St. Thomas – B&B near Athens Airport

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A B&B, in Athens?

I didn’t really know what to expect when  I was offered the opportunity to stay with Janet Wilkinson and family in their B&B in Peania, located about a 10 minute drive from Athens International Airport and equally that distance in time by metro from the airport.

Janet kindly picked me up – as she does all her guests…whether they’re coming into the airport, the metro station (Peania/Kantza on the blue metro line) or, it seems, just about anywhere nearby.  Chatting non-stop, by the time we reached St. Thomas B&B I felt like I’d become an extension of the family already.

Not impersonal

The first thing to make very clear – and what I immediately noted: if you’re looking for an impersonal hotel stay, don’t come to Janet and her husband Aris.  St. Thomas’ only has four (delightful) rooms, you’ll eat breakfast in their kitchen with them in the morning, you can sit with them in the evening and chat.  In fact Janet very proudly has a bevy of return guests from around the globe who she’s got to know over the years.

The world’s come to me – I don’t need to go and see the world!

Entrance to St. Thomas'
Entrance to St. Thomas’

The rooms

I was placed in the Lavender Room on the first floor (was Janet psychic and knew I loved all things purple?!).  It had a gorgeous balcony with a view of the back garden with large pool.  Yes, there is even a pool!  Alas, Athens in October isn’t always kind and the night I was hosted by them, the weather wasn’t so kind.  There is also an Olive Room with two single beds; private bathroom just literally outside the door, Wisteria Room downstairs with en-suite and double iron bed, with sofa chaise – enough to accommodate a child.  The Garden Suite downstairs in the basement is perfect for families as it offers two adjoining rooms: double bed and two singles, with en-suite.

The Lavender Room
The Lavender Room at St. Thomas B&B
View from my balcony
View from my balcony at St. Thomas B&B

One of the family

Janet is British and came to Greece over 30 years ago.  You know how it goes; came over in her 20s to work for a while, fell in love with the country, eventually fell in love with Aris, and together they built St. Thomas.  As stated earlier, they both accept you into their fold and actually, you don’t feel like you’re a guest at all, you feel like one of the family.

Peania

Many people turn their noses up at the sound of Peania, or actually they don’t know too much about it.  Hand on heart, although I live in Athens now, not even I know too much about this area around the airport!

Mainly agricultural, it’s still a good place to base yourself for two or three days as well, being only a 30 min metro ride straight into the centre.  It’s near Mount Imitos (great hiking trails that Janet can point out), has a GREAT taverna/ouzeri Xouneri (website in Greek) and the Vorres Museum should NOT be missed (as Janet insisted on taking me to).

Janet and the owner of Xouneri taverna
Janet and the owner of Xouneri taverna
Church in Paenia town
Church in Peania town

 Facts

  • St. Thomas’ is located in Peania – the metro on the blue line stops here, about 30 mins from the centre.  Janet or Aris will come and collect you.
  • They can also collect you from the airport, unless your flight arrives at stupid o’clock – ask for info.
  • They will always drop you off at the metro or airport too – again unless your flight is at stupid o’clock, then a taxi is arranged to collect you from their front door.
  • Don’t stay at St. Thomas’ if you’re looking for an impersonal style place – Janet really opens up her home to you and makes you feel welcome.  BBQs in the summer by the pool are not unheard of.
  • Rooms from €70 a night – check their website for prices.

I would like to extend my thanks to the Wilkinson family for their hospitality and warmth, and for helping me discover another side of Athens I didn’t know about.  St. Thomas’ makes a great alternative to hotel accommodation when going to the airport.  I will be back!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. What a great and honest article, everything that has been said is true and more. I stayed with Janet and Aris 2 years ago and I had the most fab time. It was through a personal tragedy I stayed with Janet and Aris. My brother suddenly died in London on my first night in Athens. I had to leave my accommodation next day and was trying to get a flight back to Scotland. I looked on internet and found St.Thomas’, there was something about the accommodation …. I rang Janet and she could put me up, I stayed for 6 days and I can honestly say it was truly wonderful. Janet took me everywhere, we went to the beach together, Janet, Aris, Maria, Phoebe plus cats made me very welcome. Unfortunately circumstances have kept me away from Greece and Janet but I am aiming to return next year. St.Thomas’ is a beautiful place to stay and Janet and her family will welcome you with open arms.

    • Thanks Susan.

      Glad you like the look of St. Thomas’. It is, indeed, one of a kind and really the only B&B in Athens (and perhaps Greece?) I also loved discovering Vorres and intend to go back at different times of the year, to see how the gardens change with the seasons (and to catch up with my adopted St. Thomas family)

  2. Hi there lovely article i live in Zakynthos 19yrs now also love Athens but usually passing through would be nice to spend a few days in october would you kindly forward your tariff as im an old biddy now !hha ha !74 going on 35..! and mono.. …so a room for one all the views look great yours j
    faithfully V.K XX

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