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Marianne Larsson-Karacostas

Member since: 2011
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Speaks english, french, german, swedish, greek

2 Superb Villas of Genuine Luxury and Elegance, 1.5km from the beach, POOL - The Dovecot

9 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Karistos holiday villa

Genuine comfort and tranquillity for all seasons in exceptional landmark

Registered by the National Tourist Organisation under MHTE : 1351K123K0204101

Montofoli Estate is a vineyard and an archaeological site in the bay of Karystos in South Evia, the second largest island in Greece. The 2 Residences available for rent are from different historic times and have been carefully restored and decorated. The first, the Dovecot, sleeps 4-7 people and the second, the Belvedere, sleeps 4-6 people. Check the picture descriptions below to be able to distinguish the 'Dovecot' from the 'Belvedere.'

Montofoli is ideal for family vacations.

The DOVECOT at the Montofoli Estate is built on the ruins of a Roman Bath and it is a total of 140 square meters. It is fully air-conditioned and each item that forms the interior decoration has its own history and origin.

The BELVEDERE is a modern and comfortable house, situated in a very sunny spot with wonderful view. It comfortably fits 4 people + 2 in the large living room sofas. It is fully air-conditioned, has a large blooming veranda and direct access to the pool.

The POOL area is situated at a panoramic spot with citrus trees overlooking the vineyard and sea. It makes a perfect spot for midday ouzos and evening drinks while enjoying the beautiful sunset. The pool is shared between the two houses and is equipped with an automatic safety cover for children. Enjoy tours of the vineyard and taste the wines produced at the Estate in its wine cellar built on a the remains of a pottery workshop dated 400BC.

The Wine Cellar: The wine cellar of the estate is the Frankish church of St. Marc, which during the Ottoman occupation was turned into horses’ stables. You can still see today the remains of the Christian frescoes on its inner walls (outer-walls today). It is also quoted that when Karystos was conveyed to the Catalans from the Venetians in 1365, the contract was signed in this very church. A little over a meter under the wine cellar lies a sleeping pottery workshop dating back to 400 BC. Today, this is where we keep our dessert wine in French oak barrels and in bottles. This is also where the guided tours and wine tasting take place.

The ancient staircase: The famous staircase counts 157 steps and was built to serve the cultivation of the land when the terraces were created. What is of great interest is that the staircase is built from architectural parts of ancient temples in an artistic way by worthy masters of the time. Seen from above, this is another characteristic part of Montofoli Estate leading from its lower part to the level of the houses. It is said that the staircase is built on a secret road that used to lead to a very important place.

Guided Tour: Beginning on the 1st of July and for every Saturday until the end of September we offer guided tours at 19.00. The tour includes a narration of the historical background of the estate, a walk in the vineyard and a wine tasting of our 'Montofoli Estate' label, all in all a 40 minute experience.

More Details

Details for The Dovecot 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 2 Bathrooms

The DOVECOT, is a traditional building that dates back to the Roman Era. The doves-nest makes a beautiful pattern in the double bedroom on the upper floor, giving it a romantic and cozy atmosphere. The house is ~140 sqm. Kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, a living room with a fire place and dining area on the ground floor. The living room has a sofabed and can be used as a third bedroom. There is an office desk in the entrance hall. The Dovecot has white marble floors and large wooden beams in the ceilings.

Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Marianne Larsson-Karacostas (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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Speaks english, french, german, swedish, greek

About Marianne Larsson-Karacostas

I left Sweden for Greece some time before I married my husband, and we purchased Montofoli Estate in 1986.

Montofoli Estate bears the imprint of history in architecture, spirit and character of previous times and owners. The positive energy of the whole place made the hard work ahead easy and truly inspiring. There were sweaty and dusty days when we just crashed out on a heap of stones sipping champagne and enjoying the sunset, accumulating energy for the next day.

My husband and I live in Athens now. My daughter just settled with her family in Montofoli and we find ourselves staying longer weekends there now.

