The Archontiko is located in the mountains picturesque village of Palaichori. The family of Rousias has roots going back hundreds of years deep into the rich history of Palaichori. As with Palaichori, the Archontiko and the Rousias and Eleftheriades family have experienced generations of Palaichori life including farming, agriculture, and crafts such the the 'vourka'.
The architectural design of the Archontiko has remained the same with great indoor and outdoor living. There are two deluxe suites and a standard double room. There is a shared kitchen with all required cooking utensils. The outdoor living is superb! Enjoy the refreshing 'drosia' of crisp and refreshing clean air of Palaichori in hot summer days, and the soothing trickling of the stram in the short winter season. There are balconies for each suite, a main balcony connecting the east and west ends of the archontiko and a courtyard underneath this, also connecting the east and west ends. There is also a sheltered open air room that sits on top of flowing stream in the winter months, enjoy the stream soothingly flowing under you, 'rest on the river'.
Background: Archontiko Rousias - Rousias Mansion
The Archontiko (The Mansion) was built in the year 1915 by Panayi Rousia (1883-1968), who got engaged to Kyriakou (of the Kylili family). Panayi and Kyriakou were married in 1920 and started a family of four children. There they lived right throughout the rest of their lives.
In the year 2000, Panayiotis Eleftheriades (grandson of Panayi and Kyriakou Rousia) decided in the conversion of the building into a traditional guest room accommodation, believing in the development of tourism in the area of Palaichori having sight of its rich history and its unique picture of natural beauty.
Architecture of the building was Michalis Tsiaklis and the builder was the ADACO Construction Ltd (Costas Constantinou).
This project was partly financed by European treasury of Peripheral Development of agro tourism (EVROPAIKO TAMIO PERIFEREIAKIS ANAPTYXIS TIS EVROPAIKIS ENOSIS) and the Republic of Cyprus.
The revival and conversion works of the building into guest room accommodation have commenced and completion for operation has now been made, in 2006.
It is probably the largest private investment in agrotourism which has happened till now in the area, which undoubtedly will contribute in the creation of the essential infrastructure for the development of tourism in the area.
Beyond the restoration and accession of the mansion, in the context of rural tourism in the form of guest room accommodation, our intention is to give a character experience in some pursuits that form part of the Archontiko-Mansion and the culture in general.
The Archontiko was built and lived in at the time when the Rousias family and Palaichori were in a traditional and most thriving handicraft and agriculture industry. These include, fabrication of cultural works such as woodcarving, weaving with the loom, pottery and also the processing of farming products. Evidence of these can still be seen at the Archontiko with many tools and products on display.
Palaichori is also well known for the making of "zivania". A very high alcohol content drink that is sipped on straight. The distillation of "zivania", a bi-product of the residue of wine making by the process of distillation, the preparation of different food dishes and handicraft activities.
Within the bounds of the development of handicraft activities, a predominant place is held in the making of the traditional "vourka". The "Vourka" is very special to Palaichori and the Rousias - Eleftheriades family. It is a saddle bag made of goat skin and used by the Sheppards.
The grandfather of the owner of the mansion was famous in the area for his skilfulness and his competence in the making of the "Vourka".
Christoforos Eleftheriades the Archontiko's owners father, is the last person to inherit this amazing talent and skill in making the "Vourka". He is still making vourkes in Palaichori today
The procedure for its making is not only skilful but is also quite interesting. In certain circumstances, it even started before the slaughter of the animal, where the goat was isolated and fed solely on barley for a stronger skin. Having fleeced the skin with hot water they would skin the goat, followed by a heavy salting of the skin where it dried tightly stretched in the sun, for the final preparation of the skin where it was used for the making of "Vourka" and in some cases for the manufacture of shoes.
There are one room at the ground floor. The room includes its own bathroom, double bed, TV, DVD and CD player and also seating and coffee table.
Rousias Double Deluxe
There are two of these suites available on first and second floor. Each of these rooms has their own wooden balconies and are very spacious inside. The room includes its own bathroom, double bed, TV, DVD and CD player, mini bar and also seating and coffee table. The room has the authentic doors, stone, and balcony access that it was initially built with in the 1800's
Rousias Double with Large Balcony
If you require a double bed room, the Rousias Double (above the Kitchen) has a bathroom, TV, DVD and CD player. The doors of this cosy suite open up to a large tiled balcony where the sun shines on all day long and from there you can see all over the village. At the back yard of the room you can see the traditional village oven
The Kitchen is a modern shared facility. It includes a fridge, pantry, and dishwasher.
The Central Foyer and Balcony
The foyer and balcony runs in the middle of the archontiko, and connects the east and west ends where the suites and the kitchen are located. Socialising and festivities with lots of food, drink, and souvla among friends and music by night or relaxing and enjoying the peace and quite and the warm sun in the crisp and cool Palaichori air are both a serene joy at the Archontiko
'Rest on the River' Indoor/Outdoor Room
Under the tiled balcony and next to the Kitchen, there is a open air room with couches and coffee table. In the winter months the lighten up river runs directly under this ambient part of the Archontiko.