Camara Suites: The mansion of Andros which is the reason to visit it

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“There are houses silently, houses talking and there are houses singing.” Having a history of more than 800 years, the mansion Camara Suites in Andros seems to be taken from another era, fairytale, with luxury and finesse, evokes memories and aromas of
of the past to those you choose to visit.

Having the privilege of being at the highest and steepest point of the rock, you have the feeling that you are traveling in the waves and time.

An old fortification tower, during the Venetian era, ensures you absolute
surveillance of the peninsula and the bay, while you lurk whether or not a pirate will appear.

With amenities that exceed the expected, the Suites promise to give the traveler an experience of complete relaxation, with sounds and colors of the sea that can rarely be felt.

Luxurious handmade furniture with the signature of N. Haritos, handmade mattresses of the company HYPNOS brand, visual elements that reflect the Andrian seamanship, atmospheric lighting, all these compose an idyllic setting, ready to satisfy even the most demanding tastes.

My name is Phorcys, son of Oceanus and Tethys. I am a deity with the appearance of an elder and I am related to the orbit of the waters…

With absolute respect for tradition, this suite is more reminiscent of the glorious old days of the house. The largest suite corresponds to the old ballroom that illuminated the space during the interwar period.

With a taste of the past of a nautical majesty, with the air of the nobility of a real neoclassical and view of the castle and the sea, the visitor does not just choose a stay, but much more involved in the history and culture of the place. A special point of reference is the part of the ceiling-mural that was saved from the bombing during the Second World War and was preserved during the restoration process.

My name is Lefkothea or Ino, daughter of the king of Thebes Kadmos and Harmony. I am the goddess of foam and waves and I help the sailors in the time of the storm. So I helped Odysseus by giving him the magic parsley to reach the island of Phaeacus safely.

Having a magnificent balcony on the sea cliffs, this suite is like a boat traveling on the waves.

Comfort, luxury and aesthetics that marry the old with the modern promise an unforgettable stay.

Traditional cypress wooden floors, old family objects from the maritime tradition and atmospheric lighting with special care, highlight the hospitality philosophy of the Camara Suites.

My name is Odysseus, son of Laertes and Antiklias, a famous hero of the Trojan War. They call me resourceful and I have known the moods of the sea more than any other mortal.

Having the privilege of being located in the highest part of the mansion, including its attic, this suite stands out for its special character.

With a prominent element in the space, the very unique support of the roof, the so-called “mother”, the visitor is surprised and at the same time understands the way in which the old craftsmen of the place supported the roofs of the houses at the beginning of the last century.

With cypress woods -dating from the mid-1920s- that cross the levels and combine perfectly with the old stone walls, with a perfect layout on three levels and an amazing balcony overlooking the castle and the lighthouse, the visitor will feel a unique experience.

My name is Quito, daughter of Pontus and Gaia. I represent the sea and the dangers it poses, and I am often associated with the large whales that live in it…

With breathtaking views, on the northernmost side of the mansion, on the steepest point of the rock, you do not just hear the sea, the wind and the splash of the waves.

Much more you feel that you are at sea in the sometimes stormy, sometimes calm waters.

The smaller in size than the other suites will guarantee you moments of complete relaxation in a sensory experience that is difficult to find.

Luxury, nobility and romance in a unique marriage of elements, make this suite in every way the ultimate destination for guests looking for authentic experiences.

Andros for History …
Andros in Venetian rule

In 1207 the Venetians conquered the island and Andros was a small Latin hegemony with its founder, Marino Dandolo. The construction of the three castles is due to him, the castle of “Makrotantalos” (corruption of the name of the ruler Marco Dandolo), the “Lower Castle” and “Mesa Castle” and the “Upper Castle”. The house was built during the Latin occupation and was one of the defensive perimeter towers of the “Lower Castle”. Inside “Kato Kastro” a medieval settlement had been created which over time experienced commercial and economic prosperity.

This fortified settlement developed on the peninsula, from where the old town of Andros emerged through the door that closed it from the west, the “Oxoporta”. The islet located at the edge of the peninsula and joined by a stone arch remained the citadel of the castle and the seat of the Venetian administration.

In addition to the main entrance to the castle, there were other smaller gates set
for their defense mainly by the pirates, these had been erected
defensive towers. Piracy is a permanent scourge for Andros. After 1400 it will intensify, instigated by the Turks.

In 1556 the island finally passed into the hands of the Turks, who settled in the houses and towers of the Castle, until its destruction by the infamous pirate Hugues De Creveliers in 1672. Following the massacre of the inhabitants
and the remaining inhabitants leave the Castle and build towers inland.

Andros in the years of the Revolution
The contribution of Andros to the Revolution of 1821 against the Turks was great. On May 10, Andriotis scholar, modern Greek enlightener Theofilos Kairis raised the banner of the Revolution in the tower of the church of Agios Georgios, which is located 100 meters from the house. A little distance below the church is the house of Theofilos Kairis, which today houses the digital museum of Andros.

After the liberation in 1829, the Castle was inhabited by rich lords, landowners or shipowners from nearby villages, such as Stenies, or rich sailors and bourgeois merchants.

The house was then (unknown how) owned by the noble family
Bist. All the houses of that period in the Castle follow a uniformity to a point of obsession. Everything is two-storey and everything had a covered semi-outdoor space on the side of the road, which had the same rhythm of Venetian influence with arches supported by thin marble columns.

The house has walls with a width of 1.50 meters which are made of strong stone with porcelain. On the ground floor, which in Andros is called “Katoi”, there was a stone-built cistern for collecting rainwater that was used to supply water to the inhabitants in case of siege. There was the laundry room, the place where the owners made the “pig slaughterhouses” and the smoked sausages, and which also served as a warehouse.

In 1926 the heirs, the three children of the then owner Cleanthi Bisti, the
sold to Captain Matthew Koutsoukos from Stenies. Here after
repairs and furniture bought mainly from abroad, he stayed with his family, his wife from Swansea, Wales Helen Peters, his daughter Annezio, later the wife of Dr. Petros Kairis and Louisa the wife of General Ioannis Tsatsomirou. In 1943, during the German bombardment by sea, during which the “Mesa Kastro” and all the mansions of Empirikon were destroyed, in the current square of the Invisible Sailor, the south side of the house to the sea was demolished. The family repaired it after the return of the master and shipowner Matthew Koutsoukou who had been excluded from Greece and had even taken part in many convoys as a master of merchant shipping. In one of them he had rescued shipwrecks of an English submarine and for the rescue she was even awarded by the English Admiralty.

In the woods that support the roof (cypress trees brought from abroad) three more holes from shells of that bombing can be seen.

During the period of bombing by the Germans, the bottom of the house
saved most of the inhabitants of the neighborhood of Kamara, who used it as a shelter due to its strong construction.

The house was given to Louiza Koutsoukou-Tsatsomirou, daughter of Matthew Koutsoukou, and passed to her granddaughter, Louiza Diapouli, who undertook the restoration with her husband, Dimitrios Stogioglou.

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