Marianne Larsson-Karacostas purchased this villa in 1986

Why Marianne Larsson-Karacostas chose Greece

We started the restoration with the Dovecot, where we then could stay with our three daughters throughout the work on both buildings and landscape. Thick rounded walls of a Roman bath served as base for the 8 m. high dovecot with pigeon nests and bird entrance at the south wall. We felt like intruders and decided to keep that entrance open but later had to close it with a glass window since the previous occupants clearly were not “housetrained”. We missed them, but kept in touch as they moved into the many empty nests in the terrace walls.

What makes this villa unique

Since there was no proper road leading up to the houses, the restoration work was shared between men, mules and donkeys. Louisa, our own beloved donkey joined the workforce on equal terms. She was a friendly creature who immediately became the center of attention whenever she stepped in to join our party and welcome guests. She had that rare Natural Presence.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family would like to thank you for a fantastic stay at one of your beautiful and historic houses.



We have really enjoyed the surroundings, the nature and spirit this place possesses.



Furthermore we really appreciate the level of service showed to us from the start of our vacation.



Best Regards,

Alexandros, Neda, Georgios, Lotte and the kids
Aug 2012
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Reviews

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The Dovecot
average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
5

Excellent - superb!

  • 5 of 5

The first week of August 2016 we stayed with two adults and three teenage girls in Belvedere. The house is great - ac throughout which was lovely as it was just under 40C. Washingmachine / dishwasher/ tv all in good working order. The estate is beautiful and we were given a guided tour through the Vineyard and ended up tasting the very special dessert wine. Danae and her husband Constatntino are very helpful and give interesting tips for exploring the area. The pool is wonderful. There are plenty of secluded beaches nearby - all of the beaten track do not expect mass tourism here!!!

We recommend this estate highly!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Hus med själ, vackra omgivningar, barnvänligt.

  • 5 of 5

Vi bodde två familjer i Dove cot, 7 personer totalt. Huset har allt man behöver. Historisk miljö, lugnt och otroligt vackert. Man har fantastisk utsikt över vingård, hav och berg.

Trevlig pool med otroliga vyer. Byn bjuder på många restauranger med jättegod mat. Rekommenderar även Dimitris taverna en bit upp i bergen, vällagad mat och mysig miljö. Fina stränder med vackra stenar.

Vi vill tacka Danae, Marianne och Kostandinos för er gästvänlighet! Vi stormtrivdes och kommer gärna tillbaka en annan gång!

Hälsningar Fam. Bohlin och Fam. Vesterlund.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tack så mycket snälla Katja! Dev var så trevligt att träffas!
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5

Wunderschönes Anwesen und exzellente Gastgeber

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten eine wunderbare Woche im Montofoli Estate. Das Haus Belvedere ist sehr gut eingerichtet und ausgestattet, allles ist liebevoll und sorgsam gemacht. Danae und Constantino sind ausgezeichnete Gastgeber und stehen wirklich immer mit Rat & Tat zur Verfügung. Sie haben eine Unmenge Tipps, die uns die wunderschöne Gegend mit ihren großen und kleinen Attraktionen noch näher gebracht haben. Pool & Garten und alle Außenbereiche sind außergewöhnlich schön und bestens gepflegt. Man hat einen wunderschönen Ausblick avon der Terasse auf das Meer. Kinder sind mit allem, was zu ihnen gehört, herzlich willkommen. Insgesamt eine tolle Empfehlung für Familien, die einen besonderen und authentischen Urlaub verbringen möchten.

We had a miraculous week in the Montofoli Estate. The house Belvedere is furnished very well and equipped, everything is affectionate and is made careful. Danae and Constantino are excellent hosts and are available really always with advice & action. They have a vast amount tips which have still given an understanding of the wonderful area with their great and small attractions to us. Pool & garden and all undeveloped outskirt areas are extremely nice and maintained very well. One has a wonderful view avon of the patio on the sea. Children are with all what belongs to them, pretty welcome. A total of one great reference for the families which would like to spend a special and authentic vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A very special place

  • 5 of 5

This place is special. So special that when our week's booking was finished, we stayed on and cancelled other arrangements for the rest of our holiday.

