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TRADITIONAL CYCLADIC FARMHOUSE IN KEA ISLAND, GREECE

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Separate WCs1
Space 861 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

The 100+ year old renovated traditional cycladic farmhouse views the Aegean

At an altitude of 395m on the east side of the island, within a protected (“NATURA 2000”) royal oak forest, a 100+ year old renovated traditional stone cycladic farmhouse is available for renting.

A 130sqm farmhouse (“kathikiá”) is overlooking the Aegean and the east cycladic islands.

This unique blend of traditional architecture and overwhelming landscape hopefully delivers to our guests a more than satisfying experience…

This old Cycladic traditional farmhouse offers the best of two worlds: architectural tradition and relaxation in the farm.

Feel cozy and inspired as soon as you enter the house: interior walls are corbelled inwards and are topped by a series of slabs which form the ceilings; the cement mortar floor, the joint stone walls, the wooden furniture, doors & windows reveal the beauty of craftmanship, simplicity and practicality.

What do you prefer most? Drinking a nice glass of Greek wine under the wattle, listening to the sounds of a cicada or watching the sea shimmering in the sunlight?

You can easily have it all…

Croft

The farmhouse is surrounded by two acres of land that overlook the Eastern Cyclades, such as Andros, Tinos, Mykonos & Kythnos. The eastern orientation allows you to enjoy many hours of sunshine and the moon rise during the night as the starry sky is all yours to dream on.

The old threshing floor is in the highest spot of the plot overseeing the closer inner island mountain ranges. A rainfed vegetable garden is cultivated so that when growth is achieved traditional varieties of Greek fruits and vegetables can be tasted, occasionally by obtrusive 4 legged trespassers. The olive trees, maple, almond and wild pear trees, a wild fig tree, a lemon verbena, greek herbs (oregano, thyme, marjoram), shrubbery and thistle are your silent green neighbours in need of human alliance:

The area is often visited by wily goats, gluttonous sheep and jumpy rabbits. Luckily for them we are pro-wool and the occasional sheep bell rings nicely to our ears.

Depending on the season various birds fly upon us: falcons, bee-eaters, goldfinches, woodpeckers, robins and if you are lucky enough 2 pairs of eagles. All in all, what you see and hear is entirely welcomed, not much can be done other than birdwatching if things get edgy…It is their territory and a good chance to make feathery friends.

Where

In order to reach Lavrio port you need approx 40 min from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport. The ferry boat trip from Lavrio to Kea's port, Korissia, is a pleasant one hour as you pass by the unpopulated island of Makronissos and its old lighthouse on the east and the Temple of Poseidon at cape Sounion on the west.

Having arrived at the small and welcoming port of Kea you can find anything you need: super markets that accept credit cards, fish & meat tavernas, bank & ATM, pharmacy, travel agency, bakery, etc.

Travelling towards the capital of the island, Ioulis or Chora you will need 10min to reach it. After Chora, at 1,2km you will reach a junction that directs you towards Ellinika & Kato Meria or Koundouros. You opt for the first (Ellinia & Kato Meria) and you travel for another 10km (approx 10min) where you head towards the hamlet of Ellinika. Before the entrance to Ellinika, on the external side of the apex stands a house and a stable which are "guarding" a dirt road. You carefully cross the road and join the dirt road. After approx 1km you meet another junction. You take the direction to the right and at the end of the road with the most beautiful view (approx 1km) you reach the end of the road.

Welcome!!!

-Useful information:

Flights to Athens with Aegean or British Airways (Two or three ferries a day between Lavrio and Kea, €12); The easiest way is to prebook a car from the airport. Alternatively, you can reach Lavrio port from the airport by a taxi which you can also prebook from the airport (about €50 for an airport taxi).

-How far away from essentials?

10min from Kato Meria hamlet (mini market/no credit cards, a good local tavern) and 10 min from Ioulis, island’s main city (super market, taverns & restaurants, butcher, bakery, bar, ATM, Health Center, pharmacy, etc).

