Toumba is located in the Plomari municipality of Lesvos Island, about a forty minute drive from the city of Mytilene, Lesvos' capital. Covering an area of 3300 square meters, the farm sits atop a mountain peak 500 meters above sea level, affording magnificent panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and island coastline. To the south, across the valley and the Aegean Sea, the Turkish coast and Chios Island is visible, and even Psara Island can be seen on clear days.
The farm can be reached from the rural road that runs from Papados/Skopelos, through Karyona, to Milies. There are several roads to Milies from Plomari, including one from Trigonas, and we are just a couple kilometers further on, towards Karyona. There is also a clearly marked hiking path from Trigonas. Approaching the farm, one can see the round-edged hill that gives the area its name, Toumba.
Milies was one of the ten most populated mountain villages in the Plomari region, with a population of 400 in 1920. It is the most easterly village in the municipality, and the next village is Karyona, in the municipality of Gera. Despite its desertion (2-3 inhabitants during the winter), it is one of the best maintained villages in the Plomari mountains, with a lovely church, public spring and a traditional coffee house where the village celebration takes place the 29th of August. Castelos hill is nearby, where there are the ruins of a castle from the middle ages, and there are ancient stone and cobble pathways throughout the area.
Toumba farm is the inspiration of its creator, Kostas Moukas, who grew up in Athens and lived in New York for 12 years, then decided to return to his mother's village, Milies, where he had spent his summer holidays as a child. The first years he spent working with olives and he was later co-founder of the association for the preservation of abandoned villages in the Plomari area. His dream was to bring life back to the mountains, always respecting tradition and anything old.
The first few years are spent cleaning the land, creating and repairing terraces. During this time, a natural wellspring is discovered, and the land begins to revitalize. With its own water source, vegetable gardens are created, fruit trees are planted, life begins to blossom.
The first building, the garage, is built. The first two horses were brought to Toumba, to enjoy horseback riding with friends.
The farm is evolving: 120 fig trees are planted, the olive trees are pruned and begin to produce more and better quality oil. More horses are purchased and the existing ones begin breeding, making it possible for more visitors to enjoy a ride in the area, or simply spend the day on the farm.
A cafe is constructed, where visitors can find comfortable shelter from the sun and the wind. Toumba purchases mountain bikes for guests to explore the area trails, and stables are built to house the horses and riding equipement.
The garden around the cafe is getting greener, more and more visitors are coming to Toumba, and the idea of vacation lodging is discussed.
Our five guesthouses are built. The cafe now serves food for our guests, the wood-burning oven is built.
Toumba is still growing and always evolving, with the constant goal to share and enjoy the natural beauty and the traditional ways of the mountain.