Hermitage Sykaminea

In the middle of the olive grove – on the highest mountain of the Greek island of Lesbos, with a wide view over the sea to the Turkish coast – sits the Hermitage Sykaminea. It consists of three buildings and a large pergola, which forms the centre as an open-air kitchen and common room. The bedrooms are in two wooden houses: one house for two people with kitchen and living room and one house with three double rooms. The ensemble is complemented by a stone, cubic bath house. The structure of the wooden buildings is inspired by local warehouses and has been adapted to the terraced terrain. The connecting pergola extends over 15 metres on a terrace of the olive grove.

Simple (and) beautiful – the Hermitage offers its guests a special experience of nature and living. To meet the needs of daily life, cooperation is required. In the kitchen of the residential house, the water tank above the sink has to be filled and the water carried out of the house after use. The pergola kitchen and the bath house have running water. For a warm shower, however, the water must first be heated. Electricity is generated by solar energy. The Hermitage Sykaminea can be rented from spring to autumn. The covered pergola serves as a living space and meeting place. Owner and architect Andreas Sell organises summer programmes on site for artists, craftsmen, designers and architects. Groups of up to eight people can use the Hermitage for a joint holiday, but also for workshops.

What to do

Workshops, seminars, olive harvesting, hiking, thermal springs, swimming in the sea, fishing.

Why we like this house

Back to the basics! The house offers only the essential comforts, but in return a fantastic view by day, a glittering starry sky by night and it sharpens the eye for the essential things in life.

This house is great for

Anyone who wants to find out what simple living in harmony with nature feels like. For groups looking for an inspiring place to hold seminars or workshops, or families who want to spend their holidays together.


Region/Town GR – Greece, Northern Aegean, Lesbos, Sykaminea
Name Hermitage Sykaminea
Scenery Amidst an olive grove on a slope of Mount Lepetymnos
Number of guests max 8 persons
Completed 2022
Design Andreas Sell, Michael Sell, Estela Stavrinou, Patroklos Kazazis
Published Dezeen 1/2019, Der Standard 11/2018, Haus & Bauen Extra 2018
Architecture Modern
Accomodation House
Criteria 1-8 (house/apartment), Beach, Hiking, Island, Mountains, Sea

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