This rustic Pelion house was built in the 19th century, with its traditional character still intact after 150 years. It's perfect if you're looking for a low-tech, tranquil retreat nestled in a mountain village. It has a large stone veranda and pergola in back. The upper story offer views of Katochori's stone architecture, the verdant flanks of Mt. Pelion, the Pagasitic Gulf and the mainland ranges beyond it. Tall guests, please note that the kitchen has a low ceiling.
This is a preserved traditional 19th century stone house, still retaining all the typical characteristics of Pelion architecture. These include the materials used and also the internal distribution of the living environments, all having preserved a modest, almost monastic simplicity. The house has two stories and a basement. It represents one half of a standalone building, a testament to a common Greek tradition of walling the house in half to offer one half to the family's children.
Guests will have access to all of the house's spaces except for the small independent shed across from the main entrance of the house that is used to store firewood.
Interaction with guests
I live and work in a different part of Greece. Depending on the time of your booking, I may not be able to welcome you myself at the beginning of your stay. But the caretaker will be there to greet you and walk you through the house, and I will be available by phone at all times should any questions/issues arise.
Other things to note
Cooking options: There is a small range oven in the kitchen my family has used to cook many delicious meals over the years. Additionally, guests can use the Weber barbecue in the courtyard and enjoy their meal either on the stone divan or around the big wooden courtyard table that is installed in the courtyard's main area shortly before the guests' arrival. The table can fit 6 people comfortably.
On booking: Before booking please confirm availability by sending me a message.
Please note that on your arrival I will be required to gather certain information from you in order to comply with Greek tax reporting obligations. The information I am required to collect includes one full name, address and passport number.
- Guests must respect neighbors' privacy, siesta time from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and hours of sleep from midnight to 8 a.m.
- Use of the fireplace and the wood burning stove is only allowed from the 1st of November to the 28th of February.
- The house has its own septic tank rather than being connected to the central sewage system. This requires when using the bathroom to not dispose of paper or any other disposable items in the toilet.
- The house is old, some things are fragile, please take care of them as if they were your own.
I am a visual artist living in the island of Evia, Greece. When I am not in my workshop, my favorite activities are long walks in nature and spending time with family and friends. My ties with Pelion and the village of Katochori go way back to my childhood. The house I am renting out was initially bought and restored by my parents in the 80s as a place for the family to spend its vacations with friends – the house is in a village where many other family friends have their vacation homes. So this was our summer, Easter and Christmas escape in nature and the beauty of Pelion, known from mythology as the Mountain of the Centaurs. The house in all its features reflects my parents' and my own resolution to preserve its character, that of a 19th century traditional Pelion house. If a peaceful and authentic retreat in one of the most beautiful places in Greece is what you need, I think you will appreciate it!