The Bunch of Grapes Inn

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Address: Ioannou Erotokritou 9, 4607 Pissouri, Limassol, Cyprus

Star rating:
1 star hotel

4.2

Simple village inn occupying an 1879-vintage manor house

The Bunch of Grapes has operated as an inn since 1976, and after an initial spell under somewhat snooty expat management, has been run by the present, Cypriot owners since 2002. It was, as far as I can make out, the very first restoration/conversion accommodation in Cyprus’ ample stock of characterful village houses.

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.4
90%

Location

Hidden away (but admirably signposted) in a back street of hillside Pissouri village, 2km above the eponymous beach.

Bedrooms

The 9 creakily wood-floored rooms, variable in size and a tad old-fashioned but perfectly serviceable, all have some sea view; updated bathrooms have tan tiling. There are no individual balconies, but rather a communal sun terrace.

Public areas

The plant-filled courtyard, with its sheltered and sunny areas for every conceivable weather, is the inn’s focal point, adjoining the arcaded, Olde-Worlde bar. For cooler months, two inside dining rooms with fireplaces beckon.

Eating and drinking

This should be the USP here, but meals get mixed reports – specifically the microwaving of frozen, pre-cooked items in recent years. The current menu is mostly “continental” fare – duck liver, bacon and walnut sautée, steak-and-kidney pie – with token Cypriot dishes. Prices (allow 26 euro for three course, plus wines at 12–19 euros a bottle) are on the high side of average for the area.

Leisure facilities

None.

Service

Reportedly okay, though I personally have sometimes been received somewhat grudgingly on my various guidebook evaluation visits.

Who stays there

Older couples, often needing a handy base after a late performance at the nearby Kourion Festival.

Price advice

Constant rates of 50 euros B&B.

Amenities

  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Sightseeing
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Value-for-money lodging
  • Atmospheric courtyard
  • Parking limited, especially in season
  • Uneven record for food
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