Andros Farm House
Farm house with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in Andros, Greece
From £656 per week
Farm house to rent in Andros, Greece
Situated in a 1 1/2 acre terraced property, with sweeping vistas of cobalt-blue waters and ragged mountains, this 200-year old farmhouse was renovated to create the ultimate sanctuary in the Aegean.
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Farm house overview - owner's description
Situated in a 1 1/2 acre terraced property, with sweeping, 270-degree vistas of cobalt-blue waters and ragged mountains, this 200-year old farmhouse was renovated to create the ultimate sanctuary in the Aegean. Dotted by more than fifty trees (ancient olive trees, cypresses, and wild pistachio trees; apple-, pear-, and pomegranate trees; wild-cherry trees and bitter laurel bushes), the property is on the very edge of the village of Gídes. Once one of Andros's farming and animal raising centers, Gídes is now a sleepy village populated year-round by 36 locals, most of them octogenarians. In the summer, when families reunite and summer houses swing back to life, around 100 people live here.
Tucked into the slopes of Boulamiá Mountain and being the last house in the village (the nearest neighbor is 1000 feet or roughly 300 meters away), this is a house for the recluse and the romantics. The purists and the naturalists. It's a reader's heaven. A writer's inspiration. A painter's canvas. If you're looking for glamour and frenetic party nights, look elsewhere: this is a haven for those who want to disconnect from civilization and reconnect –– with nature, their partners, themselves. During the day, the only noise is the hypnotic buzz of the cicadas. Come evening, the trilling of the crickets and the lonely hoots of the night owls take over. At night, the only lights are those of the stars. And there are billions of them, flickering candles like those burning in front of Saint Peter's icon in the white-washed chapel at the entrance of the property.
Life here is the way it should be: simple. Uncomplicated. Wake up early in the morning, go out on the upper terrace and watch the sunrise. The sunsets of the Aegean are fabled but the sunrises are just as majestic. Have a breakfast of Greek coffee, Manoúri cheese, thyme honey, and olive oil crisps while listening to a Mános Hatzidákis album on the Bose. Drive to Vitáli Beach or to Gídes Beach, both a 25-minute drive away. They're right next to each other but thanks to a geographical quirk you have to drive in opposite directions to get to them. If you opt for Vitáli, rent an umbrella and chaises (this is nothing like an organized beach Mykonos-style –– this is a small, family operation) and have lunch at the taverna. Go for a Greek salad topped with local cheese, Imám (baked eggplants smothered in tomato sauce), Briám (a Greek version of ratatouille), and an ice-cold Fix beer. The freshly cut watermelon for dessert will most probably be on the house. If you plan on going to Gídes Beach, pack the ice box (there's one provided at The House) and the umbrella (also provided) and be prepared for a transformative experience. Because parts of the road to Gídes Beach are notoriously rough, the beach isn't popular with non-locals. All the rocking and jolting will be worth it once you reach the mile-long stretch of smoothed-out pebbles and flint framed by two dramatic coves jutting out into the Aegean (the one on the right shaped like a Homeric horse head), and crowned by the most turquoise waters no picture will ever do justice to. If there are four other people on the beach, that means you arrived there on a super-busy day. In the evening, get the barbecue going. Throw a bunch of local sausages on the fire, grill some bread and drizzle it with oregano and olive oil, toss up a Greek salad, and pair it all up with a crisp white from Santorini. And when the night comes, head upstairs. Lean the chaises back and let the stargazing begin. There they are: The Big Dipper and Scorpio; Virgo, Saturn, and Mars; Pegasus and Cygnus and, the brightest star of them all, Vega.
The House came to life out of the remains of a 200-year old farm house –– and a dream. The brief to the architect was simple: 1) Follow the original footprint, 2) Make it NOT stand out. Nine months after construction during heavy rains, mud slides, and fierce winter winds, the two-story house, 1400 square feet (137 sq. meters) built entirely out of stone, opened its doors. Local materials were sourced and stones from the original farm house were used to erect the 36-inch (90 centimeters) thick walls. The wooden ceilings were laid according to the traditional Cycladic technique where wide slats are bound together and supported by whole tree logs spaced out evenly. The nooks that were carved into the walls of the original house were all kept intact to host books and family heirlooms and to use as organic storage space in the kitchen area. The initial building of the house was concluded in 2009 and there's still some cosmetic work that needs to be done (mainly scrubbing and varnishing of the floors and the interior doors, which were affected by tear and wear during construction).
Once you reach The House and walk up the massive exterior stair case, you'll land on the front lower slate-covered terrace with its stone spring. Before settling in, stand out there for a second and start taking in the view... The side lower terrace has a small vegetable patch planted with onions, zucchinis, vines, and watermelons. The glass door of the main entrance opens into the open-plan L-shaped living room and dining room with the working fire place and the kitchen off to the side. A small ante-foyer leads to the guest bedroom and one of the bathrooms. An interior staircase leads up to the master bedroom which features an en-suite bathroom and to a hanging hallway that takes you out onto the upper terrace, which can also be accessed through the master bedroom.
Furnishing The House has been a work in progress. The furniture is spartan but selectively handpicked from antique stores in Athens and other Cycladic islands. The dining room table was found in a monastery. It's handcrafted out of solid wood as are its two chairs and the communal bench. Modeled out of traditional island house kitchens, the kitchen is basic but it's outfitted with a brand new ceramic-top Bosch stove/oven and a Körting refrigerator/freezer and features small appliances, such as a coffee maker, electric juicer, blender, and even a professional-grade frappé maker. Both bathrooms feature brand-new Italian fixtures.
Stone houses are usually cooler than regular houses. However, this being Greece, it can get pretty hot, especially in July and August. For those who aren't fans of the heat, there are two air conditioning units (one in the living room and one in the master bedroom) and a retro-style portable floor fan. To provide further insulation, the windows are double-pained and feature state-of-the-art swinging mechanisms and pull-down screens.
There are no stores in the village of Gídes but Gávrio, the port town, is 20-25 minutes away. We recommend that you buy provisions for two or three days, so you don't have to drive back and forth. The House gets its water from the local spring, located where the village of Old Gídes used to be (the old rocky path running alongside the property will take you right to the old square with its 400-year old maple tree). Despite its purity, we recommend that you don't drink it as it's accumulated and stored in specially designed tanks. Stock up on bottled water. We love Sáriza water –– it comes from the springs of Sáriza, a lush mountain village close to the Hóra, the capital of Andros, and is bottled at the source.
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Outside this farm house in Andros, GreeceThis farm house is in a quiet area. It has a balcony, a barbecue, outside lighting, a garden and a sea view. Car hire is necessary as the renter will need a car to get about for shopping, eating out and the beach; however parking is available if required.
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Updated 17 August 2018
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£76.21 per booking, paid with booking
2 bedrooms, Sleeps 6:
- 1 double bed and en suite
- 2 single beds
There is also 1 double sofa bed in Living Room
2 bathrooms including 1 en suite
CD player, Radio, TV Languages in English, French, Local, Satellite / cable
Living area seats 6, Dining area seats 6, Air conditioning, Open fire, Clothes drier, Hair dryer, Iron / board, Towels / linen, Washing machine, Car hire essential
Cooker, Crockery, Cutlery, Dishwasher, Fridge, Freezer, Glassware, Kettle, Oven, Pots / pans, Toaster
Balcony or terrace, Barbecue, Outside lighting, Parking, Private garden, Sea view
Single gender groups
Private Owner From New York, USA Member since Aug 2012
Past bookings: 2 bookings
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within 1 day
Last seen: 10 months ago
Number of properties: 1