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Zorbathes is a peaceful valley which is hidden close to the centre of Skiathos Island. It is green & fertile & surrounded by pine forests. Through the bottom of the valley run stream beds whose banks are covered by an abundance of wild flowers & ferns, & are shaded by massive plane trees. Our end of the island, which is closest to the Pelion Peninsular, receives a goodly amount of winter rain & the lushness of the valley & the surrounding pine forests reflect this.
We have endeavored to build our houses from as much native material as possible, with rock from Skiathos & pine & chestnut wood from Pelion. We have learned as we have gone along with many mistakes & frustrations (but isn?t that what learning as all about?) & we feel that we have now achieved a fairly close harmony between nature?s beauty & man?s necessities. The kitchens are fully equipped with ovens, 4 cooking rings, coffee makers, electric kettles, etc. They both have washing machines. All of our buildings have open log fires which we love to sit in front of, with a glass of wine from our own grapes, on a cold winter?s day. They are all insulated, with double glazing, to keep them warm in winter & cool in summer. We have planted fruit trees & flowering shrubs around them to complement & enhance the existing pine & olive trees. We also use grape vines for shade as they produce a wonderfully deep, but dappled shade in the summer & then allow the winter sun through after their leaves have dropped. (They also provide us with the grapes from which we make our wine & we can understand how the ancient Greeks regarded the vine as a gift of the gods.)
The Barn is so called because it originally started it's life as a place to store hay and grain for our horse, donkey, goats and chickens. However, as we gradually switched our source of income from animals and an organic garden to providing accommodation for those looking for peace and quiet, we slowly converted the barn into the modern house which it has now become. It is surrounded by fruit trees, oleanders, Virginia creeper, vines and flowering shrubs. There is a large shady patio and another sitting area under the shade of a large pine tree. We have incorporated as much wood, terracotta and native materials as was possible during the conversion and it has developed a distinctive character all of it's own. It is situated in its own grounds providing complete privacy. The accommodation consists of a fully equipped kitchen and open-plan living room with French doors leading out to the patio. There is a bathroom with bath and shower and a smaller bathroom with just shower facilities.
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