Friday, 14 December 2018
A waterfront hotel. An island eyesore.
The hotel has been closed for many years as you can tell from its state. It now has a demolition order on it.
The hotel is owned by various descendants of a rich ship owner,
most of whom are no longer rich enough to restore this dinosaur
From prime real estate to an eyesore. From these now quakey balconies there is a sweeping view of harbour activity and the mountains beyond
This once elegant building was a danger to the public. For years pieces of wall fell onto the road. Then , possibly through an EU grant, the walls were stabilised but that is as far as the repairs went.
I wonder what it is like inside. The furnishings are probably antiques, the curtains in ribbons, but still aristocratic, a piece of local history
The EU gives a grant to reconstruct the old neo-classical stone buildings but the owner still has to put his hand into a pocket which has more holes than money. There are strict rules to follow naturally. All the older town around Poros harbour is supposed to follow certain guidelines. Roofs should be tiled, shutters made from wood and not metal. Not all houses follow the rules but generally it is a charming picture of island homes which appears before you as you arrive on Poros.
Nearby the two run-down buildings is the beautifully restored building call the 'Syngrou', once a primary school and now used for exhibitions and talks.
Once the meeting place of authors, artists and the elite of days gone by
A typical island house
Made of white washed stone, tiled roof, usually covered in bougainvillia with a balcony full of fragrant basil plants in old oil cans