The Oil Press House
The Oil Press House, also known as Villa “Katerina” to locals, is an authentic building of unique beauty and character which was originally built in 1862 and faithfully restored by Sifniot craftsmen in 1985.
The property is situated in Apollonia, the main village of Sifnos island. As is the norm with the villages of Apollonia, Artemonas, etc., you approach the property on foot (approx. 150 metres from the road).
The original building was an olive oil, wine and cheese producing site and many of its original features have been lovingly preserved, such as its 60 – 75 cm wide stone walls and what appears to be the widest stone arch (“volto”) in Sifnos, as well as the olives’ grinding stones and wooden axel.
Today it has been converted to two adjacent but independent quarters of a total 115 sq.m. : the main house with a double bedroom, master bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and dining area with long wooden table that sits 10 people, sitting area and living room with the original fireplace and a larger than single sofa-bed. Through a tiny room one has access to a traditional wood burning oven. The main house sleeps 3 comfortably.
The guest house has a double as well as a single bedroom and toilet & shower. Water is heated by solar energy and to cover for a cloudy day (rare in the Cyclades!) the water tank can also be heated with electricity.
Outside, the patio is surrounded by flower borders with a fragrant jasmine, colourful geraniums and a delicious variety of organic grapes. Breakfast is usually served in the covered area of the patio, on a stone table made by the second set of original olive grinding stones.
After an enjoyable day on the beach, we rinse off the salty sea water with the soft rain water that has accumulated during the winter in the purpose-built cistern.