“A bright and beautifully styled country home set in shady grounds between mountain village and rugged coastline (sleeps 4-8, or 12 with outhouse)”
The main house has 4 bedrooms - 3 lovely doubles and 1 simpler twin, which share 2 bathrooms between them (1 with shower and 1 with tub). If you need more space, the outhouse has 2 more double bedrooms (1 upstairs, 1 downstairs), sharing a small shower room. If 1 twin room is not enough, the owner can, by prior arrangement, convert one of the doubles into a twin for you.
The 3 main-house doubles are gorgeous, especially the master double with its 4 windows and pretty wrought iron balcony, and the other corner room, with its muslin-canopied double mattress on a low wooden platform. All share views over chestnut boughs to the Aegean Sea. The twin room is best suited for kids, as the beds are smaller and there is less privacy (it is set off the landing, behind a thin wood-and-glass wall).
Rooms are beautifully understated, with unadorned white walls, dove-grey ceiling beams and shutters, a colourful rug on gleaming tiled floors, a handsome dresser or wardrobe, and a few decorative finds - a basket of wave-smoothed pebbles, a reading lamp tucked in a niche. Thick walls and mountain breezes keep rooms cool in summer (you won't need A/C), and there's central heating for the cooler months.
The outhouse is simpler and more compact but (we think) perfect for teenagers, who won't mind spiralling down a narrow staircase to the downstairs loo. The bright upstairs room is another mattress-on-wooden-platform affair, the darker downstairs double has a venerable iron bedstead.
There's a small but well equipped kitchen which looked more than adequate for rustling up dinners for up to 12 people: no surprise, given that the owners often cook here for extended family. We saw 2 coffee machines (1 filter, 1 Nespresso), a kettle on the electric hob/oven, a gorgeous marble sink with pull-down spray tap, at least 2 dozen stemmed wine glasses, stacks of white crockery and pretty ceramic bowls, a very professional looking block of chef's knives, and a few staples (seasoning, herbs) on the shelves. There's a marble-topped kitchen island too, and a vast fridge-freezer.
The same stylish white-grey colour scheme continues here, reflected in a strip of pretty geometric floor tiles which leads to the bistro-style dining table for 8. But most likely you'll eat on one of the terraces, either under the shade of the chestnut tree or the other side in the sun overlooking the lawn.
If you don't fancy cooking, Tsangarada is a few minutes' drive (or 15-20 minute walk) uphill. In the central part of the village, near the famous "1000-year-old" plane tree, we recommend the Lost Unicorn for upscale cuisine from a delightful English-Greek couple; Aleka's House on the main road for more trad (but still delicious) Greek fare; or Dipnosofistis (July/Aug/weekends only) for cocktails and jazz. If you're willing to drive a bit further, there's no more picturesque spot than one of the seafront tables in Damouhari.
Children of all ages are technically welcome, and this would make a lovely spot for an extended family (or two-family) gathering – though it's not ideal for toddlers or high energy kids, given the unprotected drops in the garden and the lovely furnishings. We think it's perfect for adventurous older children, who want to get stuck in to the outdoorsy activities hereabouts. There's no TV or DVD player so bring your own if that is important. And there are no cots or high chairs for very little ones.
Teens (over 12)
Families can use any room if they do not mind sharing a double bed with their kids or if bringing smaller kids, a small mattress (e.g. for 2-5 year olds) can be put next to the low double bed in the 2nd double bedroom. If bringing teens, the only room with 2 twin beds is a bedroom on the upper level of the main house.
The main staircase to the upper floor has no balustrade, there are other stairs without balustrades in the garden