|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Pomegranate Cottage is in a unique position in the heart of historic Molyvos yet with shops, bars and tavernas nearby and the beach and lively harbour only 5 minutes' walk away.
The house has been refurbished by ourselves to excellent modern standards and very well equipped, yet retains the charm of a traditional Molyvos town house. Enjoy long leisurely meals on the fabulous vine-draped terrace (seats 8), with breathtaking views of the coast, or relax in the shade of the downstairs walled garden with its orange and pomegranate trees (barbeque). Lovely views from all the spacious rooms which have both style and simplicity. Ideally suited to friends or families sharing with a bathroom upstairs and downstairs and plenty of room to chill out.!
A charming village with cobbled streets shaded by a canopy of ancient wisteria trees. A traditional butcher and baker intermingle with mini-markets (which stock absolutely everything) and stylish crafts and jewellery
shops. A great choice of cafes, tavernas and cake shops. A few minutes' stroll down the hill takes you to the harbour which comes alive in the evening with its many waterside restaurants and throngs of people enjoying the opportunity to have a fabulous meal in a waterside restaurant on a beautiful warm starlit night.
The beach is a few minutes' walk down a path or along the road. There are sun loungers and umbrellas for rent as well as watersports provided by Thassos. The sea is very clean and clear with beautiful swimming and snorkelling. The beach is pebby but becomes sandy once you're in the water.
WHAT YOU SAY
'Your house is so lovely. You paid so much attention to detail and results are amazing.'
'We have enjoyed every single minute here, so beautiful, perfection!'
MORE ABOUT THE ISLAND
Lesbos is Greece's third largest island with dramatic mountain scenery and a landscape of olive groves and pine forests with the occasional monastery. It is a great place for walking, bird watching, relaxing on the beach and enjoying some of the best food in Greece. There are several thermal baths on the island including one at Eftalou just outside Molivos. The capital Mytilene is an interesting city to explore with museums and art galleries and a beautiful cathedral. The east of the island is characterised by lunar landscape and the fascinating petrified forest while Eressos, Sigri and Plomari are charming towns with pleasant beaches.
NOTES ABOUT THE HOUSE
Kitchen basics are left in the cupboard for our guests to use. We also leave a small welcome pack for your arrival. There is a video recorder in the study/baby room with a selection of videos (mainly for children).
There are plenty of books and CDs and free wifi.
Air conditioning in the two main bedrooms and several fans. Heaters for early/late season.
It's not possible to park outside the house as it is along a narrow track but parking is nearby.
There is a reasonably good bus service across the island, especially between Molyvos and Mytilini and May to September there is a regular bus service along the coast from Molyvos to Petra and Anaxos. There is a taxi rank just outside the town.
There are plans to start a ferry from nearby Petra to Turkey in 2014.
There is a large port in Mytilini with daily sailings to Athens (about 9 hours).and also Turkey and Chios. Domestic flights to Athens take about 45 minutes (Aegean and Olympic Airways).
Direct charter flights from the UK (Gatwick and Manchester and Birmingham) are from May to Mid October on Saturdays (currently operated by Monarch and Thomas Cook). Otherwise you have to fly via Athens (Easyjet, Aegean and British Airways. There are also direct flights from Holland, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Germany.
We can get a taxi from the airport to Molyvos (approx 75 euros) or you can hire a car.
There are some spectacular walks on the island, which are particularly enjoyable in the early and late season (good book if walks in the house).
Bird watching is superb in spring and autumn and Molyvos is about half an hour from the gulf of Kalloni where many interesting birds can be spotted (120 seen by guests!). Mountain bikes can be hired locally and for the less energetic donkey treks can be arranged with local travel agents- usually into the nearby hills and ending up at a taverna. The swimming is good everywhere and you can snorkel around the rocks off Molyvos. Serious beach enthusiasts might prefer to idle the day away at the nearby larger sandy beaches of Petra and Anaxos. Boat/fishing trips along the coast are wonderfully relaxing.
I'm an English language teacher and my husband is a structural engineer. We live on the south coast in England and for years have enjoyed family holidays on the Greek islands.
When we first went to Molyvos, we realised immediately what a unique place it was. It has so much charm and beauty, spectacular views all around and retains its culture and sense of history.
