Eirini Traditional Houses
Everything starts with an idea. The greatest things, though, start with love. Christos Kamitsis, a stonemason and martial arts teacher, fell in love with Eirini and they got married. Their house in Chora was so beautiful!
Eirini Traditional Houses
Only there was this voice at the foot of the big hill that was calling to Irene. For those passing by, Sapsila was just a hill overlooking the sea... For Irene however, it was a land that spoke to her heart. It was energy coming through the noise, awakening the world to reach the potential of its beauty. It was her paradise.
Although there wasn’t any money to spare, Christos made Irene’s wish to be his mission. And life found its way to respond to true love. The money for the land was found, but there was nothing left for a house. Mister Giannis Kamitsis, master builder, together with his son Christos, undertook themselves the construction of the family’s cottage on every weekend, holiday, evening and even on some nights. Stone by stone, beam by beam, every piece of material taken from Patmos’ old constructions and from whatever was hewed by the sea. “Every stone has a life” tells Christos “My job isn’t building with it; it’s finding it a place where it shall live better”. It took three years for all the stones, beams, doors and windows to find their place in that first cottage. It went by the name of Meropi. And when the chiseling of the wood and stone was done, Irene took over the decoration. She started embroidering the curtains, collecting furniture and decorative items, everything to follow Patmos’ tradition.
So, just as Christos, Irene and their oldest, Maria, where preparing themselves to enjoy their cottage, the first visitors where charmed by its beauty and the beauty of the land and asked to rent it. Christos and Irene couldn’t say no…
So that first building, made out of pure love, led to the idea of developing a small neighborhood: a refuge from the noise and vanity, a place to breathe, to reunite with life. A house to dream and find peace.
“What type of houses?” They would ask. “Little Arhontika (traditional manors)” Irene suggested. And so it happened. They built them, as they would have built their own house. Made stone by stone by Christos’ hand, getting bigger from night to night and from one holiday to another. Passion does not heed rest. Every stone was to become a whole world. Not a single corner was to look like another. In three years’ time another six Arhontika were finished, one next to the other. Like a family. Like soul mates. Like a constellation. So Christos and Irene thought of “Pleiades”. That is how the messengers of the summer and the winter gave their names to our refuge: ”Asteropi”, “Celaeno”, ”Taygeti”, ”Alcyone”, “Pleione”, “Electra”. In May 2003 theirs doors opened. Meanwhile the family got another little star in their arms: Sofia, the little teaser.
The houses are build on top of the Sapsila hill and every one of them has a breathtaking view of the Aegean sea and the sunrise.
Irini Traditional Houses Location
Just 100 meters away you can find the Sapsila and Loucacia beaches, accessible from each house in just a few minutes through a stairway connecting the complex and the beach.
The central location of Irini Traditional Houses means most Patmos landmarks are right in your reach! At about 1.5km away you can find Grikos, a small village in front of an amazing bay, voted as one of the Most Beautiful Bays of the World.
The city of Patmos (Chora) and the Monastery are just 4.5km far if you follow the main road, while the port (Skala) is located just 3km away.
As you open the window, your heart fills with the sight of the sea and your mind instantly overflows with its endless roaring. You find peace. You open yourself to the timeless universe…
Eirini Traditional Houses Experience
This is the first experience you get in the refuge we’ve built for you. And right at that second you feel you are at home, like you’re back to your roots. Back to that place where millions of years ago, you took your first breaths and started your great journey on earth. Your refuge is on the hill that the locals call Sapsila, (paraphrasing the Greek word for shivers), because of the millions of crushed stones, small and large. From up there, there is nothing to stand over or before you. There is yourself, the sea and the sky. That way, it’s just you and the birds that first get to know what ship (friendly or corsair) enters the island’s embrace. And if you lie on the sofa and look up after the day puts on its dark veil, you can’t hold back the laughter, the tears and the silence. Oh the splendor! Countless stars to remind us of the infinity, our own infinity…Of the beauty, our own beauty…
You close your eyes holding that image. You lay on the king sized beds with their baldachins and you let the waves and the night’s silence lull you to sleep. Then, the monastery rooster from below will invite another day to come at daybreak. The lonesome “Loukakia” beach glitters under your balcony welcoming the company of a lucky few. Lower still, stands a dish of “Pilaff”. That’s how the locals said the island in front of us is called. Some of our visitors though, swear that at some hours of the day it looks like a roaring bear. Those are the games that light can play with the stone. All day long.
You’ll experience the same rite with the stones your “arhontiko” is made of. All of them born of the vein that spouted when we dug into our land. We are so thankful to it. We hope it's happy with how we combined its offspring (downstairs and upstairs) with the wooden beams, the trunks that sea got to hew, the white plaster on some of the walls, the wooden floors, the sweet blue windows and cupboards, the Patmos’s traditional tiles on the downstairs floor, the ceramic shreds on the balcony’s walls.
Black and white pebbles, inserted one by one, shape a dolphin or an eagle or a star and start your initiation to the art and life of Patmos: its Irene’s and Christos’ way to open their hearts to you, welcome you to their world and get to know yours. From the minute you step through the door, you discover a folk art museum made for your personal enjoyment. The embroidered curtains, wooden sofas, old windows, cabinets, tables, chairs, lamps and rugs, the stone built fireplace, all take you back to the age of innocence. Here you can finally let go.
Address: Patmos, Dodecanese
Phone: (+30)22470 328-26