No ordinary story
Set in one of the oldest buildings in the heart of Athens, NΟΤ carries a long history passed down from generation to generation.
Rumor has it that, moments before the Greek Revolution of 1821, a wealthy Turkish entrepreneur had bought the plot to turn it into a brothel, giving the complex its distinctive architecture composed of small units, protected from the outside, revolving around a central courtyard.
During the war, the property became a horse barn used by the army and later became military barracks for the English soldiers and later, in the 1950s, it was transformed into affordable housing units to accommodate the workers of the Athens Gasworks factory right across the street, also known as “Gazi”, that today stands as an iconic industrial complex turned into the cultural venue Technopolis.
Several decades later, while the local film industry was booming, the property became a studio and served as a backdrop for dozens of arthouse gems of the 1970s and 1980s like Kageloporta by Dimitris Makris and Rembetiko by Costas Ferris.
Since then, the building has been quietly decaying, enclosing within its walls myriad stories from centuries gone by, until the moment its new owners peeked through the large, wooden gate and saw a NOT so ordinary place that needed to be revived.
Carefully restored to reflect its cultural identity, NOT captures a sense of place that is now preserved mainly through books, oral histories, and films. While Athens is changing, NOT wished to become a city retreat that preserves the charm of the old Athenian neighborhoods that were once filled with the humbleness, desires, and dreams of the people that lived there, while adopting a modern-meets-the-past mentality. A hidden oasis tucked into glorious ruins and reconverted industrial derelicts, caught in this in-between space where past and future meet, NOT is a place for dreamers.
Nο ordinary courtyard
In our courtyard, feelings blossom
Behind the old, large wooden gate on Voutadon street, lies a “courtyard of miracles”, a dreamlike garden that encapsulates the spirit of an old Athenian neighborhood.
Adorned with jasmine, honeysuckle and lemon trees and sprinkled with basil, rosemary and fragrant flowers, NOT’s yard is a peaceful oasis in the heart of the bustling city center. Three century-old olive trees sourced from a Monastery in Achaia were carefully replanted and act as the centerpiece of our lavish garden, while bougainvillea and vines in full bloom climb the stone walls to offer their shade and spread their scent seducing anyone who passes by.
The yard’s open-air swimming pool soothes the soul and connects all the different water elements that extend throughout the property, like our old well that is preserved and a delicate stream that runs throughout the garden providing peacefulness and relaxation.