It isn’t often that travel disruption proves to be life-enhancing. However, a few years ago, while waiting for a delayed flight, designer Peter Marston and his wife, artist Susan Marston, took a twenty-minute ferry journey from the Greek island of Mykonos to neighboring Tinos and there chanced upon a house they loved at first sight.
“We are based in London, but had been thinking about buying a second home abroad for some years, and had already tried and failed to buy a house on Patmos,” says Peter, referring to the popular Greek isle. “When we arrived on Tinos and someone told us there was a house for sale a few miles from the port, we had to see it. Although it is the biggest house in the village, it had been empty for abouttwenty years. All the woodwork was rotting, and the roof was falling in. But it had a simple, almost modern beauty, and the rooms had wonderful proportions.”
Xinara is small—a cluster of buildings situated along a single street, sheltered by the craggy, granite slopes of Mount Exombourgo, which rise above the village like the protective shoulder of a stony giant.
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INTERIOR DESIGN BY SUSAN AND PETER MARSTON
STYLED BY MARY NORDEN
PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAN BALDWIN
WRITTEN BY ROS BYAM SHAW
This story appeared in the Summer 2019 issue of MILIEU.