Architecture of the House

The farmstead was built as a typical, traditional „chorio“ (means "village" in Greek) as these basic dwellings in rural areas are called. It is formed by cell-like rooms creating wings around a little patio, with a corral for the animals, a water cistern and a wood-fired oven. It is situated with its “back” turned to the north, to shield from the strong Meltemi winds, and with a protected courtyard facing south.

The architect Hans Demarmels (1931-2010) fell in love with Cycladic architecture when he visited Greece. He bought this farmhouse in the 1980ies and then carefully restored and extended it, with great respect for the original building and spirit.