Kastellos Village – Traditional House
Situated in the village of Kastellos, this lovely old house is so enamoured by the beautiful and authentic manner of its restoration and the wonderful views of the sea and surrounding countryside.
The village of Kastellos – Traditional House clings to a hillside in splendid isolation, some 2 km from the village of Kournas and 7km from the nearest beach. The solitary village street zigzags religiously upwards some 2km to a church on the hilltop, but happily Barba Yiannis and Sofia are just around the first bend.
The house is split into two, spacious one-bedroom apartments and with gardens and terraces above and below, each is private from the other, with only the entrance gateway being shared.
On the outside, beautiful stone work frames the dark green doorways and windows, further accentuated by the pastel strawberry and lemon walls.
Add to this lovely tiled roofs and backdrop of the blue sky and mountains, and then you begin to understand why we were so smitten.
Inside the restoration is if anything, even more remarkable, with beautifully tiled floors, ceilings supported by huge beams interlaced with traditional bamboo linings and pale ochre coloured walls set off by elegant concealed lighting.
Each apartment has a spacious open plan living area kitchenette with beautiful old reclaimed tiled work surfaces, plus a bedroom with adjoining dressing room and an elegant tiled bathroom, with small bath. Delicate filigreed wood panels reminiscent of a Sultans harem are used as room dividers and the overall effect is one of history and romance. Barba Yiannis, the upper apartment has shady gardens and terraces to the rear. In the living room is a lovely stone fireplace and doors lead out to a huge covered terrace with magnificent views towards the sea. The gallery bedroom, with double bed overlooks with the living room and the adjoining dressing room has a door to its own small terrace.
The lower apartment, Sophia, has steps down from the living area to a double bedroom with adjoining dressing room with doors to a terrace. Steps from here lead down to a further patio area below the house and down again to another spacious vine covered terrace and extensive gardens with a veritable orchard of nine types of fruit tree!
Both apartments have marble-topped dining tables and a pair of comfortable sofas in the living room that can be converted into single beds. The kitchenettes have a large fridge, a mini-cooker with two hobs, plus filter coffee machine, toaster and electric kettle. Both bathrooms have ultra modern stainless steel wash hand basins, the only designer blip in our opinion.
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