Located in one of the few remaining unspoiled places of Greece, Onar Andros offers ten holiday cottages only steps away from the sandy beaches of the small island of Andros.
How would you describe Greek Island Home in a nutshell?
It’s an authentic Greek village house with lots of space, beautiful light and a calming atmosphere.
What was the inspiration behind Greek Island Home?
I was first introduced to Lesbos by my Homeopath who recommended it as a place where I could re-discover my creativity. When I arrived in 2005, I felt an instant connection and bought a house in the village of Skalochori.
Years later, we decided that we wanted somewhere for our family and friends to come and stay when visiting us. This house was owned by the family of a local nun, so we went to the nunnery to talk with her about buying the property.
The original house was half the size and had not been lived in for many years. We were inspired by the beautiful stonework and the incredible views. As part of the renovation process we dug out and excavated the property to incorporate a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
To you personally, what is so special about the area?
Lesbos has a distinct feeling and healing energy about it. It’s the third largest island in Greece and has a varied topography — some parts are forested and other areas are lunar-like — as well as millions of olive trees. Skalochori is special because it’s a really authentic village, with a 1950s, unspoiled atmosphere — a far cry from the glamour of touristy Santorini and Mykonos.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Greek Island Home?
It’s really beautiful, peaceful, and calm, a nurturing space - a place to release the stresses of every day life. The people in the village are incredibly friendly and it all feels very authentic. From listening to the church bells ringing to the sounds of goats and sheep - there is so much beauty everywhere.
My background is in art and design, so I did most of the interiors while my partner created many of the cupboards and artwork. I love making nurturing spaces, it’s a real passion of mine and I’ve designed all my own properties. I’ve also published two books, one of those ‘My Greek Island Home’, is a documentation of my life on Lesbos.