Secret Retreat Polytimo

35 Danaki Christodoulidi Str
Pano Lefkara, Larnaca 7700 , Cyprus
Beds: 2 | Baths: 1.5 | Sleeps: 4

  • Garden at night

        Garden at night

  • Sitting room by candlelight

        Sitting room by candlelight

  • Sitting room and fireplace

        Sitting room and fireplace

  • Dining room

        Dining room

  • Dining room

        Dining room

  • Outdoor dining

        Outdoor dining

  • Outdoor dining

        Outdoor dining

  • Kitchen

        Kitchen

  • Kitchen

        Kitchen

  • Kitchen

        Kitchen

  • Sitting room desk

        Sitting room desk

  • Double bedroom

        Double bedroom

  • Double bedroom

        Double bedroom

  • 1st floor veranda

        1st floor veranda

  • Twin bedroom

        Twin bedroom

  • Twin bedroom

        Twin bedroom

  • Bedroom

        Bedroom

  • Bathroom

        Bathroom

  • Veranda

        Veranda

  • Veranda

        Veranda

  • Veranda

        Veranda

  • Summer evenings

        Summer evenings

  • Outdoor seating

        Outdoor seating

  • Summer evenings

        Summer evenings

Property Details

  • Category: House
  • Beds: 2
  • Baths: 1.5
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Stories: 2
  • Unit Size: 175 sq meters

Overview

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.

Living Space

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.

Bedrooms

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

Bathrooms

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.

Outside Space

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. 

Neighbourhood

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.

Important Note

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

Rates & Availability


Amenities

  • Bedrooms
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Communications
  • WiFi
  • Entertainment
  • TV
  • Included Services
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Inside Amenities
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Coffee maker
  • Kettle
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Other Amenities
  • Terrace
  • Washing Machine
  • Outside Amenities
  • Balcony
  • Garden
  • Restrictions
  • No Pets Allowed
  • No Smoking
  • Suitability
  • Child Friendly
  • Family Friendly
  • Singles Friendly
  • View And Location
  • Rural
AttractionsCategoryDistance
Property
Garden at nightSecret Retreat Polytimo
Category:House
City: Pano Lefkara
Beds: 2
Baths: 1.5
Sleeps: 4
Secret Retreat PolytimoHouse

Brian, UK
Tranquil garden
Posted on: 16/08/2016

 My family were exploring the island and this was a great base for us to discover the area. The village is really lovely and there is lots to see in the area. Although it is in the hills the beach is not that far away either, we had a great fish meze in Zygi village and also liked Governors Beach.

We were really happy with the house, it is very authentic and in keeping with the style of the village, we particularly enjoyed the large garden which was very peaceful and relaxing

Response

 Thank you Brian, so glad you enjoyed the garden



Michael, UK
An authentic village experience
Posted on: 16/08/2016

 My wife has family in the area so this stay was something of a family reunion. It was great being close (but not too close!!) to the family. Her sister and brother-in-law came with us and we booked the two houses Monadiko and Polytimo together so we all had our space but could still get together. The traditional style of the houses went down especially well with the Cypriot members of the party. We’ll definitely be booking again

Response

 Thank you Michael and Toulla!



Chantal, South Africa
A much needed break
Posted on: 16/08/2016

 This was a much-needed break for us and we couldn’t have found anything better! Although I have visited Cyprus many times I had never stayed in a village before and I loved the feeling of actually living in the “real Cyprus”, completely different to the tourist resorts. I really liked Lefkara village and the house was just lovely, especially the garden, fond memories of warm summer evenings just relaxing outside under the stars- heaven!

Response

 Thank you Chantal, good to hear



Gary, UAE
Lovely balcony and courtyard garden
Posted on: 23/08/2016

We absolutely enjoyed our stay in the house and in Lefkara and will definitely recommend it. It was great having basics in the fridge, thank you. Love the neighbourhood very much. We did lovely walks and walking distance to museum, bars, restaurants, beautiful cobbled street alleys, friendly locals, lovely balcony and courtyard garden.


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