Restored Stone Thimonia (Small Barn)/Cottage
Rent It For: $2,200 - $2,700 USD per month
Sifnos is not at all a "tourist island" (like Hydra, Santorini or Mykonos), but it does get its fair share of visitors in July and August. It has a year-round population of about 2,000 -- mostly farmers & fishermen. There is a small ex-pat community of artists, writers, academics, & a few idle types, who own houses (Europeans & Americans - some of whom stay on year round) scattered throughout the island's ten or so villages. Although the island still remains unspoiled, it does have the essentials: two banks, a post office, open-year-round supermarkets, excellent restaurants and seaside tavernas. Sifnos is known for its chefs and is also called the Potters’ Island. It has an active nightlife "in season" with bars and discos. Cars and motor bikes can be rented and there are buses to the various beaches--10 minutes by car or bus from my house.
Exambela is a small, quiet village on one of the island's higher peaks. The house, situated on the edge of the village, looks with an unobstructed view down terraced fields towards the ancient walled village of Kastro and the expanse of the Aegean sea to the East. The island's most prominent mountain, Profitis Elias, may be seen West of the house--making for excellent Feng Shui. It is less than a five minute walk from the house to the local mini-market for a quart of milk, but the property is so situated that it provides privacy and serenity along with panoramic views.
The "Thimonia" (small barn) was rebuilt and designed like the island's traditional whitewashed stone cottages, but with all the modern conveniences, to be a comfortable year-round retreat for my husband (who has since died), my son (who has since married and has his own vacation house), and myself--artist, writer, poet and potter. As much as I love both the island and the house, I now find it a bit lonely and a nuisance to travel alone.
The house, and its two fields of olive trees, terraces and gardens, is on three terraced levels. The house itself, which comes completely furnished, consists of a large living room with two single beds/couch (for very short-term visiting guests), a kitchen, a bath and one bedroom with a double bed. It has traditional Siphnian stone floors and wood-beamed ceilings throughout. There is an attached "apothiki" (little storage room), which I was hoping to have as my studio, but it's been taken over by the year-round gardener and also houses the machinery (oil burner, hot water tank, gas bottles for stove, etc.).
I should also mention that there was a resident cat, named KAYTO, who guarded the house and grounds from all other four-legged--or more--creatures. He recently passed away, but is pictured above in fond memory - and he still looks over the property in spirit. Our manager/caretaker, Evdokia, will meet you at the ferry, bring you to the house and show you around. For further information, call or email me - or, you can find AVAILABLE RENTAL DATES, PRICES and more INFORMATION for my listing on another web site to be found under "Contact
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