|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.
Montofoli in the pictures and Montofoli in real life are two separate things , firstly a picture cannot do the estate justice. It can only capture part or glimpses of what you see . The estate is a must see in it's own rights , steeped in history but also in character and nostalgia. The Belvedere although one of the newer buildings contains it's own character and reminded me of a Greece I found over 30 years ago when I first visited the country . Yet the Belvedere also offers air conditioning in all of its rooms as well as the shutters to keep the rooms cool during the bright sunny days . The villa had all the mods and cons plus the picture you see of the veranda does not quite show it all, there is outside dining facilities and a nice grilling place if you want to BBQ . I picked up some very good meat from the butchers near the bank down from the church.
Everything was well kept inside and the host made sure you had everything you needed , even the toiletries and pantry items were there ready . The Breakfast for the first morning was a great treat and I would say it was enough to set you up for the whole day and more. The beginning of the holiday and already we felt spoilt and well taken care of.
The swimming pool was a good size for the two villas and there was outdoor showers both up by the villa and next to the pool . The views from each place, pool , Villa and gardens were stunning.
The whole area is secure and safe, there is parking right next to the villa and a very good guard dog that my kids fell in love with .
There is plenty to see and worth looking at the tours and exploring . Dimitri's taverna was my favourite place to eat and within walking distance. Karystos is not so touristy but has plenty of other tavernas I would be more inclined to eat at the tavernas recommended as there is one or two on the seafront that cost without the quality IMO. Mili is an up hill climb by foot but well worth the walk . The Red Castle I suggest as the host recommended , using a car until the carpark, as the climb can be a bit much if the sun is shining , but a must to visit. There are water falls , secluded beaches and hikes in a number of directions. To be honest I think we have just scratched the surface in two weeks but the memories are fantastic.
We left Montofoli sad because we enjoyed our stay very much and we also enjoyed our time with the hosts which are a big part of the Montofoli magic .
Wir hatten eine wunderbare Woche in Montefolli 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. Von der Terasse des Haus Belvedere hat man einen wunderschönen Ausblick 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 recommendation for the families which would like to spend a particular and authentic vacation.
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