Polytimo in Greek means “precious, valuable, an object of high importance” and we think this description is spot on for this treasure of a house. The property dates from the 12th century and yhis is a unique opportunity to stay in a beautifully restored historic building, carefully furnished with an eclectic mix of antique objects, original art work and contemporary furnishings.
The house includes a comfortable living room with fireplace, a separate dining room, a traditional kitchen with modern appliances and two charming bedrooms both with air-conditioning
Secret Retreat Polytimo shares a fragrant courtyard garden with neighbouring Village Hideaway Monadiko and the two houses can be rented together for larger parties.
The living room features comfortable seating for four gathered around an open fire place. The living space extends outdoors to an arched patio which opens to the garden. White-washed walls, ecclesiastical candles and fascinating antique objects set the tone for this eclectic room.
The separate dining area has a restored antique table and seats up to six people. The house is supplied with a good selection of glass and table ware.
The kitchen has been designed in traditional Cypriot style with solid wooden units, there is a fascinating collection of bottles and glassware.
The kitchen offers a gas oven and hob, a microwave and toaster, there is a washing machine for your convenience.
Secret Retreat Polytimo offers one double and one twin bedroom on the first floor, accessed in traditional style via an outside staircase from the courtyard. The bedrooms share a spacious covered terrace with views over the village and a modern shower room. In line with the eco theme of this house, all bed linen and towels are made from 100% natural material. The bedrooms feature traditional wooden wardrobes offering plenty of storage. The rooms feature stripped pine floors, ceiling fans, white washed walls and filmy drapes. Both are fitted with air-conditioning units
A modern shower room is conveniently located on the 1st floor within easy reach of the bedrooms. For your added comfort there is a guest toilet on the ground floor.
The house is accessed via a wooden door in the facades stonework. Secret Retreat has an arched patio with a round table and bench which is perfect for breakfast or lunching in the shade. It also enjoys a spacious covered veranda outside the bedrooms on the first floor; with its comfortable chairs it is the ideal spot to enjoy a sun downer or a night cap at the end of a busy day.
The picturesque courtyard garden is planted with gorgeously scented jasmine and frangipane with pomegranate, citrus and walnut trees providing leafy shade. This really is a haven of tranquillity and the perfect escape from the stresses of modern life.
With such a delightful space, we think you are going to want to spend a lot of time in the garden! The courtyard is ideal for al-fresco dining and there is a dining table that seats six. At the far end of the courtyard is a traditional wood burning “kleftiko” oven.
Please note that the courtyard and garden areas are shared between the two houses Secret Retreat Polytimo and Village Hideaway Monadiko, although there are distinct separate areas for the sole use of each house. The outdoor area is intended to be a tranquil retreat and we request that guests behave considerately in the spirit of this space.
Lefkara is arguably the most famous village in Cyprus. This picturesque village is located on the Southern slopes of the Troodos Mountains in the Larnaca district. Made up of two separate districts Pano and Kato Lefkara, today there are around 1100 inhabitants.
During the Venetian period, Lefkara was a popular holiday destination for the nobles and visitors to the village today will notice the Venetian-influenced architecture of the houses and narrow cobbled streets. Lefkara is best known for its silver filigree and lace making and in fact “Lefkaritika” lace work features on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. As the story goes, Leonardo Da Vinci visited the village during the Venetian period and was so impressed by the lace work that he bought a large piece of it which he eventually donated as an altar cloth to Milan Cathedrall.
Other famous visitors include the Apostles Paul and Barnabas who passed through the village en-route to Paphos where they converted the Roman Governor to Christianity. At the spot where they are believed to have stopped to rest a water spring appeared which can still be seen today.
Modern-day visitors can visit the spring, as well as the impressive Church of the Holy Cross and a medieval chapel built into the walls of what is now a hotel! The ladies of Lefkara still sit outside their homes working on their lace-work and there is also a workshop making traditional silverware. The village is home as well to a family business that has produced award-winning “loukoumi” or Cyprus Delight for generations!
Walkers and cyclist are spoiled for choice with some great trails in the area and everyone will enjoy exploring the winding cobbled alleys at the heart of the village. There are a number of traditional coffee shops and taverns in the village and in recent years some funky little cafes and bars that attract a younger crowd. There are small supermarkets, a pharmacy and ATM’s in the village as well as doctors, dentists and hairdressers. A ten-minute drive down the hill just off the main Limassol-Larnaca highway there is a large Alfa-Mega supermarket and fast food outlet.
Lefkara lies inland and is a 27-minute drive from Governor’s Beach where you can also find some very good restaurants. The fishing village of Zigi is 23-minutes by car and a great choice for a fresh fish meze. The city of Larnaca lies 32 minutes’ drive to the East and Limassol 39 minutes to the West.
Your accommodation rate includes an allowance of Euro 10.00 per day which should adequately cover normal electricity usage (including air-conditioning/ heating etc). Electricity in Cyprus is extremely expensive, so we do ask guests to use it responsibly. Your local manager will read the meter on check in and again on check out. If you have exceeded the calculated usage of Euro 10.00/ day you will be charged extra at the rate of Euro 0.25 per kilowatt hour