The Myrtia House is a beautiful stone built old village house of late 1800 with 2 air-conditioned bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room with a double sofa bed and a separate kitchen, a wonderful romantic courtyard with mosaic pebble floor, and three terraces on different levels. The house is intimate enough for just a couple yet large enough for a family of 6 persons. The house is located in a typically Greek lively neighborhood.
The Myrtia house is a very tastefully and colorfully designed rental house, all furniture are old and we had them restored. Which is something that has resulted in the most cozy holiday home and worthy of spending your precious vacations. There are lots of candles everywhere, and the lightning is always dimmed, indirect and warm: something that is very important for us and most of our artistic lamps and mirrors are made by our good friend Inez Lacunes, who lives and works in Lahania where she sells her art. In the myrtia house you can have a real holiday like any vacation should be: enjoy your breakfast in the morning sun on the wonderful terrace or relax on one of our sun loungers. There is sea view from 2 terraces. You can sunbathe totally private (naked if you like) sleep on the roof terrace in the lovely double hanging bed. The village of Koskinou is a traditional one, with lovely friendly Greek people.
The Myrtia house was a ruin that we renovated during 2 years into the beautiful holiday home that it has become now. The house has 3 different roof terraces, with a built in bbq, 2 dining areas, a double hanging bed under a pergola, and on another roof terrace one can lie in the sun on the sun beds for hours so that one really has a feeling of making the most out of the holiday. The house has been built to be private if wished, but in the midst of a very sweet and friendly neighborhood. After having had holiday here, one can truly say that one had a Greek holiday, and not a typical tourist one.
You enter Myrtia house via a charming enclosed courtyard. Walk inside the holiday home to the lounge dining area with a double sofa bed or to the well equipped kitchen and adjoining a beautiful bathroom. Next to the bathroom is the downstairs bedroom, which has mosquito nets over the beds, and cozy lighting. Going upstairs you will find the nice wooden double bed, and an en suite bathroom, which are all very colorful. From the bedroom you can go onto the terrace with the kitchenette and b.b.q. which is also reachable through the outside stairs. One terrace further up, one can enjoy on the sun beds and enjoy full privacy because of the walls around. One terrace further is the hanging bed for 2 people with mosquito nets, so one could even sleep there. From this terrace you have a sea view and you can see Turkey and Marmaris.
Ground floor patio: with dining table and a sitting couch.
2nd level a built in bbq. and sink like an outside kitchen, with some chairs and a table. There is reach ability to the terrace from the top bedroom as well as from the outside stairs.
3rd level: double size sun bed behind walls, total privacy, for naked sunbathing if wished. Views on the sea and on an olive grove.
4th level, roof terrace where one can sleep and relax on the hanging bed with a pergola on top for full protection.
Its ground level is used as living room and dining room, but there is also a dining area outside at the courtyard. Its upper level consists of two pataras (= wooden traditional Koskinou platform bed), which are set at different levels and are accessed by individual staircases. Each one of them sleeps two persons. There is one well sized bathroom with basin, shower and toilet, and to be comfortable, another small toilet with shower and basin was built.
The living is a space with a big dining table, a double sleeping sofa, the tv-dvd set, the fireplace and an office. The room is very light as we brought a sky light into the room. There are 2 doors that open up to the kitchen and to the courtyard.
The kitchen is fully equipped, and is spacious with a dining area. All the kitchen furniture is made of old wood and there is a beautiful closet, that was handmade a long time ago. The kitchen door opens onto the courtyard. On the other side one gets into the hallway with the main bathroom and a bedroom. The kitchen is also the place where one goes up the stairs to the bedroom upstairs.
There are 2 bedrooms that both have airco and a bathroom next to it. They both contain double beds, and sufficient space in the closets to tuck away ones clothes. If desirable, in both rooms, a baby cot can be placed.
The bathrooms both have a shower, basin and a toilet. The bathroom furniture is made after our own design, and the mirrors are made by our artist friend.
There is one walled private courtyard, and 3 walled terraces, so there is space enough to have lots of fun and to be able to lose each other. There is a dining area in the courtyard downstairs, and a dining area upstairs next to the BBQ. The different terraces have different possibilities of relaxing and lounging or sleeping, just find out as you get there.
Location of the object
The Myrtia house is in one of the many alleys in the old village of Koskinou that were designed to make the pirates loose the way. So in the beginning it is always a wonder where you are, and where are the places that you have found before. The Myrtia house is rentable with the next door house (also owned by us) which has sleeping space for 6-8 people. The holiday homes are in a fabulous Greek neighborhood. The old ladies together with their grandchildren are often sitting outside in the evening, chatting and laughing and eating their lovely mezes. Don't be shy if they ask you to take some of theirs. The ladies love the fact that we renovated the houses so beautifully and that the people are coming from far away to visit it, and they are not shy to explain you some greek words, and expect of you to at least say 'kalimeeeera'. After a stay in the Myrtia or the Lemonia house next door, one can truly say to have had a real Greek holiday.