10min/3 km to the closest beach (Tylegraphos), 4X4 car definitely required.

Approx 25min for most beaches around the island.

Kea

Kea, modern Tzia, is a northern island of the Cyclades in the Aegean archipelago and it is the closest to Attica. From Eleftherios Venizelos airport to Lavrio port it takes about 40 minutes by car and one hour by ferry to Korissia port, Kea.

After suffering depopulation for many decades, Kea has been recently rediscovered by Athenians for yachting trips and as a convenient destination for holidays. The fact that it is largely ignored by island travellers because it has no connection with Piraeus port makes life more relaxed…

Its capital, Ioulis (Chora) is inland at a high altitude (like most ancient cycladic settlements, for fear of pirates) and is picturesque.

The island’s topography can be better understood through its ancient walking routes; its physical and cultural personality, such as the distinctive cycladic architecture which is the work of human hands and toil, is unfolded as you explore the inland.

Monasteries and old country churches, significant archaelogical sights and museum, fountain houses, water mills and wind mills indulge us to feel, understand and link the past with the present. Daily life passes by as stables, farmhouses, agricultural households, beekepers and owners of small livestock work and make goods.

Despite the fact there is comparatively little water, the land is quite rich. Green high valleys, almond and olive groves, vineyards, barley crops and the ancient self-sown oak forest constitute the scenery. In the subsoil of Kea the deposits of iron, lead and hematite enhance the antithesis between the color of the land and the sky.

The option is difficult but in both cases blue; stay at home under the deep blue sky or go to the beaches and swim in the crystal blue Aegean sea…

MHTE 1170K92001255401

More Details

Owner
George Chatzigiannakis
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Greek, Use of Google Translate for non English speaking
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About George Chatzigiannakis

My name is George Chatzigiannakis and I live in Athens with my wife and 2 children. Sharing good food, a good bottle of wine and relaxing music with a nice company is the epitome of living well. I also enjoy reading, cultivating the vegetable garden and I am an amateur beekeeper (with no great success up to date...). Finally I hike for no reason at all!

George Chatzigiannakis purchased this farmhouse in 2014

Why George Chatzigiannakis chose Kea

Having travelled most of the Greek inland and the islands I was always overwhelmed by traditional farmhouses and their local architecture; all were wisely built and had a distinct personality. Having spent many years trying to find a farmhouse that makes you feel content this was the one...Old stone settlement within a croft, with imposing view to the Aegean and to the open sky, away from civilization but with all the necessary comforts, in complete assimilation with the elements of mother nature...

What makes this farmhouse unique

Special mention to the architect Ioannis Exarchou and photographer Sylvia Diamantopoulou for the interior photos.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse around the Kea around the Kea Kithnos

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 861 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Internal bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Outdoor toilet - Toilet , Bidet
    Outdoor shower - Outdoor Shower
  • Towels and toilet paper
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , 70cmX200cm
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , bunk 80cmX200cm, sofa beds 60cmX200cm
  • Bedrooms 1 & 2 with closet, Bedroom 1 with fireplace. Bedrooms 2 & 3 have working desks.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
For feeling and being safe in the kitchen useful to have experience with gas appliances

Reviews

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(5 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
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5

Relaxing holidays with family

  • 5 of 5

Following some intensive days at work this house was the perfect getaway to forget about everything, relax and bond with the family. The location is perfect, within nature, with breath-taking views of the Aegean archipelago and the island complex of Cyclades. Our 2 boys enjoyed a lot the surroundings of the house, spent hours in digging the garden, painting below the almond and olive trees, swinging on the hammock and walking on the nearby paths. On the same time we enjoyed reading our books, staring at the sea and the stars (never seen so many!), cooking and dining under the pergola.

The house is spacious and clean, has all the necessary amenities and together with the minimalistic design it makes it a very relaxing and comfortable place to stay. More importantly George has been a great host; he met us at port when we arrived, he drove us to the house, he ensured that we had everything we needed and gave us the greatest tips in terms of things to do and see on the beautiful island of Kea, an island that has nothing to envy from the more popular Cycladic islands.

