THE TRAVEL FILES: A GREEK ISLAND HOME

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Today we visit the Greek island of Lesvos, where Australian born photographer Carla Coulson (who now lives in France by the way) stayed in a lovely guest house owned by Australian author Claire Lloyd and her British partner, artist Matthew Usmar Lauder. In 2007 this couple left behind the busy, glamorous London arts scene to explore a new, more simple way of life on the island of Lesvos. They bought a small house in a village far from the usual tourist haunts and then another house on the edge of the same village. Here they have discovered the joys of a close community, the rhythms of the days, weeks and seasons bound up with the natural world around them. In the spirit of hospitality that is so much a part of the Greek island culture, Claire and Matthew offer holidays in the second of their village houses, Ken’s Spiti. A gorgeously simple retreat named after Claire’s father. With white walls, exposed beams, and a roof terrace looking out towards the Aegean sea and the incomparable Greek sunsets. Visit the guest house’s website for more information and to make reservations. If you want to learn more about the beauty of the island and Claire’s life here, you can read Claire’s book ‘My Greek Island Home’. Illustrated by Claire’s stunning photographs of faces and flowers, countryside and beaches, details and impressions, colour and light, it tells the story of how she and Matthew have settled here and found friendship and renewed creativity.

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Image credits: Carla Coulson.

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4 Responses to THE TRAVEL FILES: A GREEK ISLAND HOME

  1. Such a cute little kitchen!
    I love the little lanterns and whole colour scheme, it looks flawless.
    Jules.- http://www.thekiwidiaries.com

  2. Wat een heerlijke plek!!! Krijg er meteen een vakantiegevoel van!

  3. As someone who has recently made the move from The Big City to The Countyside too (Brooklyn to the Catskills) this post warms my heart! My husband and I have also loved the change of becoming part of a smaller community, of living closer in step with the seasons, and of renewing our creativity. This home is so lovely and now on my must-stay list for when I return to Greece one day! Lovely job Claire and Matthew!

  4. Seems like a great place to recharge. I really love the bathroom! 🙂

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