Elaia character house
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House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Elaia is in the Nicosia area, 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.
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 courtyard is completely private and yet you can mingle with the friendly village people in the kafeneion in the village square just a minute's walk away
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.
There is very easy access to amenities including a well stocked supermarket, eating places and takeaways. The village has also a doctor, a chemist and a petrol station.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Larnaca 35 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Larnaca 35 km, Nearest railway: N/A|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 3 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The house is set around the secluded courtyard and comprises:
- a large sitting room – a restored room with original features of high ceiling and beams, stone arch and a frieze. Comfortable lounge suite and cable TV.
- a fully fitted and well equipped modern kitchen and large dining area with table for 8 people. Also adjacent toilet and utility room.
- three spacious air-conditioned bedrooms all with en suite
the Village room is upstairs with balconies and double bed,
the Palm room is also upstairs with balconies and two single beds and
the Family room is on the ground floor with access to the lower patio with double bed and bunk-beds for 2.
In the winter the bedrooms and kitchen can be heated with 'split units', which in the summer provide the air conditioning, at no extra cost. The Central heating can be made available for £10 per day. . Firewood can be provided for 10euro for a sizeable container. Otherwise all other utility costs are included in the price.
|Further details outdoors|
The courtyard has an upper large patio, a smaller lower patio and large 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 available on the large patio. Barbeque equipment is available.
The balconies are a charming feature offering views of the mountains and so another view spot to relax with a book and a drink.
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.
Swimming pool within 5km open June, July and August.
Maps, guides and leaflets of places to visit are also provided.
The Nicosia region
Lefkosia (or Nicosia) district is dotted with many villages some on a flat plain and others on the way to the mountains surrounded by olive and pine trees. Ideal for exporers, rumblers, cyclists (you need to have your own bike!), families, couples, and singles as there are plenty of friendly people around! As our reviews show everyone has a great time!
Lefkosia is a bustling and cosmopolitan town that really does offer something for everyone. A unique blend of old and new here you can visit museums and catch up on your shopping or enjoy the many cafes and restaurants.
Also known as Nicosia, it has been the capital of Cyprus since the 10th century AD. Places of interest to catch your attention include The Cyprus Museum, the Folk Art Museum, the Venetian Walls, the Famagusta Gate Cultural Centre, Laiki Geitonia a small tastefully renovated neighbourhood of shops and tavernas, the Cyprus Handicraft Centre and more.
In the region of Lythrodontas you find the nearby hills and mountains such as Kionia and Marchairas (of the Troodos range) which form the backdrop of the village. Machairas Monastery (about 30 minutes drive through olive groves and pine forests was founded by two monks in 1148AD and is worth a visit. Worth a visit is also Fikardou village, a few kilometres from the monastery, protected in order to preserve the special woodwork and folk architecture of its 18th century houses.
Lefkara village, a traditional restored village and home of many crafts (lace, silver, pottery et) is only 10 miles from Lythrodontas through a wooded area. Kornos, another village nearby has a pottery making facility, which is of interest.
Nightlife in Nicosia or Larnaca. Lots of outdoor cafes in both. Larnaka's sea front is charming and very popular. It takes about 40 minutes drive but go early to find parking!
Lythrodontas is a thriving village, nestled on the foothills of the eastern edge the Troodos mountain range, in the Nicosia district, and only a half hour drive from Nicosia, the capital. The village is surrounded by olive groves and pine trees as the hinterland rises gradually to the mountains.
Local amenities include:
-Swimming pool in the area is within 5km (June, July, August) at Ktima Alexiou. (Then at Dhali 10km and 15km at Latsia) Please ask us or ask locally if interested. The nearest beach at Larnaka is about 35minutes drive.
- The village square with its traditional cafes
- The kiosk (“periptero”) by the village square sells milk, cans of drink and a limited range of food, newspapers and magazines.
- The main supermarket is on the right of the main road as you drive into the village, about 400 metres before 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: 5h00 to 22h00. Fresh bread and local pastries are also available at the supermarket.
- Vegetable and fruit market – there is a local vegetable and fruit market on Tuesdays 100m from the village square on the main road. The supermarket has also deals on fresh produce on Tuesdays.
- There are two takeaways on the road off the opposite side of the square, both within walking distance. These serve local dishes such as “souvlaki” – small cubes of grilled meat / kebab, served in pitta bread with salad, and also pizza.
- Magico restaurant is between the takeaways and the supermarket; it also offers takeaways.
- The I-Food Café is a small internet café just off the left hand side of the square, which also serves simple food and sells takeaways.
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!
- The village of Kapedes is a 15 minute drive north west of Lythrodontas. There's quite a large restaurant, the Acropolis, with lovely views.
- Nicosia Old Town (inside the old city walls)
Nicosia is about 25 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 but rather touristy Lidras Street.
- The village also has a petrol station, a bank, a doctor and a chemist.
Activities in and from the village
- Explore the village and meet the friendly local people
- Go for countryside walks, 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 the 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). 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.
Lythrodontas is a busy and authentic Cypriot village with friendly local people – the charming, leafy village square (only 100 metres from Elaia) 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 10 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.
