Greek Island Home

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Shops and restaurants: In walking distance
    Closest beach: 8km (12 mins by car)
    The crystal clear waters at Eresos beach: 33km (45 mins by car)
    Plomari, ouzo capital of the world: 74km (1h 30 mins by car)
  • Mitilini Airport (MJT): 63km (1h by car)
    Mitilini Ferry Port: 58km (1h by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking
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An introduction to Greek Island Home

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.

Living room and extra bed
Living room and extra bed
Living room and extra bed
Living room and extra bed
Living room
Living room
Bedroom
Bedroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Staircase
Hallway
Kitchen
Kitchen
Sea view
Sea view
Terrace
Entrance
Entrance
Outside
Outside

Greek Island Home rooms & rates

You enter the property through a gate that leads to a little stone courtyard, with the front door opening out into a large room. There’s a fireplace here and windows looking out towards the sea, as well as a big sofa and a metal bed for an additional person. A door leads from here to a terrace where there are amazing sunset views while a set of stairs connects to the bathroom where there’s a shower, a small bath and a washing machine.

A hallway leads towards the kitchen where you’ll find a bar fridge, a cooker and cupboards, with the main bedroom (equipped with a king-size bed) off to one side. The kitchen also connects through double doors to a little courtyard, so there are lots of outdoor places to relax.

  • Greek Island Home for 2-3 people / 110 m²
    260 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchen
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
Included in the rates
Rates are on a self-catering basis. A cleaning fee of EUR 70 is included in every booking.
Children & Extra beds
Children from 8 years and older are welcome. There is no space for any extra beds.
Minimum stay
3 - 7 nights (check calendar for dates)
Check in time
after 16:00
Check out time
before 11:00

Facilities & services

  • Terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Washing machine
  • Not suitable for young children
  • Hair dryer

We like to stock the house with a few grocery items for when our guests arrive, such as yoghurt, vegetables and a bottle of wine, so they don’t have to rush out to the store. We’re also available for recommendations or suggestions about where to go and what to do on Lesbos. In the future, we plan on offering art classes in painting and drawing if guests are interested.

Please note there is no internet or TV at the house so you can completely shut down and relax. There is a café in the village only a few minutes walk away where you can connect and have a nice cup of coffee.

Things to do in Lesbos & Skalochori

  • Art / Culture
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Boat trips

I’d really recommend the monastery at Mandamados, although there are numerous other monasteries on the island. The beaches are also beautiful and mostly pebbly as Lesbos is a volcanic island. Taking a boat trip to Tokmakia, a small group of uninhabited islands to the northeast of Lesbos is another highlight — it’s like the Caribbean with turquoise waters and white sands.

I also recommend to explore the back streets of the Port Town of Mytillini, Lesbo’s largest town. Also worth a trip is Plomari, the ouzo capital of the world, and Molyvos, which is very picturesque and crowned by the second-largest fortress on the island.

Ayvalik in Turkey is also highly recommended for a day trip or two days. It is just a boat ride away and there is a market on Thursdays.

The location of Greek Island Home

The village of Skalochori is on the western side of Lesbos, around 1 hour and 10 minutes drive from the airport. It’s centred around a big square where there’s a taverna and a couple of mini-markets (people also come through selling fish direct from the back of their trucks). The house is perched in a hilly, rural area and has views of the sea, although the coast is around 10 minutes away by car. You definitely need a car to get around the island and explore its monasteries, villages and beautiful scenery.

When is the best time to visit Lesbos?

We’re open between April and October, as it can get quite cold and wet outside of that period. August is very hot and the “busiest” time, although Skalochori never gets that busy. April and the beginning of May can be a bit unpredictable but the end of May and June are lovely.