“A slice of pastoral paradise at this graceful country house, a short stroll from Leros' loveliest beach”
This is a big old house with fine proportions, and an extremely sympathetic renovation has brought former glories back to life. The feel is warm, grand, nicely airy. You get high beamed ceilings, cast-iron beds, crisp white linen and original wood floors. Wander around and you’ll chance upon old rocking chairs, brass lamps, original murals on the walls. The same cool style runs through the house, but no two room are the same, and all the peculiarities of an old country house survive; one room has original alcove wardrobes, another has an 1895 tiled floor.
Rooms on both levels run off a central hall where you find sofas and armchairs to sink into. Only 2 rooms have air-conditioning, but thick walls and ceiling fans (or table top fans in some rooms) suffice (downstairs rooms tend to be cooler). No in-room phones, but - much more usefully - small fridges for keeping drinks cool. Lovely bathrooms come in the English style, with showers instead of tubs.
There are 5 rooms on the upper floor (better views) and 3 rooms below (much cooler). All are similar in size except a Double with A/C (Room 3) on the first floor which is smaller, and there are also 2 Suites with 1 double and 2 single beds (perfect for families with older children). Two side rooms (Superior #2 and Double with A/C #4) have small balconies.
Marianna’s lemon curd is legendary; twist her arm and she may give you a jar to take home. Much of what makes it to the breakfast table is home-grown and home-made; jams come from fruit plucked for the garden and a different flavour is served everyday with delicious home-baked breads. You get freshly-squeezed orange juice or lemonade, yoghurt and honey, fruit and wonderful cakes, maybe rice pudding or fresh local cheese with honey and cinnamon. Gluten and grain-free options are available.
If you want to head off for the day, Marianna can (with prior notice) fix you a picnic lunch (juice, sandwiches, fruit) or you can stop off at beachside tavernas (in Pandeli you can actually eat on the beach).
In the evenings you look after yourself. You can walk up to Alinda (a 5-minute stroll), where 8 or 9 restaurants are open each evening (simple taverna food, on the whole). Otherwise, just blow with the wind. All the villages have tavernas, and nowhere on Leros is more than a 20-minute drive.
Well behaved children of all ages are welcome, and there's plenty of flexible accommodation for families with kids. Under 3's go free (though you'll have to bring your own baby cot as the hotel has none), and there's a small charge for 3-12 year olds.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Double with A/C (#4) has a double and a single bed, one of the Standards (#8) has 3 single beds, while Suite 5/6 sleeps 4 in a double and a twin room. Suite 9/10 also sleeps 4 in a double and a twin room, but is the best overall as it's larger and located close to the garden on the ground floor.