About this listing
Traveler that values the beauty of simplicity and the aesthetic of nature, may experience the uplifting magic of this home with the beloved crafts involved. Till summer comes around, special home rate for staying in more than 24 days.
This stone built home is my sanctuary and it is detached to my GuestHome [ https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/130721 ]. Special home rate for staying in more than 24 days from October - April.
Almost 20 years ago, everyone, without a singe exception, had a great life with my desire to build a stone house in Serifos since brick is the easiest material for modern constructions. But it has happened as hoped. It was built by local artisans; with local stone. It was characterized as a prototype house for Cyclades and it was a low budget story that needed much tenacity and loads of personal labor. Since then the mockery stopped, gradually many stone houses got built on the island, with local stones or with stones coming from the neighboring islands; all Cyclades islands are rocks; the stone was and will be there; it was with stone that people used to built their houses and enjoy all the privileges offered by a stone house, cool in the summer, warm during winter.
a living room
a morning terrace
an evening terrace
About my Serifos
Decades ago, going down the dirt road to Platis Gialos, I fell in love with Serifos: red soil and schist stones till the sea and in the shadow of the tamarisks, the flavors of Nikoulias’ wife, the mother of many smiling daughters and sons. That same unforgettable autumn, I fell in love with a boulderstone in Rammos; some time later I loved Margarita, the cook, and her husband Giorgi,s the fisherman, at the edge of Livadi; a winter afternoon I discovered Panagia, the small village up the hill and the grocery store of Vitos and Antonia, who stole another piece of my heart; a hot summer noon found me swimming and enchanted in the nook with the green waters down in Vagia; a windy sunday I found shelder in Moustakias’ cook house, in Koutalas and a hot spring saturday I wished to become a fish in Lia beach.
The secrets of the place got revealed little by little, as is always the case. Secrets like a sunset in Liomantra, a local fair in St. Giannis Prodromos with the "ktitores"* tending you as if at home; another local fair in St. Thekla with the sky being lighted by the lightnings and -every year unfailingly- in the fair of Sotiras at Kalo Ampeli with the youth dancing balos and the elders on the violin and on the lute.
Moments of happiness in an island that was not blessed with forests and rivers, but with a barren land -hence the island's official name Serifos- with rocks and iron -hence the appellation, the iron island. How could you know these things when you first arrive: the precious clusters of bοulderstones; or the tradition in metallurgy; or the tiny one-room stone houses that you still see scattered in the plateaus or conveniently positioned in the furrows, that are called “cells” and they were the rooms where the miners spent their nights.
A wandering in a place like this wonderful island that I made it my land, needs you to be ready as long prepared and open to encounters, a flâneur, as Charles Baudelaire calls it, a wanderer, a promenader, a traveler. And then you might be the lucky one who will taste grandma Sevasti's caper, the local homemade wine or the cheese that nestles down in the ground with herbs until it reaches your palate, a full moon in August or a night with stars that you think you can touch them if you just extend your arms. Gifts of a rock in the Aegean that will offer them to you if as long as you stay there, you find something from yourself to give back.
*"ktitores" are civilians who have the responsibility to take care of the maintenance of the church throughout the year. They are also the ones that prepare and serve the delicious local treats that are served to you the day and night of the fair.
calmness, ease, privacy
rent a car or a bike
Other Things to Note
in my home sweet home there are not wardrobes with hanging spaces but clean and refreshed shelves and drawers to put your clothes
Treat it like your beloved home. And forget it not: a retreat may be just this: to live some of your days listening to the nature's sounds and to enjoy some good night's sleep listening to the waves. The luxury promised is the feeling of enjoying life and the only promise required is that you will treat it like your beloved home. Meaning i.e that you don't forget to turn off the lights and the water heater, you don't leave dirty dishes in the sink etc etc