Restored Stone Thimonia (Small Barn)/Cottage: a Poet's Retreat

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A Corner of the Livingroom showing Twin Beds /Couch (Fireplace on Rt.)


Last updated: 10/29/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

~MINIMUM STAY 2 WEEKS~Rebuilt/restored (in 1999) 'Thimonia' (small Barn) in style of traditional whitewashed stone cottage--but with all modern conviences and comforts. Situated on edge of residential village of Exambela, with two small fields of 31 olive trees. There are two stone terraces and flower, fruit, herb and vegetable gardens. Private and serene with panoramic views of sea and mountains (ideal Feng Shui). Perfect Retreat for Artists, Writers, Academic Sabbatical.

Sleeps two ideally: one bedroom w/double bed. Living room has two couches which are 'proper' single size beds. BUT house is small with only one bathroom, so couches are really only sutiable for very short-term ie. a weekend guest(or two). It's 10 minutes by local bus to most beaches or a car or motorbike can be rented locally. Security deposit required. Year round rental of house is possible if booked adequately in advance.

Keywords: Traditional Cottage


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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Staff


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    must be responsible adults only...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 3

  • Bedroom 1


  • Other (See Description): 1 double, 2 twin/ single

    the 2 single beds are also the couches in living room....moreless

  • Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower, tub


  • Bathroom 2: outdoor shower

    Hot and Cold Water, Great view of Aegean Sea ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Bedroom Air Conditioned; Central Oil Heating; TV & DVD (Satlite Available); Kitchen, Stove with both bottled gas & electric; Full sized Refrigerator; Full American Bath w/Tub; Cooking utensils and local pottery tableware provided; Ralph Lauren sheets & towels & comforters; Clothes Washer; Hot & Cold water OUTDOOR SHOWER on Terrace; Internet Connection with Broadband; Cleaning Lady Available; EXTRA CHARGES: (Local area only: 22840, telephone service, & electricity are included in the rent.) Heating Oil to be paid by tenant for the length of their stay in winter months. One full day house cleaning @ 75 euros is required....moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Television:

    In Greek with English subtitles....moreless

  • VCR


  • Away From It All


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Outdoor dining for six or more on large stone table and bench on front patio. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    A/C through-the-wall unit over canopy of double bed in bedroom. It can also be for heat if needed. ...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Outside in the Sun in it's own area over lavender plants. ...moreless

  • Fireplace
  • Heating:

    Central oil heat with radiators in every room....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Top quality bed linens and down comforters brought from the USA. ...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large open area which includes dining area....moreless

  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided:

    Three sets of top quality bath towels: bath-sheet, hand towel and washcloth each, brought from the USA....moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    Everything one needs. And lots of pots and pans. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    All the pottery dinner and serving dishes are from local potters. The island is famous for it's pottery....moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped. It has antique marble farm sink, and marble counter tops. ...moreless

  • Oven:

    Stove has both oven and broiler. ...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    There's a broom closet with vacume, iron and ironing board, mops and brooms, etc. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size refrigerator with freezer compartment. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Stove with three electric burners and one bottled gas burner. ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Two patios: one large in the front of the house with an aloni, and a shaded stone dining table & a small stone game table. Another off the bedroom with grape arbor overhead. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Fruit trees, vegetable gardens, herb garden, olive grove on two levels with 31 trees....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off Season
Oct 1 - Nov 30, 2015
14 night min stay

$650 $2,600
Writer's Retreat
Dec 1 - Mar 31, 2016
30 night min stay

Off Season 2
Apr 1 - May 31, 2016
14 night min stay

$650 $2,600
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Taxes Not included


$500 discount for 3 month stay. (Does not apply to writer's retreat.) No one week rentals. No night by night rentals.

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Last updated: 10/29/2015
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Car: Not Necessary

Hiking & Rock Climbing to Mountain Top Monasteries, Churches w/Ancient Icons, Herb Sented Trails of Flora & Fauna, local jewelers, Sinfos is called 'The Potter's Island' having supplied terracotta cooking utensils since ancient times, local potters are still active. Tavernas open year-round w/island grown fruits & vegs, fish, meat& cheese and local wine. Many beach/seaside tavenas open in season.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1999

About the owner: I'm an artist and a writer and a native born New Yorker, USA. My family is not Greek (background is English & Irish), but we love the country, the islands, and especially the people. My husband died in '94 and I had to finish the house and property myself with a local architect, builders, carpenters, landscape gardeners, etc. AND, being dyslexic, I can hardly speak a word in Greek. This listing site say 'Year Purchased' but it should read 'Year Finished'. I have a talented son who's a writer and my daughter-in-law is a playwright. She has inherited--along with her sister--a house of their own in another village. I don't get to Sifnos very often these days, since I've gotten old and creaky, that's why I have 'The Thimonia' listed for rent on VRBO. My 'stuff' is still there--that's why the house is cozy. I feel it's not good for a beloved home to be empty.

Why the Owner Chose Exambela:
My husband, my young son and I came to Sifnos for the first time in 1982. Over the next 10 years we came back-on and off- for summer vacations, renting houses in different villages. We liked Exambela village best because it's just residential (with only a mini-market) and there is a small community of ex-pats. We finally bought land there in 1992, but it took us until 1999 to completely rebuild the Thimonia: originally a goat barn-- adding stone terraces, landscaping the grounds, and adding the gardens and olive groves.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The property has a great view of the Aegean Sea looking East, and of the mountains behind to the West. It's just on the northern edge of the main village of Exambela, which has no roads for cars: just donkey paths or motor bikes. It's very private and quiet--but five minutes walk to the village's mini-market and the bus stop.

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Speaks: english



  • A Corner of the Livingroom showing Twin Beds /Couch (Fireplace on Rt.)

    A Corner of the Livingroom showing Twin Beds /Couch (Fireplace on Rt.)

  • Pergola for Outdoor Dinning with View of the Aegean Sea

    Pergola for Outdoor Dinning with View of the Aegean Sea

  • Bedroom (Air conditioner hidden over canopy--but rarely needed)

    Bedroom (Air conditioner hidden over canopy--but rarely needed)

  • One view of kitchen with hanging baskets

    One view of kitchen with hanging baskets

  • The Themonia

    The Themonia

  • The house's cat, Kayto on an afternoon break

    The house's cat, Kayto on an afternoon break

  • The Property's Olive Groves of 31 Trees on two levels

    The Property's Olive Groves of 31 Trees on two levels

VRBO #55773

This listing was first published here in 2005.

Date last modified - Friday, November 20, 2015

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Exambela #55773

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