the beach, POOL - The Belvedere

Bedrooms 2
Space 936 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights



The Belvedere

Modern in style and comfort Belvedere is situated in a very sunny spot with wonderful view. It comfortably fits 4 people + 2 in the large living room sofas. It is fully air-conditioned, has a large blooming veranda and direct access to the pool.

About the property

Montofoli Estate

Registered by the National Tourist Organisation under MHTE : 1351K123K0204101

Montofoli Estate is a vineyard and an archaeological site in the bay of Karystos in South Evia, the second largest island in Greece. The 3 Residences available for rent are from different historic times and have been carefully restored and decorated. The Dovecot, sleeps 4-7 people, the Red House sleeps 6 people and the Belvedere sleeps 4-6 people. Check the picture descriptions below to be able to distinguish the villas from one another.

Montofoli is ideal for family vacations.

The DOVECOT at the Montofoli Estate is built on the ruins of a Roman Bath and it is a total of 140 square meters. It is fully air-conditioned and each item that forms the interior decoration has its own history and origin.

The RED HOUSE is a neoclassical building, fully air-conditioned and very elegantly furnished. The high ceilings with the piano and the fireplace make it a very luxurious yet cosy house and the verandas are ideal for the whole day and night during most of the year.

The BELVEDERE is a modern and comfortable house, situated in a very sunny spot with wonderful view. It comfortably fits 4 people + 2 in the large living room sofas. It is fully air-conditioned, has a large blooming veranda and direct access to the pool.

The POOL area is situated at a panoramic spot with citrus trees overlooking the vineyard and sea. It makes a perfect spot for midday ouzos and evening drinks while enjoying the beautiful sunset. The pool is shared between the two houses and is equipped with an automatic safety cover for children.

Enjoy tours of the vineyard and taste the wines produced at the Estate in its wine cellar built on a the remains of a pottery workshop dated 400BC.

The Wine Cellar: The wine cellar of the estate is the Frankish church of St. Marc, which during the Ottoman occupation was turned into horses’ stables. You can still see today the remains of the Christian frescoes on its inner walls (outer-walls today). It is also quoted that when Karystos was conveyed to the Catalans from the Venetians in 1365, the contract was signed in this very church. A little over a meter under the wine cellar lies a sleeping pottery workshop dating back to 400 BC. Today, this is where we keep our dessert wine in French oak barrels and in bottles. This is also where the guided tours and wine tasting take place.

The ancient staircase: The famous staircase counts 157 steps and was built to serve the cultivation of the land when the terraces were created. What is of great interest is that the staircase is built from architectural parts of ancient temples in an artistic way by worthy masters of the time. Seen from above, this is another characteristic part of Montofoli Estate leading from its lower part to the level of the houses. It is said that the staircase is built on an ancient road that used to lead to a very important place.

Guided Tour: Beginning on the 1st of July and for every Saturday until the end of September we offer guided tours at 19.00. The tour includes a narration of the historical background of the estate, a walk in the vineyard and a wine tasting of our 'Montofoli Estate' label, all in all a 40 minute experience.

More Details
Ancient Town of Karystos, Karystos
34001 Evia Greece
GNTO , 1351K123K0204
Greek National Tourism Organization MHTE : 1351K123K0204101
VAT Reg No094127951

Marianne Larsson-Karacostas
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, German, Swedish, Greek
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 May, 2017

About Marianne Larsson-Karacostas

I left Sweden for Greece some time before I married my husband, and we purchased Montofoli Estate in 1986.

Montofoli Estate bears the imprint of history in architecture, spirit and character of previous times and owners. The positive energy of the whole place made the hard work ahead easy and truly inspiring. There were sweaty and dusty days when we just crashed out on a heap of stones sipping champagne and enjoying the sunset, accumulating energy for the next day.

My husband and I live in Athens now. My daughter just settled with her family in Montofoli and we find ourselves staying longer weekends there now.

Marianne Larsson-Karacostas purchased this house in 1986

Why Marianne Larsson-Karacostas chose Greece

We started the restoration with the Dovecot, where we then could stay with our three daughters throughout the work on both buildings and landscape. Since there was no proper road leading up to the houses, the restoration work was shared between men, mules and donkeys. Louisa, our own beloved donkey joined the workforce on equal terms. She was a friendly creature who immediately became the center of attention whenever she stepped in to join our party and welcome guests. She had that rare Natural Presence.

Thick rounded walls of a Roman bath served as base for the 8 m. high dovecot with pigeon nests and bird entrance at the south wall. We felt like intruders and decided to keep that entrance open but later had to close it with a glass window since the previous occupants clearly were not “housetrained”. We missed them, but kept in touch as they moved into the many empty nests in the terrace walls.

What makes this house unique

Montofoli is clearly has a unique beauty. But what is most astounding is the view. No matter where in Montofoli you find yourself, you have the most beautiful view of the gulf of Karystos.

Available Rentals

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Prices represent the rent for 'The Belvedere.' Max. occupancy: 6 people. Children under 2 y.o. stay for free.

Breakfast with local delicacies is COMPLIMENTARY for the first morning on the estate.

Prices include VAT.


Accommodation and facilities for The Belvederein Karistos in Europe

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 936 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Outdoor Shower
  • The bathroom is panelled in white high quality marble for which Greece is famous. Bath towels are provided for each guest as well as a beach towel for use in the pool and the beaches.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Livingroom - 2 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


5/5 -
(1 traveller reviews)


Sublime property, charming hosts, a treasured stay

  • 5 of 5

The elegant Marianne Larsson-Karacostas and her polymath husband Paulos Karacostas have lovingly transformed an historic property once fallen into ruins. With patience, attention to detail, and respect for the land and the spirit of the Montofoli estate, they have created a sublime retreat to restore one's spirit. Set into a hillside above their ancient citrus groves and vineyard, famed for its prize-winning sun-dried sweet wine, the magnificent Venetian manor house with its Ottoman addition connects to the vineyard by a long, wide stone staircase, flanked by two lions, and running down to the vines. Ancient Greek columns lie about the gardens where lavender, rosemary and mint scent the air, and terracotta urns artfully grace stone walls and terraces. Pink geraniums, peach roses, loquat trees, Cyprus and pine trees create arbors for the birds. Church bells and sheep's bells and bees add to the bucolic atmosphere. To stay at Montofoli is like stepping into an 19th century painting, but the accommodations are comfortable and beautifully appointed. Each cottage has unique charm and privacy as well as a well-equipped kitchen, stocked with coffee and tea. Marianne delivered a sumptuous basket of delicacies for our enjoyment: her glorious marmalade, honey, an enormous hunk of delicious local cheese, bread, wine, eggs, yogurt, apples, clove-studded biscuits, tomatoes. Both Paulos and Marianne devoted so much time to answering our endless questions about Greece and Greek politics as well as to helping us plan our visit, recommending superb restaurants, hikes, drives, beaches, but we ended up spending more time enjoying the sublime peace of the estate. One feels the Greek (and Swedish!) spirit of hospitality in Marianne and Paulos's attention to their guests' comfort. We have traveled widely for many, many years, and our experience on Evia and the Montofoli estate in particular was exceptional. The spirit of ξενία, xenía, the ancient Greek "guest-friendship" is alive at Montofoli.

  • Review Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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