Ikies Traditional Houses – A real taste of Santorini and its renowned architecture

Perched on the Caldera edge, Ikies Traditional Houses almost harks back to another era in a very special place.
Sept. 6, 2011 - PRLog -- Santorini, as legend has it home to the Lost Atlantis, has eternally charmed visitors with its astounding architecture carved into the rock face almost suspended over the water’s edge.

Reminiscent of times gone by, Ikies Traditional Houses encapsulates all that is poetically beautiful about the island of Santorini. Set in the resplendent village of Oia in the northern part of the island, the property’s accomodations are completely in tune with the rythms of quiet island life.The range of accommodation spans the honeymoon suites, maisonettes and studios, all intimate and personalized in style where a feeling of luxurious exclusivity can be felt throughout.

All of the accommodations are dug into the local tephran earth. Characteristic are their roofs which are vaulted or cross vaulted. These typical houses are narrow when viewed from the front or their facade but they extend extensively into the rock. The "salla" or living room is typically located in the front of the house and towards the back, one encounters the bedrooms. Typically both common and private spaces are sometimes one and the same.

Courtyards are commonly shared between houses due to the concept of horizontal ownership.

The construction materials predominantly used in the village of Oia comprise of red and black stone and theran earth, which when mixed with water and lime make a very strong plaster; the theran plaster.

The accommodations at the Ikies Traditinal Houses have been meticulously restored keeping in mind the traditional concept of Oia’s beautiful and colourful architecture. The attention to detail prevails throughout where little details have been kept as a reminder of the island’s rich and varied history. All artfully intermingled with touches of modernity and luxury which is what makes this property so very special.


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