About this listing
A wonderful spacious private stone village house with Mediterranean blue shutters, and décor. A Cypriot stone wall enclosed private garden and courtyard. Beautiful bougainvillea, lemon and orange trees plus a very old Pecan nut tree to chill under . Cooling off pool and hammock to enjoy in the garden. Sun loungers, chairs and umbrellas. Enjoy your stay in this traditional old home , please familiarise with the essentials and other general information that will prove useful in the house manual.
Old village house to rent in Cyprus, perfect retreat for just couples, or for up to 6 people.
Lemonia Courtyard takes its name from the large lemon tree in the centre of the private courtyard that makes this house so unique. Built in 1722, the house was once the home of the village Mukhtar (mayor) and is a delightful example of an old stone built house that has been tastefully modernised, while retaining most if its character features.
If you want a change from stereotypical rented concrete villas, and would like to immerse yourself in the local culture rather than dip into it, then you will love this house.
The courtyard encompasses the main building and a separate annex. Six adults can comfortably sleep in the three bedrooms and there is a cot and high chair available for a little one if required. The circular pool is ideal for cooling off in, on hot lazy days (no glass wear permitted near pool, only plastic), and the lemon tree not only provides welcome shade, but is perfectly placed to support a hammock too. You’ll never be short of a splash of citrus for your gin and tonic!
A generous upstairs veranda provides views of the village and is ideal for enjoying a sunset brandy sour. It also overlooks the large, private courtyard which has ample space to sit, enjoy the pool or have a lazy barbeque.
The House main building is L-shaped with the living room forming the long arm and the kitchen/diner the shorter arm. The well-lit staircase accessing the upstairs veranda and bedrooms is outside the house, but as it almost never rains during the summer this is a practical arrangement. The annex is just two metres from the main building.
Although the house retains its rustic charm, modern conveniences are here, with Internet access and air conditioning provided in the price.
The property is very self-contained within its courtyard and there is all the charm of rural life inspite of being in a village, there are plenty of restaurants and shops in walking distance. The villagers are very friendly and you do feel like you are in the “real” Cyprus.
Whole house. Upstairs =1 x Master double bedroom, 1 x twin bedded room plus 1 x shared large bathroom. Downstairs = 1 x double ensuite bedroom Annex close to pool and literally opposite main house.
Main building has a large kitchen dinner, large living room, outside courtyard and garden space, top large sunbathing balcony and round relaxing swimming pool.
Lemonia Courtyard from street level, there is an 18 cm step down to the courtyard. The annex has a single, smaller step up to enter it, then within the annex there is an 18 cm step to enter the shower. The various parts of the ground floor can be navigated with a couple of individual steps of a similar height.
Some previous guests reviews:
A few sample comments:
Many thanks for the wonderful family home to use as our base for discovering Cyprus. Neighbours were lovely and sitting upstairs in the evening having our G&Ts looking down onto the courtyard was lovely, cool and peaceful. We will definitely be visiting again.
We have really LOVED being here – the annex was great for my mum who has trouble getting around. Lovely, traditional house – THANK YOU.
A fine week in your very comfortable house. We enjoyed the Famagusta restaurant in the village, especially for their vegetarian options! Kourion was a great day out, ending up with dinner on the beach there.
We have been coming to the house for many years and always have a wonderful time. The house is unique and very peaceful. Thanks again.
Interaction with guests
The house management team will need to be paid 60euros on arrival to set up house and make beds and clean for each new visitors, they are on hand if needed tel: Murray Foskett: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) they will be in on a Tuesday to top up the pool and check it out and do garden when needed, otherwise you are totally private and have the village house to yourselves once there.
Josephine Davies, I am really proud of keeping my family home in Cyprus, even though I live in UK now, and want you to love it and be as comfortable and caring when your there as we are.
- Feel free to email me and ask me as many questions as you want, to make sure that this is the right place for your perfect holiday. (EMAIL HIDDEN)
The house is a typical old village property in a delightful part of Cyprus that we fell in love with at first sight. The village has grown since those days in 1980. Although it needed a lot of work to restore it to its present condition at the time, it has kept its character, the feedback we get from everyone who stays shows it was worth it. The ease of access to the beach, the town of Paphos and the friendly village of Chlorakas gives the best of all worlds.
Other things to note
Pafos was the capital of Cyprus for 600 years in ancient times and its archaeological legacy is such that UNESCO has put the whole town on its World Cultural Heritage List.
It was the centre of the cult of Aphrodite with numerous temples such as her sanctuary at Kouklia built in her name and the area known as Petra tou Romiou believed to have been where the goddess rose from the waves.
The intricate floor mosaics in villas dating back to the Roman period depicting scenes from Greek mythology are considered among the finest in the Eastern Mediterranean.
One of the columns around the church of Agia Kyriaki is known today as St Paul’s Pillar. Tradition has it that when the Apostle arrived in Pafos and started preaching, paganists tied him to a pillar and punished him with thirty-nine lashes.Equally impressive are the underground Tombs of the Kings carved out of solid rock and decorated with Doric pillars.The museum at Maa-Paleokastro near Coral Bay has an interesting collection of artefacts from the period of Mycenean Greek colonisation of Cyprus.The monastery of Agios Neofytos has wonderfully colourful frescoes painted on the walls in a cave that a hermit carved out of the mountains.Chrysorrogiatissa monastery is also worth visiting for its fine icons and a taste of the locally produced vintage wine from its own winery.
Lemonia Courtyard is in Chlorakas village, next to Pafos Town and a short drive to the Tombs of the Kings Road to Coral Bay Beach area.
Please pop 60 euros directly to house keeper Mr and Mrs Murray in an envelope and 3 euros a day per room for electricity so these bills can be covered immediately.
-Please respect our lovely local neighbours, especially late at night .
-Smoke outside and ensure all cigarette ends are definitely put out and thrown in the rubbish bin and not the flowerbeds.
-Pop all rubbish outside on the pavement by the drive gates on a Sat and Wednesday evening, place all toilet and general waste into black rubbish bags, secure tightly and pop in black bins on the night before early morning collection.
- Cyprus plumbing uses smaller diameter waste pipes than UK and as a result, it is all too easy to block up the system! For this reason, never put toilet paper, wet wipes, nappies or sanitary items etc down the loo. Instead place these into the bins provided and empty as necessary. It may not be ideal, but that's Cyprus. From experience do it from day one and its not a problem. Many Thanks :)
- Ensure house keys given are always left in key safe for security reasons before you leave the garden.
- Turn outside lights off every evening before bed and ensure all appliances are safely turned off, including the AC units, especially when you leave the property.
- We Would very much appreciate anyone with green fingers to Water garden flowers and trees during your stay, when you are at home in the evenings and there is a pool net to fish out any leaves from your pool. The pump however automatically turns on every day .
- Quiet hours respectively after 23:00 hrs
- on departure leave bedding and towels in The laundry basket, all bins emptied and rubbish put out in rubbish bags and the villa tidy as found, all shutters and doors closed and locked behind you. Keys put back into key safe. Don't forget to close the gate :)
Kind Regards and have a fab stay.....please remember this will be a Mama Mia experience Not a 7 star hotel experience. But it is beautiful x
I am a friendly, welcoming and extremely experienced host who has grownup children and 2 grandchildren. I have renovated the cottage recently and am proud to rent out a lovely room. I work full time in design and love my home. I have lived abroad a lot of my life and still have a home there too.