'The Old Lemon Tree Cottage' is a newly restored traditional Cypriot home. Located in the protected village of Kato Drys just ten minutes from Lefkara which is famous for its traditional lace. Three bedrooms, one double plus two twins. Nestled in the foothills of the Troodos Range. Fully fitted modern kitchen with huge fridge, dishwasher and washing machine. Now made available for holiday lets.
Limasol, Larnaca and Nicosia are all within easy reach. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday in an uplifting setting you should certainly consider this option. You will find the locals welcoming and enjoy exploring a range of local cafes and restaurants. Satellite TV is provided with a range of entertainment, sports and news channels.
To choose this house as your holiday home, you need to know how to appreciate the qualities of a small and peaceful village. You would also need a car.
If these prerequisities are met, I can hardly think of a better place to stay. The traditional stone house is fully renovated and modernized with all necessary appliances. The shielded garden is a little gem. There are beautiful views over the valley and part of the village from the rooftop terrace. (Kato Drys is a small, yet picturesque village) Last, but not the least: The owners had done their outmost to make us feel at home, everything was provided for.
I would recommend this house to anyone who enjoys peace and tranquillity!
We stayed at 'The Old Lemon Tree' in late September / early October 2008 and had a blissful week based in the tranquillity of Kato Drys, largely lazing on the roof terrace.
The cottage is comfortably contemporary in furnishings but retains a classic Cypriot character after the high quality refurbishment and is fabulously well maintained. The kitchen is particularly impressive and we left feeing guilty that we had not used the professional set-up more extensively instead of eating out so much!
The owners were very helpful in arranging the let, particularly in flexibility until our flights (each from 3000+km away, but in different directions) were confirmed; and left very useful information about the cottage for us on arrival. They had also thoughtfully provided bread and milk for our arrival, and as there were some store cupboard items available, we didn’t have to worry about shopping as soon as we arrived. This was especially helpful as the nearest shop with any real selection was in Larnaka. It is worth noting, however, that shops are closed on Sundays in Cyprus, so if you arrive on a Saturday, you might want to plan to eat out or take a chance on what is in the cupboards for your first day or so.
We would recommend this cottage to others, particularly if, like us, they want a "half way point" between the UK & the Middle East, especially as Kato Drys is less than half an hour from Larnaka airport if your flight arrivals times are not perfectly synchronised. However, we would not recommend it for families with very young children who do not want to travel with a stair gate, which may required to limit access to the 3rd bedroom, or those who might find the step to/from the kitchen quite high.
Nicosia (Greek: Lefkosia) & Paphos are both around 70 / 80 minutes drive away, with excellent tourist attractions, ancient and modern. Larnaka is only 30 minutes away and has little to offer in this regard, but does have a wide choice of restaurants. Well past the ‘main strip’ of restaurants in the pedestrianised area of Larnaka, (at the airport end of town), there are some excellent low key, local dining options with fish meze highly recommended. The taverna in Kato Drys was closed when we were there, but the taverna at the junction of the Kato Drys and mountain road was friendly, welcoming and well frequented by locals. We recommend the mixed meze, but not the local wine, made by the owner’s father, who would be qualified to supply fuel to NASA!
We spent 10 days here in the second half of September. The newly –restored house was absolutely immaculate and very comfortable. It has a traditional feel but the kitchen is modern with every convenience; I have never seen such a large fridge/freezer.
It is at the far end of the Kato Drys village street and overlooks the valley to the north west; you can see for several miles, both that way and to the south where the sea is just in view. There is a pretty garden where it is nice to sit in the cooler parts of the day.
There is just one very small village shop and we did not visit the village cafe. We had to drive to Larnaca to find a supermarket; nothing in Lefkara ever seemed open, except tourist shops and the Post Office.
The village was totally quiet in the week with just a few cars (and one motor coach) at the weekend. You should park about 30 metres away on the outside of the hairpin bend. We were unwise to park across the road at the weekend and the only motor coach could not get around the corner because of us.
The lane past the gate is very steep and difficult for a disabled person but we are glad we did not know that in advance. It was a minor inconvenience, as luckily Sally was not wheelchair-bound.
Try Maria’s Restaurant in Vavatsinea up the road to the north. The fixed menu Sunday lunch is perfect for an observer of local family life.