Indeed, it was a spectacular home! On a hillside on the Greek peninsula of Mani is a special tower from the 19th century. The abandoned structure appeared like it was going to collapse, but there came a couple who dared to completely renovate the tower. And the aftermath was a special design that looks stunning.
Derelict tower in Greece
It all began in 1984 when Kostas Zouvelos and his fiancé saw a for-sale sign near a crumbled tower on a hillside overlooking the ocean. According to reports, the tower was built in the early 19th century on a secluded hillside on the Greek peninsula of Mani. The couple didn’t have doubt in mind and just fell in love with the tower. When they finally bought the abandoned tower with their know-how, they transformed it into a beautiful home.
The History of Mani
Report has it that the special tower was erected there in the early 19th century on the edge of the peninsula. The tower stands in a good location and was used to serve as a defense against external enemies. According to the history books, only a few families reside in the tower. The islanders were never under Ottoman occupation, like the rest of the country, and assisted Greece gain independence in 1832. After the war, houses and towers were abandoned in large numbers when the inhabitants of the peninsula immigrated to Athens.
Renovation into a beautiful home
Zouvelos and his wife, Kassiani Theodorakakou, spent eight years working on their dilapidated tower. They managed to convert it into a guesthouse with three rooms. Just to ensure that the building matched the environment, they changed the motor color thrice. To make the mortar, they made use of a traditional technique known as kourasani, using lime, local soil, river, sand, ceramic powder, and a small amount of cement.
Furnishing the tower
Working with the building’s original 25 square meter floor, the couple created a kitchen and lobby on one floor. On the other floor, there are three bedrooms. Using space-saving features which include an in-room shower, a carved-out bed and a space-saving kitchen, everything fitted right into the home. Finally, they also created additional outdoor living areas with a sun terrace, swimming pool and large terrace with replanted 100-year-old olive trees. Who wouldn’t want to stay in a beautiful holiday home like this?
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