London based composer living in the Olympic City - Stratford and working in Hoxton.
I love this house, it's at the heart of this small and peaceful village, everything is within easy reach - baker, supermarkets, tavernas. Stuart has made the most of the space, which is modern and fresh, while keeping the lovely working fireplace. The beds are comfortable, and you can cook at home, or take advantage of the many village tavernas. There's even a village spring, for water fresh from the hills.
The views from the village are breathtaking, the people are very friendly and there was no problem with my lack of Greek. While visitors are welcome, Vourliotes has a working Greek heart. It's narrow streets are pedestrian, cars are left outside the village. There are loads of lovely walks, through vineyards and across the hills, including to pretty Manolates and the beautiful valley of the nightingales. Transport is mostly by car, although I saw someone riding a mule through the village, and a local youth racing a pony along the road.
Samos has a good variety of beaches, pebbly or pebbles and sand. You can find private coves, go naturist or maintain your modesty. I went in June, and the water was delicious, a lovely temperature, soft and welcoming. The wind sometimes makes waves, but is always warm and the waves are very manageable.
I can't say enough nice things about Stu's house and Samos - brilliant for a restful stay. Oh, and you can catch the boat to Turkey if you fancy it.
I have returned to Stuart's village house in Samos a number of times over the years. The island is absolutely beautiful, serene and great to explore. The house, in a very traditional Greek village, is perfect place to stay because you genuinely feel like a local when you stay there...there are no tourists! Also, the villagers are very welcoming, especially Eleni at green chairs. The house itself has tons of charm and personality - and I completely feel at home here. And Stuart himself is one of the most hospitable people I've ever met - so it makes sense that he has a house in this very special place.
Stuart is a great & talented person. We stayed at the house in Samos two years ago,it is so relaxing and very comfortable. The village is lovely with a great choice of restaurants & super walks.Highly recommended.
Stuart is wonderful and so is his village house in Samos. I saw the house when he first bought it and it was hardly fit to live in. He has beautifully restored it so it is comfortable and clean but he has managed to keep its charm. The village is just adorable and quirky and it makes you feel realy special just to be a part of it for a short time.