A deep blue pool that reflects the columns and stone archways of this lovely 18thC mansion is one of the most abiding impressions of this place. Built in 1736 by one of Chios's wealthiest aristocratic Byzantine families, it was gifted to the municipality of Chios by the last member of the Mavrokordatos dynasty in 1938.
Many of its original features remain in place, such as the pebbled courtyard, the great water cistern, and the typically Chiot mangano wheel which was used to draw water from the cistern. A stay here takes you back to the era of the great families of Chios, and the rooms retain many period fittings, although they are also comfortable, with modern luxuries. The cafe and restaurant serve excellent local delicacies. Service is amiable, but perhaps not quite as slick and professional as it might be.
Located between Chios town and the island's airport, Mavrokordatiko is a useful base from which to explore the island, but is perhaps better suited to a short stay than a long week's or fortnight's holiday. With its quiet setting, within a 6 hectare farming estate, it would be an ideal choice for families with young children.