Archontiko Angelou is an old family summer home on the island of Leros. Marianna Angelou fondly remembers her childhood summer holidays at the house and her days at the beach, a few minutes’ stroll away. She was twelve years old when her father turned the house into a bed and breakfast and from the first moment she loved helping him. Smart and pretty, she must have delighted the guests. She still does. The mansion is hers now, and after several rounds of renovations and revamps, it has become a really charming place to stay. It is as full of character as it was in the old days (it was built in 1895 for her great-grandmother), but with interiors that look fresh and romantic. Gorgeous rooms and suites, each one unique, are furnished with antiques. All necessary modern comfort had been added: fabulous mattresses, air-conditioning in some rooms, fans in the others, and pristine bathrooms. In front of the house is a lovely flowered garden where breakfast, light meals and fresh juices are served in the shade of ficus trees. Arhontiko Angelou is simply the perfect bed and breakfast. There is something so honest about it, something very ‘real’ you rarely come across. If only every island had a guesthouse like this one…
Archontiko Angelou is just such an utterly charming bed and breakfast. I liked Marianna a lot. Her breakfast is simply perfect (fresh, healthy and delicious) and her jams are to die for (she makes 16 different types, and will let you taste two different ones every morning).
The beach nearest to Archontiko Angelou is narrow and close to the road so I wouldn't really want to spend a lot of time on it. But then again, it doesn't matter all that much as after you go for a swim it is barely a five-minute stroll back to the garden.
3 double rooms
3 rooms for up to 3 persons
2 suites for up to 4 persons (1 double bed and 2 single beds)
En-suite bathroom (shower)
WiFi in most rooms
Air conditioning in some of the rooms
WiFi in the public spaces and the garden
Breakfast is served from 8:00 to 10:00 in buffet style, and to me it is the kind of start of the day that is just perfect. Everything is homemade, vegan and gluten-free. Marianna does not try to impress her guests with a please-overeat breakfast. Instead she bakes her own gluten-free bread, offers plenty of vegan options, lets you taste homemade jams from their own fruit garden (it is one of her specialties), makes fresh orange juice on the spot, and always spoils you with a sweet (but healthy) treat. She’s into the super healthy – and very tasty – cooking and baking, which she does using coconut sugar, dates and concentrated organic grape juice. She serves things like gluten free and vegan pancakes, homemade vegan cheeses and yoghurt, chickpea omelettes, cookies, raw banana or chia puddings, and homemade almond milk. You can also expect some savoury treats like olives and tomatoes from Marianna’s own garden.
There is no restaurant at Archontiko Angelou, but light meals can be prepared on request. You can also get a picnic basket. The restaurants of Alinda are just five to ten minutes away on foot.
Older children are welcome to Archontiko Angelou. There are two suites that are perfect for families with two children (they have one double and two single beds) and some of the double rooms have twin beds, so that kids can share. Although the guesthouse offers a child-friendly environment, it is a retreat where peace and quiet is highly valued. The gardens is a wonderful space, and the beach is at walking distance. Alinda is lively enough to keep teenagers amused also, and if not, they can walk to Agia Marina where they are bound to find some nightlife. There is a scuba diving centre on the island with lessons at all levels, a great thing to do as a family.
Archontiko Angelou is on the east-facing side of Leros, on the outskirts of the seaside village of Alinda at 250 m from the (somewhat narrow) beach, shops and restaurants. The airport of Leros is at 4 km and the port of Lakki is 7 km away.
Leros can be reached by plane and by ferry from the port of Piraeus. Planes, and even ferries, fill up during the summer months, so make sure you book well in advance. There are also ferry connections between Leros and other islands. You could, for instance, fly to Rhodes, Kos or Kalymnos and from there take a hydrofoil to Leros. If you arrive with your own car, follow signs for Agia Marina and Alinda. When you drive along the sea through Alinda, you will see a sign for Archontiko Angelou.
Waking up in the morning and having breakfast in the garden, was an unforgetable experience. One of the best holidays we had for the last years. The mansion was wonderful and Marianna a very good hostess. We want to go back soon.
We had a fantastic time. The details made all the difference. The breakfasts were particularly memorable. Mariana is a dream. Our only complaint was the loud roosters who coo-ed all day long! Thanks for a great experience
Washington DC, USA