Our Writers’ Retreats have been created to accommodate ingenious people & travel nomads who are looking for an artistic environment to work on a writing project (or any other art project).
Combining our renowned Greek hospitality with fresh home-made food tailored to your needs and cravings, we aim to offer an exceptional setting with totally personalised service.
The locations of our independent residencies guarantee a tranquil, remote, untouched & idyllic environment where the artists have the chance to get inspiration, focus on their project without any distraction and eventually feel like home.
All seasons has something to offer and our residencies have been made to host creativity, innovation, imagination and visionary people who look for a place to commit.
Last but not least, your hosts are retired overlanders and artists at heart. Nikos Dimitriou & Georgia Micheli explored the world full-time for 7 years before creating Writer’s Retreats in Greece and so, we have a vast experience on hospitality industry.
Our Writers’ Retreats are located in the island of Evia (or Euboea), almost 2 hours drive from the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport of Athens.
La Bodeguita | Dafni, Nerotrivia
Dafni is spectacularly engulfed at the shores of North Euboean Gulf, 33 km north of Chalkida (or Khalkis or Chalcis or Xalkida or just Χαλκίδα in Greek), the capital of Evia (or Euboea or Evoia or just Εύβοια in Greek) and 130 km from the International Airport of Athens.
It is a tiny little settlement with less than 5 permanent residents. Quiet & picturesque with stunning, warm sunsets and a nostalgic atmosphere especially during autumn and spring. The beach is less than one minute walk from the house and is safe for swimming and accessible all year round.
Hiking trails and viewpoints on both sides of the bay offer day activities for the adventurous & can provide with spots where you can get inspired. The nearby sleepy little town of Nerotrivia, offers the authentic yet untouched Greek spirit with the typical tavernas and coffee places (kafeneio) where locals meet and hang out.
Untouched, secluded, peaceful; the perfect environment to commit to your project without being distracted for as long as you want.
La Casa Grande | Agios Ioannis, Aliveri
Agios Ioannis is naturally nested in the Servouni Mountain about 47 km west of Chalkida & 142 km away from the International Airport of Athens. It has been declared as a Traditional Settlement and has a Laographic (Folklore) Museum which houses and preserves traditional tools and household objects, all part of the cultural heritage of the area.
It is a rural area with 1.500 permanent residents and the majority of them are farmers. The little town has a great history since the early Byzantine times when the first settlements started to appear and its strategic location deep inside the valley of nearby mountains offered a safe setting for the citizens during the Second World War.
There are still houses which have been made of locally quarried stone, bringing them into harmony with the landscape. One of them, is your Retreat which has been recently renovated and remodelled in order to accommodate the needs of a writer as well as meet the modern standards of an art residency.
Apart from day hikes in the surrounding mountains and scuba diving in the nearby Petries village, farm visits and related activities (milking, cheese and yogurt making, etc.) genuinely attached to the traditional Greek way of living which still prevails in the villages, offer an unforgettable experience that can be of high value for your next writing project.
The nicest beaches of east Evia are about an hour drive from the residency but there are also quite a few in less than half an hour to the west. All make up a great excuse to stop working as well as enjoy the winter sea breeze or the famous Greek summer.
Our Writers’ Retreats offer a spectacular environment to work & create. We aim to offer a range of services infused with authentic Greek hospitality that will make you feel comfortable and allow you to focus primarily on your project.
Both residencies include:
- Wireless Internet (limited availability in La Bodeguita)
- TV with access to Netflix (only available in La Casa Grande)
- Heating & A/C
- Fireplace with firewood
- Toiletries, linens & towels
- Laundry service
- Freshly cooked meals (full board)
- Drinks gift box
- Social media networking & promotion of your project*
- Transfer to & from the Athens International Airport
- Complimentary Travel Insurance (World Nomads Standard Plan)
Both residencies are non-smoking properties.
Transportation to and from the nearby villages, towns & beaches as well as cultural tours, day activities and farm visits can be arranged upon your arrival with zero or a minimal cost.
*:Social media blogging throughout your stay like #YourNameinGreece across our online channels, a website story upon departure & digital advertisement of your writing project is part of our social media marketing strategy we aim to employ along with the services provided during your stay.
Pricing: Please have a look on our Summer 2020 Price List.
Generous discounts apply for travel nomads, writers, journalists & translators who plan to leave and return as well as long stays in order to start & finish a project in our retreat (which will be a great honor). Please drop us an email at: [email protected].
Our retreats are also available at discounted rates for group bookings.