Having stood for over 300 years in the village of Kato Drys [Kato Dhrys], four derelict rural houses have been transformed into twelve contemporary units to make for an agritourism retreat that is certainly unparalleled in Cyprus.
Abandoned for centuries, these rural homes had fallen to ruin until 2005 when they were discovered by Henri and Alexandra.
Henri and Alexandra’s passion for traditional architecture and loyalty to local history saw the restoration of these structures into a picturesque agritourism sanctuary finally being realized in 2013.
Architects Costas Iacovou and Katerina Sergiou of architectural firm FLUID ARCHITECTURE and civil engineer Michael Pittas, supervised the restoration, maintenance and expansion of each of the buildings. The architectural team was also supported by local builder Michael Paul whose expertise ensured that the redesign of the houses did not stray far from traditional building styles.
In addition, the lighting of the entire complex by Kartell and Laura Ashley, the artwork by Cypriot artists of each room, and the placement of antique as well as contemporary furniture pieces throughout, elevated the ingenuity of this restoration project to another level.
As a result, the four rural homes have been converted into an agritourism village made up of twelve units whose traditional stone exteriors combined with modern but yet simple interiors, have produced a synergy of vintage old fused with contemporary new, keeping in line with Henri’s and Alexandra’s ultimate vision.
The project was released in 2013 with the contribution of the Structural and Cohesion Funds in context to the EU Cohesion Policy.