6 bedroom manor house for sale
Greece - Northern Aegean islands, Limnos, Myrina
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- Elegant Detached Period Property Built - 1899
- Centrally located - best neighborhood in town
- Seafront - Sea Views
- Original features retained
- Minimal interventions required
- Close to town amenities
- Ready to occupy
This is an impressive, detached and sizeable Mansion (160 m2 per level, 80 m2 of basement in a 360 m2 plot of land) located at a seafront location in Romaeikos Yialos in Myrina. It is within walking distance to the seafront tavernas, the sandy beach, the children’s playground and all the amenities in town. Within a short walk one can reach the Myrina Castle with the deer and Myrina Harbour.
It was built in 1899 by the great grandfather of the current Owners, a wealthy Limnian businessman with five daughters, who had his businesses and main residence in Alexandria Egypt but had this Mansion built for the summer vacations of his family when they returned to Limnos. The initials of the Founder and the date of construction are included in the intricate iron fretwork over the main Entrance.
The Mansion has stayed in the family since then and is used as a second home (apart from the period when it was sequestered by the occupying German Army) but as the family members increase, the shares of ownership increases also and the practicalities of maintaining the property in good condition become complicated.
All the original features have been retained and preserved. Only five shutters have been replaced by new ones which have been replicated to match the original ones. Also the roof was updated and maintained in the original style in 2011, using Byzantine ceramic titles for the works to match the original style.
The Mansion’s living space is spread over two levels & is comprised as follows:
Ground Floor: Grand entrance hall, with the original floor ceramic tiles and swiping polished staircase to the first floor. The Floor tiles continue throughout the ground floor, changing patterns only according to functions of the rooms. To the right of the entrance hall through double doors is the spacious dinning room with windows to the front of the property and sea views to Romaeikos Yialos & Door to the back lobby. Ahead of the Entrance hall are the double doors leading to the two connecting reception rooms (currently used as bedrooms) and archway leading to the back lobby. To the right of the back lobby is the spacious kitchen / breakfast room with the original fittings and pantry. Next to the kitchen are the two bathrooms (one with shower & one with full bath tub) with a dressing area just before them. At the end of the lobby is the back exit door to the Courtyard / garden with the mature tree that provides welcoming shade to the sitting area.
At the back of the Mansion is the access to the basement, through a series of external steps – it is used mainly for storage.
First Floor: The sweeping staircase with the tall colour glass window and decorative alcoves, leads to the upper level with two spacious bedrooms to the right of the staircase and looking to the front of the property and four bedrooms to the left of the staircase, two of which look out to the courtyard and two to the sides of the property. All bedrooms have the original fitted wardrobes.
At each end of the long corridor there were French doors leading to balconies. The rear balcony is no longer in place; therefore the French doors have waist high security guard railing to prevent accidents. The front marble floor balcony with the iron fretwork railings is intact and in use providing magnificent panoramic views over Romaeikos Yialos and the Aegean Sea, Myrina Castle and the hills to the left overlooking the town.
The fixtures and fittings if desired can be acquired by negotiating terms with the Vendors – a note worthy item is the original Italian marble bathtub, no longer in use but in good condition.
The Mansion is connected to utilities.
About the Area
Limnos (or Lemnos) is located in the North East Aegean Sea between the peninsular of Mount Athos and the islands of Samothrace and Lesvos. In size it is the eighth largest Greek island with a uniquely shaped with numerous small and large bays coastline of 259 km.
Generally Limnos is a flat island with the one high point being the peak of mountain Skopia (470 m). The total surface area of the island is 476 sq.km. with 18.000 inhabitants. Together with the small island of Agios Efstratios and the island of Lesvos, they form the Lesvos Region.
Limnos is a volcanic island, which looks barren when one approaches by ferry. Once on the island though the green trees and valleys mingle with the white of the houses and the golden sand beaches. It is considered to be one of the beautiful islands of the north eastern Aegean, rich in history, nature and products such as honey, wine, cheese and lots of fish.
One third of the Limnos population lives in the capital town of Myrina, while the rest
live at the 31 villages of Limnos. Compared to the other islands of the North East Aegean
Sea, the climate in Limnos is very dry. Although strong winds are some times prevalent,
it rains almost never. Even so, poplars, plane trees, eucalyptuses, pine trees and almond
trees grow in abundance.
WHAT TO EXPECT
• Sandy beaches and crystal clear seas, safe and pleasant for the young and the old.
• A clean island with plenty of fresh cheap fish, wines, cheese, honey.
• Water sports for the enthusiast and the active sports person and ease and comfort for the casual leisure seeker.
• Night life and music for the younger,
• Good company for the older.
HISTORY AND MYTHOLOGY
THE island's history dates as far back as pre-historic times. Poliochni is the most ancient Neolithic city in the Aegean with four chronologically different settlements one on top of the other. The oldest, Blue Poliochni was built around 4000BC. It is followed by Green Poliochni, covering 11,000 sq. meters. The third settlement is Red Poliochni which is followed by Yellow Poliochni, which seems to have been destroyed at the same time as Troy II about 2100BC. Despite this destruction, however, Poliochni seemed to continue its life until the destruction of Troy VII in 1184 BC. However in some place its destruction in the years around 1600 BC coincides with the big volcanic eruption of the Santorini volcano.
