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3 Superb Villas of Genuine Luxury and Elegance, 1.5km from the Beach, Pool - The Dovecot

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Last updated: 02/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:2-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Villa
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A


The Dovecot: Central Greece Vacation Rental by Owner Listing 822783ha

The DOVECOT, is a traditional building that dates back to the Roman Era. The doves-nest makes a beautiful pattern in the double bedroom on the upper floor, giving it a romantic and cozy atmosphere. The house is ~140 sqm. Kitchen, 2 double bedrooms, a living room with a fire place and dining area on the ground floor. The living room has a sofabed and can be used as a third bedroom. There is an office desk in the entrance hall. The Dovecot has white marble floors and large wooden beams in the ceilings.

About the Property

Genuine comfort and tranquillity for all seasons in exceptional landmark

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.
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Speaks: english, french, german, swedish, greek
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

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Additional information about rental rates:

Deposit of 20% required upon booking and rest to be paid 2 weeks before arrival. Cancellations should be made at least one month before arrival otherwise the deposit is not refundable. Prices represent the rent for each house 'The Dovecot' or 'The Red House' and are valid for up to FOUR (4) PEOPLE/HOUSE. There will be a surcharge of 20,00 Euros for each extra person/night. Maximum occupancy per house: 6 people. Breakfast with local delicacies is COMPLIMENTARY for the first morning on the estate (min stay 1 week). Prices include VAT. Available forms of payment: Credit Card, PayPal, Wire Transfer
Weekly rate: 7 consecutive nights Weekend nightly rate: Friday, Saturday Midweek nightly rate: Sunday-Thursday
Even though there are items of great historic and/or financial value in both the Dovecot and the Red House, a security deposit is not required. In case of larger damage to the property than regular wear and tear, we will appreciate your cooperation to resolve it.

Property Type

  • Villa
  • 145 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Car Optional
  • Massage
  • Private Chef


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome:

    Montofoli Estate is a unique accomodation option if you are vacationing with your family. Cribbs are available on request at no extra charge. Children under 2 y.o. stay for free....moreless

  • Pets Considered

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Master Bedroom 'The Dovecot': 2 twin/ single

    2 single beds attached to form a double bed...moreless

  • Double Bedroom 'The Dovecot': 1 double


  • Extended Bedroom 'The Dovecot': 1 double

    Double sofa bed the Dovecot Living Room...moreless

  • The DOVECOT has two (2) bedrooms and the living room can be turned into a third bedroom, it has a sofa that becomes a double bed. In the master bedroom the two large single brass beds are set together to form a double bed of 220cm. The upper bedroom called 'The Dovecot' is an ideal romantic setting with a double bed. A small white table and two chairs as well as a greek traditional sofa for two, complement the setting. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Dovecot Master Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • 'The Dovecot' Bathroom: toilet, shower


  • The Dovecot: The bathrooms are panelled in white high quality marble for which Greece is famous. Mirrors are selected antique pieces of different design styles. Bath towels are provided for each guest as well as a beach towel for use in the pool and the beaches....moreless

Other Amenities

  • THE DOVECOT: Enjoy your meals at the large white iron dining table on the terrace and prepare your barbecues in the outdoor grill for lunch or dinner. Right in front of the terrace is a large sofa seating area under the trees where you can take a nap, enjoy reading your book or work on your laptop with an iced coffee or a drink in hand. A wine list is provided and wines are delivered chilled upon request. Upon booking you receive an activities guide for the area through email. Parking at the estate. ...moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books:

    Books of interest are provided in both Residences. ...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD players are placed in both residences. ...moreless

  • Radio
  • Stereo:

    Music systems exist in both Residences. Radio, cds and tapes are all supported....moreless

  • Television:

    Flat screen TVs are placed in both residences. ...moreless

  • Toys:

    Childrens' toys are at your disposal in the sand pit and in the outdoor areas. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    There is a choice of DVDs in each residence. You can ask for more DVDs as well as films suitable for children....moreless


  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Luxury
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Autumn Foliage
  • Bay/Sound
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Waterfalls
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    The Dovecot has a dining area in the living room next to the kitchen. Both residences have dining tables outside....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 7 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    The 'Dovecot' bedroom is air-conditioned....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Backpack
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace:

    The fireplace in the Dovecot Residence is in the living room....moreless

  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Both Residences have controlled heating....moreless

