The picturesque village of Lefkara in the Larnaca district has been a popular destination for visitors since Venetian times and it’s not hard to see why. Winding cobbled streets, honey-coloured stone, great views of the surrounding valleys and plenty to see and do. In the past many of the traditional houses had sadly fallen into disrepair but recent years have seen an increase in people restoring their family homes to their former glory.
One such project was undertaken by the Loizides family who have restored their grandmother’s former home in the village retaining its original charm and making it a comfortable space for holidays. Parts of the building actually date back as far as the 12th century with later 18th century additions. In its time it as been a residence, a stables, olive press, cellar and bank! The property can be rented as a whole comprising 3 bedrooms and ample living space set around a lush courtyard garden or as two separate residences sharing areas of the garden.
Inside the house is full of treasures from the past; a framed copy of the grandparent’s wedding invitation has pride of place in the living room. Upstairs in the master bedroom, the carved and embellished walnut wood wardrobe contained the grandmother’s dowry and was given to her on her marriage. There are other original items too reflecting the history of the house and the family that have lived there for generations, telling a tale of Cyprus village life. These fascinating items have been enhanced with the modern conveniences you would expect from a holiday rental; all the bedrooms now have air-conditioning and there are two fully fitted kitchens and two modern bathrooms.
Outside, the secluded courtyard garden is a real haven of tranquility, the perfect space to relax and escape the pressures of fast-paced modern life. There are facilities for outdoor dining and comfortable armchairs on the first floor veranda, the perfect spot for an evening aperitif while the sun goes down!
Polytimo, meaning “precious” is the larger property and has a double and twin room on the first floor with a kitchen, dining room and living room with fireplace on the ground floor. Monadiko, meaning “unique” has an open plan living space downstairs with a loft room at the top of the sweeping modern staircase which is ideal for families travelling with young children. Both houses open directly onto the garden and if booked separately have defined areas to ensure privacy for all guests.