Koskinou House Rental Photos and Description
Different levels of roof terraces, 2 bathr., spacious house sleep 9, great views
The house consisted of 2 houses and has been made into one, it is spacious and has rooms, corners, halls and different terraces. The house is made of stone, which makes it rather cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The sala has the famous floor made of pebbles that are hand laid one by one, and which nowadays cost a fortune, and in the past was a sign of status. This is a true newly and heavenly experience as these cool pointy stones tickle you under the feet and acts as an acupuncture under the foot soles, priceless!! The courtyard has a built in b.b.q. and a built in stone tap with a big dining table that makes long cozy evenings. there are three bedrooms with double bed and in one of the bedroom is also a single bed. there are different halls, so in case of emergency, a folding bed, or 2 baby cots can be placed. the master bedrooms is very spacious and has a small bathroom en suite. But the most spectacular part of the house is the superb view: the valley view.
The village: Koskinou village exists of 2 parts: the old village/town, and around it the new area. As our interest with renting, and in general, only goes out to traditional, authentic places, we only speak about the old part in this website. In the old part (which is a village of its own), the houses date back to the 17th,18th and 19th century. Like in many places in Greece about 40 years ago people started abandoning their old stone family houses, to move into modern cement buildings out of the village centers or creating new centers. The houses then became ruins and were rediscovered and bought in their original state by foreigners, Greeks from Athens and some times local Greeks. They renovated these beautiful houses and recently all kinds of committees are being formed to keep or bring back the houses in the authentic state. Typical for the village is the sala (living room) with a big stone arch (Kamarra) through the middle to make a semi separation.
Chochlakia: Another thing that is typical are the chochlakia, floors in which pebbles (found on the beach) are laid, stone by stone into a typical, magnificent mosaic floor. These floors nowadays cost a fortune to produce. Again a typical thing of the houses in Koskinou is that they have wooden sofas in the sala, high raised platforms, on which one or 2 mattresses were laid, for sleeping or where they used to drink tea. The last typical thing for Kosknou are the courtyards surrounded by high walls for total privacy and closed off by iron handmade doors with a beautiful design in it.
There are some small springs at the edges of the old village and there is a museum somewhere in the middle, where one can see how the people used to live and how the houses looked like in the older days: well worth a visit. Then there is a lunch/tea room (called Stefani, which is a circle of flowers that people hang on their doors at the first of May), run by a Finnish/Swedish lady, who serves coffee, tea, some cakes and ice cream. Attached to this café is a showroom/museum totally left or brought back in the traditional way, so again one can experience how life was in the centuries before. This lady gives cooking lessons and Greek lessons.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- children welcome