The story of Liodentro Olea begins in 1983, when Takis and his wife Evangelia inherited a 2.5-acre plot of land with breathtaking sea views in Plataria, in the heart of Epirus.
Back then, the estate resembled a jungle, full of wild, lush vegetation. The property included a well and a huge ancient olive tree (elaiodentro in Greek). This was the inspiration for the name: Liodentro.
Since then, Takis has been putting in a lot of personal effort and all his spare time, including holidays and weekends, to transform the property into the small paradise it is today.
In the beginning, together with his parents, Takis cleared the estate of the wild bushes and grafted the olive trees, planting new fruit-bearing ones and producing olive oil from the very first year. Today, the estate has around 200 olive trees.
Takis applied for a building permit in 1989 and in the same year he got the estate connected to the water supply network. In 1993, the property was fenced off.
The first house, Liodentro, started being built in 1993, designed by Takis himself, with stones collected from Plataria and Syvota. It was completed in 1997-98. It was to be a place for the family to get together during the holidays and spend time in nature.
Construction on the second house, Olea, started in 2004 and ended in 2006. Originally, it was supposed to be an outdoor kitchen area, but the wife did not agree, so Takis built a second house, using stones from derelict buildings at his home village of Dramesi.
The first fruit trees and vegetables were planted in 1993, using roots and seeds from the village of Plakoti, while in 1998, Takis also got a horse for the estate, named Markos.
In 2016, the family decided to turn the estate into an agritourism business, to offer guests from all over the world the chance to enjoy relaxing holidays in nature.
To expand the facilities even further, a third building was rebuilt and converted into a third house, Elea, in 2018.
Liodentro Olea is now a sustainable farm that follows all the organic farming practices that benefit the ecosystem and ecology in general.
Orchards and gardens are watered using an automatic sprinkler system and a smart drainage system.
No chemicals are used; the only soil conditioners used are horse manure and compost, made on the premises. All grass, vegetable and fruit scraps are fed to the horse, branches and twigs are passed through the organic shredder for composting, and wood is used for the fireplaces and wood-fire oven.
We produce organic wine, tsipouro (a type of strong Greek spirit), olive oil, olives, and fruit and veggies, including tomatoes, potatoes, corn and figs. Production is small, only for personal use, and seeds are kept for replanting.
Recently, the management of the estate has been passed on to the new generation. Amalia, Takis and Evangelia’s daughter, has grown up on the farm and shares her parents’ love for this little piece of paradise on Earth.
Visit our farm in this beautiful and peaceful spot between Syvota and Igoumenitsa to experience life’s slow rhythm – and to relish the company of our warm, honest and lovely family.
We can offer you exquisite regional and seasonal vegetables, herbs and honey made by our local suppliers to the very highest quality standards with a passion for agriculture. You can also enjoy fruit and spices produced by us.
Let us indulge you!
Manager, Liodento Olea
Tel.: +30 697 6992 412