ECOFRIENDLY TOURIST DESTINATION
The Eco Lodge is about providing an eco-friendly tourist destination on the island of Tinos, using the natural resources of Tinos island in a sustainable manner and creating an autonomous off-grid system for the houses. This means using renewable energy resources such as sun and wind as well as building with local materials, promoting and producing local products, minimizing and recycling our waste and promoting activities connected to the natural environment.
With two private terraces, a large garden in front and a magnificent view of the sea, the big stone house is 65sqm with another 150 sqm outside. There is also a private parking space outside the yard of the house. It has two separate bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. The kitchen has a bed size sofa which provides enough space for another person to sleep on comfortably. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas oven, fridge and all necessary utensils to cook and prepare meals. There is one bathroom with shower, as well as some basic essentials such as natural soaps. The kitchen opens onto a big terrace in the front of the house with a garden area, sofas and a dining table. There is also a smaller terrace on the south side which can be accessed from the bedroom.
The small stone house is also has two private terraces, and has direct access to a garden with trees and a private outside sitting area under a mulberry tree. It has an inside area of 45sqm inside and the terrace and garden outside are more than 150sqm. It has a private parking space right outside the yard entrance. It has one bedroom with a double bed and a kitchen bed size sofa which is big enough for another person to sleep on or to provide space for two kids. The kitchen is fully equipped with a gas oven, fridge and all the necessary utensils to cook and prepare food. There is one bathroom with shower, as well as some basic essentials such as natural soaps. The kitchen opens onto a terrace with garden sofas and dining table. There is also another terrace in front of the house looking east giving a great view of the sea and the sunrise!
Winter is approaching and so are the moments to reflect and introspect, and watch nature to prepare for its hibernation. The climate in Tinos is still smooth with average temperature in November 17 degrees but with occasional surprises that reach 20. Enjoy the warmth of the wooden stoves in the houses as you watch the cloud formations and the sun rays reflecting on the winter sea, or a sudden storm approaching from the horizon, nature is fascinating! read more
Staying at Tinos Eco Lodge will be a truly memorable and most certainly a very relaxing experience. From your terrace, which is facing east you have a perfect view of the sunrise as well as a spectacular view of the nearby islands Μykonos and Ikaria. There are two beautiful beaches only 1,5 km away, Santa Margarita and Lychnaftia, that you can easily walk to in about 30 min.
In order to supply a household with the basic infrastructural needs, we tend to use centralized networks for power, water, waste and sewage. This centralized approach is more suitable in more densely populated areas that are characterized by a short distance from input to output or output to input.
The Ecolodge project plot is far from these kind of supply networks. That’s why off-grid solutions became very attractive, on the one hand because we believe that under circumstances like these they can do a better, cleaner, cheaper and more sustainable job and on the other hand because the location made it an obvious choice.
All these different elements come together to create a highly sustainable infrastructure for modern living.
We implemented: power supply; rain water collection; rain water storage; rain water to fresh water; waste water treatment; composting human manure; use of treated waste water for non-edible plants and trees; natural light design and solar thermal design.
Photovoltaic system and wind generator. The combination of the two different power sources is ideal because of the varying strength of wind and solar radiation throughout the year. Read More
At the Lodges, using the terraces and roofs as well as a big cistern, we can collect and store enough rainwater to supply the needs for 6-8 people through the 4 completely dry summer months. Read More
Reed-bed system for sewage treatment
The reed-bed system is very effective in coping with usage fluctuation. The purification power is so high it is one of the few systems that allows you to reuse the treated water and it can be designed to be a beautiful part of the garden. Read More
The Ecolodge organic garden
The vegetation on the plot is mainly wild and very close to one of the few, if not the only old oak forest of the island. So apart from oaks there are also some fig, olive and plane trees which provide shade in the hot season. In our vegetable garden we aim to find and use local seeds and cultivate trees and vegetables that suit the dry and salty environment of the island. We will also use permaculture methods to grow our plants and will start experimenting with transplanting wild local herbs and plants such as thyme, oregano, lavender, sage, artichoke and caper. Our goal is to have a variety of organically grown fruit and vegetables all year round that guests can enjoy picking and planting. Also we want to produce our own olives, herbs, capers, jams and raki.
Plants and Seeds
trees & bushes
In the late of September we had the last busy days in preparing everything for the PDC infrastructure. The last bits and peaces had to come together at the Compost Toilets and Kitchen, no time for major mistakes. So we were running up and down the field with screwdrivers, drills and all sort of equipment with spirits up that we will make it in time. read more
After a good while of research we came up with this……..in a future post we will publish the design thoughts and technical plans so till then enjoy watching us build…
This spring we put all our effort in preparing outdoor infrastructure for hosting seminars and camping in our land. We decided to make a communal space at the back by the vegetable garden for cooking and sitting, showers, sink and compost toilets. read more
The place to be on the wonderful island Tinos is the 2014 founded Tinos Eco Lodge, located in a lonesome forested valley next to the small village Steni. read more
While planning our outdoor kitchen, shower and toilets we had to figure out a low tech solution for the waste water. read more
23 September – 4 October (11 days, 72 hours certificate)
Led by Dr. Rod Everett and Mill Millichap
We are excited to announce the first FULL PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE (PDC) that will be hosted in Tinos Eco-lodge with two knowledgeable teachers and lifelong farmers from England, Dr. Rod Everett and his colleague Mill Millichap who are teaching permaculture since 1990 in various parts of the world and are coming to Greece and spreading the permaculture philosophy and way of life for the last 5 years.
This PDC is fully certified by the Permaculture Association (Britain).