Asklipion Valley Guesthouse
Welcome to the world of Anastasia Vagalatis, a Greek-Canadian artist from Kos who runs engaging and creative workshops for children and adults in her lovely guesthouse. If you want your holidays on Kos to be rich, meaningful and rewarding, visiting Anastasia is a must.
Anastasia has a deep love for the environment, a philosophy which has influenced her in a myriad of ways, and particularly in recycling material to work with. Through her lessons she helps people release their creativity in different ways, enabling them to achieve a new level of internal and external awareness.
Her workshop, gallery space and modern guesthouses appropriately lie near the archaeological site of Asklepion – an institution from ancient times where healers cured their patients and taught others the art of healing. The area is full of natural attractions and beauty, surrounded by olive trees and boasting a view of the infinite blue Aegean where the sounds of wild birds drowns out the faraway noises of civilization.
An estate in nature
In this serene environment, Anastasia has created a relaxed outdoor workshop for anyone who likes to spend some time during their holidays, expressing, communicating, and experimenting with various techniques, and learning personal secrets she has gained through her 30 years of experience. Children, adults, groups, families, friends or couples, are warmly invited to discover the artist within them, to just drop in for a visit, or simply enjoy the surroundings.
Anastasia is a down-to-earth kindhearted artist, mother and life partner who loves sharing her knowledge. She also shares the bounty of her land such as organic vegetables, herbs, homemade olives, fruits in season and delicious virgin olive oil with her guests so they can prepare their own Mediterranean dishes. Wander around the estate and you'll be captivated by the scents of sage and thyme. You'll then be tempted to nap under the shade of a tree or read a book in solitude.
Activities off the beaten track
In addition to the workshops and accommodation, Anastasia can help you discover the most authentic side of Kos from its nature to its historical attractions. After all, the estate lies in a traditional paradise surrounded by 80 olive trees, as well as apricot, lemon, fig, mandarin and pomegranate trees. You'll love walking among the sage and thyme bushes, following goat paths to discover hidden canyons and old watermills.
There's a secluded sandy beach not far from the property with a cozy 'taverna' that serves fresh fish every day. The whole area is ideal for hiking, especially along the goat paths, which reach deep into the island's nature-filled canyons. You'll come across old watermills and springs which few people know about. Spring, fall and winter are great times to hike in Kos!
You must visit the traditional Platani village nearby to discover the traditional market or to enjoy the village's famous Turkish cuisine (Kos is very close to Turkey and still boasts a strong Ottoman influence). The nearby Asklepeion is of course a major historical and archeological attraction just beside the property and definitely worth visiting. Ask Anastasia if you want to go on a guided hiking or biking trip, or if you want to discover the hidden side of Kos. This friendly family-run property and creative space is an unparalleled base to discover the best of the island!