About the home
Beautiful stone built 19th century village house. The house is called this way, since it houses a big mandarin tree in the courtyard which casts a shade on the whole courtyard. The Mandarin house is a recently renovated house dating from the end of the 19th century. Originally it had only one floor, we built another one on top with a bedroom and a small bathroom inside. We built everything from environ friendly material and we didn’t do anything with cement, as is the right way. When you are interested in the building process, please contact Yiorgos and he can explain you on the spot.
We start with the courtyard which has sitting couches and a dining table, and one can take an outside shower under the tree, while no one can see you. there is a nice b.b.q. which one can place just outside of the iron gates if one prepares the food, so no smell will come inside the courtyard. Except for the courtyard, there are 2 terraces, each on a different level and one roof garden, which has 2 beds, some sitting space and tables, so one can spend long evenings here with a full 360° view around on all the roofs of the village as well as all the way to Rhodes Town. It has magnificent mountain views, sea views and a good view on Turkey. One terrace lower is just outside the bedroom up, and has a couch and beautiful handmade ceramic pots with flowers. And another level down is a terrace with sun beds that allow the guests to sunbathe in full privacy, that is to say if one feels like going topless or nude here, one can feel free to do so.
All the ground floors inside and outside are made of pebbles, laid pebble by pebble into a very sophisticated mosaic, which was typical for the houses in Koskinou, for those who could afford so. Nowadays these floors are extremely costly and this is why one sees these floors only in the old, traditional houses in the old village.
The Mandarin house has 2 bedrooms with each a double bed. Furthermore one sleeping space (double bed) is built high up a raised platform (sofas) in the living room (sala). All together these 3 double beds sleep up to 6 people, but in the bedroom on the ground floor we can easily place another bunk bed, single bed or 1 or 2 baby cots. There are 2 bathrooms one on the ground floor with a bath tub and one small one upstairs ensuite with the bedroom. The bedroom up has fantastic sea views and one can see Turkey and its beautiful mountains, sometimes covered with snow. The bedroom at the ground floor is very cozy and has a wood stove for cold winters. The double doors in this room lead to the courtyard.
The spacious open plan lounge/dining room (sala) has a beautiful mosaic pebble floor and a stone arch (kamarra), semi-dividing the living area into a lounge/sitting part and the kitchen area with a large wooden table seating 6-8 people. There is a fireplace for colder nights outside of low and middle season. All lamps and lights are indirect creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. There is also a sofas with double bed, which can be reached with a stairs. Under the sofas is the bathroom with bath tub. The 2 doors in the sala open up to the courtyard where is another dining space suitable for about 6-8 people.
The house comes with all modern amenities as all our houses do. We offer free high speed, wireless internet, and all media equipment like satellite TV, DVD, etc. The kitchen is fully equipped and there is airco in both bedrooms.
The style of the house is a mixture of traditional, baroque, minimalist and arty styles. We have tried to keep all traditional features intact, and all the furniture is old and renovated and made of wood.
The mandarin house lies in the old, picturesque village of Koskinou, with its narrow streets that were designed for the pirates to get lost and never to find the way back. The house is the last one in a dead end street. There is one more house at the end, actually it is a ruin, but it is uninhabited and also the house at the one side is uninhabited as it has no electricity. So the house has a lot of privacy, besides the high walls that are built around it. For those who are looking for tranquility, comfort and absolute privacy in a historical setting, this will prove to be the ultimate place to rent.
The location of the house is in a side street, 3 houses further than the small home factory of mrs. Sophia who makes melekounia (small sesame cookies with honey) on the corner. Practically everyone knows her. So it is fairly easy to find if one asks. There are all kinds of shops in the near neighborhood: a grocery, a butcher, a bakery, a sweet store, some cafes, a Swedish lunch café, 3 restaurants, 3 snack bars. There is childrens playground, and a café with a huge playground, where you can enjoy your drinks, while the staff looks after your child. Just outside Koskinou is Waterpark. A huge swimming pool paradise with all sorts of water entertainment. A little further in Faliraki is Lunapark a Tivoli for children.
If desired for, we can arrange for you:, a driver, a cook, a car, a private boat hire etc. just ask for it, and I might be able to help you if I happen to know where I can find the service that you like. For the better restaurant, please ask me and I will be happy to help you.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Kalithea, 2km|
|Will consider:||Long lets|
|Access:||Car not necessary|
Nearest amenities: 5km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|Luxuries:||Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General:||Air conditioning, Telephone, Safe, 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 bathroom and 1 en suite, Solarium / Roof terrace|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 6, Lounge seating for 6|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / Terrace, BBQ, Swing set|
Further details outdoors:
There is a very nice double hanging/swinging bed under a pergola, on the first roof terrace. Then going up on the roof terrace by steady stairs, there are 2 sunbeds, that one can lie on, and bake in the sun without anybody seeing you. The courtyard is just outside the kitchen and the downstairs bedroom, and
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.
The Rhodes / Koskinou area
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
How to get there
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If you make a booking with one of our houses, you will receive a route description with your last payment automatically. The houses are all located in the old village of Koskinou. There are 2 groups of almost co-located houses.
One group is Villa Simone, Lemonia House and Myrtia house. And the second group is Dream house, Cliff house, Mandarin House and Gremos House.
From the first set of houses the situation is as follows: Lemonia and Myrtia house are next to each other.
Second set of houses: Dreamhouse, Cliff house, Mandarin house and Gremos house are all 2 streets away from each other, so they all have around 4-5 minutes walking space in between them.
Koskinou village is about a 25 minutes drive from the aiport. About 7 km from rhodes town, so 10 minutes drive.
We also rent very economically priced cars, you can find them on my website.
Activities near Rhodes
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
A winter sun break
07 Aug 2012
The Mandarin House is located in the old and charming streets of Koskinou, up the hill from the nice beaches of Kallithea and about 5-10 minutes by car from Rhodes. Really easy to get there from the... more
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|Prices for group size 6|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|winter season long stay||10 Jan 13||1 Mar 13||€ 200||-||-||1 Month|
|low season 1||1 Mar 13||1 May 13||€ 550||-||-||1 Week|
|middle season 1||1 May 13||1 Jul 13||€ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|high season||1 Jul 13||1 Aug 13||€ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|top season||1 Aug 13||1 Sep 13||€ 800||-||-||1 Week|
|middle season 2||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||€ 650||-||-||1 Week|
|low season 2||1 Oct 13||1 Nov 13||€ 550||-||-||1 Week|
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