Lofou Agrovino

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Address: Tsindouri Street, 4716 Lofou, Limassol, Cyprus

Star rating:

4.6

One of the top five agrotourism projects in Cyprus

I first came here in 1998, for a rather debauched but excellent group dinner in the taverna run by Kostas Violaris. A few years later I learned that Kostas had branched out into accommodation, and went to rate it, with high expectations. I was not disappointed.

Location
4.5
90%
Eating/drinking
4.7
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.8
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

Well signposted near the centre of Lofou, the best preserved of a score of stone-built villages in the Limassol hills wine country.

Bedrooms

The 9 studios, a few of which could accommodate a family with a small child, have been meticulously renovated from existing houses or built from scratch using entirely traditional methods, with plenty of wood trim and stone pointing on display, as well as flagstone flooring. Everything for an extended stay has been thought of; there are fireplaces or woodstoves for winter stays, clothes-washers, and full kitchens with even a dishwasher in some cases. Bathrooms are fully contemporary with stall showers and designer sinks. All studios have either courtyards (sometimes shared) or a balcony looking over the village rooftops.

Public areas

None at the accommodation proper, but read on.

Eating and drinking

Breakfast is served in the co-managed café/wine bar down the lane, which often also hosts special musical events by night. Count on fresh juices: orange in winter/spring, pomegranate in autumn. The affiliated, arcaded Lofou Taverna (closed Mon except by arrangement) is famous for its sumptious meze (17 euros a head), which includes less usual dishes like raviolis, pourgouri, spinach-egg and stifadho, accompanied by Tsiakkas label wine from Kostas' home village of Pelendhri – and, when he's in the mood, live-guitar serenades from Kostas and friends.

Leisure facilities

None

Service

Excellent from personable Kostas, though special arrangements must be made for Monday arrival when the café-reception is usually closed.

Who stays there

Mainly couples in the 20-to-50-something age bracket.

Price advice

These vary little from high-season rates of 85–97 euros B&B depending on unit size.

Amenities

  • Restaurant

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Families with younger children
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Escaping the crowds
  • Great views / scenery
  • Relaxation
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Sensitive, imaginative restorations
  • High-quality fittings
  • No pool
  • Lofou can be hot and airless at midsummer
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