Road access to the plot was non-existent, the boundaries were not clearly defined, and the only way to see the plot was from higher up in the village. Locals advised them that there might be some caves(canaves)dating back to the early century but no one knew with certainty as quite a lot had changed since the earthquake of 1956. They nevertheless decided to go ahead and purchased the land. Those canaves were initially used as storage for food (grain, wine, etc.) and animals due to their ability to maintain stable temperatures. Then, the canaves became the homes of local fishermen until they were found due to the earthquake. After first starting to dig through the rubble, they discovered five pre-existing caves. This immediately changed their thinking and planning. The idea of turning the property into a small hotel emerged. The project demanded a lot of manual labor in very challenging situations which is why this hand-crafted hotel opened its doors after 5 years of hard labor, relentless effort, and sacrifice.