Sleeps from 2 to 13

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

Staying at Xinara House – Practical Information

The two International airports nearby are Mykonos and Athens. Mykonos (Apr-Oct) is a 30-minute ferry + 20-minute taxi ride (or use the infrequent bus) to the small, busy airport. Note that ferries and planes can be late in summer, Athens, 3.45 hrs ferry (2+hrs in summer) to Rafina Port + 20-minute taxi or 35-minute bus to airport. Syros, 30 minute by ferry, also has dally flights to Athens.

Before booking flights check connecting ferry times on

Athens is a lively interesting city and good for a stopover. 2.5hrs (summer) to 3.45 hrs by ferry (or maybe fly to or from Mykonos or Syros). It is hot in summer, though easy to get around with the Metro, and taxis are everywhere and cheap. Uber is no longer available.


Please ask our housekeeper who will arrange babysitters and child help. 

There's huge variety, from lonely coves to lively beaches with bars, music and loungers. Our nearest, a few minutes by car is Kolymbithra, a long stretch with a beach bar then just sand (they do some surfing here too). On the opposite side of the island (20 minutes) is Ay. Fokas with a kilometre of sand; at the centre is excellent Marathia restaurant right on the beach. If it's windy, generally the calmest beaches are on the SW side. We have beach towels. 

Bed linen + bathroom towels are normally changed every three days. If you need anything please ask the housekeeper.

You can charter a boat to go to distant beaches or Delos island. Best for a group. Housekeeping will help with this.

The housekeepers come to provide breakfast at 9am each day and will do some cleaning, and cooking if you wish.

We use helpful and well-priced Vidalis Car Rental. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +30 2283 024300, and are happy to arrange a car for your arrival. 

If you fancy bouldering/ training on our mountain, look on Walk up to the base from the gates at the top of our gardens.

Use the washing machines, or the housekeeping staff can organise laundry for you. The machines can be set to wash and dry but this takes much longer unless the load is small. There will be washing liquid nearby, and a steam iron plus ironing board.

Turn on and make sure the tank at the back is filled - use cold water. Lift the hinged front at the top and put in a coffee capsule and press to start when the light stops flashing (it takes a couple of minutes to warm up). Lifting the top automatically ejects the previous capsule, but every so often you will need to pull out the front and discard used ones. You can also use it for dispensing hot water for tea etc.

If you would like an evening meal cooked please discuss this with the housekeeper in advance.

Leave the remote on auto and set the temperature you want. Only works with the windows closed. The system uses a highly-efficient heat exchanger that uses little power but can take a while to achieve the desired temperature.

240v. Call housekeeping if you need help. Occasionally there are short outages.

The are several printed and online guides (Tinos Today) for summer activities, shows, music etc. Most of the 50-odd villages put on a evening party each summer with drink, food, traditional music and dancing for locals. Visitors are welcome. These 'panigyri' are announced on village boards, telegraph poles or word of mouth - ask what's coming up.

Ferries go to Syros (good for a night or two), Mykonos (for shopping + partying) and on to Naxos, or to Athens via Andros (there is no boat services across the narrow sound between Tinos and Andros). There are two Athens ports: 3.45hrs ferry (2+hrs in summer) to Rafina and 50 minutes into town; or Piraeus 4.45 hrs + 15 minute taxi or a Metro journey to the centre. Use Rafina for Athens Airport. 

For ferry times use or Buy tickets online in advance for a car in high summer/ bank holidays and for the small fast summer ferries. Otherwise you can get them near the port. On Tinos There are many agencies - we use helpful Malliaris Travel on the front in the centre of town +30 2283 024241.

You are welcome to light a winter wood fire in the living room - it works best set towards the back. It is essential to use the fireguard so it does not damage the floor or rug. Ask the housekeeper. 

There is salt, pepper, sugar, coffee, tea, and various non-perishable ingredients in stock. Biggish supermarkets are 10 minutes away (generally 8am – 8pm Mon-Sat), but beware, supermarkets and most shops are closed on Sundays and holidays. However a few small shops do open in the town on Sunday in the broad road that runs up to the shrine church, Panagia Evangelistria – a good bakers' and excellent dairy shop for example. The vegetable market near the bus station and ferry port has locally-grown produce; 8am till 3pm + Sundays in summer. Ask for the Pelican fish shop – a pelican lives here! You can sometimes buy fish off the boats in the old harbour between 9 -10 am. The meat from butchers on Tinos is mostly home produced and excellent.

