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This hostel in Greece is so popular it has to build more tree houses

The Art Farm is a tree house hostel in the south of Greece that has just expanded its number of tree houses. Located near the city of Kalamata on the south coast of Greece this place is much more than just a hostel; it is also a farm, a performance space and an agricultural tourism centre. The Art Farm wants to teach visitors how to reconnect with the land around them and their space. Founder, Sotiris Marinis told Lonely Planet News: “Greece cannot be competitive with manufactured products. We cannot use machines to make loads of products. We have to focus on quality. We have to return to traditions and see how products were made. ”

Image courtesy of Oisin Feeney
Sotiris Marinis holding naturally made mosquito repellent. Image courtesy of Oisin Feeney

The Art Farm opened to the public in August 2016 and it was booked out for two months. This year they have added three new tree houses and now there are 10 unique and wonderful tree houses on the property that can comfortably hold two people apiece. The tree houses are spacious houses built in the native olive trees of the area. The design on the inside of each tree house is simple, emulating the interior of traditional Greek homes. The farm acts as a co-operative space and there is a big emphasis on working together and visitors making meals together (with the chef) in the kitchen.

What a view! Image courtesy of Oisin Feeney
What a view! Image courtesy of Oisin Feeney

Sotiris used to be a concert promoter in Kalamata and many artists from all around Greece choose to perform on the art farm instead of the city. Each summer they hold an abundance of concerts in their outdoor amphitheatre. As well as that visitors can engage in eco-tourism, learning natural ways to plants crops without using harmful chemicals.

There is a castle nearby that many visitors hike up to. Image courtesy of Oisin Feeney
There is a castle nearby that many visitors hike up to. Image courtesy of Oisin Feeney

When asked where he came up with the idea to have these tree houses Sotiris said: “The idea for tree houses came from my grandparents who made tree houses by the beach and we would stay there all summer long. It’s my childhood memories that inspired me to make this place.”

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