Trish or Paul Hansen purchased this house in 2000
When we first started looking for a house in Molyvos, there were no estate agents and a local retired school teacher with inside knowledge told us about the houses that were for sale. What first attracted us to Pomegranate cottage was the view of the bay but when we went inside, I was horrified by the dilapidated state of the place. Fortunately, my husband has a vivid imagination and after 2 year's of toil and bureaucratic grief, we managed to create a lovely home,which still retained the typical style of 200 years ago but with the benefit of modern comforts.
We have grown to love our house. it has a great sense of community and its location is perfect, so near to everything yet tucked away along an old donkey track.We love having a terrace and a garden, which is quite unusual so near the village centre and it's great to be able to walk everywhere and never use the car.
'A lovely ,lovely house in a truly delightful location. Haven't relaxed so much in years!'
'Highlight of the days is sunset from the castle!'
'Thank you for such a beautiful and relaxing stay in this attractive and comfortable home. I appreciated the well-supplied kitchen.'
'Pomegranate is an extremely well-appointed and much appreciated property.Molyvos is close to 'real' Greece ... the Easter celebrations were noisy, fascinating and effectively moving..'
'This is our inevitable return, following a splendid time last year.'
'The shady garden, the wonderful view from the terrace, cats in all different shapes, the friendly women sitting in their chairs in the neighbouring houses, numerous swimming trips, long nights!'
'We have enjoyed such a relaxing time - swimming, meandering in the harbour, eating some wonderful Greek meals..
Myself and my Mum and two Aunts have been coming to Molyvos for about 10 years. We found Pomegranate Cottage about 5 years ago and have been coming back ever since. the cottage is stunning and complete with everything you need for a relaxing holiday. It's peaceful and the views are spectacular. The cottage is very well maintained and very clean, rooms are spacious and there is a utility room and ironing board if you need it.. Always milk, bread and even a bottle of wine on arrival. It is just like home from home. To sit out on the balcony and have breakfast and sometimes an evening meal is just lovely. Molyvos has lots of restaurants to chose from and is just a short walk away down to the harbour. The beach is stoney, but very peaceful and there is a swimming pool there too. Like I said we have been going back every May for 5 years now and wouldn't stay anywhere else.
This was our fourth time at Pomegranate Cottage and we love everything about it - the quiet but convenient position, the modern accommodation with everything you might want catered for, and the stunning view best enjoyed from the shady balcony with a good book and a glass of something cool in hand. We had the luxury of the place to ourselves this time but have been when 6 of us shared the accommodation and there was ample space for all.
Molyvos is such an attractive town and you can be as active or as lazy as you wish. Walk down to the harbour for a morning cappuccino or aperitif or stay for lunch at one of the excellent waterside tavernas (a good half dozen to choose from) or use the newly arrived facility of the little road train to take away the effort of going up to the castle for more stunning views across to Turkey.
It seems that the famous Olive Press has taken over the beachside swimming pool and anyone can use it and pay a small amount for sunbeds and waiter service. The beach is stony and if you don't fear the fashion police a top tip is to wear cheap beach shoes to make it easier getting in and out of the water.
All the tavernas are good but this year the legendary Betty's and the new Marjoram were favourites. Talking of legendary I have been in some legendary watering holes in my time (Harry's Bar in Venice, the Black Bull in Yarm) but Molly's Bar down at the harbour has to rank right up there with the best.
All in all this is an ideal place for a relaxing holiday and Pomegranate Cottage brilliant accommodation. On arrival we were welcomed by Jeanette who is on hand to help and advise.
We have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends and relatives.
Peter and Joanna
A spacious house, beautifully appointed and well equipped, probably the best we've stayed in and we've had some good ones. It's located in a quiet street near the centre of the village, up a slight hill that makes the views stunning. Molyvos itself is a charming village, not overly touristy, with a wonderful castle and an interesting choice of restaurants, some good, some not so good. Trips to other parts of the island take not much more than an hour and a quarter by car. A lovely holiday.
In Pomegranate Cottage we ate whilst taking in marvellous views over Molyvos bay and harbour; The house was peaceful but close to restaurants and a whole range of interesting shops. A brief (but energetic) climb took you up to the magnificent castle that dominates the village. The earlier fortification on the sight had, reportedly, been besieged by Hector, the Greek hero, himself.