The accommodation is clean, simple and basic, it is not a manicured designer villa. It is on a working wine farm, parts of which date back to 400BC - and they have the stones to prove it. This means it is a fascinating place to explore.

The owners are fabulous. Nothing was too much trouble for them and they did all they could to make our stay a success. Even the farm dog went out of her way to make us welcome.

The local town is quiet (in early September) with some great tavernas. And the nearby beaches are large and empty.

This was the best holiday we have had for a long time.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we enjoyed having you here! Hope to see you again soon!
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5

Lovely Stay in a Warm and Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

From my mum: My Daughter came home to visit with her husband and two friends. We all wanted a relaxing holiday, swimming pool, BBQ and pleasant surroundings. We found Montofoli on internet and it looked perfect for us. We rented both properties, we stayed in the Dove Cote and it was charming our friends in the other villa. Everything was provided for us, and the antiques gave it that extra Greek atmosphere. Danae took us for a tour of the vineyard and the wine cellar . We had a tray of preserves, for our breakfast, home made marmalade which was delicious. From Montofoli you can look down on the whole of Karystos, the views are picture postcard. Our friends spent hours walking while we lazed by the pool which is surrounded by trees. Most evenings we used the BBQ as it was so pleasant to sit outside. We did enjoy a meal down by the sea which the owners recommended, even more enjoyable as the main coast road is closed to traffic at night. I would highly recommend it to couples and families especially if you enjoy walking. Although we have stayed at many hotels here and abroad, this was for sure one of the best Greek holidays as owners and staff were so hospitable.

From me: My husband and I wanted a relaxing break with friends and family and that is what we got. True Greek hospitality, quiet and fresh air. The pool was glorious and we enjoyed BBQs every night. Danae and her family are wonderful and really anything I say about how she went out of her way for us would be an understatement. On a practical note, the house was well equipped, well designed and beautifully tasteful. Everything was clean and if we needed anything it appeared in no time when requested. I would thoroughly recommend these cottages as a wonderful place to stay. You could rent both as we did or just one of them. They are very independent of each other and you don't feel as though you are intruding on each other's space at all.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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stunning properties in a wondrous setting

  • 5 of 5

We rented both properties for a week at Easter. We were a party of 10 (6 adults and 4 children) and the houses accommodated us very well. Both houses are well equipped and beautifully designed. There are wonderful views of the bay from the property and plenty of places to sit outside to enjoy them. The owners were extremely welcoming and did everything possible to make us feel at home. They recommended great places to eat, lovely secluded beaches and even the best rocks for diving into the sea. We didn't have the best weather (it was still quite cold), but we had the best holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Athens International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Karystos Town
Nearest Ferry
10 Kilometres
Marmari
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Karystos Town
Nearest Beach
1.5 Kilometres
Psili Ammos Beach
Car: recommended

The Montofoli Estate is in the Ancient Town of Karystos, on Evia Island, the second largest island in Greece after Crete. You can reach it both by boat from Athens (within 1 hour) and by car crossing the bridge of Chalkida (within 3 hours). It combines genuine comfort and a purely natural environment with modern lifestyle in historic surroundings. The Estate produces a dessert wine from four indigenous greek grape varieties. Orange and lemon trees flower in spring and give an aromatic sweet fragrance to the whole estate.

The city of Karystos has traditional houses and a picturesque harbour with colourful 'Kaikia' (fishing boats), lots of tavernas, traditional cafes and ouzeries as well as night clubs and bars. Endless sandy beaches offer a wide choice between organized settings with various water sports or others with complete privacy. Autumn and winter season gives rich opportunities to explore the colourful and diverse surroundings.