According to legend, the god Hephaestus, son of Hera, had his scientific laboratory here where he manufactured all his magnificent inventions. This legend has its roots in the fact that Limnians were the first and best ironsmiths of the Aegean and the Hellenic world.
According to the myth Zeus was angered with Hephaestus for he was spying on him at his mother's bidding and threw him off Olympus. Hephaestus fell on Limnos and broke his leg, and was lame ever after. The inhabitants, a people race called the Sintes, treated him well and he stayed with them, making Limnos his base.
Another legend connects the island with the Argonauts. The son of the god Dionysus and Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, was Thos, king of this island. On his way to Colchis with the Argonauts, Jason married the king’s daughter Ypsipili and took her with them. THIS legend seems to have its roots in a matriarchal period on the island as, according to myth, the women killed all their men and later took as husbands the Argonauts who stopped there on their way to Colchis.
The island continued to flourish well after the prehistoric years and into the historic years, when the name of the island was Dipolis (two cities) because of the two powerful cities on the island, Myrina and Haefaestia. In the year 510 BC the island was conquered by the Athenians and later it was conquered by the Persians during the Persian Wars. In 479 BC it was freed again and followed the history of Athens until the 2nd century AD. During the Byzantine Period, the importance of the island was recognized and its economy boomed (11th and 12th century AD). In the year 1204 the Venetians took over the island which was retaken by Byzantium and was given to the Genoese merchant Ioustiniani.
In 1458 Limnos was conquered by the Turks and held by them until 1912 when the island was freed and re-united with Hellas.
WHAT TO SEE – PLACES TO VISIT
Myrina is the island's capital and main port with 5000 inhabitants.. The heart of Lemnos beats in its capital, the idyllic Myrina, which lies between two creeks: the cosmopolitan Romeikos (Greek) Yialos (Seashore ) and Turkish Seashore or Port, which is washed by the sea of Nea Madytos and surrounded by the commercial and Venetian port.
As capital of the island, it had already started to flourish since the Turkish domination. So, Turkish garrison and families of Turks were living nearby the fort –that’s why it is called Turkish Yialos (Seashore) . The other side of the castle, which was settled by Greeks, around the Cathedral and their church, was called Romeikos Yialos (Seashore ).
In the middle of the two bays is the huge rock with the castle on the top. Myrina is built on the ruins of the ancient city and has been inhabited continuously since prehistoric times. The whole city looks like a princess with the old stone mansions and the finesse of an aristocrat.
In Myrina you must visit:
a) The Castle built in Byzantine times by Andronicus A Komninos in 1183-1185 on the pre-existing Pelasgian Walls. The castle was reinforced by the Genoese Ioustiniani. In the Castle and the various caves that surround it today deer live and find shelter quite freely.
b) The Archaeological Museum, where there are important finds from Myrina, Haefaestia, and Kavirio as well as from prehistoric Poliochni. Pots, sculpture and a very good coin collection and Limnos ceramics are also exhibited.
You must also visit the traditional mansions and the old water springs in Platy.
Although Kaminia today is only a small village, it is very near the prehistoric site of Poliochni, which is near the seaside. Here tablets with Limnian dialect were found. This dialect is very much related to the Etruscan dialect. In Poliochni a real treasure of gold coins was found very similar to Priam's Treasure found in Troy.
Haefaestia is situated in the Pournia Bay. This ancient city which took her name from god Hephaestus was one of the island's most important cities in classical times. You can still see part of the theater, the ruins of the acropolis and a graveyard of the 5th and 4th century BC.
Three kilometers from Haefaestia is Kavirio, a sanctuary in honor of Kaviri, the mysterious gods of the northern Aegean with the mystic ceremonies. The sanctuary is even older than the one in Samothrace. The Kaviri were worshipped in Limnos as in Samothrace.
Filoktitis Cave is a cave where according to tradition the Homeric hero lived in and was actually the inner sanctuary of the Kaviri.
Moudros, the second big port in the island, is situated in the biggest and safest natural bay of the northern Aegean and was often used by the navy in all wars.
In Repanidi one may visit the ruins of a Byzantine castle. Here the locally called "ayiochoma" or the mineral “ limnia earth” was taken and was used first by Hippocrates for its therapeutic properties to various diseases. It continued to be used for this purpose until the beginning of the 20th century.
WHERE TO STAY
There are many good hotels, apartments and rented rooms in Myrina and Moudros but also in most of the island's villages. Access is easy since the road system is good and a good bus service exists with the added benefit of taxis, rented cars, bicycles and motorbikes.
IN SHORT LIMNOS IS AN ISLAND FOR ALL TASTES. ENJOY !
Travelling to Limnos
• From Piraeus all the year round, total time 18.5 hours (179 n. miles)
• From Rafina 13.5 hours
• From Salonika, Kavalla, Alexandroupolis and all the other Eastern Aegean Islands.
The island has a modern airport and is receiving International and Domestic flights. There are direct flights from UK every Thursday in the holiday season as well as connecting flights from Athens, Thesaliniki , Lesvos, Rhodes to name but a few
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