A rural gem in old Santorini
This is a remarkable property set in a traditional village on Santorini...
a large, ancient wine 'kava' or cave which has been re-created as a wonderful holiday home. Original local materials and ideas have been used with all of Jon's impressive flair and originality to make a dwelling which is spacious, light and overwhelmingly traditional.
The building is practical and comfortable for living, with a large, comfortable kitchen, a comfortable 'den' containing easy seating and satellite/TV etc; but these 'mod cons' are discretely positioned so that the aestetics are not diluted and for me, the place is FUN! It has an enclosed courtyard for private dining or relaxing, a roof-top patio and lounge with barbeque and views across the village to the sea, and a bathroom of pure genius. Jon's paintings... worth the visit in themselves... decorate the interiors and exteriors.
The village is a traditional Greek community huddled on the slopes of the island and provides a peaceful and hospitable refuge from the tourist meccas of the island; and yet it is ideally situated within easy reach of the main town or the beaches on the East coast, and not far from the air- or ferry-ports. Donkeys still mingle with the cars in the street outside the villa, and the locals can take all morning to say good day, with their grave Aegean courtesy. There is no rush here... 'Chairete', the Greek word for 'Greetings', was designed to for people to be able to take their time over, we decided.
Jon looks after this villa himself and is a wonderful host and guide to the island. His enthusiasm for the villa, the island, for Greece, for art and design, for night-life and good food and for life in general is highly infectious. He is a discerning restaurant critic and a knowledgeable chef who can advise on local specialities and produce, and if you go in the autumn, the gleam in his eye as he makes his own wine is coruscating. We ended up helping him to tread the grapes.
We'll be back!
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