|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Modern in style and comfort Belvedere is 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.
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 3 Residences available for rent are from different historic times and have been carefully restored and decorated. The Dovecot, sleeps 4-7 people, the Red House sleeps 6 people and the Belvedere sleeps 4-6 people. Check the picture descriptions below to be able to distinguish the villas from one another.
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 RED HOUSE is a neoclassical building, fully air-conditioned and very elegantly furnished. The high ceilings with the piano and the fireplace make it a very luxurious yet cosy house and the verandas are ideal for the whole day and night during most of the year.
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 an ancient 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.
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 house in 1986
We started the restoration with the Dovecot, where we then could stay with our three daughters throughout the work on both buildings and landscape. 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.
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.
Montofoli is clearly has a unique beauty. But what is most astounding is the view. No matter where in Montofoli you find yourself, you have the most beautiful view of the gulf of Karystos.
Prices represent the rent for 'The Belvedere.' Max. occupancy: 6 people. Children under 2 y.o. stay for free.
Breakfast with local delicacies is COMPLIMENTARY for the first morning on the estate.
Prices include VAT.
The elegant Marianne Larsson-Karacostas and her polymath husband Paulos Karacostas have lovingly transformed an historic property once fallen into ruins. With patience, attention to detail, and respect for the land and the spirit of the Montofoli estate, they have created a sublime retreat to restore one's spirit. Set into a hillside above their ancient citrus groves and vineyard, famed for its prize-winning sun-dried sweet wine, the magnificent Venetian manor house with its Ottoman addition connects to the vineyard by a long, wide stone staircase, flanked by two lions, and running down to the vines. Ancient Greek columns lie about the gardens where lavender, rosemary and mint scent the air, and terracotta urns artfully grace stone walls and terraces. Pink geraniums, peach roses, loquat trees, Cyprus and pine trees create arbors for the birds. Church bells and sheep's bells and bees add to the bucolic atmosphere. To stay at Montofoli is like stepping into an 19th century painting, but the accommodations are comfortable and beautifully appointed. Each cottage has unique charm and privacy as well as a well-equipped kitchen, stocked with coffee and tea. Marianne delivered a sumptuous basket of delicacies for our enjoyment: her glorious marmalade, honey, an enormous hunk of delicious local cheese, bread, wine, eggs, yogurt, apples, clove-studded biscuits, tomatoes. Both Paulos and Marianne devoted so much time to answering our endless questions about Greece and Greek politics as well as to helping us plan our visit, recommending superb restaurants, hikes, drives, beaches, but we ended up spending more time enjoying the sublime peace of the estate. One feels the Greek (and Swedish!) spirit of hospitality in Marianne and Paulos's attention to their guests' comfort. We have traveled widely for many, many years, and our experience on Evia and the Montofoli estate in particular was exceptional. The spirit of ξενία, xenía, the ancient Greek "guest-friendship" is alive at Montofoli.
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