Garden Kamara Kato Drys Accommodation Review

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When we are invited to stay in Garden Kamara we honestly had no idea where Kato Drys in Cyprus was. I checked on the map and it was 40 minutes from our home in Pervolia and the house looked beautiful. Plus we were told there was a lace museum and a bee museum on the same grounds so it sounded like it could be a nice getaway for a few nights.

Garden Kamara Kato Drys Accommodation Review

Did You Get Travel Insurance Yet?

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that you need to be prepared for anything! Travel insurance has always been high my list of things to get before I travel but now more than ever its at the top of my list.

I’m pretty sure we have all had travel plans messed up because of COVID and not all insurers covered this. So when looking for travel insurance it’s important to check it covers travel disruption due to COVID-19, World Nomads, Safety Wing, or Travel Insurance Master all provide cover for this.

World Nomads is great for incidents that happen prior to your trip, so if you get sick or are unable to travel due to travel restrictions some of their policies will cover that as cancellation cover.

Safety Wing goes the extra mile and covers quarantine outside your home for up to 10 days, they also have a really handy map on their website showing requirements and restrictions for each country.

I also use Travel Insurance Master for some short vacation type trips as they are cheaper than World Nomads a lot of the time.

If you are doing shorter trips or a longer backpacking trip then WorldNomads or Travel Insurance Master are the best option. If you are a digital nomad or planning travel of at least 6 months then go for SafetyWing.

Kato Drys

Garden Kamara Kato Drys Accommodation Review

The drive from Larnaca is straightforward, no sat nav needed, just follow the road signs. When you pull off the highway there is a supermarket where you can stop to get some supplies before heading up to the village.

Driving into Kato Drys I was amazed, it truly is a picture book village. I quickly realized that we didn’t actually have an address so we pulled the car over and decided to explore on foot and see if we could find it and then come back for the car. 

As we arrived on a Sunday afternoon most things in the village were closed and we didn’t see many people on the streets (turned out there was a festival in the neighboring village that day). We didn’t mind at all, it was wonderful having the whole village to ourselves. Anyway, turns out there are no addresses in Kato Drys because it’s so small, there is no need.

Lefkara village cyprus

We actually found the bee and embroidery museum first and from there Elli our Airbnb host and owner of the property directed us to the house. To get there we had to walk through the most spectacular and abundant garden. What a treat.

Garden Kamara Accommodation

Garden Kamara Kato Drys Accommodation Review

Garden Kamara did not disappoint. The house wasn’t quite ready as we were a little early, so we were able to relax and enjoy the garden for a time before entering the house. 

The house is exactly what I would expect from a stay in a traditional Cypriot house. It has all the modern amenities we need (especially with having a baby) a travel cot and highchair, hot water, a modern kitchen, AC, etc while still remaining true to its heritage.

Garden Kamara Kato Drys Accommodation Review

The walls are lined with family photographs, there is traditional Lefkara lace decorating the house, and the views into the gardens are spectacular.

I wish we could have stayed for a week!

Although we stayed downstairs in the garden room, we also had access to the upstairs bedroom, which was even more beautiful and had a small balcony overlooking the street. 

Garden Kamara Kato Drys

What I loved most about the upstairs though was the bath with a large window overlooking the garden. I made sure to get good use out of that to unwind after a long day.

Garden Kamara Kato Drys

Local Produce

Once we were settled into the accommodation we were treated to a basket full of fresh local produce. I was in foodie heaven and quickly whipped it all up into a delicious meal for all three of us. 

Food at Garden Kamara

You really can’t beat fresh local produce.

In our basket were eggs, honey, olive oil, bread, Commandaria wine, figs, almonds, fresh fruit, and of course Halloumi cheese.

There was even enough for breakfast the next morning. Charlie LOVED the fresh peaches in his baby oats.

Karo Drys Garden Kamara food

So you may be wondering what there is to do in Kato Drys, other than eating fresh food and relaxing in the garden or the bath?

The Bee and Embroidery Museum Kata Drys

The main attraction in Kato Drys is the been and embroidery museum which is part of the estate of our host family. We arraigned a time to go down and meet with Elli so she could show us around the museum. We also were invited to dinner at her house… more fresh food and Commandaria!

After a delicious meal and many shared stories about Elli’s family history and the history of the area, we took a private tour of the museum.

Parts of the museum are over 300 years old. It really was impressive. 

What I loved most about the museum was learning about the history of Cyprus and how this small island has been self-sufficient for centuries, producing everything from wine to lace.

You can see how farming on the island changed and evolved during the industrial revolution to what it is today. 

When we went upstairs to the lace museum I loved all of the family history bound up with the lace. Elli’s family were producers and sellers of the famous Lefkara Lace and traveled to England to see it there. She told stories of her great-grandparents and it was a truly wonderful experience to hear all her stories.

Of course, after this, we knew we needed to pay a visit to neighboring Lefkara to see the village for ourselves and pick up some Lefkara Lace as gifts to take home.

Lefkara

The village of Lefkara is larger than Kato Drys but just as cute! Of course, we couldn’t resist a few posted photos.

Lefkara Village in Cyprus

Lefkara Lace, like Commandaria, is a protected product. You have to meet certain standards for it to be certified. It’s quite obvious what is the ‘proper’ Lefkara Lace as it’s reflected in the price tag, and it will have a little certified tag on it. Lefkara Lace is all made in the traditional way by hand here in the village.

If your budget doesn’t stretch to buying authentic Lafkara lace you will find plenty of lower-quality machine-made lace products. We ended up in a shop owned by a fellow scouser (born in Liverpool but both parents were originally from Lefkara and he moved back and lives here with his wife) and I bought a whole load of things for my Mom (who LOVES this stuff). We also bought some cushion covers for our home as momentum from our wonderful few days in the area.

Final Thoughts

Garden Kamara Kato Drys

If you are in Cyprus then I really can’t recommend paying a visit to Kato Drys and Lefkara more. And of course, the best way to fully enjoy your time there is to stay a few nights in Garden Kamara.