Very spacious Character Village House - Peaceful Hideaway, Charming Village Square, Cafes, Restaurants
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About Thecla Perkins
I’m Thekla, a Greek Cypriot who grew up in Lythrodontas but left about 30 years ago when I married Simon. I knew I would always come back to the village because I love it and the people; fortunately Simon does too! We now live in England but have visited Cyprus at least once every year since and even more now we have our own place, Elaia, to enjoy. Simon is from the UK and loves the village. He does quite a bit of cycling and we both like walking so we find the local countryside amazing for both. Walk out in any direction from the village and you will lovely country side to walk or ride a bike. Fresh air, sun the smell of mountain herbs and trees.
Thecla Perkins purchased this House in 2003
Why Thecla Perkins chose Lythrodontas
We wanted to have a place in the middle of the village rather than outside so we would be able to enjoy being part of village life. The property belonged to my grandparents and we bought it from the family when it was abandoned and in great need of repair. We restored and extended it, adding a new bedroom block, but keeping the traditional style, with all the rooms set around a central courtyard. We are delighted with it! The village itself is tucked away among olive and pine trees with the horizon lined by the hills and mountains of the Troodos range. It’s easily accessible from the motorway network. Many villagers commute to Nicosia, 20 miles away, but are still home every night, which means the village continues to thrive.
What makes this House unique
The property is very spacious, indoors and out and offers complete privacy despite being in the middle of the village. The secluded courtyard with its lovely scented jasmins and citrus trees is ideal for relaxing and outdoor dining. Elaia is only 100 metres from the leafy village square, an excellent restaurant and other shops. Guests are always made to feel welcome with the opportunity to meet friendly local people. There are walking paths nearby and villages and mountains to explose. Exploring the meandering streets of the old city of Nicosia is one of our favourite pastimes, and many of our guests have used Elaia as a base for exploring further afield – Whatever your plans Elaia is a delight to come back from a day out, a true oasis, a hideaway to relax and be refreshed.
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We had a lovely break at this beautiful house.
We loved spending time in the courtyard and the fabulous scents from the vegetation.
We had a lovely welcome even at the late arrival time and the items in the fridge were so helpful to get started.
The house was very clean with many items in the kitchen to use. The village tabernas and restaurants are all close for walking to.
We will come back some time and our friends have all remarked on our photos of Elaia.
Colin & Ann
Colin and Ann thank you very much for your review which follows a tradition of very happy guests. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay! We would be happy to welcome you back anytime. Thanks again . Thecla and Simon
A refuge for the soul
The House Elaia offers the ambiance needed to relax in an atmosphere connected to generations of Cypriot family life. Chris welcomed us as family and that's how we were respected. Nothing was missing in the beautiful home and everything worked properly. We thoroughly appreciated our time here; and we WILL come back.
Many thanks for your excellent review. We are delighted you enjoyed staying at Elaia and look forward to welcoming you again in the future. Very best wishes!
Lovely house in a traditional village
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house had everything we needed for one weeks stay including plenty of space inside and in the private courtyard. We enjoyed breakfast outside everyday, a rare treat coming from Scotland and other meals when we ate “in”. Thecla and her family were great hosts in the period before we arrived and during our stay. The house is located close to the centre of the village, supermarket, bakers etc and the village square. We would be happy to stay again.
Thank you very much Ian for a lovely review. So happy you had an enjoyable time at Elaia. Our very best wishes.
A home from home
A top class property, all as photographed. Charming, colourful, spotlessly clean throughout.
Just a few yards from the village centre. An idyllic stay far from the madding crowd.
Fresh bread, milk, fruit & home-made honey made a well appreciated welcome pack.
A special word of thanks to Chris who found us driving aimlessly around the village in the dark after a delayed flight. A very helpful gentleman who also gave us a guided tour of the local church when he came mid-week to water the plants. 10 out 10 property.
Thanks for a great review Liam. We are very pleased you enjoyed staying at Elaia in Lythrodontas. We are so fond of our house we want others can enjoy it. Our very best wishes.
Perfect location for a relaxed week away - superb accommodation with friendly owners.
We really enjoyed our week here. The home has an interesting history and it's located within easy access of local amenities. It was great to be able to take breakfast in the courtyard and also to sit out there reading or chatting over a bottle of wine late into the evening.
The central location in the island is ideal for sightseeing by car.
Thank you for the great review Chris. You were excellent friendly guests and enjoyed meeting you. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay. Best wishes
Rest and relaxation
The property is spacious and quite grand in the large arched living room. A delightful courtyard gives a very country, yet private feel to the property. Decorated and furnished to a high standard, it is a very comfortable property to stay in. Situated in a working non-tourist location it gives an appreciation of an authentic Cypriot town. A hire car is essential and you are central to visit the beaches or hills, and there are some great walks nearby.
The owners Thekla and Simon make you feel very welcome and give helpful advice on the area. its history and where to visit. We found the breakfast a particular treat which was a great start to the day. There are a number of restaurants in the town or you an use the facilities at the place. A large supermarket nearby as well as local shops provide all you need.
We stayed for a week with our twenty year old daughter and really enjoyed the peace, tranquillity, and sedate pace of life at the house, which was why we chose it and we were not disappointed (and the sun shone all week). We all really enjoyed it and left feeling relaxed and refreshed. A tribute to Thekla and Simon and their lovely home.
Thanks for the lovely review. It was a pleasure to have you staying at Elaia. Best wishes, Simon and Thecla
The closest beaches are either side of Larnaca, around 40 minutes' drive. We like Fig Tree Bay at Paralimni/Protaras, which is around an hour's drive in the south east corner of the island. It is a beautiful beach so don't miss it! Governors Beach is under an hour on the way to Limassol with many traditional fish restaurants.
There's a swimming pool within 5 miles of the village, between Mathiatis and Analiontas (summer months only) and also at Latsia (20 minutes) and Nicosia (30 minutes), these two all year round.
Larnaca airport is nearest, around 40 minutes' drive. If you wish to explore the island during your stay, we recommend hiring a car. There are several buses daily between Lythrodontas and Nicosia and also a rural taxi service.
Nicosia - 20 miles / half hour drive
Larnaca - 25 miles / 40 minutes drive
Protaras - 50 miles / about one hour drive
Limassol - 50 miles / about an hour drive
Paphos - 90 miles / about one and half hour drive
Lefkara, picturesque village in the mountains is about half hour drive
Macheras monastery, winding road, about 40 minutes drive
Local amenities include:
- the village square with its traditional cafes
- well-stocked supermarket offering local cheese, meat, fruit, drinks, bread and Cypriot patisserie and much more.
- weekly (Tuesdays) vegetable and fruit market
- two takeaways, four restaurants, all within walking distance
- a garage, two banks, doctor, dentist and chemist
Activities in and around the village:
- Explore the village and meet the friendly local people
- Go for countryside walks, including on the European long-distance path E4 (Lefkothea trail on the way to Lefkara is part of the E4)
- Visit the new church with its hand-painted murals and icons
- Have a drink and watch the world go by in the traditional 'Kaffeneion' (café) in the charming village square
- Go horse-riding or cycling (by arrangement)
And further afield:
- Swimming: outdoor pool (June, July, August) at 5km (Ktima Alexiou); year-round pool at 15km (Latsia). Beaches at Larnaka (40 minutes) and Protaras (60 minutes).
- 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
- The kiosk (“periptero”) by the village square sells milk, cans of drink and a limited range of food, newspapers and magazines.
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!