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living room with arch and pebbled mosaic on floor

Villa | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner
  • Private garden

The dream house has everything one wants of a holiday. Greek style garden that is located at a hidden place at the edge of an old authentic village close by Rhodes. It has an outside living, with outside kitchen, lounge, a fantastic double hanging bed, big dining, and lushious, green and colourful garden. The house has a guesthouse with double bed, kitchenette and bathroom. There are 2 verandas, one upstairs that is used as an outdoor house/living and one down at the pool area that is for lounging.

The house is an old family property. This unique and gorgeous rental villa with pool is a top property with which one can only feel very lucky and happy to rent it. Villa Dreamhouse is an old family property dating back to early 1800 and has been in the same family since. It's a true paradise, with too much to see and discover for only one holiday.

The holiday home consists of two parts: the main house and the guest house. The outside space consists also of two parts: the pool area and the house area with outside living.

The guest house has a double bed, a kitchenette and a bathroom and can be reached separately through the veranda and through the garden. The guest house used to be the old kitchen where they used to put meals in the fire place for long cooking. This serves as a guest house now, and we built it out with a bathroom and small kitchenette for small cooking, or making your own coffee in private, for a nanny, a separate couple (with baby), or grandparents.

The main house has so to say 3 or one could say as well 4 or even 5 sleeping spaces. The master bedroom has a double bed. Then you go upstairs and there are 2 single beds, and one double bed. Each bed here is in its own bedroom with a door in between (so 3 small rooms). Then there is the living room with a double bed and a single bed. They are placed on high wooden platforms and each reachable through its own stairs. There are 2 bathrooms in the main house, a living, a separate kitchen, and there is another courtyard at the back as well, with big iron doors opening up to the old village.

The floor in the master bedroom still has the original handmade tiles. The doors, closets and box are the authentic interior pieces from way back then. The sala (living room) has the beautiful and costly mosaic pebbles on the floor that were picked up from the beach, and then laid pebble by pebble into a beautiful mosaic floor which is said to be the best as acupuncture. This floor was given to the house in one generation as a wedding present, as was done a lot in the past: first build the house, and then save money to make the floor. Both of the wooden patara's (wooden platforms) in the living room are originally hand carved and serve now as an office and the double bed sleeping space. There is a fire place that has been built in 2010 and a roof light that we have put in ourselves. The kitchen is completely restored and modernized but: with old wood from other buildings, so that we could maintain the house its old character. The bathroom is not too big, but has a bath tub, and is on the place where the courtyard was before. Going up there are another 2 bedrooms. One of them has a single bed and is for children. The other bedroom has a double bed and a single bed for children. Then there is a recently made small baby room for a baby cot. On this floor is also a bathroom with toilet.

The terrace just outside the kitchen is a total living space outside which is almost like a house without a roof (but covered with a pergola), with a big lounge, big dining, a double hanging bed and an open kitchenette for outside cooking. Then there is the fantastic garden with a lot of trees and flowers, very old fruit and nut trees, the beautiful artistic swimming pool with relaxing veranda and outside shower. The pool has an ionizing cleaning system, so we don't use chlorine in the pool. There are 3 taps with running water made of ceramic pots, and then there is the veranda: a colorful hippie style relaxing and playing space, where one can hang out, doze away on the hammocks, in the sun or under the shade, under the trees, or just create a sun tan by lying on one of the sun beds. There is also an outside shower, and a covered parking place outside.

If you want to spoil yourself, and you are able to appreciate the style of this house that is an old house, that is renovated, and all the walls and floors are very unstraight, and one can accept that this is not a new built modern villa, then this is absolutely the place to go. Enjoy yourself, and embrace yourselves with the love and effort that we have put into this house for everyone’s happiness. This house is for those who can really appreciate it: will you? Indulge yourself in the aristocratic but still loose and free style feeling that this villa rental has about itself.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Kalithea 2 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
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

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Air conditioning, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture Single beds (3), Double beds (4), Cots (3), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 12
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

Alll of the houses in this advertisements are not on the same plot, but they are at walking distance from each other within 5 minutes. the only houses that are next to each other are the Lemonia house and the Myrtia house. The houses are located in the picturesque and traditionally kept non-touristic village of Koskinou.

Further details outdoors

The terrace just outside the kitchen is a total living space outside which is almost like a house without a roof (but covered with a pergola), with a big lounge, big dining, a double hanging bed and an open kitchenette for outside cooking. Then there is the fantastic garden with a lot of trees and flowers, very old fruit and nut trees, the beautiful artistic swimming pool with relaxing veranda and outside shower. The pool has an ionizing cleaning system, so we don't use chlorine in the pool. There are 3 taps with running water made of ceramic pots, and then there is the veranda: a colorful hippie style relaxing and playing space, where one can hang out, doze away on the hammocks, in the sun or under the shade, under the trees, or just create a sun tan by lying on one of the sun beds. There is also an outside shower, and a covered parking place outside.

Further details

The house is an old family property made of thick stone walls and of wood (hand carved). This requires a different approach and love then a new build standard villa and it is not for everyone to appreciate. One has to love this style of typical old houses, and not expect the same things like with a new build villa: the walls are unstraight, the floors are unstraight, and it is very typical Greek: laid back and with schwung.

The Aegean Islands region

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.

Rhodes

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

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23 Apr 2012

5/5

"Wonderful house and village"

We were a group of 8 friends including two 10 year old girls and one 1yr old who stayed here for two weeks. We loved every minute of it. I've been to Rhodes many times and if you´re looking for… More

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