This generously proportioned  neo-classical Symi  town house has been stylishly restored with house parties and family bookings in mind.  It is also suitable for couples and smaller families who only want to rent sections of the house.

Access is up approximately 130 stairs from the town square so this property is not suitable for those with mobility problems.  There is limited vehicle access for scooters and hire cars from the back of Mavrovouni, about 5 minutes walk along the lanes. As it is on the sunny side of the harbour, this property is suitable for early and late season bookings.

The house is double storey with separate entrances for upper and lower levels.  Entrance to the upper level is through the landmark red door and up a short steep flight of steps into a private walled courtyard shaded by orange trees and furnished as an outdoor salon.  This leads onto a large terrace furnished as an outdoor dining room with shady bamboo, bright bougainvilleas and spectacular views of the harbour.  Two doors open off the courtyard.  The larger one opens into the old high-ceilinged salon which is furnished as a superb master bedroom in the summer.  With windows on three sides this room has panoramic views.  There is a connecting door into the hallway area mentioned below.

The other door from the courtyard opens into a study with a built in single bed.  The small but efficient kitchen opens off  this room.  A connecting door from the study leads into the hallway area.  The bathroom serving upstairs is off this hallway.  A traditional ladder staircase leads from the hallway up into the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ moussandra bedroom, so called because of its low ceiling and small door leading out onto its own small private terrace.  This bedroom has a small double bed. Returning to the hallway, there is another ladder stair case, closed off by a sound-proofed trapdoor, which is used when the house is rented as a whole. This leads down to the lower level of the house.

The upstairs can be rented separately and is suitable for a couple wanting spacious accommodation and privacy or a small family or 3 singles.  As it only has one bathroom and the two bedrooms are not sound-proofed, it is not really suitable for 2 couples.

The lower level of the house is accessed by a row of doors from a long narrow terrace running the width of the property.  The first door opens into a small bedroom with a vaulted ceiling and a small double bed.  The second door opens into a large salon with a traditional sleeping platform at the back for two people.  The internal ladder staircase from the lower level to upstairs is at the back of this platform. There is a small bathroom and a kitchenette so this level can be rented separately for 2-4 people who do not necessarily want a lot of outside space.

The Lovers’ Corner is separate from main house and is a single cave-like room with an asymmetrical built in bed at one end and the WC, shower and basin screened off behind a curtain at the other.  This has a small fridge and kettle for breakfast and is air conditioned.  The Lovers’ Corner has a large roof terrace.  This terrace is also available to guests renting either the upper or lower house if no one is staying in the Lovers’ Corner at the time.  Apart from couples on a budget this accommodation is also popular with singles who want something a bit more stylish than a single room in an hotel.

This property is recommended in the July 2014 edition of Condė Nast Traveller

Click on the threshold and take a photo tour of the house