The climate is sunny, dry and warm for most of the year averaging 25 degrees in the spring and autumn, 15 degrees in the winter and 35 degrees in the summer months.
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4 Nov 2013
"A beautiful, tranquil, fully restored, traditional Cyprus house ... HEAVEN"
If you are interested to visit central (less touristed) Cyprus or are looking for a central location from which to explore the island as a whole, you could not rent a better house. This gracious home … More
3 Sep 2013
"Fabulous, Fantastic Villa"
Our family of five stayed at this amazing villa for ten days. We have stayed at many Holiday Lets and this is the best we have rented by a long shot. The photos do not do justice to this incredible vi… More
3 Jan 2013
"Best property in the country by far!"
We have stayed in the property in the beautiful village of Lythrodontas for about 4 days. We were really astonished when we saw Elaia for the first time. The house is amazing, well preserved, very confortable, spacious and traditional. We have never seen anything like it, definitely coming back for at least a weekly stay. The village was very nice and the people there incedibly hospitable. Recommend it 100%.
25 Jun 2012
"for those who want to enjoy life in a typical cypriot village, in a lovely villa"
we recently spent 2 wonderful weeks at villa elaia. the villa is a restored family house, that has been modernised and includes every facility required for a comfortable stay.
many of the owners family still live in the village, and were so welcoming and hospitable during our stay, and they were on hand should we have had any problems or questions related to the villa.
we are two couples who have rented villas together for several years, and villa elaia is undoubtedly at the top of our list of rentals to date.
the village is about 30km from beaches, but is in the heart of the troodos mountains, so if you want experience village life, and hiking in the hills, this is the place for you.
20 Jan 2012
"Cyprus far from the tourists"
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.
2 Jan 2012
"Excellent - Best value for money"
I stayed at Elaia Lythrodontas for one week in October 2011 with a small group of geologists for a geological study of abandoned copper mines located close to the surrounding villages of Mathiatis and Sha. “Elaia” is located a hundred metres from the beautiful village square. The welcome and hospitality by local people is great. The village is clean and surrounded by olive groves. The house is a renovated village home, comfortable, equipped with all you might need. In the private courtyard you may relax while you feel the smell of jasmines and roses. We had our dinner under the stars, studied our geo-maps, read our papers and books and discussed various issues around the geological evolution of Cyprus and the contribution of copper mining to the economy of the country since ancient times. In the village square you may drink your coffee and try “Zivania”, the excellent Cypriot drink (raki). A restaurant with traditional Cypriot food is found close to Elaia. We enjoyed it very much. Overall, I would definitely come back with friends or geology students.
16 Dec 2011
Great experience - would do it again! This is a great location for exploring all of Cyprus plus there is a dedicated caretaker only a few steps away! Anybody who wants to visit Cyprus should consider this!
6 Dec 2011
"Excellent holiday home"
Excellent holiday home
We stayed in Elaia with our little son in spring 2010 and enjoyed it very much.
Charming house with an inner yard (which allows you to release the youngster to wonder around and explore) and nice living room and kitchen area. The rooms were very comfortable as well.
The family of the owners is also amazing- VERY-VERY friendly, they tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible and also invited us to their family dinners at different occasions.
Overall- we had a great experience and would definitely come back!
20 Nov 2011
"A great place, quiet but within easy reach of major tourist attractions."
We have stayed in many holiday homes throughout the years, ranging from barely acceptable to excellent. Elaia certainly belongs into the latter category. The house is a beautifully modernized village home, comfortable, well furnished and equipped with all you might need. It is in walking distance to the village center, with shops and restaurants within easy reach.
Situated about 1/2 between Nikosia and Larnaca, it is in an ideal position to explore the eastern part of Cyprus. In addition, the nearby mountains allow for some great walks within less then 10 mins of the house.
16 Nov 2011
"Fantastic authentic property"
We have stayed at Elai on a couple of occassions now. It is such a lovely authentic Cypriot property which has been very carefully and lovingly renovated. The property has so much character and is so spacious, ideal for a couple [ like ourselves] or for a family. It is also so well equipped with everything one would need for a comfortable, relaxing stay. Elia has a kitchen that has everything needed to self-cater or is within a short distance of a very good and friendly traverna - does a very good meze.
Elai is situated very close to the centre of Lythrodontos which itself is a typical Cypriot village with real character. It has its own well equipped supermarket, butcher's shop hardware store, several tavernas [ including a take-away] and the most fantastic bakery on the edge of the village. It also has a couple of banks and other amenities. The centre of the village is dominated by several coffee shops and it was our delight each morning to sit in the square with a coffee or in the evenings with a beer, just watching the activity of the village.
If you enjoy walking then we would thoroughly recommend this property. It is in an area of outstanding beauty and is ideal as a base to set out on some wonderful walks up into the hills or nearby forest area. It is also conveniently placed to visit Nicosia or to travel down to the coastal areas of Larnaca.
We look forward to returning to Elai again in the near future, hopefully in the Spring when the flowers and fauna will be a real picture.
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