This beautifully restored traditional village house is located in the old unspoilt living village of Koskinou, and is about 10 minutes drive from Rhodes Old Town. Lindos is about 40 minutes driving and the beach is a short 5 minutes drive. Diagoras Airport is a drive of 25 minutes and the Butterfly Valley can be reached in 45 minutes. If you want to go surfing, some nice places to go are Theologos and Prasonisi that also surfers schools and a water sport center. The Myrtia house itself is in one of the many alleys in the old village of Koskinou that were designed to make the pirates get lost. So in the beginning it is always a wonder where you are, and where are the places that you have found before.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Kalithea 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Diagoras 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The Myrtia House is right next to the Lemonia house (not in this co-located group, but ask with enquiry), and half a street away from Villa Simone (in this colocated group) and can be rented together with the Lemonia house and Villa Simone for a group of friends or family that wish to stay very closeby each other. it is also in the same old village of Koskinou that the Dreamhouse, Cliff house and Mandarin House are, but these 3 houses are around 5 minutes walking distance of the Lemonia, the Myrtia house and Villa Simone. Lots of combinations possible, and all built of stones, located in the old traditional Koskinou, and all decorated with the style that is so typical for RentaGreekHouse.
|Further details outdoors|
ON the Roof terrace we have one of our famous relaxing double hanging beds, with pergola over it. it swings slowlyslowly and you can even sleep on it, as many have done before you. On the first roof terrace there is an outside kitchen and dinng with b.b.q for optimum pleasure with a pergola covered for maximum joy. enjoy your holiday. ON the middle terrace there are sunbeds so you can ly undisturbed and bake in the sun.
Rhodes (Rhodos or Rodos in Greek), lies between Crete and the near East in the Aegean ocean. Rhodes is the biggest of the Dodecanese islands. Named the sun island or island of light there are hardly any days when the sun doesn't shine. With its subtropical climate and over 3.000 hours of sun per year you can be guaranteed a good tan on your holiday. Rhodes is one of the most popular holiday islands in Greece - even Greeks themselves come to Rhodes for a holiday from the mainland.
Amazing in diversity, the Island of Rhodes is more than an idyllic getaway of Greece. You will be delighted to discover Byzantine wonders, romantic medieval castles guarding the island coasts, Turkish influences, lovely orthodox monasteries, Italian healing baths, layers and layers of Greek history reminding of all the years that passed over this superb island. People of Rhodos, from the fishermen in the small harbors along the coasts, to the merchants that knew how to benefit from the sea, all kept their friendly and open character, while the ancient Greek traditions were always followed and survived until today.
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. 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.
The streets of Koskinou are covered by chochlakia (pebbles), tiles and marble. 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.
There are 2 small companies that make the traditional melekounia, a hand made biscuit of sesame and honey. One can buy them on the spot and take a look at how it is made. Koskinou has 2 excellent restaurants (Yiannis, Tassos), where traditional Greek food is made, and people come from everywhere to eat. Watch it: the Greeks usually don’t come before 10 pm to eat, after that the restaurants fill up easily and they have a wonderful busy atmosphere, but both of these restaurants know that in summer the tourists usually want to eat at their own time at 18:00. They will be open, but don’t expect any Greek to be here at this hour. Another thing is that with any real Greek food restaurant, the best thing to do is to ask what the cook has ready. This will be freshly made. A lot of things that you will order from the menu will be in the freezer and not fresh, especially with non-tourist restaurants. So go with the flow and or order what is ready made in the kitchen. There are a few mini/super markets/groceries in the old part and in the new part. There is a bakery, a butcher, a pastry and even a tailor, 2 hairdressers and a small shoe shop. Koskinou attracted a lot of artists in the past few decades, which is why all the houses have been made with a lot of feeling for style and atmosphere. There are even one or two small art galleries. The atmosphere in Koskinou is quite a quiet, friendly, relaxed, modest but also a vivid and lively one. There is no sign, non whatsoever of any hurdy burdy tourist traps. And only people that respect the way of living and want to experience the real Greek life are attracted to the village.
The Greeks living in the village are rather open minded as the artists and the central location of the island has involved in all sorts and kinds of people, keeping the Greeks with an open view. There even a few gay couples living in the village which have blended and integrated totally in the society. Also clothing of any kind does not raise any eyebrows. All with all a mellow atmosphere, in which everyone is private and by themselves, but all are respected and welcome.
Just outside of Koskinou
Waterpark - Just outside of Koskinou on the Rhodes –Faliraki/Kalithea road (the road parallel with the Rodou-Lindou road, but then on the sea side) is the Waterpark for big fun for the younger ones, with huge slides and all sorts of water entertainment.
Playland - This is a café just on the corner of the Faliraki/Kalithea road and Koskinou, where you can have lots of different kinds of café while the staff watches over your children.
Lunapark - Again on the Faliraki/Kalithea road but more towards or in Faliraki, is the Lunapark, Tivoli park, entertainment for your children.
Beaches/Coasts - There are several sandy beaches just around and a short drive away from Koskinou, and only just a bit further from Tsaire. Some with pebbles and some rocky ones. Some quiet ones and some busy ones. There are beaches with water sports, diving schools and beach bars. One thing they all have in common: they all have a shower, a restaurant or at least a cantina and above all a crystal clear blue sea.
Thermen Kalithea - This is a very special beach place that is part of the Koskinou municipality, just outside of Koskinou on the main road Rhodes-Faliraki. Thermen Kalithea was originally a health spa, built in the Moorish style by the Italians in the 1920's. It was recently restored and boasts beautiful mosaic pebbled paths, leading to the beach and a beautiful spa resort. Underground there is a fantastic building with on the floor again the pebbled mosaic and a fountain, while there are permanent art exhibitions. There is a gorgeous beach bar with soft chill music that opens until late at night with nice cocktails, snacks and beverages, and one can really spend all day here, relaxing, sunbathing on the sun beds, strolling around in the underground buildings and enjoying the marvelous views. There is a very small entrance fee above the price for the sun beds, but for those who want to experience the good life, this shouldn’t be an obstacle