A Summer House in Greece

Ancient and Modern , rustic and elegant , minimal yet rich in detail , Greek Style is remarkable for the exciting contrasts and electric mix of influences. In a country where one is never more than 140 miles from the sea , the intense azure of water and the brilliance of sunlight are the primary elements of style. To these essentials are added dazzling white and delicate ,pastel-shaded walls, cool floors of stone or mosaic , colourful striped fabrics and charming examples of folk art.

You are invited to discover the dramatic geographical range of Greece , from the modern mainland , with its mountains and oriental influences , to the Cyclades ,Evia, Ionian and Dodecanese islands , with their white-washed fishing villages clinging to rocky hills. Here too are centuries -old family estates , the turquoise and pink studio of a local artist , and the cliff-top and beach front dwellings of newcomers  - travellers so infatuated with the Greek lifestyle that they have converted farmhouses, seafarer’s homes and even a tiny pigeon house into novel holiday retreats. All of these , from the modest one room village house to the rock-carved hideaway and luxurious villa perched over the sea , celebrate the unforgettable and enduring stylistic tradition of Greece.

In the beginning there is the light of the sun reflected from mountains and sea with such incandes-cence that it may surpass light anywhere else in the world. Under that blazing sun , days are replete with stunning sights .The magic and force of that sun carries into the flower -laden and sea-scened fragrance of the night when one feels the myths and history seething and alive. Olive groves and vineyards; on the tossing waves of the sea , the red hulls of boats. Etched in the faces of people the marks of struggle, sorrow , endurance. Rituals of planting and harvest , songs and dances, changeless in their essence from the time of Homer. The plaintive strains of reed flute plays the music Odysseus might have heard while fishermen , casting their nets on a beach at twilight , could be descendants of his companions.

Wherever one travels across Greece , the past is a living presence. One feels it at Mycenae on an overcast day such as the somber one awaited Agamemnon when he returned from Troy to be murdered by his wife , Clytemnestra. One hears it at a dusk in Delphi with the voices of old oracles rising in the wind from hidden gorges. (What are the voices saying ? The Greeks believed each man and woman is destined to hear from the oracles what he or she wishes or fears to hear.)

If Greece has flowered in its Art , Philosophy and Drama , and if it has suffered trough invasions , famines, and civil wars, it is the poets of Greece who explore and define its glory and its tribulation. They write of the sun , of the burden and challenge of the past , of restlessness and pilgrimages , of meditations , deaths , and resurrections. While loving their land as much as poets of other countries love their own , a perception of vision allows the Greek poets to look beyond their own mountains , measuring their responsibilities to all mankind. At the end of nineteenth century , the poet Kostas Palamas could write : “ The Greek poet who has before him the example of his immortal ancestors , must be first of all a human being and must understood that true national poetry is poetry without a country and poetry in its highest intensity.”

As internal infrastructure projects , highways , ports airports and links with  the rest of Europe are under continuous development , changing the face of modern Greece , the fragrance of the country remains the same . Purchasing a Summer House in Greece seems to be more and more a logical decision . Prices remain in a lower level than in Italy or Spain . But perhaps you’re already smitten with Greece and money is no longer a primary factor in your decision …