Karystos Town has its own hospital. Pharmacy hours are provided to guests. There is always a pharmacy on duty 24 hours a day.

Other Activities: wine tastings, bicycling, hiking, gorge, scuba diving, fishing.

WHY TAKE A HOLIDAY IN KARYSTOS

· 1.30-2.00 HOURS AWAY FROM ATHENS AND THE ATHENS AIRPORT (MORE THAN ONE FERRY PORTS)

· UNSPOILED SURROUNDINGS

· MORE THAN 30 BEACHES WITHIN 5 km.

· EXCELLENT LOCAL FOOD

· HAS THE SAME DRY CLIMATE AS THE CYCLADE ISLANDS

· FULLY OPERATIONAL HOSPITAL

· SAFE STAY

· NUMEROUS SHOPPING FACILITIES

· MANY POSSIBILITIES FOR WALKS AND EXCURSIONS

· 300 DAYS OF SUNSHINE A YEAR WITH VERY MODERATE TEMPERATURES

WHY STAY AT MONTOFOLI ESTATE

· UNIQUE EXPERIENCE IN A LEGENDARY ESTATE AND VINEYARD

· AMAZING VIEWS OVER THE BAY OF KARYSTOS

· 1,5 Km FROM DOWN TOWN KARYSTOS AND THE BEACHES

· THE ESTATE HAS BEEN INHABITED FOR THE LAST 2500 YEARS

· THE VILLAS ARE BUILT WITH NATURAL MATERIALS (WOOD-STONE-MARBLE)

· EXCELLENT FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN.

Location Coordinates: 38.026660, 24.428488

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday villa in Karistos, Greece

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
EUR
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter in Montofoli
1 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
A$143
A$999
 
 
Christmas in Montofoli
23 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$428
A$2,996
 
 
Winter in Montofoli
4 Jan 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$143
A$999
 
 
Easter in Montofoli
14 Apr 2017 - 17 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$428
A$2,996
 
 
Spring in Montofoli
18 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$214
A$1,498
 
 
June in Montofoli
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$357
A$2,497
 
 
Fall in Montofoli
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
A$357
A$2,497
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
A$2,996
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Prices represent the rent for 'The Dovecot.' Max. occupancy: 6 people. Children under 2 y.o. stay for free. Discount of 5% for renting both houses simultaneously.

Breakfast with local delicacies is COMPLIMENTARY for the first morning on the estate.

Prices include VAT.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa rental in Karistos

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Meals:
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 145 m²
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Dovecot Master Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
    'The Dovecot' Bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • The Dovecot: The bathrooms are panelled in white high quality marble for which Greece is famous. Mirrors are selected antique pieces of different design styles. Bath towels are provided for each guest as well as a beach towel for use in the pool and the beaches.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom 'The Dovecot' - 2 single bed , 2 single beds attached to form a double bed
    Double Bedroom 'The Dovecot' - 1 double bed
    Extended Bedroom 'The Dovecot' - 1 double bed , Double sofa bed the Dovecot Living Room
  • The DOVECOT has two (2) bedrooms and the living room can be turned into a third bedroom, it has a sofa that becomes a double bed. In the master bedroom the two large single brass beds are set together to form a double bed of 220cm. The upper bedroom called 'The Dovecot' is an ideal romantic setting with a double bed. A small white table and two chairs as well as a greek traditional sofa for two, complement the setting.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • deck chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • sand pit
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • car optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
THE DOVECOT: Enjoy your meals at the large white iron dining table on the terrace and prepare your barbecues in the outdoor grill for lunch or dinner. Right in front of the terrace is a large sofa seating area under the trees where you can take a nap, enjoy reading your book or work on your laptop with an iced coffee or a drink in hand. A wine list is provided and wines are delivered chilled upon request. Upon booking you receive an activities guide for the area through email. Parking at the estate.