About this listing
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION - It does not get any better than this. Steeped in history, the Thisseo neighborhood overlooks the Ancient Agora and the Parthenon - you are steps to everything from here!
LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION
It doesn't get better than this for rolling out of bed and on to the Acropolis and Ancient Agora.
This charming neo-classical has 2 bedrooms plus an adjacent garden suite (accessed via two steps down from the main apartment and across the small, shady garden) and sleeps 6 guests in the bedrooms & studio and 2 additional on the twin trundle day beds in the living room. There are 2 full baths and 1 half bath. The master garden suite has a Queen bed and en suite bath (shower only), while the second bedroom has a queen bed and the third bedroom has two twin beds. The apartment wraps around a shady, lush green landscaped garden and there are tables and chairs for enjoying your morning coffee and breakfast al fresco.
The Heritage House is located in the historical center, just one block from the pedestrian path that leads in one direction up to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, and in the other direction to the Ancient Agora and into the narrow winding streets of the Plaka. It is one block from the Thissio metro station, although most of our guests just wander through Plaka to Syntagma Square - a journey of anywhere from 15 - 30 minutes, depending on your route and how distracted you get by the sites and sounds around you!
You will have the exclusive use of the entire first floor and garden area.
Note that our check in and check out times may not be flexible if we have back to back guests but we will always be able to store luggage for you if you use our recommended transfer services. Also note that all arrivals before noon or after 8 PM require that you use our recommended drivers.
Interaction with Guests
Basil and I are in and out of Athens - but you'll always have our reknowned 24/7 conceirge service (we have a full time manager and assistant in Athens and we're always available by email, phone or text).
Thisseo is a gem of a neighborhood located at the edge of the Ancient Agora. The pedestrian walkway that meanders through historic center is your path through history and is just a block from our doorstep!
You'll find a everything you need within a block or two: a supermarket, bakery, cafes and restaurants - all filled with friendly locals and those savvy travelers who get off the beaten path.
Families with children can hop on the Happy Train and those looking for Athens' hip nightlife will enjoy our proximity to Gazi and Psirri.
We are just a block from the Thisseo train station - everything else is accessible on foot.
Other Things to Note
Basil and I are full time professional vacation rental managers - you are staying in an intentional holiday home. You won't find anyone's clothes in the drawers but you will find lots of things provided with travelers in mind (some of which are secrets we choose not to share here since that's what makes us special :-)
Also remember that we do have additional requirements beyond the airbnb requirements - so if you aren't comfortable agreeing to our terms and conditions and returning a signed agreement, we respectfully ask that you look elsewhere.
Our reputation online with Carole and Basil's Amazing Acropolis View Penthouses, Athens Heritage House and Chicago Magic Factory Loft precedes us, so you can feel confident about us.
Our home is strictly non smoking inside. Smoking is permitted on the veranda and terrace.
Please respect our home as if it were your own.
***Upon confirmation of your booking we'll ask you to sign our reservation agreement which includes providing a list of the names and and ages of those in your party who will be staying in the apartment & provide a major credit card in lieu of a security deposit - please do not request to book our home if you are not ok with doing this.***
In addition to this historic home we also have 4 properties in the same building and can accommodate up to 25 guests.
Our home is strictly non-smoking.
We offer check ins until 10 pm - after 10 pm we require you arrive with one of our recommended drivers.
Our home away from home has welcomed hundreds of travelers over the years yet we maintain it so it's like new for each newly arriving guest. We hope that you'll appreciate this and respect our like it were your own. After all - it IS your home away from home.
SPECIAL NOTE: All guests will be required to sign our rental agreement within 48 hours of booking their reservation with us.
About the Host, Carole & Basil
Who would have thought when I boarded a plane for Greece more than 20 years ago, planning on backpacking through the mountains and then heading north through then Yugoslavia I'd end up making Greece my second home?
But here I am, 20 something years later, running a fabulous Greek vacation rental business with historic homes & penthouses in Athens and traditional Cycladic homes on the island of Tinos, planning Greek travel itineraries and leading small group tours around my adopted homeland and loving the life that I am lucky enough to be living. Of course I did pick up an equally crazy, workaholic Greek husband along the way, as well as a stray Greek animal or two!
Update: End of August 2013 .... This year Basil and I celebrate 10 years opening our Greek vacation rentals with guests from around the world. All these years we've been hopping between Basil's home city, Athens and Carole's home city of Chicago. Time and time again guests in Greece ask us if they can stay in our Chicago home while we're in Athens.... so we're finally doing it - we've just completed the renovation of a fab 2 bedroom 2 bath loft in our 10,000 sq foot Lincoln Park hybrid warehouse (which in a previous life housed a bar and a dance hall, followed by a costume and magic card factory and then a photography studio where probably every Butterball turkey advertisement in the 1980s was shot .... the photos, not the turkeys!)
So come stay with us ... and then stay with us again. Whether we share an ouzo in Athens or a beer and a hot dog in Chicago, we know that you won't be disappointed.