Cottages “Azalas” in Agios Dimitrios, Moutsouna (Naxos)
by Astrid Scharlau and Nikos Mandilarás
On the quiet east coast of the island of Naxos we rent four beautifully designed, fully equipped cottages, each 60 m2, suitable for 2 adults and 1 – 2 children. Built in the traditional style of local marble and stone, they are situated directly on the Aegean Sea in a quiet garden with vineyards and olive trees. Each cottage has its own terrace with a breathtaking view of the sea, of Cape Stavros and the surrounding islands.
Since spring 2010 the verandas are shaded by wooden pergolas.
The cottages consist of one room divided by a curtain in a bedroom area with two beds and a sitting room and kitchen area with refrigerator and small electric stove. In the sitting room area there is a sofa that converts into two beds, and a fireplace made from beautiful local stone for use on chilly evenings in autumn and winter. Cottage interiors are of wood and tile brightened with hand-woven curtains in traditional designs of the island. Each cottage has a full bathroom with shower and WC. Sheets and towels are provided.
In the sitting room area is a fireplace that can be used in cold weather. In the background the sleeping area.
view from the sleeping area into the kitchen area
the sitting room area with the sofa and the kitchen
The sofa can be opened into two separate beds of 2,00 and 1,80 m length respectively.
In addition to the individual cottage kitchens, all guests have access to a large kitchen with a gas stove and oven, a big fridge with freezer, and a large wood oven. You can also use a washing machine and an internet connection.
Adjacent to the cottages, overlooking the sea, there is a large pergola covered with vines where you can spend the hot hours of the summer days. Here is also a big marble table for outdoor picnics or evening meals. Or if you prefer, you can sit at one of several smaller marble tables in the shadow of the pines and olive trees.
The shady pergola is the best place to spend the hot hours during summer.
A large vineyard and vegetable garden surrounds the houses. Depending upon the season (and the weather conditions), guests may help themselves to our grapes and vegetables. We also provide local organic olive oil and our own excellent wine. Cheers!
the garden in spring
Directly in front of the cottages there is a small, clean sand beach with crystal clear water ideal for swimming and sunbathing. It is quiet and private, used mostly by our guests and a few local residents. Here also stands the small chapel of Agios Dimitrios.
the sand beach; in the center of the picture you can see the cottages
the chapel Agios Dimitris
In the small village of Moutsouna in three kilometers distance, there are several taverns and a Mini market (open in summer, from mid-June until mid-September). If you don’t want to rent a car, you can go by bus from Moutsouna to the next village of Apiranthos and from there to Chora, the main town of Naxos (40 kilometers; the buses operate mainly during school season). We can also shop for you or take you into town when we go.
In Moutsouna you can eat nicely in several taverns right by the sea.