“A stylish, secluded villa for 8 with a saltwater lap pool and glorious views (self-catering)”
The 4 ensuite bedrooms can be configured as doubles or twins and are spread over 2 floors. All are decorated in cool muted tones of grey, white and stone, with plenty of storage space. Chrome ceiling fans combine with window shutters and screens to make the villa a cool hideaway from the island heat and beds are very comfortable with crisp linen and cotton throws.
The master bedroom is serene and airy, on the upper level with French doors that open onto a balcony and views across the hillside valley. A slightly smaller bedroom is on this same level. The 2 remaining bedrooms are on the lower level, which may not have the vistas of the upper 2, but the rooms are spacious and calming. Open-plan bathrooms have rainhead showers (no tubs), pebble floors, double sinks and expansive mirrors. Toiletries are lush Korres products.
The west wing of the villa is given over to communal living space - the kitchen, dining room and lounge are all under one light, airy roof, creating a jolly atmosphere. There’s a small sofa, an armchair and a low coffee table along with a well-loved dining table with seating for 6-8.
Small, creative touches throughout the villa give it style and flair: little alcoves hide candles and objets d'art, there are quirky floor lamps and we loved the jigsaw stag’s head mounted on a wall.
If you like cooking, you’ll be in your element. A shiny, modern kitchen awaits with plenty of workspace, a large stove with oven/hobs and, unlike many holiday villas, a wonderful array of kitchen utensils and crockery. Basic ingredients are provided (salt, pepper etc) and a welcome pack for booking through i-escape includes local produce such as olive oil, honey, olives, even ouzo! The lack of dishwasher is the only downside.
Under a shady almond tree outside you’ll find a barbecue and a long table that looks over the pool and valley. An indoor dining table seats 6-8. Nearby Frikes has a mini-market where you can buy basic provisions and lively Stavros has several grocery stores, cafes and a fishmonger. Note that water at the villa is from the outside well, which you’re advised not to drink (although we drank small amounts and were fine), so stock up on bottled. If you want a night off cooking, there’s a meal delivery service from chef Nadia who offers a diverse Mediterranean menu. For special occasions, an in-house chef can be booked.
There are plenty of choices for dining out. In Frikes - a 20-minute walk away - there’s Rementzo for fresh fish and perfect Greek food on tables by the sea. In Stavros you can try homemade ice-cream at Marguerita’s (a coffee shop frequented by the whole island); or have dinner in the sparkly garden restaurant Polyphemus. 15 minutes' walk from home is Yefuri - owned by a Scot and an Aussie, where you’ll find a classy drink, a warm welcome and a cosmopolitan alfresco meal.
A great family rental. The 4 bedrooms can all be configured as doubles or twins and each has an ensuite shower room (note, no bathtubs). Babysitting is available, there is a baby cot, and a highchair can be provided on request (extra cost). Older teenagers may find themselves at a loose end.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The pool is narrow and unfenced, and there are lots of stone stairs, so you'd need to keep a close eye on young kids