I travel to the mediterranean twice a year to stay with my best chum. Her village is up in the hills & still has many old village houses – traditional stone built hovels with one large room housing a fire place/cooking area; a separated off section for food preparation, and a very much still outside toilet. Bathrooms were not considered necessary for thounsand years or more! The villagers who own these houses, have now realised the potential of their old family homes – they themselves now live in smart houses with all mod cons in the nearest towns. The village homes are rapdily being refurbished, expanded and sometimes rebuilt, to bring them up to date. Nothing changes about the front verandahs – they have to remain looking like a village house. Holiday makers and tourists flock to these upgraded houses to rent for a few spartan days rest and recuperation. The supply and demand of the village house is parallel to that of the apropriate antique furniture that is needed to complete the authenticity.