  • Internet:

    Wireless internet is free of charge and is functional even in the outdoor areas of the estate....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    There is a second set of linens for each bed. You can change linens whenever you think is needed or ask us to change them for you....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking:

    Covered parking within the estate - one space for each residence. There is a separate uncovered parking area by the entrance of the estate for up to 15 cars....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    There is a second set of towels for each guest. Pool and beach towels are also provided....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Both Residences have a washing machine and there is a hanging area next to your residence out of sight....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    The password for the wireless internet is given to our guests upon confirmation of their reservation....moreless


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker:

    A filter coffee maker exists in both residences....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    All cooking utensils are provided in both residences. If you need supplementary items we will make sure to provide them. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Kitchens in both residences are equipped with dishes and utensils necessary for at least 12 people. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    Refrigerators include a freezer....moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen of each residence is fully equipped with whatever needed to cook a variety of foods....moreless

  • Microwave:

    A microwave is placed in the kitchen of the Dovecot Residence. ...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic spices are provided in both residences such as salt, pepper, oregano, sugar, etc. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    A full size refrigerator with freezer. ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:

    You can rent bicycles in town. There is a choice of a bicycle for up to 6 people that looks like a car! It is one of the most popular choices....moreless

  • Boat:

    You can rent a boat to go fishing or snorkelling....moreless

  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe:

    You can find equipment on the beaches of Karystos available for rent by the hour....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Montofoli Estate extends in an area of 12 acres which include the vineyards, the buildings and terraces. There is plenty of garden space to explore. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A gas grill is provided in each of the two residences. It can easily be moved where you choose whether that is right next to your outdoor dining table or your veranda. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Water sports are possible on the beaches of Karystos and gear is provided by the renter. Ski jets, water skiing, etc. are available during the summer months....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool:

    The outdoor pool is shared between the residences and it has a safety cover for children. There is a massage function that you can use while in the pool....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional

Property Descriptor

  • Detached


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Last updated: 02/25/2017
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60 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Athens International Airport
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
Karystos Town
10 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
300 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Karystos Town
1.5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Psili Ammos Beach

Car: Recommended

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.



















Location Coordinates: 38.026660, 24.428488


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1986

About the owner: 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.

Why the Owner Chose Karistos, Greece:
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.

The Unique Benefits at this Villa:
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.

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Speaks: english, french, german, swedish, greek
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 02/25/2017

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  • The Dovecot entrance and veranda

    The Dovecot entrance and veranda

  • The swimming pool is shared between the Dovecot and the Belvedere villas

    The swimming pool is shared between the Dovecot and the Belvedere villas

  • The Dovecot kitchen

    The Dovecot kitchen

  • The veranda of the Belvedere is a sunny spot for all seasons!

    The veranda of the Belvedere is a sunny spot for all seasons!

  • The Belvedere living room has 2 sofabeds that open and close in a flash!

    The Belvedere living room has 2 sofabeds that open and close in a flash!

  • The Red House back veranda

    The Red House back veranda

  • The Red House entrance

    The Red House entrance

  • Ouzo on ancient remains outside the Red House

    Ouzo on ancient remains outside the Red House

  • The Montofoli Festival in June every year

    The Montofoli Festival in June every year

  • 'Psili Ammos' Beach 1,5km away from the Montofoli Estate

    'Psili Ammos' Beach 1,5km away from the Montofoli Estate

  • Montofoli Estate - Birds Eye View. The vineyard and the 157 steps staircase

    Montofoli Estate - Birds Eye View. The vineyard and the 157 steps staircase

  • The Dovecot Bedroom

    The Dovecot Bedroom

  • The Dovecot Master bedroom

    The Dovecot Master bedroom

  • Belvedere Master bedroom; If you need a baby cot let us know,we will prepare it

    Belvedere Master bedroom; If you need a baby cot let us know,we will prepare it

  • The Belvedere bathroom

    The Belvedere bathroom

  • The Red House Master Bedroom

    The Red House Master Bedroom

  • The Red House kitchen

    The Red House kitchen

  • Montofoli Estate Wine Cellar

    Montofoli Estate Wine Cellar

  • Karystos Port - Promenade

    Karystos Port - Promenade

  • The Venetian Castello Rosso overlooking town

    The Venetian Castello Rosso overlooking town

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