Stay at a Greek Island Villa Among the Ruins of a 14th-Century Castle

By Michele Koh Morollo / Published by Dwell

Resting along the crest of a volcanic crater on the little-known island of Nisyros in the Aegean Sea, Villa Nemésis marries the mystique of ancient Greece with modern design.

One of the few Greek islands that hasn't been impacted by mass tourism yet, Nisyros is an ideal base for exploring the ancient castle ruins and Byzantine art found throughout the Dodecanese cluster of islands.

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Villa Nemésis, which sits in the midst of the ruins of a 14th-century castle, is a vacation rental property that offers a truly unique experience. 

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Available for rent through Le Collectionist (ranging from $354 to $708 per night), it's housed in the tower Nemesis, a structure erected among the ruins and constructed from the same stone used to build the ancient castle that once stood on the site. 

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Following the cubist form of traditional Aegean architecture, the 1,378-square-foot villa has two bedrooms and can accommodate up to four guests. 

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The villa presents spectacular views of the ruins below, as well as the mountainous terrain that stretches out to the Aegean Sea. 

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Guests can look out at these breathtaking scenes from the villa’s expansive sun terrace, rooftop deck, or alfresco dining area, where they can also spend long leisurely mornings soaking up the Mediterranean sunshine and cool Aegean breezes.

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Within the villa are vaulted ceilings, arched doorways, wood beams, white-washed walls, and clean, contemporary furniture in white, taupe, cream, and coffee tones. 

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The villa’s bright, neutral color scheme, along with the texture of the ancient stone walls and the amazing quality of natural light, makes Villa Nemésis the perfect place to slow down and savor the magic of Greek island living.   

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