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
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.