Greek Island Retreat is a dreamy beach vacation house on its own small private island in the Cyclades, surrounded by a pristine Mediterranean landscape and facing the turquoise sea.
How would you describe Psacharopoulos House in a nutshell
On the beautiful island of Sifnos this villa rental, Psacharopoulos House, is in the perfect location for a charming vacation in the Greek Cyclades. Off the beaten track and much more a place for artists and intellectuals rather than the standard tourist, it is truly a glorious lodging on an unique island. This five-bedroom neoclassical mansion has space for up to eight guests, with bedrooms on two storeys and surrounded by charming gardens.
Please tell me a bit about the history of Psacharopoulos House.
Psacharopoulos House was built in the middle of the 19th century by the Psacharopoulos family. The members of the family owned the Pan Hellenic Shipping Company that connected many of Europe’s famous trading ports. Now in its 6th generation, the house was originally built as a place of gathering for all the members of the family who were scattered around the world.
For the construction, the family used the skills of both local and foreign workmen while the building materials were transported on the ships that belonged to the family.
How would you describe the style of the building?
Psacharopoulos House is a 19th century house which combines the neoclassical elements with the local architecture. Not more than five houses in Sifnos have this style. We have not changed anything over the years, so when you go inside the house it is as if traveling back in time a bit. You can feel the history of the house. We have done a lot of work on it over the years — probably 70% of the house has passed through my hands over time — it is our baby. For example, if something breaks sometimes takes two or three months to find that special item or material in order to replace or repair it. We have only added three new bathrooms.
What is the biggest reward when you share your house with other people?
We have met many interesting people who really appreciate and share with us the atmosphere of Psacharopoulos House. We feel very happy and content when they enjoy their holiday and feel relaxed in our home.
To you personally, what is so special about Psacharopoulos House?
Psacharopoulos House holds a life of its own. It is created by the people who lived there and their histories. Some of them were famous, other were not, but all of them loved it and cherished it and you can still feel it if you stay there for a while.