Originally, the three traditional houses were built entirely by hand and sat side by side with a small path to the rear. A walled garden to the front and side-and-stone steps led to a cobbled road, winding its way down to the ‘village square’. The upper floor rooms were used as accommodation, while the rooms below held local crafts and trades.
The first house was last owned by a local doctor, who had a ‘village grocery’ selling sugar, coffee, honey and dried fish. The middle house was once owned by a carpenter, who had a weaver on the ground floor, while the last house belonged to a local farmer, who had a “kafeneion” with its own bread-making oven. Their collective name and restoration as the “Merchant’s House” began in 2010.
During the renovation, a traditional stone seat from the Doctor’s House was discovered and parts of it have been carefully moved to the garden at the front of the property. An old millstone, most probably used for grinding wheat, was also found and is now in the property’s Weaver’s Suite. A traditional ‘weaver’ making woollen clothes and rugs out of local sheep’s wool was one of the other finds in the Carpenter’s house.