The writer's Home sweet Home

House - Entire home/apt · Serifos, South Aegean 84005, Greece
Vici

It embraces you as you pass its door to proceed inside, erasing negative thoughts, filling every inch of your body with joy and a sense of lightness. The traveler that values beauty of simplicity, will experience the uplifting magic of this home.

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It embraces you as you pass its door to proceed inside, erasing negative thoughts, filling every inch of your body with joy and a sense of lightness. The traveler that values beauty of simplicity, will experience the uplifting magic of this home.

The Space

This stone home is the writer's sanctuary and it is detached to the Writer's Home sweet Guest Home https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/130721

Everyone, without a singe exception, had a great life with her desire to build a small, stone house in Serifos. And since everyone laughed with her, her house 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. It has been more than 50 years since a stone house got built on the island, which is a rock in its entity, since brick is of course the easiest material for modern constructions. 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; the reason being that 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.

2 Bedrooms
1 Mezzanine
(one double bed and three single beds)
1 bathroom
a fabulous Kitchen
a wonderful living room

The island I fell in love with, by Vici

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.

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*"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.

Getting around

public bus
rent a car or a bike
walking

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 5
Extra people: No Charge
Minimum Stay: 14 nights
Security Deposit: $309
Cleaning Fee: $98
Check In: 12:00 PM (noon)
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
  • It was a beautiful experience our stay in the Guest house of Vici:) It's a fairytale place, clean, cozy and equipped with everything that we needed:) first of all silence, and then the amazing blue sea of Serifos in front of the house. It's a very romantic place, perfect for a couple.
    And Vici is a beautiful woman and person, warmful and always kind and generous and i don't know a lot of words in english, but she really is a beautiful host.
    Hope to see you again Vici.
    Hope to see you again Guest House.
    Hope to see you again Serifos:)
    Big big hug from us.

    September 2013
  • La maison de Vici est magnifique de simplicité et de raffinement. C'est en endroit plein de charme et d' âme à l'image de Vici qui est tres accueillante et chaleureuse. Une belle decouverte, une belle rencontre. Séjourner ici est un vrai bonheur. Hautement recommandé.

    August 2013
  • Vici is an absolutely fantastic host, and her house is an absolute dream. I had a gorgeous two weeks in Serifos, but feel like I could have stayed for months. The island is sublime, and Vici's hospitality knows no bound. I couldn't have hoped for a better place to think and write and dream - thank you Vici! I hope to come again. x

    August 2013
  • Spend 3 wonderful days in this absolutely great little guest house! Vici is the best host one can have: both there, when you need her and not there when you want to feel private! Vici really took excellent care of us, both in providing information and practical support. All of her interactions with us, the printed or on-line ones as well as the oral f2f ones, were of the sweatest and most good-hearted nature!
    Her guest house is beautiful, cool even in the warmest hours! Great to return to after a day in the sea and sun. It is one of those places that you want to spend more time in... The location is great! The beaches we visited: amazing.
    Overall this rental is a great alternative to the mostly sterile and often boring rooms found in hotels or "rooms to let": this guest-house has managed to capture and recreate the local color of the island which marries aesthetic simplicity with the beauty of the simplicity of living!
    Can't wait to go back!

    July 2013
  • We enjoyed our stay at Vici's place as we enjoyed Serifos. Actually, her writers home and the island are extraordinary connected in simplicity of the nature, details that are joy for eyes, hospitality and feeling that you are accepted and welcome. The special and secret spice was wonderful teenage female labrador Sarah, with big, strong hugs for us every day before and after exploring the island. Thank you Vici (and of course Sarah) for one of the unforgettable holidays that we have so far.

    June 2013
  • The reservation was canceled 105 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

    April 2013
  • We have been there for a month and a half and it was the greatest holidays ever, although it was so much more than a holiday. I also think we have a clear picture about the place and the surroundings. The house speaks for itself, it is very inviting, cozy and well organized, so beside the fact that it is very tastefully decorated and has a good energy you will find everything you need. Vici is a wonderful host and a very discrete one too and she created a space where you are invited to dream. The whole island fits to the house, and if you want to escape the crowds this is the place to be. Everything else you can read in the description, but it is so much more...

    September 2012
  • Vici's little Studio is just georgous! It has everything which is needed and the typical cyclade style of the house with its pretty decorations gives you the absolute greek-feeling!
    Vici herself is a very enjoyable person. She invited us for a delicious dinner on her terrace with a stunning view over the sea.
    Thanks, Vici, we really enjoyed every minute of our stay. There is only one thing we desliked: our stay was too short...

    July 2012
  • Vicis house was a beauty!
    Vici where very friendly, helpful and welcoming. The house is very cute and we got a countryside feeling indoors and around the house. There was a nice shade right outside the house and it was easy to fell in love with this little place. We travelled with a child and found it necceary to rent a car, it is a bit of a walk to the town. The enviorements where beatiful and the place gave a taste of freedom.
    Thank you Vici.

    June 2012
  • La maison de Vici est un rêve construit avec amou; elle est entourée d'un magnifique jardin méditerranéen haut en couleurs et en odeurs!!! L'accueil de Vici est aussi chaleureux que le soleil de la Grèce et pour finir Sérifos est une île qui mérite absolument d'être découverte!!! Nous avons passé quinze jours, nous regrettons déjà de n'être pas resté plus longtemps!! Mais nous reviendrons!!
    Encore merci à Vici pour son accueil et sa disponibilité!!

    June 2012
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English, Français, Ελληνικά
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SORBONNE
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writing and teaching creative writing
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Won an award in Arts and Letters with one of the latter, her Letter from Dublin, a novel (1997). Before then: studies in History, historic missions, historic Sources published and historic stews with Monologues, Articles, Short Stories, Radio Programmes and Luminous Boxes thrown in and served up every now and then in newspapers and magazines, on the radio, at the Benaki on Piraios Street, the ICA in London and elsewhere. The radio programme Fairy Tale Salad went out every day. An hors d’oeuvre oeuvre that had whet the public’s appetite when she served up a second course: a novel, The Survivors, and two travel books, Amsterdam and Southern Morocco, which did their thing in the shop window sans rival of the Atheneaum Boekhandel & Nieuwscentrum in Amsterdam, while Ypsilon Publications whipped the COOKIES out of the oven March 2009. A lover and orchestrator of alchemic situations, she devotes herself to pronouns as well as articles—to the we, me, you, him and them who are helping her set up LUDENS LABS, an outward-looking situation for those who believe art is as serious as play.
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