  • Review Submitted: 10-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Simply one of the best places I travelled so far..

  • 5 of 5

The house is fully connected with the nature. Very clean, quite with a great view to the Aegean sea. We had a lot of fun with my friends and great walks (paths) in nature. Crystal clear waters to the nearby beaches...can't wait to go back there...

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relaxing and energising environment all at once...

  • 5 of 5

Georges,

Sandra and I would like to thank you again for:

- your very warm welcome: waiting for us upon arriving in Kea was in itself a big plus, but we also very much appreciated that you gave us advice on places to visit, restaurants, shops, etc.

- the house has everything you should expect: beautiful sea views, very well equipped kitchen, very well thought out renovation, uncluttered interior, plenty of cupboard space, and very, very pleasant shower outside (great for an energising shower first thing in the morning with the sun rising - miss it really!)

- beautiful island: Kea proved a very good first island for us to visit. We thoroughly enjoyed the walks, the deserted creeks and wonderful nature.

Obvious conclusion: I do really recommend your place for any anyone wishing a nice getaway in the Cyclades.

Thanks again.

Callum, Ellie, Sandra and Philippe

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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5

Paradise...

  • 5 of 5

George's farmhouse is a beautiful and peaceful gem nestled in one of the best part of the island.

We spent, with my husband and my little girl of 2 years old, 3 wonderfull weeks this summer.

We immediately felt in love of this authentic paradise.

This stlylish eco conscious house is very clean, simple but very well decorated, all seems effortless, the perfect combination to make you feel home.

George the owner is extremely helpful, passionate about his island and house and more than happy to share all his island secrets.

That's the owner that everyone who is renting a home wish to have.

I would hardly recommend this house to all my friends and family and will remember all year long this beautiful seaview from the house!

L.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leila, Riccardo & jr I was so happy and lucky to have you as guests, for me it was a deep pleasure to feel that you spent your vacation as you did. You quickly deactivated from town mode and entered into nature mode, and apart from the house and the place maybe the glimpse of crispy cold wine with a little bit of kopanisti made things easier... It was very nice to know that most of the isolated and tricky to reach beaches of the island where almost an everyday exploration; And for some good reason the quest for good traditional food led you to a 360º tour of the island. It is not easy beforehand to be sure about the equilibrium between a "far and away" farmhouse and guests that will relax in it and appreciate its character, but from the first moment we met I knew that you were exactly like that... The only thing that I am sorry about is that I didn't allow myself to indulge into Riccardo's cooking and that extra glass of wine... I wish we can all meet again in Athens or elsewhere with one mission: decide which is the best place to travel and find the really great greek white wine. Santè!
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5

No word, only the sound of eagles goats and sea

  • 5 of 5

One of the most exciting experience in my greek holiday life.

I travelled with family.

The property is suitable for children, they can play in safety mode amid terrace and garden.

The house is perfect to play but also for chilling out and forget to be connected with the world

Ideal place to retune your ownself, i suggest an aperitivo on the roof at the sunset..George will provide you the right wine

Also a good spot for cooking sessions

Breathtaking landscapes

10 to 20 minutes for commuting to idyllic beaches

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was such a pleasant surprise having your very nice family so easy going and positively attracted with the farmhouse and the surrounding area from the moment you arrived! Having a nice vacation with your family in the farmhouse and the island is a boost for me too and since nothing is taken for granted it made me very happy... Being both calm and adventurous allowed you to relax and enjoy the house, explore the sights around the island and get a good feeling about it all. Thank you for taking such a good care of the house, it was left as new. I wish you enjoy the rest of the summer, I am very pleased to having met you all...
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Location

Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
At Ioulis (Chora)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
At Kato Meria
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Telegraphos
Car: necessary

Beaches

Ravines and gorges end at small coves with sandy beaches. Depending on your mood and the existing winds they are accessible by car, trail or boat.

