House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The Cliff house is owned by our dear friend Makis and his wife Maria who have lived there with their family for about 8 years. The children are big now and Makis and Maria decided to move to a smaller house as the children are studying elsewhere and rent out this lovely traditional village house with a fantastic valley view.
The rental house consists out of 2 houses that the owners made into one. That is why the house is very spacious and has different levels.
The house is made out of stone and has thick walls, making it cool in the summer and warm in the winter with 2 fire places. That’s why this house is also very suitable as a winter escape for winter rent. The house has place for a big family and also various couples have spent some great summer holidays in the house which can almost be called a villa according to the size. Outside one can easily take the food from the kitchen and grill on the built in bbq in the courtyard, while having long conversations on the big dining table.
The sala (living room) has the beautiful famous chochlakia: a floor made of white and black (sometimes a few red) pebbles that are selected from the beach, and are laid into a beautiful mosaic one by one, making it one of the most expensive floors that one can nowadays have. This is a true newly and heavenly experience as these cool pointy stones tickle you under the feet and acts as acupuncture under the foot soles. The couches are the typical Greek wooden couches that are many times displayed on postcards. The kitchen is next to the sala and has a dining area as well. The kitchen is fully equipped and has everything that one has normally in a living house.
The bathroom is a big one, with a nice bath with a shower in it, as is usual for a Greek house. From the hallway we get into the bedroom downstairs which has a high sleeper on a wooden platform high above reachable through a steady stairs. On the ground it has a single bed which altogether makes this bedroom into a triple bedroom. Going up the stairs in the hall, one reaches another hall that serves as an office which can easily sit 3 people for working on the laptop. Another small stairs brings us to the second bedroom with a double bed and air conditioning inside. Next to this bedroom is firstly a walk in closet and next to this the master bedroom, which is a very large bedroom with an en suite bathroom and a fire place.
There is also a balcony at the master bedroom which overlooks the whole valley with fantastic views. Going to the office space again, there is a door that leads to the outside spaces with seating and pillows and again with a spectacular view. One stairs up (outside) one comes on the roof terraces with sun loungers. Altogether all the ingredients to make your holiday a memorable one, and to not forget this holiday home very lightly.
The cliff house is located on a quiet spot in the old village of Koskinou.
More exactly: at the edge of the old village. It overlooks the whole valley of Koskinou and beyond from all the terraces, and the house. Koskinou is a 10-15 minutes drive away from Rhodes Old Town. The holiday home does not have any direct neighbors, but has some partly neighboring houses. The feeling of location that one gets while staying in this house is a solitary one with wide views.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 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||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Air conditioning, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors||
The Cliff House is about a 5 minutes walk to the Dream house, It's a one minute walk to the Gremos House. 3 minutes walk to the Mandarin house. To Villa Simone, Myrtia house and Lemonia house it is an 8 minutes walk.
The cliff house is very spacious as they were 2 houses before made into one house.
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.
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