Enjoy everywhere in the Xinara House gardens and help yourself to whatever fruit and vegetables are ready.

Only the hobs are gas. It runs from cylinders. Call housekeeping if it is losing power - it can be simply switched to another bottle. 

Leave the remote on auto and set the temperature you want. Only works with the windows closed. The system uses a highly-efficient heat exchanger that uses little power but can take a while to achieve the desired temperature.

HOUSEKEEPING +30 697 7514326
Before you arrive our manager, Jenny Prinea will SMS/ WhatsApp you about your arrival, and can help with local information, reservations, etc. 

Frequent ferries go to nearby Syros, the administrative capital of the local islands with squares, old villas and pleasant restaurants, or Mykonos (hugely busy in summer with cruise ships, hundreds of shops and big clubs) for a night/ all-night out. A ferry service from Mykonos old port goes across to tiny Delos with extensive ruins and an archeological museum. Alternatively charter a boat in Tinos's old port (housekeeping will help) to take your group to Delos and dessert island Rineia for a picnic and swim. Further off are larger Naxos island, or, on the way to the mainland Andros 

Keep the front door key with you, and lock all the other doors from the inside. There is very little crime on Tinos, but of course, you never know. If you lose your key call housekeeping.

In the Sala (main room) just call out 'Hey Siri' then what you wish to hear, example 'Hey Siri play Amy Winehouse'. You can also ask it to turn the volume up and down etc, ask the weather, set an alarm, and so on. There's no screen or keyboard. In the Blacksmiths is a BOSE smart speaker that you can Bluetooth pair with your phone.

Light a wood fire towards the back at least an hour before you want to use it so the walls and floor heat up. When the flames have mostly died down put the fish, meat etc (in a tin with foil over) at the front and close the stone door. Check and turn it if necessary after half an hour.

Mosquitos are occasionally around (note; the larger ones do not bite). Out walking in summer you may come across smallish vipers with a criss-cross pattern down their back - avoid them! If you are bitten go straight to the Health Centre in the town, though there is a snake venom extractor syringe in the House WC first-aid box which will help.

There are summer tavernas in the neighbouring villages of Kambos, Ktikados + Krokos. In winter head down to the town and beyond where there are excellent restaurants. A few places we especially recomend are Tereza’s village taverna in Mirsini, Marathia restaurant + beach bar at Ig.Fokas, Tarsanas taverna, SE end of harbour, To Thalassaki restaurant on the quay at Isternia Bay.

Tavernas also do takeaways, or you can arrange via housekeeping for someone to cook. 

Are excellent and mostly based in the main town 'Chora'. +30 693 8870222

Toilet paper may be flushed down toilets but no other paper products (such as nappies, Tampex, etc).

There is Netflix, etc. Use the white Optoma remote just to press ON. After about 15 seconds press MENU on the small Apple black-and-silver remote. Use your finger along the to upper area of this to navigate and click on apps. Press MENU to go back. When you have finished just walk away – it will turn off. You can cast from your phone for other stuff. Using the DVD player is slight more complicated. You have to change from HTMI 1 to HTMI 2 on the Optoma remote then use the remote for DVD player. Remember to go back to HTMI 1 afterwards.
NOTE: Use the ON, VOLUME and HTMI buttons on the projector remote but leave the other settings untouched. Do not move the projector or make any adjustments to it (it is fiddly to reset!).

If you walk out of the gates at the top of the gardens, up past the church and round the right-hand side of the mountain to the opposite side you come to a monastery. A track continues up to the top of Exomvourgo past the ancient ruined Kastro.

Xinara House gardens are alongside the old stone donkey track that leads down to town one way (1hr) and across to the beautiful quiet beach at Livada the other way (1¼ hrs). It also connects with several other ancient routes. For more information on walking in Tinos:

No need to buy bottled water; the water at Xinara is clean filtered spring water from the mountain. The house fridge has chilled extra-filtered water and an ice machine in the freezer drawer.

XinaraHouse Wifi (password: xinarahouse) works inside and out, nearly everywhere. If you want to print a boarding pass, etc, click HP Printer in your device print-dialogue (it works anywhere so long as you are connected.

Explore the local production. There has been a renaissance of Tinos wines, some organic and raw, with newly established vineyards using ancient varieties with modern techniques. You can also buy low-priced local wine including excellent rose in plastic bottles (check if it is sweet or dry). Nissos Beer is an award-winning brewery on the island producing organic beers. Aromatic raki is produced everywhere (the village of Falatados's production is locally famous) and is delicious served over ice.