A chicly restored escape in the Aegean

Xinara House on Tinos sleeps 13 people comfortably and is tastefully furnished with wall art from the likes of Gilbert & George

The kitchen in Xinara House, a former bishop’s residence on Tinos, near Mykonos
The kitchen in Xinara House, a former bishop’s residence on Tinos, near Mykonos | Image: Peter Marston

The 45km-long isle of Tinos sits just north of Mykonos, but geography is one of few things the two have in common; with its rugged interior (it’s a favourite with rock climbers), sleepy villages and deep Orthodox-Catholic heritage, Tinos is the Cycladic sister that time all but forgot.

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But it more than suited Susan and Peter Marston (formerly of conservatory and home accessories firm Marston & Langinger) when they rocked up here three years ago – enough for them to purchase a rambling old bishop’s house overlooking the Aegean. A long, happy and extremely chic restoration later, Xinara House (xinarahouse.com; from about £3,755 a week midseason) is available to rent. Sleeping 13 people over two buildings, it has lovely terraces shaded by walnut and almond trees, a sunny dine-in kitchen and some impressive art, including works by Gilbert & George and Rachel Whiteread.

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