Pyrgos House, Potamos
Kythira is a magic island in many respects, and Pyrgos House is the ultimate place to discover its beauty through hiking and other activities, thanks to Frank, the eco-friendly Dutch philhellene and owner of this magnificently authentic place.
This traditional, spacious and aristocratic village house is located in a narrow and quiet alley in the friendly and historic residential neighbourhood of Panaretianika. From the balcony, the view over the green hills in the direction of Logothetianika is stunning.
In rebuilding Pyrgos House, the owners have used only natural materials like wooden windows and door frames. On hot days you'll notice that the house is well insulated thanks to the very thick walls and the double-glazed windows, keeping all the rooms cool in summer (no airconditioning, and it's not really needed). Eco-friendly paint, low-energy lighting and recycling activities add to the property's green philosophy.
Those who love to cook will delight in Pyrgos House. The kitchen is fully equipped, and guests can use the products from the property's organic garden nearby, with vegetables, fruit and herbs all year around. Free range chickens guarantee farm fresh eggs every morning, and in your kitchen there's a bottle of Pyrgos' very own olive oil.
For those who want more insight into the culture, Pyrgos House is just perfect for submerging yourself in Greek village life. Every Sunday morning locals and visitors come together at the market on Potamos’ village square. This traditional and colourful market sees islanders sell their local products as they have been doing for hundreds of years.
Pyrgos House is open all year around, with fall and spring being particularly great times to visit the island. Even in winter (with its many sunny days), it's perfect for a quiet escape, particularly since central heating and the woodstove render your stay very comfortable.
Hiking as a passion…
The team at Pyrgos House are passionate about walking and hiking, which is why they opened the Pyrgos House Tourist Office in Potamos, right next to the church. They will unveil the whole network of footpaths and the many villages around Kythira that are all interconnected, sharing their insight and tips with avid hikers and nature lovers. The tours on offer will show you the best of the island including workshops for soap, winemaking, olive oil, pottery and more. Check out the tours and trips on offer here: Pyrgos House Tourist Office
Pyrgos House works closely with several local businesses to further sustainable tourism, with focus on the many young people who have decided to stay on the island and keep up the family business such as soap-making, winemaking and ceramics.