Finding ‘The Pink Palace’ was a dream come true. Those pink bubble gum colours adorning pretty much every wall. The crazy pink bathroom. The way the entire place looks like something from a fairy tale. Thinking it was too good to be true, I figured surely no property couldn’t actually look like this? But I was wrong. They can, and they do!
Welcome to The Georgilas Cave House – or as I’ve fondly renamed it, The Pink Palace! 😀
I spent months looking forward to my visit to The Georgilas Cave House, and I wasn’t disappointed ONE BIT. With views out to the vast countryside and the (almost) isolated location in a tiny village, this is an idyllic little spot to base yourselves at whilst visiting Naxos.
Our stay was just great. If you haven’t caught on to my over enthusiasm just yet, then let me reiterate – I bloody loved this place! My initial booking enquiry via Anastasia (the owner) was swift, super helpful and informative.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by Ms. Antonia with a warm welcome and a fabulous iced coffee. The rest of our stay was flawless, peaceful, and relaxing. There may have been one incident where I locked us out of our studio, but nothing Ms. Antonia couldn’t help with!!
The residence – a former working farm that dates back to the 19th century – comprises of five separate studio’s and houses. Each of the stone-built buildings include traditional Cycladic features whilst maintaining their original charm. Renovated back in 2013, each of the residence include all the mod cons that you’d need for a self-catering stay.
There’s all the usual stuff like wifi and laundry services available, as well as common bbq and grilling facilities. Not forgetting the lovely huge pool too!
Located in the small village of Galini, the residence is just over 5km from Naxos Town and the ferry port.
The location is fairly rural, so transport is mandatory. That, or you’ll rack up a few taxi bills! Definitely look to rent a car, a scooter, or even an ATV during your stay. (FYI, the Greeks love to rent out an ATV on the islands). We rented our Vespa from Akrogiali, who were really helpful and located right opposite the ferry port.
For those driving, it’s worth flagging there are two routes in and out of the village from the main road. Follow the directions given to you by the owners and don’t be clever thinking you’ll take the alternative road, as it turned out to be the steepest road imaginable. Ok going up (just about) but going down (especially in the dark) is pretty hairy! We stuck to the main route from that point on.
The local village is very small and home to less than 200 people. By very small, I mean it has two restaurants, one with a little food shop at the rear, a church and that’s about it. Surrounded by vineyards, orchards, and the countryside, expect a quiet few days staying in the village.
If you are planning to utilise the cooking facilities within your rental property, then pick up food supplies from one of the large supermarkets in Naxos Town a 15-minute drive away.
All of the properties within Georgilas Cave House can be booked directly on the owners website, or through Airbnb. There are five different properties to choose from, all of which have direct access to the shared pool.
Velvet Ipostatiko Studio – Average Cost £51/night
A one bed, one bath studio, suited for two adults. This particular studio has a great view looking directly out to the swimming pool from the main doors!
Rosey Ipostatiko Studio – Average Cost £51/night
Directly next door (with an Identical footprint) to the Velvet Studio, this studio also includes one bed, one bath, and is best suited for 2 adults.
Peristeronas Folk House – Average Cost £70/night
Named after the handmade dovecot located on the roof of the building , this slightly larger property, also with one bedroom and one bathroom. This house can sleep up to four guests with two sofa beds in the common area.
Polimi Manor Cottage – Average Cost £140/night
The cottage can sleep up to seven guests in three bedrooms and has two bathrooms. With high ceilings, an open plan living area and mezzanine level, this is a lovely spacious property. Fun fact – the cottage has an underground collection of wine named ‘Polimi’, which is accessible via the living room!
Archontiko Mansion House – Average Cost £144/night
The largest of the five properties, the is the main house on site. Split over three levels, accommodating up to eight guests in four bedrooms with three bathrooms. There is also a private sundeck looking out to the swimming pool. This really is the ultimate pink palace!
Visiting Naxos anytime soon? Why not make The Pink Palace your home for a few nights too?
Here’s a few extra photos of the Rosey Ipostatiko Studio that we stayed in – check out the insanely pink bathroom!