Listing was accurate and the property was spotlessly clean and functional. Delightful welcome pack and a friendly welcome from Jeanette helped us acclimatise quickly.
We would recommend the cottage unreservedly; we loved the buzz in the village, the landscapes in little coves along the coast and the birdwatching (and fish restaurant) around the island's central lagoon.
My first glimpse of Greece was during my visit to Pomegranate Cottage in Molyvos. And I have to say, it set a very high standard for the rest of the country which I am still to discover!
My holiday was extremely relaxing, with mornings spent having breakfast on the vine covered balcony before heading down to the pebbled beach just a stones throw (excuse the pun) from the cottage. After a good read of a book from the cottages well stocked shelf and an equally good swim in the crystal clear sea, lunch would be spent at one of the tavernas on the beach front. Or, after picking up a few essentials for a Greek feast (olives, REAL Feta, fresh dill) from one of the quaint mini-markets dotted around the town, back on the balcony, followed by a siesta in one of its cool, cleanly decorated rooms.
In the evenings, the balcony can be put to good use for a few drinks, lit by some candles and the evening sky, before dinner on the harbour front. Molyvos has a great selection of restaurants to choose from, a few of my favourites being Le Grande Bleu and The Octopus where the conversation with the waiters flows just as easily as the ouzo which follows an always delicious meal.
There are also several bars around town which are open late. The Manta Bar has good live music and a chilled out vibe whilst Molly's makes a great alternative to the balcony for pre-dinner drinks or, equally, as a stop-off for a night cap and some good conversation after a meal. Be sure to try the Mojitos which come crammed with mint and lime and a bowl of nibbles on the side.
Inbetween eating, drinking and sunning, there is also plenty of time to enjoy the rest of Molyvos' charms. An early morning run (or walk on the lazier days!) takes you past fig trees and olive groves and a few other shingle beaches not far from the town. And if you're up early enough, you may be lucky enough to spot the fishmonger driving through town selling fresh seafood to the locals. If you do happen to buy some, the well equipped kitchen makes the perfect space to try your hand at some Greek cuisine.
The open-air cinema also makes a great retreat on warm evenings. It screens different and suprisingly recent releases each night, whilst the tuck shop offers drinks and snacks.
When it comes to the end of your holiday, souvenir shopping won't be hard either. Visit the womens cooperative for traditional Greek delicacies or the olive carving workshop in Eftalou, for trinkets made from olive wood on the island.
Just returned from our first visit to Greece and Lesvos and it certainly lived up to all our expectations and more. Pomegranate Cottage and Molyvos are the ideal destination if you want to find a unique and peaceful place to relax. the cottage was well equipeed for all our needs and Tom and Mike were very helpful. The view from the terrace looking out at the blue sea, sky and the picturesque harbour was just beautiful. the Molyvos beach is a bit stony but we loved swimming there before breakfast in in the crystal clear water. Or you can take the bus to Petra and relax on the sandy beach (you must try lunch at the Women's Co-operative Restaurant there). Molyvos has some very steep inclines and rough cobbles but we cannot wait to go back.
Molyvos is a delightful town in the north east of the island, dominated by its ancient hilltop castle and with phenomenal sea views. The winding cobbled streets reveal the tranquillity of traditional Greek life, majestic town houses, painted in reds and greens, alongside an array of stylish tavernas, bars and shops. There are a range of mini-markets nearby as well as a good baker and butcher. Nightlife is unsophisticated and mainly centres on the lively harbour front with its many tavernas and bars, some with live music, as well as the occasional nightclub.(Fewer bars, shops etc open in low season) There is an open-air cinema in peak season, with films in English. Minutes away from the house, the small town beach is pebbly, with sand out to sea, but the swimming is great, water sports, sun beds etc are available and there is a lovely open air pool adjacent. Nearby is the pretty village of Petra which has an excellent sandy beach and Eftalou, famous for its popular thermal baths..
Other Activities: Donkey trekking, Bird watching
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May 2 2015 - Jun 10 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jun 11 2015 - Jul 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
Jul 19 2015 - Sep 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2015 - Oct 4 2015
7 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
Rates have not gone up since 2013
Changeover day now flexible but flights from UK now Saturdays so we anticipate that will be the usual changeover day.
Deposit of 30% required to secure reservation. The balance payable 2 months in advance.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (GBP) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.