About this listing
Relax in a beautifully appointed cottage, situated in a verdant olive grove a few minutes walk from Molyvos' main street. This comfortable home also offers a swimming pool, a large wood-fired barbecue, and a children's playing ground.
Spend a relaxing vacation in a beautifully appointed cottage, situated in a verdant olive grove a few minutes walk from Molyvos' main street. This comfortable summer home shares a swimming pool, a large wood-fired barbecue, and a young children's play-ground with the proprietor's residence (My parents Stratis and Nana, your hosts) situated but a few meters from it. You may also sit by the breezy gazebo by the water-well as well as almost at any point of the large estate around the property. The cottage can sleep up to 5 people and features: living room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms and a den, bathroom, and a spacious veranda with a view to Molyvos' medieval castle. Laundry facilities onsite, while free wireless internet access is available by the barbecue next to the owner's residence.
With three thousand years of history under the foundations of the modern village, Molyvos combines layers of an intriguing and still tangible past with the charm of its pristinely maintained and lived present. Perched on a rocky hill on the North-Western part of the Island of Lesvos Molyvos, or - as the village was known in antiquity and the Middle Ages - Mythemna, has always maintained a close link with both the eastern and western worlds. With Asia just ten miles away, the inhabitants of the region opened themselves up to foreign influences and lifestyles from early on. Today, they still oblige the visitor by extending a warm welcome in their wonderful corner of the world.
Molyvos has been declared a UNESCO world heritage site. In this environment, which in the past forty years has attracted poets and scholars from Irwin Leyton and Leonard Cohen to Peter Green, numerous Greek painters from Botsoglou to Charos, as well a myriads of tourists from all around the world, we invite you to take a relaxing vacation.
For something different: Molyvos in Winter time
The colours change dramatically. Bright blue gives place to steely grey and dry yellow to a deep green that caries in it the seeds of spring. If anything marks this quiet social season, that is nature in its dramatic shows of force. The Aegean sea, as rarely seen in tourist brochures, allies itself with gale force winds to produce powerful natural drama. Molyvos in the winter is hard but not inhospitable. Clear skies are aplenty and the temperature rarely falls below zero, even if snow is known to creep all the way to the bay of Molyvos. Moreover, winter caries with it all the promise of a most gorgeous spring awakening. Lesvos sees its first foreign visitors early in March and April as bird-watchers come to witness the island’s unique variety of migratory and local birds.
Molyvos Cottage in Winter:
Molyvos Cottage is perfectly poised to become your winter and spring retreat. Fully equipped with central heating and a fireplace, it becomes an ideal shelter from which to follow nature’s great show off the coasts of the island, giving you ample space to read, write, think and rest.
Molyvos in winter changes gears and lives a far more private life. Few bars or restaurants are open and it often appears as if people are hibernating in anticipation of the new season. Still, there are loci of activity throughout the village. At the conference centre, the old city mosque, local groups show films, while a growing community of foreigners has slowly created its own social dynamic in parallel and in conjunction with the locals. For all intents and purposes both Molyvos as well as neighbouring Petra and the centrally located city of Kalloni offer most of what one would want by way of grocery shops, supermarkets, barbers, video-stores and much more.
P.S. This listing was created by myself for my parents. You will be dealing with me on airbnb and them over the phone and on the island. Stratis and Nana (that is them) are friendly, will be extremely helpful and will on occasion offer you food and fresh vegetables depending on the status of our vegetable patch and kitchen.
Please respect the owner's privacy. Do not use the pool (unless carefully quiet) from 2:00PM-5:00PM and after 11:00PM. Do not leave young children unsupervised
around the swimming pool. Owner bears no liability for possible accidents.
You are free to invite friends for dinners at the veranda. Parties, however, are not allowed.
Refrain from taking bathroom towels to the beach. Do not allow our pets in your rental home. Please do not throw lit cigarette butts on the grounds of the estate. They are a fire hazard.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
I was raised in Athens, Greece where I lived for twenty-two years till the time came for the first instalment of my graduate studies. I studied for two memorable years in Oxford spending time in quasi-medieval libraries and equally ancient pubs only to then return to Greece for my military service. Lesvos was the locus of this peculiar brand of conscript slavery and after 18 months I was ready for something else. This came in the form of teaching at the American College of Greece. I thank my students at this institution for their forbearance and I move along to the new millennium which brought me to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan where I wrote my dissertation, while exponentially expanding my circle of good friends and colleagues. It is to the University of Michigan and to the people who worked with me that I owe my current position as professor of Byzantine History at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC.