A slice of Cycladic life in the historic heart of Athens
Anafiotika is one of the tiniest, oldest neighbourhoods in Athens — and surely the most charming. In the foothills of the Acropolis, it’s a wonderful jumble of twisting lanes, wonky little cottages, and brightly painted flowerpots. The secret’s out that it’s one of the most photogenic corners of Athens; but it’s rare for anyone but the lucky few residents to have the privilege of staying here.
Our lucky star was shining bright when we stumbled upon a beautiful ruin for sale. Slowly, carefully, we brought it back to life using natural materials and age-old techniques we learned in the Cyclades — just like the artisans from Anafi island, who built the house over a century ago. A serene oasis overlooking the vibrant metropolis, you’ll wake up to the sound of church bells and sit out under the stars gazing at the city lights.
Bright and airy, the cottage is protected by a preservation order. Original features, antique furniture and pops of pastel complement the contemporary interior design. Pale marble floors and a light, calming colour scheme unite the space. The open-plan living / kitchen area has a built-in sofa and shelves made of hand-pressed plaster, a style typical of Cycladic architecture.
A few steps lead down to the peaceful bedroom, adjacent to a dressing room with a small workspace by the window. Clad in solid white marble, the bathroom comes with a walk-in rain shower and organic toiletries.
The main living space opens onto a sunny pink patio, a lovely spot for morning coffee. To the rear, a path leads to a hidden flagstone terrace, with magical views across the tiled rooftops of Plaka to Lycabettus Hill. Best enjoyed at sunset with a complimentary bottle of wine.
- Air conditioning
- Fully equipped kitchen
- King size bed
- Nespresso machine
- Outdoor barbeque
- Rain shower
- Room darkening shades
- Smart TV
- Travel cot
- Two private terraces