— How would you describe the experience at Greek Island Retreat in a nutshell?
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— How did you get started renting out the beach house?
Starting out renting the beach house to holiday guests, there were a lot of practical difficulties that we had to face, like establishing electricity independent of generators by putting up photovoltaic panels. Then we had to take care of our water needs since we don’t have natural spring water in abundance here. It was hard work but it’s been an amazing experience.
We absolutely love it here on the island and live a very different life from that in a big city. Nature is so inspiring every day. I’m currently planting my vegetable garden. Each seed that sprouts up feels like a miracle. It’s very fulfilling.”
— Please tell us a bit more about your ecological efforts.
In the same way, it’s true with water. We try to collect as much rainwater as possible, so every drop is precious to us. We also keep an eye on our pipes to ensure there are no leaks. Last but not least, we have farm animals here so we need enough water to sustain them.
With the help of technology we have established a system that supplies us and our holiday guests with plenty of energy and water to meet all our needs.”
— Can you describe the beach house please?
The house is very comfortable with beautiful large rooms and tall ceilings. Each bedroom has its own marble bathroom with very nice fixtures. There are terraces all around it that offer beautiful views of the landscape encompassing cypress and olive trees, as well as the sea.
Within four steps from the house you are in the water. Behind the house is the barbecue area which has a huge wooden table for 20 people.
Besides the beach house, there is the building we live in about 200 metres away and some other buildings used by the employees, but the rest is all nature — beaches, mountains, and the sea. There are no other permanent residents, so it offers a lot of privacy as well.”
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— What are some of the services you offer to holiday guests?
The produce here are delicious. There are a lot of things one can get from our farm on the island, and fresh fish from the fishermen. You can find everything else you need from the markets nearby. We have the luxury of an abundance here on the island typical of a big city.
Holiday guests have free access to the water sport equipment and the bicycles. We have a lot of fun activities for children here like going to the beach, swimming, and checking out the farm animals and ponies.
One of the ponies can be ridden by older kids, and we also have horses here. We saved them from the miserable conditions they were in. We don’t ride them because they have been injured but I’m trying to save all the strays, so I tend to collect a lot of animals. It’s a luxury to have the space to accommodate them.”
— What kind of produce do you grow on the island?
This is a Mediterranean climate, so we grow with the seasons. Everything we grow is available to the guests, including fresh eggs.
We have a big celebration around the olive harvest at the end of October. We have them made into olive oil in an old-fashioned press nearby. So this is not just a summer place. We have incredible activities in the area year-round.”