Ag. Fanouriou St.
851 00 Rhodes
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This is an apartment on the first floor of the art gallery of Italian painter Giuseppe Sala. To get to it, you pass through the gallery; you go up steep wooden stairs, and then, the entire first floor is yours. It exudes the charm of an old, oriental house that underwent no more than a minimal renovation. Untreated, rough wooden floorboards, walls washed in deep colours with plaster coming off in a few spots, a bare light bulb hanging from an impossibly high ceiling, an old-fashioned little kitchen with a bare concrete floor – these are little imperfections which, together with the antique furniture (most are finds from oriental bazaars) and decoration with simple flair, add up to perfection. The house has two bedrooms, a large sitting room, a small kitchen and a bathroom with shower. There is one extra room behind the gallery opening to a lovely little courtyard.
What makes it special to me:
I loved the feeling of staying in a painter’s house (it is Sala’s home when he is in Rhodes, a few weeks every year). This is the real thing.
But what you should keep in mind:
When the art gallery is open (a few hours in the morning and in the late afternoon) you’ll have to close the trapdoor on top of the stairway if you want 100% privacy – but nobody ever bothers.
|Address||Ag. Fanouriou St.|
|851 00 Rhodes|
From the beginning of April until the end of October
|Dogs:||Allowed with prior agreement|
|Credit cards:||Not accepted|
|Accommodation||1 apartment with a living room, a small kitchen, two bedrooms (one with a double bed and one with twin beds)|
1 room for up to 3 persons with a small kitchen, a small kitchen (This room opens up to the courtyard. It has its own bathroom, with shower, which is accessed through the courtyard as well. )
House for 4 persons from €2300 per week (breakfast included)
There is one bathroom (with shower) in the Gallery house. The room in the courtyard has its own bathroom (with shower), but it is not en suite.
Guest staying at the Gallery House can walk over to the Marco Polo Mansion for breakfast (9h00 to 11h00), a small buffet with fresh bread, cakes and biscuits, as well as light and healthy options. For dinner you can also order simple but delicious home cooked dishes at the Mansion. You can also prepare meals at the Gallery House, and of course there are also plenty of places to eat in the Old Town.
The Gallery House lies hidden in a narrow, cobbled alleyway in the Turkish quarters of the old town at 40 m from the Marco Polo Mansion. The Marco Polo Gallery displaying the work of Giuseppe Sala is on the ground floor; you access the Gallery House from the gallery.
Rhodes can be reached by ferryboat from Piraeus (overnight ferries take about 12 hours), from other islands (Crete, Kos, Santorini, Paros and others) and also from Marmaras in Turkey (one hour away). Rhodes airport is served by an array of domestic and international airlines. If you take a taxi, you will normally be dropped off at the San Francisco Gate to the Old Town (Agios Athanasios on the map). Inside the town walls, walk down Omirou Street and turn left into Ag. Fanouriou Street. You will see the café of the Marco Polo Mansion on your left. If you have a lot of luggage, you should insist that the taxi driver takes you up to Platia Haritou, much closer to the Mansion. Then call the Marco Polo Mansion so someone can come and pick you up and take you to the Gallery House. If you come on foot from the port, walk towards the city wall and take the first or second gate you come across (Milon or Panagias). There are city maps posted on nearly every street corner, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the Gallery House. It’s about ten minutes’ walk.
Known principally as a summer beach & fun destination, and attracting a lot of package-deal tourism (and not always of the best kind), Rhodes is generally carefully avoided by people who’d like to draw more from their holidays than a few beers and a golden tan. What a pity that is, because
The Old Town of Rhodes is one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world and a destination in its own right. The moment you pass through one of the gates to the 14th century city ramparts and you enter the
Now as far as the rest of the island goes, avoid the coastal stretch between the airport and the town. It has been developed to cater to mass tourism, and you should simply stay away. The beaches on the other (southeast facing) side of the island are a lot better anyway, though there are some big resort hotels there as well. Basically, the further south you go, the better it gets. You could use Lindos as your base, a (village-sized) town crowned by a magnificent Acropolis. The ‘town’ is somewhat Cycladic in style (i.e. very picturesque!) with whitewashed houses (including some beautiful mansions), narrow alleyways and an array of little shops, cafés and restaurants. Beneath Lindos lies a wonderful sandy beach, but of course it gets crowded.
You will find the best beaches on the southern part of Rhodes, some with white sand and dunes, beautiful! Prasonissi, all the way down, is great for surfers. On the south-western part of the island, you’ll find some good sandy beaches near Monolithos.
Do also explore the inland: the Venetian castle near Monolithos, the Tharri Monastery, and the
If you’re interested in doing sports, you’re on the right island as well. Rhodes has plenty of organised activities, though of course for some you will have to go to the areas I just told you to avoid. There’s scuba diving, paragliding, bungee jumping, sailing and surfing, waterskiing and horseback riding. If you’re into golfing you won’t be disappointed by the 18-holes Afandou Golf Course 15 km from the town.
Read here what others said about the Gallery House
Actually, I was looking for a room in a nice small hotel and because the Marco Polo was full, they proposed us the Gallery House ; So without knowing very well what to expect, we ended up in that charming house, entirely for us, and the place was absolutely perfect because like home ; I clearly understand the people who spend a few weeks there ; The house is like a painter house with at the entrance an artist studio and on the first floor, living room, bedroom kitchen and bathroom; In the middle, a wonderful patio with very nice and bright colours to rest at the end of the day; the bedroom makes you think you're part of an historical movie, whereas all comfort is provided; it's all very quiet but still you can hear life in the street (people passing by, people talking ...) but not the disturbing noise of cars which leaves a great impression ! Kitchen and bathroom are very fresh ; Ceilings are high but doors are not (my head still remembers); No air conditioning but since you may open the windows, it's OK. The hotel itself is very colourfull, and with all the fruit tree, the atmosphere is very cosy ; Better speak italian as many are coming there but our hosts were very helpful and smiling.Diane L.
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