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Montofoli Estate is a vineyard and an archaeological site in the bay of Karystos in South Evia, the second largest island in Greece. The 2 Residences available for rent are from different historic times and have been carefully restored and decorated. The first, the Dovecot, sleeps 4-7 people and the second, the Red House, sleeps 6-8 people. Check the picture descriptions below to be able to distinguish the 'Dovecot' from the 'Red House.'
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. Each item that forms the interior decoration has its own history and origin.
The RED HOUSE Residence is dated in 1890 and is a 160sqm Neo-Classical building with 3 bedrooms and two large outdoor living areas.
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 a secret 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 minutes experience.
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.
We started the restoration with the Dovecot, where we then could stay with our three daughters throughout the work on both buildings and landscape. 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.
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.
The Montofoli Estate is in the Ancient Town of Karystos, on Evia Island, the second largest island in Greece after Crete. You can reach it both by boat from Athens (within 1 hour) and by car crossing the bridge of Chalkida (within 3 hours). It combines genuine comfort and a purely natural environment with modern lifestyle in historic surroundings. The Estate produces a dessert wine from four indigenous greek grape varieties. Orange and lemon trees flower in spring and give an aromatic sweet fragrance to the whole estate.
The city of Karystos has traditional houses and a picturesque harbour with colourful 'Kaikia' (fishing boats), lots of tavernas, traditional cafes and ouzeries as well as night clubs and bars. Endless sandy beaches offer a wide choice between organized settings with various water sports or others with complete privacy. Autumn and winter season gives rich opportunities to explore the colourful and diverse surroundings.
Karystos Town has its own hospital. Pharmacy hours are provided to guests. There is always a pharmacy on duty 24 hours a day.
Other Activities: wine tastings, bicycling, hiking, gorge, scuba diving, fishing.
WHY TAKE A HOLIDAY IN KARYSTOS
· 1.30-2.00 HOURS AWAY FROM ATHENS AND THE ATHENS AIRPORT (MORE THAN ONE FERRY PORTS)
· UNSPOILED SURROUNDINGS
· MORE THAN 30 BEACHES WITHIN 5 km.
· EXCELLENT LOCAL FOOD
· HAS THE SAME DRY CLIMATE AS THE CYCLADE ISLANDS
· FULLY OPERATIONAL HOSPITAL
· SAFE STAY
· NUMEROUS SHOPPING FACILITIES
· MANY POSSIBILITIES FOR WALKS AND EXCURSIONS
· 300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE A YEAR WITH VERY MODERATE TEMPERATURES
WHY STAY AT MONTOFOLI ESTATE
· UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN A LEGENDARY ESTATE AND VINEYARD
· AMAZING VIEWS OVER THE BAY OF KARYSTOS
· 1,5 Km FROM DOWN TOWN KARYSTOS AND THE BEACHES
· THE ESTATE HAS BEEN INHABITED FOR THE LAST 2500 YEARS
· THE VILLAS ARE BUILT WITH NATURAL MATERIALS (WOOD-STONE-MARBLE)
· EXCELLENT FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN.
Location Coordinates: 38.026660, 24.428488
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|Notes||Prices represent the rent for 'The Dovecot.' Max. occupancy: 6 people. Children under 2 y.o. stay for free. Discount of 5% for renting both houses simultaneously.
Breakfast with local delicacies is COMPLIMENTARY for the first morning on the estate.
Prices include VAT.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay. Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (EUR) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.