"...The home's door opens and the beauty floods your heart and overflows with the surprise of the “plateloticho” (the plate wall)! They are the hand painted plates, which accompanied the bride to her new home, with the big mirror in the middle and the family pictures. But why so many plates? With beauty there is no “why” – it just saves you!.."
The "Serafi" home is found in Archangelos Rhodes (right next to "Tsampika" home). It is 70m2, open plan space with two double beds (in the type of wooden lofts) and a single one (wooden loft too) with Coco-Mat bed mattresses and pillows. The comfortable "soufas" is one of the distinctive features of the house.
The kitchen (fully equipped) is separate room connected to the main house and the courtyard.There is a large courtyard with elevated yard walls. It is full of aromatic herbs and flowers, exciting for children to play and for adults to relax. "Serafi" and "Tsampika" homes are ideal for hosting two friendly families.
The house was built at the start of the previous century, in the 1915s, in compliance with the traditional arch type architecture of Archangelos and renovated in 2012-13 by the original owner’s. It was done with absolute respect towards the “arch type” archangelic architecture. The house also operates as a folklore museum.
The public transport is frequent. Bus stop - 50m from the house. The bus will take you to the city of Rhodes and to many beautiful beaches such as Kalithea, Afandou, Kalathos, Lindos and, further south, like Prassonissi.
Guests can enjoy the great local beaches: "Tsampika", "St. Agatha" and "Stegna", all very close to the Archangelos (2 - 5km).
Traditional Restaurants, Supermarkets, Bank/ATM, Post office, Pharmacy, Communication Services, Health Center, Cafeterias are all available (50-200m. from the home). Everything is on a walking distance.
The "Serafi" home welcomes you when you enter the hospitable yard, which is full of aromatic herbs, and flowers and three domineering cypress trees reaching up to the sky, which are as old as the home.
The home stands harmoniously in the depths of the yard – simple, one bodied and stark white. The cornice is wrought in relief on the upper part of the façade and around the windows. Above the door the cross, along with the wrought in relief drainpipes and their winding finishes, they “embroider” the home's façade with nobility and moderation. Nothing is missing, nor is it superfluous; it is a reflection of the Hellenic culture, moderation and harmony – a "repose of the heart".
In the interior of the home, the “kamara”, (the arch), which parts the home in two, dominates harmoniously without distracting from its unity. Famed Archangelic craftsmen built it with big hand cut stones and at its center, they wedged the “arch's key” (a stone trapeze shape). The whole house rests on the “arch key”, symmetrically and is uniquely balanced!...
The opening of this home to the people aims to render the unique cultural heritage of Archangelos Rhodes. But it will do it in a different way – by living for a week in a “live – folklore museum” and by participating in related activities.
During their stay, guests are invited to participate in a project specially designed to introduce them further to tradition and local customs:
"... living in a house - Folklore Museum".
It includes the following activities:
1. A tour to familiarize the guests with the “arch” type homes of the village.
2. Lighting of the wood oven, baking traditional bread of Archangelos and local dishes.
3. Familiarization with Rhodes' aromatic plants and herbs from the home's garden and creating cosmetics and ointments.
*The cultural project takes place from 1/7 until 30/8 and for the completion of this a minimum of seven days is required.
|Size||Sleeps up to 5, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Stegna 2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Airport Diagoras Rhodes 28 km, Nearest railway: Does not exist|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
|Luxuries||Internet access, Boat available|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Telephone, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (2), Single Beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Climbing frame|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The quaint village of Archangelos is situated on the east side of the island of Rhodes. It lies between Lindos and the city of Rhodes, at a distance of 28 km.
Archangelos - Rhodes Airport 28 km.
Generally a particular characteristic that Archangelos possesses is its rich cultural heritage and the dedicated convergence of its inhabitants during local folk traditions up to date, despite the changes contemporary life has brought.
The traditional historical center of the village is found surrounding the church (of Archangel Micheal Taxiarchis, 1845) . The narrow whitewashed alleys, the small, traditional archangelic homes with their ornate gates and their wood burning ovens in the yards. The aroma of freshly baked bread every Saturday and the hospitable people of Archangelos, who keep the local voice and the customs of the village alive, all create a very warm atmosphere.
Archangelos today is a contemporary town with regular and frequent transportation towards the city of Rhodes, the surrounding villages and beaches.
Banks, Post Office, communication services, Health Center and pharmacies, are all available. There are also rental services, hotels, restaurants and cafes.
The very active cultural association “Ethonas” organizes frequent cultural activities with an emphasis on local traditions, especially in the month of August. Important cultural events take place during Mardi Gras also.
Very interesting is the non-profit organization “Faethon”, an Equestrian Club, which has gathered all the surviving small horses (they are living only at Rhodes) and has put forth a rescue effort for them.
The religious festivals of Archangelos are celebrated with festivities accompanied by food and dance. The most well known feasts are on 8th November for the Archangel Micheal, on 8th September for the Virgin Mary Tsampika (the Virgin Mary’s birthday), St. Marina’s on 17th July and the Merciful Virgin or “Panagia Eleimonitria” on 23rd August (the Nine Days of the Virgin Sleep).
The guests can enjoy the great local beaches: "Stegna" (2km), "Tsampika" (4 km), "Agia Agathi (6 km)
Beautiful hikes in Archangelos Rhodes:
a) To the Knights Castle (15 minute journey from the path behind the church of Taxiarchis).
b) To the Stegna beach (one hour walking to the tiny beach of Archangelos with graphic port - The road coming back is uphill).
c) To the "Epta Piges" (seven springs - one hour and half walking or on horseback - through the path).
d) To the Ethona valley, which is full of water, orange, lemon and mandarin trees (one hour walking from the south exit of the village).
The house's neighborhood, called Serafi, is safe and quiet. The neighbors live there with their families for many years. We all know each other and we are friends . Often participate spontaneously in the cultural project as shown in the photos.