“Church Cottage“ is a lovely village house, located close to the main church in the traditional village of Polichnitos. The house has two bedrooms, a roof terrace with a beautiful view over the village and the surrounding hills, a well equipped kitchen and a modern bathroom. There is a shady seating area in the courtyard.
“Church Cottage” is the ideal location for people, who enjoy living in a traditional Greek village with local tavernas and shops. The sandy beach of Vatera is only 5km away.
Welcome to our holiday home “Church Cottage”, a lovely village house, located close to the main church in the heart of the traditional village of Polichnitos.
The house has been lovingly restored and decorated; it can be booked for maximum 5 persons. Upstairs it has two bedrooms with double beds. From one of the bedrooms you can enter the roof terrace, where you can enjoy your coffee or your glass of wine in the evening.
At the ground floor there is the spacious and well-equipped kitchen, a dining area, the “library” with many English books, the living room and the large, modern bathroom. The bathroom has a bath tube and a shower; here is also the washing machine.
There is a comfortable and shady seating area in the courtyard.
The house has a wood burner and also central heating. It is therefore also suitable for booking during the cooler season. Electricity, firewood and/or oil for heating are charged extra. Electricity is charged in cash during check-out, costs for firewood and/or oil upfront upon request.
“Church Cottage” is the ideal location for people, who enjoy living in a traditional Greek village with local tavernas and shops. The long, sandy beach of Vatera is only 5km away, the Gulf of Kalloni 4km. There are nice walks through the olive grove starting at the house.
Authentic Kafenions – where you can get a tasty meze (small plates with delicious Greek food) in the evening - and local shops are in close walking distance.
“Church Cottage” is also a good base for birdwatchers. Some of the most interesting bird spots and the saltpans of Skala Polichnitou are not far away.
The old village of Polichnitos was historically the place of refuge for the surrounding beach villages whenever pirates or enemies appeared. Previously the town had around 10,000 inhabitants and was at that time the center of a rich olive growing region and the largest market place in the area.
Today with only about 2000 inhabitants, it is still a beautiful village, surrounded by olive groves, orchards and fields. Some houses are empty, but many have been neatly restored. A stroll through the town is strongly recommended; the old cobblestone streets and many beautiful old stone houses with a distinctive style and interesting architectural details are worth seeing.
Polichnitos is ideal for any traveller during or outside the traditional holiday season as an authentic place to stay. Throughout the year the village is full of life and you will find people on the street, taking care of their daily business or enjoying a cup of coffee or ouzo at kafeneia and ouzeries. The shops, tavernas and coffee shops are open all year, providing food and drinks to locals and visitors.
A stay in Polichnitos combines the charm of an authentic little Greek town with its street life and the quietness and secret places of the small cobblestoned backstreets.
One of the landmarks of the town is the storks in the town center on an abandoned chimney of an old olive press. The storks nest there every year and the youngsters seem to return to the area as well.
The Hot Springs of Polichnitos are well known and highly appreciated by locals and visitors. The facility consists of two bath houses built during the Turkish occupation, modernized more recently, the original ancient buildings, the wells and springs outside and a beautiful old three-arched bridge worth seeing. You also find a little cafe providing drinks and snacks. The healing and relaxing effect of thermal water is remarkable. The clear and odorless water comes out of the ground at a temperature of 67 to 92 degrees. It is rich in minerals and said to be effective against a number of diseases and ailments. The quality of the thermal water is comparable to the famous mineral springs of Wiesbaden in Germany or Bath Spa in England.
Vatera is the settlement below the village of Vrisa, located on the Aegean coast in the south of the island, east of the Gulf of Kalloni. It has the longest beach on Lesvos, almost 10km, composed of sand and fine gravel. The coastal area developed during recent years from a tiny fishing village (with the small harbour of Agios Fokas) to a holiday area with small hotels, villas and apartments for accommodation, plus bars and cafes, restaurants and tavernas. The beach is well used by locals and can be quite lively during the mid summer period, July and August, when tourist numbers are boosted by Athenians and other Greeks. At any time of the year you can still find parts of the beach with not a soul in sight.
Some of the tavernas in Vatera are noted for their traditional food and stunning location on the water´s edge, often providing free sunbeds on the beach for their customers´ comfort.
Vatera is a goog location for exploring the island, especially the south and the centre of Lesvos. Beautiful places like Plomari, an idyllic fishing village and home to many ouzo distilleries on the south coast, or Agiassos (visited by Orthodox pilgrims for the miracle working icon at the Virgin Mary church), probably the most appealing mountain village on Lesvos, are not far away and the traditional villages of Polichnitos, Lisvori & Vassilika are even closer.
The countryside is ideal for lovely walks. It is only a few kilometres to the traditional village of Vrisa where you could stop for a coffee, beer or ouzo meze, or wander around the narrow streets getting local supplies from the little shops, or you can walk along the coast to the small harbour of Agios Fokas. After visiting the small church on the headland and the remains of an ancient temple of Dionysos, we recommend the fish taverna in Agios Fokas harbour. The owner, Dimitris, is a local fisherman, catching fresh fish for the taverna every morning, which you may like to try with a village salad, or sample other traditional cooked food during the day or evening.