“Stylish villa combining classical Greek lines, Moorish water features and cool Scandinavian interiors (sleeps up to 8)”
Step inside the main entrance, past the specially commissioned icon of St. John who blesses new arrivals, and you’ll find yourself in a funky glass corridor which connects the 2 parts of the building. On one side, in a separate wing from the main house, are 2 double or twin bedrooms; on the other, leading towards to the sitting room, are the other 2 (both double-bedded). All have ensuite bathrooms with power showers and heated tiles for the cooler months.
Décor is clean, white and modern, with a minimum of furniture: wide sprung beds, ample pillows, a cushioned chest at its foot, bedside tables and generous built-in wardrobes. Full-length cream curtains keep the sun out by day; ceiling downlighters give halogen brightness after dark (there’s nothing dingy about these rooms). One room has sliding French windows to lordly views over the coast of Makriyialos and its shimmering olive branches; the other 3 are side-facing, but still have good views and plenty of sun.
Cooking here is a pleasure. The open-plan kitchen-diner is well thought-out and properly equipped: split-level oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, kettle (still quite rare in Greek villas), coffee percolator, and a decent array of utensils, chopping boards, cutlery and crockery stacked in wall mounted units. You’ll find a well-stocked larder, including a bottle of the green oil from the estate’s own olives (organically farmed, no less). If cooking still doesn’t tempt you, ask Nikos, the resident manager, to book a cook, who will do all the shopping, serve up fantastic Greek dinners and even share his recipes.
There’s a table for 6 inside (or you can perch on moulded plastic bar-stools for breakfast); but most of your dining will take place on the outside patio, looking down on sparkling seas or up at sparkling stars. You can choose to sit in the sheltered ‘court’ between house and pool (for shady lunches), or out on the patio’s edge (for sunset dinners).
If you prefer to dine out, Makriyialos harbour is a 10-15 minute walk away, with a string of old-fashioned tavernas serving fresh-grilled fish, home-baked veg dishes and the juiciest of Greek salads, all accompanied by tangy retsina and goats’ cheese.