Mosfiloti mountain retreat

Ayios Therapon is a small, quiet Greek Cypriot village with a typical central coffee shop, kebab cafe and small grocery shop. There are numerous tavernas in nearby villages to explore.

The village sits on the ridge of a hilltop in the foothills of the Troodos mountain range above Limassol (about 700 m above sea level) with extensive views down to the distant sea.

The beach and Greek/Roman ruins of Curium are a 25 minute drive, and the top of the Troodos mountains – with its well marked walking paths – is 35 minutes. The ancient harbour of Paphos (hosting opera performances in front of the castle in September) is less than an hour and Nicosia, the last divided capital in Europe, is a drive of 1 hour 20 minutes. Paphos is the nearest airport (40 mins) and Larnaca takes just under 1 ½ hours.

Ornithologists like to come to Cyprus in the spring or autumn to see the birds migrating through but beach lovers should wait until June (to November) for the sea to warm up – the local ode being that you cannot swim in the sea until the water melon are ripe!

At this altitude, April nights can still be cold and Cypriots warn that you should not burn all your wood in March, as in April “you might have to burn the post to which you tether your donkey”.

The accommodation offered is ancient and modern.

Ancient is the former donkey room on the lower floor of my village house – with a stone vaulted roof – which has been converted to an en-suite bedroom. Access is directly into the bedroom from the lower terrace so people can come and go as they please.

Modern is a four poster bedroom with balcony in the main house with adjacent bathroom.

A former Wolsey Lodge owner in the UK, I like to source local products for breakfast – with seasonal fruit, village yoghurt and eggs, and homemade jams and marmalade.

A former tourist guide in Cyprus, I have extensive knowledge of the island and can recommend places to vist, trails to walk, beaches to explore, as well as where to find the local orchids or the hidden waterfalls.

A double room with breakfast is 70 Euros per night for two and 50 Euros per night for single occupancy.

Please feel free to drop me an email at therapina.todd2@gmail.com for more information or to book your stay.

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