Manna is a much loved, delightful 19th Century 4 Bedroom Farmhouse which sleeps 8 and has been cleverly restored by Olivia (the owner who is a Greek/English sculptor) to retain many of its original features. Set among 5 acres of Mediterranean pine trees and olive groves, this pale cream house with green shutters is one of Syros’ hidden treasures. Only a 15 minute drive to Ermopouli or the beach, with its treasure trove of antique furniture, original tiled floors, thick stone walls and hidden courtyards, this is the perfect retreat.
Entering from the garden, you walk into a delightful courtyard with sun loungers, sofa and comfy armchairs. A large parasol gives shade in the summer months. French windows lead into the dining room with original tiled floor, sea grass carpet, 2 large dressers (full of local pottery), antique settle and dining table with seating for 8. Copper bowls decorate the walls.
Our bijou kitchen is well equipped with gas hob, electric oven and dishwasher and all the delightful bedrooms are air conditioned – crisp white bed linen contrasts with the lovingly collected antique furniture. The snug with original tiled floors, antique kilim and comfortable sofa and armchairs is the hub of the house. The second reception room with local memorabilia and bookshelves crammed with books leads onto the courtyard. Bedroom One is in the main house whereas bedrooms Two, Three and Four are just across the courtyard. The delightful bedrooms each have their own bathrooms – one even houses the original bread oven! This is a home where linens are fresh and colours are serene
The private and secluded gardens extend over 5 acres with pine, olive and lemon trees. The larger courtyard with oleander bushes and bamboo ceiling has a huge marble dining table for al-fresco dining with views across the gardens. There are other seating areas hidden among the gardens where you can snooze with a book. The plunge pool is hidden among the Mediterranean pines which provide shade in the summer. Being waist high, the pool is perfect for a dip in the afternoon having spent the day at the beach or exploring the area. Net, our English speaking gardener, who will meet you at the ferry or airport, is always on hand to recommend places to visit or to just have a chat.
2nd April to 10th June £1500 per week
11th June to 15th July £1900 per week
16th July to 2nd September £2200 per week
3rd September to 22nd October £1800 per week