Rate displayed avg/night is on the basis of 4 guests for 7 nights. Nightly rate £60 for one bedroom, £90 for two. Minimum 2 night stay. We would love to welcome you. 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. You can enjoy a drink at the village square kafeneion/ Cafes 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, restaurants, cafes and takeaways. The village has also a doctor, a chemist and a petrol station. Swimming pool at Ktima Alexiou, within 5km open June, July and August. Beaches: Larnaca 40mins drive, Governors Beach 50mins, Protaras 60mins. The bedrooms can be heated with 'split units', (which in the summer provide the air conditioning), at no extra cost. Firewood can be provided for the dichori-lounge fireplace at 10 euros for a container. Central heating is also available for £10 a day if wished. All other utility costs are included in the price. The house is set around a secluded central courtyard, rooms being independent with their own ensuite shower/bathroom. There are mountain views from the balconies. The house is made up of: A large lounge with original traditional features and tastefully furnished; flat screen TV, DVDs, radio/stereo, toys for children, fireplace. A fully-fitted modern kitchen, large fridge freezer; Spacious dining area with space for 6-8 people. Wi Fi accessible from all rooms. A utility room with washing machine and ironing facilities; also hairdryer. Two large bedrooms each sleeping 2 people, each with en suite, on the first floor with views; bed linen and towels provided. A courtyard made up of a lower and upper large patio, ample patio furniture, aromatic plants, trees and colourful Mediterranean flowers. Numerous paths for walks through pine woods and olive groves, hills and valleys are minutes away from the front door. The European path E4 passes by the village and attracts serious walkers/ramblers. There are also numerous tracks for cycling / biking. The Cyprus Sunshine Cycling race, Afxentia stage, takes place in the local area every year in February/March. The number of participants in the Cyprus Sunshine Cup has increased to reach recently participation of more than 100 Elite riders from 31 countries! Elaia is ideal for friends and family holidays, breaks, weekends and ideal base for exploring the island from Nicosia’s old city, places of interest, historic sites for example Kourion amphitheatre near Limassol, the Paphos castle and mosaics, the pine-clad mountains with their picturesque villages, the beautiful beaches and other parts of the island. FURTHER DETAILS 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. Maps, guides and leaflets of places to visit are also provided. Price shown is for a group of 4 guests occupying two bedrooms. INDOORS AND OUTDOORS 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 6-8 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. The Family room is on the ground floor with access to the lower patio with double bed and bunk-beds for two. 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. THE VILLAGE AND SURROUNDING AREA The leafy village square with its traditional cafes is a wonderful feature of the village which many guests enjoy. The kiosk “periptero”, small shop by the village square sells milk, cans of drink bread 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 (please check in case of change) Fresh bread and local pastries are also available at the supermarket. Vegetable and fruit market 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 three good restaurants which also do takeaway food, within walking distance. They serve the popular local dish “souvlaki” – small cubes of grilled meat / kebab, served in pitta bread with salad as well as a variety of other dishes. Between Lythrodontas and Mathiatis village is the The Millennium Futbal sports area, between the two villages, which houses the Aliotiko restaurant with an excellent local chef, Giorgos. His speciality is “meze” – a succession of perhaps 15 small dishes so you need to go hungry... The village of Kapedes is a 15 minute drive north west of Lythrodontas. There's quite a large nice restaurant, the Acropolis, with lovely views. Nicosia Old Town (inside the old city walls) is an interesting place to visit. Nicosia is about 30 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 shopping Ledra Street. Activities in and from the village: Explore the village and meet the friendly local people. Go for countryside walks, many paths around 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). Many guests have told us that staying at Lythrodontas is ideal for visits to the whole island. In summary, 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. We hope you will come and enjoy this beautiful place!