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A CYCLADIC STONE HUT IN KEA, GREECE

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 322 sq. ft.
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Nature and architecture in a primitive formation

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 cycladic stone hut is available for renting.

Under a maple tree, an old stable for cows, chicken and hogs has been transformed into a cave-like residence. Fully equipped to be used as an ideal mini cottage.

The old hearth, stone benches, troughs, walls and slabs are living reminders of its original form. The inhabitants enjoy the calmness of the interior and its’ courtyard, enclosed by a high stone wall, makes the settlement a really private place to relax.

Retaining its purposefulness as a down to the basics architectural approach with a high attention to craftsmanship, this old rural building encompasses the motto “less is more”.

It all adds up as you watch the sun rising from the deep blue sea in front of you…

Croft

The hut is surrounded by 2,000 sq.m. of land that overlooks 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 with traditional varieties of Greek fruits and vegetables.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). If you wish you can rent a car from the island.

-How far away from essentials?

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

-10min (3km) to the closest beach (Tylegraphos), 4X4 car 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. Stables and farmhouses, agricultural households, beekepers and owners of small livestock.

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…

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More Details

Owner
George Chatzigiannakis
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, Greek, Use of Google Translate for non English speaking
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 August, 2018

About George Chatzigiannakis

My name is George Chatzigiannakis and I live in Athens with my family. 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 barn in 2014

Why George Chatzigiannakis chose Kea

Having travelled most of the Greek 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 barn unique

Unique blend of traditional and modern architecture at "the end of the road"...

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • barn
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 322 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • 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
General:
  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Sofa beds sleep 2 children, dimensions 60cmX140cm
Outside:
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • 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
  • water tubing
Notes:
For feeling and being safe in the kitchen useful to have experience with gas appliances

Reviews

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(2 traveller reviews)

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Beautiful Place

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely beautiful place! The house was great - traditional Cycladic style finished to a very high standard with panoramic views. Everything we needed for a perfect and very comfortable stay and the place was immaculately maintained. Centrally located on the island so was a great base for exploring the different beaches and little villages.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As you have fantastic traditional houses in Ireland maybe you found similarities in the use of materials and the simplicity of living in such a hut. You & your family have been ideal guests since you enjoyed it all and taken good care of the hut too. Is mian liom a dhéanamh turais gach rud deas ...
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Quiet, private beautifully made!

  • 5 of 5

Never been to such a serene and beautiful place - I felt like I stepped into my dream life! We had a thoroughly relaxing few days with our two kids (4 and 2 years old) - staring at the view, the stars and nature.. The owners were friendly, welcoming and really went out of their way to make sure we got everything we needed. The beds were comfortable & all things inside (from cutlery to bed linen) looked new and clean. There’s even black-out shutters for all windows in the barn, so the kids slept in every morning. We were surprised by how relaxing it is to be shut off from the hub bub of the world - you find time to connect to yourself and your family and do all things you never had time to..

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Maria we are really glad you and your family enjoyed the house and the surroundings!!! Your relaxed approach and blissful character makes things nice for everybody around you. The hut and us are lucky to having spent excellent time together, keep on exploring till the edge of the world...
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Location

Nearest Barpub
10 Kilometres
At Ioulis (Chora)
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
At Kato Meria
Nearest Beach
3 Kilometres
Telegrafos
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 are best accompanied by small local rainfed tomatoes and a glass of tsipouro. To make things even worse, 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 barn 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
£557
for 7 nights
£557
£2,117
 
 
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
£526
for 7 nights
£526
£1,874
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £179.77
Cleaning fee £53.93

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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