The Space‘The Old Olive Mill Dhoros' is an old traditional stone Cypriot village house that has been lovingly restored over the past few years. A part of the house used to be an olive mill; hence the name. The house sits in a secluded spot at the end of the road in the quiet farming village of Dhoros in the foothills of the Troodos Mountain. Dhoros is situated half way between Cyprus' highest mountain and the coastal town of Limassol, making it an ideal location for all types of holidays including snow in the higher mountains in winter. The Olive Mill’s balcony gives practically 360 degrees of stunning views of the surrounding mountains, whilst at the same time looking down over the Kouris valley and other small Cypriot villages, including Monagri with its beautiful monastery of Archangelos Michail. Almond and olive trees abound, whilst bougainvillea adds glorious colour at all times of year. Fields of yellow Easter daisies in the early spring are spectacular, whilst oleanders, geraniums, snapdragons and succulents grow wherever they can take hold.
The house is normally taken as a whole and can sleep up to 6/7 adults and 2/1 children. However, the Mill can also be taken as a single floor: Pano upstairs can accommodate 2 adults and 1 child, whilst Kato downstairs can accommodate up to 4/5 adults and 1/0 child. Please note that only one floor will be rented out at a time, giving guests the full use of all outdoor space, but not the internal living areas of the unbooked floor. To look at these options take a look at our site at The Old Olive Mill (URL HIDDEN) Guest AccessAccessed through arched wooden double gates, the Mill consists of; on the ground floor (Kato) a large bed-sitting room with a double bed, a full sized kitchen, a double bedroom with 2 bunk beds & 1 single bed, and w.c./shower-room. The upper floor (Pano) has a large bed-sitting room with a double bed & a single bed, a bathroom/w.c., and a kitchenette.
As Cypriot summer living tends to be outside there is plenty of outside space. A walled ground floor patio partially covered by a large Verigro grapevine leads from the entrance gates to both ground floor sleeping spaces, whilst a small covered stoa link the downstairs rooms. The ground floor patio also has a BBQ area. Stone steps lead from the ground floor patio to the lower walled and railed upper balcony and bedroom with spectacular views of the Troodos Mountains & the Kouris valley. The outside spaces are enhanced by bougainvillea, plumbago, jasmine & a huge terracotta pithari containing flowering succulents. Other indigenous plants in various smaller pots and sinks give a perfect Mediterranean feel to the whole property.
There are no shared areas, however, when the owners are not in residence, guests are welcome to make use of the owners' balcony attached to the Pano balcony and the internal Juliet Courtyard only accessible from the Pano kitchenette.
Whilst the owners are in residence then their private balcony and Juliet courtyard will be not be available Interaction with GuestsAs the owners spend most of their time in England there will be little interaction between the owners and the guests during their actual stay. However, our representative in the village speaks excellent Cypriot, Greek, English & German. She will ensure that the Mill is unlocked, (lights turned on if needed), the keys are available, the house is clean with fresh linen and will handle any enquiries or special requests during the guests stay. She will also be available should any problems arise during the guests stay.
The owners will answer by phone or email all queries regarding the Mill prior to any bookings.
The Old Olive Mill also has two brilliant handymen should the need arise
The owners may or may not be present during the guests stay. The NeighborhoodThe village is a traditional farming mountain Cypriot village, with many old stone houses and winding alleyways. Rural and peaceful, the village is surrounded by vinyards, fruit trees and wild herbs. Little English is spoken or heard in the village as the majority of the villagers are Cypriot. However, this doesn't mean that the villagers are uncommunicative. As with all traditional Cypriot villages and their inhabitants, welcome or καλωσορισατε are the keywords that our villagers use to greet newcomers. A friendly smile and an invite to partake of a cup of Cypriot coffee and some traditional glyko are commonplace with many of the villagers who love the chance to try and chat to visitors.
A planned visit to our representative's home in the village will take the guests back in time to witness traditional village ways of life and a chance to purchase some traditional village staples, such as trachanas, soujouko, zivania, Koumandaria, sultanas, etc. Getting AroundSadly? Well maybe not, it's what keeps our village so relaxing! our Cypriot village is still pretty well cut off from the outside world, although there is now a regular but infrequent bus service to and from Limassol from the main road (A fair walk from our house: see map).
A hire car is essential to access the airport, supermarkets, town, villages and mountains. There is an airport bus that runs between the two airports and Limassol, but a taxi or rental car is needed to access the village on a regular basis.
As a small traditional village; cars are a fairly new introduction, but parking spaces have been cleared in numerous areas within the village. There are no parking meters or restrictions as such, just make sure other cars can get past your parked vehicle. There is a fairly large open space opposite the Mill.
We also have links with a reliable and reasonable car hire firm and can recommend them if needed. Other Things to NoteA village shop is open for staples and very basic needs very early in the mornings on weekdays, but beware, a public or church holiday is always a good excuse not to open!
Fresh linen and a refresh of house and courtyard are provided weekly, should you require an extra clean or change of linen, this can usually be arranged for an extra fee directly with our representative in the village.
All hot water is heated by solar panels.
A Gaz heater is available up and downstairs and can be refilled if necessary for a small fee at the local shop or supermarket. (just take the empty bottle with you)
The same applies to the Gaz used to power the cooking hob in the Kato kitchen.
Water: Water is natural spring water on tap from the mountains! Therefore it does not need to be boiled, nor do you need bottled water, it is perfectly safe to drink. The smaller of the taps by the kitchen sinks are generally used as direct drinking water as they have not been stored in a tank. Again please be aware that the other major problem in Cyprus is drought. Quite often it will not rain for months on end. As the towns get their water from reservoirs they are often restricted during the summer months. This is a rare occurrence in the mountains, but we can still have restrictions put on us by the government to ensure fairness to the whole population