Sleeps from 2 to 13

Xinara House, a beautifully converted former bishop's palace in the heart of unsung Tinos

STAYING AT XINARA HOUSE

Picture the scene: a bowl of just-plucked figs still warm from the sun; shadows dappling across ancient stone tracery, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and that inevitable holiday dilemma - which of the beautiful terrace gardens to choose for a lazy snooze in the sun?  Welcome to Xinara House, former bishop's palace in the heart of unsung Tinos, where contemporary art by Rachel Whiteread, Gilbert & George and others mixed with collectable textiles, lights and furniture.

Xinara House is a beautifully converted classic Cyclades stone-built house from the 17th-18th centuries. In the 1800s it was the home of Cyclades Bishop Ioannes Kollaros (the house bears his coat of arms). There are ancient decorative marble fanlights and plasterwork.Tinos has local marble with exceptional skilled workers who made new floors, tables and even solid-marble basins for the bathrooms and kitchen. Traditional island pebble-patterns are laid on terrace. The exterior is painted with natural limewash to which is added 'loulaki' (old-fashioned laundry blue) in time-honoured fashion. Outside are old mulberries (silk was produced at the house), walnuts, almonds and fruit trees. Our older vines are an ancient and unique variety.

ACCOMMODATION

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Xinara House has in total five twin/ double bedrooms with bathrooms, plus extra sofa-beds to sleep a maximum of thirteen. Each bedroom is different. Xinara House divides into the HOUSE and the adjoining self-contained converted BLACKSMITHS' (also bookable together). It is air-conditioned and heated with wifi in all main areas, with very drinkable spring water throughout.

BLACKSMITHS' 63m². Villa with private west-facing terrace

Large, 63m² high-ceilinged space. Sleeps 2–3; 1.80m-wide bed, plus single sofa bed. Large private bath + shower room. Bench kitchen with espresso machine, gas hob, electric grill/ oven, fridge and washing machine. Large built-in cupboards, Private terrace.

HOUSE 240m². Villa including Gardens

SALA 35 m² traditional Tinos entrance hall with high-beamed ceiling, tall marble-decorated windows and large open fireplace, art and comfortable sofas plus Apple HomePod music.

KITCHEN Traditional greek kitchen with painted wood furniture, plate racks and kitchen table, with solid marble sink and terrazzo floor. Fully equiped. Espresso machine, dishwasher, gas hob, twin ovens, large fridge with ice maker and chilled water.

CHILL ROOM Great views (and of the sea). Lots of art, plus AppleTV, music and 3m-wide cinema screen. may be used to sleep two (with nearby WC but no bathroom)

GROUND-FLOOR BEDROOM 26m² 1.80m-wide bed, large built-in cupboards, adjoining shower-room.

TERRACE BEDROOM 15m² 1.5m-wide bed, built-in cupboard, adjoining shower-room.

MOUNTAIN BEDROOM 14m² Looks out to Exomvourga mountain. 1.5m-wide antique four-poster bed, built-in cupboard, adjoining shower-room.

THE BEDROOM-OVER-THE-ROAD 18m² In the most ancient part of the house. Twin or 1.80m-wide bed, large built-in cupboards, adjoining bathroom.

SERVICES

Xinara House is available to book as a whole or in part. The house has daily service. Our housekeeper will help with local information and reservations.

  • Comfortable beds with crisp snowy-white linen. 
  • Smart efficient bathrooms with hand-made fittings and solid marble basins and floors.
  • Breakfast inside or on the terrace with fresh island milk + yogurt, eggs, bread and bacon, granola, fruit and perfect espresso coffee.
  • Local cooks offer freshly-made lunch or evening meals using local fish and meat, cheeses, and vegetables, or delicious veggie food.
  • Pilates, yoga and other activities available.