Living at The Talking Table is an immersion into old-fashioned charm and grace. Our manor house belongs to one of the oldest families in the village, who have restored it to its former glory. Down to the last details of sculpted cornices, fluted cornerpieces and decorated ceilings, it can only be described as classic Greek style created with love.
On entering a pebbled pathway leads you along the lawn and mandarin trees. The marble staircase lifts you up to the landing porch where we have some of our meals (when not down in the garden). The front door opens onto the generous sweep of the centre passage, which leads onto the living room, one bedroom, the kitchen and bathroom. Up the stairs like something from a 1930s epic movie, and there, facing the front garden, is the magnificent master bedroom, two more bedrooms, and the second bathroom.
The house has air-conditioning in all the rooms.
The master bedroom we call “Sappho” after the 7th Century BC poet who made the island of Lesbos famous. This is a room so spacious in size and height that your mind and soul may soar in it as you lie on the four-poster double bed. Tall drapes frame the windows with a view of the garden and the leafy square with its tavernas, one of which opens onto a balcony. The soft peach and white tones of the walls are in harmony with the grace of the sculpted cornices and sculpted ceiling. This room is quietly spectacular and one of the most tasteful examples of classic Greek interiors. South-facing, the Sappho room receives the winter sun.
The second bedroom, “Eftaliotis” is named after the most famous writer from our village with double bed sits at the back of the house on the same floor, vith a view of the sea and Turkey beyond. This room, with its subtle interior design, has the advantage of being directly opposite the bathroom.
The third bedroom on the first floor has two three-quarter beds. This spacious room we call “Athina” after the Greek goddess of wisdom. Like “Sappho”, it has a window on the front garden and the square. Its southern orientation also ensures the benefit of pleasant winter sun.
The fourth bedroom is on the ground floor, also facing to the front, called “Mirivilis” after Stratis Mirivilis, who wrote perhaps the most famous novel linked to our village, The School Mistress with the Golden Eyes. This room is similar in size to the “Athina” room upstairs and likewise has two three-quarter beds.