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Sifnos house

a heavenly area of land with picturesque views, unique patterns and Cycladic architecture; Sifnos island. food trends deliberately not mentioned -it’s all about lodging this time. a minimally and lovingly designed(by owner/architect) soothing place facing the big blue; call it home! “Sifnos house” is a boutique complex of ten rooms, sculpted beauties just like their coral inspired names.

sifnos house

“Sifnos house”

room

Pavona room

room details

view

view from the balcony

a minimally and lovingly designed soothing place facing the big blue; call it home!

warm sun through the shades, soft custard-like omelette, crispy toasted bread, traditional manoura cheese, fresh orange juice and homemade quiche lorraine. breakfast of summer champs!

breakfast area

breakfast area

breakfast details

“a slice” of breakfast

outdoors

outdoors

breakfast outdoors

breakfast served

warm sun through the shades, soft custard-like omelette..

spa time cuties. let some smooth rubbing and jacuzzi sprays make a better you! just go down some stairs and turn the shell door knob. your new buddies/hosts will give you all details.

staircase to spa

stairway to heaven aka spa

spa details

owners

the co-owners Mr. George & Mrs. Dora Misirioti

so go my friends, this summer getaway house is a home.

“Sifnos house” Kamares, Sifnos island, Greece, tel: +30 213 0070177

http://www.sifnoshouse.com

the tree house..

if you were a kid it would be a tree house, now it’s “casa sull’albero”(means tree house). an eco-friendly dream stay of glass and wood! 12 minimally designed, spacious rooms surrounded by green and quiet. rising above lake Como; stop and enjoy the breathtaking view. or, how about some artworks(Alan Rankle paintings) hanging on the walls or lying all around you(Michela Milani frames)?

entrance

welcome..

casa albero

casa sull’albero

view

the view

entrance-room

suite entrance

room

lake view suite

outdoors

view from the suites – outdoor sitting area

pool

pool

sunbeds

sunbeds

an eco-friendly dream stay of glass and wood!

breakfast is served! milk, cheeses, cured meats and fruits from nearby farms. honesty kitchen is a very reassuring, feel like home term that lets you satisfy your basic food and drink needs on your own terms(open 24/7). just go easy on the “eataly” snacks you little rascals. oh, and remember to note down all the consumed goodies.

diner

dining room

breakfast

breakfast

self service

some “honesty kitchen” goodies

honesty kitchen is a very reassuring, feel like home term..

Fabio the owner and Gabriele the receptionist, also known as the awesome map based travel itinerary makers, will be more than happy to fill all  your expectations.

Fabio & Gabriele

Mr. Gabriele Gilardi & Mr.Fabio Dadati(right)

so go my friends, climb up that tree, swing on those branches!

“casa sull’albero” Viale Penati(Via Sant’Antonino) 5/7, Malgrate, Lake Como, Italy, tel: +39 (0)341 1880440

http://casa-sullalbero.eu/

a waking dream..

have you ever felt like dreaming while you are awake? well if you haven’t, i can help. there is a dream place in Andros sparsely covered with vegetation, surrounded by a river leading to the sea; a magical wetland! in this area you will find a unique settlement with the rather appropriate name “onar”(means dream in Greek). ten environmentally friendly traditional houses solely made of stone, wood and reeds stand before you. after reviewing the elegant, minimal furnishing lie in your outdoor hammock a bit. it’s all about you, nature and God now.

houses“onar”

river behindAchla wetland

rooma house/indoors

outdoorsa house/outdoors

there is also a story behind a bridge there, called Christopher’s. a story including a rather unlucky wedding proposal plan, but you better ask Makis the owner about it.

bridge2Christopher’s bridge

following the river path you will find yourself facing one of the most beautiful beaches ever; Achla. just pebbles and crystal clear waters.

riverthe river path

beachAchla beach

seaa different view of Achla beach

in the restaurant they will treat you really well. you can taste Greek specialties like fresh salad with kopanisti(traditional spicy soft cheese), grilled octopus, golden fried calamari and shrimps saganaki(with tomatoes and kopanisti cheese).

restaurantthe restaurant

salad(5)salad w/ kopanisti

octopus(1)grilled octopus

calamari(2)fried calamari

shrimps(3)shrimps saganaki

or you can take it to the next level and ask the two master chefs Mr. Giannis Stanitsas and Mr. Nikos Koufonikolakos for some magical noodles with fresh tuna, spaghetti with slender rockfish and fried bananas for dessert.

chefs(1)the chefs Mr. NIkos Koufonikolakos & Mr. Giannis Stanitsas

tuna noodlesnoodles w/ tuna

fish pastaspaghetti w/ slender rockfish

dessert(5)fried bananas w/ ice cream

if breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, prepare yourselves for some ultra healthy yogurt with nuts, seeds, tahini(oil paste made from sesame seeds) and raisins, or a sinful traditional froutalia(omelette with sausages and potatoes) and pancakes with chocolate/banana filling. i mostly went for the last two!

yogurtyogurt w/ nuts, seeds, tahini & raisins

froutaliafroutalia omelette

crepepancakes w/ chocolate/banana filling

i guess i saved the best for last; you can also enjoy a nice barbeque at the beach, catch your own fish or try some fresh urchins(just add some lemon).

barbecuebarbeque at the beach

fishingkids fishing

urchinurchin

enough said? so go my friends and do not let anyone wake you up from this dream!

“onar” Achla, Andros, Greece, tel: +30 2118002912, +30 6932563707   

http://www.onar-andros.gr

a mansion where the music carries far..

Makrinitsa aka the balcony of Pelion, is a picturesque village with a unique view and position. there you can mostly find beautiful and wealthy old mansions. one of these houses dated back at 1750 is now operating as a guesthouse. “sisilianou mansion” blends perfectly traditional with contemporary elements. rumor has it that it was named after the nickname of its first owner which was a great singer like some famous Sicilian songbirds! when you first arrive you will be given a warm welcome and a hot cup of herb tea full of aromas. then you will be accommodated in one of the minimal, rustique style rooms which are in perfect harmony with the natural surroundings. in the morning you will be served a homemade breakfast with pies and jams made by the hoteliers. if you are a nature enthusiast i would suggest a mushroom hunting in the wild. ask Anna and her father for directions. at night you can enjoy a lovely dinner at the restaurants nearby and return to the hotel for one of the most refreshing sleeps ever! so go my friends and let the happy vibes of this charming old place get to you. 

view
the view
1st floor
first floor
2nd floor
second floor
herb tea
herb tea
room 1
room No. 1
chess
chess
breakfast
breakfast
dining room
dining room
Anne
Anne the owner

“sisilianou mansion” Makrinitsa village, Pelion , Greece, tel. +30 2428 099556

http://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/archontiko-sisilianou.html