For the more secluded beaches, in some cases a small 4X4 vehicle is advised. Good options include on the east side Sykamia (non organized, unsurfaced road), Spathi (nice view on route, organized, unsurfaced road), Psathi (non organized, unsurfaced road), Kaliskia (non organized, 4X4 vehicle), and Telegraphos (non organized, 4X4 vehicle). On the southwest Vithou (non organized, unsurfaced road), Koundouraki (asphalt, organized, ideal for watersports, and on the west Xyla & Vroskopos (non organized).

If you are a vivid hiker then you must not miss on the eastern side the beach of Aghios Filippos (also by boat) and the beaches at Poles bay next to the ruins of ancient Karthea.

Eating out

If you feel a little bit hungry here are some nice places to please your appetite… Closest to the house (10') is POULARAKIA (Kato Meria, traditional Kea food, relaxed taverna, 22880 770785). At the capital Ioulis: SPITI (tricky Greek cuisine, amazing sunset, dress warm, 22880 29101), PIAZZA (Ioulis, traditional Greek dishes, 22880 22195), STEKI (Ioulis, traditional Kea food, need to walk 10’ uphill, 22880 22088), KALOFAGADON (Ioulis, mostly meat on the charcoal, by the old town hall , 22880 22118).

Close to the port at Vourkari VINYLIO (pizza upstairs/music downstairs, 22880 21080), 9 ΚΟRES (Vourkari, seafood, expensive but satisfying, great view, 22880 21702), VΟURKARION (Vourkari, best souvlaki in town, 22880 22444).

KORISSOS-JIMMY’S pastry shop at the port (Korissia) for excellent traditional Greek deserts.

Night out

VINYLIO (Vourkari, funky), Zeus Faber (Vourkari, jazzy), SPITI (Ioulis, seated jazzy spirit), Papa Doble (Livadi, wine bar by the glass), summer cinema (Korissia).

Trails

Of the 12 signposted paths that have been used for centuries to connect the ancient town-states, most are in use. The paths are magnificent as the hikers pass through ravines and ancient oak forests that lead to small coves or beaches, walking by abandoned stone farmhouses, threshing floors, livestock, stone-built water fountains, country chapels and the odd xotaris, i.e. the remote farmer…

Sights

The first traces of habitation date back to the Late Neolithic Period (3200 BC), quite a long time ago. Since then many things have happened: participation in the Persian wars, Peloponnesian war, pirate invasions, Byzantines, Venetians, Ottomans and up to date modern Greeks again…

Most interesting suggestions include the Archaelogical Museum (22880 22079), Kastro (castle) and the ancient Lion of Kea (fantastic walk) at Ioulis. Also at Ioulis the City Hall and school. Kastriani Monastery and Aghios Symeon are beautiful sites on the east side, whereas Karthaia’s ancient ruins can be explored by a donkey ride down/up by Nikos assisted hikes (0030 6976 469413, speaks Greek). The lighthouse of Aghios Nikolaos (1831) was built upon the the ruins of Poseidon’s temple, was the first to be lit in the Cyclades and can be easily reached on foot from Vourkari.

Local goods

If you want to try top quality thyme honey, pasteli and other bee products, Kea has a beekeeping history of at least 2500 years old. Local dairy products such as «kopanisti», «graviera» and «xyno» cheeses accompanied by small local rainfed tomatoes and a glass of tsipouro. To make things even worse, try a dry cured meat named «loza» is the perfect combination for a minimal but feisty cycladic gastronomic experience!

ARISTAIOS for hand made local products (Milopotamos, 22880 21345), DIDYMOI butcher shop (Korissia, 22880 21871) for local meat, dairy products and honey, ΕΚLEKTO super market for local vegetables and fruits (Korissia, 22880 21496).

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse around the Kea,

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Low Season
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
£1,034
for 7 nights
£1,034
£3,607
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£909
for 7 nights
£909
£3,128
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fees £133.09
Refundable Damage Deposit £221.82

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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